Acoustic techno? It almost sounds like an oxymoron. Tekkno Flamenko performed their unique blend of classic acoustic guitar and techno/electronica for Marquee’s first gathering of The Collaborative’s Fireside Sessions. Blue Man Group’s Elvis Lederer and Jason Mackenroth teamed up with Djeff of Cirque du Soleil and Gonzo Groove Situation’s Mike Gonzales to perform music that’s one-part jazz, one-part EDM and three parts originality to create some very interesting instrumental tunes. Lederer, on guitar, led the collective as Mackenroth pounded on his octapad over jazz-influenced horns. With strategically placed maracas located all over the lounge, spectators were encouraged to play along. Truly a musical experience. ★★★✩✩
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.