Forget the lights, the shiny shirts, the tight dresses and the too-cool-to-be-human DJs lording over the dance floor like a dispassionate Roman emperor surveying the masses. If you want all the energy with none of the pretense, you’re at the Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage, where all the cool kids go anti-clubbing. On a Wednesday night in February—not exactly prime time—the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drew enough people that security had to scream at fans to get off the casino floor and cram into B&S territory. And it happens week after week with up-and-comers and indie darlings alike. For free. Save your $30 in cover for what really matters: cocktails.
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.