Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

Displaying keen perception and great insight.  
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.  
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.  

Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from September 04, 2009
You can find the current column HERE

Las Vegas - September 4, 2009

Earl Turner and Lani Misalucha
(Now Just ONE Voice)

Linda Eder & Frank Wildhorn

Jeff Neiman


This came to us yesterday (Thursday) and was confirmed today...
Voices, featuring singers Earl Turner and Lani Misalucha, may now have to be called Voice (as in singular). Earl Turner is no longer part of the Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret show. According to the nice fellow we spoke to at the Hilton box office last night, the show is "on vacation." We always thought that a vacation was a planned, fun getaway. What is going on with the musical show in the intimate Hilton space is DEFINITELY not a "vacation." As it stands right now, the show is dark until next Friday, the 11th, at which time, Lani will be back on the Shimmer stage...without Mr. Turner. Depending which story you choose to believe, either Mr. Turner refused to take a requested pay cut as business is a bit slow right now, or Earl, of the inflated ego, went off to do a cruise ship gig, saying something like "I don't know how long Voices will run and I need to keep my other options open." Perhaps by NEXT Friday we will have the accurate information. What we have been told is, that for the immediate future, the show will reopen on the 11th, with Ms. Misalucha at the helm. There will have to be lots of changes in advertising. If you have a pair of sharp scissors, you may want to join the team to help cut Earl's face out of all the photos and ads, and lop that "S" off the word Voices. We suggest checking with the Hilton for Voice show times. Call (702) 732-5755.

Here is some more, kind of, last minute news. On Sunday, while at the Suncoast to see Clint Holmes' An Evening of Romance show (see paragraph below), the talented Domenick Allen happened to mention an upcoming performance at UNLV that we had heard or read nothing about. When we called the university on Monday, we learned that, yes, Frank Wildhorn & Friends was indeed scheduled for September 4th and 5th, as in tonight and tomorrow night! Billed as "The Theatrical Concert Event of the Season," we thought, that under the circumstances, a better name might have been, "One of Las Vegas' Best Kept Theatrical Secrets." Whatever. Here's the drill. Mr. Wildhorn and his friends - his former wife, Linda Eder; Tony-winner, Lea Salonga (who performed as part of UNLV's New York Stage & Beyond series in May); Rob Evan, who appeared at UNLV in Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert in 2005; and Broadway's Douglas Sills, were anticipated to perform two weekend shows in the Judy Bayley Theater for a Nevada Conservatory Theatre benefit. The NCT is the professional theater training program of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to Wildhorn at the piano, the vocalists would be accompanied by a 32-piece orchestra. In 1999, Frank Wildhorn became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Civil War, which altogether garnered eight Tony nominations. Wildhorn is currently getting ready to debut three new musicals, Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, Bonnie & Clyde and Havana. Wait! Don't call the babysitter! Tuesday, we learned the program had been canceled. According to a Wildhorn spokesperson, the concert had to be cancelled as the producers of the event have defaulted on their obligations to Frank, the performers and all others involved after repeatedly giving assurances that they would and could fulfill their obligations." Wildhorn added, "Though we are sad about the situation, we all believe so much in this, and are all going to work to give it the life it deserves. The rehearsals were amazing!" We are sad as well, Mr. Wildhorn. We hope the program with your friends will be rescheduled.

And speaking of UNLV...On Sunday, September 13th, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Department of Film of the University of Nevada Las Vegas will hold a second open casting call for the Film Production II and III short film productions this Fall semester, 2009. This unique opportunity will present actors of all types and experience with the chance to collaborate with the successful filmmakers of tomorrow. A "meal and reel deal" is included on all productions (on-set catering and a copy of the finished film for future auditions). To be a part of the future of cinema, simply bring a current headshot and resume, as well as your talent, to CBC A-106 (located on the UNLV campus - see virtual map: For directions/questions, please call (702) 895-2535.

