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Note: This is a past column from October 08, 2010
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Las Vegas - October 8, 2010
Domenick Allen by Ed Foster
Clint Holmes by Jerry Metellus
It seems that in the case of the Liberace Museum, which we have mentioned in this column once or twice before, the truth hurts. Following our recent weeks of articles exposing some of the shady goings on behind the glittery facade, and our participation in the September 22nd sidewalk gathering protesting how the museum has been mismanaged to the point that it will cease operations on the 17th, we are no longer allowed in the facility. As a result, we will miss the two entertainment events taking place in the Cabaret on October 13th. Although we are saddened that we will not get to see our friends perform in what had become a favorite hangout of ours, we have absolutely no regrets about what we have written to get us to this point. We want to assure those who care deeply about the end of the 31-year-old institution, as far as we are concerned, this is all far from over. We are talking with a very reputable long-running primetime network news series about the demise of the Liberace Museum, in hopes that they will take a serious look at all of the questionable activities that have been going on in the place for far too long. As far as us being banned from the museum, we find it more than a little interesting that the person responsible for keeping us off the property has been accused of making improper moves on a teenage girl visiting the museum and yet he remains in control.
One of those with concern over what is happening at 1775 E. Tropicana, is motivational speaker/hypnotist, Ken Owens. With his permission, we are printing his September 23rd online blog regarding the drama surrounding the museum...
Wall Street Style Corruption Hits Las Vegas' Liberace Museum
Just when you thought we had enough of all the Wall Street type corruption, embezzlement, conflict of interest, and outrageous salaries - we hear of another case which is causing the demise of the famed Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has a bad reputation for not preserving its history - way too many historic buildings in this town get ‘blown up' to make room for newer, more modern resorts. But, that is not the case in this sad story. Famed iconic Las Vegas entertainer Liberace made arrangements for a museum to preserve and exhibit his legacy for future generations. However, with the current scandalous allegations of gross mismanagement, incompetence, and conflict of interest between several individuals involved within the operation of the museum and the Liberace Foundation - namely Jeff Koep, Jack Rappaport, and R. Darin Hollingsworth - the museum is scheduled to close their doors on October 17, 2010. For further in-depth reporting on this controversial story by the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper - check out http://www.lasvegassun.com and search ‘Liberace'. Or, just Google ‘Liberace Museum Closing' and see how this scandal is being reported by NPR, MSNBC, AOL and many other National news services. Today was a picket/protest on the sidewalk in front of the Liberace Plaza to raise awareness for the this whole situation and to lobby for criminal and civil investigations into the actions of those three individuals listed above. I have been involved in the past with several non-profit organizations as both a volunteer and paid staff member. When one dedicates themself to the service of a non-profit organization - either as a non-paid volunteer or paid staff member - one has to hold themself to a higher standard of business professionalism, ethics, and character. Non-profit management is geared toward serving individuals and the community within the realm of an agency's scope. You are trusted with people's time and money and you are suppose to be honorable stewards of those resources to foster and enhance your agency's mission. As additional reports and more people are coming forward to expose the truth behind this mess at the museum, we see that a few individuals who were entrusted with the preservation and growth of this organization, were really only lining their own pockets with outrageous salaries, conflict of interest between themselves, and lack of any outside accountability. SHAME on all of them!
As we take a look over entertainment history, we see that Liberace paved the way for performers such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, and even most recently - Prince Poppycock. Reports say that it was Liberace who mentored Elvis on his stage presence and suggested he adopt his iconic flashy sequined jumpsuits. Hell, I even have two different sequined vests that I wear when performing my comedy stage hypnosis shows which I had bought from the gift shop inside the Liberace Museum. http://www.hpnotix.com. It is sad to report this story because it affects so many people here in Las Vegas - the museum and Liberace himself are so entrenched in the history of Las Vegas. It is also sad, because this is just another example of how Wall Street and Fortune 500 corporate greed has filtered its way down into local non-profit organizations. This really hits home for me too with the upcoming release of my new book Branding Your Character. In it, I examine how one develops positive character traits and brands themself as an upstanding person with character to foster positive change for themself, their family, and the community. In the book I ask this question, "Do you want your personal character recognition to have a positive brand image like Tylenol which helps millions of people per day, or do you want a negative brand image like Mr. Madoff as a scamming criminal?" This story just goes to show that certain individuals connected with the management of the museum and foundation have no worthwhile sense of character and fit into the negative brand image just like Bernie Madoff!
