Duran Duran Announce Title and Release Date of Upcoming New Album – Tour Info – Las Vegas Life Is Beautiful Festival September 26th

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DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PAPER GODS

DUE SEPTEMBER 18TH IN THE U.S. FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND SEPTEMBER 11TH IN ALL OTHER TERRITORIES

FIRST SINGLE IS “PRESSURE OFF,” FEATURING JANELLE MONÁE

MULTI-PLATINUM BAND ANNOUNCE U.S. AND U.K. 2015 TOUR DATES

 

Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner Bros. Records. Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor recorded the album in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair,and Mr Hudson. The record features special guests Janelle Monáe (on the first single “Pressure Off”), former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Canadian Juno-Award winning singer Kiesza, British singer/songwriter Mr Hudson, violinist Davidé Rossi and actress Lindsay Lohan. The album was mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. Paper Gods will be available for pre-order and “Pressure Off” will be available for purchase at all participating digital retailers and DuranDuran.com this week.

 

The songs on Paper Gods capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music. “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” John says. “That’s something that’s essential to all of us,” Nick adds. “It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits – and your own – with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”

 

Early sessions for Paper Gods began in 2013, with Mark Ronson and engineer Josh Blair once again joining the band in their south London recording studio, as they had for 2011’s All You Need is Now, which was produced by Ronson. When Ronson was called away to begin working on his own album, Duran Duran and Blair hooked up with the Kanye West/Jay-Z collaborator Ben “Mr” Hudson, and the sessions caught fire.  In the summer of 2014, Ronson returned once more to the project, adding long-time Duran collaborator, Nile Rodgers to the mix for two of the album’s standout tracks.  The remaining songs were co-produced by Josh Blair and the band.

 

“We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album,” says Rhodes. “We’ve allowed ourselves the time to make music that we can be proud of,” adds Le Bon. “I judge what we release by my favourite albums – Horses, Harvest, Let It Bleed, Blue, Transformer, Aladdin Sane. Those are classic albums. The only rule is it’s got to be music you can live with for the rest of your life.”

 

CHIC co-founder Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson co-wrote, and produced the tracks “Pressure Off” and Only in Dreams.”  Rodgers also features on the first single from what will be the band’s 14th studio release.  The former harks back to the taut funk of Duran Duran’s 1986 album Notorious, which was also co-produced by Rodgers. “Notorious was a strong touchstone for the band,” says Roger Taylor. All You Need is Now definitely reflected our earlier albums, but our starting point here was Notorious. We’re fortunate to be able to be inspired by our own back catalogue – not many bands can say that.”

 

In a collaboration overseen by China Chow, the band worked closely with Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel, who created the album’s cover art. It features a collage of images that reference the visual history of Duran Duran, each placed like a sticker on a reproduction of Israel’s “Sky Backdrop” painting.  The logo and graphic design are by Brian Roettinger.

 

Alongside news of the new album, Duran Duran have also announced that they will perform a series of summer festivals, as well as several shows in the U.S. in September and October, followed by a UK arena tour that kicks off in late November. Fan Community members (www.duranduranmusic.com) will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages.  Following the Duran Duran VIP member presale, in the UK, American Express Card Members will have the ability to purchase tickets before the general public on-sale. (See below for full details and dates).

 

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, Duran Duran is one of the most culturally influential and commercially successful bands of all time, topping the charts around the world over the past three decades and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. The band has been honored with multiple Grammy, BRIT, Ivor Novello, and MTV Video Music Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as a 20th Century Style Icon award from the City of Milan. In July, they will receive the Spotify UK Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 40th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Awards. Tireless innovators, they are always at the vanguard of music, fashion, art, technology and film – a group with unique and everlasting appeal. 

 

           Photo Credit: Stephanie Pistel 

 

Duran Duran’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

 

06/20  Barcelona, Spain                 Sonar by Night Festival

06/27  The Hague, Netherlands     Night At The Park

06/28  Kerry, Ireland                       Killarney Festival

 

08/05  Riverhead, NY                    FOLD Festival (Freak Out!  Let’s Dance

Festival – Martha Clara Vineyards)

08/06  Bethlehem, PA                   Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

 

09/01  Ibiza                                   Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel

09/05  Gibraltar                             Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium

09/11  Isle of Wight, UK                Bestival @ Robin Hill Park

 

US Tour:

 

09/20  Morrison, CO                      Red Rocks Amphitheatre

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

09/23  Puyallup, WA                      Washington State Fair

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

09/25  Reno, NV                            Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

w/ Clean Bandit

09/26  Las Vegas, NV                    Life is Beautiful Festival

09/27  San Diego, CA                    Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre

w/ Clean Bandit

10/01  Los Angeles, CA                 Hollywood Bowl

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/02  San Francisco, CA              The Greek Theatre, Berkeley

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/03  Rancho Mirage, CA             The Show – Agua Caliente Casino                      

w/ Clean Bandit

 

UK Tour: **

 

11/27  Manchester, UK                   Manchester Arena

11/28  Leeds, UK                            First Direct Arena

11/30  Cardiff, UK                           Motorpoint Arena

12/02  Brighton, UK                        Brighton Centre

12/04  Birmingham, UK                  Genting Arena

12/05  Newcastle, UK                     Metro Radio Arena

12/06  Glasgow, Scotland              The SSE Hydro

12/08  London, UK                         The O2

12/09  Bournemouth, UK                Bournemouth International Centre

12/11  Nottingham, UK                   Capital FM Arena

12/12  Liverpool, UK                       Echo Arena

 

 

** In the UK, thanks to American Express Invites®, all American Express Card Members get exclusive priority booking for tickets before the general public. American Express Invites priority booking starts 9am 16 June 2015 and ends 9am 19 June 2015. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.co.uk/amex.

 

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2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Announces Lineup

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2015 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP

Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar Headline The Three-Day Festival
September 25 – September 27

Tickets now on sale at LifeisBeautiful.com

 

Today, Life is Beautiful Festival announced the official artist lineup for the third edition of the music, food, arts and learning festival. In partnership with Another Planet Entertainment and Insomniac, Life is Beautiful will return to Downtown Las Vegas to provide festival- goers an exciting experience of world-class cuisine, extraordinary art and some of the world’s biggest musicians.

 

Headlining this year is 25-time GRAMMY®  winner and  global  superstar, Stevie  Wonder, Las Vegas hometown rockstars, Imagine Dragons, hip-hop heavyweight, Kendrick Lamar, and music  legends, Duran Duran, who are among more than 70 established and emerging artists to hit the four outdoor stages throughout the weekend.

