This self-described “crooner with an edge” made his bones touring on Holland America cruise ships, and has now laid roots in Las Vegas, the superlative place for his swank style. Brouwer’s six-piece band, which includes a standout trumpeter in Eddie Rich, played a wide range of hits in his all-cover-song set, including Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” Sam & Dave’s “Hold on, I’m Coming” and the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle.” Each song got the full crooner treatment, with the band’s sound best described as Michael Bublé meets Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine. It was a unique blend of nostalgia and perfect for a casino setting. Even the way Brouwer talks puts you in that hip mindset: As people walked by the venue, Brouwer asked them, “Hey y’all, what you doing passing by? All the good-looking people are inside.” If the Cosmo must mix cover bands into the Book & Stage’s stellar indie lineup, Brouwer is a good choice. He does the swingin’ Vegas lounge thing in a fun and refreshing way. ★★★☆☆
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.