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Note: This is a past column from October 24, 2014
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Las Vegas - October 24, 2014

Bobby Caldwell

Brian Hoffman & Rich Natole

On Monday, November 1st, it's Bobby Caldwell at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa's Rocks Lounge. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who, in a prolific 30-year musical career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single, "What You Won't Do for Love." In addition to his own performing and recording history, Caldwell has written songs for other artists, including "Heart of Mine" (Boz Scaggs), "The Next Time I Fall" (Amy Grant and Peter Cetera), "Janet" (The Commodores), "Niagara Falls" (Chicago), "The Real Thing" (Kalapana) and "All or Nothing at All" (Al Jarreau). Caldwell has attained a great deal of popularity in Japan. In 1992, he received the nation's equivalent of a Grammy as the "best international artist."

Oh, and did we mention that Caldwell portrayed Frank Sinatra from October 1999 to January 2000 in the David Cassidy/Don Reo Las Vegas stage musical, The Rat Pack is Back, that played at the Desert Inn and Sahara? Caldwell resides on a horse farm in New Jersey, with his wife, Mary, and their children. Tickets to see Bobby Caldwell at the Red Rock, 11011 West Charleston Blvd., range from $40 to $65, plus taxes and fees. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. Celebrate Bobby's new CD release, After Dark. Autograph session to follow.

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Last week, comic impressionist Rich Natole had Red Skeleton tribute artist, Brian Hoffman as his Monday morning radio show guest, while Tuesday, it was "presidents" and other politicians (it's election time, you know), along with Dan Roberts, publisher/editor of The Vegas Voice newspaper. This coming Monday, October 27th, Rich's guests on his Listening to the Vegas Voice will be the Naked Magicians (we can't wait to see those photos!), and on Tuesday, the 28th, comedian, author and songwriter, John Pate, will be in the hot seat. Listening to the Vegas Voice shows air on KLAV 1230 AM, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tune in. Join in.

Dan Roberts & Rich "Milhous" Natole

Cabaret Jazz Club

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October's Composers Showcase will take place at The Smith Center this coming Wednesday, the 29th. Presented by PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the monthly event is held in the Performing Arts Center's Cabaret Jazz in The Boman Pavilion at 361 Symphony Park Avenue. Featured this month will be Composers Michael Brennan, Tish Diaz, Andrew Graham, Susan Haller, Jamie Hosmer, Rylan Leo Helmuth, Windy Karigianes, Martin Kaye, Liza Likins, Rob Lyons, Jim McIntosh, Richard Oberacker, Ann Parenti, Joey Pero, Jolana Sampson, Sami Saula, Keith Thompson and Shana Tucker. Performers include Dina Bennett, Tiffany Engen, Ben Hale, Kristen Hertzenberg, Jacqueline Holland-Wright, Randal Keith, Belle Russo and Chris Russo. (It might be noted that some of the GOOD members of the WICKED cast, currently performing in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, will be among this months performers!) Players are Rocco Barbato, Nick Burbey, Alan Childs, Chris Cicchino, Gary Cordell, Lauren Cordell, Brian Czach, Chris Davis, Mark Ferratt, Joey Finger, Philip Fortenberry, Hubert Gall, Andy Gerald, Dan Grennes, Keith Hubacher, David Inamine, Josh Jones, Michael Joy, Dima Kourka, David Kowalski, Joey Melotti, Dave Philippus, Rebecca Sabine, Bob Sachs, Joey Singer, Lindsey Springer, Alex Stopa, Kevin Stout, Eric Tewalt, Fred Watstein, Tyler Williams and Bill Zappia. The "Behind the Scenes" Team is made up of Stage Managers, Sharon del Pilar, Erin Guernsey and Brandon Burk; Lighting, Steve Mack; Sound, Kevin Harvey and Kevin Ruschmann; Video, Jeff Tidwell; Audio Recording, Marcus Ross; Photography, Don Cadette; and Associate Producer, Will Adamson. Show starts at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors open at 9:30. Tickets are $25 and $20 at the Smith Center Box Office, or call (702) 749-2000 for reservations. You can also go online at Walk-ups (if there are unsold seats) are welcome. A Cash Bar/Late Night Menu is Available

There will be no Composers Showcase in November. The next one, the holiday edition, will take place on December 3rd. It's not too late to make your reservations for December now.

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Coming up at the Dispensary:
Tonight, Friday, October 24th, crooner David De Costa sings from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. Tomorrow, Saturday, the 25th, vocal powerhouse, Naomi Mauro, steps into the spotlight from 10 to 2, also with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio. On Wednesday, October 29th, guitarist Doug MacDonald performs from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight. Jazz and late night eats have made The Dispensary Lounge a favorite after hours spot for local musicians and music fans. Come by and see what all the fuss is about. World class jazz in a low key setting. Great food. Gaming too! The Dispensary Lounge has been around since 1976! They are located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of Trop and Eastern. Call (702) 458-6343.

