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Note: This is a past column from April 23, 2010
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Las Vegas - April 23, 2010


Kristi Holden

Connie Francis & Dionne Warwick

Frankie Laine the Legend

On Sunday, May 2nd, talented Kristi Holden spreads her wings to show the other side of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular's Christine Daae, the role she plays (alternating with Kristen Hertzenberg) in The Venetian production. Kristi will be Singing Outside the Lines, when she performs at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo, just east of Maryland Parkway), in a 2 p.m. concert. Kristi will be accompanied by Philip Fortenberry on piano (Philip, associate musical director for Jersey Boys, is also the musical director for Kristi's show); Don Meoli, also from Jersey Boys, on drums; Jersey Boys' Kevin Stout on guitar; Tyler Williams, from Wynn's Le Reve, on bass and upright bass; and Elizabeth Hedman, in from Los Angeles, on violin. Ms. Holden will be joined by some of her equally talented friends - from Phantom, Don Bellamy, Bruce Ewing, Ben Hale, Hertzenberg, Luke Lazzaro, Nicole Pryor, Andrew Ragone, Joan Sobel, and Danielle White - as she sings some classical pieces (including "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem), along with selections from the songbooks of Alison Krauss, Annie Lennox and John Denver, as well as songs from Broadway and the movies (West Side Story, Oliver, Jekyll and Hyde and All Shook Up). Kristi will also be tap dancing with Rick Faugno, who stars as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Renown tap dancer and teacher (including as a dance instructor at UNLV), Tony Coppola, will be a special guest. A $20 donation is requested, with proceeds going to benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas. For tickets or additional information, call (702) 245-0992, or visit www.FamilyPromiseLVTickets.com.

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Musical history will take place in the Las Vegas Hilton showroom, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 21st through 23rd, when two of the most recognizable voices and successful female recording artists of all time, Connie Francis and Dionne Warwick, perform together for the first time ever. Being billed as Eric Floyd's Grand Divas of Stage, the concert is being presented by Las Vegas-based Goddess Empire Entertainment. Since the 1950s, these legendary ladies of song have sold millions of records worldwide. Best known for her partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David ("Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Walk On By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "Don't Make Me Over," "Promises, Promises," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Windows of the World," "Alfie," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," and "That's What Friends Are For," to name some), the multiple, multiple award-winning Warwick ranks as the 20th most popular hit-maker of the entire rock era (1955-1999), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts, and the second most successful female performer of the past 50 years in terms of Hot 100 hits (behind Aretha Franklin). Pop singer, Francis, is best known for international hit songs including "Who's Sorry Now?," "Where the Boys are," "Lipstick On Your Collar," and "Stupid Cupid." She topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on three occasions, with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," and "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You." Connie was the top-charting female artist of the 1950s and 1960s. Although tickets didn't go on sale until Tuesday, word on this concert has spread quickly, with the Hilton getting calls for reservations from around the world. Tickets, priced at $59, $79, $99, and VIP Meet and Greets at $125 (plus taxes and fees) can now be purchased at the Hilton box office, by calling (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361, or going to the www.LVHilton.com site.

Speaking of the Hilton...Next Friday, April 30th, it's Little Anthony and The Imperials, and the following night, Saturday, May 1st, it's that "Downtown" girl, Petula Clark. For reservations, call (702) 732-5755, or (800) 222-5361.

