What a weekend for live music it was in Las Vegas. So many great bands and DJs in town stopping through before hitting Coachella that it almost felt like Coachella East as there was an electricity all weekend. On Thursday, seeing Jenny & Johnny perform at the Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan was just awesome and a great way to kick things off. Caught a couple minutes of Chairlift’s set after but wasn’t too impressed. Friday night was bananas at Mumford & Sons rocked the Boulevard pool (when the weather is perfect I don’t know if there is a better place in Las Vegas to see a show); Tallest Man On Earth was a great opener as well. My musical weekend was wrapped up on Saturday night as Nas and Damian Marley took to the stage for what’s always a fun and energetic performance.
Here’s the weekend in pictures, Jenny & Johnny courtesy of me and Mumford & Sons and Nas and Damian via Erik Kabik (www.erikkabikphoto.com).
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Marina and the Diamonds were the latest to take their act to Book & Stage in Las Vegas. Here are some images I snapped from the show on April 8. Not exactly the best photos I’ve ever taken but it was a little tough to capture Marina as she was a ball of energy jumping around nonstop. Besides having what seemed to be an unlimited tank of energy, she has an incredible voice and is a heck of a performer. If you have the chance to see her live, don’t miss it.
“Originally appeared in Vegas Seven“
Check out my most recent concert review of Tennis in the April 7, 2011 issue of Vegas Seven.
Props to Las Vegas CityLife A&E Editor Mike Prevatt and his blog item yesterday on Aloe Blacc found here. Earlier this year Mr. Blacc spent four nights performing at Book & Stage over at the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and during his time in the desert he reshot the video for “I Need A Dollar.” Love seeing his Book & Stage performances made it into the video and if you haven’t had a chance to see Mr. Blacc perform live please make sure it’s on your list of artists to see, he’s that good.
(apologies but Sony Music blocks the video from playing on the site so just click the link in the screen below)
Last Saturday night was music mania. Besides being at music festivals I have never experienced so much live music in one night. The night started across the street from Luxor where The Ting Tings and Cee Lo went back and forth rocking out as part of the Red Bull Sound Clash event. Very cool concept and both acts ran the gamut on their hit songs as well as performing a handful of covers including The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock The Casbah.” What was definitely the highlight of the night was watching the entire crowd go ballistic when Cee Lo ended the show with “Fuck You.”
From Sound Clash the race was on to make it over to the Cosmopolitan for The Strokes concert. Thankfully they were 30 minutes late hitting the stage so I only missed the opener. Playing their first show to support the new album, Angles, they sounded solid and definitely had all rocking the entire show (you could seriously feel the floor shaking throughout). Being my first time seeing The Strokes live, they exceeded my expectations and put on one of those shows you’ll never forget.
Next up was racing downstairs to catch the last set of Foster the People over at Book & Stage. Seriously those who were able to catch at least one of the eight sets they played over their four day stint, consider yourself lucky. It was great to see how much fun the guys were having and exuding an energy that had the packed house appreciating what the next big thing were rocking out with. While their EP featuring only three songs “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat” sounded absolutely magical and have netted them sold out shows on their current tour, I can’t wait for the debut album TORCHES to drop in May. Look up the song “Kids” and you’ll know what to look forward to from the band that’s about to become the darlings of SXSW and Coachella.
After Foster The People it was time to take a hard left and hit up Marquee and the end of Kaskade’s set to keep the night of music going.
Get off your couch, change your plans, don’t crawl into bed and get over to Book & Stage to see Foster The People at least one of the next three nights if not all three. Set times are 10 p.m. and midnight and we have FREE shows to see one of the fastest rising bands around. To let you know how lucky we in Las Vegas are, their current tour (Vegas is stop #2) is practically sold out already and includes dates at SXSW and Coachella.
The only disappointment will be you not showing up to see the show.
Ryan Shaw was in one word last night, amazing. What a performance he gave over his two sets in Las Vegas on Thursday night. If you are in Sin City this weekend, no excuse to not go and see at least one set over the next two nights. And if you’re worried you won’t know any of his music, have no fear as Ryan’s performance last night included a whole bunch of great covers including: Michael Jackson – “Man In The Mirror,” Janis Joplin – “Piece of My Heart,” Bob Marley – “Redemption Song,” Stevie Wonder – “Superstition,” and Beatles – “Let It Be.”
The video is not great quality and the security guy kept getting in the way (I think he just wanted some face time) but give a listen to hear Ryan performing “Redemption Song.” Also apologies as I missed the first minute of the song. Will try to get some better video this weekend.
Excited to see Mr. Shaw live in Las Vegas tonight and through Saturday. Hopefully some of you join me for some damn good music!
Video from their performance on January 27, 2010. Enjoy!