Archive | October, 2014

Happy Halloween…Nevada Day!

31 Oct

In honor of Nevada Day, here’s a rendition of “Home Means Nevada” by The Killers.

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Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Trampled by Turtles

22 Oct

Here we go! Just days away from Life is Beautiful 2014! One band you MUST check out is Trampled by Turtles. The Duluth, Minnesota folk-rock outfit will be making their Las Vegas debut and getting the Western Stage grooving on Sunday, October 26. Check out this cover of Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and below a personal favorite of mine, “Wait So Long.”

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Skrillex

19 Oct

Yes I am well aware Skrillex DJs in Vegas a lot but that’s inside of nightclubs and without his real production. If you want to see a spectacle, head to the Ambassador Stage on Sun. Oct. 26 at 10:15 p.m. and witness one of the best shows around. Skrillex is bringing the SPACESHIP to Life is Beautiful!

Check out this documentary from Red Bull fittingly titled “Let’s Make A Spaceship”

New Music: Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” – just in time for Life is Beautiful!

16 Oct

Just in time for Life is Beautiful the Foo Fighters have released the “Something From Nothing” the first single off their upcoming album “Sonic Highways.” Give a listen and see them live at Life is Beautiful on Sunday, October 26.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Vintage Trouble

14 Oct

Years ago I was fortunate enough to not only see Vintage Trouble live a handful of times but also able to review one of their shows at Book & Stage for Vegas SEVEN. Fast forward a couple years and here I have booked Vintage Trouble for not one but two shows at Life is Beautiful 2014! The Ty Taylor led outfit will headline the Grills & Guitars kickoff party on Thursday, October 23 and then hit the Western Stage on Friday, October 24 at the festival! If you’ve never seen this band live you are missing out and if you have seen them live, you know these two shows are going to be electric! Hope to see you there!

Video: Foo Fighters ft. Zac Brown cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” on Late Show with David Letterman

14 Oct

Check it out, the Foo Fighters kicked off their week long residency on the Late Show with David Letterman last night and brought along a special guest in Zac Brown to cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Can’t wait for the Foo Fighters to close out Life is Beautiful 2014 on Sunday, October 26!

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Girl Talk

13 Oct

He was our surprise guest performer at the Life is Beautiful 2014 Lineup Party we held in June at Brooklyn Bowl and rocked a packed house for nearly two hours. In less than two weeks the mash-up maestro will bring the party to Downtown Las Vegas and take the stage for what will surely be a memorable set filled with confetti, balloons, streamers and a whole lot of sweaty dancing fanatics! Girl Talk prior to The Weeknd and Kanye West, yes please!! To add a little bit more ammo to this celebration, Girl Talk will also be celebrating his birthday at the festival. P A R T Y ! ! !

Girl Talk |Downtown Stage |Friday, October 25 | 6:50 – 7:50 pm

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Dizzy Wright

11 Oct

Lucky 13! Getting closer to Life is Beautiful 2014 and one of the acts I am pumped we were able to add this year is Vegas’ own, Dizzy Wright. The 23 year old rising hip-hop star is poised to be the next musician to break from the neon desert. Anyone who’s see Dizzy live can attest to his on-stage presence but it’s his lyrics that make him a champion. The 2013 XXL Freshman Class honoree raps a positive message and awareness. So far so good because the fans keep lining up to see him and you won’t want to miss his set on Sunday, October 26 on the Ambassador Stage at 3:35 p.m.

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Milky Chance

9 Oct

15 Days from y’all will be invading downtown Las Vegas and entering the magical world of Life is Beautiful for three days! I can’t wait! So as I am typing this, Milky Chance are on their way to the United States for the first time. As the last band we added to the 2014 lineup, I couldn’t be more excited for this performance on Friday, October 24. These two school friends from Germany have been taking the world by storm one country at a time and now is their chance to do so in America. Their hit song “Stolen Dance” has just shy of 75 million views on YouTube and is skyrocketing up the radio charts here while already hitting #1 on the Alternative chart. Their latest single “Flash Junk Mind” should be on your radar too, this is a killer track and their album Sadnecessary drops in the United States on October 18! If you are attending Life is Beautiful you’re going to want to make sure you arrive early on Friday and spend your afternoon with Milky Chance!

 

 

Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: Las Vegas Philharmonic & The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil perform a Tribute to The Beatles

7 Oct

17 days until the second Life is Beautiful festival in Downtown Las Vegas, October 24-26! If you haven’t gotten your tickets, do so at www.lifeisbeautiful.com and if you have, awesome and I can’t wait to see you!

If there is one performance you can’t miss, it’s this one. I’ m talking about legendary, one time only performance.  In honor of The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary of coming to Las Vegas, I’ve gotten the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil to join forces for a 40 minute tribute to the Fab Four.  It’s going to break down like this, on Sunday afternoon you are going to want to make your way to the main stage where the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a 20 minute solo set of Beatles songs before being joined on stage by the cast of LOVE for an incredible performance of acrobatics and dancers meets symphony. Yes you read that correct, this is all going to happen at once, Cirque du Soleil cast members will be flying, Beatles music will be playing and you as a spectators are going to witness an incredible never before seen show.

If I could begin to explain how excited all parties involved are, you wouldn’t believe me.  Everyone is pouring their blood, sweat and tears into this performance and I promise you this is going to be legendary.

Me personally, this performance is the coolest thing I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on. And yes, I realize I work for a festival so I’m not joking when I say how amazing this opportunity is.  Not only is LOVE my favorite show in Las Vegas, I clearly am a fan of The Beatles, Giles Martin working on the arrangement for this performance is just WOW and the opportunity to work with the Philharmonic is such an incredible one (these musicians are uber talented and hearing them in rehearsals gave me chills);  this  magical in so many ways.

Want to read a little more, check out this article from my buddy John Katsilometes who interviewed the great, Giles Martin about the upcoming performance and arranging the music specifically for this show.