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Last month, on what would have been his 97th birthday, singer, actor, songwriter, entertainer, Frankie Laine, was honored with the first Legends award presented by San Diego's Italian American community. A beautiful granite plaque was unveiled in the Southern California city's Little Italy section. Laine became a fixture of Little Italy's restaurant scene when he moved to Point Loma in the 1960s. Born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago, on March 30th, 1913, Frankie a career that spanned 75 years. The Little Italy Legends program was developed by Frankie Laine's producer/manager, James Marino, who worked for a year to bring the idea to fruition. It was Marino who first approached the Little Italy Association about honoring Laine, and the association expanded his idea into the full-fledged Little Italy Legends program.
From his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company, to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005, Frankie Laine sang an eclectic variety of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz and blues. Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist," his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm," "Old Leather Lungs, and Mr. Steel Tonsils. His hits included "That's My Desire," "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train," "Cry of the Wild Goose," "Jezebel," "High Noon," "I Believe," "Hey Joe!," "The Kid's Last Fight," "Cool Water," "Moonlight Gambler," "Love is a Golden Ring," "Rawhide" and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain." Marino is captain of Team Frankie Laine, a group of the singer's supporters that formed after Laine's death on February 6th, 2007, to keep Laine's music and image alive. "It is important for [the Little Italy Association] to raise awareness about Italian Americans and mainstream their names," said Chris Gomez, the association's district manager. "We want to help people understand that Italians are not all the 'Sopranos;' they are not the 'Godfather.' They are about family, culture, arts and history."

The celebration was a huge success! They had 300 chairs in the street in front of Benny Hollman's (Laine's former Musical Director) band, with additional chairs on the sidewalk and street in front of the plaque. They were filled with happy people. There were flags everywhere and Frank's familiar hits, played by Hollman's big band, and sung by lots of guest singers, filled Little Italy. Jimmy Marino emceed the whole event. Father Joe spoke about Frankie and blessed the plaque, which was unveiled at the corner of Date and India Streets by Frankie's widow, Marcia, and Marino. Over the years, other deserving Italians will be recognized and honored by the Little Italy Association in San Diego, but it will forever more be known that it was Frankie Laine who became the city's first Legend honoree.

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Kristofer McNeeley

Fred Watstein

Sandra Huntsman

The second Composers Showcase of the month (due to key players being unavailable, the March edition took place on April 1st, no fooling) will be held on Thursday, beginning at 10:30 p.m., after theater. As has been the case for three years, the best kept secret in Las Vegas (shhh), will take place in the Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum, 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer. Local songwriters who will perform their own material, or have other pros do it for them, include Michael Brennan, Vita Corimbi, Amos Glick, Wayne Green, Rylan Leo Helmuth, Kristofer McNeeley, Richard Oberacker, Matt Taylor and Keith Thompson. Among the vocalists who will grace the audience with their talents are David Demato, Tish Diaz, Kristen Hertzenberg, Monique Midgette, Kissy Simmons, Joan Sobel, Lauren Tartaglia, Colin Trahan and Nikka Wahl. Instrumentalists include Brian Czach, Philip Fortenberry, James Harvey, Melanie Schiemer, Kevin Stout, Joe Thomasula, Fred Watstein and Drew Zingg. Richard Camuso and Mary McFadden handle the sound. There is a $5 cover charge at the door (free with Student ID), with all proceeds going to the Liberace Foundation; a cash bar (no credit cards, please), and a $5 Showcase Special, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets! at the Café. The mission of the Liberace Foundation is to help talented students pursue careers in the performing and creative arts through scholarship assistance.

And, while still at the Liberace Museum, on Sunday (April 25th), the Cabaret Showroom welcomes back RagTag Entertainment, with their new show, The Golden Age of Broadway. Sunday's program will include popular Broadway standards of the 1940s, '50s, and early '60s, including " The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot; "Maria" from West Side Story; "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Hello, Dolly!; "Many a New Day" from Oklahoma!; "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady. The performers are Charles Beraud, Kari Wydner Curletto, Sandra Huntsman, Steve Huntsman, Jacqueline J Melendez, Joel Rene, Stephanie Thorpe and Michael Vojvodich. Angela Chan will serve as accompanist. Led by Andrew Wright, who oversees the young performers in Cirque du Soleil's Love, RagTag Entertainment, was formed with a single thought in mind: "The performing arts are for everybody, not just those who can afford them." With that philosophy fueling the company, they have gathered performers from the Las Vegas Strip and across the country who share the vision. There are many local performers who are passionate about the mission to enrich the communities of Las Vegas with the performing arts. The goal is simple: to introduce, educate, and enrich. Children and adults alike are introduced to various modes of live arts through the use of music, theatre, and dance. As audiences are introduced to each art form, they are also educated in its specificities. Lastly, they enrich the lives of the communities by providing exposure to new cultures through an evening of live performances. Throughout the year, RagTag Entertainment performs numerous concerts, cabarets, and fully staged musicals and plays. The Golden Age of Broadway will perform twice on Sunday, at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Liberace Museum and the local branch of Olive Crest, dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children, and to preserving the family..."One life at a time." This show is sure to sell out so be sure to buy your tickets soon. For reservations, call the museum, located at 1775 E. Tropicana (at Spencer), at (702) 798-5595.


