With the weather cooperating June 11 for the annual Reggae in the Desert festival at the Clark County Amphitheater, it left no doubt as to why the event is thriving in its 10th year. Once again, the lineup had veteran performers topping the bill, with headliner Freddie McGregor, Mykal Rose, Don Carlos and Junior Reid all bringing strong credentials dating back more than three decades. And with that level of professionalism onstage, the estimated 3,000 in attendance were guaranteed a good time. Carlos, an original member of legendary reggae group Black Uhuru, delivered the day’s most energizing set, shaking hands with nearly every fan surrounding the front of the stage as he delivered messages of peace, love and unity. Although the occasional scent of marijuana drifted through the audience—it is a reggae festival, after all—there might not have been a more family-friendly event in Las Vegas that weekend. Children and adults alike frolicked in the grass, swaying to the island rhythms as the heat of the day gave way to a delightful evening. There is talk about making Reggae in the Desert a two-day festival. That is an idea that should be welcomed like a cold Red Stripe on a hot, summer day.
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.