Center’sCabaret Jazz in Las Vegas September 27 and September 28, evening
performances 7 p.m.
Steve performs finger-snapping jazz standards, original songs, and
enduring pop tunes in captivating, charismatic style and with
anextraordinary voice that smolders on ballads and electrifies when it
A natural interest exists in hearing Steve sing the songs for which
his father, the legendary Mel Tormé, was known. And, Steve pays homage
to this legacy by featuring some of the most enduring, well-crafted
standards ever written, beautifully arranged to appeal to the most
nostalgic listener as well as to thrill the most sophisticated.
Steve’s other accomplished role model was his stepfather, Hal March
(actor and host of The $64,000 Question Show), and it shows in the way
Steve serves up his pop/jazz with wit, charm and a warmth that engages
audiences from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York to London.
Steve is backed by a quartet that grooves and soars as effortlessly as
it swings: Steve Rawlins on piano, Bob Sachs on bass, Mike Mechem on
drums, and Joe Lano on guitar.
Steve has an extraordinary vocal talent that stands on its own
regardless of his famous last name. He performs in venues from
intimate jazz clubs to Performing Arts Centers and symphonies to
festivals worldwide. After a recent week-long engagement in London,
Peter Vacher of London Jazz News wrote, “ At the snap of a finger, he
turned this colorful room into Las Vegas at show-time before
moderating the tempo and making it the most intimate space in town. In
the language of show business, he’s a class act.
Steve relocated to the Midwest several years ago with his young
family, and looks forward to a reunion of friends and family while he
is in town —some coming in from Los Angeles, but many local. Among
them, childhood friends Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche will be in
the audience, along with his aunt, retired Nevada politician Myrna
Williams, and her family. Show time is 7 p.m., and tickets are
available at The Smith Center, telephone 702-749-2000 or visit
Steve will also appear on Dennis Bono’s radio/live performance show on
Thurs., Sept. 26th at approximately 1 p.m. and on Michele LaFong’s
radio show the same day between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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NIK AT NIGHT
Nik will be appearing at Kelly’s Steakhouse on Saturday, September 28,
from 6:30-10 p.m. Joining me will be my good friend Larry Millonzi on
keys, and some surprise guests.
The music of Johnny Mercer will be featured. Kelly’s Steakhouse is
located at 3900 S. Paradise Road. Call (702) 791-7011 for
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RAY PRICE TO PERFORM AT VEIL PAVILION AT SILVERTON
Country pioneer Ray Price takes the stage and plays classic country
western music at Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel on
Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $25 General Admission
Ray Price recorded his first record in 1949 and joined the legendary
Columbia Records family in 1951 where he stayed for more than 20
years. The “Crazy Arms” singer is known as musically ambitious and
constantly pushed the boundaries of traditional country music. Price
won the GRAMMY Award for “Album of the Year” in 1970 for his huge
crossover hit “For The Good Times,” and won again in 2008 for his duet
of “Lost Highway” with Willie Nelson. Price was inducted to Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996.
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GRATEFUL DEAD’S PHIL LESH & BOB WEIR AT THE PEARL
Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir bring their band Furthur
to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort for two shows Oct. 1 and 2,
2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39, plus any additional service fees.
Following what is sure to be a successful summer tour, former Grateful
Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir and their band Furthur will return
to Las Vegas. Fans can expect Lesh and Weir to push the musical
envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of
Grateful Dead classics, with an all-star band that includes
keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), drummer Joe Russo (Benevento –
Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star
Orchestra) and vocalists Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.
Doors at the Pearl will open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The
Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended
hours on select event days. The Pearl is now on Twitter. Follow
@PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
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TICKETS TO “SISTER ACT” AND “WAR HORSE” AT THE SMITH CENTER ON SALE NOW
Two Broadway productions take the stage inside Reynolds Hall during October.
Tickets to the five-time Tony Award-winning stage play “War Horse” and
the hilariously funny “Sister Act” at The Smith Center are on sale
Tickets can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office, located at
361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868
(TTY) and online at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For preferred seating and
special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse” will play The
Smith Center Oct. 2-6 and “Sister Act,” produced by Whoopi Goldberg,
Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment will take the stage Oct.
15-20, both inside Reynolds Hall.
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” “War Horse” is the
powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been
enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New
York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey
is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war
before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist,
embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.
