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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Downtown Las Vegas: Alive & Grooving!

Fremont Country Club
Fremont East District, Las Vegas -
A hip new music venue with state-of-the-art recording capabilities opened its doors on March 6 in previously unhip downtown Las Vegas. Located across from the El Cortez Hotel, it's the second venue to open inside a building that Metro police once used for its fingerprinting The Backstage Bar and Billiards opened last year on the building's west side. Both are owned and operated by impresarios Carlos "Big Daddy" Adley and his wife Ava Berman. 

Nick Holliday of Vegas Chatter rates the FCC concept as... "awesome. Bringing 1,000 people downtown to see a show will do wonderful things for the local economy. It will expose all new people to the neighborhood and what it has to offer."

The 10,000-square-foot Fremont Country Club, Adley mused, is "Tex-Mex swanky chic meets space cowboy." That theme encompasses cow-skin ceilings, antler chandeliers and chrome horseshoes.

Rock, blues and alternative music will grace the club's stage three to four nights a week.

"We're not going to be doing local garage (band) nights, Adley said. "Not going to happen."

Opening night

Louis Prima, Jr. livens things up at the grand opening

Light-up horseshoes make up the back
of the Fremont Country Club Bar

Brian Saliba, Chris Kael, Carlos Big Daddy Adley, Terry Caudill

Notables in attendance: Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch, pro rider Ricardo Laguna, Robert Ortiz of Escape the Fate, casino executive Terry Caudill, Bogus Productions' Brian Saliba and actor Verne Troyer.

Current mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, former mayor Oscar Goodman, gave an unofficial Las Vegas stamp of approval to the Fremont Country Club.

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