Downtown Life: Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums and more
If you like to dance, throw your fist in the air in unison with hundreds of other indie rock fans and sweat through your shirt to extremely catchy music, prepare to get very excited: Two of indie rock’s most exciting acts are teaming up to bring a concert to Las Vegas. Young the Giant had been toiling around California for seven years before they exploded with “My Body,” a song that, once you heard its chorus, became etched in your mind. Meanwhile, Fitz and The Tantrums announced their arrival onto the scene with the ultra-danceable “Moneygrabber” in 2011. Their unique neo soul sound and the interplay between singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs make them a mesmerizing presence on stage. Both are touring in support of new albums, Young the Giant’s Mirror Master and Fitz and The Tantrums’ All The Feels. This show, sure to induce an overall state of euphoria, promises to be one of the summer's best. –Jason Harris
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, starting at $39 plus tax and fee. 702.388.2111
There are many excellent restaurants Downtown, but lovers of classic Italian should head straight to Grotto Italian Ristorante at Golden Nugget, where the classic decor is matched only by a selection of classic dishes, some with a definite twist.
Start with some Mussels Marechiaro, prepared with lemon, pinot grigio broth, garlic and served with grilled bread and pancetta. Then work your way to a serious selection of main courses, including veal kickerillo, pictured, with Parmesan-crusted veal scaloppine awash in lemons and mushrooms and hints of citrus highlighting the dish. In the mood for a pizza? You gotta try the spinach, pear and gorgonzola pie on a bed of mozzarella and white sauce and topped with balsamic glaze and toasted walnuts. –Las Vegas Magazine Staff
Golden Nugget, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., pizza available at bar till midnight Sun.-Thurs., till 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.386.8341
The 1970s-styled Corduroy has been a welcome return to the easy-access, straight-ahead night at the bar approach. There’s a couch-filled conversation pit from a bygone era, a special “lightbox” room for group selfies and vintage TVs, speakers and microwave ovens serving as art installations. And, of course, a great beer and cocktail selection. –Brock Radke
515 E. Fremont St., 4 p.m.-late Mon.-Fri., noon-late Sat.-Sun. 702.553.2548