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Note: This is a past column from July 11, 2014
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Las Vegas - July 11, 2014

The social event of the season will take place at the Italian American Club on Sunday, July 20th, when the non-club club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a NIGHTIME party. The get-together will take place at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, beginning at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5). The evening will include a delicious buffet dinner, prize drawings (including cash), and live (mostly) entertainment featuring Gary Anderson & The F.I.O.R.E. Anniversary Orchestra. Cost is $25 per person, with all widows of past-presidents as guests of F.I.O.R.E. (new boyfriends are on their own). Dress to impress. Hot summer elegance if you will. RSVPs are mandatory. Contact [email protected]. Before you commit to a F.I.O.R.E. event, it is suggested you visit the About Us page at The F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone.
Happy 10th Anniversary, F.I.O.R.E.!!! You don't look a day over nine!

Next month, at a daytime luncheon meeting at the Italian American Club, the special F.I.O.R.E. guests will be Sue and Paul Lowden. We will have more details in an upcoming column.

Sue & Paul Lowden

Mark Winkler and Rescue Pups Newton & Stella

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Mark Winkler does a lot of concerts, CDs, recommendations and flyers for cute doggies that need a home, but this concert, coming up on Sunday, is most important to him. It's something he has been wanting to do for a long time. Mark has put together a fantastic line-up of great singers (who also happen to be his friends), who have all recorded some of his songs. That means if you go, you will hear a lot of Winkler's tunes scattered among the standards, and sung by some talent that will "blow the roof off the sucker," as George Clinton so beautifully put it. So, if you only attend one Winkler event this year, make it this one for the dogs and cats and rabbits and hamsters and for the birds, "but not for the birds, if you know what I mean," says Mark. This Sunday, July 13th, Mark and Richard Del Belso will host a Brunch at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd. (at McCadden, one block east of Highland), in Los Angeles, to benefit the Pet Mania Care & Rescue Center. Brunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., with performances by the Pet Maniacs - Cheryl Barnes, Jeffrey Gimble, Dolores Scozzesi, Joanne Tatham and Mark Winkler - starting at 1 p.m. Each artist will do a 20 minute set, accompanied by Rich Eames on piano, Lyman Medieros on bass, and Peter Buck on drums. A short presentation by Pet Rescue will take place at 2 p.m. There is a $25 cover, plus food and beverage minimum. For reservations, call (323) 466-2210, or go to Pet Mania Care & Rescue Center is located at 353 N. Pass Ave. in beautiful downtown Burbank.

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Running a little behind in reporting this news. Las Vegan Rob Garrett, known as The King of Diamonds, along with The King of Diamonds Band - Keith Neal (Guitar/Vocals), Steve Gerard (Keyboards), Jay Boyer (Keyboards), Daryl Slade (Bass), Jeff Borree (Drums) Steve Poncar (Saxophone, Flute, Vocals), Brian Kell (Percussion), and Russine Zellner (Vocals) - had a sold out (more than 2,000 seats), standing room only, show at the Texas Station Dallas Events Center on May 31st. That makes this the largest (ticket purchasing) audience that the Neil Diamond tribute artist has ever played to LOCALLY in his 34-year career as a Las Vegas performer. The Texas Station GM watched the entire show from beginning to end which is "very rare" for him to do. Coming up, from July 30th through August 10th, Garrett and The King of Diamonds Band will be performing in the 750-seat showroom of the Riverside Resort & Casino in Laughlin. This two week engagement will be the first time that Rob and company have done an extended run show. Lozenges and a humidifier are on the agenda. Shortly after they return from Laughlin, it is "Hot August Night" time at the Cannery on August 16th. We will have more details on this in an upcoming column.

Rob Garrett at Texas Station Dallas Events Center

Bethany Owen

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Monday, July 14th, Darya presents the award- winning comic impressionist, Bethany Owen, in a one-woman dinner show. The Woman of 1001 Voices & Faces will perform beginning at 7 p.m., with dinner served beginning at 6. Special guest will be belly dancer, Amira. The package price, for the three-course meal and show, is $49.94 per person. Darya is located at 3899 South Plaza Drive, in Santa Ana's South Coast Plaza. Advance reservations are required. Call (714) 557-6600.

