Playing the first of two nights for a post-National Finals Rodeo audience, Yoakam and his four-man band ripped through nearly 30 originals and covers steeped heavily in the honky-tonk, guitar-driven “Bakersfield sound” first popularized by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ’60s. In fact, three of the first four songs performed were Owens covers: “Under Your Spell Again,” “Act Naturally” and “Streets of Bakersfield.” Playing on the same stage Elvis Presley has graced, Yoakam twice paid homage to the King: a swinging take on “Little Sister” and “Suspicious Minds,” which segued into the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.” After that, Yoakam & Co. ramped things up with rockers “Little Ways,” “Guitars, Cadillacs” and show closer “Long White Cadillac,” showing why he is not only a favorite of the country set, but of many rock ’n’ roll fans, as well.
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.