Big, but cozy. Formal, but informal. Neat trick, which The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room pulls off with aplomb. Featuring a two-tiered layout—main floor and mezzanine—the room is both a mini-concert hall and intimate jazz club, its elegant décor giving off a warm, inviting vibe. With top-notch acoustics benefiting first-rate talent (among them Barbara Cook, Branford Marsalis, Al Jarreau and monthly staple Clint Holmes), it gives Las Vegas what it’s missed since the Blue Note’s closure. If you’re hankering for a nosh, try the hummus, garlic-crusted chicken or five-bean veggie burger—or just a nice cocktail—off the menu. Downbeat, if you please. TheSmithCenter.com.
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.