KT Sullivan

Sharon McNight

Michaelina Bellamy & Doug Saleeby

And speaking of cabaret and the talented artists involved in the genre...The 2010 MAC Award nominees have been recently been announced. Tony winner, Lillias White (The Life, Fela!); Tony nominees and sisters, Liz Callaway (Baby) and Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!); and veteran singer, Marilyn Maye, will vie for the Celebrity Artist Award. KT Sullivan (who has performed at the Charleston Heights Arts Center (with Mark Nadler) more than once; Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls), Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights, TV's One Life to Live); and MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) president, Lennie Watts, made the announcements. Tony nominee, Sharon McNight (Starmites), will host the annual awards ceremony, which will also feature the presentations of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!) and Board of Directors Awards to Peter Leavy (the publisher of Cabaret Scenes magazine) and Playbill.com. Board of Directors Awards are given to "people, organizations or publications that have shown extraordinary support to the cabaret community." The 24th Annual MAC Awards, which will be held May 4th at 7:30 p.m. at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 243 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Sharon McNight is a favorite performer at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. By the way, Cabaret Scenes is available at both the Liberace Museum and Don't Tell Mama in downtown Las Vegas. If you have ANY interest in cabaret, this magazine is a must. There is even a section on Las Vegas.

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Condolences to entertainer Kenny Kerr, who lost his partner of three years, Bill Kelley, on Monday. Bill, who had residences in both Palm Springs and San Diego (where he owned a limousine company), was only 49-years old. He is survived by his mother, Victoria Brown, and two sisters. If anyone would like to send an e-mail message to Kenny, please do so through [email protected]. All correspondence will be forwarded to him.

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We had a busy and fun last Saturday. We attended a noon fashion show and buffet lunch at St. Viator‘s Church, sharing our table with a group of very nice ladies. The fashions, modeled by church members, were provided by Dillard‘s, while the lunch was prepared by Joe LaVigna of Affairs Catering. Known as "The Singing Chef," after slipping out of his uniform and into something a bit more showy, Joe graced the crowd with his rendition of "Cry Me a River." LaVigna drew applause for both his culinary skills and his vocal ability.

We made a mad dash from St. Viator's to get to the E-String Grill at Sunset and Mountain Vista in Henderson by 2 p.m. We were there to see Grammy Award-winning Gary Anderson on saxophone, Artie Schroeck playing vibes, Fred Watstein on bass, Mark Speights playing guitar, drummer John Plows, and Michaelina Bellamy handling the vocals. We were more than delighted to be greeted at the entrance to E-String by the charming and hospitable Norm Ross. Among those in the afternoon audience, we spotted Linda November (Mrs. Artie Schroeck), Nelson Sardelli, Teddy Kaye, Kat Ray, Kid Cary, and visiting entertainer, Doug Saleeby. Doug was there to surprise Michaelina...and it worked! Michaelina was a principal singer in the Tropicana's Les Folies Bergere, when Doug, and his musical partner, Chris Hudson, were the Atrium Lounge favorites, working under the name, Hudson & Saleeby. After her show, Michaelina would frequently join the duo for a song or two. She had seen very little of either of the gentlemen since they moved to Memphis in 1982. Wish we had gotten a photo of the lady when she spotted her old friend. It was a sweet reunion.


