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[Neon Reverb 2017]

Lost Vegas Hiway’ is a visual album for locals

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The film features a cast full of local musicians.

“Imagine if Beyoncé’s Lemonade took place at a dive motel in Vegas but with rootsy Americana tunes.” Who’s not on board after a teaser like that? Jeff Mix’s Lost Vegas Hiway project—premiering during Neon Reverb on March 11 and reshowing March 12—is essentially a visual album. The Vegas musician wrote 10 songs and applied them to 10 different characters, all spending one night at the Gateway Motel on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Arts District. He then employed his musician friends—including fellow locals Ken Osborne (The All Togethers), Paige Overton (The Clydesdale) and Tsvetelina Stefanova (Same Sex Mary)—to portray the 10 characters in the movie.

“You think, how hard can it be to do?” Mix says. “[The budget] wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t $50,000, either. A lot of people donated their time, and it took a lot of time to do. We did it pretty guerrilla and with a skeleton crew. I edited the movie myself as well—a real DIY project.”

Film screenings: March 11, 7 p.m; March 12, 4 p.m.; $7.77; Inspire Theater (March 12 screening followed by live, acoustic sets at Inspire). March 11 afterparty live show: 9 p.m., $10, Velveteen Rabbit.

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