The first few songs warmed up the crowd for the surprise of the evening: Lead vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider announced that in, honor of 10 years as a band, they would be playing their first album, Highly Refined Pirates (2002), in its entirety. The crowd burst into a roar of delight, and Minus the Bear burst into “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister.” The next 40 minutes were filled with the Seattle quintet’s classics, including a slightly remixed version of “I Lost All My Money at the Cock Fights.” After finishing Pirates, the band—which is known for ZZ Top-style guitar dips, rock god skills and psychedelic light shows—played “My Time,” a sexually charged tune from their newest album, Omni. The final song of the night was “Pachuca Sunrise,” and the fans were more than pleased as they sang along.
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.