NPR’s music program "From the Top" will be at the Smith Center February 25 for a live performance and recording and you're invited to watch, and listen. Young musicians (18 and under) from around the country, including five from Southern Nevada, will perform and talk a little about themselves.
The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles. Some things, such as their symphony orchestra and wind band concerts, have a small charge. You can find the complete list on their website.
China Lights will illuminate Craig Ranch Regional Park January 19 through February 25, with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays They have more than 1,000 components, with state-of-the-art LEDs and animation created on-site by Chinese artisans.
Senegalese musician Ibu blends traditional West-African folk music with contemporary arrangements and textures. He plays bass, lead and rhythm guitar, sings in five languages, and plays the complex African instrument known as Boobah or Tama (the talking drum). 1P, free. Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S., artslasvegas.org
Wynonna has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, both as a solo artist and as half of the legendary mother/daughter duo The Judds. 7:30P, $29–$95. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Hosted by award winning poet and comedian Queen Sheba. She'll team up with five local poets in competition with local hip hop artists to see who has the best lyrics and stage show. Members of the audience select the winners by cheering, throwing money, etc.
Broadway performers Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley perform clever genre-hopping musical arrangements that showcase the artists’ voices and harmonies — all with a minimalist dress code. 7P, $39–$45. Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
The annual Mardi Gras masquerade gala to benefit the B.E. a S.H.E.R.O. Foundation will be held on January 27 at the Space. There will be world class food from chef Lisa, Cirque performers, music from Sin City Opera and a string quartet, a live auction, and much more.
Open to all music students in Southern Nevada, participants will compete in two age categories: 14 and under and 15–22. The winners will be invited to perform their pieces with the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra at a future concert. 11A, free. Auditorium at Windmill Library, lvccld.org
Hailing from the urban streets of Waipahu, Hawaii, the band has produced several #1 hits including “Nothing to Hide,” “The One", "Play Me Like a Fool,” and “Ms. Beautiful.” 7P, $22–$40. Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq, brooklynbowl.com
Violinists Nicolas Kendall and Charles Yang, with bassist Ranaan Meyer bring elements of many musical styles together for a unique sound. 7P, $39–$59. Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com