Oh, and did we mention that we have been warned that if we try to attend the two farewell shows taking place in the Liberace Cabaret on October 13th, which we hoped to do, we will not be admitted? That is the case. Apparently Jack Rappaport, the president of the Liberace Foundation, who has been accused of making inappropriate and unwanted advances toward a 17-year-old girl...inside the museum, has never heard the term, "Freedom of the Press." The ONLY reason that we won't attempt to enter the museum, is to prevent putting a dark cloud over the work of the talented entertainers who will be performing on that day.
Look for more on this subject in next Friday's column.
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Last weekend's entertainment offerings proved to be a case of "The Good, and the Bad and the Ugly." First, the very, very Good...
Domenick Allen, proved that It's All About the Music during his two sold out nights at the Suncoast last weekend. He also proved that he is a consummate entertainer (he's been at it since he was three), who can win over an audience, whether it's by singing, playing, and playing very well, any one multiple instruments (piano, guitar and all kinds of horns), or talking with the audience. For many of those audience members, all they really knew about Domenick is that he was once a member of Foreigner, the British-American rock band formed in New York City in 1976 ("Cold As Ice," "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision"), and today is one fourth of the group known as Vocal Soup, where he performs with Clint Holmes, Susan Anton (who were both in the crowd on Sunday night), and Martin Nievera (who must have been off doing a concert in the Philippines or somewhere else in the world, or he most certainly would have been present as well). The evening paid homage to the music of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Tower of Power, Charles Aznavour and Sammy Davis Jr. among others. Domenick was backed by an amazing nine-piece band, made up of Lorrie Ilustre on keys, Marcus Vann on bass, John Wedemeyer on guitar, Brian Czach on drums, and The Little Big Horns - Mike Robb on trumpet 1, Eric Sande on trumpet 2, Mike Turnbull on T-bone, Jeff Jordan on tenor sax, and Jim D'Arrigo on alto sax. It was an outstanding solo Suncoast debut for Allen, with some real high spots. The Sammy Davis Jr. segment, winding up with an Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse gem, "Tomorrow," that could become Domenick's signature song, generated one of a number of well-earned standing ovations. We have been told, that on Monday, a member of the audience the night before, called Aznavour in Paris to tell him about this Vegas-based entertainer who sang the, not often heard, French singer/songwriters, "Happy Anniversary," while sitting in an overstuffed chair. At the end of the number, Allen walked into the audience to present his wife, Broadway star Leigh Zimmerman, with a rose and a kiss, as their talented 10-year-old daughter, Caleigh Capaldi (Cayleigh performed two songs with her daddy during his show), looked on. If you missed the Suncoast performances, you will have another opportunity to see Domenick Allen on October 23rd, when he will be featured in the upcoming Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert at the Rio. We will have a reminder about this event in our column on October 22nd.
Vincent Falcone by Ed Foster
Although we did not attend, we got very good reports on the Vincent Falcone (who was Frank Sinatra's longtime pianist/conductor) and Clint Holmes' Tribute to Frank Sinatra, held in the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV on Saturday night. We understand that the more than 1,800 audience members did not want the show, featuring the 50-piece Las Vegas Philharmonic, to end, resulting in a number of encores. We have a feeling, based on the response to this package, we may see another version of the Old Blue Eyes tribute turn up on a local stage again...with or without the Philharmonic.
Then, there was the Bad and the Ugly...
