ICYMI: Life is Beautiful 2017: Day 2

Photos and highlights from the second day of Downtown's celebration of music, art, ideas and food.

Lil Dicky. Photo by Jesse J. Sutherland

This isn’t so much a highlight as it is a way for me to cope with SHEER AND UTTER DEVASTATION. So on Day Two, at the Ambassador Stage, my jewfro boyfriend Lil Dicky brought a woman onstage who wasn’t me and gave her a lap dance. As this transpired, he rapped the lyrics to “Lemme Freak,” which is like, Trap Seduction 101. If it wasn’t for the leathery hot dad bod hanging out of his shirt, I’d be 100 percent salty right now. But at least I have that image seared into my brain. I’m willing to forget this whole ordeal if you are, Dicky. —Amber Sampson

Away from the masses and music is a serene spot filled with some unusual sights to see. Walk into the Crime on Canvas exhibit at the Western Hotel and you’ll find partied-out festival goers divulging in cafe style drinks or passed out on the assortment of furniture. You’ll also notice pieces like “End of the Party,” an image of skulls in the form of ice cream atop a cone. You’ll find yourself attempting to interpret the meanings of the various political and propaganda pieces. And you’re sure to chuckle at the the occasional festival goer who walks up to a portraits like “Bubble Gum,” in awe of its five-digit price tag, or the bystander who states with a slur that a particular piece is perplexing in not so many characters.Paris Fundunburks

The plan was to quickly stop in to Container Park. We ended up staying for 30 minutes. Why? The wildly entertaining B-Boy showdown. It was too much fun watching dancers from around the world: Greece, Japan, Hawaii and of course, several from Las Vegas, flex their skill and agility to the break beats. It made me proud as a Las Vegas resident to see so many of our talented dancers shine, and it served as a reminder that no matter what musical act is playing what stage, the right time to be at Life Is Beautiful is gates-open to close. There’s always something to see and appreciate. I might “quickly pop-in” for the finals on Sunday. Camille Cannon


Photos by Jesse J. Sutherland


Capital Cities ushered nighttime in with surprising energy. After a chill set, the indie-pop duo (complete with full band for this occasion) launched into the song which introduced their tunes to the masses—“Safe and Sound.” And the audience comes brilliantly alive. Hopping and jumping around the stage to the popular song, they instruct the audience to take off their jackets and swing them in the air—a tradition for every show, they explain. In an instant, jackets are being twirled above heads in the crowd and the dance party continues as the sky goes from pink and purple to that perfect metallic blue. —Diana Edelman


Photos by Jesse J. Sutherland


Positioned at the intersection of Fremont and Seventh Street is a sign that reads, “Life is Joyful.” That perfectly sums up Day Two as I watched my 17-year-old cousin find joy in every moment of her first Life Is Beautiful experience. She freaked out as she saw a gang of YouTube stars walk by. She was happy that the taco vendor had veggie options. She was excited to meet new people and hear the musings of us grown-ups between sets. When one of her favorite bands, Cage the Elephant, came on, I thought she might jump out of her skin. She hung on every note in utter appreciation. It was beautiful to see. Monica Acuna


Photos by Jesse J. Sutherland

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