Every summer the folks who run the Fremont Street Experience, the multimedia art and music spectacular in the heart of old downtown, bestow on Las Vegas a free rock concert series that is by far one of the best events of the summer.
From late May through the end of September, the 1st and 3rd Street stages of the Fremont Street Experience serve as the venue for the acclaimed artists who play in the ticket-free Downtown Rocks concert series, formerly known as Rock of Vegas.
“This year we’re kicking things up a notch with our new summer concert series, Downtown Rocks,” says Patrick Hughes, CEO and president of Fremont Street Experience.
Beyond Downtown Rocks, there's also live entertainment on three stages every night of the year. Check out the Fremont Street Experience calendar of events for more information.
Downtown Rocks plays out against a backdrop of a mesmerizing light show on the world's largest video screen, the world’s largest slot machine—the SlotZilla zip line—and iconic Las Vegas casinos like the Golden Nugget.
During the summer, events like Downtown Vegas and First Fridays art happenings are important elements of the hip Downtown scene, where there's always free music, amazing street vendors, hoppin' casinos, art galeries and great bars and restaurants.
If you plan to attend Downtown Rocks, be prepared for sweltering desert heat. By all means, dress down for the occasion and bring a fan.
2017 Downtown Rocks Concerts
May 26: Theory of a Dead Man performs at 9:00 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage.
June 10: As part of the Rockin' Road Trip tour, artists Fuel, Tonic, Marcy Playground and Dishwalla perform beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Street stages.
July 3: Ann Wilson of Heart, considered one of the best female vocalists in rock music history, sings on the 1st Street stage at 9:00 p.m.
July 22: Good Charlotte with the Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, performs at 9:00 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage.
August 12: Hunky classic rock icon Rick Springfield of “Jesse’s Girl,” “Affair of the Heart” and “Human Touch” plays at 9:00 p.m. on the 1st Street stage.
August 26: Seether plays the group's hits, including “Remedy,” “Fake It,” “Country Song” and “Words as Weapons” beginning at 9:00 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage.
September 1: Collective Soul is expected to perform a playlist of the group's hits “Shine,” “Breathe,” “Gel” and “December” on the 3rd Street stage at 9:00 p.m.
September 30: Chevelle rounds out the summer series with a 9:00 p.m. performance on the 3rd Street stage that's likely to include renditions of “Send the Pain Below,” “The Red” and “The Clincher.”
The Downtown Rocks free summer concert is made possible through a partnership with eight of Fremont Street Experience’s member casinos: The D Las Vegas, Four Queens Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Main Street Station Casino, Brewery & Hotel, California Hotel and Casino, Binion’s Gambling Hall and Fremont Hotel and Casino.