New Year’s Off-Strip in Vegas Seven

Vegas Seven is back on its weekly schedule after its end-of-year double issue, which means that today you have a brand new Green Felt Journal to read. It’s about how smaller casinos competing with the New Year’s parties on the Strip:

The lion’s share of that haul goes to the big Strip resorts, which host most of the events that make the news. But what about casinos outside the tourist corridor? How do they compete with champagne toasts with the stars and fireworks by Grucci?

The Fremont Street Experience’s TributePalooza is one way to go: If you can’t get marquee names for your party, get sound-alikes. So instead of offering a shindig hosted by Nelly or Rihanna, the Experience rolled out sets by bands such as Fan Halen, the Red Not Chili Peppers and Led Zepagain, as well as less-obvious tributaries, such as Bonfire (AC/DC) and Rocking the Paradise (Styx).

Some might question the wisdom of offering visitors ersatz “Mr. Roboto” when there are so many real celebrities popping corks just miles away, but TributePalooza’s in its third year and shows no signs of slowing down, which proves you don’t need to pay headliner prices to put on a party that people will flock to.

via Competing with America’s Party | Vegas Seven.

Am I the only one who loves those tribute band names? One of my hobbies is thinking of good names for bands, and these are some good ones.

As to the story, I found it interesting that the folks on the Strip were mostly interested in putting on a huge party (which is good), while those off-Strip were more focused on rewarding their existing customers and advertising themselves to potential new ones.

One Response to 'New Year’s Off-Strip in Vegas Seven'

  1. My first year living in Las Vegas me and my friend Jerry went down to the Strip on New Years Eve(1995). There were people everywhere and we got lucky to park in the parking garage at the Maxim Hotel (at the corner of Flamingo and Koval). Bought a 12 pack of beer at the Rebel gas station and wandered around the Strip for awhile and drank some beer. Very crowded but lots of fun.