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VOTED #1 TANNING SALON IN GREENVILLE NC 4 YEARS IN A ROW! It’s that time of year again! The Sunshine Factory would like to welcome back all new and returning ECU students! If you’re new to the Greenville area and you haven’t stopped in to see what The Sunshine Factory has to offer, what are you waiting for? They have been voted the Number One Tanning Salon in Greenville four years straight! The Sunshine Factory is the only tanning salon within WALKING DISTANCE OF ECU! If their convenient location wasn’t enough to intrigue you, The Sunshine Factory offers the nation’s only two story, free standing tanning salon that spoils clients like no other! Come experience the contemporary atmosphere and the newest state of the art tanning equipment from Ergoline and Soltron. With six levels of tanning, including High Pressure and High Intensity, Stand-Up and UV-free Mystic Tan, you’ll see that The Sunshine Factory “Takes tanning to the next level!”. They offer lotions and accessories from top brands in the tanning industry including Designer Skin and Devoted Creations. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they would be happy to place a special order, just for you! The Sunshine Factory is located at 506 E. 10th Street across from Joyner Library- yes, it’s that close to campus! Give them a call at 252-752-1179 , or check out their website

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Summer is winding down and the dreaded school year is closing in fast... Luckily for you, 99.5 The X keeps the rock rolling 365 days a year! We can’t spill the details yet, but make sure you are listening to 99.5 The X during move-in week and as the school year gets rolling for some kickass giveaways that’ll have you ready to ROCK your schedule. We’re also gearing up for another year tailgating with the Xaholics before every ECU home football game! We’ll have all the details, times, and directions posted at in time for the season opener at Dowdy-Ficklen on September 1st against Appalachian State. Come by and grab a bite, play some games, win some X goodies, and get amped for the game! Shifting gears a little bit, there’s still plenty of great concerts coming in late 2012 to give you a much needed break. Xfest veterans Buckcherry will be at the House of

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Blues in Myrtle Beach with My Darkest Days on Sunday, Aug. 19th. The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and Adelitas Way will be roaring through Raleigh on Tuesday, Sept. 11th. There’s tons more, just swing by the Concert Calendar at for the full schedule.


And before we wrap this Rock Report up, we’ve got to remind everyone about the 2012 Emeralds of the City Bikini Calendar Girl Search. The X is a proud sponsor and will be partying with G-Vegas at the contests and especially the finals! Make sure to log on to each month for bonus pictures of that month’s Emerald as well as a profile so you can get to know your favorite calendar girls. Rock on! -Blando


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Ladies and gentlemen – I have an announcement to make. In exactly 31 days at 12 noon on September 1, 2012 our Pirates will take the field to battle it out against the App State Mountain-





That’s right – football season is upon us! There is some-

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100 degree day we endured during the summer totally worth it.


can already smell the grills cooking and hear the cans popping! It’s no secret that we take our tailgating seriously. Gearing up with the proper equipment is just as important as our running back running ®

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drills to get ready for the game. YETI has the made a cooler of absolute perfection for game days – it comes in at 50 quarts in the right color combination – Purple and Gold! The guys at YETI took everything about a traditional cooler that sucked, threw it in the yard, and gave us something totally indestructible. The days of countless hinges breaking, lids deforming, handles falling off, and ice melting before kickoff are gone! A YETI will hold ice for days (literally days) and is actually indestructible – just ask the grizzly bear and 500 lb man that tried to break into it. Just to show they were onto something the Texas based company filled a YETI cooler with raw meat, placed a lock on the lid and put it in the middle of a bear infested forest. A couple hours later a bear came and left extremely disappointed. He threw the cooler around with everything he had in him and wasn’t able to break the cooler. They are made from one piece of roto-molded polyethylene filled with 2” of polyurethane foam – what does that mean in English? You can run your Z-71, F-150, go cart, wake boat, Jetta, or Accord all over the cooler and it will still be standing strong afterwards. For a good laugh watch the coolers in action against the grizzly and 500 lb man at More than just a cooler is needed for a successful tailgate. Check out this season’s offerings of ECU koozies, tents, chairs, apparel, sunglasses, and more. It’s a good year to be a pirate – so many brands have rolled out killer graphics for the ECU fan base. The surf brand Hurley is taking on collegiate sportswear by adding some young and loud graphics to their already perfected blend of soft t-shirts and sweat shirts.

Dri Duck has also added ECU to their lineup with a

crisp soft shell performance jacket with the Pirate Head logo offered

in both men’s and women’s, a killer fishing shirt with ECU on the left chest, and a vest that will be perfect for those late falls games when the sun starts to set in Dowdy Ficklen.

