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Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.
Four-time Grammy Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the fourth-anniversary celebration for Surrender Nightclub and Encore Beach Club with a spirited 45-minute performance early this morning in Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas.
The Wynn and Encore Las Vegas resident headliners performed a full-production concert to a jam-packed EBC in the 60,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment complex at the popular Wednesday night industry party “Surrender Your Wednesday.” Surrender served as the backstage and stage for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, while fans packed the beach club.
Surrender and EBC Managing Partner Sean Christie, the always sharped dressed man in his signature black suit, white dress shirt and black necktie that he later took off, joined Macklemore, in a black leather jacket, white T-shirt, black skinny jeans and flashy white high tops, and Lewis, in a light-blue, long-sleeved button up, black leather pants and shiny loafers, onstage before their set.
Instagram model Lauren Hanley, who celebrated her 21st birthday at the hotspot last month, presented a three-tiered fourth-anniversary cake. It was a classy touch on Christie’s part to thank his nightlife colleagues, among them David Schnitzer, Lisa Long Adler and Wayne Crane, for four years of success.
The superstar duo took the stage at 1:35 a.m. today — Macklemore started by asking, “How are you guys doing tonight?!” — and performed a high-energy set: “10,000 Hours,” “Thrift Shop” (during which the crowd sang along), “Same Love” (during which the crowd sang and chanted along), “White Walls” (during which the crowd sang along), and “Wings” (during which Macklemore ditched his black jacket).
Plus, “And We Dance” (during which Macklemore’s British alter-ego appeared in a spiky-blond wig and a silver bedazzled cape and referenced his father Samuel L. Jackson, Lady Gaga, his best friend Usher, James Brown, beating Kobe Bryant at basketball and how all men envied his large dong), “Trish” and “Can’t Hold Us,” during which the crowd sang along and Macklemore crowd surfed.
During the introduction to the gay-rights anthem “Same Love,” Macklemore, to the crowd’s approval, talked about celebrating diversity, loving who your heart loves, equality and compassion. Well said and well done, especially in a music genre in which homophobia still exists.
During the introduction to “White Walls,” Macklemore opined how Las Vegas smells like old whisky, Winston cigarettes and depression upon arrival, but once one hits the Strip, Las Vegas “becomes the land of hope,” and “you never know what’s going to happen.” But the best part about landing at McCarran, Macklemore asked? “Seeing the Cadillac limousines.”
And in a final class act to end the celebration, Macklemore, 31, described his cohort Lewis as “the man of the hour and David Copperfield’s son. He brought magic to the Pacific Northwest and four Grammys to Seattle — Ryan Lewis!” Lewis, 26, is from Spokane, the other side of Washington state and the home of this journalist’s alma mater, Gonzaga University.
Backstage at Surrender
With much-appreciated “Almost Famous” access at Surrender, observations from Wednesday night/Thursday morning backstage: Macklemore did push-ups with a crewmember before the show. Supporting dancers did a lot of stretching. The entourage enjoyed cocktails preshow, and Lewis is a fan of Red Bull and smoking.
And despite all the big success the duo has achieved in the past few years, the group still looks to be tight-knit, sharing in a preshow prayer and cheer. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also headlined last year’s third-anniversary party.
Thanks to Denise Truscello of Getty Images for her photo gallery of the celebration on a night in which the weather and performance could not be better.
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.
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