Saturday was car show day so we slept in a bit and took our time getting ready. I was in a bit of a bind because I had washed my hair before going to bed and slept on it wet. I don't know what possessed me!! I basically had to start from scratch so I rewashed it and set it in my Tight Curls. I used my Hawleywoods Grooming Spray and was quite pleased with the results!
With Oscar. You can't see but I'm wearing my new Harajuku Lovers Wedges. They were really comfy!
With Kim. I love her dress!
Here with Kim you get a better look at my hair. Usually with hot rollers the curls are really loose and don't hold for anything, but they held really well this time.
With Ashley, ie: Doris Mayday
The car show was huge this year! Part of it was just for the vendors, about 3 rows. I was hoping to see Elvira, as she was signing autographs there, but somehow I missed her. The whole reason we went to the car show though was so we could see Jerry Lee Lewis. He was really good! His piano playing is still really strong, even though he's in his 80's. I didn't care for his opening band though, especially because they ate into about 30 minutes of his set.
After the car show we rested for a bit, then changed into our evening clothes. I was supposed to wear my poufy black prom dress, but I decided against it. I wore my black and pink wiggle dress instead.
All of a sudden I'm taller than e!
We made our way up to the ballroom and I ran into Ashley again. This time we made sure to take pictures!
I also ran into Tara from DC Metro Retro and her husband again. They are so nice and I'm glad I got to meet them!!
I love Tara's dress!!! I know she was worried about clothes but every time I saw her she looked amazing!
Saturday was an odd night for me. I felt great and just wanted to dance, but I never really did. I felt like we spent the whole time wandering back and forth between all the rooms, which got really tiring because 2 are upstairs and 2 are downstairs. It got really frustrating and I wound up going to bed around 2AM.
Sunday I woke up sick, sick, sick!! I think the pizza I ate was bad. I lazed around in bed for most of the morning, finally feeling ok enough to get ready. I put on my Rose Marie Reid playsuit and we attempted to go to the pool party. Even though the pool party was all 3 days all the main events are still on sunday, so the line to get in was insane! It was also really windy. We decided to just drink mimosas at the bar instead.
This was the 'boot' this year. Filling it with a mimosa took almost a full bottle of champagne. It sure did help me feel better though!
While drinking our giant mimosa we ran into Pachuco Jose and his bag of pesos (his joke). We chatted with him about his band and his car. He showed us a picture of it and its amazing!
I don't know why he's holding scissors.
After that we met up with Oscar's family. They had driven in for the night to do some gambling. We ate about 20 appetizers at TJI Fridays, and then I ran to catch a band. I had promised my friend Fernando that I would go see his band that was playing at 6 in the Pub. It was a bad time slot, coinciding with the Jive contest, and he was worried that no one would be there to watch. He had no need to worry though because it was packed!
I saw them about a year ago in Albuquerque and they are really good! I keep telling them to please come to Denver and play a show!!
I ran into Dollie there and we chatted for a bit, then headed up to catch the jive contest. We got there right as it was starting.
The jive contest.
Watching the contest with Dollie and the SLC girls.
I have to say that I did not enjoy the contest this year. Not because of the dancers, mind you, because they were all amazing! I guess that Sophia Wolfe was not there this year to host and her absence was noticeable. She always does an amazing job of getting the crowd going and keeping the energy up. She also makes them dance about 20 dances. This contest was over in about 10 minutes and they danced only about 5 songs. There just wasn't any excitement, and there should've been would all the great dancers out there! Also, I really wish that Tom Ingram would allow for some better prizes. $200 for the winners does not seem like enough, especially when the winner of the bathing suit contest got a $4000 Gretsch guitar. I do think that getting some decent sponsors for the jive contest wouldn't be too hard, and it would make the contest more worth entering. Its a huge event every year and the dancers (usually) have to dance so much that they deserve to win a really good prize. And hopefully Sophia Wolfe will be back next year to host!
After the contest I went back to the room and needed to take a nap. I wasn't feeling very good again so I rested for a while before getting ready. I was in no mood to dress up so I just wore pants.