 

In collaboration with Insomniac, Life is Beautiful will host an entire Insomniac curated music area, taking over one of the four stages on the festival grounds. World leading and fresh faced dance music artists on this year’s lineup include Thievery Corporation, Porter Robinson, Major Lazor, DJ Snake, Tchami, Cashmere Cat and many more.

 

2015 Life is Beautiful Festival Lineup

Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Duran Duran, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Weezer, Major Lazer, Death Cab For Cutie, Brandon Flowers, Kygo, Atmosphere, Twenty One Pilots, Porter Robinson, Thievery Corporation, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Metric, DJ Snake, Awolnation, Walk The Moon, RL Grime, Run The Jewels, Rebelution, GRiZ, Future Islands, SOJA, Royal Blood, Madeon, Glass Animals, Lindsey Stirling, Clean Bandit, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, Best Coast, Robin Schulz, The Green, TCHAMI, SZA, Against Me!, Dan Deacon, Meg Myers, Cashmere Cat, New Politics, Tommy Trash, Two Gallants, Ryn Weaver, Shamir, What So Not, Big Data, Elle King, JAUZ, Saint Motel, BØRNS, X Ambassadors, Klingande, Halsey, SALVA, Leikeli47, The London Souls, Kaleo, Giraffage, Andra Day, Mercer, Night Terrors of 1927, Parade of Lights, Peking Duk, Jared & The Mill, Mercy Music, and more to be announced!

In 2014, more than 90,000 fans came together for Life is Beautiful, which expanded to a three-day festival following its amazing success. Now in its third year, the all-ages cultural experience continues to grow with the return of the world’s most influential culinary experts, artists and interactive learning sessions.

 

Directed by Ryen McPherson of Critical Focus, the 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival lineup video takes over Downtown Las Vegas with music by Atmosphere & Against Me!.

 

Tickets are now on sale at LifeisBeautiful.com. Advance tickets are available in limited quantities on first- come-first-serve bases.

 

Three-Day General Admission (GA) Tickets:

  • Advance 3-day GA: $235 plus taxes/fees
  • Regular 3-day GA: $255 plus taxes/fees

 

VIP Tickets:

  • Regular 3-day VIP: $595 plus taxes/fees

 

VIP Tickets Include:

  • One 3-day VIP pass to Life is Beautiful 2015
  • Access to private viewing areas at the Downtown and Ambassador stages
  • Access to the “VIP Lounge” located adjacent to the Downtown and Ambassador stages, featuring:
    • Shaded VIP relaxation area with comfortable furniture and lounge chairs
    • Exclusive VIP-only food vendors, art vendors, and art installations
    • ‘Culinary Corner Stage’ with daily chef celebrity demonstrations and tastings
    • Private air-conditioned restrooms with attendants
    • Charging stations and live-streaming of the festival stages, culinary demonstrations and major sporting events
  • Access to VIP priority seating for all Learning Pillar speakers
  • Limited edition custom festival merchandise gift
  • Exclusive express VIP lanes at the festival gates, with re-entry allowed all weekend
  • Dedicated VIP concierge in the VIP Lounge at both Downtown and Ambassador Stages

 

Additionally, returning this year is the festival’s partnership with Wynn Nightlife, the industry leaders in creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences. In collaborating with Life is Beautiful, Wynn Nightlife will enhance the festival experience with unparalleled VIP services. Table and cabana packages will be managed by the experts who have set and raised the standards in award-winning venues such as XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club. Reservations are now being accepted. For inquiries:  vipexperience@lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

For continued updates on the festival, artists and more, please visit www.LifeisBeautiful.com.

2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Announces Lineup

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded by Rehan Choudhry in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful attracted more than 60,000 attendees in its first year, grew to more than 90,000 attendees in its second year and expanded to a three-day festival. The company is now branching out with an international online forum focused on social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest

festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and   YouTube.

PHOTOS: Chef Rick Moonen Honored With “Rick Moonen Day” Proclamation Courtesy Of Mayor Carolyn Goodman

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CHEF RICK MOONEN HONORED WITH “RICK MOONEN DAY” PROCLAMATION COURTESY OF MAYOR CAROLYN GOODMAN

Today, (Wednesday, April 1, 2015) restaurateur and advocate for sustainable seafood Chef Rick Moonen received a City of Las Vegas proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman on the zaniest day of the year, declaring April 1 as “Rick Moonen Day,” or as Moonen likes to call it “Moonen No Foolin’ Day,” in honor of the fun-loving chef and his contributions to the city.

Since his emergence on the Las Vegas restaurant scene in 2005, with the opening of rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and most recently Rx Boiler Room, Moonen has been one of the leading advocates and providers of sustainable seafood practices in the city for over a decade.

Moonen has played a pivotal role in the Las Vegas community with his giving spirit, being a strong supporter of Chefs to the Max, Fight MSA for Kerry Simon, Keep Memory Alive, Life is Beautiful Festival, Scleroderma Research Foundation, and Three Square Food Bank. In addition, April marks the celebration of Earth Month, a month-long celebration that perfectly coincides with his tireless efforts of being a strong voice in protection of our world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

Moonen will be offering a special Rick Moonen Day menu at rm seafood for tonight only, available in the bar and lounge. Guests are invited to enjoy $4 select bottle beers; $6 well drinks, as well as specials from the raw bar including $2 littleneck clams, $2 mussels, $8 seafood escabeche, $12 half-dozen oysters and half-dozen gulf shrimp. Other dishes include $6 sushi roll offerings, as well as $4 small bites such as a lobster roll or fish taco.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Las Vegas

About Chef Rick Moonen

Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Chef Rick Moonen To Be Honored With “Rick Moonen Day” Proclamation Courtesy Of Mayor Carolyn Goodman Set For April 1

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CHEF RICK MOONEN TO BE HONORED WITH “RICK MOONEN
DAY” PROCLAMATION COURTESY OF MAYOR
CAROLYN GOODMAN SET FOR APRIL 1

 

Move over April Fools’ Day! Restaurateur and advocate for sustainable seafood Chef Rick Moonen will receive a City of Las Vegas proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman on the zaniest day of the year, declaring April 1 as “Rick Moonen Day,” or as Moonen likes to call it “Moonen No Foolin’ Day,” in honor of the fun-loving chef and his contributions to the city.

