Kay Theriot lucked out. When she first got into DJing as a teenager, she didn’t have to worry about a possibly corny DJ name. Kay The Riot was already there and waiting. She’s been gigging professionally for more than six years now and is a Vegas favorite, with residencies at Foundation Room, Tao and Tao Beach and a new setup at the Flamingo’s Go Pool.
Born in Guam, Theriot moved to Las Vegas at the age of 6. “I’ve done a little bit of everything,” she says, from go-go dancing to cocktailing to retail. But it’s her passion for music that keeps her connected to the nightlife scene. When asked to chart her personal course for fun in Las Vegas, she’s definitely taking us to a concert. “I listen to everything from Motown to rock to soul to jazz and blues and reggae. Music is just a reflection of the mood you’re in, what you’re feeling at the moment.”
Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade is one of her favorite venues, but she’s also still in love with the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. “I’ve seen so many great performers there. James Brown. Prince. Santana was one of my all-time favorite shows.”
For a club visit after the concert, Theriot is partial to Tao, and not just because she gets “family love” when she rolls through. “I just love the more open-format DJs that can play a little bit of everything.”
Theriot’s best night ever would begin with the best day ever, spent in Southern Nevada’s wondrous outdoors. “I’m such a nature person,” she says. “I love when people come to Vegas to visit and they get to experience that side.”
After a hike at Red Rock or snowboarding on Mt. Charleston, she’ll hit a good restaurant (“Other Mama is my favorite right now”) and plan the rest of the night to come.