CFA Symposium welcomes Dr. Janis McKay
"Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands"
From 1940 to 1989, nearly every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip employed a full-time band or orchestra. After the late 1980s, when control of the casinos changed hands from independent owners to corporations, almost all of these musicians found themselves unemployed. Played Out on the Strip traces this major shift in the music industry through extensive interviews with former musicians. The results of this transitional period in Las Vegas history were both long-lasting and far-reaching for the entertainment industry. This talk will draw from numerous oral history interviews and personal perspectives from the era.