About twenty minutes or so, from Vegas headed towards Hoover Dam, lies a little outlaw town that goes by the name of Boulder City. There, in that little outlaw town, lies a little outlaw bar, that goes by the name of ‘The Back Stop Sports Pub’. Full of pool tables, dancin’ and drinkin’, this is one of those places you fall in love with cause it’s so darn much fun!
Now hold up! Going there this past Friday, February 17, this little place didn’t look like much, but inside, this place is a gold mine of good times! Jammin’, the Chris Bell Band was grinding out ZZ Top and Hendrick’s tunes, like Jimmy was playing them himself. Chris’s talent is striking, he’s absolutely wicked on the guitar, his voice matches the best, and his back up guys weren’t too shabby either.
One thing very noticeable about Chris that night, was that he was playing this amazing guitar in the likeness of blues icon BB King. This work of art was also autographed by King as well. Even more amazing, was that the creator of that rockin’ guitar, was right there in the building! Mr. Ben Karlson of Kustom Kraftsment, builds such guitars as this, for a hobby. Ben showed pictures of his James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, 57′ Chevy, Elvis, and the many, many other guitars he has created for fun, or for friends. These guitars don’t only feature a pretty face, but they have excellent sound too.
The staff was really welcoming, as were the clientelle. It seems like there were quite a few local musicians and composers hanging out there, such as the Three Guys Band, scheduled to play at the Brewery in Boulder City next weekend. Yarns about the good old days and the glory days of the bar were told. A backstage pass from a Willie Nelson concert was shown and it seems that the beautiful, arched, antique bar is one half of a bar that used to be owned by the great James Jackson Jeffries. According to Wikipedia, Jeffries was born April 15, 1875, died March 3, 1953. Jeffries worked as a boilermaker, before becoming the 1899 Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World. It seems that Jim Jefferies was quite a legend in his time, beating out Bob Fitzsimmons, June 9, 1899, by knockout to gain the championship. Jeffries initially retired in 1905 as an undefeated champion. It was said, he had a lethal left hook, knocking opponants out with one punch. Jefferies made a comeback July 4th, 1910, in Reno, Nevada, taking on Jack Johnson. Out of shape, Jefferies had finally given in to promotors, and was defeated by TKO in the 15th round. Even so, James J. Jefferies, was truly one of the greats.
This is the kind of thing that makes bar hopping so exciting. You never know when you’re going to run across a piece of history, and these small town bars usually have some interesting tidbits connected to them. Chris Bell will be playing at the Back Stop again on St. Patrick’s Day, so be sure to stop in and say hey. He loves talking to people so don’t be shy on your requests, as he will likely know them. You will find Chris Bell Band at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Three Guys Band can be contacted at email@example.com. The bar has darts, pool tables, with band usually playing Thursday through Saturday. For more information on the Back Stop Sports Pub, at 533 Avenue B, in Boulder City, give them a call at 702-294-8445.