The Mesquite MusicFest sounded like something that would be worth attending. Besides I had been hearing a good deal about interesting events taking place in this low key city just an hour past Las Vegas on Interstate 15.
The MusicFest was billed as 'classic shows, just like Vegas used to be'. This sounded particularly interesting to me since I had spent a good deal of time in Las Vegas during the sixties and early 1970s covering conventions and business meetings as a reporter.
Those were the years of the Rat Pack, Louie Prima, Peggy Lee, Big Bands and Bobby Darin. The hotels were the Dunes, Sahara, Sands, El Rancho Vegas, and Tropiciana and they all featured top name lounge shows.
The MusicFest was three different performances. The first featured Art Vargas, a Vegas performer for 25 years. The second was Roadhouse Legends, a country western production with singers,dancers and country impersonators of Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire.
The third was called Killer, Cash & Elvis as a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
All the performances in the showroom of the CasaBlanca Resort, Casino and Golf Course.
Mesquite has been featuring a series of weekend events. Just past was the Balloon Festival and following the MusicFest a week later a world class Motocross.
More about Mesquite and my stay there tomorrow.