“It’s not too early for whiskey, it’s not too early for smokes,” sang Ronnie Vannucci, hometown hero of The Killers, fronting his other band, Big Talk.
Never too early for whiskey when it comes to the third Life Is Beautiful festival, where Huge Talk’s “Katzenjammer” was a 5 p.m. benefit for early arrivals to the three-day event in downtown Las Vegas.
But many people were playing the long video game, understanding it was plenty hot out there– still in the high 90s when Big Talk took the phase– and that first-night headliner Stevie Marvel wasn’t due until 11 p.m.
. The sun faded, the celebration began, however the heat lingered. The first two years of Life Is Stunning proved it to be a most well-behaved gathering, and the unseasonably marshy night appeared to keep the food truck lines longer than the await a Rogue Dead Guy Ale with its 7.3 ABV.
Life Is Beautiful is still the location where Expense Nye “The Science Guy” gets a rock-star standing-O, however this year added a new electronic dance music pavilion changing among last year’s live stages.
Early on, the new phase looked like a “why trouble” idea for everybody other than 2-year-old Aidyn Knight, full with a (packed) monkey on his back.
“I’m hoping he’ll falling asleep soon so I can enjoy it. Use him out,” his mommy Sonya discussed.
However when darkness hit it was like someone turned a switch, literally. That shading rounded roofing over the Ambassador dance phase ended up being its own mini-light show variation of the Fremont Street Experience and the location filled.
Over at the Toyota Music Den at Seventh and Ogden, host Yassir Lester captivated shade-seekers by coaxing 2 men into a dance-off. A teenager called Josh was trumped by “a random dude that simply left,” Lester exclaimed.
The dreadlocked Random Guy was Bleu Saunders, who has actually made it from California for all three years of Life Is Lovely. “I go to 5 festivals a year and this is my preferred,” he said. And yes, “I’ll constantly dance.”
The midtempo drama invoked by the bluesy, moving Irish singer-songwriter Hozier fit the sultry weather, even if Alex Ebert of Edwin Sharpe and the Magnetic Nos had actually earlier attempted to offer all the energy himself by heading down into the crowd and preparing an audience member to sing.
Some clients hula-hooped to the reggae of Rebelution, where the marijuana smoke hovered like the heat. Others nodded to the sly wordplay and retro-Moog rhythms of rapper Environment.
Repeat visitors will certainly find a few things have altered this year, even if the festival normally seems more settled and lived in now. The main Downtown Phase for Wonder (and for Picture Dragons on Saturday and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday) now is on the opposite side of the block in between Sixth and Seventh streets, dealing with east instead of west.
That modification seems to produce more performance standing space and, at the far reverse of the stage, a location for an artist named Miguel to repaint a rose on a large canvas.
Miguel, a Zappo’s artist, had his earbuds in while Awolnation played the primary phase, although he thought “their drummer is freakin’ sensational.” He just chose his own rose-painting mix of “rap, classical and dubstep, to bring me up, bring me down.”
The chef demonstrations from previous years were missing out on, or at least extremely hard to discover. Knowing phase for speakers is in a place called The Venue, a brand-new building which wasn’t there in 2013. And the Western Hotel, which hosted the speakers in 2013, is now … empty. But air conditioned. A “cooling station,” in fact.
However those looking for a cooling station in the afternoon heat might hear health supporter Rich Roll describe that “The Plantpower Way” was not “strolling around in your lawn and chewing lawn.” It did awaken “some crazy inactive gene I didn’t know I possessed” and enabled him to “feel happiness in my life again.”
Roll suggested that dedicating 45 percent of the world’s land usage to animals grazing is unsustainable. However that would have been a hard sell to those smelling the sizzling animal fats near the Ambassador stage, propelled by blasts of humidfied air from rotating misting fans big enough to be combat weapons, courtesy of Mobile Misting.
If Roll wasn’t in line for Pot Liqueur Contemporary American Smokehouse’s Moink skewers– “smoked bacon-wrapped meatballs tossed in a Texas BBQ sauce”– at least there was Vegenation’s Vegan sushi, also $8.
A celebration framed by downtown buildings of numerous sizes indicates the shade isn’t really democratic. Fans of X Ambassadors might handle the sun, seek haven in the shadow of the VIP deck, or go sit in between 2 old motels and cool out under inflated arms of a blow-up sea animal.
But even more east at the Ambassador phase, (Garrett) Borns at least had the sun at his back.
“You men look great in the light,” he revealed.
Borns wanted to know if “any person else is staying at the Hooters Hotel?” The festival was young, but he asserted his band was currently suffering the aftereffects of something called Hooteraid, “which I’m very sure is simply swimming pool water and vodka, with a little sunscreen.”
Even on a sluggish, boggy night, Life Is Lovely could offer him better than that.
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