It’s never too late in the season to put out another dayclub review. In this week’s issue of Vegas Seven magazine, I tour The Venetian’s TAO Beach, one of the original pool parties on the Las Vegas Strip. If you think all pools are the same — a DJ blasting EDM, champagne sprays, assorted beefcakes and bikini models — you’ll see that TAO Beach has found ways to mix it up.

“When you’re together this long, you’ve got to do what you can to keep the relationship fresh. Tao Beach relies on a strategy that’s done well for many couples: role-playing.”

Like other pools I’ve toured this summer (read my stories on Marquee Dayclub, Flamingo’s GO Pool, Daylight Beach Club, and Rehab) I try to highlight the most interesting items on the menu, and the music programming. TAO’s lineup is among the more unique offerings on the Strip, with up-and-comers and local favorites such as Eric D-Lux and CLA on tap alongside vets such as Jermaine Dupri.

Check out the TAO Beach tour in this week’s Vegas Seven online or on newsstands.

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Photo credit: Louis Van Baar (via Vegas Seven)

On newsstands and online today, my Vegas Seven magazine Q&A with Martin Garrix, the 21-year-old music prodigy who broke through in 2013 with his track “Animals” and has since dropped three EP’s, landed an Ibiza residency, and will be performing at Las Vegas’ Omnia Nightclub on August 18.

“It just seems to get crazier and crazier everywhere I go,” he said. No kidding. Here’s a guy having the time of his life, but as I wrote in the story, he’s not a party-all-the-time 21-year-old. Garrix is constantly working, to the point in which he admits not being able to turn away from music even in those brief moments where he could take a break.

In the story, Garrix also talks about returning to Las Vegas (he first played at Hakkasan back in 2014), which artist he’d love to collaborate with on a new project, and who he’s listening to right now.

You can read the piece, “Martin Garrix Is Never Not Working,” here.


Jason Latham's 24/7 and After Dark columns in the August 17 issue of Vegas Seven magazine
24/7 and After Dark in the 8/17 Vegas Seven

In this week’s issue of Vegas Seven magazine you can read my 24/7 and After Dark columns, highlighting everything to do in Las Vegas from August 17-23. Here are a few of my favorite picks for the next seven days:

Bryan Ferry at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. I’m not as familiar with his solo stuff as I am his work with Roxy Music, although “Is Your Love Strong Enough” is a helluva song. (Aug. 17)

Big Boi at Drai’s Nightclub. Caught him at the Palms pool years back after the release of Sir Lucious Left Foot, would love to hear something live from his latest, BOOMIVERSE. (Aug. 18)

Las Vegas Reyes de Plata. The alter ego of the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team, Reyes de Plata makes their final appearance versus the Salt Lake Bees at Cashman Field. The rebranding is part of a MiLB multicultural fan engagement campaign. (Aug. 22)

As always, you can also read my roundup of the weekend’s most anticipated pool parties (with appearances by Diplo and Nora En Pure) as a sidebar to my After Dark column.


It’s been far too long since I’ve posted on this website. The reason, in a nutshell, is because for several months I’ve been focusing on my work and not doing much for myself. Although I’d laid the foundation for my content studio when I filed my LLC paperwork in January, it took some time before I felt completely confident that I would be able to succeed on my own. After working out the kinks (which include a new look for my website) I’m happy to report that Tryon Creative, LLC is in business. Take a look at what it’s all about.

The March 2-8 issue of Vegas Seven magazine
The March 2-8 issue of Vegas Seven

This week’s issue of Vegas Seven magazine features three stories that I’m really happy to say went very well, especially one that could have gone very badly.

I’ll start with the latter. Have you ever driven a $200,000 sports car? Neither had I until a few weeks ago, and then I got a chance to test drive a McLaren 570GT that was in stock at Chicago Motor Cars in Las Vegas. This car is amazing, and I would have loved to take it up to 90 miles per hour like my guide did during the first lap of our test drive.

But to me, the words “drive it like you stole it” mean going at or below the speed limit so you don’t get pinched. That’s exactly how my experience turned out. As far as a recommendation, I think this video sums it up quite nicely.

The second article in this week’s issue was a much easier, and less risky, assignment. I spoke with the owners of Luxe Rust, an antique and restoration shop that opened recently in downtown Las Vegas. More than the furniture, I was impressed by the owners, and their commitment not only to craftsmanship, but also the belief that everything that’s used can be restored good as new, creating a new experience for a new owner. If you’re a big believer in recycling and reducing your footprint in the world, this is a place you should see in person.

And lastly, a story that I’ve been really excited about; a conversation with DJ and XS Las Vegas headliner David Guetta. It was a rare opportunity to do the “celebrity interview” for the magazine, and he was quite genuine and willing to talk despite having just come from a long recording session at a London studio. I asked him about playing to Las Vegas crowds and his residency, as well as his recent participation in a documentary about the 808 drum machine. He also shared a story about meeting Keith Haring, which was pretty funny.

The new issue of Vegas Seven is on newsstands now.

The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven magazine.
The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven.

The February 23 issue of Vegas Seven magazine featured a trio of stories I’d recently submitted, including a Q&A with some of the stars of Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil shows.

The performers who answered my brief questionnaire are among those starring in a new “neighbors” campaign that will show Cirque stars out and about, picking up laundry, drinking espresso’s, etc. Among the questions I included in the feature were “What’s your Vegas guilty pleasure?” and “Which movie makes you cry?” Because those are the kinds of things inquiring minds want to know.

Also in the magazine is a brief piece on throwing the perfect dinner party with help from the Amazon Echo and its Alexa A.I. assistant. Alexa can do much more than just read you recipes, and I picked out a few of the Echo’s specialized “skills” that you can use to enhance the experience for your dinner guests.

By far my favorite feature in this issue is my conversation with wildlife photographer Andrew Feiler, who is currently exhibiting his photos at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum in a dual collection titled “Naturally Nevada” and “The Wild World.” Feiler and I spent an afternoon hiking in the Spring Mountains near Summerlin South, where we came across a pair of great horned owls that he’s been watching for the last two years. It’s not often that I get away from the city, and this little adventure made me realize I should get out more. After all, the mountains are right next door.

Vegas Seven magazine Chinese New Year issue
“Do You Have Roosters Here?”

Sometimes the assignments I receive are very simple, like the one in this week’s issue of Vegas Seven magazine. All I had to do was go out and find roosters around Las Vegas for the magazine’s Chinese New Year issue.

“Just find roosters?” I asked my editor.

The answer was yes. There didn’t need to be anything special about the roosters. They didn’t have to come from the city’s Chinatown. They didn’t even have to be related to Chinese New Year.

They just needed to be roosters.

That is as simple as it gets. It sounds like an easy task, but Las Vegas is a big city. It was well known to me that roosters would be represented at the major casinos when they put up their Chinese New Year displays, so I could count on finding a couple of roosters on the Strip.

But then it got complicated. Surely, no one wants to read that I saw a rooster on a banner or bus stop billboard. I found plenty, but I wouldn’t send anyone there to see them.

So it took a couple of days, and I had to get creative. In the end, I think the article turned out pretty good. You can read for yourself, and check out the outstanding photos from photographer Cierra Pedro.