Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney treated a capacity crowd to the first of two nights of gritty rock ’n’ roll. The Keys, joined by touring members Gus Seyffert and John Wood, came out firing with “Howlin’ for You” and “Next Girl” off the triple-Grammy-winning album Brothers. They turned up the energy with “Gold on the Ceiling.” The original duo then dug into their catalog for “Thickfreakness” and “Girl is on My Mind,” executing to perfection their garage-rock style that put them and Akron, Ohio, on the map. As the band moved to jamming the Zeppelinesque “Little Black Submarines,” the scene exploded with energy and set the tone for the remainder of the 20-song show, which included the crowd-pleaser “Lonely Boy” and closer “I Got Mine.” Between Auerbach’s slick guitar skills, Carney’s feverish pounding on the drums and the high-wattage light display onstage, The Joint was alive, amplified and blazing on this night. ★★★★☆
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.