Gritty local favorites—the Vermin, the Nines, Thee Swank Bastards, et al—performed as part of a four-night party for the bar’s 19th anniversary. And a midnight set by the rock band composed of current and past Blue Man Group performers capped off the festivities. Todd Waetzig warmed up first, setting a rhythm with the drums. Two other drummers followed, pounding as if they were a part of a loud drum circle. The guitarists chimed in, and Uberschall (German for “supersonic”) rode the wave of an improvisational journey—flowing the melody in one direction and then following their gut in another. The pace slowed down and then picked up. They jammed for about 20 minutes and took a short break. The follow-up jam session started out very differently, with a slower, mellower pace set by Elvis Lederer, the guitarist and the band’s general manager. His soft wailing vibrated through the bar like whale sounds, summoning his bandmates to find their places and concert-goers to dance. The pace picked up. Drummers pounded into a frenzy. And 19 years were duly celebrated. (Uberschall plays at Double Down on the last Sunday of every month.)
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.