The mostly older, sophisticated crowd went as wild as etiquette allowed for a tuxedoed Bocelli and his accompaniment of more than 100 orchestra members and 70 singers. And when the Italian tenor’s voice gave me chills, I understood their excitement. The show lasted two and a half hours, but it felt much shorter. Opera singer Ana María Martínez, in a crimson-red dress, helped make time fly. She joined Bocelli in the exquisite “La Donna è Mobile,” and applause echoed around the arena. One of my favorite parts was when the screen showed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Bocelli and Martínez held hands as they sang together. For his third encore, Bocelli sang “New York, New York,” while the screen showed him as a tourist in Manhattan. The concierto ended with the fifth encore (a duet of “Time to Say Goodbye” with Heather Headley) and everybody cheered for the humble and gracious singer.
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 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products