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Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas: Something magical is brewing in the heart of the Linq

This is the outdoor view from 3rd story balcony. Keep in mind the first level is on the second story and has an even larger balcony.
This is the outdoor view from 3rd story balcony. Keep in mind the first level is on the second story and has an even larger balcony.
photo by Thomas Stark; Brooklyn Bowl with High Roller ferris wheel

Many tourists and locals of Las Vegas wanting some entertainment besides gaming can now find it. Brooklyn Bowl opened to the public on the night of March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. It is located next to the High Roller ferris wheel within the Linq complex. So, how does this work? Have you ever thought about bowling while listening to live performances from your favorite bands? This is the place if one wants total immersion of music, lights, and ambiance while just hanging with friends on posh couches while being catered Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon. Oh, and bowling with not one, but two levels of bowling with 8 lanes on each level.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas will be the brand’s third location. The original location opened in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2009 in the former Hecla Iron Works building (built in 1882) and was the first L.E.E.D. certified bowling alley in the world. The second Brooklyn Bowl location opened in January 2014 at the O2 in London, and was hailed by the London Evening standard as a “…wonderland of food, drink, music and pins”.

Brooklyn Bowl New York has hosted a diverse range of acts including Kanye West, Elvis Costello, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, HAIM, Snoop Dogg, Guns’N’Roses, James Murphy, Adele, Paul Simon, Big Boi, Moby, N.E.R.D, Talib Kweli, and Solange. Named Zagat's "Best Music Venue – New York City" for three consecutive years (as well as "Best Bowling Alley" and "Best Brooklyn Venue") and one of the best clubs in America by Rolling Stone. Eater described their menu as "epic," while the New Yorker hailed the club's unprecedented combination of top-flight music, beer, bowling, and food as "like nailing a spare on a four-ten split."

I was on the list for an exclusive first hand look March 7, 2014. Upon entering the grand foyer, one can't help noticing a giant disco ball overhead. The sights bring back memories of Coney Island, NY. The setting is complemented by many hand painted Side-show act posters posted on intricately laid brick walls and complete with the Amazing Zargo ATM machine. The first person I met at the top of the escalator was General Manager Andrew Economon. He excitedly stated "We have over 80,000 sq ft of entertainment and fun things to do: bowling, rock and roll music venue for 2,000 people, restaurants, and bars. Everything you can imagine all in one place. Adults absolutely welcome and family definitely during the day. Lot's of fun things to do."

I made my way next down to the production crew who would rather remain invisible and unnamed. That's how they roll. A great deal of thought went into the a/v design for this place as there are many different LCD monitors scattered about with extensive networking throughout. Not only this, but each bowling lane has its own mega LED monitor just above the pins. If players happen to turn heads away from the concert to bowl they still see live video feed right down the bowling lane. There are 5 to 6 video cameras set up at various points surrounding the stage to capture all kinds of angles and focal points. There is a lot that I could say about this, but Brooklyn Bowl would like you to come by and check this out.

About the concert stage itself, the lighting rigs are absolutely phenomenal rivaling any indoor concert venue. And the audio was crystal clear with solid bass and percussion. Just ask Soulive and the Shady Horns who performed with George Porter Jr live opening night. They jammed and it was pure bliss to the ears and eyes of anyone attending. The production crew really did an outstanding job and superceded all expectations.

Do come by and contribute to the new Las Vegas Skyline. Brooklyn Bowl and the good people of the Linq think you will really enjoy yourself. So, give yourself a break. Bowling lanes are available 11:00 a.m. until close beginning Monday, March 17. All-ages bowling will be available daily from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m for those with families. And enjoy some good food by Blue Ribbon's service featuring the full menu will be available at each lane. There is a thought that this venue will probably be open 24/7 as Las Vegas is a 24/7 town. More magic yet to come. Feel free to Click to Tweet: .@BBowlVegas now open in #Vegas w/ March show lineup including @ElvisCostello & @TheRoots.

The following is the line up of bands and pricing for the rest of March 2014:

The Roots - Friday, March 14

The Roots, a Grammy Award-winning hip hop/neo-soul band and house band for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” have been described by About.com as “hip hop’s first legitimate band” (show: 11:30 p.m., admission: $35-$40 )

Elvis Costello and The Roots - Saturday, March 15

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner Elvis Costello will be joined by Grammy Award winning hip hop band The Roots. (show: 9 p.m., admission: $69.50. 2 night pass: $139.00) Following that performance, The Roots’ leader Questlove will DJ a “Bowl Train” set, the iconic party he has hosted at Brooklyn Bowl New York every Thursday since the venue opened in 2009.

Elvis Costello and The Roots - Sunday, March16

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner Elvis Costello will be joined by Grammy Award winning hip hop band The Roots. (show: 8 p.m. , admission: $69.50 )

Brett Dennen – Wednesday, March 19

Folk/pop singer and songwriter Brett Dennen will appear with Irish musician Foy Vance. (show: 8 p.m., admission: $15 - $20 )

Cake - Thursday, March 20, Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Alternative rock band Cake, whose latest album has been described by the New York Times as "post-new wave with smart lyrics," comes to Brooklyn Bowl for 3 nights. (show: 6 p.m., admission: $36.50 - $40. 3-night pass: $109.50)

Karl Denson - Thursday, March 20, Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson, formerly of Lenny Kravitz’s band, brings his band Tiny Universe to Brooklyn Bowl for 3 late-night performance sets. (shows: 11:59 p.m., admission: $15 - $20. )

Local Natives - Sunday, March 23

Indie rock band Local Natives brings their indie sound to the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas stage. (show: 8 p.m., admission: $20 - $25 )

Galactic - Wednesday, March 26, Thursday, March 27, Friday, March 28 & Saturday, March 29

New Orleans based funk and jazz jam band Galactic. (shows: 11:30 p.m., admission: $25 )

Lettuce- Saturday, March 29 & Sunday, March 30

The Brooklyn-based, seven-piece funk outfit, will perform over two nights. (shows: 7 p.m., admission: $20. 2 night pass: $40)

For additional information on shows at Brooklyn Bowl and to purchase tickets click here.

And finally, about taking photography, small consumer point and shoot cameras as well as mobile phone cameras are allowed. Professional grade cameras and photographers must request a photo pass via media@brooklynbowl.com. And for any other FAQs.