The fourth-annual LIS fest focuses on the Vegas scene

Neon Reverb alum SadGirl headlines Saturday’s DIY festival at Dive Bar.

As mainstream pop acts take over Las Vegas from Downtown to the Strip this weekend, the DIY crew behind Life Is Sh*t will stage its unique counterculture celebration for the fourth-straight year. “It’s really something for the rest of us to do … [those who] aren’t interested in mainstream pop culture,” says promoter Tsvetelina Stefanova of Bad Moon Booking. “It’s more about locals.”

Headliners for the September 23 Dive Bar gathering include lo-fi LA garage rockers SadGirl, Denver’s comedic future-synth duo Total Ghost and one-time Vegas punks Dangerboner—the latter bringing festival founder Jack Evan Johnson back to town (he’ll also perform solo). The locals-heavy roster also includes punk stalwarts The Quitters, garage-rock transplants Indigo Kidd and indie-pop outfit The Prettiest, plus once-Vegas-based singer-songwriter Chandelle. The fest will also feature two new interactive art components: a Life Is Sh*t coloring book and zine—with poetry and artwork by 19 local artists—and an “outhouse” open-mic stage, where attendees can play five-minute sets … while seated on a toilet.

Proceeds will go to Girls Rock Vegas, a summer camp and after-school program focused on achieving positive self-image through music. “I want people to know [Life Is Sh*t] is a positive thing,” Stefanova says. “Some people don’t really get the sense of humor, [but] it’s not meant to harbor any bad vibes. It’s grown, and I think it’s going to keep growing.” –

Life Is Sh*t September 23, 4 p.m., $5-$10 donation. Dive Bar, 702-586-3483.

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