Downtown Life: Los Lobos, Hop Nuts and more
The Wolf Pack
Decades before the Latin-music boom on the U.S. pop charts, LA-based band Los Lobos was combining the sounds of American rock and R&B with the music of their Mexican roots. Starting in the 1970s, the band members have been drawing from a wide range of influences to forge their own unique genre, equally at home among jam bands, roots rockers and traditional Mexican folk musicians. While their biggest hit remains their cover of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba” from the 1987 movie of the same name, Los Lobos have been releasing critically acclaimed original music since 1984 major label debut How Will the Wolf Survive?, which Rolling Stone ranked among the greatest albums of all time.
These days, Los Lobos are elder statesmen of both Latin and rock music, collaborating with musical legends (the band’s 2004 album The Ride includes appearances from Elvis Costello and Mavis Staples, among others) and rising stars (they worked with Jack White for a 2017 single, and released a split vinyl 12” with The Shins last year). The most recent full-length Los Lobos album was 2015’s Gates of Gold, but the band is pretty much always on tour, spreading their diverse music to an audience more diverse than ever. –Josh Bell
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, starting at $59 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
The first thing you’ll notice about Jammyland, a Jamaican-themed bar and restaurant created by New Yorkers Danielle Crouch and Allan Katz, is the bar’s sizable patio, decorated with twinkling lights and flanked by two beautiful murals. It’s the kind of inviting, unique space that beckons to anyone walking by. Wooden tables, steel fixtures and exposed beams compete with more festive décor like glowing yellow and green orbs, candles and a row of lush succulents.
If there’s any indication that a lot of thought went into planning Jammyland, it’s the bar’s drink menu. The Brazilian Necktie (no relation to the Colombian one) is a spicy take on a Gordon’s Cup. Not for the light-hearted, this one gets some serious heat by way of Serrano and Anaheim pepper-infused cachaça, lime, cucumber, turbinado syrup, smoked sea salt and cracked pepper.
Jammyland’s food menu features plenty of Jamaican-themed goodness like beef-and-pork-blended Jammy sliders, but seriously, you gotta head straight for the 24-hour jerk wings, each weighing a third of a pound and smoked in-house. You want ‘em hot? You might be surprised just how hot they can make ‘em.
Jammyland might be the new kid on the block, but it’s already becoming a favorite with locals and tourists alike. From the old-school ska and reggae playing overhead to its laid-back vibe, Downtown’s latest approaches serious cocktail and music culture with playful charisma. –Las Vegas Magazine Staff
1121 S. Main St., opens at 6 p.m. Wed.-Sun. 702.800.9098
Hop to it!
There’s some serious experimentation going on at Las Vegas Valley breweries, and that certainly holds true for Hop Nuts, a tap room that produces a mind-blowing variety of suds. Enjoy beers like Harry Porter, Green Mamba Double IPA and—in honor of our hockey team—The Golden Knight Belgian golden strong ale. –Ken Miller
1120 S. Main St., No. 150, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun., noon-1 a.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.816.5371