Dionysian Road Trip

All 24-hour party people are welcome at the first annual Vegas Music Conference, which is headquartered at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this weekend. Conference events, which began last night, Wednesday, September 20, will continue all weekend, straight through until early Tuesday, September 26. Official conference party venues include The Joint and Body English at the Hard Rock, ICE, the Empire Ballroom, and Seamless. Saturday night’s Massive Attack show at The Joint will be a highlight, as will The Crystal Method DJ set at ICE, also on Saturday night. For those who like to dance in bathing suits, there will be daytime pool parties featuring the world’s top deejays spinning at the fabled Hard Rock Casino Pool from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The brainchild of San Diego promoter and marketing consultant Daniel Bussius, the Vegas Music Conference will have daytime panels on such topics as protecting your music, contract negotiations for emerging artists, and getting your music used in the soundtracks to feature films. Recent additions to the already incredible party lineup include a pair of Morning Ritual events at Seamless that begin on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and end at noon. Santa Barbara favorites Donald Glaude and Charles Feelgood will be spinning alongside such international luminaries and Winter Music Conference headliners as Doc Martin and Erick Morillo. And it’s not too late — with a good designated driver, Santa Barbara players could have a full Thursday night on State St. and still hit Seamless in time for Friday’s Morning Ritual. Rooms at the Hard Rock are expensive and all but sold out, but the Alexis Park Resort across the street is a non-gaming hotel with big, reasonably priced suites still available. Find a full schedule, ticket information, and streaming videos at the Vegas Music Conference Web site,

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