What's this Neon Reverb thing my Downtown friends keep mentioning? A four-night music festival, staged in the venues of Fremont East, returning this weekend for its 11th edition after a three-year hiatus.
Which venues? The Bunkhouse, Beauty Bar and Backstage Bar & Billiards are the anchors, with additional shows at 11th Street Records (all-ages), Fremont Country Club (18-and-over) and Inspire Theater. Oh, and there’s a comedy showcase at the El Cortez.
But aren't some of those places pretty far apart? We figured someone would ask, so we went down and measured—it took us just nine minutes (and 951 steps) to get from the Bunkhouse at one end to Beauty Bar at the other.
What kinda music are we talking here? Touring and Vegas-based bands, playing rock, pop, folk, electronic and hip-hop, mainly—most of it with a left-of-center bent. Think indie, before the major labels glommed onto the word.
How much does it cost? $50 gets you into everything, all four nights, with most individual shows priced at $15.
2016 Neon Reverb Schedule
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Backstage Bar & Billiards Jesse Pino, 7:30 p.m. Brumby, 8 p.m. Rabid Young, 9 p.m. Avalon Landing, 10 p.m. Gina Gleason, 11 p.m. Tin Toy Cars, midnight.
Bunkhouse Saloon Professor Rex Dart, 7 p.m. Jackson Wilcox, 7:30 p.m. The Aquadolls, 8 p.m. Moonboots, 9 p.m. Babes, 10 p.m. La Sera, 11 p.m. Rusty Maples, midnight.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Backstage Bar & Billiards My Body Sings Electric, 7 p.m. Pet Tigers, 8 p.m. The Mynabirds, 9 p.m. Partybaby, 10 p.m. James Supercave, 11 p.m.
Beauty Bar Wizdumb, 7 p.m. Ulysses Diaz, 8 p.m. Snap Murphy, 8:30 p.m. Late for Dinner, 9 p.m. Wheelchair Sports Camp, 10 p.m. Trade Voorhees, 11 p.m. Ekoh, 11:30 p.m. Phil A & Hassan, midnight. Sage Francis, 12:30 a.m.
Bunkhouse Saloon Hungry Cloud, 7:30 p.m. Colleen Green, 8 p.m. The Big Friendly Corporation, 9 p.m. Black Camaro, 10 p.m. The Dirty Hooks, 11 p.m. Bleached, midnight. The Mapes, 1 a.m.
El Cortez Comedy Reverb ft. Ian Karmel, Andrew Michaan, Jason Harris, Steven Roberts, 8 p.m. Fiesta Room.
11th Street Records Boytoy, 7 p.m. Rudy de Anda, 8 p.m. Janelane, 9 p.m. Friendly Males, 10 p.m. Free, all-ages.
Fremont Country Club Totescity, 7 p.m. Kitze + The CPUs, 9 p.m. Chaos Chaos, 10 p.m. Gems, 11 p.m. Neon Indian, midnight. $15-$20, 18+.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Backstage Bar & Billiards All Night Visitors, 8 p.m. Failure Machine, 9 p.m. On the Other Hand, 10 p.m. Cameron Calloway, 11 p.m. The Lique, midnight. Open Mike Eagle, 1 a.m.
Beauty Bar Juan Caro, 7 p.m. The Quitters, 8 p.m. Sadgirl, 9 p.m. The Astaires, 10 p.m. Haunted Summer, 11 p.m. Tijuana Panthers, midnight.
Bunkhouse Saloon DJ Fish, 7 p.m. Good Grief, 8 p.m. The Pluralses, 9 p.m. Fredward, 10 p.m. Leopold and His Fiction, 11 p.m. Mercy Music, midnight. Beach Slang, 1 a.m.
11th Street Records Hektor Rawkerz, 5 p.m. Echo Stains, 6 p.m. The Musket Vine, 7 p.m. No Tides, 8 p.m. Close to Modern, 9 p.m. Moving Units, 10 p.m. $15-$20, all-ages.
Fremont Country Club Jacob Savage, 7 p.m. Narrowed, 8 p.m. China, 9 p.m. God’s America, 10 p.m. Illicitor, 11 p.m. Big Business, midnight. Melvins, 1 a.m. $15-$20, 18+.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
Backstage Bar & Billiards No Red Alice, 7 p.m. The All-Togethers, 7:30 p.m. Paige Overton, 8:30 p.m. Dusty Sunshine, 9 p.m. Jeff Mix & The Songhearts, 10 p.m. Chuck Ragan, 11 p.m.
Beauty Bar Kerfoot & Dau, 7 p.m. Sego, 8 p.m. Glass Pools, 9 p.m. Astronauts, Etc., 10 p.m. El Ten Eleven, 11 p.m.
Bunkhouse Saloon The American Weather, 7 p.m. Special K, 8 p.m. Headwinds, 9 p.m. Dark Black, 10 p.m. Same Sex Mary, 11 p.m.Ty Segall & The Muggers, midnight.
Inspire Theater Astronomar, Teklife vs. Juke Bounce Works vs. Ftwork LV, The Rabbit Hole LV, King, Behind City Lights, Brock G B2B w/Taek 1, 8 p.m. 702-750-0017.
Individual shows $15 unless noted.