Husband-and-wife team Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore started Tennis after completing a seven-month sailing voyage. Their surf-pop sound is summertime perfect, and their music is a must-have if you’re sailing the high seas. Unfortunately, you probably could’ve docked a yacht in the parking lot of the Royal Resort on the festival’s inaugural night. Having previously played Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan, Riley and Moore were probably hoping for a bigger crowd. But Moore’s voice, which is special, carried well for the few who were there on sugary songs “Marathon,” “Cape Dory” and “Origins.” The outdoor stage, the surrounding carnival-style setup, the sound and the bands all were high quality. All that was missing was an audience. ★★★☆☆
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.