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THOUGHTS AND VIEWS BY PATRICK O’BRIEN College football has taken a complete 180 degree turn for the worst in only a short term after the findings of what has happened with Penn State. How we view college football has changed, as college athletics use to be something we were proud of, where people could put everything into a team and believe in something good or get away from the real world, and where we looked up to players/ coaches, as we gave them hope into a better life. Now, look where we are today with the findings that we have found in some of the most prestigious universities in the country. It started with USC, as players were taking benefits, which moved to The Ohio State University, then to the University of Chapel Hill as they found players getting through college in ways they didn’t deserve.

doors. When looking at Paterno and Penn State, we looked at an establishment that perceived honesty, integrity, and a place we respected. In all reality, we were all deceived and lied to because of the findings of what was going on and the effect it has had on all the people/families that were involved in this cover up by a disgusting man. We now have found out what will be done with Penn State; they have received a $60 million fine that will go towards programs that prevent child sex abuse, four year bowl ban, reduce 10 initial scholarships and 20 total scholarships each year, and vacate all the wins from 1998-2011, Now, we have seen the ultimate wrong which doesn’t make Joe Paterno the coach with doing when we found out what was going on the most wins in college football (his statue was behind closed doors also taken down). at Penn State. When This will have ample PENN STATE SANCTIONS we found out what effects on the colSandusky was doing lege as a whole and - $60M fine to children and with especially with college - Four year bowl ban others hiding the facts, football. If you are not - Scholarships reduced from the view of college familiar with college 25 to 15 per year for four years sports changed all football, having scholar- Vacate all wins from 1998-2011 around. Everything ships taken away along that was good for with postseason bans, - Five year NCAA probation what Penn State athletone is cut under them ics and Coach Paterno did for others and the because they have nothing to sell to the players players, can’t hide what was going on behind that want to show their talents and continue

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to the next level. The top talents that they use to get will be transferring and recruits will be looking at other colleges, which can only take a miracle now for Penn State football to survive to where they are today. What was done at Penn State was horrid and the actions that were taken seem to be a step to healing for the families, victims, and for the organization as a whole. Yes, I will admit that it is sad to see what was once the face of college football, go down the drain so fast and he now doesn’t have a chance to explain, so we will always remember him for this. College football is headed towards a death trap and they need to make changes fast, but they must start now. It is sad to see what has happened to a respected university, but the people of Penn State need wrap their arms around the organization and support the people that are there. Remember, your way to the top can take a long time, along with a lot of hard work, however; it can be snatched away in an instant with people always remembering the last of ones life.

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We find ourselves in the middle of summertime and I couldn’t be

happier about that. Summer is my busiest season and I spend just about every night of it performing on any given beach on the east coast. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I tend to prefer campgrounds over hotels when I’m traveling around. This story comes from a campground in the Outer Banks in the town of Rodanthe. I was playing in the area so I was staying at the Rodanthe Water Sports Campground for two days before heading to Ocracoke for a week and a half. After I got done with my second show here, I went back to the campground where I noticed the weather was starting to take a drastic turn. It never did rain but we had strong and steady 30-40 mile per hour winds. Since I was just staying in my van, I wasn’t affected by this as much as the people in tents were. In fact, I set my reclining

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beach chair on the sound to enjoy the breeze and gaze at the horizon. I eventually ended up drifting off. I have no concept of how long I had been asleep when something smacks me in my face and wakes me up. I am unhurt but completely bewildered and confused. I had no idea what it is that has just hit me. It was wet, plastic like and was big enough to cover the span of my face. I pick up my flashlight and start looking around for the unknown object. I then see what at first looks like a plastic bag being held down by the wind at the base of the picnic table.

it up, I realized that it was not a wet plastic bag but a heart shaped balloon. I immediately erupted with uncontrollable laughter.

Being a good hippie, I walked over to pick it up and throw it in the trash. When I picked

After all...that night I can say that I was literally smacked in the face by love.



The back room of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop looks exactly as

“Pawn Stars” fans might expect, with one very notable exception: one massive wall is lined, floor to ceiling, with boxes and boxes (and boxes) of t-shirts. Since the debut of the hugely popular reality show “Pawn Stars” (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on History) in 2009, it seems everyone wants to walk around with images of fan favorite Chumlee emblazoned across their chests.

