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Updated Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

One for the money, two for the show: Rockabilly Weekend in Vegas, baby

By Kristin R. Jackson

FORGET THE fancy wine, the craft-brewery ales. At Las Vegas' old-school rockabilly festival, the party crowd knocks back cans of basic beer.

For them, the more than 150-year-old working man's beer — Pabst Blue Ribbon — is the drink of choice. It goes with the flow for an urban hipster couple, lounging in their vintage car, at the annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, a four-day retro blowout celebrating 1950s-style rock 'n' roll with dozens of live bands, a big vintage-car show, pinup contest, burlesque showcase, bingo and bowling.

So put on your blue suede shoes and checked shirts, your pedal pushers and tight, cleavage-baring dresses. Just leave the good wine at home.

Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times' NWTraveler editor. Contact her at

Roll with it

The next Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is March 28-31, 2013. Info:



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