Anyone old enough to visit Vegas during the Rat Pack era knew how it worked: The casino booked one star who then invited his friends to join him on stage. The live entertainment was unscripted, which made it all the more fun because of their raw talent.
Today, with casino stocks trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the big corporations hire big names like Celine and Britney. Sometimes it takes one week’s worth of paycheck to purchase a ticket to these shows.
Thankfully, there are still many talented entertainers hidden away in intimate venues off the Vegas Strip. These headline-quality singers, dancers and comedians have formed a secret society called The Vegas Underground. Since Monday night is typically a slow night, The Vegas Underground has an open mike night at the Tap House, an Italian-American Bar and Grill that opened in 1964. The joint rocks from 7:30-11. If you don’t get there early, it’s always standing room only.
The performers sing alone. They harmonize in duets with someone else who showed up. You never know who you are going to see, but you know the talent will blow you away. No lip syncing allowed! (Did you hear that, Britney?)
And that’s really the joy of living in Las Vegas: world-class entertainment is always at your fingertips.
And the food is pretty darn good too.
Beth Ellyn Rosenthal
The Las Vegas Real Estate Concierge
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