The 24-year-old was captivating, energetic and—most importantly—a passionate entertainer with a golden voice. He may look like just another young 20-something, but he sounds much more mature. Stone channeled soul legends Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, both of whom he covered during his hourlong set. He also performed original tracks off his self-titled album and a handful of songs by acclaimed musicians, including Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” From the elegant “Celebrate Tonight” to the happy-go-lucky “Say So,” Stone staked his claim as a worthy new voice in the music industry, one with magical vocals and an lively stage presence. While Stone’s most acclaimed track to date, “Unaware,” brought the house down, his crowning moment was the closing “Satisfaction,” best described as a fireworks show building and building before unleashing a storm of explosions for the grand finale. A new year is here, and so is Allen Stone.
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.