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Note: This is a past column from January 16, 2015
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Las Vegas - January 16, 2015

Helen Reddy

Mariano Longo

"Queen of '70s Pop," Helen Reddy, returns to The Orleans Showroom for performances on Saturday, January 24th, and Sunday, the 25th. Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had 15 on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 - six of which hit the Top 10, with three reaching No. 1 - including her signature hit, "I Am Woman." In addition to Billboard chart success, Reddy was the first recording artist to win a "Favorite Pop/Rock Female" American Music Award, the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three No. 1 hits in the same year. Reddy's hit songs, "I Am Woman," and "Delta Dawn," have been a part of numerous television and film soundtracks, including Sex and the City 2, Cold Case, My Best Friend's Wedding and The Simpsons, among others. On television, Reddy was the first Australian to host her own hour-long weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in more than 40 countries. She has also acted on the large and small screens with roles in Airport 1975, Pete's Dragon, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Diagnosis Murder. In the theater, Helen starred in the musical Blood Brothers on London's West End and on Broadway (where occasional Las Vegan, entertainer Domenick Allen, also co-starred). As a solo concert artist, Reddy has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and the Palladium in London. In 2006, Reddy released what became a best-selling memoir "The Woman I Am." "The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection" and many of her early recordings continue to be downloaded worldwide. Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95, 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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PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, present The Composers Showcase in the Cabaret Jazz in the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas, Wednesday, January 21st, at 10:30 pm (after Theatre). Doors open at 9:30. Tickets are $25 and $20 at the Smith Center Box Office, or call (702) 749- 2000 for reservations, or go online at Walk-ups are welcome, IF seats are still available. Cash Bar/Late Night Menu Available. The Composers for the first show of the new year are Patty Ascher, Michael Brennan, Wayne Green, Ben Hale, Nate Harlan, Chris Lash, Mariano Longo, Richard Oberacker, Matt Taylor, Keith Thompson and Dr. Mark Wherry. The Performers include Jason Andino, Gail Bennett, Douglas Crawford, Kris Coleman, Lisa Davis, Aaron DeJesus, Mike Erickson, Treasure Guffy, Kristen Hertzenberg, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Tyriq Johnson, Jason Kappus, Kerry O'Malley, Andrew Ragone, Jolana Sampson, Kashena Sampson, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia and Lou Lou White. The Players are Kyle Adoor, Bill Bernatis, Steve Cantor, Angela Chan, Chris Davis, Larry Esparza, Joel Ferguson, Mark Ferratt, Philip Fortenberry, Matt Green, Uli Geissendoerfer, Derek Jones, Josh Jones, Caitlin Kramer, Pete O' Donnell, Eric Sande, Derrick Sanders, Andy Smith, Dean Snavely, Angelo Stokes, Alex Stopa, Kevin Stout, Rob Taylor, Eric Tewalt, Alexander Viazovtsev, Eric Walters and Rob Whited.

Jason Andino

Ben Hale

And speaking of Ben Hale, the talented fellow who portrays Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's Las Vegas, will play himself for A Night of Cosmic American Music at Cabaret Jazz during two shows on Saturday, January 31st, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 and $45. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations.

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F.I.O.R.E. Presidents Nelson Sardelli, John L. Smith & Marty Allen

Folks who have attended any and all of the monthly F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon meetings, must be talking them up, as, obviously, the word has gotten out. What started as "intimate" groups of about 40 people getting together for lunch once a month, has now grown to include more than 100 fun seekers (thank you, Jackie Vernon) at the get-togethers. Last Thursday's gathering consisted of about 160 people. Who shows up for these events? An interesting assortment of members of the community, including entertainers, media folks, politicos, business men and women, authors...and more. The monthly guests, including last week's very interesting newsman/writer, John L. Smith, are always enjoyed by the attendees. A delicious buffet lunch, live music provided by the Gary Anderson group (last week's special musical guest was guitarist, Rick Vitallo Jr.), and lots of friendly conversation takes place inside the Italian American Club during these afternoon gatherings. The price for all of this fun is a reasonable $25 per person. Widows of past F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the gentlemen members are presidents) are the guests of the non-club club. To learn more about the organization, go to Check the About Us section, as the group is not for everyone. Note: RSVPs for the luncheons are a must.