Elva Saleeby

Joe LaVigna

Maggi Albisani

Sadly, Doug's Vegas visit was cut short after he received a Friday night call from his brother, telling him that their mother, Elva Matney Saleeby, had passed way unexpectedly in her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, earlier that night. Doug was not able to get a flight to North Carolina until Sunday morning, allowing him to attend the Saturday afternoon music fest at E-String. Doug's parents, Elva and Ed Saleeby, had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Chapel Hill, where they had resided for 18 months. They had lived in Statesville, NC, for more than half a century, before moving to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for three years. Elva, who was born on July 23rd, 1922, in Sumter, South Carolina, grew up in Danville, Virginia. She was a member of University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Elva is survived by her husband Ed, a sister Thelma and a brother Eddie, and three children, Gary Saleeby, Anne Marie Selna of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Doug who lives in Memphis. A celebration of her life was held on Monday, April 19th, at University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a favorite charity is requested.

And speaking of Joe LaVigna, yesterday, "The Singing Chef," with a musical theater background (touring productions of Mame, with Edie Adams; George M; and Minsky's Follies at the Aladdin, now Planet Hollywood, in Las Vegas), was a guest speaker at Lewis E. Rowe Elementary School in southeast Las Vegas, as part of Career Day. Not only did Joe tell three different classes of third through fifth graders about his life and work history, he brought about 300 home baked cupcakes for the children to decorate and eat. He was quite a hit, with both the students and faculty.

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Reminders...
Maggi Albisani, "The sultry Italian singer from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn," returns for an encore performance at Frediani's Restaurant, 2895 N. Green Valley Parkway (north of Sunset next to 24 Hour Fitness), on Sunday, the 25th. We suggest checking with the eatery for her show times, as the information on her internet-posted poster indicates either no times or from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., while Frediani's says she starts her show at 7 p.m. Who should we believe? The number is (702) 433-1494.

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Lou Toomin

Steve Tyrell

Norah Jones

We are not a political column and, for the most part, like to keep our feelings about that subject to ourselves. Every once in a while, though, we make an exception...We are definitely part of the We Love Lou! campaign and urge others to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to Lou Toomin who is running for Assembly in District 15. On Sunday, Toomin will host a Meet and Greet at the Gordon Biersch Brewery-Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Road. Meet the candidate, listen to some great Sunday Jazz featuring the Tommy Thompson Project with Jeanie Snow, and have some cake and coffee, between noon and 3 p.m. There will be a No Host Bar. Toomin is not just a talker, he is a doer. Support someone real...someone who will be there when you need him. Call (702) 524-2577.

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On Tuesday, we spent the evening with song stylist Steve Tyrell and about 300 other audience members that came to see and hear the recording artist perform in the showroom at the Golden Nugget. Backed by Quinn Johnson on piano; Jon Allen, keys; Steve Cotter, guitar; Matt Fromke, trumpet; Lyman Medeiros, bass and vocals; and Kevin Winard, drums, Tyrell performed selections from his numerous CDs, including his 2008, Back to Bacharach, featuring the music of Burt Bacharach. Steve's latest recording is called LIVE at the Café Carlyle. It is only available at his performances or through his online store. Steve Tyrell will be at the Golden Nugget through tomorrow night.

