NEW FAQ – Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend

September 26th, 2010 at 6:37 pm by Patrick

The Mona Lisa of Las Vegas

Below is the new FAQ for Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend, Las Vegas, Oct 1-3, 2010.

(This replaces the old FAQ, which was mostly about how to buy tickets and get rooms.)


1. Where is the Palms?

The Palms Casino Resort main entrance is at 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, about one mile West of the Strip:

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The Palms consists of three towers – two of them quite close together in the casino, the Palms Tower and the Fantasy Tower. Both the PEARL THEATER and the PALMS BALLROOM are located in this area, along with most of the bars and restaurants.

The third tower is called Palms Place is and linked to the rest of the resort by a long corridor with moving sidewalks. It also has a separate entrance, parking garage and check-in desk. The address is 4831 West Flamingo Road, about one-quarter mile West in the same building.

Refer to following casino diagram as you read the rest of the FAQ:

(Please note that the top of the casino diagram is South. Click on image for larger version)

2. Where do I pick up my wristbands?

Pick up your wristbands at the PALMS BALLROOM (refer to diagram above). This is accessible through the Palms Tower entrance to the resort – the main entrance. Go STRAIGHT AHEAD through the slot machines, bearing right past the island bar, towards the entrance to the Pearl Theater. The two elevators to the ballroom are directly to the RIGHT of the entrance to the Pearl. If there is a line at the elevators, there is a staircase up (one story) to the ballroom, located directly to the LEFT of the entrance to the Pearl. There will be signs posted.

Make sure to have the credit card that you used to pay for your tickets AND a photo ID with you.

Note: People who purchased VIP tickets will get tickets (with their assigned seat numbers) as well as wristbands. People who purchased General Admission (GA) tickets will just get wristbands.

3. If I am staying at the Palms, where do I check into my room?

If you are staying in a Palms Tower or a Fantasy Tower room, you check in at the reception desk directly to the left of the Palms Tower entrance.

If you are staying in a Palms Place room, try to go directly from the airport to the Palms Place entrance. That entrance is at 4831 Flamingo Road, about a quarter mile further west on Flamingo. Cabs know where it is. Palms Place has its own reception desk, pool, restaurants, bars and facilities.

To get to Palms Place from the main part of the casino, walk to the very west end of the casino (i.e. head right after you enter), past the sports bar and the sportsbook, and look for signs for Palms Place. You will need to take an elevator up one floor and then take the moving sidewalks.

4. What is the schedule of bands?

The complete schedule of events is located HERE.

5. Where is the main show and where are my seats?

See map above: the mainstage shows are located at the PEARL THEATER which is situated in the main part of the casino. After you enter, you go DOWN one level (stairs or elevator) to reach the main portion of the Pearl.

If you bought a VIP ticket, you will have an assigned seat in one of the sections closest to the stage. The assigned seat will be on your ticket. Please show it to the usher.

If you bought a GA ticket, you have the choice of standing in the area directly in front of the stage (while capacity allows), or finding seats in the open areas. Both the standing area and the GA seats will be first-come first-served, each night. If you are sitting in the mezzanine or balcony, you may have to go up in the elevator or the stairs.

6. Are there in-and-out privileges for the shows?

Yes. You may leave and re-enter the PEARL THEATER (mainstage) shows at any time. Just show your wristband. Keep in mind that if you have a GA seat, you should have a friend keep it for you. If you were on the floor and it fills up to capacity during your absence, you may not be allowed back immediately, and will have to find a seat until there is room down there again. Or use a stadium pal.

7. Where are the afterparties and matinee shows?

Again, refer to the schedule located HERE. All the live band afterparties and matinees are located in the PALMS BALLROOM, which is where you collected your wristband (see answer to question #2).

The Karaoke Underground party on Saturday night is located at LITTLE BUDDHA, an Asian restaurant and lounge also located in the main part of the casino. It is quite close to the Pearl and the Ballroom. (See map of the casino above.)

