2023 October

Fall 2023 Book Launch!

Panel discussion:
Music and Myth in Las Vegas


On November 17, the Shaw Center hosts authors featured in the upcoming book titled The Possibility Machine: Music and Myth in Las Vegas (University of Illinois Press). This collection of essays examines how music-making and soundscapes shape our city. Treating topics ranging from Cher to Cirque du Soleil, the contributors delve into how music and musicians factored in the early development of Vegas’s image; the role of local communities of musicians and Strip mainstays in sustaining tensions between belief and disbelief; the ways aging showroom stars provide a sense of timelessness that inoculates visitors against the outside world; the link connecting fantasies of sexual prowess and democracy with the musical values of Liberace and others; and the echoes and energy generated by the idea of Las Vegas as it travels across the country.

November 17, 2023
5:00 p.m.
Harmon Auxiliary Building, UNLV,
Room 110
1325 E. Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Free and open to the public.
Parking free in front of H.A.B.