Concert review: Foster the People at Cosmopolitan pool
Wed, Oct 26, 2011 (6:18 p.m.)
Photo: Erik Kabik / Retna
Congratulations to Book & Stage’s first graduates, Foster the People. The indie-popsters have progressed from moderately attended free shows in the Cosmo’s lounge to the next stage of their careers, performing for a sold-out crowd at the hotel’s larger Boulevard Pool venue.
A sea of rolled skinny jeans, plunging V-necks and “pumped up kicks” packed the pool deck for Foster the People’s final North American tour stop. Now with a huge radio hit (“Pumped Up Kicks”) and a more established fanbase, nothing about FTP’s performance felt reminiscent of this past spring’s mild four-day Vegas residency. The trio seemed far more confident, showing off a tighter sound and a noticeable increase in overall production.
- Foster the People
- October 20, Cosmopolitan pool
Credit for the improvement shouldn’t fall solely on the band. As frontman Mark Foster, bassist Cubbie Fink and percussionist Mark Pontius played through most of freshman album Torches, the crowd showed off its lyrical knowledge and enthusiasm for deeper cuts such as “Helena Beat” and “Call It What You Want,” singing along word-for-word and adding to the mood.
Foster, who took ownership of the stage with his unique and versatile pipes, also took a few moments out to fill fans in on FTP’s mission. “To us music is cool, but helping people is cooler,” he said. The band toured from coast to coast in its “Do Good Bus,” lending a hand in each city along the route. In Las Vegas last week, the trio helped out at Tonopah Community Garden and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission homeless shelter.
Of course, Foster the People capped the night with “Pumped Up Kicks,” a perfect way to close out the summer concert series at one of Las Vegas’ best outdoor music venues.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.