And beginning on July 16th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Bethany Owen Show reopens at the Old World Festival Banquet Hall, 7561 Center Avenue, Old World Village, in Huntington Beach, California. Lunch and her most entertaining show will run Wednesdays, through August 16th.

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Derrick Boyce

Laurie Caceres

If you remember the music that was all the rage in the '30s and '40s - the big bands, the fabulous vocalists like Helen Ward and Ella Fitzgerald, and the thrilling dances like the Charleston, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop - then you'll very likely enjoy the program, It's Swing! So Get Up & Dance!, that the Performing Arts Society of Nevada is presenting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th, at the Winchester Theater. Even for those too young to have experienced that period in America's musical history, it's hard to resist the allure of Swing Music, which swept the nation between World War I and II, was revived in the 1980s, and still remains one of America's most treasured musical art forms. PASNV's program, It's Swing! So Get Up & Dance!, explores the lively, syncopated, and often jazzy songs of the era and features three gifted local vocalists to sing them. Musical theater leading man, Randall Patterson, will headline. His credits include "Will" in Will Rogers Follies, "Joe" in Like It Hot, "Conrad" in Bye Bye Birdie, "Danny Zuko" in Grease, "Pirate King" in Pirates of Penzance, as well as local stints as lead singer for both the Flamingo's City Lites, and Donn Arden's Jubilee! at Bally's Hotel & Casino. Joining Randall on vocals is Laurie Caceres, longtime former lead singer in Jubilee!, as well as featured performer in Legends in Concert, EFX starring Michael Crawford, Folies Bergére, and Viva Las Vegas. She also played musical theater roles, including "Audrey" in Little Shop of Horrors, "Elsa Scrhaeder" in The Sound of Music, and "Zelda Zanders" in Singin' In the Rain. Rounding out the trio will be opera- trained vocalist and former Miss Pennsylvania, Gabriella Versace, who has delighted audiences with her charm and vocal prowess for decades, and even as a child star shared the stage with entertainment greats such as Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin. Gabriella has also starred in Las Vegas productions of Showgirls, Honky Tonk Cowgirls, Erocktica, and is a lead singer for the rock band, Nitro. Joining the vocalists will be a troupe of four dancers, performing many of the steps that took the nation by storm, choreographed by Florida State University Golden Girl and Jubilee!/ Vegas! The Show veteran, Holly Lauren Dayton, including current Donn Arden's Jubilee! and veteran Legends In Concert trouper, Derrick Boyce; Toronto-born and Canadian Dance Teacher Association certified dance instructor, Brittney Sourlis; Philadelphia University of The Arts graduate and Disney Cruise Line dancer Tiffany DeAlba; and all-around super dancer (Ballet, Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz Funk, Tap, Improvisational, Pointe, Partnering) and exercise video queen, Hope Spear. With beautiful songs, including favorites like "Sing Sing Sing," "In The Mood," "Satin Doll," "Embraceable You," "Jeepers Creepers," "Blue Moon," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "We're Having A Heat Wave," "Skylark," "Blues In The Night," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "This Joint Is Jumpin'," and some of Las Vegas' most entertaining performers, this Sunday afternoon extravaganza is sure to sweep you off your feet. Don't miss PASNV'S It's Swing! So Get Up & Dance!, variety program on Sunday, July 20th, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30) at the Winchester Theater, 3130 McLeod Dr., east of Eastern and north of Desert Inn. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741, or email to [email protected] The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit organization dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years.

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Services for Joseph LaVigna, who passed away on July 3rd at the age of 70 (although he sure didn't look 70) were held earlier today at Bunkers Memory Gardens, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Road in Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Joe's name to the American Cancer Society.

