Best Party Town – New Orleans vs. Las Vegas
Does anyone remember being a freshmen in college, Friday nights, getting your party outfit on, and heading down to the frat houses for a big ol’ kegger? There was usually a couple guys on the front porch on the lookout, some places were so sophisticated that they employed police scanners and asked sly questions to ensure you weren’t a cop, like, “Are you a cop?”. If you were smart enough to say “No”, you would move inside where you handed a dude $5 and in exchange received a plastic cup to drink out of for the balance of the night. The partying went on downstairs in the basement, it was dark, it was dirty, and we wouldn’t of had it any other way. Dozens of kids crammed themselves into these dark quarters, bass booming from speakers hanging from the ceiling, and kegs of the nastiest beer you could imagine. Good times.
Once you turn 21, you have the priviledge to come out of the caves and into a world of high priced beers, bottle service, and if you haven’t wasted enough money on yardstick beers and Jager bombs, you can walk even gamble it away quicker.
There’s dozens of amazing party towns around the US and Mexico, but I picked these two because of the contrast. One that is not up for consideration, because I love it too much, is Key West. But Key West doesn’t really fit into a category, it’s beautiful, it’s a destination in itself, it doesn’t really need the party to be amazing, while New Orleans and Las Vegas are built on the foundations of booze and gambling.
Las Vegas is a sight to see, there’s some really unusual buildings, some shaped like pyramids, some shaped like Paris, some shaped like New York, but you sort of think, it’s just a lame little Disney park depiction of them and once you enter any of them, they all look and sound the same. Filled with slots, tables, and whistles and bells, you quickly fall into a haze and desparately need a drink. The bartenders are beautiful and talented. The clubs go all out, they do everything they can to impress you, they even pay celebrities to hang out at their clubs to give them some cred. I think you can already see who’s going to win this rivalry.
New Orleans has something that Vegas doesn’t, it has lots and lots of character. Instead of being created and torn down every 20 years, New Orleans has some beautiful history and architecture that has withstood many storms and many, many styles and tastes over the years. It also has fantastic music, usually pouring out of every bar, and incredible food that no place in the world can duplicate. You can get drunk, in fact, you will get drunk. But the key with New Orleans, it that you have plenty of things to do while you are not drinking. The bars try to lure you in with 2 for 1 specials during the morning and afternoons, but hold out, grab a great meal, check out the local markets, go on a tour of the French Quarter, ride the streetcar named desire.
New Orleans might inject a little soul into you and it wins the rivalry for it.
RKDeem’s 17th Greatest Band
Louis Prima – This dude and his band were out of control awesome. You’re heard Jump, Jive, and Wail at the Olive Garden, you’ve heard Sing, Sing, Sing, you’ve heard Pennies From Heaven, but you never realized how good this dude was at performing. Dig a little deeper into his greatest hits and listen to Buena Sera or Oh Marie, these songs climax with blazing horns and thrashing cymbals, you can’t help but feel yourself go a little wild with the music. By the way, Louis Prima was from New Orleans and you can definitely hear it in his sound. My standout track is one that I just found recently and I get a real kick out of it – I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You