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Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2018 – A Swingin’ Success!

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend continues to gain momentum as one of the strongest cars-meets-culture events worldwide. And trust us…they come from international lands to be part of this thriving scene.

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So how did it get to where it is today? Twenty-one years ago, Englishman Tom Ingram took a gamble in the city of Las Vegas. Taking a gamble is nothing new for this city, but the gamble he took was different from rolling dice on a table or laying cards down. The idea that a hotel (then the Gold Coast Casino) would play host to a gathering of Rockabilly music enthusiasts, and their vehicles must have seemed like a long shot.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

What started out small and intimate for the first few years as since snowballed into a worldwide avalanche. Every spring an army of loyal rockabilly music devotees gather from every part of the planet in Las Vegas, to attended what has possibly become the biggest rockabilly music event on earth.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

This year, the event turned “two-one”, there were over fifteen-thousand attendees, the car show had over 600 vehicles of every description, and a host of musicians playing on stage set up in the parking lot.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

The headliners of the car show were 80s rockabilly sensations the Stray Cats. The paved lot in which they played was so packed, when they came on stage people were sitting and standing on their cars hundreds of yards away to catch a glimpse (we’ve never seen the car show area so packed).Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

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Eighty-two-year old Jerry Lee Lewis preceded the Cats and after a few songs warmed his fingers up and sounded just like Jerry Lew Lewis should. Prior to Jerry Lee, veteran musician Duane Eddy and his twangy guitar wooed the audience with his 50s and 60s instrumentals that made him so popular. Besides these big three, Mitch Polzack & the Royal Deuces and Hot Rod Lincoln performed at the car show that day.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Fuel Curve

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

These three acts drew smilin’wide fans for as far as the eye could see. In the morning before these acts ever took stage the Japanese rockabilly fans set up camp front and center against the railing. There they waited all day, in the same spot for their heroes to take stage, now that is true devotion the rock and roll lifestyle!

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve


It seemed that nearly every continent on this planet had devotees who traveled all the way to the Viva Las Vegas show just to enjoy music. The same applies to the vehicle owners who brought their rides to the show, though most of them come from the United states and Canada. However, the VLV weekender is far more than a car show.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

Inside the Casino the ballrooms were filled to capacity with music acts all rooted in the early American rock and roll genre. While most live music acts finished up around 3 am, DJ’s spinning vintage wax tracks kept the red eyed crowd bopping till dawn’s early light.

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Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel CurveVendor halls were filled, selling all sorts of goods, and if that was all too much, nursing a hangover by the pool seemed a popular way to spend the day between acts. Even poolside early rock and roll music was piped in prompting dancing in the aisles.

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The frenetically-paced weekend had so many special events taking place it would be tough to shine the spotlight on one single entity. Perhaps the greatest part of this particular rock and roll weekender is the people watching. Cars, guitars, rock & roll stars, we tried to capture it all for your viewing pleasure.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekend, Fuel Curve

Here’s to being young and twenty-one!

Viva Las Vegas Photo Extra!

Without question, Mike is a brilliant photographer who has a keen eye for composition and color. Having nearly two decades of experience in the magazine business, Mike has spent the better part of his adult file photographing cars and the people connected to them. Sealing his fate as a gearhead, Mike's first car was a '73 Camaro. Currently, he is working on bringing a '62 Ford Galaxie and '58 Chevy Apache back to life.

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