Biggest Contribution

Electric Daisy Carnival

Can you say “game-changer”? The electronic music takeover was in full effect in 2011, solidified by the move of Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June. Spearheading the dance domination was Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, who’s been bringing beats to Southern California since 1993 and has now set his sights on Sin City. Widely recognized as one of the most powerful driving forces in North America’s EDM scene, Rotella and Insomniac’s presence in Las Vegas generated more than $136 million for the local economy on top of charitable contributions made to local organizations from EDC ticket sales. Rotella and Insomniac have made the appeal of Vegas as a dance-music destination only that much brighter to fans around the country. Here’s to dancing in the desert!

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Crown Prince of the City

Crown Prince of the City


The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.