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A&E | NOISE LO C A L S C E N E > BOUND FOR GRACELAND Moyer, aka Nancy Whiskey, heads east on I-40 after a three-show finale with Darby O'Gill and the Little People. RAISE A GLASS Nancy Whiskey prepares for life after Darby O'Gill (and vice versa) BY LESLIE VENTURA When local Irish cover band Darby O'Gill and the Little People first started playing in bars, then-18-year-old singer and fiddle player Tristan Moyer wasn't even able to drink legally. She didn't have a lot of experience performing live, either, but practice paid off. A few months later, her Little People persona, Nancy Whiskey, was born, along with her bandmates' characters: Darby O'Gill, Ringo Malarkey, Barry McKockiner and Tipsy McStaggers. Twelve years and a few hundred shots since that first gig at Fado (now Quinn's) inside Green Valley Ranch Resort, Moyer is saying goodbye to the band, trading house, watching fans dance and drink pub anthems and pints for a 9-to-5 life like sailors every weekend. And the in Memphis, Tennessee. "I just want to DARBY O'GILL band's ability to hold its Jameson for do something different," she explains. AND THE LITTLE so many consecutive nights? It wasn't a "I've been here my whole adult life ... I PEOPLE October 3, gimmick, she promises. graduated from UNLV [and] I've never 9 p.m., Hennessey's; But Moyer, now 30, says she's ready had, like, a job. This has been my job." October 4, 10 p.m., for something different, a day job, which Over the years, Darby's unabashed McMullan's; October made her the butt of jokes throughattitude and punk spontaneity land5, 10 p.m., Quinn's; out last Saturday's Quinn's show. But if ed the band regular weekend gigs at all free. more than a decade with the guys has Hennessey's, McMullan's and their taught her anything, it's that nothing is longtime Henderson haunt. "In some too taboo for the stage. "We're like family," she says. ways, we kinda got lucky when [Fado] opened," Still, it's time to move on. The change of pace, she Moyer says. "People were super excited about it, hopes, will allow her to focus on herself, and write [and] we were really fun." Whatever the venue, more of her own music, something she's been workMoyer says she always had the best seat in the ing on since she announced her impending move. Moyer's most recent collaboration with Boulder City singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, EP No Sleep 'Til Nashville, was released at Velveteen Rabbit last Sunday. But her musical roots will always be with Darby. That's where she learned to really play, she says. As for the band minus Nancy Whiskey, the guys have a new fiddle player picked out, and he'll be in place soon. Moyer's final string of shows run October 3-5. "It's going to be really hard," Moyer says. "None of us really imagined that we'd be doing this for 12 years and that so many people would have so much fun. What we've accomplished has been really cool—be in a cover band and not kill our souls doing it." That certainly deserves a shot or two. LO C A L S C E N E THIS PLACE IS HOPPIN' Velveteen Rabbit builds a rep as a home for live music > THE GREAT OUTDOORS Twin Brother's experimental-rock tunes floated across Velveteen Rabbit's back patio. TRISTAN MOYER BY STEVE MARCUS; VELVETEEN RABBIT BY SPENCER BURTON The inherent limitations of a smallish back patio were tested last Thursday, when cold temperatures, a large crowd and heavy music crossed paths at Velveteen Rabbit. Through it all, the Arts District bar best known for its cocktail program and craft beers proved up to the challenge, continuing its emergence as a hospitable Downtown music spot. "We just want to create an atmosphere," says James Adams, the Same Sex Mary frontman who heads up Velveteen's music program. "There aren't a lot of places Downtown for bands to play right now." ¶ Velveteen Rabbit began hosting its free, 10 p.m. Thursday (and occasional Sunday) shows in August, bringing folkish Vegas acts like Hungry Cloud and Mother McKenzie into the lounge area near the back of the interior. More recently, Adams has been experimenting with outdoor sets, booking touring bands from San Francisco and Austin, Texas, VELVETEEN along with Thursday's bill—locals Caravels and RABBIT 1218 Twin Brother—for the patio. Caravels' music, S. Main St., 685which has one foot in hardcore, made it through 9645. Tuesdaythe makeshift PA system surprisingly unscathed. Sunday, 5 p.m."We're about as D.I.Y. as you can get, but I think 2 a.m. Next it sounds about as good as it can," Adams asshow: Josh Ellis, sesses. The next big test will come October 13, October 3, when Portland garage-punk outfit Guantanamo 10 p.m., free. Baywatch drops in. –Spencer Patterson 42 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM OCTOBER 3–9, 2013 42_Noise_1_20131003.indd 42 10/2/13 4:01 PM

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