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Janelle at #Happens in Vegas!

What happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas… it ends up on my radio blog! I had the opportunity to attend a music convention called #Happens in Las Vegas last week from February 20th through the 22nd.

Happens, powered by The Contraband Company and CO5 Music is a radio, record label and music community curated new music experience. The majority of of festivities happened at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino downtown Las Vegas and it was a blast!


Wednesday night I got to attend a music showcase at the Backstage Bar & Billiards by artists Friday Pilots Club, Pretty Vicious and Badflower.


Then on Thursday morning we started out in a rockin’ banquet hall with brunch and a new music listening party from the band, I PREVAIL, followed by spirited conversations from radio industry leaders, and a Q&A with Jane’s Addiction front man and creator of Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell We also got to hear one of his new tunes too!


Mr. Farrell announced he will be opening Kind Heaven in Las Vegas later this year. Kind Heaven will meld music and street food with theatrical production and special effects to transport visitors to a mythical Southeast Asia.


Afterwards, we left the Golden Nugget to the Golden Tiki to rate 12 new rock bands’ tunes where we wore Silent DJ headsets and sipped on some tropical drinks.


Later on Thursday night, I saw five new rock bands at another music showcase with featured performances by MESSER, The Contortionist, Handsome Pete, Veio and BONES uk. All bands were great, but my favorite of the night was BONES uk!


As if #Happens wasn’t already flying by fast enough, it was soon the final day of this experience. Friday morning began with brunch at the banquet hall, followed by an incredible performance from Salt Lake City rockers, Royal Bliss.


After Royal Bliss exited the stage, on came one of my favorite bands, The Offspring! They have recently completed recording their 10th studio album, guitarist Noodles revealed the news to one of his fans on Instagram this week.


The band played three acoustic songs, “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated),” “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and “Self Esteem.” At the end, Noodles smashed his ukulele and gave a big portion of it to me that I got signed by the band. Plus, the singer Dexter has a hot sauce line and gave all attendees a bottle of his Gringo Bandito Spicy Yellow Sauce.


The day kept on getting better, I headed downstairs at the Golden Nugget and was picked-up by a humvee where I was taken to Battlefield Vegas to shoot some machine guns onto a target.


Upon completion of that, we went back to the hotel briefly and were taken to Top Golf Las Vegas to hit some balls on the driving range and concluded with appearances and performances by the American Authors, Meytal and Amigo The Devil.


Friday night’s convention concluded by a showcase concert at the The Bunkhouse Saloon that featured Black Oxygen, The Black Moods, Basement, Starcrawler and The Dose (the singer/guitarist of The Dose’s father is Robert Downey, Jr.)!


Thank you to Steven Walker, Beatrix Danko, Kenneth Pittman and Todd Sievers for the amazing time! Check out my pics and videos below!



Zac from American Authors singing “Best Day of My Life”

Posted by Janelle Rominski on Friday, February 22, 2019


The Offspring “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)”

The OffspringCome Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)

Posted by Janelle Rominski on Friday, February 22, 2019


The Offspring “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

The OffspringThe Kids Aren't Alright

Posted by Janelle Rominski on Friday, February 22, 2019


The Offspring “Self Esteem”

The OffspringSelf Esteem followed by the smashing of the ukulele

Posted by Janelle Rominski on Friday, February 22, 2019


Royal Bliss “Crazy”

Royal BlissCrazy

Posted by Janelle Rominski on Friday, February 22, 2019

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