Joe LaVigna RIP

Louis Landon

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World famous concert pianist, Louis Landon, will perform in Las Vegas as part of his three-week tour of the west. On Tuesday, July 15th, Landon will perform a solo piano concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Southern Nevada Music, 1881 S. Rainbow Boulevard. Landon has performed many different music styles all over the world -- on national and international tours and on television -- including classical music with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Latin music with Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, and with Rupert Holmes ("Pina Colada Song"), and rock and roll with John Hall. Landon is a Steinway Artist, formerly of New York and currently of Sedona, Arizona. He has released 15 CDs on the LCI record label. His latest, was released this past March. Further information is available on his web site, Tickets for the Las Vegas concert, with special discounts for students, are available at (800) 838-3006.

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Memphis music men, Hudson & Saleeby, who used to live and work in Las Vegas, pass along this information. Can you visualize of a bike path all along the Mississippi River from its mouth to its end that would be as spectacular as the Blue Ridge Parkway... only without cars? Memphis will be one of the most important stops along the way, and a hub with the only bridge - the Big River Crossing - for the new Big River Parkway. It's The Mississippi River Geotourism Effort in conjunction with National Geographic! The Big River Parkway and Big River Crossing is a project basically creating a parkway that runs the whole length of the Mississippi River, crossing the river using an old railroad bridge, no longer used. This will only be for bicycles and hikers...not cars. There was recently a reception to help raise awareness and gain support for the project, with one of those "anybody who is anybody" attended-type parties. Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby were invited to play music for the reception. Along with Mayor A C Wharton, Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Congressmen Steve Cohen and Reid Hedgepeth, Charlie McVean, Greg Maxted, Paul Morris, and Terry Eastin, the musical duo helped entertain potential supporters of this campaign to give the whole effort a party atmosphere.

Chris Hudson & Doug Saleeby

Squeaky Clean "Miley Montana"

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Mi oh. Mi oh. Miley. Apparently we weren't the only ones who thought that the two hour Miley Cyrus (not so) Special was a waste of network time. "Wreck," as in "Wrecking Ball," seems like an apt description. What in the world was NBC thinking when they allotted 120-minutes on a Saturday night to this mess of a girl/woman? We can't recall another performer who has had a primetime, network, all night program devoted to them in recent years. Why her? News outlets described the show's ratings as "weak," saying it bombed in the ratings. The (not so) Special averaged 2 million viewers overall and a rating of 0.7 among 18- to 49-year-olds, which is the demographic most desired by advertisers. Last week's episode of Last Comic Standing, that aired in the same time slot, garnered 3.4 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. Bring back Hannah Montana!

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The brilliant musical masterpiece, Cabaret, opens a the intimate Onyx Theatre, next Friday, July 18th. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub. Here, prepare to bear witness to the story of Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw - a cabaret singer and a writer from America - as their lives become intertwined with the fate of pre-WWII Germany. Step into the cabaret and experience the sordid nightlife of the Kit Kat club, where a raucous ensemble takes the stage nightly. Led by the eccentric Master of Ceremonies, they tantalize and urge the audience to leave their troubles behind. Outside of the club, a surging Nazi regime threatens the fragile lives of the denizens of Berlin. Will their carefree lifestyle be enough to get them through these dangerous times? Is the sanctuary of the cabaret sufficient to protect them from the chaos of impending war? Let yourself be enthralled by Sally and Cliff's story, a powerful testament to the turbulence of a changing society. The book is by Joe Masteroff, and music and lyrics are by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Off-Strip's Artistic Director, Brandon Burk, is directing this controversial and edgy Broadway classic, on the heels of a successful run of The Importance of Being Earnest. This is the second time Burk directs a full length musical, following sold-out performances of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2012. A group of talented local artists are part of the production team, with Karalyn Clark serving as the Musical Director, Kellie Wright as the Assistant Director, and Olivia Hernando as Choreographer. The cast includes applauded local performers: John Dorsey, Kirsten Maki, Cory Goble, Joy Demain, and Lou De Meis. The all-star list of designers include: David Sankuer - Set; Isaias Hiram Urrabazo - Costumes; and Jake Copenhaver - Lighting. The Onyx theatre is the perfect venue for this provocative and sexually charged tale. Watch it morph into a decadent cabaret nightclub and experience the thrill of a 1920's revue! Come and hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Wilkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Cabaret celebrates its opening next weekend, with 8 p.m. shows on Friday, the 18th, and Saturday, the 19th, at The Onyx Theatre. The run continues July 25th through 27th, and August 1st through 3rd, at 8 p.m., and matinees on July 27th and August 3rd, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for regular admission, and $19 for Students, Seniors and Military. They are available online at, or by calling the Box Office at (702) 732-7225. "What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play." Your table is the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 16-B, in Commercial Center.

