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Note: This is a past column from June 20, 2014
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Las Vegas - June 20, 2014


Entertainers at Nevada Veterans Home

For the 10th consecutive Father's Day, longtime Las Vegas resident and veteran entertainer, Nelson Sardelli, has lead an amazing group of dedicated musicians, singers, comedians and magicians, to the Nevada Veterans Home in Boulder City to perform for the residents, staff, volunteers and visitors at the facility. With the support of his own group of loyal volunteers, Sardelli and friends entertained in a nonstop four-hour show. "It is the sort of thing that brings joy, not only to the audience, but even more to the entertainers," Sardelli said. "I love to see the dedication of my fellow performers. They take time away from their families on Father's Day and gladly share their talents. Egos are put aside for the occasion and they patiently wait their turn to get on stage, often staying the whole time to support other entertainers and mingle with the vets." Some of the entertainers who participated this year were: Pete Barbutti, Rich Natole, Dennis Blair, Artie Schroeck, Linda November, Peter Anthony, Felix Silla, Kat Ray (Ms. Senior Nevada), Dondino, Sinco, Ronnie Rose, "Roy Willie" Hammock, Craig Cantor, Charlie Shaffer, Nik Mastrangelo, Allen Tramont, Dr. Wil Krom, Joseph R. Stanley, Nathan Brian Wine, Len Indelicato, Dion Vernazzarro, and Mark Bennick, with music provided by Vince Falcone, Gary Olds, Bob Sachs, and Dr. George Ritter. The faithful non-performing volunteers, always there to assist Nelson and keep things rolling, were Lou Toomin, Johnny Amato, Al Ciricilo, Donna Gummelt, Constable Gary P. Rogers, Don Sacco, Lorraine Thompson and Pietra Sardelli. Ten years ago, Angela Metcalf, Volunteer Coordinator for the NVH, was introduced to Nelson Sardelli and the idea for the Father's Day event just grew from there. As one of the most eagerly anticipated events at the home, it is wonderful to experience. "It is an honor to be here. I am truly grateful to the Las Vegas entertainment community who return every year," says Sardelli. Everyone is already talking about what is in store for the 11th year.


Father's Day Fathers Nelson Sardelli & Rich Natole

Bill Acosta

And speaking of the hard-working and charitable Nelson Sardelli, he is the producer of the upcoming tribute to singer/impressionist, Bill Acosta. On Sunday, June 29th, the Gordie Brown Theater at the Golden Nugget will be the site of I Hear Voices, starring Gordie Brown, Rich Little and Bob Anderson. Because he did such a good, and thorough, job on reporting the facts, we are "borrowing" (WITH permission) Norm Johnson's story on this worthwhile, entertaining event. Thanks, Norm.

After months of hard work and planning, "I Hear Voices, A Tribute to Bill Acosta," has been completed, and the event is ready to go on Sunday, June 29, at 3:00 p.m., at the Golden Nugget, downtown. Nelson Sardelli, who has produced a number of very successful fund raisers and tribute shows over his long career as an entertainer, has once again jumped into battle stance for a great cause, and signed on as the producer of the show. He obtained the services of three of the best impressionists in the business, Gordie Brown, Rich Little and Bob Anderson, to headline the production. And he got the Golden Nugget to allow use of the Gordie Brown Theater for the event. Singer/impressionist, Bill Acosta, has been performing in and around Las Vegas since the late '70s. A lot of us (reporters, columnists, etc) first heard him when he was singing, in his own voice, on The Barge at Caesars Palace. Bill returned now and then from his home in Chicago, but always as a singer. But, when he returned to Las Vegas in 1999, it was as the star of a revue at the Luxor, produced by his wife, Jeanne Bavaro. Two years later, Acosta and company moved into the showroom at the Flamingo, where they stayed for a year. Bill and Jeanne decided it was better financially to go back on the road, and to do their show in Las Vegas on a semi-monthly basis at various local casinos. The rest is showbiz history. However, a few years ago, Bill started having medical problems and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I was fortunate enough to be present at his final show at the South Point Hotel & Casino a few years ago. At the time I had no idea it would be his last show ever, but it was! As a result, in spite of some major surgeries, he is no longer able to perform, and is currently facing additional medical challenges. I was at his home, along with his ex-wife, Jeanne, when he was brought home after one of those surgeries. It had somewhat helped his tremors ease up, and his speaking voice was much improved. Wow, I thought that was terrific, as did everyone else who surrounded him during those trying times. Bill Acosta is one of the nicest, sweetest persons you will ever meet. He has a great bunch of friends who keep him smiling, and his family is always at his side. This show is to honor Bill and to assist with some of the very costly medical expenses. If you are unable to attend, "I Hear Voices" in person, but would like to help, you can still support the cause by sending a donation, made payable to: William Acosta, and mail it to 3801 Fairway Circle, Las Vegas NV. 89108-1106. Incidentally, not a single person or entity – not the acts, not the musicians, not the hotel's technicians and stage crew – is getting paid for this act of love. The Golden Nugget's management has gone out of their way to support the efforts and this project. Your generosity and assistance will be is deeply appreciated. "I Hear Voices," is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who see it. Tickets are $45. To purchase, contact the Golden Nugget Box Office at (702) 386-8100.
Note: Although it wasn't planned like this, the tribute to singer/impressionist Bill Acosta takes place on his actual birthday, June 29th.

