Somewhere in the middle of his set—I think it was while he was still wearing the martini-print jacket, before he changed into the tiger stripes—Richard Cheese pointed out that he hadn’t played Vegas in almost three years. Huh? Cheese and his smooth and swingin’ band have been kicking out lounged-up versions of modern hits, from the Spongebob Squarepants theme to Eazy-E’s “Gimme That Nut” for closing in on 15 years now. Why hasn’t some casino locked this routine up at Liberace-like rates?
The crowd couldn’t have been more enthusiastic, as Cheese breezed through his bop-scat rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and a buoyant, Tropicalia-touched version of “Get Lucky.” Pretty much every chair was filled, except for a few down front, inspiring a cry of “There’s three open seats here: I need two girls and someone to film it!” from Cheese. The double-entendres flew thick and fast, but there were moments of decorum: While crooning Khia’s smutty “My Neck, My Back” he called for the doorman to “Close the curtains!” making one wonder who was standing just beyond them. Bewildered children? Scandalized senior citizens? Titillated nuns? Who knows whether Cheese played that particular number when he entertained during Will and Kate’s reception at Buckingham Palace, but I sure hope the Queen didn’t hear … ★★★✩✩
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.