I must express my appreciation for Hotel Vegas only charging $3 for cover. I'm currently tight on money so I have to be in frugal survival mode-perhaps this will be a lesson in personal responsibility and an opportunity for growth. With my insufficient funds in consideration, I did not let myself hit up the bar.
I arrived at the venue around fifteen 'til eleven and the first band, Gremlin UK, was playing. They were a three-piece group that had sort of a classic rock vibe mixed in with modern indie flavoring. As a fellow wannabe rock star, I empathize with the guitarist/singer who was left unable to play after busting his last spare high-e string (Step it up, Ernie Ball! You'll be king once you invent the unsnappable e-string.)
After their technically challenged but enjoyable set, I met with my colleagues (fellow DJs) out on the back patio to discuss the finer things in life like rooftop drinking and questionable behavior at parties.
Up next: Cheap Curls! They were another three-piece band but they were fronted by a young lady and had a reverb-drenched pop-punk sound. The mixing on the vocals was less than flattering so the singers were given a case of chaotic mush-mouth unfortunately.
The headline act was Collen Green. She has created a persona of being a quirky, irreverent stoner girl but she appeared much more tame and reserved than I had expected. This may not have been a bad thing because she never seemed pressured to live up to a particular image and seemed to just be focused on her music. She played along with a bassist to drum loops through out the set. The use of a drum machine would probably be awful for most bands but Colleen Green's style of pop-rock actually meshed with it so I wasn't taken out of the whole experience.
The night wasn't spectacular but not disappointing. I'd recommend checking out more of Colleen Green's music. Hotel Vegas wasn't one of the best venues I've been to but I can't complain when the cover is cheap and the live acts are enthusiastic and raw.