 

Since his emergence on the Las Vegas restaurant scene in 2005, with the opening of rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and most recently Rx Boiler Room, Moonen has been one of the leading advocates and providers of sustainable seafood practices in the city for over a decade.

 

Moonen has played a pivotal role in the Las Vegas community with his giving spirit, being a strong supporter of Chefs to the Max, Fight MSA for Kerry Simon, Keep Memory Alive, Life is Beautiful Festival, Scleroderma Research Foundation, and Three Square Food Bank. In addition, April marks the celebration of Earth Month, a month-long celebration that perfectly coincides with his tireless efforts of being a strong voice in protection of our world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

 

Moonen, who recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of rm seafood in February, invites guests to join him in continuing the celebration for “Rick Moonen Day” by indulging in a special selection of unforgettable culinary hits that have been served since day one. Highlights include Everything Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with mixed grains, ratatouille and red pepper coulis; Pan-Seared Local Bass on chive whipped potatoes with truffle sauce and shitake mushrooms; Rick’s Seafood Gumbo with shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, okra and rice; and Linguini and Clams made to order with Atlantic littleneck surf clams, olive oil and parsley.

 

Rick Moonen’s proclamation event will be held on April 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. inside Las Vegas City Hall. For more information about rm seafood and to make reservations, visit www.rmseafood.com or call (702) 369-6300.

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About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Photos: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Joined Together With Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic for Life Is Beautiful Festival

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil joined together with members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic for a one-of-a-kind performance at Life Is Beautiful Festival on Sunday, Oct, 26. Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic performed a tribute to The Beatles, playing original scores adapted specifically for Life is Beautiful, under the guidance of The Beatles LOVE Music Director Giles Martin. While artists from LOVE danced energetically and aerialists soared across the Downtown Stage, festival-goers experienced favorite moments from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage, in a unique collaboration of artistic creativity.

 

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Life is Beautiful Festival Talent to Play Night Shows at Fremont Country Club

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Life is Beautiful Festival Talent to Play Night Shows at Fremont Country Club

Limited number of tickets for late night performances with Fitz & The Tantrums with Echosmith and Mayer Hawthorne with Sabriel

Life is Beautiful Festival just announced night shows with several of the festival’s musical talent giving fans the chance to keep the music going long after the last headliner takes the stage. Fitz & The Tantrums, Echosmith, Mayer Hawthorne and Sabriel all will take over the Fremont Country Club after performing to thousands at the festival, to play underground sets at the intimate venue. The Fremont Country Club will host these separately ticketed shows Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.

 

“We’re excited to add a couple night shows this year and give fans a chance to see some great artists inside an intimate venue,” said Craig Nyman Head of Music and Live Performance for the festival, “After performing in front of thousands at the festival, it’s going to be fun having these talented bands perform at Fremont Country Club in front of much smaller crowds.”

 

Friday, October 24 – Fitz & The Tantrums with Echosmith
Tickets: $25
Doors: 11 p.m.
Showtime: 11:59 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 25 – Mayer Hawthorne with Sabriel
Tickets: $20
Doors: 11 p.m.
Show: 11:59 p.m.

 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and can be purchased at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

2014 Sponsors & Partners
Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, WEU/ World Trust Foundation, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, KETEL ONE Vodka, The LINQ, Travel + Leisure, Marriott Hotels, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, Silicon Valley Bank, CBS Radio, The City of Las Vegas, Whole Foods, Cirque du Soleil®, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, 7UP, Bacardi, Jim Beam Kentucky Fire, Alex & Ani, Maui Jim, Café Bustello, ORGANIZE, Red Bull, Downtown Project, US Foods, Chef Works, Le Creuset, Dansko, Movember, Airstream 2 Go and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

Get Beautiful and Support a Great Cause! WEU presents the interactive HD streaming of Life is Beautiful Festival to benefit U.S. schools and support youth empowerment initiatives via World Trust Foundation.

Get Beautiful and Support a Great Cause!

WEU presents the interactive HD streaming of Life is Beautiful Festival to benefit U.S. schools and support youth empowerment initiatives via World Trust Foundation.

 

World Education University (WEU) is pleased to present the first-ever high-definition streaming event featuring select highlights from Life is Beautiful, a music, food, art and learning festival that takes place in Downtown Las Vegas October 24, 25 and 26, 2014. Designed as a fully interactive social experience, the premium HD streaming event will last several hours on each day of the festival showcasing concerts, culinary demonstrations, art exhibitions and learning events on four vertical HD channels.

 

Purposed as a fundraiser to support education and youth empowerment initiatives, the premium streaming event will be available to the public on a donation-per-view basis benefitting World Trust Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit tasked with empowering young people with mentoring and educational opportunity since 1994. In cooperation with iRock2Live PSA Music Series Pledge Drives for Education, e-tickets to the Life is Beautiful streaming event will also be available at participating schools throughout the U.S. to support school fundraising efforts.

 

In addition to showcasing highlights from the Life is Beautiful Festival, the streaming event aims to inspire audiences using the galvanizing power of music and arts combined with public service announcements (PSAs) and fully interactive social media integration. Delivered by popular artists, the PSAs promote important causes such as anti-bullying, don’t text and drive, suicide prevention and healthy choices. Streaming audiences will be invited to share experiences in their social networks or express “Your Voice, Your Choice” by answering the question, “What will you do to change the world?”

 

Conceived as a healthy alternative to traditional candy-centric school pledge drives, the 2014 iRock2Live PSA Music Series Pledge Drive is a unique fundraising program that promotes team-building and encourages students to rally around causes that impact their world. Like traditional school pledge drives, students solicit pledge donations, but instead of selling candy or cookie dough, they sell e-tickets to the streaming events. The pledge drive takes place October 6th through 20th at schools throughout the U.S. A significant portion of proceeds will be retained by participating schools. Remaining proceeds will be sent directly to World Trust Foundation to support education and youth empowerment initiatives.

 

E-tickets are available for a $20 donation-per-view at WorldTrust.org. A non-premium free stream will also be available on the Life is Beautiful Website, where viewers will have the option to upgrade to the premium stream by making a donation. For more information about the Life is Beautiful concert lineup, culinary demonstrations, art exhibitions and learning events, please visit LifeisBeautiful.com. Share using #LifeisBeautifulStreaming, #iRock2Live and #LifeisBeautiful2014.

