Next mystery guest on Friday at Vex Nightclub |

Next mystery guest on Friday at Vex Nightclub

Michael Okimoto / Harrah's Lake TahoeGhostland Observatory was the first mystery guest at Vex; Harrah's unveils the second on Friday.

Music fans probably have heard of Friday’s headliner at Vex Nightclub ” even if they haven’t heard who it is.

“We’re trying to give a little more hints this time, like this time we’re saying it’s an up-and-coming alternative rock band,” said Ashley Patton, public relations and promotions specialist for Harrah’s and Harveys.

Some might have figured it out from reading local papers, tuning into radio stations such as Reno’s KRZQ 100.9 or chasing down rumors online. But nobody knows for sure until midnight Friday, when Vex’s second mystery guest takes the stage.

The new concert series launched Jan. 11 with the duo Ghostland Observatory from Austin, Texas. Despite the mystery shrouding the show, the band’s fans turned up and turned out rave reviews online Monday about the profoundly weird but entertaining band, which resembles a three-way pileup between of the Captain, Tenille and LCD Soundsystem, if only the Captain and Tenille were both guys ” one (yes, the singer is a dude) with a serious Chuck D/Janis Joplin fixation, the other with a rack of synths and a cape from the “Kingdom of Heaven” prop department.

Ghostland Observatory rocked the Vex audience with its soul-fired electronica for more than an hour.

“I really enjoyed it,” Patton said. “I thought they were a really energetic band.”

The crowd welcomed the surprise ” and eventually the mystery guest.

“Overall atmosphere, I think for our first event, it went off well,” Patton said.

The fun continues at midnight Friday, when Vex will unveil its second mystery band, a rising alternative rock group, and then March 14.

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