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He’s the resident clown of the most famous little pawn shop on Las Vegas Boulevard and has become an unlikely pop culture icon, with sales of all Chumlee-related merchandise far surpassing everyone else’s. Rick Harrison, the affable pawnbroker who anchors the show, has his own theory that might explain Chumlee’s mass appeal: “Kids love Chumlee because he’s the adult that they’re smarter than.” I brought my great uncle’s rare stamp collection all the way from G-Vegas to Las Vegas, to see just what they might be worth. Unfortunately, (even though is said they did on their web site) they told me they didn’t deal in stamps anymore. I did make a connection with one of the other pawn brokers who said he traveled some throught the year to visit his sister in Wilson, NC. He was well aware of East Carolina University and it’s partying pirates. After taking a few pics with Chumlee, we were showed to the exit. They were clearing all the patrons and visitors to shoot a scene for the

next episode. Sadly I left not knowing the value of my great uncle’s stamps, but had a great time seeing up close and personal the famous “Pawn Stars” shop. We’ve compiled a list of a few things you probably didn’t know about the “Pawn Stars” with a little help from Rick, Corey, Chumlee and Rick’s book, “License to Pawn.” (Sadly, Rick, Corey, & The Old Man weren’t around during our visit.) 1. “Pawn Stars” is the no. 2 most-watched reality show last year in North America. (“Jersey Shore” held the top spot.) 2. The guys can’t actually work the counter anymore because of privacy laws. 3. Corey and Chumlee have personal assistants now. “I do a lot of desert racing. My assistant empties out the septic tank of the trailer when I go! It’s a little weird asking somebody to do that for you,” said Corey with a laugh. 4. The most dangerous thing Chumlee has ever tested? One of the blunderbusses. “A flame shot out, and I did get burned up my arm,” Chumlee recalled. 5. “Pawn Stars” was originally set to be called “Pawning History,” until someone at the production company threw out its current name.

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My wife, her high school friend Justin, our magazine designer Eduardo, & I saw the show as a birthday gift to my wife, Julie. From the good reviews online and various Vegas entertainment websites, we expected the show to be decent. We thought it would be on par with any other magic show in Vegas. Boy, were we wrong. This show goes above and beyond. Not only is this show filled with amazing magic tricks...but you get a comedy show at the same time with a little drama involved. I am not talking about your typical walk into the bar jokes, but jokes that the whole audience can relate to. This show had creative stories that blended jokes & story telling with visuals, as well as mind teasers all through the routines. Penn & Teller must be doing something right, for there must be a reason they have been a Vegas headliner show at the Rio for 12 years and going strong!

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See, Penn & Teller create a magical show that is very interactive & crowd appealing. It is not your sit down, shut up and watch the show type of deal. Penn & Teller gets the audience involved showing how some tricks are done...yet leaving you awed and mystified for some tricks, and questioning how others were even possible. The ambiance was very mood setting, with a Jazz/piano pre-show by Mike Jones & Penn himself on bass, an hour you a sense of 2 in 1 setting the mood while patrons take their seats. There is a meet and greet/autographs & photo ops with Penn & Teller after the show! When I got the opportunity to speak with Penn, I informed him that I was a string bass performance major once at East Carolina University’s School of Music. He laughed and said,

“Then I guess you heard what I did during the show when I was playing the bass”. I nodded and laughed as I replied, “That high F was just a little sharp I guess!” We both laughed, and I was glad to have a real moment with such a well-known figure. These guys are class acts, and even though they may be tired and have done this a million times over and over again...they still take the time to give the fans and audience their gratitude of appreciation for coming to the show. Unlike most shows, these guys don’t leave till everyone else does. :) Thumbs up to them for that!

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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Unless you are absolutely certain that you will blow under .08 don’t even think about getting behind the wheel of that car. North Carolina’s DUI laws have become super strict and most people aren’t even aware of it. First Offense: This means you have NEVER had any DUI or DWI tickets before in your entire life. • They take your license for one year. This is MANDATORY. • Minimum Punishment - Fine up to $100 and not less than 24 hours imprisonment; 24 hours of community service; 30 days without a limited driving privilege or any combination of these. • Maximum Punishment - Fine up to $2,000 and not less than 14 days or more than 24 months imprisonment. All of that for blowing over a .08 and getting behind the wheel of a car. Did you know that you can be given a DWI/DUI for just putting the keys in the ignition? If it’s cold and you are waiting for a ride, suck it up and sit outside in the cold. The cops and bust you for turning on the car. Also, if you want to sleep it off, you

better call a cab because apparently they can bust your for sleeping in the car as well. Second Offense: This means you didn’t learn the first time. • Mandatory driver license revocation for a period of FOUR years if convicted within three years of first offense. • Minimum Punishment - Fine up to $1,000 and not less than seven days or more than 12 months imprisonment. • Maximum Punishment - (same as for first conviction) A limited driving privilege will not be issued if the second offense occurs within seven years of the first conviction. Also, if you have an earlier conviction and have a limited/revoked license and blow over .04 you can be convicted of a second DUI/ DWI. Also, you happened to blow over .16 the first time or received your second DUI within seven years of the first, you will be required to have an “ignition interlock device” aka breathalyzer installed in your car. Not only is this a huge hassle since you have to “blow” to get your car started, but you also have to pay for it. Installation can run $100-$200 and your

