September 17: Las Vegas casino bands, book signing

September 17: Las Vegas casino bands, book signing

Date: September 17, 2016
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: There is no charge to enter The Mob Museum retail store

McKay bookDr. Janis L. McKay, author of Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands, will sign books from 1-5 p.m. in The Mob Museum retail store.

The book explores the life and history of music found on the Strip from large bands and orchestras performing full time in various casinos to the casinos’ movement to use synthesizers and taped music to save money.

Through extensive interviews with former musicians, McKay charts this boom and bust cycle, the effects of strikes on Las Vegas and the performers themselves and the long-lasting and far-reaching consequences for the entertainment industry.

With its numerous oral history interviews and personal perspectives from the era, this book will appeal to readers interested in Las Vegas history, music history, and labor issues.