David De Costa

Jimmy Van Heusen 1913-1990

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Nik Mastrangelo, also known as Nik at Nite, would like to thank all those intelligent folks who came out to the Piazza Lounge last Sunday, as Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and he paid tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin and more. "Again," says Nik, "we had a great crowd who let us know they dug what we were doing and also sent up some great requests. This Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Joey, Bob, Mike and I will feature the music of Jimmy Van Heusen we last did more than five months ago, with some new songs added. Come Fly (or Dance) with Us! It'll be a great way to end the week. The Piazza Lounge is located within the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E. Flamingo.

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The multi-talented Kelly Clinton will be performing music and comedy in the main showroom at the Italian American Club on Sunday, November 2nd, starting at 8 p.m. The bubbly redhead calls the show, Uh Oh, My Half-Italian Roots Are Showing, which should give a hint of what the night might hold in store. Musical director is Mike Clark. Tickets for Kelly Clinton are $20. For show and/or dinner reservations, call (702) 457-3866. The Italian American Club is at 2333 E. Sahara.

Kelly Clinton

Johannes Brahms 1833-1897

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Run for Your Lives! Zombies are taking over Henderson's Equestrian Park South, 1200 Equestrian Dr., tomorrow, Saturday, October 25th beginning at 3:30 p.m. In anticipation of all Hallows' Eve, the living dead and everything ghoulish return for a night of fun during Henderson's first-ever Zombie Run 5K and Family Fun Walk. Using disguises and costumes, runners of all ages will run for their lives, maneuvering through a 3.1-mile route on Equestrian Trail where hungry zombies await. A shorter, zombie-free course is available for scaredy cats. Afterwards, humans and the walking dead unite for a monster mash of activities at Equestrian Park South. Registration is $12-$25 per person for the 5K run, and $6-$25 per person for the family fun walk. Use activity code 644079 to register online or sign-up on-site the day of the event. For more information, visit, or call (702) 267-4050.

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Uncharted Winds, Chamber Music Recital In collaboration with musicians from the Las Vegas Philharmonic takes place at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway (northeast corner of Valle Verde at Wigwam, just north of I-215), in Henderson, tomorrow, Saturday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m. Featured music will be Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quintet in f minor, op. 24 Hans Huber (1853-1921) Quintet in Eb major, op. 136, played by Tim Hoft, piano; Janis McKay, bassoon; Bill Bernatis, horn; Ivan Ivanov, clarinet; and Alexander Viazovtsev and Clare Birmingham, flutes. FREE ADMISSION (Free-Will Offering gratefully accepted). Call (702) 454-8484, or go to Great Music Great Acoustics.

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Outside of Las Vegas...
No Greater Joy presents J. Mark McVey, award-winning star of Broadway's Les Miserables, in Concert at the Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday, October 26th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Broadway performer will be presenting a one-of-a-kind concert, where stories and anecdotes of the artist's life will be woven through a thrilling collection of time honored favorites featuring Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, the Gershwins, and more. J. Mark McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour. He was also the first American to perform the role in London's West End. In 2008, Mark reprised the role in a staged concert version with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sold out crowds at the Hollywood Bowl. In May, 2011, J. Mark once again reprised the role of Jean Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables, where he won the Ovation Award and the Award on his way to eclipsing 3,268 performances in Les Mis. McVey made his Carnegie Hall Debut with Marvin Hamlisch, and continues to perform with numerous symphonies around the country and the world. J. Mark's Television credits include America's Got Talent, Huckabee and All My Children. He made his PBS Debut with the Boston Pops and followed that performance with the PBS Christmas Special for the U.S. Military Troupes where he was featured with Marvin Hamlisch and The National Symphony Orchestra. Mark also appeared in the PBS Special, A Tale of Two Cities in Concert. Other Broadway and New York credits include, Captain Walker in The Who's Tommy, Tommy Tunes' The Best Little Whore House Goes Public, the Off-Broadway revival of Chess, Hey Love, the critically acclaimed musical review of Mary Rodgers' music, conceived and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. , A Helluva Town, the Bernstein revue at Rainbow & Stars, The Show Goes On, with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, starring Margaret Whiting. National Tours and Regional works include, Carousel, Chess, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Seven Brides and the Hal Prince production of Show Boat. J. Mark McVey earned a Double-Platinum record for his participation on the Trans- Siberian Orchestra CD, The Lost Christmas Eve. J. Mark also has three solo CDs on the market, Broadway and Beyond, If You Really Knew Me and One Among Few, along with a family CD, The McVey Family Christmas. Mark continues to record, and has another solo CD, Finding My Way, due out soon. He has also just finished work on a collaborative project with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, also due out soon as well. In 1997, McVey performed in Las Vegas with the late Mr. Hamlisch during Hamlisch's appearance as part of a cabaret series at Boulder Station. Among the others in the short-lived series, were singers Diane Schuur, Maureen McGovern and pianist/vocalist, Buddy Greco. If you are in the Memphis neighborhood, they would be honored to have you join them for this memorable event, as they celebrate the culmination of the No Greater Joy series and campaign. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. Highpoint Church is located at 6000 Briarcrest Avenue (near Poplar & I-240) in Memphis. Phone (901) 762- 0071, or Toll-free (866) 296-0922.

