REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry.  I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.


Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am


Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

STARTS AT 1:30am


Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  [email protected]

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

262 thoughts on “REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms”

  1. GC, as soon as I hit ‘send’ on that Jersey comment, I knew I was in for it. haha. I guess the key distinction is that he LEFT New Jersey 😉
    As it happens, Geno’s doing a cooking class on Sat AM. I’m sure nobody doing the Matador events will make it, but…oh well. Go to the Sunday buffet with the chicks in tutus dancing on the table next to the sopressatta instead. It’s Vegas, baby.

    For those on a budget, Palms also has a food court by the movie theatres with the usual suspects.

    Another tip: the Gold Coast across the street runs a FREE shuttle to the Strip. it’s not as frequent as you’d like it to be, but it’s FREE (a cab just from Palms to the Strip is at least 5 bucks each way, believe it or not)

    Jsquared, a lot of people think the best coffee in Vegas is at Silk Road in Vdara…but I doubt you’re gonna go there just for that. Most of the better stand alone coffee places in LV are off-Strip.

    BTW, those who might get the jones to do some vinyl hunting, probably the place in town to see is Record City in a tiny purple bunker on Sahara Blvd near The Sahara. The prices aren’t bargain, but you will see some stuff there that you won’t anywhere (once saw a Velvet Underground promo single, 60s French eps, etc)

    Also, Zia is a very solid indie store.

  2. ^^^ I’ve spent alot of time in Vegas and I live in Seattle…The only thing I miss in Vegas is good doesnt seem to exist. a double short americano is quite often 2 bad shots and 16oz of water…

    Oh wait..the bellagio has awesome espresso that i’ve ordered in the sportsbook.

  3. Also, there are free shuttles running every 45 min – 1.5 hour (Palms to Caesar’s and Fashion Show Mall, and Gold Coast to the Flamingo area on the strip).

  4. My opinion: Garduno’s sucks all around…wouldn’t waste a dime on food there, but to each there own….If you want mexican, its just right up the street at Ricardo’s….been in Vegas forever and has a great lunch buffet cheap, as well as great mexican food overall. Very short ride on Flamingo and well worth it.

    As for Battista’s, I find it to be a little too pricey and would much rather eat at Ferraro’s at Harmon and Paradise (right across from Hard Rock Hotel). Check this out for some great Italian food.

    Another great place, for those looking to share some Tapas, is Firefly. 2 people could get full for under $50 here and these are some of the best tapas in town. Just north of Flamingo on Paradise. Pretty easy cab ride.

  5. yes, what about Coffee? Is there a good coffee for snobs like me somewhere on Palms premises, or at least a coffee maker in the rooms? I’ll bring my own beans…

  6. that’ll work fine, thanks, Johnny. Plus, we’re staying in a studio suite in Palms Place tower. I’m assuming they have a coffee machine. If anyone can confirm that for me, who’s stayed there before, that would be great.

  7. If no coffee maker in Palms Place suite (would seem odd if there wasn’t one), I am sure that Simon Restaurant brews a great cup.

  8. I really want to change my plane ticket to right now. Don’t know if I can through the next two work days. The Palms should have a gift shop also with beer right? I stop into mine at Harrah’s because I have a player’s card and get them free with my comps from the gift shop, where they’re cheaper than the bar also.

  9. I’m definitely going for the margarita brunch Sunday. So, Twitter, what tag are we using? #Matador21? Anyway, I’m AnthonyCMoreno on Twitter. I’ll be at the VIP party alone since Current Wife doesn’t show up until later that night. My only goal for the weekend is to stay just sober enough to remember the concerts.

  10. all the sundries/gift shop type places in ALL the casinos will have beer/alcohol for sale. also, there is probably a liquor store within a half mile walk of The Gold Coast/Palms area, for stocking up during the day. booze everywhere.

    i’m doing the Sunday brunch at Caesars palace’s Mesa Grill. maybe.

  11. I’m doing the sunday brunch via room service in my hotel room while I’m hung over and watching 10 a.m. football and can’t get my shit together.

  12. face6 – i’m also at rio through my player’s card- i was shocked, i used to only get IP comp’d. i’ll hopefully be spending my off-show time in either the rio or palms sportsbook watching and wagering on some playoff-implication baseball saturday and football on sunday.