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PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts present The Composers Showcase at Cabaret Jazz inside the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, this Wednesday, June 25th, starting at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors open at 9:30. This months' Composers include: Vita Corimbi, Josh Huslig, Brittney Johnson, Liza Likins, Justin Mather, Richard Oberacker, Danny Roque, Sami Saula, Fred Schreuders, Christian Tamburr, Keith Thompson (who also hosts), and Shana Tucker. Performers are Jordan Bondurant, Aaron DeJesus, Bruce Ewing, Chris Fore, Merrisa Haddad, Jacqueline Holland-Wright, Jason Kappus, Kevan Patriquin, Noah Rivera, Niki Scalera, Nikka Wahl and Sound Collage - Elyse Branch, Shannon Huslig and Savannah Smith. The Players are: Steve Cantor, Bill Congdon, Gary Cordell, Brian Czach, Chris Davis, Tish Diaz, Joel Ferguson, Mark Ferratt, Steve Flora, Mike Gonzalez, Dave Inamine, Phil Kismartoni, Brien McCrea, Mike Mechem, Kirk Rustman, Eric Scribner, Adam Shendal, Kevin Stout, Matt Taylor, Eric Tewalt, and Bill Zappia. Tickets are $20 at the Smith Center Box Office, or call (702) 749-2000 for reservations, or go online at www.thesmithcenter.com. Walk-ups are welcome if seats are still available (by today's deadline, the Cabaret Jazz was almost completely sold out). Cash Bar/Late Night Menu available.

And speaking of Danny Roque (whose wife, Nora, will be singing his "Stepmother Song" in the Composers Showcase on Wednesday), he and his family band will be presenting another version of their ShowManiaPalooza, this Sunday at the Boardwalk 11 Club, 10433 National Blvd, in West Los Angeles. Danny presents another night of musical fun and foolishness. Featuring a recipe of his original songs, he is joined on stage by an amazingly talented group of friends and family, including Duane Benjamin, Dan Spector, Jimmy Ford, Dwain Roque, Chris Roque, Angelica Roque, Nora Roque and Jill Marie Burke. If you are in the neighborhood, get yourselves down to the Boardwalk 11 Club and laugh yourself silly! The tunes are great, the performers are killer. Fresh and creative, you'll be crying one moment and laughing the next. Sold-out shows, guaranteed entertaining! Come see why some people have called it "The most fun we've had in years!" The April and May shows were sellouts, and this one should be as well (16 of the 19 Southern California ShowManiaPalooza performances have been sold out). Don't wait. Make a reservation now if you plan to join in the fun. Show time on Sunday is at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4). There is a $20 cover. Reservations are not taken through the club. Instead, call (310) 643-7005, or go to [email protected].


