Michael Eckroth and American Jazz Initiative American Jazz Initiative in association with the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center presents The Mike Eckroth Trio at UNLV’s Doc Rando Recital Hall May 30.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.
With Puerto Rican musicians bassist Alex “Apolo” Ayala and drummer Joel Mateo, Eckroth’s newest trio explores the outer edges of jazz, Latin jazz, Cuban and Puerto Rican music.
Featured on Eckroth’s recent album Piano and Rhythm, the trio will be performing compositions from that album as well as a mixture of known music and new compositions.
About Michael Eckroth
Michael, pianist and keyboardist, is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and currently resides in Jackson Heights, NY. He recently completed his PhD degree in jazz performance at NYU (dissertation title: Early Cuban Piano Improvisation: 1937- 1949) and currently leads or collaborates on a number of projects in varied genres of music.
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TRIBUTE GROUPS TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN GRAND MAY 28
This Memorial Day Weekend, family get-togethers, picnics and backyard barbecues will be replaced by Rock The Street, this year’s biggest and loudest FREE concert weekend at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino.
Just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of rock’s biggest anthem “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Vince Neil will be the first to take center stage and transform Downtown Las Vegas’ 3rd Street with Mótley Crúe’s biggest hits on Saturday, May 27 with opener Todd Kerns & the Anti-Stars.
Then, before the stage has a chance to cool off, it will ignite once more on Sunday, May 28 for the FREE rock n’ roll concert homage and street barbecue, Tribute Nation on 3rd starring Pyromania, Trinity and Faux Fighters performing the all-time favorites from Def Leppard, Journey, Styx, Foo Fighters and Foreigner .
This is all part of the Downtown Grand’s commitment to free live music experiences (which also includes the stages at Freedom Beat , the Grand Casino and Citrus Grand Pool Deck ), this first-ever Free Memorial Day Weekend concert event will showcase 3rd Street as the resort’s newest and largest music venue.
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THEORY OF A DEADMAN TO KICK OFF ROCK OF VEGAS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Rocks concert series will kick off the summer this Memorial Day weekend with a free concert featuring Theory of a Deadman, Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.
Downtown Rocks, an amplified concert series whose tagline is “One Louder,” showcases spectacular lineups and free, nonstop entertainment all summer long, in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.
“We’re thrilled to launch our new concert series with Theory of a Deadman Memorial Day weekend,” said Patrick Hughes, CEO and president of Fremont Street Experience. “Fremont Street Experience will be the hottest music destination this summer with top-performing artists taking the stage in an unparalleled environment, with dozens of bars and restaurants for patrons to enjoy before the concerts and to continue the party afterwards.”
Downtown Rocks turns it up “One Louder” for concertgoers and Fremont Street Experience fans by featuring signed autograph giveaways, band meet-and-greets, VIP cards for frequent visitors and the opportunity to win VIP passes for the entire concert series. Visitors can also relive and share their Downtown Rocks experience through a custom photo backdrop, along with “One Louder” merchandise including t-shirts and hats that will be available at every concert.
For complete information on the headliner concerts and nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com.
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LIBERACE FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH PARIS MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts has partnered with Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris) in an extensive, five-month exhibit untitled MEDUSA, Jewelry and Taboos examining the cultural importance of jewelry in various societies throughout history.
Historic artifacts from high-end brands such as Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels will be contextualized alongside signed or anonymous pieces, gathered throughout the ages. Liberace Museum Collection artifacts, including famed pieces from the Liberace Jewels Collection, will be a major part of the exhibit.
Entitled “Medusa, Jewelry and Taboos,” the show is based on the mythological figure of Medusa: “Jewelry creates an attraction or repulsion for the one who stares at it, wears it or makes it, as does the face of Medusa,” explains the exhibit’s curator, Anne Dressen.
“The size and audacity of the Liberace Jewels changed showmanship and jewelry forever,” says Jonathan Warren, chairman, The Liberace Foundation, “The pieces provoke exactly the kind of fascination Dressen’s curation points out. They are arguably the most emulated jewels in history, inspiring much of the hip hop jewelry genre, many years later.”
Artifacts, including the iconic crystal glove worn by Michael Jackson on the Victory Tour and the unmistakable neck clock worn by hip hop group Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, are included with the loan made to the Museum by the Liberace Foundation. Dressen has gathered another 400 pieces from all over the world.
The exhibit spotlights, for the first time by an internationally recognized cultural institution, the substantial contribution of Liberace. By extension it also represents a significant milestone in the recognition of the importance of Las Vegas on the world stage.
The exhibition will be located at The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, (www.mam.paris.fr/en), from May 19 to Nov. 5, 2017.
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OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE PRESENTS 7TH ANNUAL SPRING PERFORMING ARTS CONCERT
Opportunity Village clients will showcase their talents onstage at the organization’s 7th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert, OVation, on Thursday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus located at 6050 S. Buffalo Drive.
The concert, emceed by local KTNV News Anchor Beth Fisher, will showcase a collection of music and dances representing a variety of styles and themes throughout the decades, performed by individuals in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program.
“This annual concert provides individuals in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program the opportunity to express their creativity and show off their talents onstage in front of their friends, family and the community,” said Sarah Quinn, manager of the Opportunity Village Fine and Performing Arts Program. “They truly light up the stage as they perform various routines that include a combination of dancing, singing, theatre and more.”
OVation is a free concert open to the public with food and beverages available for purchase. For more information about OVation please contact Sarah Quinn at (702) 262-1515.
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Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Fink, email him at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.