As co-headliners at this year’s JuneFest, the Romantics tried their damndest to get the mildly buzzed crowd up and moving. The band’s two founders, Wally Palmar and Mike Skill, along with 1981 add-on guitarist Coz Canler and energetic drummer Brad Elvis, pounded away at a string of their Kinks-inspired, pop-blues-punk repertoire, with its recurring themes of unrequited lust. Songs only die-hard fans might remember such as “Little White Lies” and “Rock You Up” hammered impotently at the lethargic audience. The half-full floor seats finally saw some action when the band pulled out the candy-coated creeper “Talking in Your Sleep,” after which Palmer sniped, “Oh, you know that one, do you?” and then drifted back into a Budweiser-induced stupor until roused by the predictable finale of “What I Like About You.” ★★☆☆☆
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.