Between songs, Emeli Sandé told short stories about the numbers’ origins and inspirations. It made for a show heavy on audience connection with the rising star. “Daddy” was a suspenseful ballad that saw the Brit trying to stand still while playing piano and belting out heartfelt lyrics with urgency and emotion. Sandé showed her sincerity as a singer-songwriter with “Where I Sleep” and “Who Needs the World,” which the 26-year-old performed with enormous passion. Choosing a “stripped-down” version of “Suitcase,” Sandé sang with only her bassist as accompaniment in order for the crowd to understand the lyrics. Judging by the night’s roaring applause, they understood quite well. ★★★★☆
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.