From a friend who attended the Jermaine Jackson show in the Theater for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood, also on Saturday night, we heard comments like "disorganized" and "unprofessional." The printed critiques we saw confirmed that information. A Las Vegas paper contained this blurb...Jermaine Jackson's concert at Planet Hollywood Resort took many bizarre twists on Saturday. After a one-hour delay, with fans chanting "Start the show," Jackson appeared to be reading the lyrics of many of the songs from a teleprompter. The delay reportedly had to do with the last-minute scramble to fill seats after well under 1,000 seats were sold for the 7,000-seat venue. According to the TMZ Web site, there may be some legal troubles ahead for the former member of the Jackson 5. TMZ states that, "While cameras rolled, Jermaine performed a series of Michael Jackson's classics to a packed house at the concert hall at the Planet Hollywood Resort. Here's the rub -- Jermaine is legally allowed to cover the MJ songs in concert, but if he uses the recorded footage to create and then sell a DVD, album or TV special -- he would need to go through the Michael Jackson Estate to secure permission. So far, it's unclear if Jermaine did get the green light -- but if not, the MJ Estate could bring legal action against Jermaine to protect its most valuable asset ... Michael's music." All of this may make it very difficult for this particular Jackson to head up a tour of the poorly received show...unless he could get all of the surviving Jackson brothers, and/or Janet, to join him.
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Reader Bob Bandyk sent the following message, after spotting a mistake in last week‘s column (yes, folks, Cousin Claire does occasionally make mistakes). Bob informs us that the understudy in Nunsense, currently playing in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton, is not Natalie Cook, as we called her, but Natalie CARSON. Ms. Carson is also a member of the Swing City Dolls, along with Robin Berry Vincent who plays "Sister Leo" in Nunsense, and Connie Murray. Go see Natalie, Robin, Diane Ellis, Michelle Johnson, Janien Valentine, Kathryn Arianoff, and Kelly Clinton-Holmes (when she recovers from her broken foot), in this cute, punny musical romp. Showtimes are at 4 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Call (702) 732-5755 for reservations. Thank you for calling this OOOPS to our attention, Bob. And because we goofed, Natalie gets, not only an apology, but, her picture in today's column.
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Busy Lynn Ross sings your favorite standards and vintage pop tunes at The Onyx, inside Bogey's, 7770 W. Ann Road, at I 95. (This Onyx should not be confused with the Onyx Theatre in the Commercial Center on the other side of the city.) Lynn performs for your dining and dancing pleasure, tonight (October 8th), and the two following Fridays, October 15th and 22nd, from 7 to 10 p.m. Call (702) 658-0579. On Tuesday, October 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Ms. Ross (not to be confused with that onetime Supreme being) is with the Bobby Barnes Band, featuring Paul Stubblefield on drums, at the Rum Bar Lounge inside The Mirage. Wednesday night, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Lynn is at the Chiante Café, 1916 Village Center Circle, in the rounds in Summerlin, off Town Center Drive. Call (702) 228-3330 for additional information.
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Yesterday, Thursday, October 7th, singer/songwriter, Barry Manilow, donated more than a half-million dollars worth of musical instruments to 15 Clark County middle (junior high) and high schools, through his Manilow Music Project. This generous donation will allow talented students, many attending schools in at-risk neighborhoods, to participate in programs they otherwise could not afford. After taking to the microphone at a gathering on the football field at Valley High School, the 67-year-old music legend said something like, "You're staring at me and you don't know what the hell I do, right? I used to be the Justin Bieber of the ‘70s." Good going, Barry!
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On Wednesday night, Jim Rees and son Brannon Rees, along with their informed and efficient staff did a great job of introducing the media and other VIPs to their third Hash House a Go Go restaurant, this one in the M Resort on the way south end of Las Vegas Blvd. Featuring an incredible view of the city, the 10,000 square foot attractive and well laid out restaurant opened to the general public at 7 a.m. on Thursday morning. Hash House a Go Go, in the space formerly occupied by the M Resort's Red Cup Cafe, offers patio dining when the weather permits. The main feature, of course, is the food and its presentation. For the pre-opening festivities, servers passed samples of regular menu items, such as Chicken Pot Pie, Crispy Cornmeal Fried Tiger Prawns, Crab Cakes, Sliders and more, while carrying around full-sized (you won't believe the sizes!) serving portions of other menu items for guests to ogle. The original Hash House a Go Go is located in San Diego. The franchise, famous for its "Twisted Farm Food" menu, first opened at Sahara Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard, and last year expanded, adding another location at the Imperial Palace in 2009. The M Resort location is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. As we always suggest to unsuspecting, first-time visitors - go hungry.
