Las Vegas Musical Notes: Sand Dollar Downtown Debuts, DougieTheDon Drops New Album, and More

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The iconic Sand Dollar Lounge has had its share of history. Some of the biggest names in blues and rock ‘n’ roll have played at Spring Mountain, helping to put it on the map as a true epicenter of live entertainment in Las Vegas.

The venue opened a second location inside the Plaza on Main Street on May 5, with local bands Shanda & The Howlers and The Rhyolite Sound kicking off the celebration.

Sand Dollar Downtown strongly resembles its flagship. Rock art adorns the walls and you can play pool out back. New cocktails anchor the bar menu, but they’re still cleverly named after classic songs (the Barracuda, the Paranoid, the Life on Mars). Pizza is still available at the bar, but this time it’s from the Plaza’s Pop-Up Pizza.

The 4,000 square feet Downtown Sand Dollar feels noticeably more open and spacious compared to the original. There’s a huge dance floor and plush, modern booths with tables scattered around by candlelight. It’s cozy and relaxed, reminiscent of an old jazz club. When it comes to sound, however, the room should reduce by a few decibels, so customers can better enjoy their conversations.

Sand Dollar co-owner Anthony Jamison said live entertainment, which remains free, will continue to be a mix of local acts and touring, “but at Sand Dollar Downtown we’ll be broadening the spectrum to include everything, from blues to punk, and definitely leaning more towards rock ‘n’ roll in general,” he says.

The venue will celebrate its grand opening over Memorial Day weekend, with performances by Vegas-based band Crash Midnight (May 27), blues singer Artur Menezes (May 28) and local rocker Stoney Curtis (May 29) .

THE RETURN OF THE DON

The rap game never stops, and neither DougieLeDon. The Las Vegas-based entertainer has released his latest solo album Don’t speak 2 in March after releasing two LPs and an EP last year.

“I don’t like to hold songs. It can ruin the whole creative process,” says Douglas Sorro, 34. “Whatever I go through, I’ll write it down and put it on a song. But unless I release it, I feel like I’m still clinging to those feelings.

Sorro let go a lot in his previous album, For what it’s worth, which he says he wrote during a time of great depression. “I had just gotten out of one of the most terrible relationships I’ve ever been in. It was my Kanye [West] 808 and heartache,” he says.

The rapper says he was able to pull himself together on Don’t speak 2, bringing the uptempo energy it’s known for. “It’s me coming back, me being confident, me believing in myself and me just wanting to make fun music,” he says. “Let’s get back to the Don Talk. Let’s go back to where we all started.

Unsurprisingly, Sorro says his next project, 92.Vibes, should be released in a few months. The R&B-focused album will also feature the rapper singing, but don’t expect to be too hard on that.

“I want people to be able to drive there,” he says, “or when you’re home and burning candles and relaxing, I want people to be able to do that.” It’s not for the club. »

Sorro will open for rapper Stunna 4 Vegas at Inside Man HQ (1921 Western Ave.) on June 2. Dougiethedon.com.

START OF THE DESERT

alternative rock quintet Secos officially has an album – a self-titled LP that captures the essence of a cold afternoon in the car.

“We view the album as an emotional journey, ranging from topics such as love, fear, trust, inner growth, longing and even vice, all inspired by personal experience and the things you see when you live in this big city,” said leader David. Candles. “The album is like reinventing how we see Las Vegas through our Secos lens.”

Candelas says standouts include “Monochrome,” “Doomsday Clock,” “Love Drunk to the Bone” (for which the band released a surprise music video) and “Victim of Vice.” Secosband.com.

FRESH TOURS

Desert Honky Tonkers Rhyolite sound have a new single, “The Day My Daddy Died”, recorded, produced and mixed by the band at Sonic Rodeo Studios, which is owned and operated by vocalist Larry Reha and drummer AJ Palluck. … Sonia Barcelona also just released “Tell Me Tell Me”, a hazy and dreamlike track… And QuixkMadeIt took some production downtime for others to drop the single “Are You Down?” featuring local animators Kenyadda and Iris C.

SHOW TIME

Rock rascals Los Videswho announced an EP for the summer, will release the Truth Spot on June 3… Alt-rockers dirty hookswho is also working on new music, will play SoulBelly BBQ on June 11th with Mojave Sun and Mother Mercury… Poppy punk band ugly boy will take over Taverna Costera on May 28, with support from White Noise, Secos, The Musket Vine and The Red Seduction. …and Spanish singer Dama Vicke will wrap up Memorial Day weekend at Taverna, featuring Sonia Barcelona, ​​No Que No, Di Ivories and Madison Deaver.

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David H. Henry