The afterparties, the matinees and the karaoke are all first-come-first-served, and once the spaces fill up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity. The capacity of the Ballroom is approximately 600 people. In-and-out privileges will be observed so long as it is not over capacity.

8. What are the food and drink options?

There are bars located all through the PEARL THEATER, and bars will be available at both the PALMS BALLROOM parties and at LITTLE BUDDHA. The resort also has a food court and buffet, as well as multiple restaurants, bars and nightclubs. See the Palms site for more details.

Outside of the Palms there are innumerable food and drink options. Here are a few:

$$$ Piero’s – 1950s old-school red-sauce Italian joint where Vegas politicos hang out. One of the few original Vegas places left. Reservations required, and jackets for men (though this rule may not always be enforced). Be sure to request a table in the room with the bar. 355 Convention Center Drive, (702) 369-2305,

$$$ The Palm Steakhouse Las Vegas – The local branch of the famous steakhouse (absolutely no relation to the Palms Casino) is located at Caesar’s Palace on the Strip. Reservations recommended. 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South (The Strip) in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, (702) 732-7256,

$ Lotus of Siam – One of the best Thai restaurants in the country. Be sure to tell them that you want Thai-level spicy, not dumbed down for Westerners. 953 East Sahara Ave., (702) 735-3033, no website. If it’s full, there are other restaurants in the large courtyard area where it is located, including a quite good Thai alternative.

$ In-N-Out Burger – Some people love it, some people love to hate it. We (mostly) love it, and can’t get it in the Northeast where we Matadorians come from. They’re all over Vegas, but the closest one is 4888 Dean Martin Drive, (800) 786-1000,

$ V Las Vegas Chinatown – Located about a mile north of the hotel is Las Vegas Chinatown, with tons of Asian restaurants, many with vegan options. Centered around Chinatown Plaza, located at 4255 Spring Mountain Road between Arville and Wynn,

V Sunflower Markets – Vegas is not a great town for vegetarians and vegans, but this cheaper alternative to the Wholefoods grocery chain is also located closer to the Palms. 4020 S. Rainbow Blvd., (702) 876-4888,

V Wholefoods – If you prefer to go to an organic grocery you already know, then maybe you want Wholefoods anyway. The closest one is located pretty far south on the Strip, near the turnoff to the freeway to the airport. 6689 Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 589-7711,

9. Can I smoke at the shows?

No. You can smoke on the gaming floors, and in some of the bars, but not in the PEARL THEATER.

10. Is there a swagbag?

Every attendee will receive a Matador at 21 totebag. It will not be filled with tons and tons of goodies, but it does have one very special item in it.

11. What kind of T-shirts, records, CDs and other special items will be on sale?

Two record stores, Zia Records of Las Vegas, and Origami Records of Los Angeles, will be selling in the lobby of the PEARL THEATER all weekend. There will be two designs of Matador at 21 T-shirts, seven limited-edition Matador at 21 posters by different artists, the Matador at 21 charity 6-CD box set and low-priced vinyl double LP compilation, records and T-shirts by all the bands performing, as well as a special curated selection of vinyl of all kinds chosen by the bands who are playing.

12. I bought a VIP wristband. Where can I go?

As per the answer to question #5, you have been assigned seats in the front seated sections. In addition, you have access to the Opening Gala in the two-level Hardwood Suite, from 4-7 PM on Friday afternoon. This is the only hotel suite in the world with a professional indoor basketball court, fully stocked with balls, not to mention a professional locker room, scorepad, pool table and room to dance. Of course there is a full bar as well, a rotating loveseat inside a closed cylinder for ultimate privacy, and many nooks, corners and rooms to escape the sports (if you prefer). The Hardwood Suite will close down during showtimes at the Pearl, and reopen afterward from 1-5 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. (It will not be open Sunday night after the last band has played.) Bands and staff may be hanging here as well. The Hardwood Suite is located in the FANTASY TOWER.

