Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for live music experiences. Since even before the days when
Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled this city, Las Vegas has been synonymous with the most lavish
musical concerts in the world. For a singer or a band, playing in Vegas signifies that you’ve made it.
Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas residency defined him as the “king” of rock n’ roll, but these days, Vegas
plays host to a far broader range of contemporary sounds than you might imagine.
The biggest stars will pack out legendary venues such as Caesars Palace or the MGM Grand Garden
Arena, but some of the most interesting shows take place at smaller locations such as The Sayers
Club or House of Blues. The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan hosts outdoor shows from early
spring to late fall, while the Hard Rock Hotel has two venues, The Joint and the more intimate Vinyl.
The Double Down Saloon hosts punk bands such as The Distillers and TSOL, while the Bunkhouse
Saloon promises the best in contemporary country. Meanwhile, true Vegas insiders head for The Beat
Coffeehouse & Records, where up-and-coming local acts take to the floor in a low-key, unpretentious
Dance the night away
If you want the full, glitzy Vegas experience, however, head for the Las Vegas Strip, dominated by
Wynn Las Vegas and the neighboring Encore casino and resort. With his latest nightclub XS, Steve Wynn has hit new heights of luxury even by Vegas standards. With state-of-the art lighting in gold
chandeliers, and a balcony overlooking the packed but expansive dancefloor, XS is really the ultimate
in bling, with a sound system and a reputation to match. Little wonder that it’s a home from home for
EDM’s superstar DJ and producer Skrillex, who returns for hotly-anticipated shows on September 7th
and November 1st 2015.
The hot ticket in September is the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The
first show, on September 18th, features The Who, Kanye West, Coldplay and Sam Smith, while the
following night sees Janet Jackson, Fall Out Boy and Nick Jonas take to the stage, among others.
Fans of 90s college rock will want to see The Lemonheads up close and personal at The Sayers Club
on September 23rd, while Counting Crows play the Boulevard Pool on October 3rd, supported by
Citizen Cope. Garbage play the same venue on October 10th, while you can get ready for Halloween
with the dark industrial grooves of Skinny Puppy at the Hard Rock Hotel on October 30th.
Reformed British dream pop legends Ride play at House of Blues on November 10th, and at the end
of the year, Mötley Crüe play the MGM Grand on December 27th. Maroon 5 see the year out with
shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 30th and 31st.
2016 is currently dominated by big names such as Olivia Newton-John, Celine Dion, and Jenifer
Lopez, but there are sure to be some fantastic rock and alternative shows announced before too long.
Whatever your tastes, Vegas is sure to provide you with a musical experience you’ll remember for the
rest of your life.