Gary Anderson, Rick Vitallo Jr. & Nelson Sardelli

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This Sunday, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Nik at Nite Trio, with Nik Mastrangelo at the helm, will do Broadway, Their Way at the Piazza Lounge inside The Tuscany Suites. Nik thanks the marvelous JoBelle Yonely for filling in for him last Sunday while he was under the weather. Nik was told that she fielded numerous requests and thoroughly satisfied the crowd. This Sunday Joey Singer, Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem and a recovered Nik will be doing the salute to Broadway, that they had planned for last Sunday, so you really didn't miss a thing. In fact, if you braved the rain last Sunday, you gained a wonderful evening with JoBelle as a bonus. Hope to see you there this Sunday. The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany at 255 E. Flamingo. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town.

Nik Mastrangelo

Denise Rose as Judy Garland

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The Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra show, scheduled for Thursday January 29th at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at The Italian American Club, and featuring Gary Anthony paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 on December 12th this year, and Denise Rose honoring Judy Garland, is completely Sold Out! (You snooze. You lose.) The program is presented by The Vegas Voice through the Las Vegas Showbiz Network, a legitimate, properly licensed 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. As we have mentioned previously (and will continue to do), the Las Vegas Showbiz Network has absolutely nothing to do with a similar named group operating in this city.

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Rich Natole & Linda November

Rich Natole & Kelly Clinton

Last week was ladies week on Rich Natole's Listening to the Vegas Voice radio show. On Monday, Rich's guest was "The Jingle Queen," Linda November, and the versatile Kelly Clinton served as guest, Tuesday This coming Monday, January 19th, stand-up comedian/ musician, Dennis Blair, will banter with comic impressionist, Natole. Dennis is best known for writing and appearing in the 1983 movie, Easy Money, alongside his mentor, Rodney Dangerfield. Blair has served as the opening act for many famous comedians, including Dangerfield and George Carlin. As the result of those experiences, Blair wrote a book titled Me First. On Tuesday, Rich's guest will be singer/variety show host, Mark OToole. Listening to the Vegas Voice airs on KLAV 1230 AM radio, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and Saturdays from 7 to 7:30 a.m. PT. The local studio call-in number is (702) 731-1230. You can also call Toll Free at 1-866-820-5528. Contact the Vegas Voice off the air at (702) 251-4441.

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Las Vegan, Michelle Johnson, will be appearing with The Platters former lead singer, Sonny Turner, in Cumberland, Maryland, tomorrow, Saturday the 17th. They are performing there for the Allegheny Arts Council. The group will be performing together in an 8 p.m. show at Sam's Town Live on Saturday, January 24th. Turner joined The Platters at the age of 19 in 1959, and began touring with the hit doo wop band. In the 1960s, The Platters hit the pop charts with hits "I Love You 1000 Times," "With This Ring" and "Washed Ashore." Turner later re-recorded hits made famous by The Platters prior to his joining the group, including "Only You" and "The Great Pretender." The re-recorded songs appeared on multiple motion picture soundtracks, including "The Nutty Professor II" and "Hearts in Atlantis." Turner's accolades include induction into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Beach Music Hall of Fame and The Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, as well as a Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment Award. Turner keeps the music of The Platters alive in his performances around the world. An evening with Sonny Turner will feature him singing all your favorites, including "Only You," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "The Great Pretender," "Twilight Time," "My Prayer," "Harbor Lights," "With This Ring," "Remember When," "You've Got The Magic Touch," "I'm Sorry," "Red Sails In The Sunset, "I Love You 1000 Times," and "Washed Ashore." Tickets for the Sam's Town show are available from $22 plus taxes and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 284-7777, or by visiting Avoid phone and internet service fees by visiting any Boyd Gaming box office to purchase your tickets in person. Local Boyd Gaming Box Offices are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sonny Turner

Austin Pooley

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Here is the lineup for The Dispensary Lounge through Wednesday. Tonight, Friday, January 16th, singer Naomi Mauro (who has performed with David Perrico's Pop Evolution and Chadwick Johnson's Champagne Wishes), headlines. Naomi will be singing standards, accompanied by the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 17th, it's sultry jazz vocalist, Selina Baker, with the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio, featuring special guest, Bill Zappia on keys, RJ Reyes on bass, and Angelo Stokes on drums, from 10 to 2. Selina's voice is incredible. If you have not heard her, you are missing a treat! On Wednesday, January 21st, Austin Pooley's AP Manifest, featuring the Austin Pooley Quartet from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight. Austin is an outstanding jazz drummer who also happens to be the son of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular star, Tina Walsh. He is a great talent in his own right. Come on out and take a listen! AP Manifest consists of Austin on drums, Jason Corpuz on keys, Daniel Alameda on vibes and Nick Schmitt on bass. The Dispensary, long known for fabulous music and fabulous food (try their burgers), is located at 2451 E. Tropicana, on the southeast corner of Eastern. There is no cover charge.