Kelly Clinton by Jerry Metellus

Kenny Kerr

BB King

Regarding Clint Holmes latest show (seen at the Suncoast last weekend), we thought An Evening of Romance was one of his best offerings (and, no, it wasn't just an evening of ballads). Accompanied by Bill Fayne on piano, Jeff Neiman on keyboards, Darryl Williams on bass and Jess Gopen on drums, with special guests, Domenick Allen on horns and vocals, Jerry Lopez on guitar and vocals, and Mrs. Holmes, Kelly Clinton, the evening was a real crowd-pleaser. Some of the shows highlights included a Neiman arrangement of Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love," a blending of Jim Croce's "Time In a Bottle" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," and "The Summer Knows" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," both written by Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand. (Okay, so we like romantic ballads.) And speaking of "romantic," Clint and Kelly (she in a beautiful black gown) teamed up on a medley of Gino Vannelli's "I Just Wanna Stop" and Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," causing some audible swooning from ladies in the audience. (And speaking of ladies in the audience, one, possibly over-served, female in the crowd, created a bit of commotion with her extreme, unladylike behavior. All was handled very professionally by the Suncoast showroom manager, Scott Humphries.) Clint's self-penned "1944," from his bio-musical, Just Another Man, is a really emotional song about his parents love story. It takes on a special meaning when his mother, 93-year-old Audrey, is sitting front and center in the audience. She is almost always present for her son's performances. Watching her face, as she watches her boy at work, is a real heart warmer. Clint is back at the Suncoast with Vocal Soup (Domenick Allen, Martin Nievera and Susan Anton), September 25th through the 27th, and in another solo gig (with a few friends), October 23rd through 25th.

And speaking of Kelly Clinton Homes, she has her turn in the spotlight tomorrow night at 7 p.m., when she performs her one-woman show at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. Presented by Michael Chapman and ChapQuist Entertainment, this is the back-by-popular-demand return engagement of the multi-talented, singer-dancer-comedienne. Her one-woman show is an eclectic presentation of song, comedy, dance and characters. For tomorrow's performance, Ms. Clinton Holmes will be accompanied by Mike Clark on piano and keyboards, Jeff Neiman also on keyboards, Jozef Bobula on bass, and Jess Gopen on drums. She will be joined by Michelle Johnson, Elisa Fiorillo (who currently tours with Prince), and Bill Fayne, who will offer up some surprises. Kelly currently headlines at the exclusive Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers where she also serves as entertainment director. On Monday nights, she also stars and hosts a Celebrity Open-Mic Night at a local bistro. The New Jersey-born performer has appeared with Engelbert Humperdinck and Wayne Newton and has headlined at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $18 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $23 for folks who drive miles to get there...there being at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. (way west on Lake Mead from Rampart). For credit card orders, call (702) 869-2064, or at the Pinnacle Box Office, (702) 240-1301. Visit for more information.

* * * * * *

For longtime Las Vegas tourists and/or residents who were fans of Kenny Kerr's Boy-lesque, during the years the revue played at the Silver Slipper, Sahara, Debbie Reynold's (now the Greek Isles), Stardust and downtown Plaza, Kerr is back for a special appearance at Goodtimes, located in the front of the Liberace Plaza at 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer (enter the parking lot from Spencer). On Monday night, Kenny and, the uncanny Dionne Warwick look-alike, Tim Dunn, will head up a cast of An Evening at La Cage alumni.
Show starts at 10 p.m. See you there.

* * * * * *

It's about time...
The legendary blues man, BB King, who has been a Las Vegas resident for many years, will finally get the chance to establish a presence in the city where he lives. Within the next few months, BB, along with his equally well-known guitar, Lucille, will open BB King's Blues Club in the Mirage. We presume that the menu will feature Creole cuisine accompanied by lots of music. Stay tuned.

