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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from July 02, 2010
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Las Vegas - July 2, 2010

Jerry Lee Lewis

Bill Cosby

Doug Saleeby, Brent Barrett & Chris Hudson

The Jerry Lee Lewis concert, originally scheduled for last Wednesday, June 30th at the Rio All-Suite's Crown Theater, did not take place. It is being rescheduled for some time this fall, to coincide with the release of Lewis' latest studio album Mean Old Man (release date: August 31st, Verve/Universal Music Group). Tickets for the June 30th show will be honored for the rescheduled date to be announced soon. In trying to make amends for any inconvenience to customers with tickets to the canceled show (like those who flew in from Europe, reserved a suite at the Rio, and rented a PT Cruiser, just to see "The Killer"), Crown is offering those guests a free round of drinks the night of the rescheduled show, as well as comped entry on Thursday, July 1st, to see the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out. Somehow, we don't think this will satisfy those ticket holders, so, those who wish to receive a refund, can do so at the original point of purchase. Crown Las Vegas, that runs the Crown Theater and Crown Nightclub, is overseen by attorney and entertainment veteran Darin Feinstein who has owned and operated music venues, nightclubs and entertainment outlets for more than 10 years. In addition to purchasing the world famous Viper Room from actor Johnny Depp, Feinstein's companies have hosted more than 1,000 live shows in multiple cities nationwide.

And here's another change in entertainment scheduling to be aware of...
Instead of the two Bill Cosby shows originally announced for tonight at the Treasure Island Theater, Cosby, who turns 73 on July 12th, will only perform one show, at 7 p.m. The previously scheduled second 9:30 p.m. performance has been canceled. Those who purchased tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show may call the Treasure Island box office for more information. The phone numbers are (866) 712-9308 or (702) 894-7723.

