Sure it was a little disappointing to have this would-be poolside concert moved indoors. But these iconic rockers made up for it with a solid show, even if the production seemed a tad flat. Fred Schneider’s spoken vocals sounded just as good as ever, and his use of a glockenspiel on “Give Me Back My Man” was priceless. Keith Strickland’s surf guitar riffs were consistently right throughout the set. Kate Pierson, on tambourine and maracas, and Cindy Wilson, on bongos, showed they are still the cat’s meow, looking and sounding great. After an evening that sometimes seemed a little low on energy, the band pumped up their game to end with a lively encore performance of “Rock Lobster.” The only thing missing was sand between your toes. ★★☆☆☆
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.