Life is Beautiful Festival Unveils Footprint for its Sophomore Year in Downtown Las Vegas

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Life is Beautiful Festival Unveils Footprint for its Sophomore Year in Downtown Las Vegas

Music, Food, Art and Learning Event Combines Festival Environment with City Streets 

Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26

Tickets on sale now at lifeisbeautiful.com

 

Once again converting a sprawling city landscape into festival grounds, Life is Beautiful reveals the 15 city blocks it will secure and incorporate into its music, food, art and learning event on October 24-26, 2014 in Downtown Las Vegas.

 

“Every year the footprint of Life is Beautiful will be completely unique because instead of working with a blank canvas like a park or open areas that can be fenced, we take over an ever-evolving urban landscape with preexisting buildings, roads and infrastructure,” said festival founder Rehan Choudhry, “We have the opportunity to incorporate and really highlight the distinctive aspects of a growing Downtown Las Vegas.”

 

Expecting to attract tens of thousands of people over the expanded three-day event, Life is Beautiful will be hosted in a similar layout to its inaugural festival last year. With the cooperation of The City of Las Vegas and Downtown Project, the Life is Beautiful perimeter will create an “L-shape” footprint incorporating street blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to 10th Street, and Carson Avenue to Mesquite Ave. More than 25 businesses within the footprint, comprising of many new operations that have opened to the public since last year’s festival such as the Container Park, will be programmed with events and activations.

 

“We owe much of the success of last year’s festival to the support of the city officials and inclusive businesses and look forward to the same great relationships this year,” continues Choudhry. “In no other place in the world would we be able to put on this type of festival, and for that we are continually grateful.”

 

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To purchase tickets, or to find detailed information about parking and shuttle information, the festival grounds or event programming, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

 

2014 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, World Education University, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, Ketel One Vodka, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, City of Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Silicon Valley Bank, CBS Radio, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Jim Beam, Bacardi, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Alex and Ani, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, US Foods, and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Interactive Art Programming Complete with Gallery and Street Art Projects

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Interactive Art Programming Complete with Gallery and Street Art Projects 

The expanded art programming will bring together more than 35 artists from around the world to create original works for the 2014 festival. 

Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26 

Tickets On Sale Now at lifeisbeautiful.com

Life is Beautiful Festival unveils another pillar for its 2014 culture festival taking place Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26. The art program is designed to create a live urban gallery that is seamlessly integrated into the festival footprint by employing several mediums of visual art from large-scale murals and instalments to interactive art centers and immersive galleries.

“The art program is as integral to the overall festival experience as any other aspect at Life is Beautiful,” said festival founder Rehan Choudhry, “ Our goal is to change individual’s everyday relationship with art by inspiring creativity and challenging perspectives, especially amongst those who normally wouldn’t consider themselves art enthusiasts.”

The festival’s art program is comprised of two separate initiatives, each bringing artists out of their traditional studios and galleries and into the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. The art program will be expanding in 2014 to also take over the Western Hotel to create a completely captivating space that will utilize all of the senses to offer a unique and engaging experience for festival goers.

 

Street Art

Evident by last year’s successful program and the many murals that still exist on the streets of downtown today, the urban surroundings of the Life is Beautiful Festival provide a perfect backdrop for the eclectic and semi-permanent street art program featuring some of the biggest names in the international street art scene. Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (Justkids), the street art program will transform the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art.

 

Contributing artists include:

Borondo (Spain) – Borondo is a rising Spanish urban artist, currently living in London, heralded for his classical painting techniques. Since his formal studies, Borondo has painted large-scale street art in the USA, Brazil, Turkey and across Europe. He quickly became London’s most talked about artist.

CYRCLE. (U.S) – This collective of street artists, graphic designers and traditional fine artists  from Los Angeles has been developing their own language for the past few years. In that brief time, CYRCLE. has made a massive impact on the street and gallery scene, quickly gaining the respect of the international art community. Their aesthetic combines Classic Romanticism with alchemic symbolism, introducing it to the contemporary world through street campaigns, gallery work, and collaborations.

D*Face (UK) – After participating in the 2013 festival, D*Face is involved once again in this year’s street art program.  Considered one of most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation, he has been a leading figure in urban art for well over a decade. A  contemporary  of  Banksy,  he  was  at  the  forefront  of  the  urban  art  movement, and  has  had  a  constant  presence  throughout  its  meteoric  rise  into  popular culture.

Misaki Kawai (Japan) – Japanese Brooklyn bases artist, works with painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and books. Her works are filled with colorful characters, who appear to come from the dream world of film, music and comics. Strongly influenced by today’s consumer society – of which she herself is a part – Kawai fuses East with West, humour with seriousness and dreams with reality. In 2014 she was oart of the show “This is not a toy” co-curated by Pharrel Williams along Takashi Murakami and Kaws.

Li – Hill (Canada) – He incorporates found objects and unconventional materials to structure complex multi-layered pieces that are as aesthetic as they are thought provoking. He has had works shown in such national institutions as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Fintan Magee (Australia) – Moving away from the traditional graffiti in recent years, the Australian artist has started to explore new ideas and imagery within his painting. In the last three years he has created  some  of  the  largest  and  most  interesting  street  pieces around the world.

Maser (Ireland) – Maser first started painting graffiti in Ireland in 1995 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most innovative artists working in the field. Alongside  his  paintings  in  the public  realm,  Maser  also  produces  works  on  canvas,  video  and 3D  installations.

ROA (Belgium) – Renowned for his unique portrayal of large scale urban wildlife, disquietly cohabiting city streets, hand painted in his distinctive black and white style. ROA has become famous from painting animals on derelict buildings, shutters & walls literally all over the world. He has also exhibited to much acclaim internationally and was also included in the MOCA exhibition ‘Art In The Streets’ in LA.

Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) – Scenographer and sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi, creates amazing hand-made sculpture from metallic wire mesh, transforming a mundane industrial material into delicately crafted three-dimensional figures. His participation for the Life Is Beautiful Festival will be the first appearance of Edoardo Tresoldi’s work in the United States

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In addition to the street art, a first-class gallery art program curated by Patrick Duffy, President of the Las Vegas Art Museum, past executive board member for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and Chairman of the UNLV Fine Art Galleries will also be presented at the festival. His program is set to take over the Western Hotel and will center on the visual manifestations of a selection of universal concepts and ideas including love, equality and family. Each transformed space will immerse attendees in the artist’s world through utilizing a multitude of senses beyond just the visual component. Duffy’s curation will include installments and collaborations from artists including: Audrey Barcio, Camilla Quinn, Eric Tillinghast, Gina Quaranto, Jerry M Misko II, Jesse Smigel, Jevijoe Vitug, JK Russ and Trifecta Gallery. Together with works by students from the Las Vegas Academy, Linda Alterwitz, Matthew Couper, Miguel Rodriquez, VAST Space ProjectsZak Ostrowski. and Aaron Sheppard.

