Street artists put the finishing touches on murals prepared for the Life is Beautiful festival on Friday. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Downtown Las Vegas is bracing for another huge event this weekend with tourists and local flocking for the Life is Beautiful festival.
The two-day music and arts showcase should give the economy a jolt and could have lasting positive effects.
From noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, downtown Las Vegas will be transformed into a paradise of music, art and food.
Sixty bands are scheduled to perform, including headliners Kings of Leon and Las Vegas' own The Killers.
On Friday, street artists were hard at work downtown, creating murals for the festival.
"I think the most beautiful thing and the motivation is that everyday people in the street come and say, 'Wow, it's nice.' Get in touch with the artist. People of any age, like old people, people working, kids – everyone's really receptive. That's fantastic," said street artist coordinator Charlotte Dutoit.
The idea is to make the festival one that reaches beyond music to all the arts.
"When I came out and I visited, they showed me the wall they had available. I saw all the walls. I said, ‘Oh my God, it's a fantastic opportunity to do a real street art festival with over 10 murals,'" Dutoit said.
The murals certainly caught the attention of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. She's excited about the tens of thousands of out-of-towners and locals who may be experiencing downtown for the first time.
"We've got 60,000 pre-ordered tickets online, so it's going to be crowded down there, but they've got these great stages set up, wonderful chefs, leaning centers, lectures, the great arts, and it's going to be fabulous," Goodman said.
Certainly fabulous will be the millions in tourist dollars and a lot of eyes on the revitalized downtown.
"I hope it's a tradition we're starting here," Goodman said.
Life is Beautiful isn't the only big event in town this weekend. The PBR World Finals is also drawing huge crowds.
Murals painted on downtown buildings will remain as permanent art fixtures.
Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, July 25 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:46:04 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >
Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...More >