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All you Neil Diamond fans...Want to celebrate Neil's birthday a little early? The REAL NEIL turns 74 on the 24th of January. Rob Garrett, the award winning Neil Diamond tribute artist, brings his popular show, Rob Garrett & The King of Diamonds Band, to Henderson's Green Valley Resort/Casino, tomorrow evening, Saturday, the 17th. Garrett, who has performed as Diamond since the mid-1990s, recently capped off a three-month run in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). He and his American Trilogy co-stars, tribute artists Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra, and Justin Shandor as Elvis Presley, also performed a stunning finale as part of last month's Toys for Tots Christmas spectacular in the main showroom at the Westgate. Garrett, who has been honored with the Tribute Artist of the Year Award, will be joined onstage at the Green Valley Grand Events Center with his KOD band, made up of Keith Neal (lead guitar and vocals), Steve Henley (rhythm guitar and vocals), Daryl Slade (bass), Steve Gerard (keyboard), Jay Boyer (keyboard), LJ Harness (percussion), and vocalist, Russine Zellner. Saturday's performance kicks off a busy two+ month West Coast tour with the highly in- demand King of Diamonds show. Tickets for Saturday's 8 p.m. performance (doors open at 7), priced at $20.50 and $26.75, are available at the Green Valley Resort/Casino, located at 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway in Henderson.

Rob Garrett by Erwin Flacks

Catherine Hickland & Todd Fisher

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres of the Las Vegas Media Group...
Normally, I send the reminder out on Wednesday or Thursday before the meeting, but this has been a very confusing (to say the least) production. At the end of this message is the list of people who have said they are coming to the meeting. As you hopefully recall in previous emails, Debbie Reynolds will not be our speaker as planned. She has medical issues preventing her from traveling, so her son and daughter-in-law, Todd Fisher and Catherine Hickland will step in for her. Those of you that have confirmed for this new event, THANK YOU. Some of you that RSVPd for Debbie Reynolds have not said whether or not you have changed your mind - so please check the list below. If your name is not there, you ARE NOT on the list to attend. If you do wish to attend, please let me know immediately, if not sooner. If there is an omission - I'm sorry - just let me know and I'll fix it. The meeting is taking place in the dining room at Las Ventanas, 10401 West Charleston. Cost of the lunch is $17. Phone (702) 360-2662. Thank you! Below are the names of the folks who said they would be attending the upcoming luncheon, this Monday, January 19th, with doors opening at 11 a.m. If your name is not on the list, and should be, or if it's on, and you will not be attending, please call Lisa at (702) 245-9206 as soon as possible. Anceney, Kimiyo; Andress, Gale; Andress, Donna; Apple, Tim; Axtel, Tom; Blake, Don; Boisvert, Bo; Borders, Myram; Burke, Carey; Dodrill, Georgina; Dodrill, Edward; Dondero, Thalia; Faulkenstein, Fred; Freer, Allen; Friedland, Rich; Gale, Scaramuzza; Goodemote, Bernie; Grauberger, Darale; Hammargen, Lonnie; Howerton, Jeanne; Jacobs, Stephen; Jacobs, Carolyn; Jensen, Phil; Kleem, John; Klineburger, Chris; Langson, Bruce; Langson, Ryan; Larson, Harold; Laursen, Kenny; Lee, Danny; Marsh, Jim; Marsh, Stacey; Massagli, Joan; Massagli, Mark; Mathis, Grace; Mayhew, Florence; Mayhew, Juel; McLean, Kathleen; Paddy, Pearl; Payne, Don; Payne, Gretchen; Reim, Ken; Remeta, Dina; Scaramuzza, Gale; Schaefer, Mike; Scherzer, Barbara; Sedger, Chrystal; Shaffer, Mike; Sloate, Maynard; Tarte, Judy; Tessmer, Shirley; Thomson, Joe; Valeri, Frank; VanZanten, David; VanZanetn, Mrs.; Weddle, Denny; White, Claytee; and Williams, Mimi.