Charlie & Sherry Frye


And speaking of talented folks who live here but do almost all of their performing elsewhere...Look for Charlie Frye and Company to be featured on this weekend's Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon. Charlie and "company" (his bride, Sherry Frye), who also make their home in the Las Vegas area, are so busy working around the world, the comedy, juggling, magic twosome rarely have the opportunity to visit their own neighborhood (although they did appear in Paul Stone's Variety Live! at the Suncoast in November). We first became acquainted with the Fryes when they were a featured act in a show called From the Top, that played at the Sahara sometime in the 1980s. At the time, Eddie Foy III (best known as a Hollywood casting director) was employed by the Sahara and very much involved in the entertainment part of the property. For decades, Mr. Foy has served as talent coordinator for Jerry Lewis' annual fundraiser. Apparently he was as impressed with the Fryes' act as we were.

* * * * * *

Iconic country singer Wynonna brings her 2009 tour and a stunning glimpse into her 25-year epic musical journey to The Orleans Showroom for three nights only, September 25, 26 and 27. Audiences will witness Wynonna sing the chapters of her life as she performs an eclectic assortment of country, rock, blues and soul-bearing standards from her current album, Sing: Chapter 1. The album, Wynonna's seventh solo effort, is powered by emotional sonnets that formed the backbone of The Judds' own musical standards. Songs include the swinging big band tilt of "That's How Rhythm Was Born," one of the earliest songs Wynonna remembers singing with her mother Naomi Judd, "'Til I Get It Right," the Tammy Wynette heartbreaker, "Ain't No Sunshine," the Bill Withers classic and "I'm A Woman," popularized by Maria Muldaur. The album also includes the brand new hit "Sing," written by Rodney Crowell, which has already received praise from critics. "If you want to hear a singer's singer, one who can move you to the core of your being - Wynonna Judd's deeply moving, authentic 'Sing: Chapter 1' is a fine place to begin. This may be her finest hour," raves the All Music Guide. "All my musical chapters are here," says Wynonna, with her trademark enthusiasm. "Every genre. These are the songs that have moved me ever since I was a little girl. These are the songs I have turned to for comfort and insight at every point in my life." Called "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline" by Rolling Stone magazine, Wynonna has an impressive list of credentials, including more than 10 million albums sold, multiple platinum-plus/gold-plus albums, 16 Top Ten hits and a Top Female Vocalist of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music. Having played countless sold-out tours, Wynonna's passion for rock and gutsy R&B has long been a hallmark of her charismatic live shows, as she's been a welcome guest of rock icons like U2 and The Rolling Stones. Of her unique ability to connect with fans from all walks of life, Wynonna says, "I'm blessed with the greatest fans in the world. Even when I'm recording, I try to imagine them having a bad day and my music coming on and making them stop for a second, and hopefully feel something that they otherwise may have been too busy to notice." Wynonna's rapport with fans dates back to the early-1980s launch of The Judds, featuring Wynonna and her mother Naomi, whose humble Kentucky family life reflected the everyday struggles of many Americans. Time magazine credited the duo with "single-handedly saving country music." Their kitchen table harmonies and home-spun rapport was a breath of fresh air to a stagnant country music scene at the time. The Judds won seven CMA Country Duo of the Year honors, five Grammys and have sold more than 20 million records. Tickets are now available starting from $74.95, plus tax. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075 or visiting The Orleans Showroom is an 827-seat venue featuring theater-style seating.

* * * * * *

Actor Michael Cassano e-mails to tell us that he recently saw School House Rock Live at the Stage Door Theater (formerly the Shear Madness Theater...the name is still on the marquee) in Town Square on the south Strip. He thought it was adorable and says it is definitely worth checking out, especially for anyone who was young in the '70s and will remember the songs. The production features Lysander Abadia (who played "Pepper" in Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay), David Andino, Jennifer King, Kara Aschwege, Lauren Linehan, Patrick Matzig, and Stephanie Killian. For a pick-me-up, with fun music and cute performances, Michael suggests seeing School House Rock Live. Their Web site is

School House Rock Live

Penn & Teller with Chad Michael Murray

* * * * * *

Yes, that really was One Tree Hill heartthrob Chad Michael Murray at the Rio's Penn & Teller show last week. Murray told the two Las Vegas magicians that, every Christmas, he gives the entire One Tree Hill cast and crew members the DVD of the most recent season of their Showtime series, Penn & Teller: Bull Shit! No wonder the Rio stars agreed to pose for a photo with the young actor.