Danny Roque by Don Cadette

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

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Last weekend, Nik at Nite and the Trio had one of the best Sundays yet at the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge, as they celebrated Father's Day and the music of Francis Albert Sinatra. The day was a beauty, the crowd was great, the music was swinging and they had some very special guests drop by. First off, guest keyboard player, Chad Michaels, played his buttons off. Guest drummer, Jess Gopen, was more than up to the task as he kept the groove going all night. Bob Sachs was his usual virtuoso self, much to the crowd's delight. The music of Frank Sinatra always resonates with an audience. In addition to all of this, we had some super talented singers stop by. First, the wonderful sounds of Naomi Mauro soared through the air with her versions of "Blue Skies" and "Teach Me Tonight." Then they were joined by the young phenom, Chadwick Johnson, who did terrific renditions of "Since I Fell For You" and "Over the Rainbow." Alicia Sherman gave us a jazzy version of "Our Love Is Here to Stay," and last, but not least, John Menniti and Nik did a duet of "Young At Heart," followed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney's, "Yesterday." This Sunday, June 22nd, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Nik will be joined by Bill Zappia (musical director for Terry Fator) on keys, with Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums as they feature the music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Nik and the Trio did a Rodgers and Hart night a few months ago. They have since added some new (old) songs to the book. As seen last Sunday, there is no telling what surprise guests may show up to entertain the audiences in the Piazza Lounge, located in the Tuscany (on the hotel side), at 255 E. Flamingo.


Bill Zappia

Ray Glover

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Ray Glover, the man from Memphis, whose talent has taken him to 19 different countries, is currently performing in one of the world's most famous hotel and casinos, Bellagio, in the Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas. This talented man is now celebrating 11 years at the hotel's Baccarat Lounge. Obviously, Mr. Glover is doing something very right. Ray has a new CD available. The 10 tracks on As Only You Can were all written by Glover. In addition to himself, the songs feature Laura Taylor, Jenia, Clarence McDonald, Lloyd Tolbert, Tommy Alvarado, and the late Jim Belk. The CD is available on cdbaby.com, and Amazon.com. Ray's performance schedule at Bellagio's Baccarat Lounge is Tuesdays, from 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:45 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Stop by for a listen.

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The Italian American Club of Las Vegas presents Paul X. Campanella in the main showroom on Saturday, June 28th at 8 p.m. Paul's special guests are comic Louie Cordone, and singer Rockie Brown. Enjoy the sounds of Motown, Memphis and great R&B classics during an evening of music and comedy. Campanella says, "Dancing is mandatory!" Tickets are $20, and can be bought at the IAC, 2333 E. Sahara (one block east of Eastern), by phone at (702) 457-3866, or online at http://www.iacvegas.com/iac-paul-campanella.html.


Paul X. Campanella

Kellie Wright, Jimmy Emerson & Bill Fayne Salute Merman

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We finally got over to the relatively new Viva Las Vegas Event Center for the first time last weekend. We were there to see Fayne & Friends, perform The Book of Merman, created by Bill Fayne. Fayne's entertaining "friends" were Jimmy Emerson and Kellie Wright , portraying the Ethels (as in Merman), and trumpet player, Tony Crapis, who joined Kellie in "Blow Gabriel Blow." Following a video intro, showing clips of Ethel Merman with stars such as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Dean Martin, Fred Astaire and others, Fayne, Emerson and Wright, individually and in combinations, presented versions of Merman hits, including "Just a Lady With a Song," "I've Got Rhythm," "Doin' What Comes Naturally," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You're Just In Love," "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun," "Anything Goes," "Hostess With the Mostess," "Friendship," and "There's No Business Like Show Business." The full house audience shared the fun and nostalgia with the performers. Celebrity open mic, with Fayne at the piano, followed the show, starting at around 10 p.m., with Bill singing "Who Can I Turn To?" Among those who got up to perform were, Kat Ray ("I've Got the World On a String"), Autumn Johnson ("Someone To Watch Over Me," "Accentuate the Positive"), Roy Hamilton Jr. ("All the Way," "Ebb Tide"), Ricardo Antonio ("Bring Him Home," "The Impossible Dream"), Laurina Hendrickson ("Stars and Moon" by Jason Robert Brown, "I Dreamed a Dream"), Event Center owner Ron DeCar ("On a Clear Day"), Chadwick Johnson ("Since I Fell For You," "Imagine"), Denise Rose ("Over the Rainbow"), and soprano Rita Davidsen ("My Hero" from The Chocolate Soldier). Bill closed the open mic portion of the night with "The Party's Over," and it was...at least for that Saturday. The Event Center, which offers a selection of reasonably priced Starters, Dinner Entrees and Homemade Desserts, in addition to drinks, is located at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd, between Oakey and Charleston.

