Now in its 12th summer, FakeFest at Golden Nugget has become known as one of the best compilations of tribute bands anywhere.
Probably in the same way a casino revue show casting legends of the past can still fill showroom seats nearly 30 years after it debuted, and retro nightclubs with ’70s and ’80s themes have been outdrawing many of their contemporary counterparts, FakeFest remains a super-popular, three-day summertime musical event 12 years after it started.
It began as a sort of shot-in-the-dark idea a Trump Marina casino exec came up with when he noticed a growing trend of quality tribute bands replicating well the sounds so many baby boomers were weaned on. Hopes were that the original FakeFest would do at least well enough to cover costs while offering a new wrinkle in the regular routine at The Deck — the popular outdoor party venue overlooking Farley State Marina.
But it went well beyond that, at least where staying power applied, so Golden Nugget kept FakeFest in place after acquiring ownership of Trump Marina last year. Many seem to see the festival as a way to celebrate the music they grew up on, and grew to love, without spending a fortune.
The majority of the eight bands that appear each year are veterans of FakeFests past, but the lineup is never exactly the same from summer to summer. And while getting the sounds as close to the originals is the goal with all the groups, some make replicating their looks more of a priority than others. This year’s festival (July 13-15) features bands replicating the music of Van Halen and KISS (Friday), Billy Joel, Foreigner and Green Day (Saturday), and Heart, Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Sunday). For a complete lineup, see the Golden Nugget ad inside this issue.
“It’s always a fantastic time,” says Black Dog (Led Zeppelin) guitarist Danny Toto. “We’re glad to be a part of it again. We’re all Jersey boys so it’s like a homecoming for us. We touch on every era and every [Zeppelin] album, including live versions, and use all the same instruments like the double neck [guitar that Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page helped popularize], the bow, the theremin, tamborines, harmonicas and drum solos played with hands — they all make appearances on stage from time to time.”
Around since 2000, Black Dog also includes Rob Malave (vocals), Jeff Mott (bass, keyboards, mandolin) and Ted “Mino” Gori (drums/percussion).
“If you let it, this music will take you on a journey, it will run the gamut of emotions, it will rock you like no other … and it’ll make you want to dance,” says Toto.
FakeFest will also feature daily beer and drink specials throughout the weekend, including signature shake-and-take party cocktails, chilled shots, Orange Skittle martinis, honey lemonades, and 100-ounce imported and domestic beer towers that are ideal for groups.
H2O Pool and Bar at Golden Nugget
If lounging in luxury is more your speed, Golden Nugget recently debuted its rooftop H2O Pool and Bar. A year-round destination, H20 has eight private cabanas for rent ($175 including $25 food credit Monday through Thursday, or $300 including $50 food credit Friday through Sunday) each with personal plasma televisions, refrigerators, comfortable couches, poolside drink service and three fire pits to help you stay warm during the evening hours. There are also 12 daybeds for rent at $20 apiece (Monday through Thursday) or $40 Friday through Sunday.
“H2O adds a fun, vibrant energy to our newly renovated property,” says Tom Pohlman, executive vice president and general manager of the A.C. Golden Nugget. The large pool is heated and open daily (weather permitting), and four all-season Jacuzzis are available 8am-11pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 2am Friday and Saturday. The bar is open 11am-11pm Sunday through Thursday and until 2am Friday and Saturday, and occasionally features festive DJ entertainment or live bands. Food is also offered daily. For advanced reservations or more information, call 866-746-5336. — RS
Fakefest is happening Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at The Deck at Golden Nugget (at A.C.’s Farley State Marina). As has been the trend from year to year, all the bands playing Fakefest — and paying tribute to the classic rockers of yesteryear — are top-shelf.
For more than 10 years, Trump Marina has been putting on an annual weekend rock festival with a line-up of music that rivals the best rock festivals in music history. And this weekend, rock fans can hear the music of such greats as the Who, Kiss, Foreigner, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.
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