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Most folks think of Chicago as being in Illinois, unless they think like a musical theater fan, in which case they think of Chicago as being on Broadway...or at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (1999-2000), or, as is the case right now, touring around the country. Last week, from Thursday through Sunday, Chicago the Musical did six shows in Memphis, Tennessee's historical Orpheum Theatre. When we knew that the touring company of Chicago was going to Memphis, we practically insisted that our friends, musician/ entertainers, Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby (with a Las Vegas history between 1975 and 1982), see the musical with our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett, once again playing that scoundrel, Billy Flynn. We are pleased to say that the fellows took our advice, got to meet Brent after his performance, and this is what they had to say. "Brent came out on stage, looking handsome and striking, his strong voice and great looks were a good match for the confident Billy Flynn attorney in Chicago. He sang great and looked as handsome as anyone could look...reminding us of when we first saw John Davidson on stage. The show was great, all the talent was terrific and the dancing was tops. After the show, we went to the side door and waited for Brent... he said he was going to be out very quickly, but he did not, so we left and went down the sidewalk toward the cast party where we thought he might already be. Then as we were standing out on the sidewalk talking to other people, he came along and we hugged and introduced and then all went to the party together. He was very nice to spend time with us and we had a great time with him and everyone else there, as well. All in all, we had a great night. Thanks for getting us in touch with him. Very nice guy and very talented." Jon W. Sparks of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, wrote in his review, "Chicago style not dependent on glitz - Talent easily carries show at Orpheum." Sparks goes on to say, "The current production of "Chicago" at the Orpheum doesn't go for heaps of razzle dazzle in sets, props, costumes or special effects. That means the Fred Ebb/Bob Fosse/John Kander musical has to rely on the talent to carry the darkly witty tale of murder and ego in 1920's-era Chicago. Happily, the talent -- most are veterans in their roles -- does not disappoint. The principal actors are so strong and contrast with each other so agreeably that you don't really miss the theatrical flourishes that often accompany such productions. Bonnie Langford invested Roxie Hart, the lovelorn, murdering chorine, with enormous energy and witty charm. Langford has an impeccable sense of comedic timing, dispensing winks, nudges and high kicks with killer instincts. Velma Kelly is Roxie's competition in the homicidal dancing girl sweep-stakes, and Brenda Braxton has that role polished to a high gloss. Braxton's smooth moves and electrifying presence are backed by a voice that illustrates the power of velvet smoothness. There are few characters in theater as cocky as Billy Flynn, to whom only humility is a stranger. Brent Barrett's take on the slick attorney is spot on, with easy moves and a terrific voice. Other key roles include Tom Riis Farrell as the hapless Amos Hart, doing a nice turn in "Mister Cellophane," and Carol Woods as "Mama" Morton who sings about reciprocity with spine-tingling effect. Bravos go not only to the key players but the supporting cast as well. The choreography was not a spectacular feast of dancing but rather a platter of delectable movements, well-seasoned with jazz hands, Fosse hats and whimsical actions. In the center of it all, and talking up most of the stage, was the orchestra, sizzling with all that jazz and led by former Germantown resident Andrew Bryan, a veteran music director in theater, opera and ballet." Los Angeles' Robert Machray, who has appeared in more than 150 plays and has worked at 14 Tony Award-winning theaters, been nominated for and won numerous awards, has a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. from USC, and taught at USC, UCLA, UCSB, and Pasadena City College, had this to say about the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical's recent run at the Pantages. "Chicago started as a play based on real murder trials observed by Maurine Dallas Watkins back in 1926. I saw the play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a few years back. Later in 1975 I saw the first Broadway version, called Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, with music by Kander and Ebb and starring Gwen Verdon, Jerry Orbach, and Chita Rivera. It was directed by Bob Fosse and ran a respectable 936 performances, some of which I saw because I sold orange drink at the theatre. When Chicago was retooled in 1996 as Chicago The Musical it became a big international hit that is still running on Broadway. The Academy Award-winning film Chicago made the musical a hit once again and reinvented the movie musical. I had seen the 1996 Broadway version with various casts and in various cities at least three more times. So is it surprising that I wasn't looking forward to the 11th National Tour that has just opened at the Pantages. I was really wrong! The production seems as fresh as when I first saw it a few years ago. This company is fantastic. Michelle Williams brings a real spunk to the starring role of Roxie Hart. She is adorable despite the fact that she plays a murderess. Terra C. MacLeod is a suitably sultry Velma and is the strongest presence on stage. Carol Woods has a powerful voice as Matron "Mama" Morton and is excellent in the role. Tom Riis Farrell is simply the best Amos Hart that I have seen. The audience loved him. One of my favorite leading men, Brent Barrett, is the slippery lawyer Billy Flynn. He also has a truly gorgeous voice. The choreography, which is inspired by the Fosse original, is as effective as always. What is most impressive is that the themes of corruption, the glorification of crime, and the violent nature of our celebrity-crazed society are as relevant as they ever were." Machray recommended seeing the 11th National Tour of Chicago The Musical while it played the Pantages in May. We would have been very surprised if Brent Barrett, who played the lead role in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian during its first two years, received anything less than glowing reviews (much like we were when Joe Brown, formerly of the Las Vegas Sun, did in his nasty, inaccurate critique of Barrett's pops evening, You and the Night and the Music, with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at UNLV in March of last year.

And more Brent Barrett news...The Broadway star is joined by singer Kim Criswell for a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein selections as a part of England's Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's "Friday Classics" series. The event, taking place tonight, will be conducted by John Wilson. Almost everyone knows the sound of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's music, and all your favorite melodies are here - sung by two modern legends of musical theatre. From Oklahoma!, their first collaboration in 1943, to their last in 1959 with The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein created some of the 20th century's most attractive and enduring stage works. The concert will include songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics including: Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, State Fair, Flower Drum Song, Pipe Dream, and Cinderella. Brent, who played a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom- The Las Vegas Spectacular, received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate (which was broadcast on PBS and is now available on DVD) and his other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Reba McEntire), Chicago, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, West Side Story and Candide. Barrett received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, The Producers, Another World and Guiding Light. Brent recently reprised his award-winning role of Billy Flynn in the Tony-winning musical smash Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. He is currently playing Flynn on the national tour. As a soloist, Barrett has received national and international acclaim with the Boston Pops and the Berlin Philharmonic, and in concerts at Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls.