In addition to both the local and international artists that will be participating in the 2014 art program, Life is Beautiful is proud to help facilitate collaborations between artists to create one of a kind works for the festival including an original mural design from Tim Bavington, best known for his brightly colored sculpture outside The Smith Center of Performing Arts and Sush Machida, contemporary Japanese artist whose work can be seen throughout Las Vegas.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity that Life is Beautiful can help bring together artists from a multitude of different backgrounds ranging from students at the Las Vegas Academy to some of the most recognized names in the country,” said Duffy, “It’s our hope that through these works and collaborations we can leave our attendees slightly changed from the experience and to impress upon them that Life really is beautiful.”

Tickets for the 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival are on sale now at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

2014 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, World Education University, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, Ketel One Vodka, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, City of Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Silicon Valley Bank, CBS Radio, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Jim Beam, Bacardi, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Alex and Ani, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, US Foods, and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

 

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

 

Photos/Video: Neon Trees receive first-ever memorabilia display at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

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American rock band Neon Trees joined music royalty and received their first-ever memorabilia display in a case unveiling at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Thursday, July 31. Comprised of lead singer Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley, the group unveiled the case in front of dozens of screaming fans.

 

Glenn took a few minutes to acknowledge his appreciation of his fans and of the property, stating “We’ve been coming to this hotel for seven or eight years now… It’s a deep honor because we’re such music fans as well to be included in something that’s relevant and part of modern music. We put so much into everything we do visual to have some of that in a case for people to see is deeply exciting as artists. I’m so thrilled.”

 

Campbell, a Las Vegas native, said “When you think of the company we keep, when you walk throughout this hotel and you see all the other artist that are here, and for us to be included among those artists is really an honor.”

 

He also acknowledged his Las Vegas roots, continuing by saying the hotel has always been important to him because his father helped construct the property’s signature roof-top guitar. “It’s a piece of our family, to come here and always see all the work that has been done. It goes beyond music.”

 

The display, curated by Hard Rock Hotel’s memorabilia coordinator Beau Dobney, features items from the “Sleeping with a Friend,” the band’s current single, such as Glenn’s cupcake suite, Campbell’s base guitar, Allen’s suit and ukulele, Bradley’s snakeskin heels, a house costume as well as clothing from the album cover.

 

Neon Trees is best known for their mega-hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.” “Animal” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock chart and was featured in an official LVCVA advertising campaign. Their new record, Pop Psychology, has garnered a gold hit with the single “Sleeping with a Friend.” Neon Trees will return to Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 24 to play the Life is Beautiful festival.

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About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed.  Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Saturdays and Sundays and RELAX Mondays; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

Kimbra Announces Fall US Tour, Las Vegas Life Is Beautiful Festival and New Track ‘Miracle’

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TOUR KICKS OFF ON OCTOBER 20TH AND INCLUDES APPEARANCE AT LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS

GRAMMY-WINNING POP SINGER DEBUTS NEW TRACK ‘MIRACLE‘ OFF FORTHCOMING ALBUM, THE GOLDEN ECHO, DUE AUGUST 19TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

 

July 22nd, 2014 – NZ/LA-based artist Kimbra will hit the road this fall for a U.S. headlining tour. The tour, supported by electro-pop artist Empress Of, kicks off on October 20th in San Francisco and stops in major cities across the country through November 9th. Tickets go on sale on July 25th. Kimbra will also perform at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, which takes place October 24th-26th. (For more info, visit http://lifeisbeautiful.com/.)

 

Kimbra is touring in support of her new album The Golden Echo, which will be released on August 19th via Warner Bros. Records. Her celebratory new track, ‘Miracle,’ debuted yesterday. Produced by Kimbra and Rich Costey, it features contributions from acclaimed bassist Thundercat, Daniel Johns (Silverchair) and legendary drummer John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Daft Punk). The album is available for pre-order from all participating retailers. Those who pre-order will receive three instant downloads of the album tracks “90s Music,” “Love In High Places” and “Nobody But You.”

 

The ultimate modern pop record, The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The New Zealand-born singer and songwriter wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. A riot of genres, from Prince-like funk, to sing-songy electro-pop, to eerie space-age hip-hop, The Golden Echo was produced by Kimbra alongside Rich Costey (Foster The People, Interpol, Muse), and features further contributions from R&B singer Bilal to Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, as well as famed string arranger Van Dyke Parks.

 

The Golden Echo is Kimbra’s second album. Her 2011 debut, Vows, bowed at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand. Kimbra exploded into the public consciousness that same year with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned her Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” The song topped Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S. It has sold more than 13 million copies.

 

 

Kimbra’s Fall Tour dates are as follows:

[Tickets On Sale Friday, July 25th]

10/20  San Francisco, CA – The Independent*

10/23  Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy*

10/24  Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*

10/25-10/26   Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival

10/27  Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*

10/28  Denver, CO – Sherman Street Event Center*

10/30  Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café

11/01  Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

11/06  New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

11/07  Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live – Downstairs*

11/08  Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall*

11/09  Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*

* w/ Empress Of

 

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Additions to its 2014 Music Lineup

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Additions to its 2014 Music Lineup

Three-Day Music, Food, Art & Learning Event in Downtown Las Vegas adds
Little Dragon, Baauer, Kimbra, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Echosmith and Bear Hands

Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26

Tickets On Sale Now at lifeisbeautiful.com

 

Life is Beautiful Festival continues to stun music lovers with unexpected additions to its genre-spanning music lineup. Just announced as part of the three-day music, food, art and learning festival in Downtown Las Vegas on October 24 – 26 are electro-pop group Little Dragon, mega-DJ Baauer, songstress Kimbra, Nahko and Medicine for the People, breakout band Echosmith, and experimental indie rock group Bear Hands.