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Best wishes to Libra (September 23-October 22) birthday celebrants Adam Pero, Sonny Turner, Jerry Ritholz Jarvis, Tina Walsh, Peter Anthony, ZZ Zorn, Suzanne Buhrer, Donna Taylor, Frank Sener, Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Robert Beal, Domenick Allen, Larry Raben, David Pedley, Dan Elias, Artie Schroeck, Gerald Gordon, Paul Pratt, Linda November, Bob Sachs, David Engel, Joey Lomello, Katrina Sumner, Herb Jeffries, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Roy Horn, Sergio Alberti, John Elizondo, and Ne-Yo. And tomorrow (October 9th) would have been the 70th birthday of murdered Beatle, John Lennon. Also, happy anniversary to Gary and Chrisse White Waddell, Gary and Julie Olds, and Larry Raben and David Engel.
And, speaking of Adam Pero, he and his Hard Pipe Hitters band mates, will perform at The Box Office, 1129 S. Casino Center in Las Vegas, on Thursday, October 21st.
And speaking of birthdays...
To celebrate his birthday this year, Mark Nadler is pulling out all the stops. He is creating an all new Broadway Hootenanny (remember his Broadway Hootenannies at Sardi's?) the likes of which has never been seen. The event will be held at the National Arts Club and will benefit Art Start. Art Start is an organization for which Mark is a proud volunteer and board member. The group bring arts workshops to homeless shelters and halfway houses here in New York City. "It's amazing to see these kids thrive when you give them the opportunity to express themselves through the arts," says Nadler. "Hell, it's amazing to see ANYONE thrive when you give them the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. If you don't believe me, come see the Hootenanny at the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park So. on October 14th at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7). You will never forget it!!" Audience members can expect song, dance, rap, tap, and a silent auction full of "Oh, I gotta have that" items. A champagne reception will follow. Call (212) 460-0019 for more details.
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Our friend, artist Martin Kreloff, passes along this information...
"The wonderful musical, Shine, was written by dear friends, Lee Goldsmith and Roger Anderson," says Marty. "Many years ago, in Coconut Grove Florida, we had the privilege of having the first reading of the musical in our home. In fact, I even created the first artwork for the show. I was given the gift of being able to hear the score as it was being written. These glorious songs have been a part of my life for over thirty years. Boy it sure takes a long time to get a musical on the boards." you got that right, Marty. Just ask Clint Holmes, Artie Butler, Jimmy Hopper, or any of the other talented folks that we know, who have dreams of seeing their creations on a Broadway marquee. Anyway, as for Shine! The Horatio Alger Musical, directed by Peter Flynn, with book by Richard Seff, music by the above mentioned Anderson and Goldsmith, choreography by Devanand Janku, music direction by Annbritt duChateau and music supervised by Greg Anthony, is one of the current presentations at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2010. From penniless, to bootblack, to budding Wall Street entrepreneur, SHINE! follows the tale of Ragged Dick, Alger's first best-selling hero. Dick's adventures bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for the whole family. Shine! performances are scheduled for Saturday, October 9th at 5 p.m.; Monday, the 11th at 9 p.m.; Friday, the 15th at 1 p.m.; Saturday, the 16th at 9 p.m.; and Sunday, the 17th at 3 p.m., at the Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street in New York City.
Martin Kreloff Shine poster 1980
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Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. The weekend of October 23rd-24th is going to be a difficult one for music lovers. They are going to have to deal with some choices. Here's the situation.
