Violinist sets the tone for The Park
Among the 40-foot Bliss Dance statue and Lego sculptures that grace The Park’s promenade, there’s a song playing. It’s elegant, yet familiar. Baroque, yet romantic. It’s Brandon Summers stoically bowing away at his violin, and rather than playing a typical Bach sonata or partita, he’s pumping out Billboard hits, from The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” to John Legend’s “All of Me.” That alone sets Summers apart from other street performers on the Strip.
It was a style that immediately caught the attention of Keith Dotson, manager of brand activation and events of The Park and Toshiba Plaza. “(He) saw me street performing across from The Park on a dreary day in April,” says Summers. “He gave me his card and asked me to reach out to him. I sent him a promo video about two weeks later. The rest is history.”
But a life in music isn’t always so simple. In fact, there weren’t many areas along Las Vegas Boulevard Summers hadn’t performed, often busking for tips in front of The Cromwell and The Linq Promenade. Yet, in a profession that’s notoriously unpredictable, The Park’s been able to provide Summers consistency, hiring him to play multiple afternoon gigs every month, and becoming an integral part of the monthly Paint in The Park series, where you can catch him on Nov. 16 from 6-9 p.m. “There are very few places on the Strip where people can enjoy free entertainment in a chill, slot machine-free environment,” he says. “I enjoy it.”
Whether you’re listening to Summers while strolling along the promenade or sitting on a park bench, stop by Sake Rok’s patio bar and order a libation that will enhance your experience. The Dragonfly, a symbol for discernment and change, is a burst of fruity flavor propelled by Bacardi Dragon Berry, litchi liqueur, orange bitters and strawberry sour, topped off with sprinkles of togarashi, a Japanese spice. Bring the cocktail to your nose, savor the blissful aroma of the strawberry and reflect on the beauty of life.