Despite the fact that none of the performers have an official album out, the line to see Danny Brown, ScHoolBoy Q and A$AP Rocky was wrapped around the House of Blues and littered with the most eclectic group of fans you’ll ever see at a hip-hop concert. Oh, and what a rabid bunch of fans they were. After Danny Brown and ScHoolBoy Q heated up the crowd, A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob turned the frenzy up to nuclear levels. Wearing white sneakers, T-shirt, a vest and his trademark beanie, Rocky put on a staggering 90-minute set that spanned both the LiveLoveA$AP and Lord$ Never Worry mixtapes. The subwoofers rumbled through the house speakers as the crowd sang along to “Purple Swag” and “Goldie” as the A$AP Mob circled the stage like vultures waiting for their turn on the microphone. A$AP Ferg blitzed through “Work” and A$AP Nast’s “Black Mane” kept the crowd from settling. With ScHoolBoy Q joining Rocky for a riotous version of “Hands on the Wheel” and Rocky closing with the wicked “Peso,” the venue popped like a shaken soda. ★★★★☆
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.