Downtown Life: Herman's Hermits, Pop Up Pizza, Bunkhouse
It’s All Good
It may not have occurred to Peter Noone when he first read the lyrics to “I’m Into Something Good” that he’d be singing the 1964 hit more than 50 years later with his band, Herman’s Hermits. The eternally youthful vocalist certainly thought fortune was on his side when his band Herman’s Hermits was discovered by powerful ’60s producer Mickie Most. “I’m Into Something Good” became a No. 1 hit in the U.K., and the Hermits became the clean-cut ambassadors of the British Invasion.
Herman’s Hermits had two No. 1 singles in the U.S. with “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am.” In addition to his own band’s songs, Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone has covered ’60s hits such as “Love Potion No. 9,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Folsom Prison Blues” in concert. –Matt Kelemen
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. May 24, starting at $49 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
Get Your Slice On
“Pizza is fun and not pretentious,” said Michael Vakneen, creator of Pop Up Pizza at The Plaza hotel. “Everyone loves pizza.” Vakneen is right. It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t like to eat pizza, and, after trying one of his pizza creations, it’d be hard to not love Pop Up Pizza.
The dough is a cornerstone of the eatery—the recipe uses a French bread-making technique and a process passed down from Vakneen’s father, who taught him to make dough. On the menu are signature pies including Mike’s hot pepperoni with pickled jalapenos and sweet and spicy honey. Pop Up also offers a vegan pizza, a blend of vegan mozzarella with sautéed spinach and roasted mushrooms, artichokes and bell peppers. One of the most popular pies is the Suprema pizza, with spicy Italian sausage and hand-cut crispy pepperoni. We’ll let you in on a little secret: an off-the-menu pie that is getting a lot of buzz for its balanced blend of homemade sauce, cheese that’s sliced daily from a big block of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and grated Parmesan; ask for the vodka pizza. While the dough might look dense, you can easily bite into the airy, crisp crust.
Looking towards the future, says Vakneen, Pop Up plans to expand with offerings like fresh-made sandwiches and pastas. “It’s important to bring a sense of community to this hotel and to downtown,” said Vakneen. “I love working with the community and bringing visitors and locals together.” And he’s doing it, one delicious slice at a time. –Kiko Miyasato
The Plaza, open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. 702.366.0049
Music and More
It’s a downtown institution and pulls in a steady stream of bands. This week The Bunkhouse features Filters on May 22, Killing Joke on May 24 and The Exploited on May 25. While enjoying the sounds, make sure to take advantage of a great beer selection, including local breweries, and classic cocktails. –Ken Miller
124 S 11th St., 5 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.982.1764