Jimi Hendrix often expressed a desire to turn his live shows into an “electric church,” a place for his faithful to open their ears, free their minds and receive his soulful musical sermon. At the Experience Hendrix tribute concert at the Hilton on May 20, some of the world’s top guitarists preached the Gospel of Jimi to a packed house for three solid hours, confirming that Hendrix’s message remains as fresh as ever more than 40 years after his death. Ex-Hendrix bassist Billy Cox set the tone with openers “Stone Free” and “Freedom,” while the Isley Brothers’ Ernie Isley paid homage to his boyhood idol with “Message to Love.” Living Colour delivered a powerful rendition of “Power of Soul,” while Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas celebrated Hendrix’s softer side on “Little Wing.” Steve Vai, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford also delivered spirited performances, but perhaps the evening’s finest moment was Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s impassioned rendition of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” which highlighted the staying power of Hendrix’s offerings.
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.