On Saturday, June 28th, Bill Fayne returns to the Viva Las Vegas Event Center, for the third time, with another in the Fayne & Friends series. This time, the friends include Lou DeMeis, Autumn Johnson, Laurina Hendrickson and Ricardo Antonio, in The Best of Broadway.

And still speaking of busy Mr. Fayne, he was the guest speaker at the June F.I.O.R.E. luncheon. Here is a brief follow up on the afternoon...thanks to The Las Vegas Tribune roving reporter, who says... It has become a known, if not unquestionable, fact, that the most unique luncheons in the world are those held monthly by the presidents of the F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) at the Italian American Club in (where else?) Las Vegas. The June Luncheon was no different. The talented Bill Fayne was this month's guest speaker. Funny Fayne floored friends at the F.I.O.R.E. gathering. Actually, he walked in as the guest speaker and walked out as a new President of this irreverent group. Truth be told, everyone who joins F.I.O.R.E. is automatically a President. Explaining this unique, yet fun non-club club to the average person would most likely take too much space here, so please visit their Web Site at http://nonclubclubfiore.com/, and look at the About Us page. Next month's meeting will be a big anniversary gathering, taking place at 6 p.m., on Sunday, July 20th, at the Italian American club. Watch for more details in this column. RSVPs will most definitely be required.

And STILL on the subject of Bill Fayne, he and Mistinguett are the writers and directors of Icons of Stage and Screen, taking place at 3 p.m. this Sunday at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theater. Icons of Stage and Screen offers 80-minutes of spectacular performances by a group of Las Vegas' world-class singer/actors. The cast will absolutely astound you with their spot on likeness and vocal stylings of the beloved stars they portray. Featuring Bill Fayne, with Kellie Wright, Joelle Righetti, Denise Clemente, and Richel Kompst, paying tribute to several of the most iconic stars of our time - with Bette Midler, Cher, Gwen Verdon, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, and Billie Holiday among them. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2225 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd, in the hills of Summerlin. For additional information, call (702) 240-1301.

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Hats Off! A Pop-up Exhibition of Significant Hats from the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Costume & Textile Collection, is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 21st at 3 p.m. Enjoy a visual presentation and talk highlighting the historic significance of the hats displayed in the Hats Off! exhibition from award-winning Hollywood costume designer and our volunteer Curator of Costume & Textiles, Karan Feder. Many of the hats you'll see on exhibit are donated by museum members! Learn about the behind-the-scenes, museum methods of preservation and the associated challenges of long term costume and textile storage. Karan will be available to answer questions and offer advice concerning the significant hats in your own collection. The Nevada State Museum is located at 309 South Valley View Blvd., in Las Vegas. Phone (702) 486-5205.

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The musical, and married, team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, are thrilled to be a part of the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Monday, June 23rd concert, celebrating the life and work of Margaret Whiting. It Might As Well Be Spring! features guest artists Tex Arnold, Carole J. Bufford, Jim Caruso, Eric Comstock, Mary Foster Conklin, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano, Lauren Fox, John Fricke, Eric Yves Garcia, Terese Genecco, Julia Goodwin, Heather MacRae, Marilyn Maye, Tanya Moberly, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Shaynee Rainbolt, Jennifer Sheehan, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, KT Sullivan, Debbi Whiting, and Carol Woods. In her 90th year, singer Margaret Whiting is honored with reminiscences and renditions of the songs she popularized across a six-decade career. The repertoire includes "Moonlight in Vermont," "That Old Black Magic," "My Ideal," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Blues in the Night," and "In Love In Vain." The tribute takes place at 7 p.m. in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. For reservations, please call CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800. Student and Senior discount tickets are available at the Box Office.