Note: the Hardwood Suite is also first-come-first-served, and once the space fills up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity.

13. I’m staying at the Palms. What are check-in and check-out times?

4 PM check-in, 11 AM check-out.

14. What else is there to do?

Slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, poker, sportsbook, swimming pool, the Drift spa (located at Palms Place) plus four other salons, tons of bars and restaurants onsite, a movie theater on site, Pole Position go-kart racing right around the corner on South Arville St. featuring speeds up to 45 MPH. Then – a quick taxi ride to the Strip, a slightly longer taxi ride to downtown, both worth checking out. Outside the city there are many options, from hardcore automatic weapon firing ranges to serious hiking.

15. I’m from Las Vegas, and your dining and activities suggestions suck.

Please make additional suggestions in the comments thread below. The more the better.

16. Is there an ATM onsite?

Oh yes.

17. Can I take photos and video?

Any non-flash photos are fine. NO VIDEO IS ALLOWED.

18. Will the event be filmed?

Yes, the event will be filmed by multiple parties. By attending the event, you consent to have your likeness used used in a future promotional or commercial release.

19. Can I park onsite?

Free parking is available at both the Palms Tower and Palms Place entrances.

20. How do I get from the airport to the Palms?

There are airport shuttles which charge a fee. One is Bell Trans, which charges $7.50 (subject to change) – call (702) 739-7990 or (800) 274-7433. Taxis are easily available and cost roughly $25 including tip.

21. Are there child-care facilities at the Palms?

The Palms offers a Kids Quest child care center, which charges a fee.

22. Is there wi-fi at the Palms?

Wi-fi is available in all hotel rooms for an additional fee.

23. How do I get updates and find out about any changes or special events? What if I have any problems or questions?

If you have any immediate questions (or suggestions), please make them in the comments thread to this FAQ. Keep in mind that we will not be able to answer these with any degree of promptness after Thursday night!

Beyond that: Follow the @matadorAt21 twitter feed. The Twitter hashtag for the festival is #matador21. Regularly check the website located at, which will be completely revised and updated shortly. You may also email , but please keep in mind that emails can only be answered in the order received.

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

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110 Responses to “NEW FAQ – Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend”

  1. dd Says:

    if I’m arriving into town before the person who bought the tickets for our group, will I have any trouble checking in and/or getting my wristband/tickets?

  2. Akolade Says:

    Yes! Can’t wait! Anyone have any idea how many people can “fit” on the floor?

  3. Aaron Says:

    I suggest folks head to the Doubledown Saloon after the shows for some late night hijinks. It’s one of the greatest dive bars ever! Awesome jukebox, great drinks and bartenders, never a dull moment. Chinatown is just north of Flamingo, lots of good eats and most stay open late. The Fukuburger truck is usually staked out there, just look for the mobs of folks surrounding it.

  4. FrankieB Says:

    What if one experienced a freak accident and no longer has the card with which they purchased their ticket?

  5. johnnyburma Says:


  6. James Says:


  7. Adam Says:

    Yesterday, I bought a total of 3 of the new preferred seating tickets that just went on sale. 2 for friends and one for me. (We’re all traveling in together.)

    I had to buy the two before the third since max of 2 per purchase was allowed. Is there any way we can get the 3 assigned seats together? Pretty please? We’ll even send you a small assortment of fine baked goods if you can make this happen.

  8. James J. Says:

    Thanks for all of the info, Patrick. I hope that you guys get to take next Monday off after putting all of this together.

  9. johbot Says:

    What if someone who bought tickets will not be able to attend. Is there a way to get the tickets for the rest of the group? Could we bring the credit card it was bought on and a photo copy of the purchasers ID?

  10. Shawn Says:

    This is real class, guys. Thanks for taking the time to put this new FAQ together.


  11. salty Says:

    I have 2 GA tickets available for face value ($250/ea = $500), email me at if you’re interested. I will meet you in Vegas on Friday afternoon.