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Tickets go on sale at noon tomorrow for Norah Jones' and guest Corinne Bailey Rae's August 22nd concert at The Pearl. This stop is part of Jones' 2010 U.S. tour in support of The Fall (2009) and follows a string of festival performances including Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. The unique blend of jazz, vocal pop, bluesy country and contemporary folk, is what sets Norah Jones apart from other songstresses and has earned the vocalist and pianist multiple accolades. In October of 2000, Norah Jones had decided to pursue music as a career and created a group which recorded a handful of demos for Blue Note Records. On the strength of those recordings, Jones signed to the jazz label in early 2001. While touring as part of Charlie Hunter's group, Jones worked on her own material for her debut Come Away With Me. Released in early 2002, the album garnered much public attention, eventually going multi-platinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide, and winning Jones eight Grammy awards. In 2004, Jones, the daughter of Indian sitar player, Ravi Shankar, released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Feels Like Home. Utilizing the same producer and a similar approach to Come Away with Me, Jones' method of mixing '70s singer/songwriter-style tracks with blues, country and her own mellow take on piano jazz, led to success once again. Her third studio release, Not Too Late, was released in 2007, and 2009 saw Jones' return in a big way with the release of The Fall, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. Corinne Bailey Rae, described as a neo-soul songstress, released her self-titled debut album in 2006, which included the heavily rotated single "Put Your Records On." The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and earned Rae three Grammy nominations. Her sophomore release, The Sea (2010), is a personal album, heavily affected by the March 2008 death of Rae's husband, 31-year-old Jason Rae (a saxophonist for the Haggis Horns). Upon its release, The Sea was the highest new entry in the U.K. charts and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 100. Tickets are $59 and $69, plus any additional service fees. Call any Ticketmaster location at (800) 745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily. Doors for Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae will open at 7 p.m. and show time is at 8 p.m. The Pearl is sponsored by Citi. For more information on upcoming concerts, please call (702) 942-6888.


Corinne Bailey Rae

Michael Jackson

Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls

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This news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. After having their way with The Beatles (Love at The Mirage) and Elvis Presley (Viva Elvis at Aria in CityCenter), word is that Cirque du Soleil will turn their attention and creativity to Michael Jackson. On Tuesday, Cirque announced that late next year, it will put on a live touring show featuring the songs of the King of Pop. That will be followed by a permanent production in Las Vegas in 2012 at a property owned by MGM Mirage Inc. The casino company did not say which venue will host the show. Our guess is that it very well might be at the Luxor, where magician Criss Angel's Believe has hung in there (so far), despite mostly negative reviews. Then, of course, there is the theater at the Monte Carlo, which will be vacant after September when magician Lance Burton does a permanent (from there, anyway) disappearing act. A nightclub in Las Vegas will also open with the show. Cirque and Jackson's estate will each own 50 percent of the projects and share equally in the cost of putting them on. The estate will also receive royalties from the use of Jackson's music and other assets. Jackson, who died at age 50 last June after a drug overdose, was described as a "huge fan" of Cirque. Before Jackson decided on a series of comeback concerts in London, there was talk that he might make a comeback in Vegas. John McClain, a Jackson friend and music producer, has discovered more than 60 songs that Jackson recorded but never released. They form the backbone of a seven-year deal with Sony Music Entertainment worth up to $250 million. A new album from the recordings is set for release in November. Jackson's mother, Katherine, said in a statement, "Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way. The concert movie, This Is It, based on rehearsal footage of Jackson's anticipated tour, went on to gross $252 million worldwide.

