In an effort to stoke more enthusiasm — and help raise more money — for the Save the Huntridge campaign, a sizable handful of (mostly) local bands will throw down outside the shuttered theater for its first show in nine years on Saturday evening, in a nod to the Circle Jerks' famous 1995 parking lot show staged after a pre-show roof collapse.
Vegas music acts Alaska, Trevor and the Joneses, The Core, HaleAmanO, Jesse Pino, Oranges, Calmosa, Shayna Rain and the Gents and Arising Tide — along with Phoenix rock group Signals — are slated to play the first Huntridge benefit concert, which will also feature live art demonstrations and food trucks such as Slidin' Thru, Sauced, Sin City Wings and Kona Ice. And doesn't some shaved ice sound refreshing given the mercury-bursting temperatures in Las Vegas this weekend?
If local music fans and community supporters can overcome the heat, and spare a few bucks to the cause — the show is free, but expect a few pitches for donations during the event — perhaps Las Vegas can relive a little bit of the former movie theater-turned-music venue's old glory. Here's an added incentive: At some point in the evening, organizers will illuminate the front of the historic venue.
The Save the Huntridge effort seeks to raise an initial $150,000 through crowdfunding site IndieGoGo to demonstrate to private investors the community's commitment to reviving the 69-year-old building. So far, a little over a third of the money has been raised, with 19 days left in the campaign. The estimated cost for buying and renovating the Huntridge is $10-$15 million.
Saturday, June 29, 6 p.m.-midnight; The Huntridge, 1208 E. Charleston Blvd., donation. For more event info, click here.