  13. oleus- When I bought my tickets I was a little bummed out that I’d have to stay on the strip so would be cabbing it, but then when I looked at the map I saw Rio and said “wait, aren’t they owned by the Harrah’s corporation”, and luckily they were. That is why I started playing at Harrah’s, was because they own a lot of properties all over the country and in Las Vegas so can stay at any of those places. I usually go to Harrah’s in Reno, but it’s nice to have a free place in Vegas even though I don’t go there often. I do get better comps at Harrah’s Reno though, but get the free rooms everywhere. I’m from SF so just heard the Giants take a 2 game lead, and they’re playing the Padres this weekend to end the season. That and the football will make a good Sunday morning. Hope it’s decided before the last game as I’d like to see Times New Viking. Will probably be at the Palms sports book after 1:00 so I can watch some games and then easily transition into matinee (assuming it’s not over-packed) without having to walk from Rio and miss some of either action. Plus I want to

    James- I guess I should tell my boss I won’t be in Friday or Monday. Shit, he’s lucky I’ll work Thursday before flying out. Will look out for dragon shirt Friday. I’ll be wearing my bowling shirt.

  14. face6 – i’m a braves fan who hopes the games this weekend mean something, i’m hoping the padres keep skidding. i’m also not willing to miss times new viking since i like them more than a lot of the mainstage bands, but that will just make me concentrate on the morning nfl rounds , if concentration is even possible at that point. i’m actually glad i had an excuse to stay at rio, or else i’d get no sunlight. between rio, all the time at the Palms and some possible visiting of Gold Coast i see no reason to hit the strip on this trip

  15. Oh yeah, I have definitely done three day weekends in Vegas and Reno where the only time I went outside was to the pool and going to and from the airport. If I was staying at the Palms I probably wouldn’t leave the place, unless maybe I wanted to bowl at Gold Coast. Don’t need to see that stupid strip this weekend. Good luck with the Braves. Division is easier goal for Giants than wild card so don’t mind if Braves win at this point, especially since the Giants are playing the Padres to win it anyways so if they play semi-decent from here on out they’ve got the division.

  16. Seeing how there is no longer a Saturday matinee as both Harlem and Dead Meadow have been moved to the late night shows, maybe we should organize a Saturday brunch instead. Any takers?

  17. ah! Look at that… smart move methinks.


    Harlem are playing the Palms Ballroom Friday after Fucked Up vs. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ; Dead Meadow are playing the same room Saturday after Esben and the Witch and Cold Cave. We’re NO LONGER featuring a Saturday afternoon Harlem/Dead Meadow matinee.

    Long story but we came to the conclusion a… 1:30pm start time on Saturday was a bad bad bad deal for the participants and everyone who’d been rocking Friday night combined. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

  18. peterman, FWIW I’d pass on the brunch at Mesa Grill. Been super disappointed in the past with their service and, primarily, their food. I hear the brunch at Simon’s is tops!

  19. Hey folks,

    James and I were thinking of maybe doing brunch/bowl at Gold Coast early Saturday afternoon (since they’ve eliminated the matinee show).

    Anyone want join us..let us know.


  20. nightmare brewing for those of us in the DC/Philly/NY area, flying out Thur and friday. friggin storm of ages, bringing AVERAGE of 2″-4″ or rain w/ 45mpr sustained winds in some places, and localized amounts of 6″-9″!!! tapering off wee-hours Fri AM, but man, this is not good. That’s all I #$%^&* need….

  21. “peterman, FWIW I’d pass on the brunch at Mesa Grill. Been super disappointed in the past with their service and, primarily, their food. I hear the brunch at Simon’s is tops!”

    thanks for the heads up Devon! i’ve had dinner there before, and i thought it was pretty good. don’t know if i can talk the yak out of it.

    bowling Saturday! i will be in my “major league drinking” GBV shirt.


  22. Sorry to hear that about the storm, that fucking sucks if it delays you. Especially since the main VIP perk that I know of is that Friday afternoon party.

    Yes, bowling Saturday works good now without the matinee show. 12-2 range? We should try to grab a couple lanes around 21 (easy to remember, Matador at 21…) if they’re available. Guessing it won’t be too busy that early, even though it is a Saturday. Could be wrong though.