Erich Bergen

Michael Jackson Glove

And speaking of Broadway-types, for those have been wondering what Erich Bergen has been up to since leaving his role as Bob Gaudio in the hit production of Jersey Boys at The Palazzo, we can fill in some of the blanks. Since leaving Jersey Boys, one (or three) of the things Erich can add to his resume, are three guest appearances on the popular CW series, Gossip Girl. He was recently back in Las Vegas, working on Vegas! The Show, including writing some original music for the new David Saxe production that opened last weekend in Saxe's self-named theater (formerly the Wyrick) at Planet Hollywood. Bergen is in the process of putting together his brand new concert act. It's already booked for September 15th at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and September 24th at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco. Erich,is really excited about his latest project, saying "It's not a cabaret act like I did at the Liberace Cabaret, but more of a nightclub act, reminiscent of things done by variety performers like Peter Allen, Sammy Davis Jr. and others." Mr. Bergen is hoping to bring his new act to Las Vegas. We will keep you posted.

And on the subject of David Saxe's show, it features choreography by Tiger Martina, a live band led by Jerry Lopez of Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, and features a large cast of singers and dancers (including the very talented Reva Rice). This production should in no way be confused with the similarly named knock-off downtown.

And speaking of Michael Jackson, last Friday, on the one year anniversary of his death, more than 200 items that once belonged to the late King of Pop were auctioned off to the highest, and we do mean HIGHEST, bidders. The Swarovski-crystal-studded glove that Jackson wore on his 1984 Victory Tour, sold for $190,000. (The winning bidder was Wanda Kelley of Los Angeles, who said she would have gone higher if need be to own that famed glove. Kelley also bought a number of Jackson's albums at the auction.) The glove had been expected to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000. The bidding was "unlike anything we've ever experienced," said Darren Julien of Julien Auctions, which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. A pair of Jackson's stage-worn loafers that were listed as worth $2,000 to $3,000 went for $90,000; the custom jacket that Michael wore during a Barbara Walters interview, listed at $6,000 to $8,000, sold for $120,000. One of the last autographs Jackson signed and dated (June 24, 2009, the day before his death) went for $21,000. Michael Jackson's three children will never want for money. Ironically, the Jackson estate is in much better financial shape since Michael's death. In addition to the fact that it is still generating a tremendous amount of income, without Michael's uncontrolled spending, the value is growing, unlike the debt-encumbered situation it was in prior to June of 2009.

And while still on the subject of Michael Jackson...
It was reported on Monday that, "Michael Jackson's father is withdrawing his request to receive more than $15,000 a month from his late son's estate. A court filing says Joe Jackson is dropping his bid to receive a monthly allowance, opting instead to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit over his son's death. Joe Jackson filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday against Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death. The Jackson family patriarch was omitted from his son's will, but in November sought a stipend to pay his monthly expenses. The filing was first reported Monday by the celebrity website TMZ. Joe Jackson's filing indicates he may renew his request for a stipend later if necessary." There was a damn good reason that Michael Jackson left his father out of his will. Yes, Joe pushed his children into show business, not be earning their respect, but by using fear tactics. It is very clear that Michael didn't want his father to have anything to do with the raising of his three children, OR for Joe Jackson to benefit financially from The King of Pop's death. Joe, you should be embarrassed and ashamed for being so transparent. It isn't about your son, Michael, it's all about the Benjamins.

Joe Jackson

Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns

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We have really good news for music lovers, especially those who know and appreciate the talents of Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns. The Palms Casino Resort is proud to announce that Las Vegas' musical darlings will return to The Lounge on Monday nights at 10:30, beginning July 5th. For 30 years, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns has been one of Las Vegas' crown jewels with their "soul" purpose being "let the healing begin" with a seamless blend of funk, Latin, rock and jazz. The groups' founder and fearless leader, Jerry Lopez, describes the objective of Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns as making music that has moved, inspired and challenged the musicians of the group, while avoiding restrictions and boundaries that come along with every other paying gig. Lopez' Fat City Horns has been a staple in the music scene of Las Vegas since the '70s, playing to packed houses of music lovers and fellow esteemed musicians alike. The rhythm section is made up of Jerry on lead guitar and vocals, alongside his brother Lenny Lopez on vocals and percussion, Tony Davich and Tyriq Johnson on vocals, Rochon Westmoreland on bass, Jamie Hosmer on keyboards and vocals, Gabriel Santana Falcon on percussion, Jose "Pepe" Jimenez on drums and Dave Richardson on keyboards and handling arrangements. The six-man Fat City Horns ensemble includes Rob Mader on tenor sax, Phil Wigfall on alto sax, Jerry Merra on baritone sax, Gil Kaupp and Danny Falcone on trumpet and Nathan Tanouye on trombone and handling arrangements. With the release of their first studio album, When the Curtain Goes Up, the group is ready to show Las Vegas what it's been missing. Cover charge for Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns in The Lounge at The Palms is $10 for VIP seating (booths and tables) and $5 General Admission. The Palms Casino Resort, heralded as one of Las Vegas' hippest resorts, is an all-encompassing, one-stop destination. Owned by the Maloof family, the boutique property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club; Ghostbar; Rain Nightclub; The Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Little Buddha; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; The Palms Pool & Bungalows; Palms Spa and AMP Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; LA Sunset Tan; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex; Huntington Ink Tattoo Lounge; the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; and over 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. The Palms has played host to MTV's Video Music Awards, Real World: Las Vegas and Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, and E!'s Girls Next Door and Sunset Tan feature the resort on a regular basis. The Palms Casino Resort is located on Flamingo, just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15. For room reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) 725-6768.

