Huntington Beach where you at?! The countdown to Life is Beautiful 2016 rolls on and pretty perfect for today! Check out this stripped down version of “Moon Tower” by Dirty Heads off their self titled, fifth album which dropped earlier this summer. Getting stoked to have the fellas perform at Life is Beautiful on Saturday, September 24. More here from Relix.
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2016 continues to be a year of mourning in the music industry and this one, personally hits hard as Sir George Martin has passed away at the age of 90. The “fifth Beatle” as he was widely referred to died “peacefully at home” according to reports. The producer of the Beatles and the man who helped bring their sound to life was a pure genius and regarded as one of the finest and most intelligent people in the business. I encourage you to take some time today to learn a bit more about Sir George Martin and the impact he’s had over his lifetime.
For me it obviously began with my parents playing The Beatles music growing up and continuously being surrounded by it. Then it was 10 years ago in Las Vegas when Cirque du Soleil announced a collaboration for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and having a chance to sit through dress rehearsals and media days (I was assisting on the PR end as the company I worked for handled PR for Cirque) and listen to how the soundtrack for the show came together and how Sir George Martin worked with his son Giles to put together one of the most incredible arrangements I had ever heard. This was also the time when Apple Corps didn’t own the original catalog of The Beatles’ music, Michael Jackson did and so the two Martin’s were using outtakes, other recordings, etc. and still delivered an amazing 90 minutes of music for Cirque du Soleil to perform with. Then in 2014 I had a crazy idea, could I bring together my favorite show, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra for a first time performance at Life is Beautiful? This wild pipe dream became a reality thanks to Giles Martin and the team at Cirque du Soleil and of course the LV Phil. Giles rewrote the score for this 30 minute performance and it was an incredible moment and one that I will never forget.
We lost a legend. A man who not only changed the way we listened and fell in love with music but also a man who was regarded as one of the best. We lost a Beatle today. May you rest in peace Sir George Martin.
Hellooooooo Vegas! Run The Jewels = if you’ve never seen Killer Mike and El-P live, you’re missing out. Good thing we’re going to fix that for you on Sunday, September 27 at 7:55pm on the Ambassador Stage at Life is Beautiful. The duo just appeared last night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, last weekend performed in the UK at Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park (p.s. Banksy is coming to the festival!) and for the last two years have been simply, on fire!
To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s their performance from Bonnaroo this past summer.
Here’s a photo I snapped at SXSW this year. So good!
Yep, 10 days out! It’s the homestretch and today’s featured artists are Rebelution, SOJA and The Green because this is the first year we have featured reggae at Life is Beautiful! As a reggae fan I’m stoked on this and definitely going to be feeling the good vibes when these three bands take the stage at the festival.
It’s gonna be hot, the sun will (hopefully) be shining and the drinks will be flowing.
This one is special to me and I’ll champion Walk The Moon for as long as I can because they are a great group of guys and their music is fantastic. I only wish for good things to happen to good people. I was a fan of Walk The Moon the first time I ever heard “Anna Sun” and wrote about them on the blog back in May of 2011. I first saw them on the Sonic Bids Stage at Bonnaroo later that year and was enamored with their live show. At the time I was writing concert reviews for Vegas Seven and was asked to start interviewing bands for some upcoming columns. The first ask was to Walk The Moon. I ended up meeting the guys in the Lollapalooza media village where we proceeded to sit Indian style in a circle underneath a tree so I could conduct the interview. It was so bizarre yet worked beautifully. Since those days the guys have exploded and are riding an all time high to stardom and I couldn’t be more excited. They put out as much energy as any band on stage and what they receive from the crowd is tenfold. It’s a sight to witness and on Sunday of Life is Beautiful, I cannot wait to see thousands of screaming fans singing and dancing. Get your face paint ready, pull out your dancing shoes and let’s go!
Vegas represent! All of Las Vegas should be getting excited for Shamir to mark his homecoming at Life is Beautiful. Heralded by Pitchfork, NPR and several more outlets, Shamir Bailey is finding gold everywhere he turns lately. Heck he was one plane away from working on a pig farm in Arkansas and now he’s music’s darling with his debut album Ratchet. His blend of experimental, funk, disco sounds with his light voice just flat out works. I know we’re excited to welcome him home on Friday, September 25. See you there!