President Barack Obama’s campaign for Sen. Harry Reid made a stop at Aria on July 8. The campaign outsourced part of the event’s entertainment and enlisted Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan (who was in town for Lilith Fair at Mandalay Bay) to entertain the crowd. Meanwhile, local heroes The Killers—Dave Keuning, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer—took a break from headlining tours to open for Obama’s speech and the Reid rally. Leave it to Las Vegas (and Flowers’ sequined tie) to give “Hail to the Chief” a glittery pop sheen.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.