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Small world. Last Friday, a couple of our spies were quite surprised to see female impersonator Frank Marino and his mother having lunch at Marie Callenders on West Sahara and Cimarron. Who was at the table, dining with the mother and son Divas? It was none other than that disappearing, reappearing magician, Steve Wyrick. We wonder who picked up the check.

Steve Wyrick

John Byner

Marvin & Linda Lashever

And speaking of Frank Marino...If you could ask Mr. Marino, or ANY man who wears wigs, makeup, and dresses in Bob Mackie gowns and Manolo Blahnik stilettos for a living, a question, what would it be? We are going to do just that, and we need your help. Frank has consented to give honest answers to any and all inquiries, so we are urging readers to come up with questions - no holds barred, but we do request that you please watch your language.

And speaking of the Imperial Palace...
If you are planning on celebrating July 4th on the Las Vegas Strip, Hash House a Go Go invites you to Join them for the best brunch in town. Their July 4th brunch menu is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and features, among other items, Sage Fried Chicken Benedict, Blueberry Pecan Flapjack, Griddled Banana Cinnamon French Toast and Sausage Gravy with Biscuits, or enjoy lunch selections featuring our famous one pound Stuffed Burgers, the Big O' Crispy Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, the griddled Meatloaf Sandwich or one of our great entree salads. Hash House a Go Go has two great restaurants in Las Vegas, their original location t 6800 West Sahara just east of Rainbow, and their center Strip location at the Imperial Palace Hotel. If you are near the Imperial Palace, enjoy dinner after the fireworks. The IP location will be open for dinner until 11 p.m.

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Birthday wishes to Cancer celebrants
John Byner, Bill Acosta, Bruce Zarka, Deano Noto, Joey Gian, Cook E. Jarr, Steven Lee Cowart, Cork Proctor, John Argent, Scott Humphries, Loretta Holloway, Lee Plotkin, Michael Cagle, Jeanette Shead, Jerry Herman, Philip Fortenberry, Steve Lippia, Jeanne Bavaro, Skye Dee Miles, and Ronnie Fabre, And happy anniversary to still honeymooning Marvin and Linda Lashever, who are celebrating the end of their first year of wedded bliss.

And speaking of the Lashevers, they are the owners of a relatively new business called UR MailBox Services, located in southwest Las Vegas at 7835 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 4, just south of the intersection of Rainbow and Robindale. If you can't find what you need at this store, chances are you don't need it! Among the services that UR MailBox Services provides are, 24-hour mail box rental (with a REAL address and suite number); mail forwarding, fax receiving and customers can be called and alerted when mail or package have been delivered; copy and print services (color, black and white, digital printing, binding, laminating, collating); moving, packing and shipping supplies and packing and shipping services (they can ship anything from letters, to boxes, to a pool table!); jewelry and watch repair (including battery replacement), appraisals and design; notary services; passport photos; computer services and repair; office and conference room rental; free WiFi; license hanging; legal forms; key making; phone answering service; paper shredding; cell phone sales; business card printing; rubber stamps; name badges; USPS, DHL land Federal Express services, and you can buy stamps without waiting in line; DMV services (license renewal and transfer, plates and tags); Internet Station; UHaul Rental and even more. They do NOT offer pet spaying or neutering, or auto detailing, so if that's what you need, go elsewhere. Otherwise, check out Marvin and Linda's UR MailBox Services.