  12. bg Says:

    Go-carts AND a tote bag? Just when i thought this couldn’t get any more awesome. Thanks so much for all the great work, guys.

  13. Jsquared Says:

    I’m also excited by the go-carts. I see a little early morning racing in my future. Any takers?

  14. oleus Says:

    i’m going to have a hard time concentrating on anything this week

  15. paul w. Says:

    hey, i paid for the tickets with my credit card but they are in under my friend’s name. my friend can’t make it that day… any suggestions? if i show them his ID, will that work by chance?

  16. Joel Schultze Says:

    I won the mid-september lottery to buy GA tickets. I filled out the form for 2 tickets and sent it back within the allotted 24 hours. I received no confirmation of the tickets except when I e-mailed FYFF after a couple of days and received a response e-mail that only said “you’re all set”. I checked the activity on the credit card I used and don’t see anything related to the tickets. I have e-mailed FYFF again for some sort of confirmation and have not received any response. I have until tomorrow to cancel my room at the Palms for no penalty, but I have already booked my flight. Any way to see if I have tickets for sure or not?

  17. johnnyburma Says:

    Will the Hardwood accommodate all those with VIP passes?


  18. bmech Says:

    “17. Can I take photos and video?

    Any non-flash photos are fine. NO VIDEO IS ALLOWED.”

    I’ve been to shows where they say photos are allowed, but then the concert staff balk at more “professional” looking cameras, e.g. DSLRs with telephoto lenses. I’d like more detail on the policy for this event because I might be motivated to drop some cash on a new lens this week. Thanks.

  19. Patrick Says:

    dd and paul w.: FYF tells us: “this person needs to have a copy of the id and a note allowing their friend to release the tickets or whatever amount. we will be providing envelopes to people to leave extra tickets at will call for friends. oh, also have confirmation number too.” If you’ve corresponded with Mariko from FYF, who has been handling the ticketing, she also writes: “im asking guests to print my correspondence and bring it to the show too.”

  20. Patrick Says:

    johnnyburma: Unclear, because the suite does not have an official capacity. If all 400-some VIPs, a number of staff and a number of bands are there simultaneously, it is possible it will become too crowded for comfort. If so, there will be a one-in one-out policy in effect. We will do our best to accommodate all VIPs however, and at any given time, the assumption that not everyone will be there.

  21. johnnyburma Says:

    Thanks for the quick reply Patrick. Yeah, I guess there are few capacity variables. I wasn’t certain of the actual number of VIP’s for the event.

    I hope you guys are also excited and not too stressed!!

  22. Nate Says:

    I have one GA ticket available at face value ($250) via Paypal. Email me at if interested (yes, that’s a real address)

  23. JTC Says:

    I have 3 general admission tickets available for face value, email me at if you’re interested. I am attending and so can meet you in Vegas on Friday afternoon after I pick up the tickets from will call.

  24. Patrick Says:

    Joel Schueltze: I have forwarded your email to Mariko at FYF. Please also email, copying, and let us know if you don’t receive an answer.

  25. Dennis Says:

    Do we get one wristband for all 3 days? Don’t think I’ve ever worn one nonstop for 3 days, hope is is sturdy and survives.

  26. Nancy Says:

    I have one regular GA ticket — half up front via paypal and half at the show as we walk in together on Friday. Face, of course ($250). Email

  27. Jason Says:

    What time will the wristband will-call open on Friday?

  28. Matt Says:

    Also check out while you are in Vegas;
    the Pinball Hall of Fame (all games are playable):
    Double Down (mentioned above):
    Red Rock Canyon (if you want to experience nature):
    Hash House a Go Go (huge breakfast, best Bloody Mary in town):
    Fuku Burger (late night burger truck in China town):

  29. TroutDog Says:

    Does anyone know what the policy will be for transporting drinks from the general hotel area (e.g. the casino floor) into the Pearl Theatre/mainstage? LV is normally very liberal with toting drinks around from public place to public place, but was curious how this will be handled this weekend.

