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Entertainment Tidbits  

ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS

by Z.Z. Zorn



The World’s Greatest Rock Show live at the STRATOSPHERE is a Rock Legends Tribute Concert and audiences are seeing and hearing a dream rock concert with some of the most classic rock bands of all time. The World’s Greatest Rock Show has a line up of Las Vegas’ most talented tribute artists who deliver live rock music performances just like the original artists The Rolling Stones, KISS, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith and more! The night I saw the show the performers were: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band (fronted by Reckless in Vegas founder Michael Shapiro), Van Halen (with Drew Hart performing the Diamond David Lee Roth leaps and yelps), Heart (with Anne Martinez of “Baz” and Cassie Stone, late of “Zarkana)” Journey (starring Paul Johnson of “Rock of Ages” as Steve Perry),Meat Loaf (with Jared Dalley, also from “RoA’), and Kiss. “Rock Show” also has video, backup dancers, great staging, some pyrotechnics and the inimitable Lon Bronson’s Band.



Kiss- World’s Greatest Rock Show-Stratosphere


After nearly 600 performances of his first-ever Las Vegas residency, magician, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, the LINQ Theater is being renamed in his honor. The Mat Franco Theater is going into effect for performances starting July 10. Since long before taking the stage in his first-ever resident production, the 28-year-old magician has worked tirelessly to cultivate his talents and personal brand in hopes of, one day, achieving every entertainer’s dream of having a theater named in recognition of their career.
Named “Best Magic Show” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and “Best Strip Show” by Las Vegas Weekly, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to receive rave reviews from fans and critics alike since opening in August 2015.
MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to amaze and inspire audiences Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets start at $59.




Gordon Ramsay booth at Vegas Uncork'd event

Ate, ate and ate more. How could I and all guests included not eat and enjoy with all the gastronomical delicious food from the foremost Chefs at the Grand Tasting Event for Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appétit at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool. What and event, at what a gorgeous location. The luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace hosted the ultimate culinary event, The Grand Tasting. Food enthusiasts gathered for an epicurean experience of a lifetime with a staggering variety of signature dishes, as well as free-flowing wines and spirits while mingling with more than 50 award-winning chefs including Bobby Flay, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, Charlie Palmer, Chris Santos, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Lorena Garcia, Michael Mina many more top well-known chefs.
There were a multitude of other winning chef events, but this one was exceptional.
So many other good events and another one was Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro, hosting ‘Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze.’ Held at The Aquatic Club at The Palazzo poolside where live music played throughout the night.



Multitalented singer, songwriter, actress, producer, DJ and activist, Erykah Badu , is returning to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq Promenade for a performance on Thursday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. Badu’s musical style blends R&B, hip-hop and jazz, and has often been compared to the likes of Billie Holiday and the label “neo-soul” is most often applied to her music. Her blending of soul and hip-hop, while incorporating elements of funk and jazz, also ties in themes of contemporary culture and human struggle. Erykah Badu , also an accomplished actress with appearances in films such as “House of D” and “The Cider House Rules,” demonstrates the skills of a true storyteller in each of her performances and is ready to bring that energy back to Brooklyn Bowl .



Super Summer Theatre at the Spring Mountain State Park kicks off its 42nd season of bringing affordable, high-quality productions with The Wedding Singer,” performing June 7 – 24. Super Summer Theatre announces its second show of the season, In the Heights,” playing July 12 – 29. Before there was the musical theater sensation “Hamilton,” its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced Broadway to “In the Heights,” a universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2008, was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won a GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The cast of 24 alongside four live musicians on stage perform “In the Heights” July 13,14,15,20,21,22,26,27, 29. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children ages five are free. Tickets purchased online at www.supersummertheatre. Theatre parking is available starting at 5 p.m. and the meadow opens at 6 p.m. All performances of “In the Heights” begin at 8:05 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, as well as a picnic dinner, or may purchase dinner from one of several food vendors onsite. Chairs are available for rent for $1.



The 10th annual Las Vegas Film Festival (lvff) celebrated a decade of bringing storytelling, culture and community to Southern Nevada at its 2017 festival entirely at Brenden Theatres in the Palms Casino. The LVFF screened a selection of feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos. Additionally, this year’s Festival once again included CINEVEGAS PRESENTS AT LVFF, featuring a selection of films curated by the CineVegas team of Trevor Groth and Mike Plante. I had done media coverage for the original Cinevegas that was such a great film festival. The screening room had movable fabulous leather seats. Brenden Theatre is in the process of future upgrading their screening rooms this way.

Two of the winning films I saw and were very well done were “5 Stages of Dying” (A young man spirals through a wild array of emotions when diagnosed with a terminal illness.) Director: Nima Shoghi and the best feature was “Gook” ( two Korean American brothers run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. They strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. Racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out). Director: Justin Chon - also played the lead actor.




“Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash” will bring Cash’s classic hits to The Orleans Showroom on June 30 and July 1 at 8 p.m. Since 2005, Shawn Barker has performed his celebrated “Man in Black” tribute show all over the world. His high-energy performance recreates Cash’s iconic sound and signature style down to his acoustic guitar and harmonica. Barker’s show features hits from Johnny Cash’s entire musical career, including his duets with the late June Carter.
Johnny Cash rocked the country music scene with his unique baritone vocals and acoustic guitar. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Cash released more than 100 hit singles, making him one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The country music legend also went on to become one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 90 million records sold worldwide. Cash’s music has crossed over multiple genres, which won him inductions into the Country Music, Gospel Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.



R&B and hip hop legends of the 1990’s will bring their top hits to the fourth-annual “Throwback Sizzling Jam” at the Orleans Arena Saturday, July 15.
The 1990’s marked the golden age of R&B music and Oakland, Calif.’s Tony! Toni! Toné! dominated the music scene with soulful hits “It Never Rains (In Southern California),” “Anniversary” and “Lay Your Head on My Pillow.” The band’s popularity earned them a certified double- Platinum album, “Sons of Soul.” The R&B group’s current lineup includes Dwayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley and Amar Khalil.
Formed in Baltimore, Md., R&B supergroup Dru Hill is best known for their #1 singles “How Deep Is Your Love,” “In My Bed” and “Never Make a Promise.” Throughout the group’s career, they recorded seven Top-40 hits and released four albums, Dru Hill features original members Larry “Jazz” Anthony, Mark “Sisqó” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin and newest member Antwuan “Tao” Simpson.

Silk hails from Atlanta, Ga. with their hit songs “If You (Lovin Me),” “Girl U For Me” and “Happy Days.” In 1993, Silk released their debut album “Lose Control” with their #1 single “Freak Me,” which went double-Platinum. The group continued to produce top-100 hits with Tim “Timzo” Cameron, Jimmy Gates, Gary “Big G” Glenn, Jonathen “John-John” Rasboro and Gary “Lil G” Jenkins.

Throwback Sizzling Jam also includes performances by Total, H- Town and hip hop powerhouse The Alumni featuring Dana Dane, Chubb Rock, Kwame’, Moni Love, and Special Ed. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.orleanscasino.com or at the venue box office.



A world of rock in ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy is based on the writings of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy will perform the second Monday of each month at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort, beginning Monday, July 10. ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy combines original arrangements of favorite pop/rock songs with unforgettable vocals, dancers and a nine-piece band, to create a wild theatrical experience. ALICE : A Steampunk Concert Fantasy is directed by Ryan Kelsey and Anne Martinez, choreographed by Ryan Kelsey and Claudia Mitria, featuring Ashley Fuller, April Leopardi, Eric Morgan, Adolfo Barreto, Jeffrey DeBarathy and the BBR Band.
Cover for ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy is $25 at the door, which includes a complimentary specialty cocktail. Doors and a special cocktail hour begin at 9 p.m., with the show beginning at 10 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.




Contact! show with Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson

M&M American Dance Theatre show CONTACT! with Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson along with their wonderful cast and band were truly awesome. So many well-known performers who dance and sing at the same time have been using their own backup voice. Not so with Michael Kessler! He sings while he dances at the same time even with the most difficult scenarios and is great. Melinda does this too and they even do this as a duo. Together they are magical. If you missed them this time, I’ll let you know when they will be performing again.






Consummate entertainer, Clint Holmes singer-songwriter is performing a limited residency until August at the Golden Nugget on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8p.m. If you have never seen Clint Holmes, his shows are a must see for an unforgettable experience. His show is an amazing narrative of his life. Audiences love him not only for his incredible singing of a vast repertoire of all genres of music, but for also singing some of his originals and recordings. His latest is a new Jazz album “Rendezvous.” Clint is an exciting energetic entertainer making audiences feel as if he is performing just for each one. His top-notch band is exceptional with Pablo Gadda, Rocco Barbato, David Ostrem, Ja ku bu Griffing and Christian Tabor. I’ve seen Clint Holmes perform many times and always keep going back as he is so great and makes each show a different experience.




Rhythm Show


LV Follies - Rhythm

Rich Rizzo’s Las Vegas Follies is presenting “Rhythm” at the STARBRIGHT THEATRE July 8th at 7 p.m. and July 9th at 2 p.m. “Rhythm” stars triple threat impersonator, Jimmy Emmerson extraordinaire, star of La Cage along with singing sensations Karin Denise star of Splash, with vocalist Larry Carroll. Others featured are Gino Venezia and the comedy of Shirl the Whirl. Individuals of course are the beautiful showgirls in The Las Vegas Follies, sultry Suzanne Jipson, Kimberly Renee, Cecile Rizzo, Maureen Wray and The Vintage Babes including the zany Judy Danes, These great showgirls execute the edgy styles of choreographer Rich Rizzo. Rich Rizzo is the man highly responsible for two of the most successful shows on the Las Vegas Strip; the “Lido de Paris” and the colossal “Jubilee.” Tickets $20. Box office 702 240 1301.




