Twenty-year-old Inglewood, California, rapper Casey Veggies is one of the founding members of Odd Future, which includes Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. But Veggies left the talented collective to pursue his own organic sound (and munchies) in hip-hop, and the result is delicious. Performing in front of a hungry group of college kids and “swag music” enthusiasts, Veggies showcased his latest mix-tape, Life Changes. He brought food for thought, and the attendees brought their own aromas of the herbal variety. “The Team” blasted heavily from the speakers as Veggies rhymed energetically while being backed by his “team.” The introspective and honest “Life Changes” was a highlight—the rapper’s slick-tongued delivery slowed down, letting his lyrics be felt over bongo drums and a mellowed-out tempo. ★★★★✩
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.