 

In their first Vegas appearance to-date, Little Dragon brings its Swedish-based form of electro-pop to the Life is Beautiful stage after a highly successful festival season. Baauer, of “Harlem Shake” fame, will add to the already robust DJ roster, which includes Skrillex, Girl Talk, A-Trak and more. Australian singer Kimbra will make the festival her first this year as she prepares to release her second album. Echosmith, siblings who have made it big with their breakout hit “Cool Kids” and were recently named one of MTV’s Artists to Watch, will also be joining the festival as well as spiritual Portland-based musicians Nahko and Medicine For the People and New York-based punk, indie rock band Bear Hands.

 

“This lineup was specifically designed for the Las Vegas audience,” states Allen Scott, Executive Vice President with Another Planet Entertainment. “Compared to other festivals, it’s one of the most diverse and impressive lineups this season—with many acts who rarely, if ever, play that area – and we can’t wait to see how fans react.”

 

Expanding from a two-day to a three-day cultural event, in response to the success of its first year, Life is Beautiful will once again play host to the world’s top musicians, chefs and cultural icons for an inspiring weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. The festival will feature an eclectic lineup of nearly 70 internationally established and emerging bands on four outdoor stages, including already announced talent, such as Kanye West, Foo Fighters, OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Weeknd, The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Alt-J, The Roots, Kacey Musgraves, Fitz & The Tantrums and many more, plus a special performance from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

 

Back for another year of culinary copiousness are chefs Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl – Board Co-chairs), Scott Conant (Scarpetta – Board Member), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller – Board Member), Giada De Laurentiis (Giada), José Andrés (minibar by José Andrés), Cat Cora (Co-Founder of Chefs for Humanity – Board Member), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group),

and dozens more.

 

Tickets for the 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival are on sale now at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

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2014 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, Ketel One Vodka, World Education University, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, Caesars Entertainment, Silicon Valley Bank, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Jim Beam, Bacardi, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, US Foods, and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

 

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

 

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces 2014 Official Lineup

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces 2014 Official Lineup

Newly-Expanded Three-Day Music, Food, Art & Learning Event in
Downtown Las Vegas include Headliners Kanye West, Foo Fighters and OutKast
Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26

Tickets On Sale June 26 at 10 am PT at lifeisbeautiful.com

 

Life is Beautiful Festival announces the official lineup and programming details for its highly-anticipated sophomore year. Expanding from a two-day to a three-day cultural event in response to the success of its first year, Life is Beautiful will once again play host to the world’s top musicians, chefs and cultural icons for an inspiring weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Expanding in both longevity and in scope, this year’s festival will feature nearly 70 chart-topping acts, dozens of culinary giants, and world-renowned speakers, all on 4 massive stages in the heart of the newly revived Downtown Las Vegas, with unexpected art installations and several Culinary Villages.

 

“Life is Beautiful is about inspiring people. It’s about offering messages of hope and encouragement through a unique experience,” said Life is Beautiful Founder Rehan Choudhry. “We’ve been so fortunate to work with the world’s most talented and authentic set of musicians, chefs, artists and speakers, who will once again join us in Downtown Las Vegas for an unforgettable weekend, and we are thrilled to finally let the world know who we’re showcasing in 2014.”

 

Music is Beautiful

Over the course of the three days, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of nearly 70 internationally established and emerging bands on four outdoor stages, including:

 

Kanye West, Foo Fighters, OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips, The Weeknd, Girl Talk, Alt-J, The Roots, Broken Bells, TV on the Radio , A-Trak, Kacey Musgraves, Fitz & The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Head and The Heart, Panic! At The Disco, Matt & Kim, Neon Trees, Jenny Lewis, G-Eazy, OK Go, Tycho, Mayer Hawthorne, Switchfoot, tune-yards, MS MR, RAC, Holy Ghost!, Dizzy Wright, St. Lucia, Trampled By Turtles, Galantis, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ryan Hemsworth, Mø, DJ Mustard, Vintage Trouble, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, The Orwells, Ásgeir, M4SONIC, Sleeper Agent, The Preatures, DJ Cassidy, MisterWives, ASTR, holychild, Night Terrors of 1927, Nostalghia, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Paper Route, Rusty Maples, Moksha, Ekoh, Sabriel, American Cream, Rabbit! and more, plus a special performance from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra.

 

Food is Beautiful

Led once again by an esteemed advisory board comprised of more than a dozen world-class chefs, Life is Beautiful’s culinary programming will feature its popular Culinary Village experience – this time multiplied and integrated more seamlessly into the overall festival footprint – and will feature the best local restaurants that Las Vegas has to offer as well as curated, handcrafted pairings of beer, wine, and spirits from some of the world’s most distinguished mixologists, wine makers, and brewers.  Also featured for guests’ pleasure will be the intimate Chefs On Stage demonstrations where guests can get an up-close and personal look at chefs’ techniques and inspirations.

 

The lineup of culinary talent participating in this year’s festival includes:

 

Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl – Board Co-chairs), Scott Conant (Scarpetta – Board Member), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller – Board Member), Giada De Laurentiis (Giada), José Andrés (minibar by José Andrés), Cat Cora (Co-Founder of Chefs for Humanity – Board Member), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery), Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto NYC, Adele’s Nashville – Board Member), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes),  Rick Moonen (RM Seafood, Rx Boiler Room – Board Member), Kim Canteenwalla (Honey Salt, Buddy V’s, Made.LV – Board Member), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Pakpao Thai – Board Member), Donald Link (Cochon, Herbsaint, Butcher, Peche – Board Member), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck – Board Member), Susan Feniger (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck – Board Member), Larry Forgione (Conservatory at Greystone, Culinary Institute of America), Frankie Pellegrino Jr. (Rao’s Restaurant Group), Shawn McClain (Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA), Sam Marvin (Echo & Rig), Bryan Forgione (Buddy V’s),  Mike Minor (TruckUBarbeque), Madison Cowan (Madison Cowan LLC)  and more.

Grills & Guitars: Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Grills & Guitars, the festival’s official kick-off party, will usher in another year of Life is Beautiful on Thursday, October 23 starting at 7 pm at Gold Spike (217 Las Vegas Blvd North). Showcasing celebrity chefs at gourmet food stations, live music, beer, wine and cocktail tastings, this walk-around culinary event will once again be the most talked-about food event of the season. A twist on the traditional backyard barbecue, Grills & Guitars will pair beer, wine and cocktails with flame-kissed fare that satisfies all the senses. The VIP event is a separately ticketed, exclusive and intimate outdoor experience. Participating chefs and restaurants include: Bruce & Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl), Kim Canteenwalla (Honey Salt, Buddy V’s, Made.LV), Cat Cora (Co-Founder of Chefs for Humanity), Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller), Sam Marvin (Echo & Rig), Shawn McClain (Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA), Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck), Frankie Pellegrino Jr. (Rao’s Restaurant Group), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream, Pakpao Thai), Palm Restaurant, Andiamo and more.