Jennifer Romas star of Sexxy with Z.Z.

Jennifer Romas now presents The Summer of Sexxy at Westgate. With over 500 performances there are now new numbers, new costumes, new choreography, new song, lighting and more, making The Summer of Sexxy show even hotter. The Summer of Sexxy new show launch was celebrated at an invited party at the Elvis Presley Villa atop the Westgate; an extraordinary area to behold.
SEXXY, Las Vegas' Topless Revue by Jennifer Romas, is in the Westgate Cabaret. Audiences are told to leave your inhibitions at the door as you enter this erotic, forbidden, tantalizing world of everything SEXXY. SEXXY brings you through a journey of sensual, sexual, fun and enticing vignettes that will arouse a standing ovation in one way…or another!



Coming to The Space is the Las Vegas premiere of “Thrones! The Musical Parody.” The critically-acclaimed musical parody of Game of Thrones hits the stage for a limited, nine-show run Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
One for die-hard fans to truly indulge in, the talented cast sing and dance their way through their own warped and hilarious version of the popular series’ plots and twists, with a few extra of their own thrown in for joyful measure. Thrones! looks in on six friends – Leslie, Jen, Ross, Brad, Tom and Nicole as they gather for the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” Soon the group discovers the ultimate travesty; one of the members does not watch the show. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, the group bands together to act out all six seasons for the Thrones newbie, including dashing men battling white walkers, ravishing maidens riding fire-breathing dragons, the infamous “walk of shame” and much more.

Thrones! is brought to the stage by the same creative team behind “50 Shades! The Musical Parody” Tickets are $35 and up on sale online at www.thespacelv.com.
The Space is founded by Las Vegas entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock.




Paquita La Del Barrio

Paquita La Del Barrio is a supporter of women's rights. Many of her songs highlight female empowerment and she was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Premio lo Nuestro awards. Paquita La Del Barrio, the Mexican Grammy nominee will be performing at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm on Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m. Paquita will delight audiences with songs including "Si Yo Fuera Varon," "Rata De Dos Patas," "Las Mujeres Mandan" and "Las Rodilleras." Tickets start at $30 on sale now at 702.386.7867.



We all know how wonderful the performers are in the Cirque du Soleil shows. Not only are the performers so great but many are artist and The Collective, an extraordinary collection of artworks created by the company’s performers, technicians and staff in Las Vegas will unveil its 12th annual art exhibition. Serving as a creative outlet for employees, the exhibit will be on display for a limited time, June 1 – 30 at The Metropolitan Gallery of Las Vegas Art Museum, available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 – 5 p.m. For the first time in the program’s 12-year history, each employee will be able to submit up to three works of art instead of one, allowing them to express themselves creatively through different mediums. All formats of artwork will be featured throughout the month.
In addition to the original works created, The Collective will also display Cirque du Soleil-owned art pieces, props and costumes from various productions.
Cirque du Soleil has seven permanent resident shows in Las Vegas. These productions are: Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles™ LOVE™ at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Hotel & Casino and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay.



The fully renovated rooftop Pool at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, which opened last July will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special Plaza Pool Nights Fourth of July party on Saturday, July 1, with live entertainment, drink specials, and a barbecue buffet. The festivities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show.



This summer, the Pool at the Plaza introduced Plaza Pool Nights, dance and swim parties held under the stars on Saturday nights. On Saturday, July 1, the Plaza Pool Nights party will be the biggest yet this season to celebrate the pool’s anniversary and upcoming Fourth of July holiday. On July 1, there will be music throughout the day and in the evening, guests will enjoy live entertainment from Flashbax. Beginning at 7 p.m., the cocktail bar at the Pool will offer a holiday drink special.

On the pool deck, there will be a special barbecue buffet with all-American favorites. The buffet is all-you- can-eat for $25 per person. At the end of the night, the Plaza will shoot live fireworks from multiple rooftop locations at approximately 10:45 p.m. The show will last approximately 4 minutes, and while the best views will be from the Plaza’s rooftop pool party, the fireworks will no doubt be seen in the sky for miles around. Entry to all other Plaza Pool Nights, including July 1 is free.



The Otheroom, the stylish and unique bar concept that has long been a favorite of the fashionable set in LA and New York is preparing to open its doors in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace . Known for its sexy atmosphere and premium selection of fine wines and craft beers, The Otheroom Las Vegas will also boast a new addition – a signature cocktail line and gourmet bites.
For more than 30 years The Otheroom has attracted celebrities and tastemakers. The upscale lounge and dining concept is the latest addition to The Forum Shops, which now celebrates the 25th Anniversary of opening.



The San Gennaro Feast a favorite Las Vegas event twice a year, dedicated their past event to the memory of Tony Sacca, who passed away on January 30th. Tony Sacca was the Host and main act at San Gennaro in Las Vegas, for the last 32 years.





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