* * * * * *

Frank Marino, who gives Joan Rivers a run for her money, and his Divas Las Vegas revue debuts in the Imperial Palace showroom tonight and runs through Monday, with performances at 6 and 10 p.m. This is an all-new, well-costumed, choreographed, full-cast contemporary production. In addition to Marino as the hostess with the mostess, the other fellas portray everyone from Cher and Britney Spears, to Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Madonna, Dolly Parton and more famous ladies. Tickets are $80.50 and $91.50. Call (702) 794-3261.

* * * * * *

On Thursday, September 10th, Diane Ellis, one of our favorite chick singers, will sing while guests dine and drink at the Captain's Cove, 2902 Lake East Drive at The Lakes (in the west part of Las Vegas). She will be joined by Joe Darro on piano and vocals, and Steve Golden on horns. Admission is $6 per person, or $10 per couple. There will be a specialty menu that evening. There is a one drink or one meal minimum. The music will take place inside, or if you would like to check out the awesome view of the Lake, you can sit out on the patio. For times and additional information, call (702) 307-7342.

* * * * * *

David Hernandez

Jay Black

Beginning tonight, David Hernandez, American Idol Season 7 finalist, joins the band ENVY as its co-lead singer, performing every Friday night at Sunset Station's Club Madrid. Hernandez, from Glendale, Arizona, quickly became one of the judges' favorites at the beginning of the competition. He flew through to the Top 12 where he was unexpectedly eliminated. Now 26 years old, David is making his claim in the Entertainment Capital of the World as a singer for ENVY. ENVY brings the hottest in contemporary hits and Hip Hop to the stage. This free show is open to the public for those 21 years and older. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Sunset Station is located at 1301 W. Sunset Rd., just west of I-95.

* * * * * *

Producer Bob Kephart, has once again reached out to the best stand up comedians in the country, and will be presenting three of them at the Comedy Stop in the famous Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel, during the week of Sept. 7-13. Leading the pack is Jay Black, who will be joined by Al Ducharme and Bernadette "Bernie" Pauley. Each will give out with their humorous look at life today in America. In six short years, Black has gone from a high school teacher to one of America's most accomplished young headliners. Black has headlined at more than 300 colleges, as well as at the top comedy clubs in the country. Campus Activities magazine named Jay its "Reader's Choice for 2008 College Comedian of the Year." He has appeared on numerous television shows including A&E and NBC's "Extra." Black starred in the award-winning movie, "Goodbye Baby," and wrote the screenplay for "College Sucks," to be released in 2010. When not appearing in comedy clubs, or writing for television or the movies, Black somehow finds time to turn out a column for "TV Squad" on AOL. A recent column was praised by none other than Howard Stern. Ducharme has been doing stand up comedy for more than a decade. Al offers a combination of observational humor, comical characters and celebrity impressions enhanced with organic sound effects that create a unique act that packs a powerful punch. Ducharme has appeared on "The Dating Game," "Liars Club" and "Mission: Organization" as a host, and you may have spotted him in several television commercials including for Heineken, Papa Gino's, Ford Motor Co. and GTE. His movie credits include "Next Stop Wonderland" and "Original Sin." Pauley, is the daughter of a Boston, Mass. Cab driver and Union steward—which is where a lot of her down home humor began. The comedian has been described as "blunt, honest and shocking...." by Amanda Chicoli of the Brooklyn Excelsior. She has been seen on Animal Planet's "A-List" and "Wild 100," Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," and VH1 and MTV to name a few. Bernie is a contributor to Life & Style Weekly's "Style Slip Ups" section. Showtime for the Comedy Stop, inside the Sahara Congo Room, is 9 p.m. nightly. Tickets are priced from $24.95 plus tax and fees, with a special ticket for Nevada residents (with a valid Nevada drivers license) priced at $19.95 plus tax and fees. For further information call (702) 737-2515.

