If you blinked, you missed Gary Clark Jr. and his band walking onstage. Following the subtle entrance, Clark enthusiastically rocked the crowd with nothing more than his music and a stoic stage light. The bluesy grit of “Bright Lights” and “Third Stone From the Sun.” merit comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. But “Blak and Blu” and “Please Come Home” showed off Clark’s amazingly smooth vocals, while fans couldn’t seem to get enough of the seven-minute guitar solos that were included with each song performed. All comparisons aside, Gary is a beast in his own right as his “chicken-neck” guitar gestures and quiet stage demeanor made the psychedelic set feel more like a jam session than a live show. That’s a compliment, by the 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.