On Saturday, the 23rd, and again on the 24th, at 2 p.m. on both days, a benefit concert for Family Promise of Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada Performing Arts Center, will take place at the Nicholas J. Horne Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne, on the CSN North Las Vegas campus. A "Loverly" Afternoon of Lerner and Loewe, with music from My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Gigi and Paint Your Wagon, will feature Tresa Danelle, Keith Dotson, Bruce Ewing, Lisa Fairweather, Russ Grieve, Benjamin Hale, Dana Martin, Kevin Sherrell, Mollie Tennant, Emily Thrasher, and special guest, Warren Hays, who was in the original Broadway production of Camelot, and is also on the original Broadway cast recording, along with Richard Burton, Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews. The concert is staged by Michael Piontek, with musical direction by Jack Gaughan, and choreography by Courtney Combs. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. To purchase, call the CSN box office at (702) 651-5483, or e-mail to [email protected]
And on that very same Sunday, October 24th, also at 2 in the afternoon, John Meren and Tom Gallagher's Performing Arts Society of Nevada will be celebrating their 20th anniversary of presenting musical programs around the city. This promises to be quite an afternoon, with many of the entertainers who have performed for PASN over the past two decades, participating in this milestone event. Among those expected to take to the Clark County Flamingo Library stage are (in mostly alphabetical order), Spencer Baker, Phyllis Bell, Greg Bosler, Barbara Costa who will host, Dangerous Curves (Lisa Smith, Karen Merstick-Michaels, Margaret Menzies), Lillian D'Honau, Suzanne Farace, Joseph Gabriel and Katalin, Gallagher, Lou Garcia, Randy Hendrickson, Zoe Henly Trio, Jim Hodge, Lee Hughes, Mona (Mills) King, Rene Lee, Cyndi-Lee Mack, Gary Marshal, Harold Meeker, Lisa Nelson, Gary Oakes, Souvenir de Florence Sextet (Tiana Harjo, Jenny Massey, Rebecca Ramsey, Lindsey Springer, Geri Thompson, Moonlight Tran), Hanna Suk, Mykola Suk, Len Talarico, Keith Thompson, Tony & Lloyd, Richard Weiss, Nathan Brian Wine, Wes Winter and Kellie Wright. Tickets for this special event are $20. The Clark County Flamingo Library is located at 1401 E. Flamingo, near Maryland Parkway. Make your reservations now by calling (702) 658-6741, or make checks payable to PAS and mail to John Meren, 6301 Malachite Bay Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89130-3712. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.
If this isn't enough, there is the Joe Williams Scholarship Concert, also on Sunday afternoon at the Rio. We will have more on this next week.
Our suggestion, if you have any interest in any or all of these programs, is to block off the weekend on your calendar, and head for North Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. As for Sunday? It‘s either a coin toss, or a decision made based on location. What's a music lover to do???
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Enjoy an evening with Mark Giovi at Piero's Italian Restaurant, 355 Convention Center (just off Paradise Road), Saturday, October 9th, 7 to 10 p.m. 702 369-2305
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Louise (Weezie), a stylist from Supercuts, tell us that, this Sunday, October 10th, Supercuts will donate time, staff and facility to the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation. They will cut hair, with 100 % of the proceeds going to the organization supporting breast cancer research.
Since its inception in 1982, the Susan G Komen foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion for research, education and health services, making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world. Today, Komen has more than 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 affiliates worldwide. The cutathon will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon at the Supercuts location at 9811 W. Charleston, in the Home Depot shopping center, just before Hualapai. So if you want to look good, while doing something very good, the team would love to see you there on Sunday morning. Louise will be one of the beauticians taking part in this worthwhile event. Louise, who is the wife of musician Larry "Wild" Wrice, tells us that Larry and the Chicago Blues Busters will be at The Bar tonight, and The Hitching Post tomorrow night. Get your hair cut and then check out the Chicago Blues Busters.
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Tennis legend Andre Agassi's annual Grand Slam dinner and concert, benefiting his Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, features the star power of Sir Elton John, Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Jennifer Hudson and The Canadian Tenors, under the direction of David Foster, tomorrow night at the Wynn. The annual event (this is the 15th year) supports the Foundation's efforts to transform education through its signature project, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep), a K-12 public charter school in Las Vegas that strives to provide children with a first-class education.
Magician Mark Raffles
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It's finally beginning to feel like fall here in Las Vegas. When fall is in the air, you know what that means. It means that it's time for the annual Renaissance Fair at Sunset Park. Hundreds of costumed knights, knaves, fair maidens and wenches will gather at the park, between October 8th and 10th for the Age of Chivalry Festival. More than 50 shows per day, including historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments and medieval pageantry, will be featured on several stages at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. A royal parade with kings, queens, knights and peasants will also take place on Saturday and Sunday. Families are invited to watch local musical acts, full-contact jousting tournaments, no-holds-barred gladiator battles, black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels, contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots and pirates at the festival. Other attractions include rides, bow and arrow target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and Renaissance guilds. In addition, more than 100 artisans - blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and swords craftsmen - will demonstrate and sell their goods. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors and children ages 5 to 12. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.lvrenfair.com.