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The platinum-selling rock artists, Goo Goo Dolls, are set to perform at The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, June 5th at 8 p.m. as part of the band's current U.S. tour. Formed in Buffalo, New York, in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls released their debut, self-titled album two years later and, with the subsequent release of 1990's Hold Me Up, secured their place in the early ‘90s genre of college radio hits. The band went on to release several more albums, including A Boy Named Goo (1995), featuring the single, "Name." One of the band's most successful contributions took place in 1998 with the ballad "Iris," which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie City of Angels. "Iris" received great acclaim and became one of the Goo Goo Dolls most popular songs to-date, receiving three Grammy nominations and major market airplay. The band's next album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released in September, 1998, and sold more than three million copies and included hit singles "Slide," "Dizzy" and another Grammy nominated hit "Black Balloon." The band released several more albums, including a CD/DVD, Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004, and 2006's, Let Love In, which marked the band's eighth studio album. The song "Better Days," from Let Love In, proved to be another powerful anthem for the group, and the song was used by CNN to promote recovery efforts following the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Goo Goo Dolls released two greatest hits albums, Greatest Hits: Volume 1, and Greatest Hits: Volume II, in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The bands' ninth studio release, Something for the Rest of Us, is scheduled to be released this spring. As of 2009, the Goo Goo Dolls, made up of Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, and Mike Malinin, have sold more than nine million records in the US alone. Tickets are $45, $55 & $65, plus any additional service fees. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and show time is at 8. For more information on upcoming concerts, please call 702-942-6888. Please visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, April 24th, an open casting call will be held in Las Vegas for the all-new syndicated version of Don't Forget the Lyrics! Set to return in the Fall, Don't Forget the Lyrics! is a musical game show that tests contestants' knowledge of song lyrics from different genres, decades and artists. Mark McGrath, a member of the multi-platinum group, Sugar Ray, will host the show where he brings ordinary people center stage for a chance to win a fortune - just by knowing the words to the biggest hit songs ever recorded. Don't Forget the Lyrics! is the ultimate rock star fantasy, taking viewers on a dramatic, heart pounding, rollercoaster ride of music and edge-of-your seat entertainment. Don't Forget the Lyrics! premiered on July 11th, 2007, on FOX, and became one of the most popular shows in America, as well as an international phenomenon where contestants around the globe put their winnings on the line as they tried to not forget the lyrics. In addition to the program's broadcast syndication run, it will be presented on VH1, as well as in primetime on MyNetworkTV. The auditions will be held at Bonkerz Comedy Club, inside the Palace Station Hotel/Casino at 2411 W. Sahara, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that potential contestants and their guests must be 21 years or older to audition at Bonkerz Comedy Club. Photo ID is required. Casting is seeking contestants that are fun, outgoing and very knowledgeable of popular song lyrics. Also, contestants must be willing to sing the songs on the game show. Whether you like Motown or Country, we are looking for all types of music fans, as the songs are hits, from the ‘50s to present day Top 40. For an application and further details please log on to http://www.dftl.tv.

About Don't Forget the Lyrics!

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Unless you have already seen Luke Jermay in Mental at O'Sheas, looks like you missed your chance. We hear his show ends there tonight. If you are heartbroken, and want to see a show starring a mentalist, we highly recommend Gerry McCambridge, THE Mentalist. Even skeptics come away from McCambridge's show, amazed. You can be baffled and entertained at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Tuesdays, in the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops adjacent to Planet Hollywood. Call (702) 260-7200 for reservations.

Also closing tomorrow is the Tropicana's Once Before I Go, featuring the pitiful remnants of Wayne Newton. We can only hope Wayne, who can't even speak, let alone sing, meant it when he promised to go after this swan song. What a sad, sad memory, for the once Mr. Las Vegas, to leave for his fans.

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Tim Searcy & Tony Arias

Rocky Gordon

According to Tony Arias (and would he steer us wrong?), the Greek Isles Hotel, over on Convention Center Drive, is now the all new Clarion Hotel/Casino. How come we haven't heard or read that anywhere else? And how could it be "all new" unless they imploded the place and started over? At any rate, Tony tells us that A Victorious Gospel Brunch has opened in the "all new" Clarion. Well-known Las Vegas entertainers, Tim Searcy and the above named Tony Arias, head up this vocal gospel group known as Victorious! Victorious inspires, uplifts, and entertains the masses with their contemporary and traditional gospel music. Searcy and Arias have teamed up with the "all new" Clarion Las Vegas for the 1 p.m. Sunday brunch. A Victorious Gospel Brunch is welcoming special musical guests and choirs. If your church choir is interested in being one of the special-music guests, please contact Tony. To summit your choir or soloist, please send a recording (live or studio) via e-mail, to [email protected], or by snail-mail to Tony Arias, Victorious, 5144 Stacey Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89108. For more information on this, call (702) 524-9817. If your church choir or soloist is chosen to be a special guest, church members will be able to attend for the low price of $29.95 (regular price, $39.95), and your group will have the opportunity to perform live on a Las Vegas stage! The champagne-mimosa brunch includes items like - Roast Beef, Roast Ham, Shrimp, Omelet Station, Mac-Cheese, Catfish, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, Biscuit & Gravy, Beverage Station, Heavenly Desserts, and much, much, more! You won't find a better Sunday Brunch Show in Las Vegas! To find out more about this soul and stomach filling show, please go to www.greekislesvegas.com and click on A VICTORIOUS Gospel Brunch icon. The "all new" Clarion is located at 305 Convention Center Drive, with easy access from the Las Vegas Strip or Paradise Rd., hassle free parking, a short walk from the parking garage to the main showroom, and no crowds. Check out A Victorious Gospel Brunch for a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, food satisfying good time! Victorious Blessings! Call the "all new" Clarion at (702) 952-8000.

