There is a part of American history that is often overlooked and that is a time of the Orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929, there were many children who were neglected or orphaned. With the flood of new immigrants in New York City, housing and lack of jobs were becoming serious issues for these poor immigrants. Many of the parents couldn’t afford to take care of their children or they got sick and died from an illness. Some of the children became troublesome in their cities by stealing, begging for food, or forming gangs. That’s when The Children’s Aid Society came along to help these orphans. They thought it would be a great idea to send these children on a train to the rural towns in the West and have Christian families adopt them. So the workers from the Society would clean up the children and each child would get a suitcase to carry whatever meager items they had. Then, they would head West on a train for three to four days. The children would sleep on the train. When they got to one of the many destinations, they would be cleaned up again and line themselves up for the local townspeople to look them over. The townspeople would look at their teeth, hair, height, and weight and then they decided who to take home with them. Some of the orphans found loving homes who raised them as their own biological children. Some were only adopted for cheap help around the house and farm. And some were physically and sexually abused. Many children ran away from their adopted homes because it was so horrible. After the reports came in about the negative aspects of the orphan trains, they ended the program. What was meant for good turned into a bittersweet affair. Even though the orphan trains ended, what the Society tried to do became a model for the current foster care system.
Music Venues in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is full of notable music venues to make a person’s trip to Sin City especially worthwhile. Here is a list of five fabulous music venues one should make sure to visit during his or her trip to Las Vegas.
The Joint is a popular live music venue located inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. With a 4,000 seat showroom, thousands of people are welcome to come and enjoy classic and modern rock bands perform live. Since its opening in 1995, many iconic artists have played here including The Rolling Stones, KISS, Bob Dylan, Coldplay and The Killers.
2. House of Blues
The House of Blues is a chain of live music halls located in 13 different areas. One of these chains is located on the Las Vegas Strip. The House of Blues plays live rock and blues music and serves traditional Southern dishes.
3. Brooklyn Bowl
As the name suggests, this live music venue located on the Strip also offers bowling. With its 32-lane bowling alley, people are free to bowl with friends and throw back some beers all while listening to music from a large variety of genres. These genres include reggae, country, rock, rap, hip-hop and even New Orleans jazz. Plus, before the sun goes down and the partying begins, it is even a place where the little ones can tag along during the day.
4. Double Down Saloon
The Double Down Saloon is open 24/7 and offers pool and pinball games for its guests while they listen to live music and drink bacon martinis. Chaotic murals cover each wall which suits the saloon’s punk vibe. Even better, the Double Down Saloon never has a cover charge to see its live bands. Numerous bands have played at the Double Down Saloon including The Briefs, The Heiz, Dickies, Riverboat Gamblers, The Black Diamond Riders, Supersuckers, Evil Beaver, Murphy’s Law, The Meatmen and The Briggs.
Designed after the The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace is a theater built at a cost of $95 million and seats 4,300 people. The Colosseum not only offers live performances from headlining residential artists, but also hosts touring music acts and top comedians. It has hosted Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Shania Twain, Jerry Seinfeld and the list continues. If you are looking for a luxury venue for your time in Las Vegas, this is the one for you.
Famous Musicians in Las Vegas
Panic! Killers! Slaughter!-It’s All Vegas…
There is no doubt that Las Vegas is one of THE destination spots for people from around the globe. The gambling, people watching, sporting events, music… it is a welcoming place for all who want to get away and relax, cut loose, forget about things for a while. What many don’t know, though, is that Las Vegas is also an origination place for some of the best music to grace the airwaves. No, not Celine, Rod, nor Wayne… but how about some pop punk from The Killers, or a few hip-hop grooves from Ne-Yo, or a healthy dose of heavy metal from Slaughter?
Vegas is a music lovers gold mine, and a variety of artists call The Strip their home. Hip-hop, pop, punk, heavy metal…it’s all in Las Vegas.
It would be crazy to try and “rank” the music acts that have come out of Las Vegas. There are many, and they each have their own audiences and followings. If you’re a hip-hop fan, Ne-Yo, who is on the DefJam label, penned the 2004 hit “Let Me Love You” for singer Mario, and recently released his sixth album, Non Fiction, in January of 2015. Rolling Stone said of Ne-Yo and his latest album: “Some things never go out of style”.
Two punk/pop bands to rise from the desert include The Killers and Panic! at the Disco. Both bands featured dynamic frontmen, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Brendan Urie of Panic! The Killers have released four studio albums: Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age, and Battle Born. They are regarded as the most successful act to come out of Nevada, with gigs at England’s Wembley Stadium and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Brandon Flowers launched a solo career, releasing the album Flamingo, and has topped the UK charts 5 times with his songs.
Panic! at the Disco recorded and released its first studio album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2006. With the top ten lead single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the album eventually went double platinum in the United States. Brendan Urie, who has collaborated with the band Fall Out Boy, recently sang before President Barack Obama and Billy Joel at Joel’s Kennedy Center induction.
For heavy metal fans, Mark Slaughter of the band Slaughter represents Vegas well. Now a resident of Nashville, Slaughter is best remembered for Stick It to Ya, which produced hit singles including “Up All Night” and “Spend My Life”. Slaughter still tours nationally to sold-out crowds.
Las Vegas is not just gambling and sports-it has some deep music roots, too. Check it out.