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It was announced this past week that Neil Diamond has finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans feel that this is an honor long overdue. Ballots will be sent to 500 Rock Hall voters who will decide who gets inducted! The 500 Rock Hall members include previous inductees. The nominees who receive the top votes will be announced some time in December. There are usually 5-7 inducted each year. The 26th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place on March 14th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Jean Scigliano, Iris Gerhardt and Eydie Ruth, administrators of www.iaisnd.com (for Diamond lovers), wanted a way to show our support for Neil's nomination. A fan came up with the idea of setting up a Facebook Web site titled "Induct Neil Diamond into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." In today's social media world, it's clear that would be the fastest, most efficient and most noticeable way for thousands of fans to show their approval for Neil's nomination and to show support for Neil Diamond's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, if you would like to encourage those 500 Rock Hall voters that they should vote for Neil, the Facebook link is:
http://www.facebook.com/search/#!/pages/Induct-Neil-Diamond-into-the-Rock-n-Roll-Hall-of-Fame/118689468188771?ref=ts. We suspect that local ND tribute artists/fans, Rob Garrett and Jay White, are very happy about this and will be adding their support to this effort.
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Legends of Country Rock!, featuring three of the most influential country bands from the 1970s and 1980s, bring their distinctive sound to The Club inside Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, October 9th at 8 p.m. Poco, known for such hits as "Heart of the Night," "Streets of Paradise," "Call It Love," and their most frequently covered single "Rose of Cimarron," is one of the pioneers of country-rock music. Members include Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro, guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Michael Webb on guitar and vocals; Jack Sundrud on bass, guitar and vocals; and George Lawrence on drums. Firefall, is one of the top bands in the genre of Americana. Firefall borrows from many other genres, including rock, soft rock, country rock, easy listening and unplugged. They have produced hits such as "Just Remember I Love You," "Strange Way" and "Mexico." The group includes Jock Bartley on lead guitar and vocals; Steven Weinmeister on guitar and vocals; Sandy Ficca on drums; Bill Hopkins on bass and vocals, and Chris Ball on saxophone, flute and keyboards. Pure Prairie League got their start in 1970 in Ohio, initially playing cover tunes at local bars. They went on to sign with RCA Records and have produced 12 albums to date. Their most successful Two Lane Highway, featured guest appearances by Chet Atkins, fiddler Johnny Gimble, Don Felder from the Eagles and Emmylou Harris. Hits such as "Amie," "Falling In and Out of Love" and "Let Me Love You Tonight," continue to be played regularly on today's airways and stand as reminders of this band's epic influence on country rock. Poco, Firefall and Pure Prairie League are all true music originals that play "Classic American Music." Infused by a common thread of a rock beat with country and folk melodies, acoustic and electronic instruments, these artists have pioneered today's new "Roots" and "Americana" music scene. They continue their influence with fiery live performances that include all of their greatest hits in a show that has been tugging the nostalgic heartstrings of audiences around the country. Tickets are available now in four levels: Table for four $79.95, Gold $39.95, Prime $24.95 and Reserved $14.95. Tickets can be purchased at the Cannery Casino & Hotel's ticket sales counter located at the front desk, by calling (702) 507-5757, or online at www.cannerycasinos.com.
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The signature sounds of the Las Vegas Tenors return to the Suncoast showroom, next Saturday and Sunday, October 16th and 17th. 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 in shows at 7:30 p.m. Since 2005, the Las Vegas Tenors - Bill Fayne, Bobby Black and Teddy Davey - have been packing showrooms and entertaining standing-room-only crowds. Three unique individual sounds fuse to create a rich, full and colorful display of musicianship that has generated a strong following. 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. Bill Fayne has been musical director of more than 50 musical theater productions, operas and television shows over the past three decades. As an arranger, he has worked with Clint Holmes, Suzanne Somers and Kathie Lee Gifford. Fayne has also appeared on Bob Hope Specials, The Tonight Show and The Joan Rivers Show. 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 four-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. Tickets are available starting from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased by calling the box office at (702) 636-7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com. Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at Coast Casinos.
