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Best Choices: Las Vegas Soul Celebration, Kelly Clarkson, Shaggy and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Wayne Posner/ BET SWV performed and was bestowed the Lady of Soul Award at this year’s occasion at the Orleans Arena.

Genuine, rootsy music is on deck for this first weekend of December. Start with New Orleans jazz, slide on through for some Memphis blues, and wind up with solid-gold soul at the Orleans Arena. Keep reading to discover the sounds you’re looking for, live all over town.

HARRY CONNICK JR. We were so blown away by the Repetition Theater reveal from this practiced musician, star and TV host, we ‘d return for his second weekend at Wynn if we could. You still can. Dec. 1-2, details at < a href=" http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment/HarryConnickJr" target="

_ blank “> wynnlasvegas.com. ROBERT CRAY BAND The five-time Grammy-winning blues and soul guy’s newest output is this spring’s “Robert Cray & & Hello Rhythm,” taped in Memphis with the famous house band of the Hello there Records label of the 1970s. He’ll be jamming in Vegas again Saturday at– where else?– the Railhead at Stone Station. Dec. 2, info at stationcasinoslive.com.

LAS VEGAS SOUL CELEBRATION New Las Vegas resident Teddy Riley– the hit-making super-producer who gave birth to the R&B category New Jack Swing– helped assemble this all-star costs for the Orleans Arena: Faith Evans, SWV and Donell Jones join Riley and his groups, Man and Blackstreet. Dec. 2, information at < a href=" http://www.orleansarena.com/events" target=" _

blank” > orleansarena.com. Associated material SHAGGY Brooklyn Bowl takes you back to 1995 Sunday night when previous Marine Orville Richard Burrell takes the stage to get “Boombastic” all over again. Dec. 3, info at < a href=" https://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1554512-shaggy-las-vegas/" target=

_ blank “> brooklynbowl.com. KELLY CLARKSON The pop-rock powerhouse vocalist headings this year’s 94.1 Not So Silent Night show at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, with support from Baltimore rockers All Time Low and emo-rock group Secondhand Serenade. Dec. 3, information at hardrockhotel.com.

25 needs to have a look at the Double Down’s 25th-anniversary celebration

1. Thee Swank Bastards. The regional surf-rockin’, prank-pullin’ stalwarts get the party began Wednesday night with Basstravaganza: 25 tunes, 25 different bass players.

2. The history. Seriously, can you believe the Double Down Saloon has been around for 25 years? That everyone from Tim Burton to Dr. Timothy Leary has warmed these barstools? Or that this “clubhouse for the fringe” generated a sister bar in New York City? It’s a goddamn miracle, that’s what. Rub on it and make a wish.

3. The environment. Breathe it in deep. Later on, utilize a great deal of Febreze to obtain it off your jacket, belt and shoes.

4. DJ Rex Dart. Throughout the years, he’s rocked rooms throughout town with diverse sets that fuse blues, funk and rock ‘n’ roll. If you’ve never witnessed among his multigenre sets, now’s the time to check him out– he’s basically spinning all weekend long.

5. The parking lot. Lots going on out there this weekend: live music, an outdoor bar as well as a cubicle staffed by the bar’s friendly green next-door neighbor, the Grove dispensary.

6. The murals. The Double Down has actually been acquiring cool murals because the mid-1990s– distinctive works by Mark T. Zeilman, Magda Szeitz, Elizabeth Blau and others. They’re aging perfectly.

7. The male. If you can spot Double Down/Frankie’s Tiki Room owner P Moss in the crowd, shake his hand, buy him a drink and have him sign something: a flier, possibly, or your face.

8. Vomit insurance coverage. Your $20 remedy to the Double Down’s first guideline: “You barf, you clean up.”

9. Toss Rag. Captain Sean Doe, the founder/singer of this rockabilly/roots/punk band, sails the Salton Sea, California, quartet into port Saturday night to rip through hits like “She Do Not Want To (She Do Not Care)” and “Rule Maker.”

10. The anniversary poster. This ready-for-framing work of art– by AIGA acclaimed graphic artist Art Chantry– is a steal at $25.

11. Jenn O. Cide. The imposing appeal and unrepentant sideshow freak hosts the festivities. Anticipate to see her consuming a reasonable quantity of glass, or stapling random things to her head.

12. The swimming pool tables. Try not to think about what’s touched that felt throughout the years.

13. The jukebox. It’s still among the best-curated in Vegas– a “standard, gorgeous collection of punk, rockabilly and weird-ass sh * t,” as Moss calls it.

14. Fukuburger’s truck. Those tasty burgers pair nicely with the house’s bacon martini.

15. Dwarves. The Chicago-bred, San Francisco-based quintet has been servin’ up its diverse, rowdy garage-punk with controversial lyrics for three years. And with performances that often consist of nudity, physical aggressiveness and snobby stage small talk, Dwarves will feel right in your home at the Double Down on Saturday night.

