I will start this post by saying I LOVE the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It’s hands down my favorite resort on the Strip. Plus, I like their commercials…they don’t make a whole lot of sense… but they’re pretty cool.
The resort itself is fantabulously classy and chic but at the same time it caters to my age group—which, in my opinion helps it avoid the excess snoot factor that some high-brow spots can have. However, what I really love are the musical acts they bring. They’re constantly bringing in some of the best talent—and not necessarily mainstream ‘big’ acts, just good, honest artists who put their everything into a performance.
Last Thursday (April 25, 2013) was no exception, the extremely talented Aloe Blacc graced the stage at the Boulevard pool where he danced and sang his heart out—I would like to believe he was singing directly to me.
The hotel’s multi level pool overlooks the Strip and has every amenity you could need on a hot summer day or night in this case. Large comfy lounge areas, cabanas, full service bars (which serves a pretty good whisky sour) and lots of eye candy.
The lounge chaise-like things are my favorite, there’s room for more than a few people and everyone can dangle their feet in the pool with a great view of the stage.
Getting back to Aloe Blacc, he really is one of my favorite singers in the whole wide world. You may not have heard of him before, but you have now and you can thank me later for the introductions. If you’ve heard any of his songs it’s probably “I Need a Dollar” which came out in 2007. I don’t know exactly what genre he’s classified under but, I would describe it as old school funk with a lot of soul. He sometimes kind of reminds me of Anthony Hamilton, however, his lyrics are stronger and more profound—think Marvin Gaye or Sam Cooke.
He described is last album: ‘Good Things’ like this to ‘Stonesthrow.com’:
“Aloe, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions—joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive.”
See…deep stuff, man.
I’d never had the opportunity to see him perform before and I actually only found out about the show a few hours before he was scheduled to start. Luckily, sometimes I have the ability to be extremely flexible and spontaneous like that… I’m so glad I did because Aloe played some new stuff off his upcoming album that sounded just amazing!
It was the perfect night for my first outdoor concert of the year…I let the breeze wash over me as I danced and twirled in the wading pool under the Las Vegas lights…it really couldn’t have been much better than that.
An added cherry on top is that the new stuff I spent the evening jamming to should be out by midsummer and I am scheduled to interview him about it! Yay! (Insert happy dance—snoopy style, of course) I can’t wait to share that interview with you guys.
It will be interesting to hear more about this new project and hopefully I can introduce a new favorite artist to those of you not yet familiar.
Here is a rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” I found, it’s so freaking good…I’m digging the guitar player’s new album too.
There will be a few more concerts coming up this summer that I can’t wait for, including Gary Clark, Jr. That show will be epic, and I can’t wait to dance to “Bright Lights, Big City” under my city’s bright lights.
Disclaimer: Tickets were promotional comps, however, all thoughts and opinions are that of the Vegas Soulcialite…psshh, like you would think otherwise.