  23. Hope it all works out for you SJ…hope there’s a favourable shift in wind direction.

    Picking the lane 21 is a good idea. Gold Coast site says it costs $3.00 to bowl. I assume 12-2 is the time we’d also want to go.

  24. Rain TH & F in NYC? Noooooooo! I have TH night tix for an outdoor Belle & Sebastian gig in Brooklyn. Sigh. Let’s hope it’s not too bad. I just want to get on my plane out of JFK Friday morning, quickly slam down three bloody marys, and then sleep until I land.

    Anyone else here taking a 1030 Friday Delta flight from JFK?


  25. The one other time I went bowling at the Gold Coast we were practically the only ones there. The place is huge and it’ll probably be empty, so it shouldn’t be too hard finding each other. I’ll be wearing either a Newbridge is For Lovers or a WFMU shirt.

    Anthony, I’ll be on that flight too. Maybe we could split a cab to the hotel. I think the storm should pass by then. I also have tickets for the B&S show in Williamsburg. I hope it won’t be too much of a mess. I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

  26. Hangover Bowl? I’ll still be drunk possibly. I’ll be wearing bowling shirt with my name, Ace, on it. Didn’t make up that name for myself by the way, had it my whole life. And I’ll be sans girlfriend. We split up two nights ago. Don’t worry, it was short term and I’m not shedding any tears this weekend. Going to have awesome time. And hopefully craigslist buyer doesn’t flake out of taking her ticket off my hands. If i’m not there to bowl at 12 don’t wait for me or anyone else. Especially with games being only $3 a piece. They are like $6 a piece in San Francisco. Total rip off.

  27. Okay, Ace, hopefully I’ll see you at Gold Coast for Drunken Bowl if we don’t cross paths the night before. Keep an eye out for that dragon shirt and I’ll keep an eye out for yours.

  28. You sporting the dragon shirt Friday though right? How about Saturday? I want to start packing now as I’m flying out a couple hours after I get home from work tomorrow, but I’m afraid I’ll get too excited and soil my pants. And I suppose one give away to help know who we are is the wristbands we’ll be wearing.

  29. I hadn’t planned on wearing it all weekend as it is sure to eventually be soaked in various bodily fluids. I also have an ATP NY Don’t Look Back hoodie which I plan to bring as I am a Canadian and need to wear layers to maintain a comfortable body temperature. I also hear that the air conditioning is regularly maxed out in the Palms.

  30. Just got back from the GBV kickoff show in Dallas. It was everything you could hope for – high kicks, striped white pants, three encores, etc. Around two hours total – I’m sure the setlist and reviews will be posted elsehwere soon, but it was light on the UTBUTS.

  31. nice James J!

    anyone got any setlists?

    damn, i bought $187 worth of booze last night. driving up from Phoenix friday morning, setting up bar in my room Gold Coast room #???!!!

  32. I was too into the show to note the songs, but as Bob said during the set, “We’re playing all the hits, kids”. 4-5 Toby songs (including Good Flying Bird). A roadie picked up all of the setlists from the stage and had the band autograph them at the end (ebay fodder?). There was a Doug Gillard show afterward, but I had an early morning meeting and had to head out. Mitch and Greg were really playing to the crowd for the whole show, and Mitch sat on the edge of the stage afterward to talk to everyone.

    I’m at the Gold Coast as well – hope to make it to the bowling on Saturday.

  33. Dallas, TX – 9/29/10

    A salty salute
    shocker in gloomtown
    tractor rape chain
    pimple zoo
    closer you are
    buzzards and dreadful crows
    break even
    my valuable hunting knife
    cut out witch
    hot freaks
    a good flying bird
    striped white jets
    mater eater lad
    gold heart mountaintop
    watch me jumpstart
    awful bliss
    14 cheerleader coldfront
    quality of armor
    gold star for robot boy
    dodging invisible rays
    queen of cans and jars
    unleashed the large hearted boy
    echos myron
    my impression now
    i am a scientist
    my son cool
    drinkers peace
    game of pricks
    smothered in hugs

    postal blowfish
    don’t stop now
    motor away

    jar of cardinals
    exit flagger
    some drilling implied

    johnny appleseed

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