Margaret Whiting

Mr. David de Alba

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Although we couldn't attend the recent concert of the Las Vegas Men's Chorus in person, thanks to modern technology, we were able to see and hear Hooray for Hollywood, songs from the movies, and enjoy the entire program, as it was taking place at the East Tropicana Community Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Duff directed the chorus, and Laurence Sobel accompanied on piano. Thanks to current technology, if you have access to a computer (you must have, or you couldn't be reading this), you can go to CommunityLV.org and see whatever is going on at the church at that time, whether it be services or music programs. Live streaming video. Most amazing.

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Congratulations to the Amazing Johnathan (John Szeles) and his bride, Anastasia Synn. The couple were married recently at a celebrity guest-filled ceremony at A Special Memory Chapel.

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Reminders...
This year's "Ribbon of Life," presented by Golden Rainbow. is themed "Under the Big Top" and will be full of exhilarating circus-inspired acts. The spectacular will take place this Sunday, June 22nd, in the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. Founded by members of the local entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like "Ribbon of Life" and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org, or call (702) 384-2899.

Also taking place on Sunday, San Francisco's Finocchio Club's legendary actor, singer-impressionist, David de Alba will present A Lonely Stage, My Tribute to Judy Garland at The Onyx Theatre. Following last year's sold out performance of Dorothy The Later Years Judy Garland Tribute, de Alba returns to The Onyx Theater stage on June 22nd, the 45th anniversary of Miss Garland's death. Mr. de Alba has been written about in six books, and has received many awards for his live stage presentations. He has also been a respected Celebrity Interviewer for the past 15 years. These rare interviews are published on his theatrical website, david-de-alba.com. True Judy Garland fans, or anyone who appreciates the Art Form of live female Impersonation, should not miss Mr. de Alba's performance celebrating Judy's musical career. Show time is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for VIP seating (first two rows), and $17 for general seating. They are on sale now, and may be purchased through the theater box office, in person or by calling (702) 732-7225. The off-Strip Onyx Theater is located in the Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Avenue, 16B.

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Frank Marino and seven of his Divas Las Vegas cast members, will be performing at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City this weekend. Marino's troupe of female impersonators is more than your average drag show. These star performers replicate the likenesses of favorite females, from legends like Diana Ross, Cher and Madonna, to today's hottest, like Katy Perry, Britney and Rihanna. And although the divas lip sync, the show doesn't skimp on entertainment value, as it's all about performance and flashy attire anyway. Marino kicks the show off as comedienne Joan Rivers, returning between acts in a collection of dazzling outfits. Comedy, couture and crazy fun – what more could you ask for? Marino always knew he'd be a star, but he never expected his claim-to-fame would consist of glittering Bob Mackie gowns, Manolo Blahnik stilettos and make-up and wigs. Known as "The Queen of the Strip," the Brooklyn native has been performing as Rivers for more than 20 years. He currently headlines at The Quad (formerly the Imperial Palace) in Las Vegas. Shows at Harrah's in Atlantic City are this Saturday and Sunday, June 21st and 22nd at 8 p.m. For reservations, call (800) 745-3000.