Tara Palsha

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If you happen to be in the area of Cape May, New Jersey, at 8 p.m., on Monday the 14th, you can see the multi-talented Deana Martin, Live In Concert at the City Of Cape May Convention Hall, at 714 Beach Ave. Deana is an influential American singer, actor and performer and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. For Deana Martin tickets, please call (855) 708-9699.

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Next Saturday night, July 19th, Bill Fayne will be doing a show at the Viva Las Vegas Event Center, called A Tribute to Redheads, with Tara Palsha. This will also serve as a going away party for Tara. She will be leaving Vegas! The Show after July 25th, and heading to her new adventure in New York City with her guy, Scott Moats. Bill would love it if you could join them at the show, which starts at around 8 p.m., or the after party/open mic portion of the night. Bill says, "We'll be going till 11:30, if you can stop by for a drink and a goodbye hug for Tara. The food and drinks at VLVEC are really good! Please bring some music, sing a song, do a magic trick, tell a few jokes, or whatever you do!" The venue charges a $15 cover. Please RSVP if you can so they will know what to expect. The Viva Las Vegas Event Center is located at 1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South. For reservations or additional information, call Toll Free at (800) 574-5406, or locally at (702) 384-0771.

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This Sunday night, Nik at Nite and His Trio will be celebrating the music of Sammy Cahn in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany. Last weekend, a full house was treated to the masterful guitar work of Joe Lano, helping Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and Nik Mastrangelo celebrate the music of Cole Porter. Not only was the crowd treated to one of the finest guitarists on the planet, but also a surprise visit by Jo Belle Yonely, one of the best jazz vocalists around. They also welcomed the return to Las Vegas of Lynn Ross, who was on hand to perform a couple of songs with the trio. This Sunday, the trio will consist of Chad Michael on keys, along with Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums, to help Nik revisit the music of Sammy Cahn, which the group last did a couple of months ago. I'm sure there will be more surprise guests as the word is definitely out about Sunday nights at the Piazza Lounge. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel at 255 E Flamingo.

Lynn Ross

Lara Teeter

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Actor Bart Williams (he is appearing in The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, through mid-October at the Tuachan Amphitheatre in Utah) sent along this information regarding his friend, Lara Teeter. Join Tony- nominee and Broadway veteran, Teeter, for his New York City cabaret debut, sharing his journey as artist, teacher, husband and dad. See Lucky to Be Me, Tuesday, July 15th at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5), at 54 Below in the Big Apple. Enjoy the Great American Songbook in the hands (and feet!) of this song and dance man. Lara's Broadway credits include On Your Toes (Tony nomination), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Happy New Year, and The Pirates of Penzance. Other credits include: the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden, Don Lockwood in the national tour of Singin' in the Rain, Will Parker in the national tour of Oklahoma!, Buddy Plummer in Follies at Barrington Stage Company, Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me at the Ahmanson Theatre, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at North Shore Music Theatre. Other credits: New York City Opera's Naughty Marietta and The Most Happy Fella at Lincoln Center; Lyric Opera of Chicago's Street Scene; Carnegie Hall portraying Henry Higgins in a tribute to the work of Lerner & Loewe, and, most recently, Show Boat with both Houston Grand Opera and Washington's National Opera Theatre, directed by Francesca Zambello. Director, Tim Schall. Musical Director/Accompanist, Greg Schweizer. Cover Charge: $25/$35/$50. Food & Beverage Minimum: $25. Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door. *Pricing subject to change at any time. For reservations and information for Lara Teeter's Lucky to Be Me, call (646) 476-3551. *After 2 p.m., on the day of performance, tickets are only available by calling (646) 476-3551. 54 Below is located at 254 W 54th St, Cellar in Manhattan.
For show reservations at Tuachan, where you can "Expect the unforgettable," go to, or call (866) 321-5065.

