The conhttp://www.lasvegastribune.com/readit/lvt20130130.pdfcert features an all-star lineup of romantic solo performers and groups whose national-charted hits remain at the top of radio play lists around the country.
Zapp, the concert’s headliner, is best known for late ‘70s and early ‘80s hits “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Dance Floor,” “Computer Love” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
Launching her career in 1978 with the hit single “Shame,” and the hugely popular “Love Come Down,” Evelyn“Champagne” King is a Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.
Bursting onto the music scene in 1958 with the top five R&B hit “For Your Precious Love,” The Impressions went on to chart four No.1 singles on the R&B charts including “I’m So Proud,” “It’s Alright” and “People Get Ready.
American Latin-influenced rock and roll group Malo charted their first top 20 single in 1978 with the sultry Latin ballad “Suavecito,” sometimes called “The Chicano National Anthem.”
The Originals, often called“Motown’s best kept secret,” and who worked closely with Marvin Gaye, are most notable for their hits “Baby I’m for Real,” “The Bells” and “Down to Love Town.”
Songwriter and singer Barbara Lewis wrote and recorded the hit song “Hello Stranger” in 1963, then followed up with many more hits into the ‘60s, including “Baby I’m Yours” and “Make Me Your Baby.”
Memphis Soul trio The Temprees released three albums in the ‘70s — “Lovemen,” “Love Maze” and “Tempress 3” —and are best known for songs like “Love Between A Boy and Girl,” “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Out Of My Reach.
Female trio The Fuzz released their self-titled debut in 1971, regarded as one of the first albums by a female artist with interspersed monologues (“raps”) and musical backgrounds. They are best known for “I Love You For All Seasons,” “Like An Open Door” and their unique version of Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh Baby Baby.
In 1976, “Misty Blue” became Dorothy Moore’s highest charting hit, peaking at No. 2 on the R&B charts.
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COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR
Superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host Country Music’s Party of the Year, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent, broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions, Inc.
This year’s show will mark reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Shelton’s third consecutive turn hosting the Awards and Bryan’s first time hosting a LIVE televised event.
Brad Paisley will host the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, taking place at The Orleans Arena Sunday, April 7th, 2013. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards!
Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote from The Orleans Arena, by Brad Paisley and other top-tier music acts.
The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecast ends, with performances by Brad Paisley and friends.
As they have done for the past four years, the Academy and Dick Clark Productions will once again tape an all-star concert TV special Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring today’s top country acts and more.
Talent announcements are forthcoming. The special will air later on CBS and ticket proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives.
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ALEX CLARE AT HARD ROCK CAFE
British singer-songwriter Alex Clare comes to Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday, April 18.
Born in Southwark London, England, Clare’s musical career took off when Microsoft featured his hit single†‘Too Close’ in an advertising campaign. The alternative rock song pairs Clare’s soul-tinged vocals with a dubstep bass line and hair-raising rave-anthem chords, resulting in a unique international success. The song reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, and was one of the top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Clare has always had an interest in drum and bass, dubstep and UK garage music, which eventually led to a deal with the Island Label in UK. His debut studio album, The Lateness of the Hour, was produced by Major Lazer and Mike Spencer. The collaboration with such internationally renowned producers brought even more attention to Clare’s music.
Featuring singles such as ‘Up All Night’, ‘Treading Water’ and the hit song ‘Too Close’, the album peaked at No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart.
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m., 18 and up, at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, 3771 Las Vegas Blvd S. (Across from Monte Carlo) ticketweb.com.
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FOOD UNIVERSITY AT CAESARS PALACE
Food University at Caesars Palace is announcing a new date for its inaugural class: March 27-29, 2013. The event is designed to transform fun-loving foodies from across the country from spectators into competition-ready chefs in 72 hours. In addition to the new date – Food University is also unveiling its much-anticipated schedule of classes.
Food University is the collaboration among Caesars Palace, philanthropist and hospitality industry leader Larry Ruvo, Food Network co-founder Robin Leach and veteran culinary entertainment producer Richard Gore.
Food University’s culinary faculty will include James Beard Award-winning Chef Alex Stratta; acclaimed cheese expert Laura Werlin, author of the James Beard Award-winning “All-American Cheese and Wine Book”; chef and TV personality Claudine Pepin and Colman Andrews, editorial director, The Daily Meal. Chef Bradford Thompson, founder of Bellyful Consulting and James Beard Award-winning chef, will serve as Food University’s culinary director. Other high-profile chefs will be unveiled in coming weeks, along with some special guest appearances.
Food University’s schedule will comprise of three days packed with classes on topics ranging from wine and cheese pairing to classic Italian to mixology. Unlike any other food festival or culinary event, Food University offers food lovers a chance to rub elbows with top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, cheese experts, fine food purveyors and even farmers—who will serve as Food U “faculty.”
These “scholars” will not merely eat, drink and learn in the presence of lauded chefs; indeed, they will enthusiastically don their chef whites and dedicate themselves to expanding their knowledge on the finer points of creating exceptional cuisine from celebrity chef “professors.”
Student volunteers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ prestigious hospitality school will assist with back-of-house preparations. Proceeds from Food University “admissions” will go to Keep Memory Alive, dedicated to finding cures for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS.
In addition to the dynamic three-day schedule covering every essential cooking technique, there will be private, VIP “field seminars.” These off-site seminars will include the Southern Wine and Spirits Hospitality Mixology program with Mixologist Francesco LaFranconi, normally available only to hotel and restaurant executives.
The first Food University session will accommodate up to 80 culinary scholars.
The inaugural event will culminate in a festive—and well-deserved—ceremony for Food U’s first graduating class. They will receive the coveted Food University “Enlightened Palate” diploma.
In addition, each student enrolled for the first classes will receive a private VIP invitation for a never-before-seen prestigious wineries tour in Napa Valley previously off-limits to the public.
Sponsors for the inaugural Food University Las Vegas at Caesars Palace are cookware manufacturer Fagor America and The Daily Meal, Spanfeller Media Group’s (SMG) mega food site, which will be the digital media sponsor of the event. Now with more than 7.2 million unique visitors monthly, The Daily Meal will provide its community with everything they need to know about Food University Las Vegas by integrating editorial, video and campaign coverage throughout the site and across social media platforms.
For those needing hotel accommodations, please call Caesars Palace for special rates at (866) 227-5938. For more information visit www.FoodUniversityLasVegas.com or, to purchase tickets, call (866) 840-8822.
Mike Kermani is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper. He writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Mike Kermani, email mkermani@ lasvegastribune.com