“I’m back in one of my favorite cities in the world,” Drake shouted as the frenzied crowd screamed their approval. Security had their hands full but kept eager fans from rushing the floor during the 25-year-old’s Club Paradise tour stop. With a band backing him and pyro firing in the background, Drake rolled through songs off his Thank Me Later and Take Care albums. He crooned (“Marvin’s Room”), rapped (“Lord Knows”) and even danced a bit (“Take Care”) through his energetic 90-minute set. Fellow tourmates 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka showed up to join Drake for “No Lie” and the strip-club anthem “Round of Applause,” respectively. Toward the end of his set, Drake spotted and shouted out boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who recently defeated Miguel Cotto in that same venue). But a tip of the cap by Mayweather signaled to the rapper that on this night, the arena belonged to him. ★★★☆☆
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.