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At the newly named Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, the 2014 Las Vegas Elvis Fest is taking place through Sunday, the 13th. On July 1st, Westgate Resorts, which owns 28 other properties around the country, announced its acquisition of LVH, which first opened in 1969 as the International, home to performances by iconic acts such as Liberace and Elvis Presley. In 1971, it became the Las Vegas Hilton before changing its name to LVH - Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, earlier this year. The Las Vegas Elvis Festival, produced by Las Vegas Elvis Festival LLC, is an Elvis Fans' event, featuring an Elvis Tribute Artist contest, a Saturday night concert starring Ultimate Elvis tribute Artist and the BBC's 'World's Greatest Elvis,' Shawn Klush, presenting "That's the Way It Was," a tribute to Elvis' years in Vegas, performing in the same showroom where Elvis made history, arguably one of the most historic locations in the career of Elvis Presley. Among the personalities participating in the year's Fest are Joe Esposito. When "Diamond Joe" went to work for Elvis Presley in 1960, the two were already friends. They met in the Army, and in the years to come, Esposito would serve as Elvis' road manager, bodyguard and go-to guy. Joe is highly regarded as Elvis' closest confidant and friend. He was Elvis' best man when the King married Priscilla Beaulieu. He later was a spokesman for the entourage, and remained with the estate, helping to catalog the inventory. Since then, he has been a champion of the Elvis legacy and, in 2006, wrote the memoir, Remember Elvis. Cynthia Pepper, Elvis' costar in 1964's Kissin' Cousins, remembers the experience as the highlight of her career. "Getting to know Elvis was an experience I will never forget," says the Southern Nevada resident. Cynthia was drawn early to an acting career by her parents, vaudeville and night club entertainer, Jack Pepper, and his second wife, Dawn (Stanton) Pepper, a former dancer who once worked for showman Billy Rose. Outside of an unbilled part at age 10 in the movie, Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), Cynthia did not actively pursue an acting career until her Hollywood High School graduation. One of her first roles was as a "malt shop girl" in the Dobie Gillis comedy series starring Dwayne Hickman. Following that, she found work on two popular ABC detective series of 1960, Bourbon Street Beat with Richard Long, and 77 Sunset Strip with Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, and the hair- combing Edd "Kookie" Byrnes. Cynthia gained major momentum when she won a regular role in the all-male My Three Sons (1960) sitcom, as the girlfriend of oldest son Mike (played by Tim Considine). On the strength of her My Three Sons role, the actress was able to move front-and-center as the star of own series, Margie (1961). In movies, Pepper had the pleasure of appearing with Sandra Dee in the frothy comedy, Take Her, She's Mine (1963) before winning the co-starring role of PFC Midge Riley opposite Elvis Presley in one of his more ingratiating vehicles, Kissin' Cousins. Chicago-born Darlene Tompkins came from a "show biz family," with relatives who worked in vaudeville and in plays (Tompkins' three- years-younger aunt is actress Beverly Washburn). A beauty contest victory opened some Hollywood doors for Tompkins, who began appearing in commercials, co-starred in 1960's Beyond the Time Barrier when she was 18, and appeared in TV series and additional features, including Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii (1961). DJ Fontana, the drummer in Elvis' original band, was the man behind the beat for the first 15 years of Elvis' career. Along with playing on approximately 460 RCA cuts with the King, DJ and Scotty Moore received the Nashville Music Award for the best independent album of the year in 1998 for All the Kings Men. In 2009, DJ was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Elvis Presley & Cynthia Pepper

