Published Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 4:34 p.m.
Updated Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 6:34 p.m.
The inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival ended its weekend Sunday with a jam-packed day that included musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. The day culminated with a highly anticipated performance by hometown heroes The Killers and frontman Brandon Flowers, who performed their new single “Shot at the Night” for the first time live.
LIB was historic with its expansive 15-bock footprint and curated lineup of music, food, art and education. Highlights: Haim was a popular draw at the Huntridge Stage at the band’s first Las Vegas show and later partied at Lavo in Palazzo; Jurassic 5 made a dramatic entrance in a motorcycle-drawn carriage; and Janelle Monae performed The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
Also: Vampire Weekend was seen at Atomic, the oldest bar in Las Vegas, before their set that began with “Sunday Morning,” a tribute to Lou Reed, who died Sunday; Empire of the Sun smashed a guitar onstage in homage to Reed; and speaker Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, a big funder of LIB, was a big draw.
“Chefs on Stage” demonstrations featured chef Bruce Bromberg and Vernon Reid of Living Colour and chef Scott Conant with ZZ Ward, and celebrity and VIP attendees included Pasquale Rotella and Holly Madison, Pauly Shore, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
In a statement released today at 6 p.m., LIB reps said that the festival had wrapped its inaugural weekend with 60,000 in attendance who enjoyed two days of music, food, art and education.
“Both in attendance and sentiment, this festival has exceeded our very high expectations,” said festival co-founder and CEO Rehan Choudhry. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Every musician, chef, artist and speaker in the festival showed a tremendous amount of love for Las Vegas through their performances, and seeing hometown heroes The Killers close out the festival to thunderous applause was heartwarming.”
Check out extensive coverage of Life Is Beautiful at LasVegasWeekly.com.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.