  30. oleus Says:

    the Hash House a GoGo is in my favorite old school trashy casino on the strip, The Imperial Palace. i’m planning on sticking between Rio and Palms and wasn’t planning on going to IP but vegas plans never stick

  31. oleus Says:

    troutdog – i have not been to the Pearl but if it’s anything like the other LV theaters, you won’t be allowed to bring an outside drink in. they want you to buy the drinks inside the theater.

  32. Courtney Says:

    bmech: I contacted Matador publicity about photos before this FAQ came out, and the answer I received was just no tripods or big camera bags. So I think that DSRs will be fine. Although if any Matador staffers want to comment further, I too would welcome further clarification.

    Dennis: There are a lot of music festivals that give you one wristband for three days.

  33. sonic tooth Says:

    oleus – that’s a drag if that’s the case, but not a surprise I guess even if it does sort of defy the relative open container freedom that exists in general in LV.
    ATP NY in past years was great for just making hotel room shuttle runs to bring down a few cans or whatnot. kept expenses down.

  34. Patrick Says:

    Digital SLRs are fine. We just want to avoid anything obstructive.

  35. TroutDog Says:

    Thanks oleus….I guess that means less money to spend at the craps table.

  36. oleus Says:

    troutdog – if we hear differently i’m sure we’ll see each other at craps inbetween sets, that’s what i plan on playing this trip

  37. Dorgon Says:

    When I’ve been to shows in Vegas at, say, Mandalay Bay, they let you bring the drinks in, but not the containers. They just have cups to pour them in to. I don’t know if Palms is the same, but I sure do hope so. If not, just knock back that glass of whiskey at the table, pogo it off, then repeat. You’ll have a great weekend.

  38. oleus Says:

    looks great in this picture from the stage

  39. Brent Says:

    How are we to know which tower we’re staying in? I don’t believe we’ve received this information yet. Can’t wait!!!

  40. TroutDog Says:

    oleus – Really hoping the Palms is a lower stakes craps casino. Super fun game, but if the minimum bets are above $10, the math doesn’t really work with my bank roll ($5 would actually be a lot better).

  41. Courtney Says:

    Patrick thank you for your quick reply. I really appreciate the job you folks are doing of getting the information out in a clear and timely fashion.

  42. Steven Says:

    You can’t bring drinks in to the pearl, they sell bud light for 8 bucks & i think they sell vodka & absinthe for 11. also wine i think but thats it.

  43. oleus Says:

    trout – during this weekend it may be tough to find $5 minimums on craps at Palms but i hope i’m wrong. Luckily the gold coast will surely have them (and probably better odds).

  44. Matt Says:

    @TroutDog Plams will have $10 – $50 minimums depending on the game and time, specially on the weekend. Gold Coast is across the street for some lower minimums.

  45. Patrick Says:

    Brent: you should have received an email from Ticketfly telling you to call the Palms and identify the name of the reservation, and in return they will give you your confirmation number and room details.

    702-942-7777, give them your first and last name (or the name under which the reservation was made).

  46. David Says:

    i’d like to propose a little meetup/weekend strategy plan at either the double down or the beauty bar thursday night.

    i’ll be arriving at noon local vegas time thursday…staying at mirage that night.

    anyone wants to get in on some shit hit me up on twitter… @thedavecat.

    can’t wait!!!!

  47. Brent Says:

    Thank you, Patrick! I’m sure my wife called them and they told us they’d let us know where we are staying when we get there, but I think it’s worth another phone call. Psyched!!!

  48. David Says:

    PS – i’m also renting a car.