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The World Stars of Magic takes over the Suncoast showroom tomorrow and Sunday nights for shows at 7:30 p.m. A Paul Stone production, World Stars of Magic seamlessly blends the exceptional abilities of five acts into a fast-paced showcase of skill, guaranteed to amuse and confuse. The elite cast varied in age and strong in magical talent, includes 23-year old international champion magician Jason Andrews. Las Vegan Andrews recently earned a new title presented by the world's most prestigious magical organization - the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He won first place in their International Stage Competition and was also voted People's Choice, making him a double winner. A Boyd Gaming employee, Andrews also came in first place at a Boyd Talent Show, amazing his colleagues with his master trickery. Joining Andrews in World Stars of Magic are two magicians from the United Kingdom, Mel Mellers and Mark Raffles. Mellers, a professional magician with more than 25 years of experience in performance and training, blends comedy and magic in a clever and amusing act. Immediately following this engagement at the Suncoast, Mellers travels to China for several performance dates. Raffles, at the young-at-heart age of 91, has been performing his unique pick pocketing act in major theater and cabaret spaces around the world for 75 years, however, this Suncoast engagement marks Raffles' first time playing in the United States. Rounding out the World Stars of Magic cast are Sonny Fontana and Circe with their Magical Hands act of hand shadows, Arron Sparks with his amazing Guinness World Record breaking yo yo magic act, and the dance talents of performer Nathalie Enterline. Respected around the globe as powerful performers and creative, trend-setting magicians, the World Stars of Magic suspend belief and leave audiences wanting more. Tickets start at $19.95 plus tax and convenience fees (save convenience fees by purchasing tickets in person at the Suncoast). Call the box office at (702-636-7075) or (877) 636-7111.
Kevin James and Company
Lisa Donovan as Bride of Frankenstein
Lisa Donovan's latest venture, BOO!, a de-fright-ful musical, is a full-scale romp that holds its world premiere in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. BOO! debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 16th, at the Starbright Theatre in beautiful Sun City Summerlin, overlooking the Vegas Valley and the glittering Strip. BOO! stars Lisa and her sister, Ina Jo Donovan, a critically acclaimed musical performer and stage actress. Lisa is a Las Vegas main room entertainer who has shared the stage with such show biz heavyweights as Don Rickles, George Burns, Rich Little and Bob Hope among others. BOO! was created, written and produced by Lisa, with musical and technical direction by Stephen M. Scott. Executive Producer is Stan Evans. Lisa is best known to TV audiences from her long-running show, Face the Music, and for her role as "Nurse Kelly" on The Young and The Restless. She appears as a headliner on Princess and Holland America cruise lines, and has performed internationally on Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Crystal Cruise Lines. Ina Jo's many credits include a critics' award for Best Actress for her performance as "Velma Kelly" in the smash hit musical Chicago. BOO!, a de-fright-ful musical features some of the most popular songs ever written. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. If you plan to be in the Las Vegas area on the 16th, we recommend BOO! at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Call (702) 240-1301.
And speaking of magic...Kevin James and Company will be performing on the 3rd St. stage at the Fremont Street Experience during all of October. The show is called Freakin' Magic Horror Hospital, and stars Kevin James. You may have seen James when he competed on the popular America's Got Talent. Showtimes are at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. To quote James, "The show is full of insane original illusions and dark comedy. I even shoot a huge hole through the chest of a spectator every show." Sounds like the perfect type of creepy entertainment for Halloween month. The shows are free. Get there early.
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Ina Jo Donovan as Vampire
Kenny Rogers & Glen Campbell
The Nevada Wild West Music Fest, the first of what is expected to become an annual event, will take place at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 South Green Valley Parkway, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 15th through 17th. Presented by the Lili Claire Foundation and the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism, proceeds from the event will benefit the Lili Claire Foundation. Performers will include Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, and special guest star, John Ford Coley, on Friday; Jason Michael Carroll, Love and Theft, and a yet-to-be-announced headliner on Saturday; and Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and Lee Brice on Sunday. You won't want to miss this three day country and western state fair styled event. Bring the family and enjoy rides, games, food and exhibitions, as well as the three days of performances by these award-winning country music stars. Tickets range from $25 to $65.
For more information, call (702) 267-2171.
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