Since Day 2 of three-day weekend festivals falls on the Saturday, it makes sense that is usually the most raucous lineup of the weekend. At downtown Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Festival that was certainly the case as a wide array of headliners from all genres, from rapper J. Cole to rockers Jane’s Addiction, showed they had one thing in common -- they all know how to throw a party.
Given this was Vegas on a Saturday night (Sept. 24), Downtown Stage headliner Cole didn’t even take the stage until just before 11:30 p.m., following a memorable 70 minutes from Empire Of The Sun. After appearing this year at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Jazz Fest and more, Cole’s festival performance, from pacing to how to work a crowd, has been finely honed and it showed Saturday night. Pacing the stage back and forth with an energy that looked like he was ready to explode at any moment, Cole worked the large throng into a frenzy during songs like “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Wet Dreamz” and “Apparently.”