by Sierra Mark
Life truly was beautiful at the Life Is Beautiful art and music festival September 24-26th in downtown Las Vegas. With Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, and Kendrick Lamar as the main headliners for each night, there was diversity all throughout the festival grounds.
Many devoted fans would wait for hours before the gates even opened in order to ensure a spot on the railing for their favorite bands.
Although the lineup was full of great artists, it was also a priority to see the different art exhibits and speakers, particularly the Art Motel and Bill Nye- the Science Guy, and try the many types of food offered, especially the infamous lemonade.
Friday started off with favorites such as Awolnation, Børns, Hozier, and Twenty-One Pilots. During a performance given by Edward Sharpes and The Magnetic Zeros, Bishop Gorman’s own Olivia Cerza (class of 2016) was given the microphone, by lead singer Alex Ebert, to sing an entire verse to the song. Stevie Wonder and Major Lazer closed the festival that night with hits such as Superstition and Lean On.
Chance the Rapper, Duran Duran, and Snoop Dogg got the crowds hyped up for Imagine Dragons and Carnage Saturday night. Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, gave an emotional performance to thousands of fans that left many, including himself, in tears. Reynolds is proud of his Las Vegas background making sure to tell the crowd about the different schools he attended, including Bonanza High School and UNLV.
Day three, Sunday, was one to remember. The Downtown Stage featured Saint Motel, Walk The Moon, Brandon Flowers, Weezer, and Kendrick Lamar and was arguably the most popular stage of the weekend. Brandon Flowers (a Las Vegas native) opened with songs from his solo album like “Can’t Deny My Love” and then surprised the crowd when he brought out his band, The Killers. They opened with “Mr. Bright Side” and closed their set with “When You Were Young.” Weezer kept the crowds attention with classics such as “Beverly Hills” and “Hash Pipe.”
The final day of the festival ended with Kendrick Lamar where he proved why he is on top of the charts. The festival grass turned to dust as everyone jumped up and down in excitement to his songs. Although he played more recent songs such as “King Kunta” and “m.A.A.d City,” his performance was focused more on older material.
With amazing music, artwork, public speakers, and food, Life Is Beautiful 2015 was one for the books. Culture is being brought back to Downtown Las Vegas and this festival plays a main role in the change. It’s going to be interesting to see what Rehan Choudhry, founder of L.I.B., has in store for all of us next year.