J. Mark McVey

Mark Nadler

And, if you happen to be around Manhattan, although, as we go to "press," three of the four shows are sold out, there are still seats available for Mark Nadler's Just For the Fun Of It 10 p.m. show at Café Noctambulo tomorrow, Saturday the 25th. There is a $30 music charge, plus a $20 food and beverage minimum. Mark Nadler is worth every penny. He says, "I haven't had this much fun since I was at Sardi's and, I must say, the audiences have been having as much of a ball as I." So, join the fun and snap up the few remaining tickets. The club is located at 178 Second Ave. in Manhattan. You can make your reservations by calling (212) 995-0900, or going to

From actress Karole Foreman in Southern California, comes this report.
Wedding Band had an AMAZING opening! Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black & White, was written by Alice Childress, and directed by Gregg T. Daniel. Thank you for those of you who've come to previews and to our opening weekend. I am so excited to share this beautiful and moving show with you and I sincerely hope you can join us. Below are updated performances for the nights I am on. A few dates have been changed that did not make it into the theater's on-line schedule, but I am performing on the following dates I have listed at the bottom of this email. Also, over the next three weeks (through November 9), the theater has generously provided us with a 2-for-1 code for our friends! The code is: CASTBOGO. You can purchase tickets by calling (818) 506-5436, or going to So go ahead and wear out the discount, ya'll! Students also get in for $10!! Just show your I.D. at the door.
Run: October 23rd, 25th, 31st at 8 p.m. November 1st and 2nd at 2 p.m. November 6th, 7th and 8th at 8 p.m. November 9th at 2 p.m. November 13th and 14th at 8 p.m. November 15th and 16th at 2 p.m. November 20th and 22nd at 8 p.m. November 29th and 30th at 2 p.m. and December 5th and 6th at 8 p.m. There is the possibility of extended times on December 11th at 8 p.m., and December 13th and 14th at 2 p.m. The Anteus Theater is located at 5119 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Looking forward to seeing you there!!!

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Former Las Vegas news personality, Harley Akers, born on November 23rd, 1940, has passed away. Akers previously worked for KLAS Channel 8 and KTNV Channel 13. He is survived by his wife, Gail. We have no other details at this time.

Harley Akers 1940-2014

Eric Jordan Young Is Shakin' It

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On Monday, Eric Jordan Young celebrated VIP/Media Grand Opening of Shakin' at Sin City Theatre inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The two-time BroadwayWorld Award-winner performed his new show to a supportive crowd. Beginning with a celebrity red carpet, arrivals included fellow Las Vegas performers Josh Strickland, Reva Rice, Tony Jones, Ariann Black, Maren Wade and Murray SawChuck. A reception with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres at Koi followed the show.

Photo caption: The cast of Shakin' (left to right): music director and keyboardist Alec Bart, bassist Blaise Sison, dancer Amanda Nowak, dancer Sarah Short, Eric Jordan Young, dancer Claudia Mitria, dancer Sarah Storey and guitarist Brian Bissell.

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Rosanna Telford, who is one of the vocalists with Neil Diamond - The Tribute show, and is the featured performer in the Lounge at the Italian American Club on Wednesday nights, is most excited about being invited to perform at private event (invited guests only) taking place in the Star of The Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada, on November 1st. Rosanna will pay tribute to Patsy Cline for this large prestigious corporate event. This is quite an honor for the talented relative Las Vegas newcomer.

Rosanna Telford as Patsy Cline

Justin Timberlake

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Add Justin Timberlake's name to the list of performers who will be ending the old year and/or bringing in the new year on a stage in Las Vegas. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will perform together at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, while Michael Feinstein rings in 2015 in The Smith Center's Reynold's Hall. Maroon 5 will be making music at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on New Year's Eve. As for Mr. Timberlake, his 20/20 Experience Word Tour winds it up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 1st and 2nd.
These are only a few of the choices that money-spending party animals will have to make.

