Love was the evening’s theme for R&B veteran Musiq Soulchild, who was in town to make up for a canceled spring show. The crowning moment was when the singer invited a woman onstage to be serenaded to “sobeautiful.” Midway through the song, the woman’s boyfriend came onstage to propose to her as the band continued playing. “Don’t you just love love?” Musiq asked the shocked crowd as they applauded the newly engaged couple. Keeping with the theme, Musiq dedicated “Don’t Change” to all the lovers in attendance whose relationships had surpassed the one-year benchmark. Earlier hits “Just Friends” and “thereason” kept people singing with Musiq, but he had a bit of trouble getting in sync with his band. Musiq also surprised the audience with a remixed version of his biggest hit, “Love,” which was performed behind the band’s instrumental interpretation of the Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark.” With a few technical problems and the band being off-key for much of the night, it wasn’t until Musiq allowed the individual musicians to perform impromptu 30-second solos that they got warmed up and back on the same page with the singer. With a new focus, Musiq and his band concluded with up-tempo versions of “givemorelove” and “B.U.D.D.Y.” ★★☆☆☆
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.