  49. Checko Says:

    PINBALL MUSEUM: For those of you who get a little tired of the gaming come down to the Pinball Museum and know your money is going to a good cause.
    Pinball Hall of Fame
    1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89119
    They are open from 11 AM to 12 MIDNIGHT Friday and Saturday
    All proceeds go to Salvation Army.
    There is also a camera shop next door called Casey’s Cameras. And across from the soon to be closed Liberace Museum.
    Heading east on Tropicana past the airport.

  50. Mark Ohe Says:

    Will the Original Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum have a booth at the event?

  51. johnnyburma Says:

    Hey folks,

    I was wondering if anyone had any information regarding wifi coverage at the Palms. I know that you can get it in your room for about $14/24hrs. Is there an option to have coverage hotel-wide or something like that?

    …I also read that Coffee Bean (in the food court…beside the Pearl) has free wifi.

    Thanks for your help,

    3 MORE SLEEPS!!!!!!!!

  52. TroutDog Says:

    Thanks for the info everyone. $8 budlights is not what I was hoping to hear, but maybe I’ll be flush with cash after hitting the tables at the Gold Coast. Either way, the anticipation for 3 days of rock has become overwhelming…..

  53. Logiola Says:

    if anyone got a pair of the \prefered seating\ tickets just released.. but only want GA so they can hang out with friends with GA.. let me know..i would gladly trade.

  54. sonic tooth Says:

    Well dress me up in a pair of Pampers. Beer, $8? and Bud Light to boot? I finally have something to be a whiny cry baby about too!

    I guess I’ll live…..;)

  55. oleus Says:

    i foresee the gold coast bars getting raided in between sets !

  56. Matt Says:

    “i foresee the gold coast bars getting raided in between sets !”

    Or if you’re staying in the Palms, just buy a cheap case of beer anywhere on the Strip to keep in your hotel room for in between sets. You’ll still be able to walk around the casino with it. Just remember to get enough for your new friends you’re meeting on this board who are staying at different hotels ;)

  57. spuds mckenzie Says:

    Bud Light is hydrogenated piss.

  58. johnnyburma Says:

    Gonna make a necessary pitstop here on our way in.

  59. MattyB Says:

    I lost my credit card after I ordered the tickets and have a replacement card with a different number – will that be sufficient along with an ID to pick up my ticket?

  60. sonic tooth Says:

    thanks for the Lee’s tip.
    we’ve got half of our room coming in via roadtrip/car so they’ve been designated as our Palms Hotel Guest Room Bar inventory management team….
    Here’s hoping that the room can be accessed swiftly from the Pearl.

  61. Smokey Says:

    @Matt — that is definitely the plan. And burma…you needn’t travel far. I’ve read there there is a cheap liquor store in the Gold Coast.

    That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate of Buying $8 Bud Light

  62. johnnyburma Says:

    Oh wow…thanks for the info. Do you know if they stock mirco brew beers in there?

  63. bg Says:

    What’s the closest liquor store to the Palms, for those of us without cars? I did some searching and the nearest one seems to be two and a half miles away, which is a bit of a hike. Though i suppose i could stop there on the way back from In-N-Out burger, and get the most out of a cab ride.

    Absolutely no work is getting done this week. I’ve got important shit to plan, like where to get cheep booze.

  64. bg Says:

    And look at that, Smokey answered my question before i even asked it. Thanks!

  65. Dave Says:

    Wahhhh, beers are 8$ and my VIP room is a long way away

    I’m going to get some exercise running from the Pearl to Palms Place to restock!

    I’m looking into a $475.00 bottle of Grey Goose at the pool for Saturday, though. (Think I’ll get any wash for free?) Anybody wanna go halfsies?

    Anybody know if the airlines/tsa frown over an empty flask in carryon luggage?

    I can’t hardly focus at my job…only two more days…

  66. Smokey Says:

    Don’t know Burma. Couldn’t find any info on

  67. Dave Says:

    Smokey: is the store in the Gold Coast a true liquor store, do you know? It would be a lot closer than Lees. Although Lee’s is only a short cab ride.


