2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer’s New Interactive Elements Tap into the Growing Craft Lifestyle of Downtown

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2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer’s New Interactive Elements Tap into the
Growing Craft Lifestyle of Downtown
Gastropub, Human Arcade, BrewLogic sessions and live music highlight Las
Vegas’ premier craft beer event

The 2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer will embrace and transform the streets of its new home in Downtown’s Fremont East Entertainment District with a full lineup of craft beer-infused elements, including the Gastropub dining pavilion, the Human Arcade with pub games and music, and the BrewLogic area with presentations from master brewers and Cicerones on Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.

“We really challenged ourselves this year to create an experience that will be super exciting to the beer enthusiast and equally approachable to the casual, or even infrequent, beer drinker,” said Brian Chapin founder of Motley Brews. “With new additions like the Gastropub and the Human Arcade, this has become as much about the lifestyle surrounding craft beer as it is about the brews themselves, and we’re really excited to see the way people embrace the new location and these new elements.”

Expanding on the craft beer culture, the 2014 festival will have endless offerings as it aims to showcase Las Vegas’ burgeoning craft beer market for both locals and visitors. What Chapin calls “more than just another beer fest,” this year’s festival will introduce some great educational and culinary elements to enhance the craft experience.

Introducing a more beer-inspired culinary element to this year’s festival, the Gastropub focuses on how craft beer fuels recipes and accentuates the way food is enjoyed. Local restaurants and breweries have partnered to create complex, beer-infused menus with highlights including dishes from Naked City Pizza, Desnudo Tacos, The Goodwich, Brooklyn Bowl, Stack, Fat Choy, Echo & Rig, Lulu’s Bread and Breakfast and Chef Mike Minor’s new Truck U Barbeque food truck. These culinary marvels will be cooking up one-of-a-kind dishes inspired by craft beers, such as Naked City’s Lamb Meatball Pizza or Brooklyn Bowl’s Sweet and Spicy Catfish. Food in the Gastropub will be available for purchase and is not included as part of the festival ticket.

Out of the sun and inside Fremont Country Club, the Human Arcade will bring out the crowd’s inner child with “grown-up” twists on classic party games like giant-Jenga, bean bag toss and “bear pong.” Across the playing field, festival-goers will get their groove on at the “Silent Disco,” where guests donning headphones can tune into a variety of live DJ sets and hit the dance floor. Throughout the festival, live performances by Las Vegas’ very own Rusty Maples and Los Angeles-based Crash Kings will entertain those wandering Fremont between sips.

With Vegas being home to some of the industry’s leading mixologists and cicerones, the BrewLogic series invites beer enthusiasts of all levels to sit in on casual talks and demonstrations as well as participate in guided tastings to enhance their craft beer knowledge. The festival’s new series creates the unique opportunity for guests to form a better understanding of craft beer and new appreciation for their favorite beverage.

While more than 80 breweries will be representing more than 250 unique beers, a surefire favorite at this year’s festival will be the official festival beer, Sweet ‘N Funky Desert Junkie. Brewed by Joseph James Brewing Company exclusively for this year’s festival, the beer is a Honey Blonde Ale, brewed with local desert honey for a subtle sweet flavor and aroma, two-row malt and saaz hops. The beer’s name and logo were both created by Las Vegas locals through a social media contest.

An exclusive VIP area, known as the Brewers Lounge, will take root at the centrally-located Commonwealth. VIPs will get exclusive access to beer cocktails, reserve pours and small, beer-inspired plates crafted and served by the neighboring La Comida.

Tickets are currently on sale and available for General Admission for $35 and Early Entry for $45, until Saturday, April 19. Pending availability, tickets will be available for General Admission for $40 and Early Entry for  $50, from Saturday, April 19 until the day of the festival. VIP tickets have already sold out. Doors open for Early Entry and VIP ticket holders at 3 p.m. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit The Neon Museum and Nevada Craft Brewers Association (NCBA). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Great Vegas Festival of Beer website.

About Motley Brews:
Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for locals and breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting. The organization hosts beer-centric festivals and events designed to bring a local flavor to thousands of Las Vegans who thirst for good times and great beer. Since its founding, Motley Brews has established two signature events each year with a focus on enhancing the local craft brewing industry. The annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer each spring is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival, attracting more than 5,000 attendees each year. The Downtown Brew Festival held each fall is a more intimate affair that showcases the best tastes of the season. Motley Brews believes in giving back to the local community; each festival always benefits a deserving local non-profit organization.  To date, Motley Brews has raised more than $25,000 for Nevada charities.


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Nico Vega and Crash Kings come to Hard Rock Live Las Vegas Friday, July 12

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Nico Vega and Crash Kings come to Hard Rock Live Las Vegas Friday, July 12


WHAT: Breakout indie quartet Nico Vega joins forces with alt-rock band Crash Kings for a co-headlining performance at Hard Rock Live Las Vegas, located inside of Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

Nico Vega skyrocketed to prominence earlier this year with the release of its EP, Fury Oh Fury and the unexpected hit single, “Beast.” Featured in the trailer for the most highly anticipated video game of the year, BioShock Infinite, the anthemic song went on to top Spotify’s viral charts and Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart.