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After a well received Las Vegas run in 2013, The Phat Pack is back for a Benefit Performance before taking the show on the road. "On Sunday, June 29th at 2 p.m., we will be doing our show, The Phat Pack: The Best of Broadway, to benefit Off-Strip Productions of Las Vegas' artistic director, Brandon Burk," says Phat Pack representative and performer, Bruce Ewing. "We love the company, and what Brandon is doing there, so we just want to offer our show to help them raise some much needed funds!" The show will take place at The Onyx Theater in Commercial Center on Sahara Ave. "We have a number of shows scheduled 'on the road' in the next few months," continues Ewing, "so this is also an opportunity for us to practice performing in different venues before taking the show on the road! One more chance to share our show with our Las Vegas audiences as well!" The Phat Pack opened at the Plaza Hotel (downtown Las Vegas) in late November 2012 to amazing reviews, and received standing ovations nightly. The Phat Pack was named the Las Vegas Review-Journal Editor's Pick for "Best Of Las Vegas 2013 - Best All Around Performers." After closing at the Plaza almost a year later, the show was picked up by EMI Entertainment, and moved to the Bally's Windows Showroom in December 2013. Again, The Phat Pack opened to amazing reviews, and an even better audience response than at the earlier venue. The show went dark at Bally's due to a management changeover. The Phat Pack is made up of singer/actors, Ted Keegan (the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on Tour); Randal Keith (Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on Tour); Bruce Ewing (Jinx in Forever Plaid on the National Tour and in Las Vegas); and Kevan Patriquin (Lead Singer and Stunt Coordinator in EFX at MGM Grand, Las Vegas). Tickets for the benefit are $20. For more information on this performance for Off Strip Productions, call (702) 732-7225.
Photos by Frankie Sanchez


The Phat Pack

Deana Martin & Vinny Raniolo

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Here is what Allen Foster had to say about Deana Martin's weekend at The Rrazz Room in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Deana Martin provides unrivaled entertainment at The Rrazz Room
Deana Martin, daughter of iconic Dean Martin, shows the same sort of charisma that her father had in his ability to knock The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" out of the No. 1 position on the Billboard charts. After last night's show at The Rrazz Room in New Hope, PA, it's obvious that Deana easily rivals her father's magic. The glamorous Martin, adorned in an elegant, sparkling gown and glittering with diamonds was visually dazzling beneath the bright stage lights. However, her presence and character effortlessly surpassed all the splendor of her outfit. Delivering an absolutely absorbing and thoroughly engaging two hour show, it's not groundless to state that as an all-around-entertainer. Deana Martin is without equal. Backed by an equally accomplished quintet of musicians: Rick Krive on piano, Brian Nalepka on bass, Steve Singer on drums, Kenny Anderson on woodwinds, and Vinny Raniolo on guitar; Deana Martin sauntered through a fabulous evening of music, mirth, and nostalgia, with a generous dash of education sprinkled on top. Martin exceeded her role of performer so much, that it might have been more fitting to call her a hostess. Deana took it upon herself to engage each audience member on a personal level, learning names and joking with tailor-made material to ensure every single person in attendance felt like the night was crafted specifically for them. It is apropos to point out that the intimate, recently-opened venue, The Rrazz Room is possibly the only room outside of a posh Manhattan supper club so adequately suited for such a premier production. The warm, comfortable space was furnished with crisp sound, a dramatic range of lighting, fine cuisine, and a courteous and attentive staff. The Rrazz Room is a truly fitting environment for the perfect match of world-class talent it consistently draws. The term 'highlight' is almost irrelevant when applied to Martin's show, as she has the remarkable ability to make every single moment unforgettable. Whether she is relating a tale from her storied upbringing involving Uncle Frank and Uncle Sammy; setting up and delivering pun-derful jokes; or just captivating with her phenomenal vocal stylings; there isn't a single instance when the entire audience is not absolutely engaged in her performance. "True Love," however, was a show-stopper. As the members of the band set down their instruments, the video screens crackled to life with a moving montage of Deana's fabled father while, utilizing the miracles of technology, Martin and Martin performed live together. And on Father's Day, no less! It was a night filled with laughs, memories, and only the greatest hits from the Great American Songbook, brought to life by a peerless performer who made it her personal responsibility to ensure not a single person left without feeling special. Deana Martin is a first-rate entertainer who is unmatched in her talent, personality, charm and stage appeal. She's so good, she just might be making her dad a little jealous, but also incredibly proud!
Watch for Deana Martin's return to a Las Vegas stage later this year.

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At its recent gathering in Las Vegas, The Burlesque Hall of Fame 2014 "Sassy Lassy Award" was presented to Grant Philipo in recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Burlesque. Grant has, and continues to design, costumes for the queens (and kings) of the runway. Congratulations, Mr. Philipo, for your well-deserved honor.