And if you like your comedy raunchy and raw, it's Andrew Dice Clay at the Riviera, where he is Putting the SIN back in the CITY, tomorrow and Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $49.95 to $136.36, plus taxes and fees. For all Riviera shows, please call the Box Office at (702) 794-9433, or toll free at (877) 892-7469.

* * * * * *

Former Las Vegan, Hersha Diane Turner, passed away in Tillamook, Oregon, on August 6th. Although she was born in Glendale, California, Hersha liked to say she was from Burbank, as was Debbie Reynolds. A 1957 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Ms. Turner moved to Las Vegas in 1995, when her father was transferred here to manage the downtown Woolworths store. Hersha worked for Cummins Engines for many years, but her real love was show business. Before she was of legal age, she would sneak into casinos to watch Louis Prima, Keely Smith and other lounge entertainers perform. As an adult, Hersha spent many Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Barbary Coast (now Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon) listening to the Royal Dixie Jazz Band. She was also a Sam Butera fan, watching him perform at the Tropicana. Some of Hersha's happiest moments were spent as a tap dancer in Peggy Ryan revues. In 1990, she relocated to Lodi, California, where she worked as a top advertising sales agent for the Lodi News-Sentinel for 11 years. When she retired in 2006, Hersha fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Oregon to live near the ocean. Hersha was a loving mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. She was a friendly, outgoing and giving person with a style all her own. Her hobbies included reading, working on crossword puzzles, and using her creativity in many ways, from craft projects to home decorating ideas with some of her "great finds" she discovered at yard sales and antique stores. But, her greatest passion was her garden. There was hardly a flower or plant she didn't know about. Her longtime friend, former Las Vegan Nancy Archer, tells us that Hersha never met a stranger. She made everyone her friend. Hersha, who was 71 at the time of her death, is survived by her daughter, Tracey K. Collier and son, Eric J. Schmidt, three granddaughters (Krystal, Lesleyann and Kayla), and one great-grandson (James), all from the Portland, Oregon, area. A celebration open house of her life will be held in Lodi, CA at Habañero Hots Restaurant, 1024 E. Victor Rd., on Friday, September 18th, from 3 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the local Red Cross or Hospice organization. For more information, please e-mail her children at [email protected]
The accompanying photo shows Hersha (the taller lady) and her friend, Nancy Archer, celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Royal Dixie Jazz Band at the Barbary Coast, circa late 1980s.

Hersha Turner & Nancy Archer with Royal Dixie Jazz Band

Steve March Torme'

* * * * * *

Mark your calendars for this one. Steve March Tormé will perform Torme´ Sings Torme´ at the historic Boulder Theatre on Friday, November 20th at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday the 21st at 4 p.m. Steve will present a loving tribute to the life and music of his father, the late Mel Tormé. It's a wonderful show with a big band backing Steve. The presentation includes never before seen photos and videos of Mel and Steve singing together. There will also be a special guest appearance by his longtime friend, Desi Arnaz Jr. Arnaz and his wife Amy, who are Boulder City residents, own and operate the 380-seat theater. Most of the furniture in the lobby is from the Chatsworth, California, home that Desi's parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, lived in during the late 1940s. The furniture has remained in the Arnaz family and today is beautifully reupholstered and living happily in the theater's quaint lobby. Tickets to see Steve March Torme' are $35 and may be purchased by calling the theatre at (702) 293-1161 or 293 3171. The Boulder Theatre is located at 1225 Arizona Street in the city by the dam.

FYI...Steve is the stepson of the late Hal March, host of the popular TV game show, The $64,000 Question, and the nephew of Nevada Assemblywoman, Myrna Williams.

