While Life Is Beautiful is annexing our Downtown core this weekend, it doesn’t own the whole city. If you’re not a fan of large crowds (or Imagine Dragons), you have other musical options to consider.
If you want to stick to the Fremont area and don’t mind a late night, 11th Street Records is hosting a local music series sponsored by the deathless Neon Reverb music festival. The Lique plays on Saturday night and Dark Black on Sunday. All shows begin at 1 a.m., but a Dos Equis-fueled party kicks off promptly at midnight.
The Las Vegas Jazz Festival runs through the weekend at the Henderson Pavilion. Friday features artists with a neo-soul vibe, including Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild. Saturday leans toward smooth singers, with Toni Braxton and Brian McKnight taking the stage. And Saturday wraps it up with an R&B dance party featuring the Isley Brothers, Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition.
Wanna get all your festival-going done in one day? Mandalay Bay is throwing it way back with Lost ’80s Live, featuring ABC, Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Gene Loves Jezebel, Animotion and several other acts still valiantly standing up for the asymmetrical haircut.
And for the third consecutive year, the Life Is Shit Festival raises a dirty-nailed middle finger in Life Is Beautiful’s direction. It brings a collection of local and almost-local punk bands to the Dive Bar, including Dangerboner, Leather Lungs, Toxic Dump, Swamp Pussy and Blood Dumpster. The much-beloved Shitty Car Show is no more, but there will be a dunk tank, charity raffles and DIY art projects.