Downtown Life is Beautiful festival sets music and food lineups

Las Vegas' own The Killers top the list of first-rate acts set to play the city's first Life is Beautiful festival.

Downtown Las Vegas’ first Life is Beautiful Festival will feature more than 50 musical acts and 60 chefs and restaurants.

The Oct. 26-27 festival will show off the city’s best art and offer up wisdom from diverse speakers, alongside recognized and emerging musicians, and purveyors of tastes from simple to swanky.

Kings of Leon, Beck and Imagine Dragons top the list of renowned musical performers, along with Las Vegas’ own The Killers. Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit and Jurassic 5 will also grace the stage.

The best local bands will rock the festival as well. Festival-goers will enjoy the folk-inspired, cello-ridden sounds of the Rusty Maples; Kid Meets Cougar’s trademark DIY visual displays will back electronic indie-pop off their new EP; and music fans young and old will be taken away by the retro re-style of American Cream.

Twelve top chefs designed the event’s Food is Beautiful segment. Demonstrations, culinary affairs, intimate meals, and a large Moroccan-style bazaar will bring together the delicious inventions of masters including Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Mina, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen and dozens more.

Guests will also able to drink and mingle in a beer, wine and spirits garden on the festival grounds, and at each chef’s station, they can glean insight from the experts on kitchen creation.

Life is Beautiful’s art show will include street art, installations, murals and performance art — all in an open environment that will allow artists to easily interact with the public. Art is Beautiful will also include theatrical performances, including an act from Cirque du Soleil’s new “Michael Jackson ONE” and the individual work of six other Cirque artists.

Learning is Beautiful, the festival’s speaker series, is set to inspire attendees with stories of struggle and success. More than 25 keynote speeches, quick-format lectures, panel discussion and workshops are scheduled.