The Las Vegas Tenors 2014

Also taking place in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, are ongoing performances by The Las Vegas Tenors. The trio of three dynamic and powerful vocalists is made up of Bobby Black, Shai Yammanee and Lou Gazzara. Though the term "tenor" is commonly associated with classical music, these versatile men of melody will shatter any preconceived notions you may have had about what it means to be a tenor. From rock 'n' roll, to rhythm and blues and more, the Las Vegas Tenors do it all with the electric energy and pizzazz of the neon lights of Vegas. This is one show you won't want to miss. Show times are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. General Admission is $39 (plus tax and service charge), LVH Guest: $29 (plus tax and service charge), Nevada Residents: $29 (plus tax and service charge). Please call the Box Office (24 hours a day) at (702) 732-5111, or (800) 222-5361 for show tickets.

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One of our personal favorites, Martin Nievera, made an appearance at the M Resort in May. We hope this is an indication that he might be moving his local shows to that property in the future. Known as "The Concert King" in the Philippines where he was born, the singer songwriter is immensely talented and should have a more ongoing presence in Las Vegas. We would be absolutely delighted to see and hear Nievera performing on a regular basis at the M Resort (or just about anywhere else, other than the Westside venue where he has been doing his thing in recent years). Fingers are crossed.

Martin Nievera

Don Felder

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Legendary rock performers, Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder, will bring their classic hits and energetic concert set lists to the Orleans Arena, next Friday, July 25th, for The Soundtrack of Summer, presented by 97.1 The Point. Combined, the rockers have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, with 36 No. 1 and Top 10 hit singles still being spun on Classic Rock radio more than 500,000 times every year. American Rock band, Styx, is widely known for merging the style of progressive rock with the sound of a hard rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of international music theater. The band has four consecutive multi-platinum albums, as well as 16 Top 40 singles, including "Lady," "Come Sail Away," "Babe," "Renegade" and "Too Much Time on My Hands." Formed in 1976, Foreigner is considered one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. The band has garnered worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million albums in the United States alone. Their most popular single, "I Want to Know What Love Is," topped the charts at No.1 in the United States and United Kingdom. More of their hits include "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like The First Time" and "Urgent." Their music was recently featured in the hit musical and movie of the same name, Rock of Ages. Known broadly as The Eagles lead guitarist, Don Felder has also attained success embarking on a solo career, concentrating on film composition and session work. In 1983, Felder released his first solo album entitled "Airborne." The album's single, "Never Surrender," co-written with Kenny Loggins, was a hit, having also appeared on the soundtrack to the popular motion picture teen comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are available from $55, and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at (702) 284-7777, or by visiting

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Eileen Hale, "Mama Hale," passed away July 6, at age 83. She was born Feb 18, 1931, to Joseph and Frances Philip in Cleve, OH. A loving wife & mother, grandmother, and aunt, Eileen moved to Las Vegas in 1970 where she owned and operated her own Beauty Salon at the Tropicana Hotel for nearly a decade. Her family always came first. She loved spending time with her grandchildren most of all and was able to travel the world with them. Her other love was music where she enjoyed sitting in at her daughter's rehearsals & shows. She loved fitness classes and until she was 80 years young, she participated at her other daughter's classes at LVAC, 24 Fitness or The Sporting House. She was the biggest fan of her loved ones and never missed a show or an event for her daughters and grandchildren. The world is a better place because of her genuinely kind, compassionate ways. She had the ability to make you feel as though you were the only person who mattered at the time. She would hold you with her heart and guide you through any storm. Her wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and "Aunt Clara –ism's" will be truly missed by the numerous people who knew her and loved her. Her husband, Edward, and brother, Al Philip, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughters, Renee Hale & Jodi Hale Fonfa. The survivors also include the rest of the Fonfa family: Jodi's husband, Andrew, and Eileen's grandchildren, Brett, Evan & Haley. In addition, her Las Vegas nieces, Micki Miller (Randy), Marlene Henry (David), and Sherrie Philip as well as several nieces and nephews throughout the US. There will be no service but a "Celebration of Life" will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, Attn: Honor & Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN, 56007-9976, or The Animal Foundation,, 655 N. Mojave; Las Vegas 89101

