“We are taking Rock ’n Roll Wine to the high seas,” explains Chris Hammond. It has been a dream for Hammond and his business partner Sonny Barton to host a wine-tasting ocean cruise since their company’s early days, tooling around Lake Las Vegas on a tub called the La Contessa. Thanks to a loyal following, they’re finally getting their sea legs. The Rock ’n Roll Wine Cruise to the Mexican Riviera sets sail from San Diego on March 23 aboard Holland America Lines’ boutique cruise liner, Ms Veendam, porting in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta before returning March 30. At-sea days will feature wine tastings, including the Bon Voyage tasting in the crow’s nest, a Reserve Tasting, the Wine Amplified Grand Tasting in the ship’s showroom and a gourmet pairing luncheon. The winery partners and bands have not been set in stone, but as wine and music form the bedrock upon which Rock ’n Roll Wine is established, there will assuredly be a stellar lineup of both. Prices for inside cabins begin at $1,049 per person, with balcony suites going for $2,799 per person; prices increase $50 per person after January 7. Not to be confused with a romantic couples-only cruise, Barton says, “This cruise is dedicated to all of our die-hard supporters. Rock ’n Roll Wine Cruise’s environment can be enjoyed as a getaway with friends, a celebration, but overall as a one-of-a-kind wine 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.