The rollicking band, made up of bluesy front woman Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler, drummer Dan Epand, and bassist Jamila Weaver, is fresh off touring with Imagine Dragons on its sold-out 50-city tour. The band is gearing up for the release of its new album, Lead To Light.

Nico Vega will be joined by Crash Kings, the LA-based hard rock trio, who released their eponymous debut album in 2009. The well-received album features the single, “Mountain Man,” which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

Made up of brothers, Antonio and Mike Beliveau, and drummer Tom Roslak, Crash Kings is slated to release its second album, Dark of the Daylight, June 18.

Nico Vega and Crash Kings will tour over 25 cities together through August.

WHEN: Friday, July 12
8 p.m. doors
Ages 21 and up

WHERE: Hard Rock Live Las Vegas
3771 Las Vegas Blvd S. (Across from Monte Carlo)
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Hard Rock Cafe Box Office or at ticketweb.com.

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Rock ‘n Roll Wine Presents the Inaugural Wineucopia at the M Resort Pavilion on April 14, 2012


Featuring Live Performance by Multi Platinum Recording Artist Better Than Ezra with special guest Antonio Beliveau of chart topping rockers Crash Kings

Rock ‘n Roll Wine is proud to present its inaugural Wineucopia event – A wine and music celebration to usher in spring. Taking place at the M Pavilion at the M Resort Spa Casino on Saturday, April 14, the event will highlight over 35 wineries, 70+ wines and live performances featuring Billboard chart-toppers, Better Than Ezra, Antonio Beliveau of Crash Kings and local buzz bands Play For Keeps & Offset Season.

For over a decade Rock ‘n Roll Wine has been creating some of the most unique, high-energy wine and music events in the country.  With the belief that the wine experience is just as important as what is in the glass, Company founders Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton have now created Wineucopia – a bountiful evening of revelry and indulgence for wine and music enthusiasts alike.

While guests get the wine flowing with a stellar lineup of headlining wines, live music on two separate stages will get their blood flowing featuring Billboard chart toppers Better Than Ezra, Antonio Beliveau of alternative rock stalwarts Crash Kings and more.  Better Than Ezra garnered critical acclaim and chart success with their #1 single “Good”, plus “Desperately Wanting”, “Extra Ordinary”, “King of New Orleans” and more.  Beliveau’s Crash Kings single “Mountain Man” soared to #1 on the Alternative Rock charts in the spring of 2010.

“When the incredible new M Pavilion opened, it was the perfect opportunity to throw a blowout wine tasting in our quintessential Rock Out With Your Cork Out fashion.  We guarantee to rock the joint with an abundance of rock-star wines and amazing rock ‘n roll,” said Hammond.

“M Resort’s new 25,000 square foot pavilion is the ideal venue for our inaugural Wineucopia event. It’s spacious, adaptable, and can accommodate thousands of people. Add in the M Resort allure, easy access from the I-15, generous parking and great restaurants and you have the makings for an unforgettable evening for our guests,” said Barton.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, March 13 and are priced at $45 (including taxes and fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.  Event will last until 11pm with the official after-party being held at Hostile Grape Wine until 1am.  Tickets and more information are also available at www.rocknrollwine.com or by calling Rock ‘n Roll Wine at 702.240.3066.

Fans must be 21 years of age or older to attend and the ticket price includes all wine tasting and live entertainment.

ABOUT ROCK ‘N ROLL WINEFounded by wine and music aficionados Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton, Rock ‘n Roll Wine is a wine events, marketing and promotions company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people approach, perceive, and enjoy wine.  Rock ‘n Roll Wine produces high-energy wine tasting events and Festivals in addition to making their own music-themed line wines.  Past events have been held at some of the best venues in Las Vegas including Mandalay Bay, Hard Rock Cafe, SkyBar at the Hard Rock Hotel, Tao Beach, Bellagio, Foundation Room and Studio 54 and have featured well-known artists such as Train, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Jet, Dashboard Confessional, Everclear, Pat Monahan of Train, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray and more. Rock ‘n Roll Wine believes the wine experience is just as important as the quality of the wine. Combining the right atmosphere, with the right music, and the right people is when “the juice” truly shines. As the company grows, so does the quality of events bringing the best live music and most delicious wine to one place at one time. For more information, go to www.rocknrollwine.com.

ABOUT M RESORT SPA CASINOM Resort Spa Casino is located on over 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, seven restaurants and six destination bars, more than 92,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. For more information, visit www.theMresort.com. Find us on Facebook – M Resort Spa Casino. Follow @MResort Twitter. Read our M Point of View Blog. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

ABOUT BETTER THAN EZRA Along with such similarly styled outfits as the Goo Goo Dolls, the New Orleans-based trio Better Than Ezra helped open the floodgates for countless alt-pop acts of the late ’90s (including Semisonic, Matchbox Twenty, and Third Eye Blind) by merging college rock influences with mainstream aspirations.  Better Than Ezra’s first major label album “Deluxe” spawned a sizeable radio hit with “Good,” which helped push the album to platinum status by the end of 1995.  Since then the band has consistently produced riff driven melodic hits such as “Extra Ordinary”, “Desperately Wanting” and more, much to the delight of their loyal fan base.