For their CD-release party, country-punkers the People’s Whiskey jam-packed the Double Down. Frontman Justin Bridges has an upper-register voice; drummer Luis Mendez seems to be auditioning for Tool—an odd pairing. Indeed, gritty yet heartfelt Bakersfield-sound tune “Drunk Dial” nearly collapsed from Leavitt’s refusal to play in the pocket. What held it all together was Steve Dezarn’s slide-guitar playing, which should’ve been louder. A bit of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleep Walk” introduced barn-burning original “Purgatory Blues.” This quartet of dudes looked fresh off a Jiffy Lube shift, but who cares? Satisfied, the crowd roared its approval. ★★✩✩✩
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.