* * * * * *

Producer Paul Stone's Britain's Top Talent comes into the 810-seat Orleans Showroom, for performances on September 11th, 12th and 13th. The shows support MagiCaresTM, a charity that Stone launched with Siegfried and Roy at the London Palladium last year. What makes the MagiCaresTM shows different is that they don't set out specifically to make money for charity. What they do is donate as many tickets as possible to several deserving local charities, giving the organizations the opportunity to treat supporters, caregivers and nurses to a well deserved 'night out.' Stone has been doing this at most of the charity shows that he has produced over the past 25 years. He says that the goodwill and ongoing benefit to those who attend is amazing, and says, "they are always a great audience." He goes on to say, "Obviously, these events can only be done, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors to whom we are very grateful." Britain's Top Talent brings some of the UK's hottest entertainers into The Orleans Showroom for this engagement. Performers of various backgrounds will travel "across the pond" to entertain Las Vegas audiences at The Orleans. Included on the bill are electrifying acts direct from the UK's variety circuit, including a popular '60s tribute band, an up-and-coming singer and heartthrob, a comedian full of tricks, a young yo-yo master ,and a baton-twirling performance artist and dancer. The Overtures, called "the best '60s tribute band in the world" by Sir Elton John, will perform a sampling of their extensive repertoire of more than 400 songs from that era, including hits by artists such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, The Who, The Byrds, The Small Faces, The Hollies, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan and more. Also starring in Britain's Top Talent is singer and songwriter Ben Stone, and the multi-talented Paul Zenon. Stone was named "England's new singing star" by the London Telegraph, and has performed in several of the greatest Variety Theatre's in London's West End, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the world-famous London Palladium Theatre. Ben Stone made his Las Vegas debut last winter when he performed as part of Variety Live at the Suncoast Showroom. Zenon is a jack-of-all trades performer, taking on roles as a magician, comedian, voice-over artiste, game show panelist, authority on cons, scams and hoaxes, a paranormal skeptic, prankster, lounge wizard and snake-oil salesman. Called "the UK's top TV trickster" by the Daily Post, Zenon keeps audiences mesmerized with his variety of tricks and talents. Added special guests include Arron Sparks (that's how he spells his first name) and Nathalie Enterline (and that's how she spells her first name). Sparks, a "Yo Yo Pro," making his U.S. performance debut, is sure to dazzle with his fast-paced and skillful tricks. Enterline, an American-born performance artist and one of the most sought-after acts in Europe, will bring a sizzling combination of baton twirling and modern dance to the stage. Serving as host and emcee is the hilarious comic magician Jeff Hobson (the love child of Liberace and Paul Lynde). Tickets to Britain's Top Talent start at $29.95 plus tax. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 365-7075 or by visiting We will have more information about Britain's Top Talent next Friday.

Ben Stone

Steve Schirripa

* * * * * *

Okay, all you F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) fans and friends. It has been requested that you mark your calendars for Thursday, September 10th, when a regular (they are never "regular") non-club club lunch meeting will take place at the Italian American Club, 2330 E. Sahara, at 11:30 a.m. Please, at your earliest convenience, RSVP to Gene Vitale at [email protected], as Nelson Sardelli needs a #$%&*# break. According to Mr. Sardelli, "Either a yes or a not will be fine, but please RSVP." This is a Boys Only get-together and, although you don't have to be Italian, it helps.

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli, we don't think he would mind us letting our millions and millions of readers know that he turns 75 on September 20th. He joins these other Virgos, celebrating birthdays between August 24th and September 22nd. Among those blowing out candles are Eric Michael Gillett, Gail Lucas, David Kancsar, Bill Moore, Vera Goulet, Fielding West, Laura Blackburn, Steve Schirripa, Gary Olds, Lenadams Dorris, John Neeland, Randy Carlson, Robbie Howard, Michael Feinstein (yes, THAT Michael Feinstein), Oliver Liam Richman, Joe Pellegrino, Sharon Prier, Montel Brian Williams, Bart Williams, Michelle Rohl, Paul Hansell and Norman Kaye, who celebrates his 87th on September 22nd. Toasting their wedding anniversaries are Hugh and Jan Wood Lovelady (20 years), and Bruce and Debbie Zarka (39 years).