16. The restrooms. Look for some salacious gossip about you scratched on the walls. If you can’t discover any, include some.

17. Franks & & Deans. Vegas’s upstanding “rock ‘n’ roll Rat Pack” plays indoors Saturday night from 1 a.m. till dawn.

18. Dirk Vermin & & The Hostile Talent. It’s tough to think of the Double Down celebrating a birthday without Uncle Dirk in attendance. He and atrioventricular bundle of untelegenic criminals appear Saturday.

19. The televisions. Still playing a mix of indescribably weird scenes. Serves you right if you take a look at them.

20. Goldtop Bob. Thanks to an enduring residency, the charismatic blues guitar player calls “The Happiest Put On Earth” his second home. He plays Sunday night.

21. Überschall. Featuring ex- and present members of the Blue Male Group, Überschall includes 3 drummers, a bassist and two guitarists. It’s as ridiculous and fun as it sounds. See on your own on Sunday.

22. Modern Alcoholic Publication. The Double Down’s the only place in Vegas where you can find this omnibus for fall-down drunks.

23. The addictive lunacy of the place. It’s genuine.

24. The Dickies. The campy SoCal pop-punk pioneers are no complete strangers to Vegas; they have actually rocked phases huge and little, from Punk Rock Bowling to the Gold Spike swimming pool celebration. Sing along to the melodic “Give It Back” or the band’s vigorous take on Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” in our city’s cherished dive.

25. Ass Juice. The Double Down’s signature shot, “served ass cold.” Pound down a few shots in event of a quarter-freaking century of “100% pure, not from concentrate.”

Double Down Saloon’s 25th Anniversary November 22-26, times differ, totally free. 702-791-5775.

UNLV Jazz Presents Fall Jazz Celebration Nov. 27-29

The acclaimed UNLV Jazz Ensembles perform as part of the UNLV Jazz Festival Nov. 27-29 in the Black Box Theatre, including unique guest saxophonist Bob Sheppard.

Nov. 27 – UNLV’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Uli Geissendoerfer, & & Jazz Singing Ensemble, directed by Janet Tyler, carry out.

Nov. 28 – UNLV’s Jazz Ensemble I, performed by Dave Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, and Jazz Ensemble II, carried out by Adam Schroeder, perform with visitor jazz saxophonist Bob Sheppard.

Nov. 29 – The UNLV Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Julian Tanaka, allure Guitar Ensemble, directed by Jake Langley, and allure Ensemble III, performed by Michael Spicer, carry out.

Tickets are $10 for basic admission. Discounts are available. Tickets are offered through the Carrying out Arts Center box office at pac.unlv.edu or 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).

Bob Sheppard
Throughout an extraordinarily diverse career that has actually made him a first-call musician in the realms of jazz, pop, and the studio worlds, multi-woodwind expert Sheppard constantly has let his array of saxophones, flutes, and clarinets do the talking. Super star names highlight his resume, and jazz critics have been raving about him as both a sideman and leader for many years, but such praise is just a by-product of Sheppard ´ s years of steady work and dedication to his craft. Over the years, he has visited with Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs, and brought his varied skills to more current efficiencies with James Taylor, Natalie Cole, and Queen Latifah and most notably with the famous Joni Mitchell on her four-disc set and her 2007 Grammy-winning, Shine.

Invitational Madrigal & & Chamber Choir Celebration Oct. 13

The UNLV School of Music hosts the 33rd yearly Invitational Madrigal/Chamber Choir Celebration (“MadFest 33”) on Friday, Oct. 13, in 2 different sessions starting at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Auditorium situated on the northeast end of the university school.

The Madrigal/Chamber Choir Festival is among numerous occasions presented by the university choirs each year. Established in 1985 as a small, casual gathering of choruses, the festival has actually become a popular musical event that attracts lots of exceptional choirs along with an enthusiastic audience of music lovers from throughout the neighborhood. A range of music will be performed representing lots of authors and designs. Following each choir’s efficiency, the flooring will be open for remarks and questions from the audience members and celebration participants.

The afternoon celebration includes performances by chamber ensembles from the College of Southern Nevada (Mark Wherry), Desert Sanctuary High School (Michael Polutnik), Durango High School (Lesa Ramirez), Eldorado High School (Matt Ostlie), Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (Megan Franke), and Silverado High School (Tracy Hunsaker).

The night festival includes performances by ensembles from Standard Academy (Ryan Duff), Centennial High School (Becky Larkin), Chaparral High School (William McKoy), Cheyenne High School (Portia McClure), Coronado High School (Eric Fleischer), and Shadow Ridge High School (Jim Halvorson).

Both festival sessions include efficiencies by the UNLV Jazz Singers directed by Janet Tyler and the UNLV Chamber Chorale carried out by David Weiller, director of choral research studies. The Invitational Madrigal/Chamber Choir Festival is totally free and available to the public. For further information, get in touch with the UNLV choral studies workplace, 702-895-3008.

