Downtown Life: Pride festivities, The Buckinghams and Downtown Brew Festival
Las Vegas is one of the best places for people to show off, so it’s no surprise that Vegas does Pride in a big way. Pride weekend kicks off on Thursday night with superstar drag queen Bianca del Rio and her Blame It on Bianca comedy show inside the Zumanity Theater at New York-New York. On Friday, the Pride Parade heads along 4th Street downtown, with colorful floats, decorated vehicles and more, all celebrating the local LGBT community. Join the parade or just witness the festivities, and then check out the official parade after-party at downtown’s Eclipse Theaters, or the Glampyres after-party at the Orleans Arena with performances from Erika Jayne, Nina Sky, Dev and Chris Cox. On Saturday and Sunday, the all-ages Pride Festival takes over Sunset Park, with family activities, 100-plus exhibitors, food trucks, entertainment and more. Saturday night, the Pride after show is at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, featuring YouTube stars Superfruit and pop singer-songwriter Betty Who. It’s a full weekend of positive, inclusive fun, showing off LGBT talent, unity and pride from Vegas and beyond. –Josh Bell
By the Numbers
Five fun facts about the 1960s American sunshine pop band The Buckinghams:
1. The Chicago-based group was originally dubbed the Pulsations and first gained notoriety as the house band for a local TV show called All-Time Hits, which aired on WGN.
2. With the British Invasion in full swing, the show’s producers urged the band to ditch its name in favor of something more British-sounding. They settled on The Buckinghams, which was one of several names suggested by … a WGN security guard.
3. The quintet’s first single, “Kind of a Drag,” was a million-seller that rocketed to No. 1 in February 1967. The song that had topped the charts for the previous seven weeks? The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.” The song that bumped “Kind of a Drag” after two weeks? The Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.” In all, The Buckinghams had five Top 20 hits—and released four studio albums—from 1967-’68.
4. The band played consecutive presidential inaugural balls in 2005 and 2009, the former in Washington, D.C.; the latter in their (and Barack Obama’s) hometown of Chicago.
5. Led by founding members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna, The Buckinghams are still delighting audiences across the nation decades later—including this week in downtown Las Vegas. –Matt Jacob
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, starting at $29 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
Pours and More
More than 70 breweries will offer approximately 250 beers at this year’s seventh annual Downtown Brew Festival at the Clark County Amphitheater. In addition to local breweries like Joseph James, Tenaya Creek and CraftHaus, enjoy food by chefs such as Mike Minor and Errol LeBlanc. More fun than you can handle! –Ken Miller
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m. (4 p.m. VIP), tickets starting at $40, downtownbrewfestival.com