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Kristofer McNeeley

Jeff, Domenick, Bill, Clint, Rob, Bryce & Jerry

Last Sunday, we joined an audience that included journalist-types Jerry Fink and John Katsilometes, musicians Doug Taylor and Lee Richey, and celebrity furrier Anna Nateece, for Jersey Boys' Kristofer McNeeley's solo show, Holding the Space, playing Sundays in the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum. Also in attendance was Mrs. Kristofer McNeeley, Ali Spuck, and five-week-old Emerson Lila McNeeley. Kristofer, playing guitar and/or accompanied by Dave Haertel on piano, paid tribute to some of his favorite contemporary songwriters - Burt Bacharach ("Any Day Now"), Billy Joel ("She's Always a Woman"), Bob Dylan ("Make You Feel My Love"), Michael Buble ("Everything"), Elton John ("Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word"), John Denver ("You Fill Up My Senses"), Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"), and winding up his afternoon spot with an appropriate, "What a Wonderful World," by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss. Kristofer performed two of his original songs, starting his set with "Dreamer," and later doing his "Baby Mine," written before Emerson's May 16th birth. Incidentally, Emerson shares her May 16th birth date with Liberace, who was born in 1919.

Later that evening, we were at the Suncoast where we saw Fifth Avenue. Backed by six fine musicians, the four members of the outstanding vocal group - Rob Hyatt, Jerry Jones, Bryce Robinson and Jeff Celentano - did a history of vocal groups, starting with a video featuring Sid Caesar in a "How Music Was Born" clip from Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I, followed by tributes to the famed Buffalo Bills barbershop quartet, the Mills Brothers ("I Love Coffee," "Glow Worm"), Les Paul and Mary Ford ("How High the Moon"), Ink Spots , Del-Vikings ("Come and Go With Me"), The Marcels ("Blue Moon"), Crew Cuts ("Sh Boom"), The Diamonds ("Little Darlin"), the Jordanaires, sans Elvis ("Return to Sender," "Teddy Bear"), Hi-Los ("My Sugar Is So Refined"), Beatles ("Come Together"), Danny & The Juniors ("At the Hop"),Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons ("Big Girls Don't Cry"), Temptations ("My Girl"), Beach Boys ("I Get Around"), Manhattan Transfer ("Birdland"), Little River Band ("Reminiscing"), a Disney medly, and even a brief homage to The Supremes. There was also a special shout out (with film footage) to the Four Freshmen, with Fifth Avenue doing a number of Freshmen hits, including "Blue World" and "In This Whole Wide World." Fifth Avenue even closed their show with "There Will Never Be Another You." Among those spotted in the audience for Fifth Avenue's Sunday night show at the Suncoast, were Cork Proctor, Judy Coco, Michelle Johnson, Janice Sands, Karen Merstik-Michaels and Margaret "Gret" Menzies from Dangerous Curves (third curve, Lisa Smith, was fighting the flu), Bob and Corrie Sachs, Mark Barrett, Toni Sandoval, and "The Golden Girls," sisters Carole Hassell and Laura Blackburn.

Cork Proctor

Fielding West

Today's Four Freshmen

Regarding Cork Proctor, the always funny fellow who turns 78 on the 22nd of this month, will be performing at Catch a Rising Star in Reno, from July 21st through the 25th (hope they will bake him a birthday cake). The comedian, actor, emcee, game show host, and master roaster has an encyclopedic memory for names, details, and places, enabling him to engage audience members on current affairs and pertinent subjects. Cork was dubbed "Roastmaster General of the United States" by former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill, Jr. Preceding Proctor onto the Catch stage will be Las Vegan Fielding West who performs there, July 13th through 18th. Fielding is not only a magician's magician but he possesses that very rare and impeccable sense of comedic timing that has landed him the opening spot for some of the biggest names in show business. A winner in the prestigious Desert Magic Seminar's Comedy Magic Competition, Fielding has opened for A-list celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, Glen Campbell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mel Tillis, and Phyllis Diller. Catch a Rising Star is a chain of clubs launched in New York City in 1972. The original club was notable for its role in jump starting the careers of many famous entertainers, among them Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Rosie O'Donnell, David Brenner, Robert Klein, Garry Shandling, Dennis Miller, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Romano, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres and many others. Other locations throughout the US are in Princeton, New Jersey; Twin River Casino, Rhode Island; and the new Catch A Rising Star on Broadway in New York.