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Singer Tim Hauser, who founded The Manhattan Transfer vocal group, passed away from cardiac arrest on October 16th at the age of 72. Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s. The foursome launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City" and recorded many songs, including "Birdland," "Twilight Zone (Tone)," "Trickle Trickle," "Groovin'," "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square." Although we are not fond of snow, we loved the Trasnfer's rendition of "Snowfall." They group went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985's Vocalese, earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations. Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne - who replaced Laurel Masse in 1978 - rounded out the quartet. Incidentally, Ms. Bentyne can frequently be seen and heard on a stage with our friend, songwriter/singer, Mark Winkler. Watch for them, usually somewhere in Southern California.

Tim Hauser 1941-2014

The Amazing Johnathan

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It's an interesting idea called ENTSpeaks. Entertainers you THINK you know. In this recent case, it was a showgirl, a Cirque Du Soleil performer, a producer, a legendary music star, a legendary comedian, and a magician. How could an evening be more Vegas? Last Tuesday, October 21st, EntSpeaks, the first in a series of one-night-only intimate evenings with the people that make Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world, was presented at Inspire Theater in downtown Vgas. Six speakers took turns walking onto an empty stage with nothing but a microphone and a lifetime of awe inspiring stories. The initial group included (in politically correct alphabetical order) Marty Allen, The Amazing Johnathan, Christina Jones, Jeff Kutash, Shellee Renee, and Mary Wilson. The six entertainers took to the stage, one at a time, for 15 minutes each, to speak frankly about their lives and experiences. The evening ended with a Q & A with a twist. Produced by AWE (Andy Walmsley Entertainment). Emmy award winning Andy Walmsley has production designed some of the biggest shows on television: American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, America's got Talent, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and The Biggest Loser, to name a few. In Las Vegas, Andy has designed Terry Fator, The Jacksons, Meat Loaf, Human Nature, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas, Nathan Burton, Jeff Civillico, America's Got Talent Live and many more. Andy produced LOL with The Scintas at the Las Vegas Hilton. He also produces the wildly successful Showbiz Roasts. Walmsley intends to do four ENTSpeaks a year in Las Vegas, Next year, he wants to do one in New York, one in Nashville, one in Branson, and one in London. The idea for these came a few weeks ago, when Andy realized that the show business community in Vegas is very small. Many of the entertainers are friends and know each other, and although they might hug and kiss each other, the truth is they only know surface stuff, and barely really know each other at all. Many of the entertainers perform at benefits and showcases, and even Walmsley's roasts, but they never get the chance to stand in front of an audience of their colleagues and just talk about their lives, revealing to their ' friends ' things they didn't know about them. "I have had an amazing reaction to this concept the last few weeks," says Walmsley, "with everyone from headliners to showgirls telling me this is a fantastic idea and asking why hasn't this been done in Vegas before." Sorry, admission is by invitation only, and limited to the Press, Headliners, and VIPs.

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Kenny Davidsen's Bowtie Cabaret Halloween Costume Party, held next Friday, October 31st in the Tuscany's Tspot Lounge from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., will be a night of Rockin' music, featuring Kenny Davidsen, amazing musicians and performers hosted by Sandra Huntsman. Featured guests so far include GHOSTLIGHT, Anne Martinez, Ron and Lisa Smith, Brandon and Kelly Albright, Scott Gibson-Uebele and more. A best costume prize will be awarded at midnight. The Tuscany is located at 255 East Flamingo. Phone (702) 893- 8933 for more information.

Kelly & Brandon Albright

Josh Turner

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Grammy nominee and multi-platinum recording artist, Josh Turner, will perform at The Orleans Showroom on November 1st. After graduating high school, Turner moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music and enrolled in Belmont University. After college, his fledgling career got a boost in 2001 during his debut on The Grand Ole Opry, when he first introduced his hit song, "Long Black Train." Known for his soulful vocals and thick South Carolina accent, Turner sites Johnny Cash's unconventional "At San Quentin" and Lyle Lovett's "Live in Texas" as inspiration for his own music career. Turner's debut album's title track, "Long Black Train," was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man, was released in 2006, and accounted for his first two No. 1 hits, "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me." Released in 2007, Turner's album, Everything is Fine, included a No. 2 track titled "Firecracker." His 2010, Haywire, contained Turner's biggest hit, the No.1 single, "Why Don't We Just Dance," and another No.1 in "All Over Me." Turner's most recent album, Punching Bag, was released in 2012. The album's lead single, "Time Is Love," was the biggest hit of 2012, according to Billboard Year-End. The same year, Turner released Live Across America, a full-length album featuring audio of live performances throughout his tour. Showtime each evening at The Orleans is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $54.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting

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Next Friday's Halloween, October 31st, column will be sent out a little later in the evening than usual. We tell you this so you don't panic and think something is wrong with your MAC or PC. Do try not to let this news ruin your day (or your life).

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