* * * * * *

Beginning tonight, international singing sensation, Matt Goss, known around the world as "The Voice," opens his full scale production show, Matt Goss Live from Las Vegas, at the Palms Casino Resort. Produced by Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin, London-based crooner Matt delivers a high-energy production show featuring a 7-piece band and seductive dancers known as The Dirty Virgins. Goss' show will offer a dynamic blend of musical talent from the singer who has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide. The production features a mix of his career hits, songs from his new album, and well-known songs updated with a Gossy touch. Matt reached international success as the lead singer of '80s pop group Bros, enjoying more than a decade of success with more than 17 million records sold worldwide. Bros was the first band since Elvis to knock themselves off of the No. 1 spot in Australia and held a No. 1 spot in 19 countries simultaneously. In addition to his successful music career, Goss released an autobiography in 2005 achieving Best Seller status in the coveted Sunday Times. Goss has gone on to focus on songwriting including writing the main song for the No. 1 FOX program "So You Think You Can Dance" and writing the hit song "Change Me" for Keri Hilson and Akon which appears on Hilson's current chart topping album In A Perfect World. Shows are at 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $25, plus fees and taxes, and are available at the Palms box office. For more information, please call (702) 942-6888.

Matt Goss

Frank Sinatra Jr.

* * * * * *

Nevada Public Radio listeners and members have a rare chance to support public radio while experiencing one of music's premier guitarists, Carlos Santana, at Supernatural Santana - A Trip Through the Hits inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, September 9th at 9 p.m. Set in the intimate surroundings of The Joint, Carlos Santana and the Santana Band pull from a catalog of hits that span more than four decades. The set list reaches back to their first charting single, 1969's "Jingo," and first Top 10 hit, 1970's "Evil Ways," up through their latest hit, 2008's "Into the Night." The concert is inspired by what Carlos Santana, a "hippie at heart," calls a mix of practical spirituality, rebel-from-the-street vibe and amazing music. The 250 tickets for the September 9th performance will benefit Nevada Public Radio, and must be purchased through them . Current Nevada Public Radio members can purchase as many tickets as they like for the special price of $100. Tickets for all others are $125 each and include a year's membership with Nevada Public Radio. Tickets must be picked up at the will-call and may not be resold. To purchase tickets, visit, or call (702) 258-9895 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. All proceeds benefit Nevada Public Radio. Sponsors include AEG Live, The Joint and Nevada Public Radio News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7. Show dates for Supernatural Santana - A Trip Through the Hits are September 4th through 15th. For more information about the show, visit Nevada Public Radio is the state's premier non-commercial broadcaster of National Public Radio programming and includes News 88.9 KNPR FM and Classical 89.7 KCNV FM, plus a network of repeater stations including KTPH, Tonopah (91.7); KLNR, Panaca (91.7); KWPR, Lund/Ely (88.7); and KSGU, St. George (90.3). In addition, Nevada Public Radio operates a statewide radio reading service for the visually impaired. Nevada Public Radio produces the national award-winning public affairs program "KNPR's State of Nevada," 10 hours a week of original content, which is also available on demand at Nevada Public Radio, a not-for-profit organization, was incorporated in 1975 with its flagship station KNPR FM signing on the air in 1980. Since early 2008, Nevada Public Radio has provided digital (HD) programming with additional channels of Spanish language, contemporary eclectic music, and news broadcasts. Nevada Public Radio also publishes Desert Companion, a quarterly magazine.

