Since Wasted Space closed in 2010, the Hard Rock Hotel has been without a midsize music venue. That changes in August with the opening of Vinyl Las Vegas. The 650-person space—touted as “intimate”—will have a Chicago-blues, speakeasy-style décor. But the booking will resemble that of Wasted Space and L.A.’s Viper Room. Expect touring bands, popular local acts and, eventually, some comedy. Synthpop band Julien-K plays the first announced date (Aug. 24, $16). From there, the lineup ranges from California punkers Strung Out (Sept. 27, $18) to Latin gypsy funkers Leche de Tigre (Sept. 14, $15) to alt-rockers Blue October (Nov. 13) to psychobilly stars Reverend Horton Heat (Dec. 28, $22). Visit HardRockHotel.com for more info.
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.