Local music notes: Ministry ‘bootcamp’ invites fans behind the scenes

Al Jourgensen wants to show you how he works.

CALL HIM AL Al Jourgensen, frontman for industrial icons Ministry, is partnering with “VIP experience” company Adventures in Wonderland to launch Ministry Bootcamp, a three-day Vegas retreat offering fans an up-close look at how the live show comes together—from band rehearsals to soundchecks and beyond. The bootcamp will be held May 20 to 23 at Fremont Country Club, culminating with an open-to-the-public Ministry show.

For $2,000, fans can enlist in the “Ministry Army” as a “Sergeant” under “General” Al Jourgensen. The package includes three nights at the Golden Nugget, $50 in food and beverage credit, a welcome reception with the band, access to rehearsals, the soundcheck and the show’s VIP section, a Q&A session with Jourgensen, a meet and greet and a goodie bag. Major and Colonel packages are also available for $3,000 and $4,000. For $250, fans can have breakfast, lunch or play pool with Jourgensen, and for $500 they can eat dinner with the frontman at a to-be-determined local restaurant.


WITHOUT A NET Hard rock Vegas four-piece Bounty Hunter Brothers have released an “impromptu EP” titled Blood Blisters, Monkey Paws and Period Cramps. The project features five songs, all recorded to tape in front of a live audience at Naked City Audio, and is fueled by “PBR and Diet Cola” with “no fancy studio magic.” The result: a surging, grungy collection of early ’90s-sounding garage-rock. Hear the instrumental “Powerball” or the slinky, pop-driven “Never Better,” with sinewy vocals by singer/bassist Shannon Haffa.


ALSO Hip-hop MC Jay Dubbler, better known as Late for Dinner, will release new latest LP Leaving Las Vegas April 5 at 11th Street Records. The eight-song record is a collaborative effort, with production credits going to Black Morris, Kinetic Beatz, Phil A and Post Scripted and an appearance by Vegas rapper Hassan. Leaving Las Vegas is up for pre-order now, with four songs already streaming at

Moonboots will release a self-titled debut EP on March 4. The six-song set was recorded at Naked City Audio (with one song recorded at National Southwestern) and is available for pre-order now. Listen to the first single, “Panama” at

Squidhat Records power-pop quartet Negative Nancys will be releasing debut album Sorry, Not Sorry February 27 at the Double Down. The release party lineup also features The Latter Day Skanks, The Dirty Panties, Broken Bodies and Glass Houses.

Indie/Americana outfit Rusty Maples will launch a residency at the Bunkhouse on February 4, continuing each Thursday that month. The band will be joined by fellow Vegas acts like Same Sex Mary, Bee Master, Glass Pools, We Are Pancakes, Hidden Levels, Black Camaricans and Dark Black.

Underground electronic collectives Behind City Lights and Union LV host an EDM showcase on Sunday, January 31 at Vanguard Lounge. The event will feature DJ Spinn and Vegas DJ Lucky—both part of Chicago footwork crew Teklife—and special performances by Teklife Terra Squad dancers. Other participating local DJs include Brock G, Heyu and Captain Ted.

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