Eileen "Mama" Hale 1931-2014

Karalyn Clark & Brandon Burk

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Two Theatre Nerds & A Keyboard Singing Your Requests! For one night only, tomorrow, July 12th at 8 p.m. at the Onyx Theatre, Brandon Burk and Karalyn Clark invite you to a unique evening of music theatre, where YOU pick the music! You have seen their charming banter at Broadway Open Mic nights already, and now they're taking over the stage for one whole evening. And they want to know what you'd like to hear! Send them your music theatre song requests, and they'll include them in this uniquely entertaining show! No request is too crazy, no song too strange. Cross-genders and styles, it's your call! It will be a night to remember! Send your song requests to [email protected], or post them to their event page on Facebook, and they'll start learning them. The sooner they get them, the more likely they are to include them. They do have to learn all the words after all! Be creative! Tickets are only $10. See you there! The Onyx Theatre is at 953 E. Sahara Ave., Bldg.16. Call the Onyx Theatre Box Office at (702) 732-7225 for additional information.

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Eric Comstock

The Golden Age of nightclubs returns as Eric Comstock opens an elegant new room in New York City, where he will be appearing every Tuesday night at Café Noctambulo at Pangea.
Comstock, hailed as "the heir to the cabaret throne" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, performs every Tuesday night of the summer at an exciting new music venue, Café Noctambulo at Pangea. He will perform sets from 8 p.m. to midnight. Pangea, a Basque restaurant in the East Village for more than 25 years, is located at 178 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets. Comstock, who has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and virtually every important nightclub in New York and across the country, is returning to his piano bar roots. "Hotel bars are where I learned how to entertain, and it is such a joy to have that spontaneous thrill of an audience of listeners to sing to, and take requests from," he says, "and there's nothing more soul-satisfying than to sing whatever song you need to sing at a given moment." An acknowledged master of the American Songbook, Comstock is one of only a handful of singer/pianists who can command a room merely by sitting at the piano, singing and telling stories. In addition to his extensive knowledge of repertoire, Comstock has a seemingly unending supply of anecdotes about the songs, the writers, and the stars who sang them. His unique combination of musicianship, history and charisma creates an experience that is as entertaining as it is musically savvy, and his audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great. Comstock's saloon-singer style has been compared to such masters of the genre as Bobby Short and Frank Sinatra, two of his idols. He co-wrote and starred in the successful revue, Our Sinatra, which began at The Oak Room of The Algonquin and ran for four years Off-Broadway. With his enviable command of both pop and jazz repertoire, Eric performs and records with some of the world's finest jazz musicians, such as Andy Bey, Frank Wess, Houston Person, Peter Washington, Wycliffe Gordon, Dena DeRose, Bill Henderson, Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen. His fourth and most recent CD, bitter/sweet, is a collaboration with jazz guitar star, Randy Napoleon. Other CDs include, No One Knows, All Hart, and Young Man of Manhattan.

Comstock will be inviting celebrated colleagues, such as his frequent collaborator, vocalist Barbara Fasano, to join him for a song or two. The entertainment policy at Café Noctambulo (which is Spanish for "night owl") will expand in the fall, and Comstock and the venue's Entertainment Director, Christopher Gines, hope its success will lead to a renaissance in the New York nightclub experience. For right now, Tuesday night offers an elegant piano bar experience that recalls the best of New York nightlife. There is a $20 cover charge at Café Noctambulo, and a $20 minimum. For reservations, please call (212) 995-0900, or visit

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