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Taylor Negron, a familiar face in movies and on television, died in Los Angeles on January 10th, following a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He was 57. Negron started his career as a 19-year-old intern working with Lucille Ball, and studied with the veteran acting coach, Lee Strasberg. Born in Glendale, California, he began performing stand-up comedy in high school. Mr. Negron wrote plays and delivered acerbic, hilarious, story-length monologues, but he was more widely known for countless TV and movie roles. He appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows, including The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis, and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, along with appearances on Friends, and Wizards of Waverly Place. He was an in-demand character actor and scene-stealer practically from the time of one of his first notable movie appearances, as the surly pizza man who interrupted a class at Ridgemont High to deliver a double-cheese- and-sausage to Sean Penn. He also was the nutty hairdresser on Seinfeld who suggested drenching Elaine's hair with tomato sauce. Other film credits include Punchline (1988), Angels in the Outfield (1994), Stuart Little (1999), and The Aristocrats (2005). TV credits included Hill Street Blues, ER, and Friends. Taylor Negron was a cousin of Chuck Negron, vocalist and founding member of Three Dog Night.

Taylor Negron 1957-2015

Nicolas Cage

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Happy birthday to the following Capricorns (December 22- January 19) Jordin Sparks, Holly Madison, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Ricky Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Mandrell, Annie Lennox, Abdul "Duke" Fakir (Four Tops), John Walsh, Phil Spector, David Sedaris, Chris Daughtry, Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Neville, Edgar Winter, Paula Poundstone, John Legend, Jon Voight, Joseph Bologna, Michael Nesmith, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), Bebe Neuwirth, Don Diamont, Raul Rodriguez, Stephen Stills, Marilyn Manson, Bob Eubanks, Nicolas Cage, Kenny Loggins, Shirley Bassey, Little Anthony Gourdine, David Bowie, r. kelly, Roslyn Kind, Dave Matthews, Crystal Gayle, Joan Baez, Frank Sinatra Jr., Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Pat Benatar, George Foreman, Rod Stewart, Felix Silla, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Judd, Don Cherry, The Amazing Kreskin, Rip Taylor, Trace Adkins, LL Cool J, Pitbull, Steven Soderbergh, Jack Jones, Mikalah Gordon (Cavaricci), Margaret O'Brien, Charo, Ronnie Milsap, Jim Stafford, Debbie Allen, Sade, Betty White, Muhammad Ali, Kid Rock, Dick Contino, Steve Harvey, Bobby Goldsboro, Dave Attell, Desi Arnaz Jr., Dolly Parton, Michael Crawford, Phil Everly, Paul Rodriguez, Frank Caliendo, Charlie Shaffer, Carme Pitrello, Evan Davis, Howie Maurer, Sam Wagmeister, Erich Bergen, Cayleigh Capaldi, Ari Dane, Larry Edwards, Jan Wood Loveldy, Gina Eckstine, Maggie Peterson Mancuso,Rose Eurdekian, and Sullivan Charlotte McNeeley.
And happy anniversary to Steven and Nancy Barr Shinn, and Artie Schroeck and Linda November.

Roslyn Kind

Artie Schroeck & Linda November

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The Jon Anderson performance scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 17th, at Boulder Station, has been canceled due to Mr. Anderson's health. The English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician is best known as the former lead vocalist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with Greek musician, Vangelis, and others. Tickets purchased for the January 17th show will be refunded at the point of purchase. Those who purchased tickets online or via phone will automatically be refunded. The canceled show will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Lon Bronson

On Friday nights, The Lon Bronson Band will be performing at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station! Guest vocalist, Tyriq Johnson, and All the All-Stars will be jamming, starting promptly at 10 p.m. (they play only one long set). There is an earlier show playing at in Club Madrid before the Bronson Band, called Nashville Unplugged. Once they finish at 9:30 p.m., the doors will open for Bronson. The 500- seat Club Madrid is the home of intimate country, rock, blues and jazz concerts. There is no cover charge. Guests must be 21+. Please join them tonight, for week number two. Call (702) 547-7804.

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