Life Is Beautiful 2019 returns to Las Vegas this September with one of the most stacked lineups of the year. Seeing the headliners is a given for any festival. Every festival-goer knows, though, that a festival is only as good as its undercard. And Life Is Beautiful’s undercard is strong.
Here are five must-see acts you should add to your schedule.
Cautious Clay is the full package. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter has been making a name for himself through his live shows and his breakout single, “Cold War.” It’s not just that Clay possesses the ability to write catchy R&B and soul songs. It’s that he does it all with a different level of musicianship. At any given moment during a live set, you might catch him on flute, sax, or guitar while his unique, soulful voice flutters in and out of falsettos. Clay is still on the up-and-up; he doesn’t even have a full-length album under his belt yet. But you can bet that he will still draw a sizeable crowd at LIB.
Durand Jones & The Indications
Sometimes in between EDM sets at a festival, you just want to see a real band with instruments, singing, the whole nine. One of the best bets in the small LIB text is Durand Jones & the Indications. The five-piece started as a trifle at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Since then they have grown into an exceptional live outfit, mixing spot-on throwback soul music with modern flourishes and two lead vocalists. They just released their sophomore album, American Love Call, this spring and will likely provide a pleasant, soulful respite from the rest of the Life Is Beautiful crowd.
The Life Is Beautiful lineup is so varied that people can select a few different flavors when it comes to rap. Do you want to see a set that is like visiting a Disneyland megachurch? Go see Chance The Rapper. Do you want to wait around for 30 minutes before anything happens because of lateness and only see 20 minutes of music? Lil Wayne. Do you just want to hear “Mo Bamba”? Then LIB has Sheck Wes. The pick in terms of rap, though, has to go to Maxo Kream. He’s coming off the release of his triumphant record Brandon Banks that mixes gritty Houston rap with Kream’s underrated lyrical dexterity. The rapper will be worth checking out, even if he slots in at an early set time.
If there was one word to describe Masego, it would be “smooth.” The Virginia singer-songwriter appeared on people’s radars after his impressive outing on the COLORS YouTube channel and it is easy to see why. His “trap house jazz” goes down easy with silky R&B flourishes and his “Tiny Desk” concert showcases his talent in a live setting.
A R I Z O N A
Yes, electronic trio A R I Z O N A is from New Jersey and their name is A R I Z O N A. Yes, they have a name that is annoying when you’re typing it out. But once you get past all that, they put on a tremendous live show that has plenty of sweat and energy that would fit in well on anyone’s LIB schedule.