As for the Four Freshmen, you can see the 2010 Four Freshmen - Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson, and Bob Ferreira - at the South Point on July 9th, 10th and 11th. Fans can expect to hear some of the Freshmen standards such as "Angel Eyes," "It's a Blue World," "Graduation Day" and other favorites, along with some newer songs done in the distinctive Freshmen-style. We would love to hear today's group do two of our favorites, the Spring songs - "Love Turns Winter to Spring," and "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" - but whatever they do, we will be joyfully transported back to our high school freshmen (and sophomore and junior and senior) days of the 1950s. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 and shows are at 7:30 p.m. We will have more on the Freshmen next Friday.

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Next week, from Tuesday July 6th through Friday July 9th, it's Jazz at the Gold Coast! in the Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge from 2 to 5 p.m. The featured performer is Michelle Johnson, backed by Billy T. on piano and Mike Tramontana on drums. The trio will perform jazz standards for an afternoon of great music and dancing. They happily take requests. No cover. No minimum. The Gold Coast is located at 4000 West Flamingo Rd.

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The Fremont Street Experience continues its Summer of the '70s with a weekend full of festivities for the Fourth of July. The Golden Nugget will light up the downtown sky with a beautiful fireworks display, launching from the hotel's parking garage at 10:10 p.m. tonight, July 2nd, for visitors of downtown to enjoy. On Saturday, the multi-platinum recording artists, Little River Band ("Reminiscing," "Cool Change," "Lonesome Loser," "Lady") will play on the 3rd Street Stage on Saturday, July 3rd at 9 p.m. Originating from Melbourne, Australia, Little River Band has sold over 25 million records, released 15 albums, and made 13 American Top 40 singles. Featuring Wayne Nelson, Greg Hind, Chris Marion, Rich Herring and Mel Watts, the group's recent accolades include a 2004 induction into the Australian Industry Recording Association Hall of Fame. Also, three times a night tonight and again on July 4th, Highway to Hell, the five-man AC/DC Tribute Band from Long Beach, California, will play a full AC/DC line-up, including the replicated vocals of both original lead singer Bon Scott and his successor, Brian Johnson, in mega hits like "TNT," "Dirty Deeds" and "Back in Black." The band is featured in the upcoming documentary "Rock 'N Roll Swap Meet," which highlights the underground hardcore sound of the 2006 Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet. Portions of the proceeds from video sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Groovy enthusiasts on Fremont can enjoy Fremont Street Fever on the 1st Street stage. The original 35-minute disco themed-production, features song and dance performances of '70s classics including "Shake Your Groove Thing," "Staying Alive" and "Funky Town," three times nightly (9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.) though July 5th. Finally, visitors can experience Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen, as it showcases special '70s themed videos nightly, augmented by virtual fireworks shows July 2nd through 5th. The lineup includes, at 8:30 p.m. - "Don McLean's American Pie," 9 p.m. - "The Doors - Strange Days in Vegas," 10 p.m. - "A Tribute to Queen," 11 p.m. - "KISS Over Vegas," Midnight - "Signs of Life by John Van Hamersveld," and 1 a.m. - "George Thorogood's Bad To The Bone." All events are provided free of charge.
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment destination located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sound shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. The Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on two stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 15 million annual visitors.

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The big mystery, Triumph, is supposed to open at the Las Vegas Hilton on October 3rd. Details are being kept a secret (hope the production will live up to the non-hype) but, what we do know, for now anyway, is that tickets, priced from $34.95 to $99.95, are now on sale. The early scheduling is a bit confusing. The Hilton press releases state that the Sunday, October 3rd opening show is at 8 p.m. After that, it's 4 p.m. matinees, Sundays through Thursdays, except for Wednesdays, when the show is at 2 p.m. Then on Sundays, during football season, Triumph plays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. When we know more, so will you.

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Celebrate summer at the Riviera Hotel and Casino Pool Parties. Enjoy the music of one of Las Vegas' favorite band, fronted by Tommy Rocker, as they offer up laid-back island style, providing the perfect tropical getaway in Las Vegas. Casino Marketing Director, Debbie Mumford says, "Tommy Rocker is a fun and extremely popular entertainer. His high-energy band performs great sing-a-longs so you can enjoy our pool parties all summer long." Food and beverages are available at poolside so you won't miss a beat. Enjoy salads, sandwiches, sides, snacks, soft drinks, and desserts as well as your favorite tropical mixed drinks and beers while taking in the fun. We invite the public to swim, lounge, mingle and enjoy the evening's festivities. Parties are at the Riviera Oasis Pool Complex, and start at 6 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and September 2, 9, 16, 30. There is no charge for the pool use. Youngsters under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, please call the Riviera Gaming Marketing Office at (702) 794-9571.

