By: Sam Wagmeister/Nightlife Editor
The Bronx Wanderers show at Bally’s Windows Showroom is a tightly scripted performance that leaves many audience members claiming, “The best show on The Strip.” But lead singer
Vinny told an audience last month “Every once in a while, life gets in the way” in displaying his gratitude for the group’s fans.
On his right arm, Vinny wears a rainbow of wristbands supporting his fans fighting cancer. Often, when one of his survivors is in attendance, Vinny relates the wristband story. One-night, last month, the story took a new twist.
By: Sam Wagmeister/Nightlife Editor
Clint Holmes’ 2 ½ year effort to bring his latest CD, Rendezvous, to life paid off with two Grammy Award nominations. The works being honored are a pair of songs from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, “I Loves You Porgy/There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York” and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” composed by Cole Porter.
Grammy winner Dee Bridgewater joined Holmes on the Porgy and Bess songs which were recorded over two nights at New York’s Blue Note. The recording is backed by the Count Basie Band.
By: Evan Davis/Entertainment Editor
As 2017 comes to an end, we need to not only look at the ups & downs, but to look ahead at what’s coming up in 2018.
Between the renovation of Downtown, the expansion of Tivoli Village, the additional entertainment at Downtown Summerlin and Town Square (just to name a few spots) it seems that a lot of the growth is on the West side of town. Of course, “The Strip” is also reinventing itself almost daily. The last quarter of 2017 however, has taken its toll on our emotions with the tragedy of October 1st and the heartbreak with the Scinta Family
By: Beverly Washburn/Hollywood Memories
I thought I'd write this month about Ed Asner who, although has done countless films and TV, is probably best known for his role as Lou Grant on the 70s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
He was born in 1929 and is still a working actor today. He's been nominated 20 times for the coveted Emmy award, seven of which was for the Mary Tyler Moore Show and three of which he won for that same show.
After the MTM show was cancelled, Ed went on to star in his own show titled "Lou Grant" which was a dramatic show. In fact, he is the only actor to win an Emmy for a sitcom and a drama for the same role.
He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild for five years. And in 2001, was the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
By: Sam Wagmeister/People & Places
The barren black-walled warehouse was reminiscent of a menacing film noir scene; fifteen people were seated at the four tables arranged in a square, heads bowed pouring over the manuscripts before them. The room had fallen weirdly hushed.
The silence was broken by Jersey Boys alumnus Michael Erickson’s deep, bellowing yet soft and melodic vocal contribution…Try to remember the kind of September, when life was slow and oh so mellow…
Those opening lines of the opening song from The Fantastiks, lifted the cloud that had descended over composer/arranger/conductor and now-director, Bill Fayne. Fayne’s decades-long dream of bringing the longest running musical to Las Vegas was crushed during production when the Onyx Theater closed last year.
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
I thought I'd write this month about a TV show I did called "Fury." The year was 1956 and I was cast in this Saturday morning NBC serial. The TV show was about a boy and his horse (much like Lassie the dog) since the boy and horse always came to someone's rescue!
The series ran from 1955 to 1960. I watched it every Saturday and was thrilled to be cast in one of my favorite shows.
In this episode, I played a little brat who was not happy that my mother was getting married to someone I did not like. I was almost thirteen, but was playing the part of a 10-year-old. It also starred Peter Graves, who later was remembered from the TV show Mission Impossible.
Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
I'm very excited about the return of our radio show, “Listening to The Vegas Voice.” Beginning on Tuesday, September 5th and thereafter every Tuesday from 10 -11 am, make sure you hear our great celebrity interviews. We will be heard on KSHP 1400 am and, of course, the radio programs can always be heard anytime on our (new and improved) Vegas Voice website.
I will have the pleasure of interviewing both local as well as national stars and celebrities. I'm also very proud to welcome my co-host, the man with the “Golden Voice” Jon Lindquist to the show.
Jon is one of the most experienced radio personalities I know. As the photo demonstrates, we have previously worked together on our Vegas Voice podcast and radio shows.
Together we will once again bring a fun and entertaining interview show to Las Vegas. Please tune in and tell your friends as we return to “live” radio - KSHP 1400 am this month.
1. Remember the music of 1967? Some of the best songs ever recorded will be heard once again.
2. Did you see the list of entertainers scheduled to perform (plus a surprise guest or two)? Enough said.
3. Ticket price of only $19.67 (get it?) with all proceeds going to two non-profit organizations – Nevada Association to Stop Guardian & Elder Abuse and the Las Vegas Showbiz Network.
4. Free raffle prizes courtesy of our great sponsors.
5. The concert will be at the Silverton Hotel & Casino. And unlike “other” casinos, no valet or parking charges.
By: Beverly Washburn/ Hollywood Memories
I previously written about Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger. I thought this month I'd write about Jay Silverheels who was his faithful sidekick, Tonto.
The year was 1956 and I was cast in the Warner Bros. feature film "The Lone Ranger." I was quite fortunate back in the 50s, because for the most part, scripts would just be sent to me without an audition.
However, I had never worked at Warner Bros. so they didn't know me and I was asked to go out and read for the role of Lila, the little girl who gets kidnapped by the Indians and yep, you guessed it - gets saved by the Lone Ranger. I was a huge fan of The Lone Ranger and wanted so badly to get this part.
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