Grant Philipo, Jett Adore & April March

Little Jimmy Scott 1925-2014

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Jimmy Scott, a jazzman with a man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated All the Way, has died. He was 88. Scott's wife, Jeanie Scott, says her husband died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on June 12th. He battled health problems stemming from a genetic hormone deficiency, and had been under the care of a home nurse. His 1992 album, All the Way, sold only 49,000 copies in the United States, but earned him cult-like popularity in Europe and Asia, particularly Japan, where he often sold out performances. Eventually he performed with the likes of Elton John and Sting. Jeanie Scott says her husband stopped touring two years ago, but continued recording. He is expected to be buried in Cleveland.

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner, Carole King, wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died yesterday, June 19th, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some Kind of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. The couple divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston. King said in a statement that Goffin was her "first love" and had a profound impact on her life. The Goffin-King love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, on Broadway. The musical shows the two composing their songs at Aldon Music, the Brill Building publishing company in Manhattan that also employed Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Carole Bayer Sager. The show ends just as King is enjoying fame for her groundbreaking solo album, Tapestry. Goffin earned an Academy Award nomination with Michael Masser for the theme to the 1975 film, Mahogany, for Diana Ross. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for "So Sad the Song" in 1977 from the film, Pipe Dreams. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939, and was a chemist who loved music when he met King at Queens College. A whirlwind romance led to a marriage and their first hit, when she was only 17, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," for the Shirelles. Both quit their day jobs to focus on music. Other songs followed, including "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters, "One Fine Day" for the Chiffons and "Chains," which was later covered by the Beatles. Goffin also collaborated with another composer, Barry Mann, on the hit "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp)." Goffin continued co-writing songs, including "I've Got to Use My Imagination" recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, and "It's Not the Spotlight," recorded by Rod Stewart. In the 1980s and '90s, he co-wrote "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," a duet recorded by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack. Gerry Goffin is survived by his five children and his wife.

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On Sunday, June 22nd, Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte will join the cast of the Gypsy Showroom Showcase, a Lookalikes Impersonators Production, at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs for a 3 p.m. performance. Tickets are available through http://james-gypsy-haake.ticketleap.com/june22/dates/Jun-22-2014_at_0300PM. The Spa Resort Casino is located at 401 East Amado.


Manuel Arte & Frankie Kein

Three Dog Night

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Grammy-nominated '70s rockers and "Joy to the World" hitmakers, Three Dog Night, will perform at The Orleans Showroom on June 28th and 29th. Three Dog Night has garnered numerous accomplishments throughout their career, including landing 21 consecutive Top 40 hits-- three of which were No. 1 singles, 11 Top 10's, 18 straight Top 20's, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. The band's timeless hits have appeared on best selling charts in pop, rock and country genres. Their first gold record was "One," written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. The group later achieved three US No. 1 songs, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy to the World," and "Black and White." During this time, the band sold more than 40 million albums. The band's popularity continued in 2000, with The Best of Three Dog Night: 20th Century Masters landing on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. In late 2009, Three Dog Night released two new songs, which gained status on the charts, "Heart of Blues" and "Prayer of the Children." Additionally, Three Dog Night's hits have contributed to numerous television commercials, radio, and major motion pictures. Recently, Three Dog Night celebrated their fourth decade as a band and, while they have not recorded a full-length album since 1976, the group's next album is in the works. The current band lineup features original members, Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, Jimmy Greenspoon and Michael Allsup, along with longtime members Paul Kingery and Pat Bautz. Show time each evening at The Orleans is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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Chubby Checker, commonly referred to as an icon of an era, will hit the stage at the Sam's Town Live! located within Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on June 28th. Displaying talent at a young age, Checker often entertained customers by singing and cracking jokes, while working at a local poultry shop. His workplace antics helped win an audition with a local record label, which signed the fledgling singer in 1959. Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, became an icon in the 1960s, releasing his smash hit, No. 1 song, "The Twist," which introduced the concept of "dancing apart to the beat." During the next few years, endless songs incorporated "The Twist" into their titles, such as "Peppermint Twist," "Twist and Shout" and "Twistin' the Night Away." Checker continued his success with more chart topping hits and achievements. In 1961, he won a Grammy for "Let's Twist Again." In addition, the single, "Pony Time," hit No. 1, and "The Hucklebuck," "Limbo Rock," "Slow Twistin" and "The Fly," all peaked on Billboard's Top Ten. Later, in 2007, Checker returned to the charts yet again with "Knock Down The Walls," Billboard's No. 1 dance track. This song introduced Checker to a whole new audience with its powerful straight-ahead rock tempo and showcased Checker's continuous musical evolution. Throughout his career, Checker has garnered numerous accomplishments, including being the only artist to have a song hit chart as No. 1 twice, the only artist to attain nine double-sided hits. Show time for Chubby Checker at Sam's Town is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $34.95, plus tax and fees. B Connected members can get a $5 discount on all tickets by showing their B Connected card at the box office at time of purchase (discount is limited to one ticket per B Connected card). Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling (702) 636-7075, or visiting www.samstownlv.com. Sam's Town is located at 5111 Boulder Highway. For more information, visit www.samstownlv.com.