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Sarah McLachlan

Clint Holmes

Eric Michael Gillett

Lilith Fair is a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group's Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond, which took place during the summers of 1997 to 1999. It consisted solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. Lilith Fair has raised millions for women's charities throughout North America. For years, Lilith Fair has been one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world. Among the performers featured on the tours have been artists such as Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu, The Dixie Chicks, Missy Elliot, The Pretenders, Nelly Furtado, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Queen Latifah, Indigo Girls, Tegan and Sara and, of course, Sarah McLachlan. On July 9th, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host Lilith Fair featuring, among others, Elizaveta, The Bangles, Miranda Lambert, and Sarah McLachlan. Is there anyone who has seen Grammy Award-winning McLachlan's "Angel" community service spot, for the SPCA, that hasn't been deeply moved by the plight of abused and neglected animals? Tickets are $65.45. For more information, call Mandalay Bay at (702) 632-7777.

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SinCityQSocials, Southern Nevada's premier social network for GLBT professionals and friends in Las Vegas, will hold its popular weekly Martini Mixer at the Liberace Museum on Tuesday, July 6th, from 7 to 10 p.m. SinCityQSocials has more than 6,000 local members. In just a few years, the organization has become Vegas' largest gay membership organization. It was named the "Best Social Group" in Las Vegas by CityLife magazine (April 2008) and QVegas magazine (December 2008). Newcomers are welcome to attend the socials. The museum, in case you missed this information elsewhere, is located at 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer.

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Clint Holmes brings his powerful voice back to the Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, July 10th and Sunday the 11th. Holmes' fans know him as more than just a singer. He makes every performance original, captivating audiences with his signature style. Clint recorded the Top 10 hit, "Playground In My Mind (My Name Is Michael)," in 1973. His album, Edges, produced "Feel Like Makin' Love," the romantic "Shouldn't It Be Easy By Now," the playful "Gotta Get Up," and the thought-provoking "Let My Son See Africa." Clint is known for his six-year run in Clint Holmes at Harrah's. The Las Vegas Review-Journal named Clint "Best Singer" four times, and "Entertainer of the Year" three times. He was also Atlantic City's "Entertainer of the Year" three times, and starred in Clint Holmes' Sophisticated Rhythms, a dynamic stage show that traveled through music from the 1940s to the present. His 1996 critically acclaimed musical, Comfortable Shoes, which opened in New Jersey, was a poignant and uplifting journey into Holmes' interracial family's struggle to find its identity. In 2002, an updated version of the musical opened at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Among the show's rave reviews, the Chicago Tribune called it "a night of fully realized theatrical entertainment." Holmes continues to partner with long-time friends, Susan Anton, Domenick Allen and Martin Nievera, for a showcase of solo performances, duets and group numbers as part of the popular Vocal Soup ensemble. In a career that began with an invitation from Joan Rivers to be her sidekick and announcer on The Late Show, Clint Holmes has proven himself a well-respected performer, even earning the honor of being the featured performer at the Democratic National Convention on the evening of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential nomination. Also familiar to fans' ears, Holmes was the voice of Lowenbrau Beer for four years. The Suncoast show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 636-7075 or visiting Save on convenience fees by purchasing tickets in person at any Coast Casino.

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Onetime Las Vegan, Eric Michael Gillett, performs at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in Manhattan, July 6th through 10th. His program, called Hooray for Love, features the music of Harold Arlen. Gillett, the 2009 recipient of the Dick Gallagher Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation, returns to Feinstein's at Loews Regency with a tribute to one of America's best loved composers. After several forays into contemporary pop, Gillett turns his attention to classic songs from the Great American Songbook. With a repertoire that includes everything from "Blues in the Night" to "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Gotta Have Me Go With You," to "This Time the Dream's on Me" and "Get Happy", Hooray for Love-Gillett Sings Arlen promises to be a spectacular evening of song. Show times are at 8:30 p.m. Feinstein's is located at 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street). For reservations, call (212) 339-4095.

