It’s hard to fathom that June 23 was the first time folk singer Brett Dennen performed in Las Vegas. The rising star delivered a 90-minute set at Veil in the Silverton for a few hundred fans. They were not disappointed, as Dennen busted out such favorites as “San Francisco” and “Make You Crazy” while also performing tracks off his new album, Loverboy, including “Dancing at a Funeral” and “Sydney (I’ll Come Running).” The highlight of the show was easily the four-song encore, as Dennen returned solo to the stage for acoustic versions of “Heaven” and “Ain’t No Reason,” which turned into soft and delicate sing-alongs with the crowd. To bring the energy back up, Dennen’s band reappeared along with the opening band, Dawes, to perform a rocking rendition of Steve Miller Band’s “Swingtown” before capping the evening with “Blessed.” Barefoot and wearing a constant grin, Dennen looked right at home inside the intimate venue. Maybe next time it won’t take as long for him to grace Vegas with his presence.
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.