Chubby Checker

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

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Outdoor authors, Deborah Wall and Dennis Boulton, have published a new book designed to help people with limited mobility enjoy the same sights that awed others with the natural beauty of the American Southwest. The new book will be unveiled, and available for purchase and signing by the authors, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., this Sunday, June 22nd, at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. in Boulder City. Access For All: Touring The Southwest With Limited Mobility, is a guidebook to choice outdoor attractions, selected especially for their accessibility to those in wheelchairs, using walkers, or simply requiring relatively level and easy pathways to viewpoints. As in other books Wall has published, detailed directions are given to each site, but in this case the directions also deal with accessibility issues, such as the availability of accessible restrooms and campsites or, in buildings associated with the outdoor sites, elevators. Wall, a professional outdoor writer and photographer, is the author of a popular bi-weekly column on hiking in the View Neighborhood Newspapers distributed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and also carried in the Boulder City Review. She wrote two previous, well-received books on hiking, Base Camp Las Vegas and Great Hikes: A Cerca Country Guide, besides publishing numerous articles on hiking and touring in the Southwest. She was the most prolific contributor to the outdoor magazine, Cerca, and to its successor, the Cerca travel pages carried monthly in the Review-Journal. Her co-author, Boulton, is a retired geologist and teacher. He has earned degrees from UNLV and UNR and has lived in Nevada since 1965. Like Wall, he is an expert hiker, and Boulton has been a guide for backpacking and whitewater adventures. The two jointly wrote columns on accessible recreation before deciding to compose a book on the subject. Little information was previously available about which outdoor destinations are well-equipped to accommodate those with limited mobility. Yet social and technological changes have made it increasingly likely those citizens will seek adventure outdoors. Better roads and cars, and advances in wheelchairs, walkers, artificial limbs and braces, and other equipment, have made it possible for them to reach outdoor destinations formerly seen only by the rugged and young. Greater life expectancy and opportunities for earlier retirement have given many aging Americans the time to travel, despite the artificial hip or the pacemaker. Furthermore, the wounded but willing veterans of America's wars in the Middle East seek, and deserve, the opportunity for outdoor adventures in a peaceful landscape. Wall and Boulton are both experienced and poised public speakers who offer in-depth slide shows featuring the photographs from their travels. They speak on hiking and outdoor travel in Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah. To contact them about possible speaking engagements or book signing appearances, e-mail them at [email protected]. The Boulder Dam Hotel is a historic structure dating from the 1930s, when it was the accommodation of choice for VIPs visiting the construction site that became the crowning achievement of the Depression-era public works project, and created the famous structure now called Hoover Dam. Restored, the hotel is accessible to those with limited mobility. Besides operating as a hotel, the building also contains a historical museum focusing on the building of the Hoover Dam. Access For All: Touring The Southwest With Limited Mobility is published by New University Press, http://newuniversitypress.com/, a Las Vegas company specializing in non-fiction, and is available from Amazon.com. Complete with many excellent photos of the striking scenery recommended, it is priced at $24.95.
The accompanying photo of Capitol Reef National Park, in South Central Utah, is by author, Deborah Wall.



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