It was freezing March 25, with wind cutting through every nook at the Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool, and all of our crannies. And here comes producer Gregg Gillis, marching out onstage in a blue hoodie, headband and giant, metaphorical eff-you to both Mother Nature and record-industry sampling laws. That night’s Girl Talk show had more energy than the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, with Gillis cutting through his normal ADD mash-ups with fresh new mixes that kept everyone in the crowd from fleeing to a warm, safe haven. His spastic onstage flailing was met by toilet paper-cannon theatrics and relentless, punishing beats for nearly two hours. You didn’t notice until the end that you were shivering even harder, soaked in a cold sweat.
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.