My late night outfit. Vintage rayon pants and thrifted Hawaiian shirt. Its purple!!
Oscar's amazing vintage shirt that I saved with Oxy Clean. I keep telling him to not eat in his vintage clothes but he never listens to me!!
Sunday night was a lot of standing around. We stood in the hallway talking to friends and drinking. We managed to get some bracelets for Oscars sister and brother in law so they come see some of the bands. I was hoping to dance a lot that night but it never really happened. The music just wasn't working for me. I had the most fun hanging out with friends, but eventually I just had a headache and wanted to go to bed, which I did around 4.
Oscar and I dancing to the one and only Ruth Brown song played all weekend.
This picture pretty much sums up the weekend for me.
The Good and the Bad: A Summary
I will start with the good:
One of the highlights for me this year was getting to meet fellow bloggers and followers! It was so nice to meet you all in person! Dollie, Tara, Tasha, Ashley, Kim, The Vintage Housewife, Gloria, Danielle, and all the others I know I am forgetting, really made my weekend great! Thank you all for all the kind words, it really means a lot to me! I met most of you in the bathroom, of all places, so thank you for saying hi!
The other highlight, which is the same every year, was getting to see all my friends. Even though a lot of them did not make it this year (Tara, Tina, Seth, Emma) I still got to see a lot of people I don't get to see very often. Thats always the best part of Viva. I do hope, though, that next year my OG's make it back. I need my girls (and Seth)!!
Now the bad:
To summarize, this Viva was just ok for me. Viva has gotten really, really big which I enjoy, but it can make for some annoying problems. The biggest for me is that there are now 4 rooms of music. At the Gold Coast there was only 2, so if you weren't feeling one you'd just go to the other. Also, when a band was playing in one room, a DJ was playing in the other. This meant that if all you wanted to do was dance you could just follow the DJs. Now, I just never quite know where to go! It also means that its hard to find where your friends are, so you spend some time searching for them. Also, some really good bands had time slots that overlapped other things: Roy Rapid overlapped the jive contest, and The Rhythm Shakers overlapped Jerry Lee, which meant I missed some of the best bands.
Now the really bad:
WARNING: A RANT!!
My biggest complaint this year was the music. Not from the bands; from the DJs. I would really like to know when R&B went out of style? I would also like to know when they stopped playing jivers? I realize that as a DJ you get sick of playing the same shit, but there is a reason why they are called 'killers'. They are songs that will guarantee a packed dance floor. Usually the motto is (jokingly) "all killers, no fillers" but I felt this year it was "all fillers, no killers". I heard Little Richard once and my favorite song, Little Lil, once, both during the Jive contest. I heard Ruth Brown once. I never heard any Doo Wop or jump blues. I heard that damned Elvis song from Viva Las Vegas about 10 times, and that Pulp Fiction song about 5. Besides that I heard a ton of 60s garage, strollers and boppers. This is shit!!! I do not go to Viva to stroll and bop. I really only do that so that I can keep moving. I go to Jive, and when the DJ's refuse to play them I get really annoyed. Also, I don't get why they would switch to strolls when the dance floor is full of people jiving to the one and only jive song they played in the past hour. This was really frustrating to me and a big reason why I went to bed so early most nights. I'm sure that the music improved passed 4 am, but I shouldn't have to stand around for 5 hours to hear a good jiver. Its ok to play some killer shit at 11. People will dance! Don't wait until the late night record hop to play jivers, and then only play random 60s garage "jivers"! The music should be a good mix: R&B, hillbilly, R&R, Doo Wop, garage, etc. Play all of it! I can safely say that I barely heard any black music all weekend, and for me (and a lot of people I know) that is just unacceptable!! I truly hope that this trend changes next year, cuz I don't think I can handle going to Viva every year just to stand around.
So there you have it. That was my Viva 14 experience. Some of it was good, and some of it was just ok. It was not as great as last year, which is fine because even a bad time at Viva is still a good time. I will go again next year, and we already have our room reserved. I just hope that they remember to bring their R&B records next time!!