FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS CELEBRATES THE
ART AND SCIENCE OF SOUND FOR “HEAR, HERE” ON JUNE 6
Monthly event to feature entertainment to delight all-ages,
musical instrument making, street performers and a silent dance party
LAS VEGAS (May 21, 2014) – First Friday Las Vegas, the largest arts and culture festival in the Western United States, has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, imagination, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age.
On Friday, June 6, First Friday will have visitors listening to the world around them featuring a variety of auditory programming including a wide variety of entertainment throughout all festival zones, a silent dance party at the Tree of Life on Green Street, a design-your-own instrument station where visitors can craft their very own rainmaker or shaker and other family-friendly activities.
First Friday fans will get a special dose of all things auditory with music and entertainment throughout the entire First Friday footprint in every genre imaginable. From head-banging rock to the soothing sounds of soul to improvisational jazz, attendees can indulge in a variety of sounds from Eddie Jeffers, School of Rock Las Vegas, musicians from Deblanc Music Entertainment and the kids from Xpressions Talent. Speakers throughout the night will also take the stage to support unity in music.
Event-goers can also enjoy a variety of inspired TED talks about the importance and impact of sound in not only music, but the natural world and everyday life. Screenings will take place at Colorado and Main. Throughout the event the music curation team at First Friday encourages non-amplified “pop-up acts” from artists and performers to entertain the crowds. From these impromptu performances, the music curation team will choose a winner and feature them in an upcoming First Friday video.
North of Charleston, there will plenty of opportunities to see live music at Artifice and Bar + Bistro and teens attendees can dance at the Shuffle Zone, behind Art Square, featuring DJs and electronic music all night.
From inception, First Friday is committed to minimizing waste and having a light carbon footprint. All businesses are strictly discouraged from passing out flyers or placing them on cars during the event. All attendees are asked to dispose of any materials in an environmentally friendly manner.
FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS HIGHLIGHTS:
Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts
Art Row is located on Casino Center between Colorado and Charleston, showcasing works by emerging Las Vegas artists. The Bazaar, located in the lot on the southwest corner of Casino Center and California offers arts and crafts from over 40 vendors. Live performances will be taking place all night on The Hub stage featuring Sugarstack, David Austin, Beverly Williams and more. Direct from Fort Worth, Texas Lydia’s Libido has added a special First Friday stop on their national tour schedule.
KidZone 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is the place for fun activities specifically for little First Friday enthusiasts. Lug Vegas returns First Friday with a music inspired building station. Paws For Friendship Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization offering animal therapy programs to those in need, returns to teach families and children about the healing powers of animals and are also bringing two ferrets dressed in music related costumes. Torrey Cole from Kravenko Dance Academy will be teaching children how to DJ while Riley McCoy provides face painting. Children can also build tambourines and other musical instruments out of recycled materials from Discovery Children’s Museum.
Green Street is the place where First Friday patrons can learn about spreading the love to the environment through multiple vendors and a great place to hang out, listen to music, make friends and get green. This June, DC Solar displays solar lights and trailers, Nevada Energy Accelerator features the Chevy Volt, Savers talks about how donations eliminate materials ending in landfills, doTERRA showcases the importance of natural and essential oils for healthy living and the Sierra Club brings back their “Beyond Coal” campaign. Visitors can also check out the Vegas Roots Community Garden and Sparkey, the Retrofitted Mustang courtesy of the Mustang and Class Ford Club of Las Vegas. The top Environmental Las School in the nation, Vermont Law School also are set to be part of Green Street as part of their Alumni Association gathering.
Think Safe Zone encourages visitors to actively engage in education and community awareness. This June, Think Safe is sponsored by Bombard Renewable Energy and features a solar trailer for activities. The organization Zero Fatalities will be on site talking about the importance of keeping the Nevada roads safe with interactive messaging on Pedestrian Safety. Community Productions will feature a “rolling rhythm cart” and interactive drum circle while there will be a School of Rock “petting zoo” with instrumental touch and music exploration. Think Safe also features African baskets and safety for seniors from Nevada Senior Services.
Cowtown returns to First Friday with a variety of country inspired activities including country line dancers, banjo drumming and information for local organizations Horses for Heroes, Why Ranch and 4-H.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Four Open Top Sightseeing Shuttles, two Celebrity Coaches and an additional handicap equipped shuttle will make a constant loop around the entire event route.
For Handicap Transportation to event, please call: 702-736-6491
There will be ample free parking as well as $5 parking lots.
**If you park in unauthorized parking areas, you may be subject to towing.
Fremont Route Shuttle Stops:
* El Cortez- pick up and drop off on 6th St. across from the El Cortez valet entrance
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main
Government Center Route Shuttle Stops:
* Government Center
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main
ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS
First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for eleven years. In 2011, the arts and culture festival welcomed a new ownership group, First Friday Las Vegas, LLC, comprised of Zappos.com executives Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and Steve Hill, as well as downtown developer Andrew Donner and executive producer Joey Vanas. The outdoor event which averages 20,000 patrons each month features several areas throughout Downtown Las Vegas like KidZone, Green Street, The Hub Stage and Shuffle Zone that showcase artists of all calibers and genres. Stages throughout the festival feature live music, food vendors and food trucks offer the finest in cuisine and other celebratory events each month are always working to build community in Las Vegas.