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Third Offense: This means you’re probably an idiot and don’t deserve to be on the road anyway. • Mandatory, PERMANENT driver license revocation if at least one of the prior convictions occurred within past five years. • Minimum/Maximum Punishment - Fine up to $2,000 and not less than 14 days or more than 24 months imprisonment. Fourth Offense: Seriously? Four times? Do you like jail? • Mandatory permanent driver license revocation. The fourth conviction is considered a FELONY if the three prior DWI convictions occurred within the past seven years. • Minimum Punishment - One year imprisonment. • Maximum Punishment - Three years imprisonment and a fine Bottom line, don’t drink and drive. A cab will always cost less than a DUI/DWI. It’s just not worth going through all that trouble and heartache, just because you weren’t thinking clearly or didn’t realize you had too much to drink. And remember, it’s not just you that goes through it. Your parents, friends, girl/boyfriend they all experience this with you, especially if you lose your license. Be smart, be safe.

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Back during my ECU days my roommate Marcy would call my creations in the kitchen “Cabinet Cooking” because no matter how bare they seemed to be, I could go in there and whip up a tasty meal to keep us going. It may not have been gourmet or all-natural or even all that nutritious, but we ate and it tasted good. Hell, it was a far cry better than what most of our college-aged brethren were eating and a lot cheaper than pizza delivery. In short, we survived. We finished our degrees, went on to make big money in our chosen professions and would gather as young professional 30 somethings around sushi dinners. Sometimes we held fine dinner parties replete with phyllo

dough-wrapped delicacies, and compotes and fancy cheeses and exotic ingredients we couldn’t pronounce, nor even knew which aisle on which to find them at the Whole Foods. We became foodies with plenty of disposable income for things like oil-cured sun-dried tomatoes and Gluten-free Tamari, who would laugh and tell the tales of the cabinet cooking in days of yore. Well, times change; professions change; incomes change. As it turns out, surviving college teaches you a LOT more than just how to do a future job. (if you are doing it right, anyway.) Today I’ve resurrected those skills and elevated cabinet cooking to an art form. All you do is turn tap water, a bag of

old onions that have seen a much better day, refrigerator remnants and average condiments into something absofreakinglutely delicious.

On today’s installment of broke-bitch gourmet, I present for you.....

Italian Onion Soup Ingredients:

- A few tablespoons of some sort of oil: olive is best, but any other frying or cooking oil will do in a pinch - 2-3 onions, dry parts removed, halved and thinly sliced from stem to root - 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic, or about a tablespoon of jarred chopped garlic. - 2 teaspoons of a dried Italian herb, like sage, thyme, oregano...or an Italian seasoning blend. - 1/8 cup of Balsamic vinegar. I didn’t have any, but I did have a bottle of balsamic salad dressing in the fridge. OR some Worcestershire sauce would have been a good substitute. Directions

- 4 cups of water, or canned beef or veggie stock. (this could be a can of chicken/beef/mushroom stock, or a bouillon cube, or even a leftover sauce package from some ramen noodles, understanding that the MSG in that package might kill you. - 5 tablespoons of soy sauce. Or 5 of the to-go soy sauce packages probably lining a drawer in your kitchen along with the take-out menus. - Slices of bread, or salad croutons - 1 slice of white deli-cheese: Provolone, Swiss, or Mozzarella - Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a deep skillet. Saute the garlic briefly, then add the onions and a dash of salt to get them cooking. Saute for about 7 minutes on med-high heat to soften. Reduce heat to med-low and continue sautéing, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes more until they caramelize. Add the herb and the vinegar and cook until the liquid evaporates. You may have to tweek up the heat a bit. If you have a “stock” of some sort, add that, or plain water, and the soy sauce to make 4 cups total. Return to a simmer for 10 minutes. Taste it. If it needs something more, try salt and pepper, but know that you are probably wrecking your blood pressure with all that sodium. Ladle into a bowl. If you have croutons, toss them on top. If you have a spare slice of bread, toast it and put that on top. Cover with one slice (or shreds) of deli cheese. Provolone or Mozzarella is the best. DO NOT ruin this soup (or your body) with American Processed Cheese food. Just don’t do it! You are better off just skipping the cheese part if you don’t have a good white cheese. Then you can either just let it melt a minute or two, or pop it under the broiler and let the cheese get toasty on top. VOILA! It might not be health food, but you’ll live to tell the tale! g-vegasmagazine | 23

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