Here’s how two Aussie girls, Miss Chrissy Keepence and Miss Bonnie Rose and their entourage, enjoyed their time at (and getting to!) the world’s biggest Rockabilly Festival, Viva Las Vegas!
Miss Chrissy shares her highlights:
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend No 16 (VLV16) attracted thousands of visitors from across the USA and around the world, and the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada is where we set up camp for the week. This place was jumping from 6am to 6pm – of that you can be sure! I lost count, but there was a contingency of at least 40 ‘loud and proud’ Aussies and we all had a blast. Shopping, burlesque, bands, dancing, cocktails and dreams…..
Even work was play for us over there! Some of our highlights included:
- The Lindy Charm School For Girls holding Vintage Styling Presentations to no less than 70 of the USA gals. We then spent the day sharing our styling techniques with the masses.
- Seeing Little Richard play live – at 86 the man still has it! It was awesome being part of this historical performance.
- Seeing 12 entrants from around the world compete in the Pin Up Girl Competition and watching as our Aussie girl, Miss Lady A Broad, takes out the crown!
- Watching our own Miss Ramona Cachinero from Brisbane take 2nd place, out of 120 entrants, in the famous Vintage Bathing Suit Competition at the Vegas Pool Party!
- Attending not one but two Vegas weddings. The first was impromptu attendance on our part when the couple arrived at 3am via stretch limo to the Stained Glass Chapel on The Strip. The other was for the fabulous Miss Emma & Rupert from the Aussie band The Sugar Shakers. Held on Easter Sunday at Graceland Chapel it was complete when a handsome Elvis performed both with them and for them at the altar.
- And to top it off, a 24 hour Harley Fat Boy bike ride through Nevada and Arizona had Miss Chrissy walking a little funny for a few days, but a breathtaking ride none the less!
And from Miss Bonny Rose’s Travel Diaries…
Unlike Miss Chrissy, I started my travels in paradise! Aka Tulum, Mexico. I visited amazing beaches, ruins and swam in fresh water Cenotes. What a way to spend a holiday….
- I then coasted into the USA on America’s mother road ‘Route 66’.
- I drove through deserts, visited the Grand Canyon, ‘stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona’ as sung by the Eagles. I visited old towns – ghostly remnants of their former glory thanks to the new I40 freeway. Last stop before Viva was Hoover Dam, a wonderfully amazing sight to behold and to think it was built to help relieve America from the Great Depression!
The bright lights of Vegas awaited us…
- I saw the world’s largest Golden Nugget which, ironically, is from Victoria!
- Then all the fun of the Viva festival where Miss Chrissy and I worked the Lindy Charm School magic! I will say I was a little disappointed with the dress effort this year compared to last year and found that overall the best dressed were the Aussies.
- Watching Little Richard perform was a dream come true, what an amazing and talented man! I was truly humbled.
- Miss Chrissy was nearly executed at the Goreatorium though for being too glamorous! I acted as fashion police and took care of those less glam.
- Last stop before home was LA, city of angels.
- After checking out of the Biltmore Millennium in West Hollywood we headed for Venice Beach, hired some bikes and rode the beach path along to Santa Monica Pier. What an amazing place. Muscle men, freaks and one or two movie stars. Not really the sort of lasting memories you want as reminders of an otherwise fabulous trip, wouldn’t you agree ladies?