To say that I had a great time this weekend in Vegas at the first annual Life Is Beautiful music, art and food Fest would be an understatement. The Killers, Imagine Dragons ( whose set featured Cirque Du Soleil Mystere performers) Childish Gambino (who did a dope cover of “Rolling in the Deep”),Janelle Monae (who flew in from NYC after performing on SNL on Saturday),Alabama Shakes (love them), Danny Brown, Allen Stone (always fun live), Wallpaper and a slew of great rising Nevada reppers (including Red Bull Sound Select Tour Bus performers American Cream, Moondog Matinee and Ekoh and Homegrown Stager Sabriel ) and other talents from around the U.S.(The Kingston Springs, Tink, Cosmic Suckerpunch to name a few) all made the traffic I faced driving from Los Angeles worth it.
Everywhere you turned on each block of the downtown Fremont St. vicinity stimulated the senses. Whether it be the 3-D art painted on sides of buildings, the fire-shooting ant, the various indoor and outdoor music stages, the culinary village that featured air-conditioned tent chef demonstrations (came in handy to get a break from the sun) and the ridiculously tasty gourmet food under $10 (how often do you find that at a festival?), it all definitely outweighed the serious walking concertgoers did, traveling around from place to place (in hindsight, it was good calorie burning).
Allen Stone and Wallpaper:
Working in artist interviews in between eating (had to sample to give a REAL opinion) and visiting each of the stages, I luckily spoke to NINE performing artists (shout out to Red Bull for giving me access to five of their Sound Select artists) at the fest. They came from near and far in from different genres with two acts I knew and seven I didn’t but would come to know and like after seeing their sets. There’s nothing better as a music fan than discovering new music being at the right place at the right time. The cares of the world subsided for two days and I could be a weekend music correspondent “Q.U.E.E.N”. I learned a lot about the nine artists that graciously took some time to let me into their personal world for a few.
Peep the videos and interview clips! Props to #LIB!
Tink, Sabriel and Moondog Matinee:
American Cream and Cosmic Suckerpunch:
The Kingston Springs and Ekoh