Hey, is that Flavor Flav playing the drums and the bass? How many hype men can do that? I thought this as Chuck D’s flavorful sidekick slammed a drum set while Public Enemy’s set came to a close. The legendary hip-hop group, whose pro-black, anti-government stance still resonates nearly two decades after it hit the scene, is part of the Kings of the Mic tour alongside LL Cool J, Ice Cube and De La Soul. The energetic way the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s newest inductees rocked through their catalog was a testament to their music’s eternal appeal. Despite Chuck D and Flavor Flav being in their early 50s, they put to shame today’s twenty-something rappers with their high-octane live performances. Chuck D’s baritone reverberated like it was 1990 as “Welcome to the Terrordome” boomed through the speakers and Flavor Flav did his weird dance during “Can’t Truss It.” I looked around, and to see an all-age, -race and -gender crowd bark “Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me” made me smile. We’re still fighting the power in 2013. Can you dig it? ★★★★☆
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.