The Southern California band has been singing the praises of peace, love, unity and marijuana for 15 years. And loyal fans were more than ready to celebrate the season with their Jingle Bowls tour stop. Greeted by a familiar aroma drifting through the crowd, the Kings blasted into the very appropriate “Where’s the Weed?” From there, it was a nonstop, marijuana-praising good time. The four MCs—D-Loc, Daddy X, Johnny Richter and The Dirtball—evenly and seamlessly shared the mic. DJ Bobby B supplied the lifeblood of the Kings’ music, and drummer Lou Dog did his part to keep the crowd entertained. An added twist was the presence of the Taxman—a face-painted, Mohawk-wearing, tuxedo-clad guy running around onstage and occasionally yelling through a megaphone. Although the Kings’ pro-marijuana message remains the same throughout their songs, their delivery kept stoking the show’s fire, as the crowd responded favorably to tunes such as “Boom Clap Sound,” “Proud to Be a Stoner,” “Tangerine Sky” and “Rest of My Life.” The energy during the two-hour performance, both from the Kings and the crowd, was quite high (pun intended) for a bunch of stoners. As the Kings neared the end of their show, they took things down a more serious road with their new song “Reefer Madness,” which commented on the continued illegality of their favorite substance. With their sing-along choruses, body-moving beats and positive vibes, it’s easy to see why the Kings have maintained such a strong underground following.
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.