NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Campground Party


Many things are legal in Nevada that would make the rest of the country cringe. Most of the state is wide open wilderness. Several forms of "adult" entertainment are completely legal... and there is no closing hour.

So break out your repressed Burning Man and join us at the 75th Anniversary Convention campground party on Wednesday, July 20th!

As you might suspect, Nevada's annual Burning Man festival draws a fair number of NSS cavers. One prominent caver camp for several years has been the Hibernaculum - a space dedicated to the ethics (and free will) of most cavers. This encampment will make a special appearance at the NSS Convention this summer - just down the path from the loud camping area.

Cavers are invited to dress in their own version of playa attire for the evening and we'll try to find some equally irreverent prizes for best costume. Please however, keep in mind that this is a family event. Cover up anything you wouldn't show to an 8-year-old!

Convention Rookies:
Our social events on Monday and Friday include dinner. Not Wednesday. Eat before you come to the campground party! There are a lot of great restaurants in Ely - go explore.

On Stage: Rose's Pawn Shop!

It may come as a surprise to hear the strains of Appalachian and Americana music channeled through five guys from Los Angeles, CA, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music, and Los Angeles has more than its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose's Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.

Rose's Pawn Shop

Singer/songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the same disparate array of popular musical styles as any other late 20th century kid. In that mishmash of Rock, Punk, Country, Pop, and Rap, it was American Folk and Bluegrass that rooted deepest in Paul, transforming him and his songs. Having made the rounds in various rock bands since early high school, Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of new folk-oriented songs and create a band that could deliver this material the way he imagined it sounding.

As so many fortuned events have unfolded, it was through a series of chance meetings, twists of fate, and a little help from Craigslist, that Paul met kindred spirits in Stephen Andrews, John Kraus, Tim Weed and Christian Hogan. Together they began building the music and the band that would soon become Rose's Pawn Shop. They combined, in their collective musical melting pot, the old style American sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams with a higher energy approach more reminiscent of modern Alt-Rock, all with a deeply melodic songwriting sensibility. The goal was to create a sound that was unique, yet imbued with a sense of familiarity.

Convention Rookie?

Are you new to NSS Conventions? If so, that's great! But, you need to learn your way around a bit before you jump into the deep end.

These are definitely festive events! You'd be hard-pressed to find an environment where you're surrounded by so many experts in caves and cave science. Yet, all of these people are like family. Many cavers have known each other for decades.

If you find yourself over-intoxicated, it's quite likely that your fellow cavers will take your keys and kindly escort you back to your tent to sleep it off.

However, fighting and illicit behavior will always be met with a zero-tolerance policy from our volunteer security staff. Same thing for underage drinking. If you decide to push that envelope, you can expect to be evicted from the event.

No excuses.
No apologies.
No refunds.

We have the sheriff's cell phone number. Don't make us use it.
Please behave.

The final ingredient was added one fateful day when Paul's scorned ex-girlfriend/former band-mate, Rose, in an act of revenge, stole the band's gear and instruments from their practice space and brought it down to the local pawn shop. Priceless! The match was lit... and Rose's Pawn Shop was born!

In 2010, the near-current line-up of the band recorded the album "Dancing on the Gallows," and the band began hitting the road. Once the final line-up was locked in, they began touring the United States more consistently and have ever since. On any given night, you could find Rose's Pawn Shop playing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, busking the streets of Jackson Square in New Orleans, opening for Jack White and The Raconteurs at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, ripping the walls off the club in their month long residence at the Parkside Lounge in New York City, or hitting the main stages of prestigious festivals such as Floydfest in Virginia and Wakarusa in Arkansas. The band is out there, growing their music, iginiting their passion, and converting an ever-increasing congregation of fans.

With an arsenal of guitars, banjo, thumping upright bass, fiddle and drums, delivering neo-classical-sounding melodies and lyrics, their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's cookin'. It's sincere, straight-forward and sexy as hell, effortlessly combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass, and punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics alike.

They confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation, and redemption, with a couple of drinking songs for good measure. Sure, they're borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Rose's Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with three and four part vocal harmonies and lyrics that'll break your heart.

Something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low you've sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you home.

Rose's Pawn Shop recently released their newest album, Gravity Well under the production talents of Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphy's). The album has received great critical and fan acclaim and the band is currently on tour in support of that album.