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You are invited to celebrate the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month with a free lunchtime outdoor concert by the Rocky Gordon Jazz Quartet, on Wednesday, April 28th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Centennial Plaza, located in downtown Las Vegas at 401 S. Fourth St. adjacent to the Historic Fifth Street School. Bring your lunch and enjoy smooth jazz, be-bop, funk, fusion and rhythm and blues. This city of Las Vegas Downtown Cultural Series performance is free and open to the public. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Gordon is the son of renowned jazz tenor saxophonist Irv Gordon, who accompanied famous singers such as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The family moved from Philadelphia to Las Vegas when Rocky was young, and when work was plentiful for musicians on the Strip. From his studies at an early age on classical piano, Gordon continued his musical journey behind a set of drums as a student of big band great Irv Kluger (father of singer Jessica Marciel) . Self-taught on saxophone, Gordon later studied composition, arranging and orchestration with jazz legend Wes Hensel. FYI...Rocky Gordon is the father of former American Idol contestant, Mikalah Gordon. For additional information, call (702) 229-3515 or visit www.artslasvegas.org. The city of Las Vegas offers many events and activities to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike.

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Delighting audiences of all generations and musical tastes, The Las Vegas Tenors bring their diverse repertoire of Broadway, R&B, opera and pop numbers to the Suncoast Showroom, this weekend, April 23rd, 24th and 25th. Originally formed in 2005 by Bill Fayne, Bobby Black, Teddy Davey and Mark Giovi, The Las Vegas Tenors have been packing showrooms and entertaining standing-room-only crowds ever since. The current incarnation of the trio includes original members Black and Davey, along with new addition Chris Coyne. Three unique individual sounds fuse to create a rich, full and colorful display of musicianship. Known for taking audiences from the heights of the Grand Opera to the smooth groove of jazz, on to the bright lights of Broadway and finally back to the classic pop sounds of yesterday and today, The Las Vegas Tenors have been praised by entertainment writers and music legends alike. The trio has an impressive history. Bobby Black, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and self-taught trombone player, travels the world sharing his musical talents with others. For five years, his powerful range inspired crowds as he performed as lead soloist for The Zion Brothers, a national touring Southern gospel quartet. Teddy Davey, who began singing solos at just 4 years old, has received numerous awards working as a performer all over the world. Locally, he has been known as resident singer at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant, and lead player in the Ba Da Bing musical dinner party. Newest Las Vegas Tenors member, Chris Coyne, has performed in a number of musicals including the World Tour of Hair. In Las Vegas, Coyne appeared as a lead in Donn Arden's Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas, and as Host/ MC of Les Folies Bergere at Tropicana Las Vegas. Tickets start at $19.95, plus tax. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 636-7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.


Las Vegas Tenors

Chris Daughtry

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As part of its current US tour, popular rock group Daughtry is making a stop in Las Vegas to play the Orleans Arena, next Thursday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. Singer Chris Daughtry, a former American Idol competitor, bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely will be joined by special guests Lifehouse and opening band Cavo. Daughtry launched its first-ever arena tour last fall, making stops all over the American heartland before taking a break in late December. Chris Daughtry says the excitement has not worn off. "Growing up, you dream about singing one of your songs in front of a packed house," he says. "I still get chills when we're playing and I hear the crowd singing louder than we are." The current tour coincides with Daughtry's latest single, "Life After You," that continues to perform well on the charts. The song is the second from the group's sophomore album, Leave This Town, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last summer. The album's first single, "No Surprise," became the band's fourth No. 1 hit, and the band's third single is scheduled to be released this spring. Tickets are priced at $29.50 and $39.50 inclusive of tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office by calling (702) 284-7777, or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.



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