Monday, Aug. 17, 2015|2 a.m.
Some Classic Vegas shtick from earlier Sunday throughout lunch with Bob Anderson, Clint Holmes, Frankie Scinta and the esteemed Jerry Jones. We got hold of a bite at Silverton’s Sundance Grill prior to Sunday’s “Spirit of 45” benefit show at Veil Structure.
The waitress delivered the check to the table, and Anderson grabbed it, stating, “I got it.” There was the whole, “No, no, Bob! You don’t need to do that!” from the remainder of the table.
“Hey, I said I got it,” Anderson firmly insisted, slipping his glasses on to read the damage. “I’m a headliner.”
Scinta, who is still trying to find a location after his show left The D Las Vegas in April, relied on Holmes and stated, “Keep in mind when I utilized to be able to state that?”
I said, “Hey, you can still state it.”
Type of a low blow …
Scinta followed with, “You’re not keen on your kneecaps, are you?”
Meantime, Anderson footed the bill. I now owe him a Greek omelet and Scinta a thoughtful article of many paragraphs when “The Scintas”– which is again the name of The Scintas’ act– discovers a place. I think that will certainly happen quickly, but not at Silverton.
Time to make another order– to go:
– An oft-discussed place on the Strip, for its current history and perceived chance, is Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand. There have actually been whisperings about a supper-club show going into Madhouse. Don’t bank on it.
An MGM Grand spokesperson stated over the weekend that the Jabbawockeez and weekly Beacher’s Madhouse celebration efficiencies were plenty to keep the room animated beginning this fall when the Jabbawockeez move from Luxor.
The Jabbawockeez will certainly be carrying out 2 shows a night 5 nights a week, and Beacher’s Madhouse will certainly be staged Saturdays, with occasional Friday nights booked. As it was put to me, “There is no other entertainment planned for that space, which will certainly currently have a really robust schedule.”
MGM Grand has been in control of the space since January 2014. For several months as much as that point, the place was a partnership amongst Hakkasan, Beacher and the hotel. But Hakkasan split with Beacher over operational disagreements, permitting MGM to step in to run the room.
That caused a drawn-down schedule for Beacher’s Madhouse and the relocation of the masked acrobatic boogie performers Jabbawockeez. Otherwise, some knowledgeable home entertainment figures in the city have stated that room would be excellent for a burlesque production (as it was for “Crazy Horse Paris”) or comedy club. Not taking place. It’s Beacher’s, Jabbawockeez … and a dream.
– After a few months of speculation that “Mondays Dark” may be taking out of Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel, we can with confidence impart that the charity showcases founded by Mark Shunock are most likely to remain at the Hard Rock. Though the formal documents is yet unsigned, anticipate the month-to-month advantage shows to remain at Vinyl through 2016.
The next event is this evening, the style being the soundtrack to “Animal Home,” where we ask the musical concern, “Do you mind if we dance with your dates?” Among those arranged to appear are cast members from “For the Record: Baz” at Light in Mandalay Bay, beginners to “Monday’s Dark.” Could be a landmark night.
Likewise set are cast members from “Rock of Ages” (including Shunock); Earl Turner; Francesca Camus; Jillian Austin; Daniel Park; Philip Drennan; and Jassen Allen. This month’s charity is Three Square food battle (I imply, bank); tickets are $20 beforehand, $30 at the door and readily available at MondaysDark.com.
– Reckless in Vegas made its launching at Cabaret Jazz count Saturday night. This was among the rocking-est shows ever because space. Michael Shapiro’s three-piece band stormed through its collection of 1960s standards enhanced by a high step of crackling rock ‘n’ roll.
Kelly Clinton-Holmes and Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie made cameo looks (and I will certainly live to see the day when Phillips, who was typically dynamic, sing “That’s Life” without the services of a lyrics sheet).
The use of video photos of Old Vegas and The Rat Pack, and a pair of sparkling backing dancers, added to the experience as Shapiro raced through “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “All Shook Up,” “Cannot Take My Eyes Off of You,” “I Got You Babe,” “It’s Not Uncommon,” “Volare,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “Everybody Likes Someone Often” all re-charted and infused with rocket fuel.
It was a fairly loud time, but there was a great deal of truly cool stuff occurring up there. The band invested more than a years performing in the Bay Area before Shapiro went back to his home town of Las Vegas in April. RIV is playing Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 at Chrome in Santa Fe Station. Otherwise, this crew is looking for a place to swing and do its thing.
– Returning to our lead-in: “Spirit of 45” at Veil was to benefit Honor Air travel, which offers complimentary flights to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans so that they can visit monuments in D.C. If a caretaker is required, the company supplies that service, too, also complimentary to the veterans.
Appearing at Veil, where about 500 folks turned out for a healthy Sunday-night lineup, were Michelle Johnson; Ronnie Rose; Chadwick Johnson; Swing City Dolls; Mark Giovi and Genevieve Dew; Carmine Mandina; Rich Natole; Craig Canter; Rob Garrett; Denise Rose; Martin Mancuso; and The Desert Tenors (Giovi and Expense Fayne).
Event organizer Evan Davis (that’s “E-V-A-N D-A-V-I-S,” as he advised me during the program, so thanks for that) shared MC tasks with Anderson, who continually advised of the terrific, golden era of Las Vegas home entertainment.
Earlier, he and I debated the quality of home entertainment, overall, offered in the city in old days, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, Liberace and numerous of the true greats filled display rooms on the Strip.
I provided that today’s Las Vegas has the highest level of entertainment in the city’s history if you count the places that were not in location in the days when Anderson was playing Top of the Dunes.
I noted the big-event centers MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Occasion Center, plus the Colosseum at Caesars, the Joint at the Acid rock Hotel, the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, Axis at World Hollywood, Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
I offered that the showroom super stars of the 1950s through, say, the mid-1980s were unparalleled, but the concerts, production programs and top-end skill makes Las Vegas a much more appealing home entertainment destination today.
But as Anderson kept reeling off, “Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Elvis …,” it was a difficult argument. See him in “Frank: The Guy, The Music” at Palazzo to get a tip of what we’re discussing.
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
MGM Grand, a AAA 4 Diamond resort, provides 5,044 spaces and suites.
MGM Grand showcases KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort provides trademark dining establishments by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its continuous “Grand Restoration,” MGM Grand has renovated all spaces and suites in its main tower and is including numerous new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Bar, a brand-new high end dining/nightlife concept (can be found in April 2013).
MGM Grand also showcases an advanced, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Hair salon, “CSI: The Experience” and a welcoming swimming pool complex showcasing the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
High end accommodations consist of The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located nearby to the main resort.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Silverton Gambling establishment Hotel
Similar to a rustic lodge, this off-the-Strip gambling establishment provides something for everyone, consisting of budget friendly spaces, a range of dining choices and household friendly features.
Silverton Gambling establishment Hotel is decorated in earth tones, stone and wood, and accentuated with amber-tinted lighting. The 90,000-square-foot gambling establishment includes more than 30 tables video games, 1,900 slots, a high-limit lounge, a recently renovated poker space and the Cantor Pc gaming Sports Book.
One of the resort’s most distinct features is its 117,000-gallon saltwater fish tank, which houses more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish– and an occasional mermaid. Simply steps far from the aquatic wonderland is the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, with everything from hunting, boating, fishing and camping gear.
Surrounding the gambling establishment floor is a huge array of dining alternatives, such as the upscale-steakhouse Twin Creeks or the distinct Mexican dining establishment Mi Casa Grill Cantina.
3333 Blue Diamond Road Las Vegas, NV 89139