It takes a lot to keep me awake past midnight. And when punk rockers Unit F, led by the only remaining original member, Mel Schantz, took the stage at 1:30 a.m., I wasn’t sure how long I’d last. Every fan was wide-awake, though, as the socio/political band (their motto reads “War is the enemy of the human race”) offered screaming vocals and driving instrumentals for more than an hour. The Orange County, Calif.-based quintet played both new and old music, as they are working on a new album. Highlights included “Party in the White House,” which questions the American military, and “Secret Government,” which casts doubt on the CIA and other government organizations. With socially conscious lyrics, quality musical rhythms and an undeniable stage presence, their performance not only kept me awake, but also gave me a reason to do so. ★★★☆☆
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.