This commentary is from my first week in Vegas.
The Downtowner Motel is right at the end of Freemont Street. After I put my luggage in my room, I ventured out for a bit as it was too late in the day to go apartment hunting.
I slowly walked up and down Freemont Street taking in the sites. Of course lots of stores selling Vegas memorabilia, restaurants and lots of bars and casinos. All throughout the street, there was performing artists - street players. That I enjoyed. A guy playing the cello with recorded music (I later found out his name is Josh and he did some gigs with Stevie Wonder. Life changes brought him to Vegas as a street player.), a steel drum player in another spot, magician, card tricks, visual artists, a mom and daughter hip hop dance team, even a guy with two swords inviting people to duel with him. Oh, and I can’t forget the guy who offered people the opportunity to kick him in the balls…. All of the street performers are tipped-based and rely on the generosity of the people who watch, enjoy and/or participate in their performances.
Lights, overhead music and razzle dazzle throughout. A long portion of the street is covered with thousands of lights. At night they have this really cool overheard light show with music. And the speakers hang over head all throughout the street. It’s booming and fun.
Then there’s the zip line flyers. It’s called Slotzilla. You can pay to fly overhead down the length of the street either superman style or sitting. It is pretty awesome to watch and to hear people take the ride. They hoohooo! in excitement.
At this point, I am unphased the commerciality, the lights, the bling - I am in Vegas for a purpose. However, in contradiction to that – the festive atmosphere, the street musicians – all of that has an appeal to me. I picture myself on the street singing. I’m going to part of this street music scene once I get things worked out. It’s why I’m here.
I find my home on Fremont Street and want to be a part of it. It’s going to be a good place to perform for tips while I get my chops or my voice together. It’s been over a decade since I’ve done any serious singing.
Eventually, I returned to my room and settled down to prepare for a busy day of apartment hunting tomorrow. I did find myself getting really tired around 6:00 pm. It was 9:00 pm Connecticut time.
I put netflix on my phone and called it a day.
AS OF MARCH --
Here are a few photos from the fun on Fremont Street. Enjoy!