What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship,
filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the
most innovative stagecraft of our time.
Featuring an original score with music by multi-Academy Award, Grammy
Award and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken, “Sister
Act” tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier after she
witnesses a murder and the journey that ensues after being put in
protective custody in a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself
at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.
Using her fabulous “disconess” and voice to inspire the choir, Deloris
breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover.
Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly
power of her newly found sisterhood.
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HOT CLUB OF LAS VEGAS AT ALIANTE
The Hot Club of Las Vegas will be performing at the Aliante Casino on
Thursday, September 26th.
The Aliante is a proud supporter of jazz concerts and their, “Jazz
Under the Stars Concert Series,” has been a huge success this Summer!
Next Thursday is our turn and we’re calling it “Gypsy Jazz Under The
Stars!” The party starts at 7 pm and goes until 10 pm. We are playing
poolside and the weather will be perfect to groove to your favorite
Dave Richardson and Pepe Jimenez of Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns
will be our special guests, and tix are $15 for this +18 yr audience.
The Aliante Casino is located at 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy, North Las
Vegas, NV 89084 Spread the word and lets support live jazz music in
Las Vegas! Bring your friends! Bring your family! Bring your pets!
(just kidding about the pets part!)
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BRITNEY SPEARS REVEALS TWO-YEAR RESIDENCY AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
It’s official. Britney Spears is heading to Las Vegas. One of pop
music’s biggest superstars revealed the much-anticipated announcement
this morning with a live interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. With
rumors swirling for months about a potential residency at Planet
Hollywood Resort & Casino, the pop music icon confirmed the news in
grand fashion with a dramatic event staged in the middle of the Nevada
Ticket prices range from $59 to $179, plus applicable tax and fees,
and may be purchased online at BritneyPieceofMe.com or in-person at
the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 9 p.m. PT, with
the exception of the special Tuesday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve
performance, which will begin at 10 p.m. PT. Exclusive VIP table
service, for up to six guests, may also be purchased by calling (866)
“I’m so excited to finally share this news with all of my fans,” said
Britney. “‘Piece of Me’ is a labor of love and I can’t wait to perform
it in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.”
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THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: SEPTEMBER 24–29
The world-famous Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas is the longest-running
comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The Improv’s ability to showcase
young comedians, as well as bring in big names, has attributed to its
longevity and success .
Each week, The Improv showcases three of the funniest and freshest
faces in comedy, creating a show that is always unique and definitely
funny. The comedians who will perform September 24 –September 29 are:
John Caponera: John Caponera began his comic career over 30 years ago
when he entered a talent show at a local bar in Chicago. After doing
several impressions, he walked away with $500 and a realization that
he might have something to offer in the world of comedy. Caponera is
considered a comic’s comic, a true professional, offering a mix of
material from impressions to characterizations to stories and one
liners. Caponera can be recognized as the star of his own sitcom
called “The Good Life” or as the host of Comedy Central’s sport show,
“Jocks” and ESPN’s “Talk II.” Other credits include guest star
appearances on “ER,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Dennis Miller Show,”
“L.A. Law,” and “The Drew Carey Show.”
Erik Passoja: Comedian, actor and voiceover artist, Erik Passoja, has
been performing for over 20 years. Passoja who is a lifetime member of
the Actors Studio, recently starred in the Actors Studio West
production of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Currently residing in Los Angeles with his wife Rita and their
sixteen-pound cat, Passoja’s acting credits include appearances on
“Nip/Tuck,” “CSI,” “Without a Trace,” “CSI: Miami,” “Charmed,” “Hawaii
Five-O” and “Firefly.”
Gillbert Lawand: Gilbert Lawand is an Atlanta based stand-up comic and
producer of a weekly show called “Comedy Gold.” Lawand was born in
Baghdad to Catholic parents and when he was 6 years old they moved to
a small town in Georgia to live on a farm. Growing up on a farm taught
him many important life lessons, like living on a farm sucks. Lawand
began his stand-up career in 2006 and since then has performed in
clubs all over the country including the Punchline, Funny Farm, the
Hollywood Improv and Comedy store.
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are
$29.05 or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for VIP tickets that
include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show
meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also
available for locals for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are available at
Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at
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Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune
newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him
at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.