The doors opened for the Kendrick Lamar show at 8:30 p.m., but the Compton, Calif., rapper didn’t take the stage until 1 a.m. The average concertgoer would have been pissed, but these passionate fans had no qualms with the diminutive MC’s tardiness. It also helped that local talent Radio Ramone woke up a fading crowd of hip-hop heads with an energetic stage show that was the equivalent of an audible Red Bull. The energy would carry over until Lamar emerged and raced right into his captivating set, which kicked off with the breathtaking “The Heart Pt. 2.” Fresh off of his instant classic, Section.80, Lamar didn’t hesitate to become one with the crowd. Despite his affiliation with Dr. Dre, Lamar was as passionate as a starving artist who wanted his music to be heard. Slapping fives with fans of all colors during “Fuck Your Ethnicity,” rhyming into the eyes of a lovely lady with “Tammy’s Song” and middle finger wagging at the haters with “The Spiteful Chant,” Lamar carried his performance into the night.
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.