Nearly three hours of opening acts and an earsplitting sound system could have ruined ScHoolBoy Q’s show before it even started. But fans stuck it out, and all was forgiven when Q emerged onstage at 12:30 a.m. with his trademark bucket hat. The 25-year-old rapper delivered a rowdy performance filled with expletive-laced crowd favorites, including “Nightmare on Figg St.” and “There He Go.” He wafted through a self-produced marijuana cloud over the more tranquil “iBETiGOTSUMWEED” and later sought a fan to perform the rambunctious “Druggys wit Hoes” with him. After two consecutive fans flubbed the lyrics and were unceremoniously booted, a fellow named “Lucky” finally nailed it and gained the crowd’s approval. Although his set was cut short because the venue was only scheduled until 1 a.m., Q’s energetic closing performance of “Hands on the Wheel” had his supporters bopping jubilantly out of the casino. It was well worth the wait … and the temporary hearing damage. ★★★☆☆
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.