Grills & Guitars Tickets are $175 plus fees, and will be available at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

Art is Beautiful
Art is Beautiful offers an urban-inspired immersive experience for a new generation of art and entertainment enthusiasts.  By eliminating the velvet ropes and formal museum environment, Life is Beautiful’s art programming allows festival goers to actively engage with critically-acclaimed artists from around the globe and from within Downtown Las Vegas’ progressive art scene.  Building on 2013’s success, this year will include more street art installations, large-scale murals, fine art displays, and performance art. A list of the participating artists will be announced soon.

 

Learning is Beautiful
The Learning is Beautiful speaker series is designed to bring together inspiring and informative speakers from around the world to share their ideas and passions. This annual series is an ideal compliment to the festival’s art, culinary and music pillars. Festival attendees will have the unique opportunity to enjoy poignant talks by critically acclaimed speakers from various fields while also enjoying the many other activities and entertainment Life is Beautiful has to offer. The Learning is Beautiful speaker lineup will be announced soon.

 

Life is Beautiful’s official 2014 Lineup video:

Tickets for the 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival will be available on Thursday, June 26th at 10 am PT for purchase at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.Specially priced tickets are available in limited quantities on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

General Admission Tickets:

  • Special Three Day: $199.50 plus fees
  • Advance Three Day: $225.00 plus fees
  • Regular Three Day: $249.50 plus fees

 

VIP Tickets:

  • VIP Three Day: $595.00 plus fees

 

VIP tickets include the following:

  • Exclusive VIP lounge with shade and lounge seating
  • Enhanced viewing areas at Main Stages
  • VIP restroom facilities
  • Access to special VIP beer, wine and spirits concessions
  • Commemorative poster

 

Parking & Shuttle Passes

PARK & RIDE passes are available from World Market Center (465 S Grand Central Parkway #2203, Las Vegas NV 89106) at a fee of $39.50 per person in vehicle. Price includes round-trip shuttle rides to and from the festival grounds for the entirety of the event.

 

SHUTTLE PASSES from the Las Vegas Strip to the festival grounds and back are also available for $39.50 per person for a 3-day pass. Pick up and drop off locations will be shared at a later date.

 

All passes will be available for sale on www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

Tables & Cabanas

Wynn Nightlife, the industry leader in creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences, is collaborating with Life is Beautiful to enhance the festival experience with unparalleled VIP service. Table and cabana packages will be managed by the experts who have set and raised the standards for exceptional VIP experience in award-winning venues such as XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club. Reservations are now being accepted. Inquiries can be sent to vipexperience@lifeisbeautiful.com.

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2014 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, Ketel One Vodka, World Education University, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, Caesars Entertainment, Silicon Valley Bank, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Jim Beam, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, US Foods, and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

Make Your Great Escape at Goodie Two Shoes Foundation’s 6th Annual Evening of Heart n’ Sole Event

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Make Your Great Escape at Goodie Two Shoes Foundation’s 6th Annual Evening of Heart n’ Sole Event

GTSF will be honoring 6pm.com as Patron of the Year at the event on Saturday, May 17 at the M Resort

Make your Great Escape at Goodie Two Shoes Foundation’s 6th Annual Evening of Heart n’ Sole on Saturday, May 17 at the M Resort starting at 5 p.m.  Goodie Two Shoes Foundation will be honoring their Patron of the Year, 6pm.com, for outstanding support to the organization during the 2013/2014 school year. This fashionably casual, poolside event will feature rock band The Limit, in addition to plenty of libations, eats and treats, plus silent and live auctions with fantastic “great escape” packages and prizes. Tickets start at $150 per person with tables available to purchase.
Buy your tickets and tables at http://www.goodietwoshoes.org/pages/events/heart-n-sole-event.php


Live Auction items include packages and exclusive experiences from: Life is Beautiful Festival; Palms Casino Resort; Romero Britto art, New York Fashion Week; and Del Dotto Vineyards & Winery. The 6th Annual Evening of Heart n’ Sole event is presented by Zappos.com, as well as sponsors including M Resort Spa & Casino, Wells Fargo, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and United Healthcare.

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About the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation:
The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development. Goodie Two Shoes programming is based on the premise that they don’t just provide a child with a new pair of shoes but rather empower participants with choice, by giving them the opportunity to select any pair of high-quality athletic shoes they want from GTSF’s large stock of traveling inventory. GTSF strives to reach 10,000 Southern Nevada children in need, annually.

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL NAMES CEO AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Life is Beautiful Festival Names CEO and Managing Director

 Life is Beautiful, the urban festival experience that celebrates music, food, art and learning, announced today the appointments of Andrew Donner as CEO and Eve Cohen as Managing Director.  The announcements were made today by Life is Beautiful Festival Founder Rehan Choudhry.

“After the overwhelming success of the Life Is Beautiful Festival’s first year, we knew we had an opportunity to become even stronger internally,” said Choudhry, Life is Beautiful’s Founder & Partner. “With Andrew and Eve we have found the perfect additions to our organizational core that will be essential to the festival’s growth for years to come.”

Donner is the owner and founder of Resort Gaming Group, a Las Vegas-based hospitality management and development company founded in 2002. He brings over a decade of experience in Las Vegas to the Life is Beautiful team. Donner has been a successful entrepreneur, especially in the real estate industry, having been involved in more than $1 billion of real estate transactions. In 2010 his Resort Gaming Group was primarily responsible for the purchase and development of the Zappos.com corporate campus in the former Las Vegas City Hall.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the Life is Beautiful team,” said Donner. “The festival’s first year was a watershed moment for downtown Las Vegas. It proved that Rehan’s vision was right both in its scope and timing. Now we are all excited to focus on next year and taking the Life is Beautiful brand to the next level.”

New Managing Director Eve Cohen brings a wealth of festival development to the Life is Beautiful team. Cohen has worked on the New York City Food and Wine Festival since 2008 serving in different capacities before escalating to that festival’s Associate Director last year. She was the Head of Festival Operations for Life is Beautiful in its first year.

