Two members of rock royalty—Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame and the legendary Bob Dylan—performed to a crowd that spanned generations. Warming up the audience, Knopfler came out firing with “What It Is” and “Corned Beef City.” Backed by an über-talented seven-piece band, Knopfler displayed his slick guitar skills and distinct vocals. He encored with the Dire Straits jam “So Far Away”; the crowd was singing, dancing and primed for Dylan. Donning a flat brim hat and black suit with white trim, Dylan appeared spirited and happy, jamming with his band. Although his voice has given way (it sounded even more garbled than it did in the ’60s) and his hands never touched a guitar, Dylan spent much of the evening wailing at the piano and letting his harmonica do the talking as he rambled through a set, which included “Girl From the North Country,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtower.” ★★★☆☆
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.