From disco to downtown, Nyman sets the stage at Life is Beautiful

This ain’t no disco. This ain’t no foolin’ round. Not for Craig Nyman, who’s the guts of Life is Lovely’s music lineup.

“Nothing pleases me greater than to see smiles on the faces of everybody who walks by way of the gates,” says Nyman, head of music and reside performances for the competition. “That’s what all of this work is for, to make individuals pleased.”

LiB opens at 2 p.m. Friday and runs by way of Sunday night time.

The disco reference is said to once I met Nyman, in 2006 at Studio 54 at MGM Grand. The long-lasting dance membership was present process renovation to its VIP part in these days. Nyman had simply moved to city and was working as a PR rep for Kirvin Doak Communications, and led a tour of the disco-rama.

Tuesday afternoon was a unique scene, scorching and sunny in downtown Las Vegas, as we puttered round in a golf cart throughout Life is Lovely’s 10-block footprint. Nyman is aware of the terrain effectively, as he was on the unique artistic group that launched the occasion in 2013.

We picked up some highlights alongside the best way, too. A few of what Nyman says to search for on LiB’s discovery tour (hit for ticket-exchange choices and scheduling particulars).

Six to not miss

*Inexperienced Day. The band infrequently performs festivals. It’s beforehand carried out this weekend at iHeartRadio Music Pageant (with decidedly combined outcomes). All the time a roaring reside act, appropriate for Downtown Stage at 11:20 p.m. Saturday.

*Glass Animals. Whole, pure vitality at Downtown Stage at 9:20 p.m. Friday

*Ludacris. Relish this greatest-hits present at 10 p.m. Saturday.

*CloZey. Her profession is en fuego. Ought to be the most effective units of the weekend at Fremont Stage 10 p.m. Friday.

*Remi Wolf. Huge sound. Energetic. New album out in October, hitting it at 6:35 p.m. Bacardi Stage.

*Caamp. The primary time the folks band has ever performed Vegas, 8:35 p.m. Friday, Huntridge Stage.

Different highlights

*Western Nation Membership. New venue this yr, line dancing offered by Stoney’s Rockin’ Nation. Celebration.

*Blue Man Group. Cirque du Soleil casts can’t make it this yr with the corporate tied up in its current reopenings, however BMG — a Cirque firm — is nimble and match for the fest.

*Fergusons. DJ collectives We The Beat, MNTRA, and Headliner Music Membership will every take the stage.

*The Kicker. Famed Trump-Twitter lip-sync artist Sarah Cooper, Sam Jay and Trevor Wallace’s Stiff Socks and podcasts among the many highlights.

*Meow Wolf. The immersive, experiential firm at Area15 is bringing an Omega Pop-up expertise to the competition.

*The Cookout. Justin Kingsley Corridor curated the menu for a live-cooking expertise. Dishes accessible till the are bought out.

*Artwork program. A large assortment of gifted artists, together with It’s A Dwelling, Spidertag, Camille Walala and Recycled Propaganda.

Nyman recalled his membership days when wanting over all that LiB has to supply. “That is what I’ve discovered in 17 years in Las Vegas, that town permits you to reinvent your self,” he stated. “I began in nightclub PR, and did that. Now it’s Life is Lovely, downtown, exterior, and that is actually what I like.”

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