Brooklyn Bowl Bringing Vibe to Vegas; Announces Initial Band Bookings

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Among the headliners scheduled to perform at the brand new music venue: Phil Lesh & Friends, Jane's Addiction, O.A.R., The Roots and Elvis Costello and Cake.

Brooklyn Bowl has announced the music calendar for its Las Vegas venue, which opens March 8. The bowling alley/rock club’s initial schedule includes shows by Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Cake, Phil & Friends, the Avett Brothers and Steve Winwood.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas will be the third such club under the Brooklyn Bowl name. Less than two weeks ago, on Jan. 16, Brooklyn Bowl London opened its doors inside the O2 Arena complex. The original Brooklyn location in Williamsburg dates back to 2009.

“This is a pretty eclectic and diverse lineup,” says co-owner and Bowl founder Peter Shapiro. “It’s built for locals, for people who live nearby and for people who like to travel to see music. When we have a band for one night like The 1975, that’s more local. I think if you’re a big Primus fan, you’re coming out for three nights in Vegas. That’s what it’s being built for: For people to make a trip to come to Vegas, to go see your favorite bands.”

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The calendar includes extended runs, such as 12 shows by the jazzy jam-band Galactic. Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Cake, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, O.A.R., Tedeschi Trucks Band and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will all play three-day weekend runs -- perfect for the traveling music buff.

“In April when [Grateful Dead bassist] Phil Lesh plays, it’s going to go Phil Lesh at 9 o’clock, Trombone Shorty’s going to play a full show at one in the morning and Robert Randolph’s going to do gospel till dawn,” Shapiro crows. “It’s like a festival lineup in a club. I don’t think that’s got precedent, to be honest. I don’t know when that’s been done. I don’t know when there have been three bands doing full sets in a club.”

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is located in The LINQ, Caesar’s new entertainment complex. “It’s at dead center 50-yard line on The Strip,” the New York-based music mogul explains. “It will have our Blue Ribbon menu, 32 lanes and 80,000 square feet in a free-standing building right under the biggest Ferris wheel in the world. It’s not in a casino. I think that’s an important element to creating vibe. It helps to have your own building and not be in the basement of a casino.”

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“Vibe” is Shapiro’s favorite word. It all goes back to his original New York club, the Wetlands, which catered to the Grateful Dead, Phish and jam-band crowd in the '90s before it closed in 2001. Wetlands typically let out in the wee hours. Denizens treated it as a home away from home for improvisational music.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it,” he says. “It’s that energy in the air. It starts with the staff and security, how you treat the customer and how we treat the bands. You create an environment where shows can run till four in the morning, like at Wetlands. If we can bring that to Las Vegas, then we’re going to be in good shape.”

Below is the partial Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas schedule, provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard:

March 8-9 - Bowlive featuring Soulive with special guests including George Porter

March 14 -The Roots

March 15-16 - Elvis Costello and The Roots

March 19 - Brett Dennen

March 20-22 - Cake

March 20-22 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (late)

March 23 - Local Natives

March 26-29, April 2-5, 9-12 - Galactic (late)

March 29-30 - Lettuce

April 5-6, 19-20 - Robert Randolph & the Family Band (late and brunch)

April 10 - Bonobo

April 12 - Big Gigantic

April 14 - The Naked and Famous / The 1975, with the White Lies

April 15 - The Green

April 16-19 - Trombone Shorty (late)

April 17 - Chance the Rapper

April 18-20 - Phil Lesh & Friends

April 20 - The Infamous Stringdusters (late)

April 24-26 - O.A.R.

April 25-26, May 2-3 - Gogol Bordello (late)

May 1-3 - Primus

May 5 - Twenty One Pilots

May 8-10 - Jane’s Addiction performing "Nothing's Shocking"

May 22-25 - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk & Soul Rebels Brass Band

May 29-31 - Tedeschi Trucks Band

June 5 - Black Label Society

June 10-11 - Thievery Corporation

June 13-14 - Steve Winwood

August 7 - Chromeo

August 29-31 - The Avett Brothers