Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of the Las Vegas Casino Bands

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University of Nevada Press

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Reno, NV


The biggest change in the Las Vegas music community happened when corporate owners took over the casinos from the mob owners and the workplace dynamic shifted from a more personal business model to a corporate one. This shift mirrored the larger shift of the entire Las Vegas business culture. Even as the Las Vegas casino/hotel industry became more respectable, many of the workers who helped to make Las Vegas succeed found that their services were no longer valued or needed. There is no doubt that different ownership led to permanent changes on the Las Vegas Strip. Job opportunities for working musicians have since been severely limited, compared to what they once were.