And speaking of New York...
The Rampart Casino is bringing the big city to Summerlin with the addition of the New York Deli Buffet on Thursday nights starting July 1. The New York Deli Buffet will replace the existing Thursday night Seafood Buffet and will be available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $18.99. Guests of the New York Deli Buffet will be treated to an amazing variety of deli menu options including a bread display of rye, white, wheat, pumpernickel, sourdough, Kaiser rolls, bagels and other fresh breads to be heaped with sliced salami, bologna, liverwurst and assorted sliced cheeses. A carving station will offer roasted chicken, turkey breast, sugar-glazed ham, pastrami and corned beef with steam table selections including knockwurst, all-beef frankfurter and short ribs. Knishes, latkes, noodle pudding (kugel) and sauerkraut will abound with other deli staples such as baked beans and mashed potatoes. The full salad bar of the New York Deli Buffet will feature a wide selection of starter items, among them shrimp salad, smoked salmon cream cheese, whitefish salad, gefilte fish, potato salad, macaroni salad, chopped chicken liver, sliced and whole fruits. Additionally, the buffet will feature an Italian station, a Chinese station and a dessert station with rice pudding, blintzes and a gelato bar. Topping it off in style, guests will enjoy a gourmet coffee bar, New York egg creams and Dr. Brown's soda. The Rampart Buffet is open every day of the week with pricing as follows: $9.99 lunch and $13.99 dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; $9.99 lunch and $18.99 Seafood Buffet on Thursdays (the current Seafood Buffet will be replaced by the New York Deli Buffet on Thursday nights starting July 1); $9.99 lunch and $15.99 t-bone and rib eye dinner night on Saturdays; champagne brunch for $14.99 on Sundays and Sunday dinner for $13.99. Children three and under eat free, and children from four to seven eat for half price.

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Master mimic, Rich Little, will perform at The Club inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, July 10th at 8 p.m. Known as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" for his incredible range of impressions, Little has spent the past five decades entertaining audiences with his signature brand of humor. He began his career booking club appearances and working as a talk show host and disc jockey in his native Canada. He was "discovered" in the United States when Mel Torme asked him to make a tape for CBS' The Judy Garland Show, resulting in his being signed to the show. Little went on to appear alongside such notable personalities as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason and Glen Campbell on TV variety shows. He had his own TV show in the 1970s, and was an early guest host on The Tonight Show, making 12 appearances in all. During the span of his career, Little has released nine comedy albums and starred in three HBO comedy specials. He made guest appearances in a number of popular TV series, including on Fantasy Island, CHiPs, Hawaii Five-O, MacGyver, and Hollywood Squares. In addition to the comedic aspect of his talent, Rich Little has dubbed the voices of famed actors such as Peter Sellers and Gene Kelly when the actors were unable to perform. Little lives in Las Vegas with his wife Marie, and continues to entertain audiences across America and Canada with his hilarious impressions of political figures, celebrities and the characters of our time. He also enjoys his role as an artist, doing portraits of well-known personalities from the world of entertainment and politics. Tickets for Little's Cannery Casino & Hotel's appearance are available in three price levels - Prime table $29.95, Patio table $19.95 or Reserved $9.95 - and can be purchased at the hotel's ticket sales counter, located at the front desk, by calling (702) 507-5757, toll free at (866) 999-4899, or going online at

Rich & Marie Little

David Cassidy

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In the early '70s, swooning teenage girls could see young David Cassidy on the popular TV series, The Partridge Family, where he costarred with his stepmother, singer/actress Shirley Jones. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cassidy found himself in a number of Broadway and touring musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Deamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers. In the late '90s, David became a Las Vegan, first appearing in EFX at the MGM Grand, where he took over the headline spot from the Phantom of the Opera's Michael Crawford, before getting involved, as co-producer and occasional guest star (portraying Bobby Darin), with the first Las Vegas Rat Pack tribute show at the Desert Inn and then at the Sahara. In the early 2000's, Cassidy teamed up with Sheena Easton ("Morning Train," "Sugar Walls") in At the Copa, a musical revue that played at the Rio. Next Saturday, July 10th, if you are in Southern Nevada, you can see the now 60-year-old David Cassidy performing at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, in an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25 plus taxes and fees and may be purchased by calling (702) 263-7777.

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