Why doesn’t every Las Vegas strip joint have its own music video? The question arises after watching “At the Sapphire,” in honor of the World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club. Local hip-hop duo HardNox (comprised of Vanilla Icemen Danny Boy and Jimbo) taps into the inherent comedy of spittin’ rhymes about a venue where—as the video makes abundantly clear—lovely ladies jiggle their sexy bottoms. (The distinctively R-rated video can be seen on YouTube.) Shot entirely on the Sapphire premises (including its pool and dayclub), every moment makes me laugh. My favorite part? When a bikini-clad P.Y.T. presses a water pistol against Jimbo’s temple poolside. Cristal-hammered, he announces: About this time/We’re going “H*A*M.”/What the hell’s that mean?/I don’t know, damn/Ask Jay-Z, man. (“H*A*M” is a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West.) Meanwhile, director Brett Feinstein checks off the necessary visual ingredients. Dollar bills rain everywhere, even underwater. Champagne flows ceaselessly. A hot chick licks whipped cream from a glass. But a self-effacing humor keeps things fresh—as when HardNox lip-synchs at the bottom of the pool, mouths bubbling, like adult versions of the baby from Nirvana’s album cover. Eat your laugh-starved heart out, Jay-Z. ★★★✩✩
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.