“Life is Beautiful is a truly unique event that combines music, food, art and learning,” said Cohen. “We are all looking forward to moving into our second year and improving on what is already an incredible model.”

ABOUT LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year, Life is Beautiful is a music, food, arts and learning festival in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, being developed through a partnership between MAKTUB Marketing, Downtown Project and Another Planet Entertainment.  For more information, visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful and Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Wraps Up a Successful Inaugural Weekend

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Life is Beautiful Festival Wraps Up A Successful Inaugural Weekend

 Music, Food, Art and Learning Event Entertained 60,000 Attendees

 

 

Life is Beautiful Festival has wrapped up its inaugural weekend with an impressive 60,000 in attendance, who successfully enjoyed two full days of non-stop music, food, art and learning.

“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 on 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 heart warming.”

Life is Beautiful Festival was a developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project, and with the cooperation of the City of Las Vegas to shut down an unprecedented 15 city blocks as its venue. The festival featured more than 70 bands including headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers; more than 50 chefs and restaurants; special performances by Cirque du Soleil and other theatrical productions; over a dozen world-renowned artists; and over 25 noted speakers.

Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com or connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful for continual information.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Would Like to Thanks Its Sponsors

Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire MagazineLas Vegas Review Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du SoleilZappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, CBS, Ketel One Vodka, Bacardi, Murphy-Goode, Whole Foods Market, Ploom, Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino, Dolce Vita, Original Penguin, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Silicon Valley Bank, Chef Works, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, La Caja China, Silver State Productions.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

 

 

ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

EVENT RECAP/Photos: Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas: Day 2

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Event Recap: Life is Beautiful Festival in
Downtown Las Vegas – Day 2

 

The Life is Beautiful Festival ended its inaugural weekend on Sunday, October 27 with an action-packed day featuring top musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. The festival culminated with a highly anticipated performance by Las Vegas natives The Killers.

Life is Beautiful Festival made history with its unprecedented 15-bock footprint, and highly curated lineup of talented music, food, art and learning.

Below is a list of highlights from the day:

Highlights of the festival so far include:

  • Haim packed the Huntridge Stage at the band’s first Las Vegas show.
  • Jurassic 5 arrived in a motorcycle-drawn carriage.
  • Janelle Monáe covered The Jackson 5’s “I Want you Back.”
  • Vampire Weekend made a stop at Atomic, the oldest bar in Las Vegas, before their set which began with “Sunday Morning,” as a tribute to rock legend Lou Reed.
  • Empire of the Sun was seen smashing a guitar on stage, also in homage of Lou Reed.
  • Festival attendees lined up to hear a highly inspirational speech by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh
  • “Chefs on Stage” demonstrations featured chef/ musician collaborations, such as:
    • Chef Bruce Bromberg with Vernon Reid of Living Colour
    • Chef Scott Conant with singer ZZ Ward
    • Celebrity sightings included:
      • Pasquale Rotella and Holly Madison
      • Pauly Shore
      • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
      • Mayor Carolyn Goodman
      • Day 2 Headliner and hometown sensations “The Killers” performed their new single “Shot At The Night” for the first time live.
      • Photo credit: FilmMagic

 

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Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors

Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, Esquire Magazine, Heineken USA, Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Sub-Zero Wolf & Westar Kitchen & Bath, Travel + Leisure, Zappos.com, Ketel One Vodka, Murphy-Goode, Pandora, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, Toyota, Dolce Vita + J.D. Fisk,  El Cortez Hotel & Casino, US Foods, Whole Foods Market, Airstream 2 Go, Bacardi, Chef Works, Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the D Las Vegas, Le Creuset, MGM Grand, Original Penguin, Ploom, & Silver State Productions.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

 

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ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP

Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT

Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING

MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT

Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

EVENT RECAP/Photos: Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas: Day 1

Event Recap: Kick-Off of Life is Beautiful Festival in
Downtown Las Vegas – Day 1

 

On Friday, October 25, Life is Beautiful Festival hosted its official kick-off party, Grills & Guitars.  The party featured a culinary feast prepared by 16 celebrity chefs, including Bruce Bromberg, Aarón Sánchez, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, David Myers, Jet Tila, Clayton Arakawa with musical performances by Dawes and Todd Rundgren.

The first day of the festival, Saturday, October 26, 2013, attracted tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas to explore the 15-block music, food, art and learning event consisting of five music stages, a culinary village, an alchemy garden, an eclectic street art program curated by Charlotte Dutoit, a learning program with a range of notable speakers, and much more.

Highlights of the festival so far include:

  • Kanye West toured the footprint of the festival with co-founder Rehan Choudhry & Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on the eve of the openin
  • At Grills & Guitars, Nancy Silverton presented Jonathan Waxman with the Lifetime Achievement Award surrounded by Aarón Sánchez, Bruce Bromberg, Michael Symon and the festival’s co-founder, Rehan Choudhry
  • Hometown favorites Imagine Dragons played their biggest show in Vegas to date, and spoke about their excitement of being part of the transformation of Downtown Las Vegas. The show ended with a surprise appearance from the cast of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
  • Childish Gambino performed his own rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Capital Cities covered a Bee Gee’s song and two different versions of their hit “Safe and Sound”
  • Beck performed Michael Jackson’s hit song “Billie Jean”
  • Aarón Sánchez packed the room with energetic fans during his “Chefs on Stage” cooking demonstration
  • Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons joined Jet Tila during his cooking demonstration and Youngblood Hawke cooked with Cat Cora
  • Speakers including Tony Horton and the creators and cast of MTV’s “The Buried Life” inspired attendees when sharing their stories about following their passions
  • The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil surprised guests with a pop-up performance on Fremont Street
  • Headliner Kings of Leon closed out the festival’s first night with an inspiring performance featuring a three-song encore (details and photos to follow)

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Photo credit: FilmMagic

Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors
Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, Esquire Magazine, Heineken USA, Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Sub-Zero Wolf & Westar Kitchen & Bath, Travel + Leisure, Zappos.com, Ketel One Vodka, Murphy-Goode, Pandora, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, Toyota, Dolce Vita + J.D. Fisk,  El Cortez Hotel & Casino, US Foods, Whole Foods Market, Airstream 2 Go, Bacardi, Chef Works, Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the D Las Vegas, Le Creuset, MGM Grand, Original Penguin, Ploom, & Silver State Productions.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

 

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ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com