  68. sonic tooth Says:

    damn, thanks for the Gold Coast liquor store info as well….

  69. johnnyburma Says:

    Thanks for the info Smokey. I will keep searching and advise if I find anything!

  70. TroutDog Says:

    Not that I’m complaining about the lineup, but it’s kind of a bummer Nate won’t be on stage Sunday nite pouring shots of Jack during the GBV set. Actually, maybe he can focus exclusively on that if he’s in town!

    My liver is requesting I get back to work and stop plotting its demise….

  71. sonic tooth Says:

    yeah…wonder if nate or gillard or any of the later GBV guys will be in attendance watching the show?
    Whole lot of not working going on here…..

  72. Patrick Says:

    Anyone who has credit card or ticket questions: please email Mariko Jones:


  73. James J. Says:

    I don’t know if tomorrow night’s GBV show in Dallas is a special case, but Doug Gillard is going to be doing a show afterward with free admission if you have a GBV ticket stub.

  74. Dorgon Says:

    Here’s how to get cheap drinks in Las Vegas:

    1. Sit down at a bar that features video poker machines. Put a $20 in the machine.

    2. Bet one quarter at a time, nice and slow. Get the bartender’s attention. Order your drink.

    3. Tip for your free drink, push the bet button a couple of more times.

    4. Push the cash out button.

    5. Repeat.

    If you can’t get good and wasted for $8-$10 off whatever the hell you like to drink, you either have a drinking problem, a gambling problem, or both.

    I’ll be providing lessons on this to my traveling companions, so look for a bunch of Matador-t-shirt-wearing, flannel-shirt-tied-around-our-waist, Chuck-Taylor-sporting dudes drinking at the video poker bar. That’ll be … well, that’ll be everybody.

    Can’t wait!

  75. oleus Says:

    PS to Dorgon’s tips:

    tip VERY generously on the first drink and you (usually) get hugely rewarded. even if you are only getting one drink. you’re bound to see the same bartender or two at the video poker over the weekend. they don’t even care if you’re playing 25 cents at a time. the first tip will do wonders.

  76. Judi Says:

    I purchased tickets from Zia records and never got a confirmation email. Will my wristband be at will-call?


  77. face6 Says:

    Stop giving away the video poker trick people! We discussed this in another thread! They’re very hard to come by on weekend nights. And if you do cash out right after getting your drink you’ll get dirty looks and poor service, so at least play for another 5 minutes. However, if it gets you out of your seat quicker for me to take it then walk away right after getting your drink.

  78. OH HELL NO! Says:

    Are you freaking kidding me? They are threatening to close the Liberace Museum? No way this happens with the Matador wolf pack in town. We need a plan. This can’t happen. Not in America. I hate to get political, but is there any way Matador can donate some of the proceeds from this show to the political candidates in Vegas running on a pro-Liberace platform?

  79. oleus Says:

    it’s not really that much of a trick, you can do the same at a cheap slot machine if it gets too busy at video poker (which it would be anyway)…

    anyone know where exactly the recently available preferred seating is? i may give my friend my GA ticket and i’m wondering about where this section is.

  80. Liz Says:

    What time on Friday will the ticket pick up at will call begin?
    thank you!

  81. roland Says:

    One of my GA tickets has become available if anyone here needs one. I’ll eat the extra fees and round it down to the base face of $250. Drop me a line at and we’ll work details out.

  82. face6 Says:

    oleus- Yeah, not really a trick, but newbies don’t really know it. And the trick is actually that you get the drink right away at the video poker bar. At all other slots you gotta wait for a waitress. Good for if you want a quick drink immediately (like between bands) without paying $5 or whatever for it. Plus I like video poker so it works out o.k.

