Why give your tip money to somebody whose only contribution to Strip street life is a resemblance to Bret Michaels or the purchase of a Buzz Lightyear costume? There are innovative performers sweating it out who deserve your dollars. The Las Vegas Junk Drummers, for example. This trio—siblings Rachel and Prince Davis, along with their cousin Yonus Ford—pound out mesmerizing polyrhythms on an unlikely collection of stuff: milk crates, bongos, trash cans, a skateboard and even the sidewalk itself. They’re talented, and unlike so many of the guitar strummers clogging the skywalks, the Junk Drummers know the value of showmanship. Catch them while you can weeknights at the plaza in front of Bally’s at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.
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.