Rocking out for more than 30 years isn’t easy; it only looks that way when Overkill plays. Before the thrash-metal quintet went on, the enthusiastic crowd was treated to a light show, which included an illuminated drum set. In return, a hearty “Overkill” chant began. The room became electric when Overkill blasted “Rotten to the Core.” Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth howled lyrics with such force and intensity, it was hard to believe that this guy was old enough to be my father. My disbelief would continue for an hour and half of a performance that never lost its energy. Overkill’s set list mixed classics (“In Union We Stand”) with more recent favorites (“Ironbound”). The blend was seamless in a way that no fan could say, “I liked their old stuff better.” Overkill came, conquered and showed us all that they would not stop rocking anytime soon. ★★★★☆ – Michelle Franco
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.