  83. oleus Says:

    yeah plus if you do want to stay a while (i never get the free drink and bail) a nice tip can really improve your second drink and/or the speed you get it. some places have a ton of video poker bar space but i get the feeling the palms is not a behemoth

  84. johnnyburma Says:

    TWO MORE SLEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. Dylan Says:

    2 GA sats availabe since my friends are flakes. 500 for the pair.

  86. Dylan Says:

    2 GA seats available since my friends are flakes. $500 for the pair.

  87. Gregg Harris Says:

    I have one GA Weekend Pass to sell for face value plus taxes and fees which total $290.25. I’m willing to round it down to $290 if anyone is a stickler for a quarter.

    If you’re interested, please contact me at


  88. Eric Says:

    A friend bailed, so I have one GA ticket available. Just wanna recover my $225 cost for it. email me if you’re interested –

  89. Derek Says:

    can someone please elaborate about this OLE-999 of which you tweet?

  90. Charlie Speight Says:

    I have an extra GA ticket that I will sell for face value ($250). Requesting 50% paypal up front, 50% on site in LV. Contact me at if you are interested.

    (FYI, I am coming in from SF so if you are here and want to meet face-to-face before hand to confirm, I would be happy to accomodate.)

  91. Mike Says:

    I have two GA tickets available for sale at face value ($250/each)

  92. Dylan Says:

    We have one GA seat left, asking what we paid which is somewhere between $200 and $250 (have to check receipt, we will show you it so you know we’re not scalping), We arrive Friday afternoon between 2 and 3 and can swap after we get the tickets/wristbands.

  93. Heath Says:

    add me to the list of people with an extra GA ticket… face value. come on, you know you want it

  94. Ken Katkin Says:

    Last-minute question: One member of my group needs to leave town on Sunday morning. Are the wristbands transferable? Another friend will fly into Vegas on Sunday to use the first friend’s wristband for Sunday’s shows, if that is allowed. Is it? THANKS!

  95. hathaway Says:

    will it be possible to upgrade to VIP tickets on site?

  96. JP Says:

    Hey Gerard and Patrick,

    In case the nasty wind and rain delays arrivals from the East Coast until later in the evening Vegas time, will we still be able to pick up our tickets/wristbands for Friday entry?


  97. Mike Says:

    There is a pair of general admission 3 day tickets on ebay for face value that ends tomorrow if anyone is interested. Ebay Item number is 270643002986

  98. AA Says:

    How late can we pick up our wristbands? Will it be possible to do so at any hour of the festival?

  99. chris Says:


    See you there, God help us all…

  100. MF Says:

    Safe travels everyone! See you tonight.

  101. Gerard Says:

    pickup in the ballroom is happening today from 1pm-10pm ; after that, the Pearl box office. If you’re arriving later than Friday, please write to

  102. Gerard Says:

    “will it be possible to upgrade to VIP tickets on site?”

    No, sorry. We’re totally sold out of VIP tickets

  103. Gerard Says:

    Wristbands are non-transferable.

  104. AA Says:

    Thank you for your reply, Gerard!

  105. Kelly-o Says:

    Gold coast liquor store is tiny, but surprisingly complete and not too expensive. Comparable to home prices.

  106. susie Says:

    that was seriously the greatest weekend ever. thank you so much, nils, chris, patrick, gerard, mariko and everyone else!

  107. oleus Says:

    everything was beyond perfect. i didn’t want it to end. this will be reverberating in my brain for a LONG time. forever

  108. Chris Says:

    The word “epicicity” gets used a lot these days, but this weekend totally earned it. Thanks for inviting us all guys, keep up the good work. I’ve always been a fan of a lot of bands on Matador, but from now on you better believe I’m just as much a fan of the label and all you guys stand for. Rock on.

  109. Dave Says:

    Thanks to you all, this was one of the best/weirdest/best weekends ever. Wow. It was great to speak with you guys and to be a part of the whole thing.

    I can’t wait ’til Matador @ 42!

  110. Jason Says:

    I haven’t had that much fun since I was 19. Like Bob said, “It’s time for all us to go home to our shitty lives.” Thanks for the amazing weekend!