Whether you were into the music or not, you couldn’t help but smile. Only minutes after the dozen or so musicians known as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros took the stage, the audience interaction began. Lead singer Alex Ebert climbed down to sing with the audience as is his M.O. There was an audience-participation storytelling session during their most recognizable song “Home.” And the musicians rotated, giving different band members a shot at carrying the lead. However, a bit more of Jade Castrinos’ singing and a little less tambourine would have been welcome. With a good balance of selections from the band’s albums (including their new self-titled album), one could imagine this is what it must’ve been like to attend a hippie love fest in the ’60s—but in the best possible way. ★★★☆☆
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.