ICYMI: Life is Beautiful 2017, Day 3

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

Jesse J Sutherland

Eight-year-old Bella and her mom, Celeste, traveled from Eugene, Oregon to be here. She showed up about an hour early to the Fremont tent to Ventura, California’s “Super Happy Rapper,” Kyle. A true fan who rapped along to his positive lyrics, Bella’s eyes widened in awe with each boom of the confetti cannon, light strobe and choreographed dance between Kyle and hype man/DJ Superduper Brick. And when Kyle dedicated a cover of “Pursuit of Happiness” to his inspiration Kid Cudi, Bella cheered and sang along—impressive for someone born several years after the song was released in 2009. “Family and music” make life beautiful for her, she said. —Camille Cannon

The sister-trio of Haim (Este, Danielle and Alana) are chatty. Super chatty. Between songs, they banter with the audience packed in at the Ambassador Stage. “I fucking love you, Las Vegas,” squeals Este, who then lets the audience know there are some hot people there she’d love to make out with. But, it’s not the banter that wins hearts. Or even their music (although, let’s be real, these talented sisters command the stage with their pop). It’s the last song when the three women all grab drum sticks and step behind the kit. Together, they bang out “Right Now” in tandem. Solo. Two-at-a-time. That end-of-set drum solo (is it a solo if it’s three of them?) takes the Best Of for this set. —Diana Edelman


Photos by Jesse J Sutherland


Running into friends you don’t always see and meeting new people are big highlights for me at Life is Beautiful. Every year, my siblings and I take a festival family photo and this time we captured the moment just before sunset. The band I was in most anticipation of, Gorillaz, closed out the night with pure electricity. When they got to “Clint Eastwood,” everyone belted out the lyrics like we were in prayer. I didn’t get in enough art, but I know the murals will be waiting Downtown. Day 3 leaves me feeling grateful to have had the experience for the fourth year in a row. And tired, very tired. —Monica Acuna

There was so much to appreciate about Day 3, especially because I had the opportunity to catch the deliciously versatile hip-hop sets from De La Soul, Pusha T and Vince Staples. But the surprising highlight came when stopping through TroyBoi on the Fremont Stage. The energy and excitement that had everyone dancing in the streets may be the only thing that kept me on my feet through the rest of the event. —Nicole Cormier


Photos by Jesse J Sutherland


As a rap fan, the festival delivered with a crop of the genre’s freshest and finest faces—Vince Staples, ScHoolboy Q, Chance the Rapper and others. But as an “old head,” it was refreshing to see De La Soul. Each member pushing 50 with 30 years in the game, the trio put on one of the livest, fun shows of the festival. Not just because of their feel-good throwback jams, but because they also spit the real, calling out the people in VIP—“Folks over there, just get involved, man. Don’t act like you’re too privileged”—and making sure everyone participated: “If you don’t feel this shit, go get some cotton candy and go the fuck home.” I laughed almost as hard as Maceo did when they got back on to perform “Feel Good Inc.” with Gorillaz. Zoneil Maharaj


Photos by Jesse J Sutherland


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