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See Jack White Play To A Sold-Out Crowd At Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Last updated: February 6, 2015 at 10:22 am. Posted by in Celebrities, The LINQ, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on See Jack White Play To A Sold-Out Crowd At Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

Jack White is currently on tour, playing very select cites worldwide. Sure, he hit Madison Square Garden and Nashville’s gigantic Bridgestone Arena, but he chose the intimate and über-cool Brooklyn Bowl as his Vegas venue of choice. (His hotel accommodations? The Parlour Suite at the nearby The Cromwell boutique property.) The hip bowling alley/restaurant/concert hall at The LINQ promenade has been booking impressive, hard-to-find Las Vegas concerts (think The Roots and Elvis Costello, Jane’s Addiction, Chromeo) since it opened one year ago. Fans and concert-goers love the intimate size of the venue, plus multiple bars, two stories of bowling lanes and viewing areas, and dining by Blue Ribbon in the center.

Jack White’s sold-out, one-night show supporting his rich sophomore solo album “Lazaretto” took over the hot spot on February 4 with White wanting one thing — the attention of the audience. Supporting act Chicano Batman out of East LA opened the show wearing tuxedo shirts and goofy hairdos to pair with their barrio pop songs, but when their set finished, a man wearing suspenders and old timey glasses encouraged the 2,200 fans packing the two-level concert hall to stay in the moment and put down the cell phones.

“No matter how good a video might be on your phone, it’s actually a lot better in real life. So we ask you, for one evening, for the next couple of hours, to keep your phone in your pocket and just enjoy the rock and roll show.”

White hit the stage with a White Stripes song — “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” — one of nine to make the 23-song set list for the night. He barreled through “High Ball Stepper” off his second album Lazaretto before breaking into the rap-rock title track.

White tipped his hat to country music with covers of Hank Williams’ “You Know That I Know” and Loretta Lynn’s “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.”White Stripes fans got their fill too with an instrumental heavy version of “Icky Thump” as well as “Fell in Love With a Girl” and “Cannon,” a track he returned twice.

The crowd begged for “Seven Nation Army,” and they got it, the final song of the 100-minute show.

White is just the latest musician to hit the Brooklyn Bowl stage. Heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah plays Friday, Feb. 6, followed by reggae band Tribal Seeds on Saturday, Feb. 7, and a sold-out performance by bluegrassy The String Cheese Incident on Friday, Feb. 13.

All photos by David James Swanson

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