Even though we’re not “officially” a part Viva Las Vegas, we love it when this event when it comes to town!
VLV is advertised as the biggest Rockabilly party in the world, and you know we always like to be part of huge events!! Below is a description of the event grabbed from the Viva website. Lots of music, lots of shows, and lots of fun… let’s go!
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is the Largest Rockabilly Event in the World, and the Longest Running Music Festival in Las Vegas, coming up on its 22nd year.
The Weekender annually attracts over 20,000 attendees to The Orleans Hotel and Casino for four nonstop days of music, hot rods, dancing, burlesque, pool parties, shopping and more. Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly aficionados from over 20 countries mark their calendars each year for the event, coming from Europe, South America, Japan and even as far as New Zealand!
This festival features the best Rockabilly music from over 100 world-renowned bands and legends of Rockabilly as well as dozens of wild DJs, sure to keep you on your feet. Past headliners include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Stray Cats, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Brian Setzer, Brenda Lee, Dita Von Teese, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Reverend Horton Heat and many more!
The weekender also puts on North America’s biggest pre-1960’s era car show where you can find hundreds of hot rods and just as many vendors selling vintage clothing, home wares, music and vintage reproduction must-haves.
Join us for the biggest Rockabilly party in the world!
Hogs & Heifers Saloon Las Vegas
201 N 3rd Street | Downtown Las Vegas | One Block North of the Fremont Street Experience
21+ w/ID | No Cover | Free Motorcycle Parking
The History of Hogs & Heifers Saloon
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar and that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!