* * * * * *

Premier vocalist and endearing storyteller Frank Sinatra Jr. pays homage - in song and in style - to his father's music in Sinatra Sings Sinatra at the Suncoast Showroom, September 5th and 6th. In an inherited honor, Sinatra Jr. performs the songs that his late father, Frank Sinatra, sang in his 50 years of performing, many of which the younger Sinatra witnessed first hand. The show includes such Sinatra classics as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "One For My Baby," "Luck Be A Lady" and "Strangers In The Night." A headliner in his own right, Sinatra Jr. was born in New Jersey, raised in California and educated in the showrooms of Las Vegas and on bandstands around the world. At 21, he made his show business debut as a singer with the Elliott Brothers Band. He later joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra, and then went on to perform in showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil and England. A talented songwriter, three Sinatra Jr. songs - "Spice," "Believe In Me" and "Black Night" - were featured on the 1971 album "Spice," produced by the late Sonny Burke. In the 1980s, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, Sinatra Jr. opened in downtown Las Vegas and reintroduced the lush big band sound, sparking renewed interest in live music. In the decade that followed, he expanded his band to include 20 musicians and played the lounge at Desert Inn, marking the first time in 20 years that a big band had appeared in a lounge on the famed Las Vegas Strip. By then, he had also joined his father's staff as musical director and conductor, helping to choose the music and conduct the orchestra whenever his father was on stage. Sinatra Jr. conducted for his father at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and went on to perform his own show to sell-out audiences at Tavern on the Green and later, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. His 1996 release of "As I Remember It," a tribute to Frank Sinatra's talents and the composers and arrangers who defined the Sinatra legend, climbed the charts and earned critical acclaim along the way. In his tour that followed, Sinatra Jr. used a 44-piece orchestra and won respect from fans and critics. "When I was a boy, my father would often bring me to Las Vegas. I saw all the stars perform, and late at night, there would always be a name band playing in a lounge," Sinatra Jr. recalled. "I remember listening to Harry James, Count Basie and many other famous bands. It was quite an education. I always try to recapture the spirit of those late night sessions in my own show." In addition to performing with a big band, Sinatra Jr. has also shared a stage with such showbiz greats as George Burns,

Phil Harris and Flip Wilson. Over the years, he guest starred on television hits including Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and The Golddiggers, and frequently appeared on programs hosted by legends Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. Sinatra Jr. has appeared on the big screen in The Walking Major, a 1970 feature movie filmed on location in Japan, and the 2003 film Hollywood Homicide, starring Harrison Ford. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are now available starting from $29.95, plus tax, and can be purchased by calling the Suncoast Box Office at (702) 636-7075.

* * * * * *

The public is invited to meet artist Thurman Hackett and attend the opening of a new exhibit, "Historical Journey into Jazz," at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., tomorrow (Saturday, September 5th). Hackett will greet visitors, and the Adelaide Robbins Trio will entertain with jazz music, when the exhibit opens at 3 p.m. in the Community Roots Gallery of the center. Thurman Hackett was born in Fresno, Calif., in 1936. While living in Los Angeles during the 1960s, he performed as a jazz musician for a hobby. An alto saxophonist, he sat in with older musicians at local jazz clubs and learned from them. He worked most of his adult life as an interior designer. Now retired, he is using his artistic skills for paintings, many of which depict jazz artists. Most of his works are filled with bright colors and bold, jagged shapes.

In addition to jazz subjects, Thurman also paints American Indians, Egyptian figures, people engaged in sports, cars, and most things to do with American culture and history. He also dabbled in abstract geometric works. Not limiting himself strictly to paints and canvas, he has used tinfoil and pieces of wood and rock in his art, as well. Hackett recently published a book, "Historical Journey Into Jazz," which talks about his early career and features illustrations of 30 of his original paintings. For more information on the artist and book, e-mail to [email protected] There is no admission charge for the reception or the Thurman Hackett exhibit, which will continue through December 31st, with hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. The center is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For more information, call (702) 229-4800.

Have a question about Las Vegas? Want to make a comment (be nice, now)?
If so, drop an e-mail and ask. Click Here
Cousin Claire will do her best to find the answer for you.
You can find Past Columns HERE

     Like to be notified when Claire Voyant's next column is available?
Then join Claire Voyant's announcement mailing list!
Enter your email address below, then click the 'Join List' button:

Claire Voyant's portrait by Charlie Frye