There is no point in dwelling on the disappointing aspects. Downtown looked better than I have ever seen it. It was impossible to miss the new art. Murals were everywhere. My favorite was the red and blue piece south of El Cortez. Cardboard 3D glasses were hung from the opposite wall to view the display. Although I heard a few complaints about murals still being painted midday Saturday, I thought it added to the overall experience. We all saw downtown being figuratively and literally changed.
The food options were incredibly varied. With so many celebrity chefs representing their kitchens, there were amazing dishes from Vegas restaurants of varying caliber. I saw and sampled great bites from Scarpetta, Martorano’s, Nacho Daddy, and Border Grill. Commonwealth and the Barcardi Park were pouring fantastic craft cocktails. I couldn’t help, but giggle at the generally horrified reactions as vegetarian music fans walked by Donald Link’s whole hog roast.
The Life is Beautiful fest was everything I hoped it would be. I saw what I wanted to and, like all great fests, was able to find a few new artists to love. I can't reccomend the local singer Sabriel enough. I watched a DJ battle between Jurassic 5's DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark. And, I managed to have a great weekend with awesome friends, while only causing minor damage to my liver.
Now that the event is over, I hope that founder Rehan Roundry and his team are somewhere relaxing and celebrating a job well done. I can't wait for next year.
(Photos courtesy: FilmMagic)