Yes, there were salsa tunes and mariachi bands, but when more than 25,000 Latinos from across the nation gathered in Las Vegas on July 7-10 for the 2012 National Council of La Raza Conference, you couldn’t miss the emphatic presence of such mainstream sponsors as Walmart, Coca-Cola, Toyota and Johnson & Johnson. It was a testament to the buying power of the 50.5 million estimated Latinos living in the U.S.—the nation’s largest minority. When all this good old global capitalism comes to the support of a civil rights and advocacy group, surely a paradigm has shifted. The news has been both bad and good for U.S. Latinos—on one hand, the unemployment rate still hovers around 11 percent; on the other, Hispanic-owned businesses are growing more than twice as fast as U.S. businesses in general. So when speakers from financial guru Suze Orman to Vice President Joe Biden stepped up to the La Raza mic, they knew they were addressing a community capable not only of leveraging political power, but of giving the economy a healthy boost as well.
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.