If you're interested in putting a little art on yourself to commemorate this epic weekend, El Cortez is transforming their poker room into a full pop-up tattoo parlor Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until midnight.
With the weekend rapidly approaching, that means the Life is Beautiful festival is almost here. Set for October 26-27, the first-of-its-kind fest will transform Downtown Vegas. If you've not yet committed to purchasing tix or even if you already have your wristband ready to go, we're sharing the top five bands we're especially geeked out about to help ramp up enthusiasm!
Purity Ring: We heard mixed reviews about the set they played at Beauty Bar this year, but are excited to see what they can do on a big festival stage with a monster lighting rig. (Saturday, 7:20 p.m., Ambassador Stage)
Portugal The Man: On the heels of a new record, we expect a really fun set out of PTM. They rarely disappoint, and with this song’s inclusion on the FIFA 2014 video game, they have had recent international exposure. (Saturday, 9:40 p.m., Huntridge Stage)
Haim: Expected to be the breakout artist of 2014, Haim is described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B.” They get a lot of Fleetwood Mac comparisons, and we are prepared for a huge turnout for this act. (Sunday, 3:40 p.m., Huntridge Stage)
Childish Gambino: Best known for his portrayal of Troy on the popular sitcom Community and from a stint as a writer on 30 Rock, Donald Glover also raps under this nom de guerre, lifted from a Wu-Tang clan name generator he found on the Internet. This guy is funny and has a better flow than you would expect from an actor. Fair warning, though, this set will definitely be R rated. (Saturday, 8:45 p.m., Ambassador Stage)
Joy Formidable: With the LIB lineup lacking in any notable punk or metal heavyweights, those looking to rock out will find what they need from Wales’ Joy Formidable. This female-fronted band comes out of the gate with ripping dissonant guitar work and frantic double bass drumming. They were this writer’s dark horse at Lollapalooza 2011, and they keep getting better. (Sunday, 7:05 p.m., Huntridge Stage)
A full list of performances, stage locations, and times can be found, here.
There will also be live cooking demos and presentations from celebrity chefs like Scott Conant, Aaron Sanchez, and Jonathan Waxman. Some of our favorite local eating spots will be represented, too, with appearances by the likes of Francois Payard (Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro), Todd English (Todd English P.U.B., Olives), and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill).
Tickets for Life is Beautiful are still available. Single day admissions are $95. A two-day general admission pass is $159.50. There are VIP options, too. Decide what's best for you, here. And, don't discount having a plan to get there. Tens of thousands are expected to attend and, since the fest will span more than 15 city blocks, parking won't be easy. Especially, if you choose not to use the official parking ($39.50 in advance, World Market Center) or Strip shuttle options ($39.50 in advance from Bally's, Caesars or Planet Hollywood) offered by LIB.
As a last tip, brilliant street art has been popping up all over downtown. Some of it was captured by our @sammasseur earlier today and is featured in this piece. Be sure to snap a few of these great pieces yourself as you never know how long they'll remain.