Pals grieve loss of '' life of the celebration' ' in massacre


Chad Elliot by means of AP This Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 photo offered by Chad Elliot shows friends, from left, Tracy Gyurina, Nicol Kimura and Elliot at the Path 91 concert in Las Vegas. Kimura, 38, of Placentia, Calif., went to the concert with a group of 7 who belong to a tight-knit group of pals who call themselves framily. On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Kimura was standing with her friends, Gyurina, 34, and Elliot, when they heard a popping sound, as if among the speakers had broken then Kimura was struck. It wasn’t till late Monday night, that exactly what they understood in their hearts and experienced, was finally verified by officials, that Kimura was among the dozens of individuals killed by the sniper’s gunfire.

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PLACENTIA, Calif.– In the days since the shooting, it’s been hard to sleep. They laugh viewing mobile phone videos of their fun-loving good friend singing along to Bon Jovi. Minutes later, they break down sobbing, clutching one another’s hands.

They went to Las Vegas to dance at a c and w festival, 7 members of a group of friends so close they call themselves “framily.”

They came back only six.

Now, a week after the massacre that took 58 lives, consisting of the one that mattered most to them, they try to continue since they understand that’s what 38-year-old Nicol Kimura would have wanted. They position for a picture in front of a yard block wall still graffitied in her handwriting: Kimura had actually led a group workout one weekend, scribbling “ropes,”” wall crouches,” “curls” in blue chalk.

“The sun is the source of energy for everything else, right?” stated Ryan Miller, one of the good friends who endured. “That was her.”

Kimura was the one who would have assisted them stay strong. But she’s gone and they’re still here, left grieving a friend while battling with their own memories of that gorgeous night that in an immediate became a slaughter.


Kimura was a relative beginner to the group, a lot of whom matured on the same street in Yorba Linda, in northern Orange County.

She was raised in neighboring Placentia, where she played sports and was a high school cheerleader before visiting college. She loved treking and her pet dog, Sadie, whom she ‘d consider nightly perform at a nearby park, said her cousin, Cynthia Kimura Donate.

After one of the area buddies married Kimura’s long time friend, she quickly turned into one of the gang.

Already, they had all aged and their circle had expanded to more than a dozen who collected on weekends for pool celebrations or journeys to the beach. They even comprised their own celebrations– a yearly friendship supper at Thanksgiving time and an international-themed potluck imitated a popular street fair that had gotten too crowded.

Kimura, who worked for a California tax firm, was loud and lively. She planned tea parties for her friends’ children and had them paint stars-and-stripes candleholders on the 4th of July.

“When she was available in, she type of took charge,” said Chad Elliot, whose yard was the home of the workout session. “She was the life of the party without needing attention.”

When 7 in the group planned to head to the Path 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas– which was quick becoming yet another of the group’s yearly customs– Kimura had unique Tee shirts printed for each one listing their preferred beverages. They used them their 2nd night at the festival.

The next early morning, they visited the pool at the Mandalay Bay hotel for a day of relaxation before a last night of music.

The group had actually chosen to make it a red-white-and-blue-themed night, and Kimura, who enjoyed crafts and decorating, had actually dressed in colorful tank tops for the event.


C and w performances were amongst the buddies’ favorites. The tunes and crowds were upbeat, and they constantly faced old friends and made new ones.

Kimura was standing with Elliot and pal Tracy Gyurina not too far from the phase, enjoying the outdoor music in the crowd of 22,000 individuals.

Then the good friends heard a popping noise and believed it may be a damaged speaker. The noise returned. The lights went dark. Singer Jason Aldean was rushed from the phase.

Individuals screamed and dropped to the ground.

Exactly what occurred next was a blur. Bullets pinged off bleachers by the stage. Guy tossed themselves in front of women, hoping to protect them from what they then knew was gunfire.

They thought an opponent was running toward them. They thought they ‘d be shot any moment.

The friends huddled together, turn over their heads.

Kimura informed them she couldn’t feel her legs. There was blood on her top.

“I simply keep in mind telling her, ‘We’re going to be OK, child girl,'” Gyurina said. “And simply telling her, ‘I enjoy you.’ ‘We got this.'”

The crowd started to move during breaks in the shooting. The friends scattered as individuals fled towards exits and hid under the bleachers.

Elliot tried to move Kimura but couldn’t. And so he stayed there, the bullets flying.

“I was simply waiting to get hit, but I wasn’t going to leave her,” he said.

Lastly, a guy came by and stated he was a medical professional. He began chest compressions and informed Elliot how and when to assist. The man kept going for a while, then turned to Elliot and stopped.

“He stated there was nothing else that we could do.”

Elliot stood. Already, it was eerily quiet on the performance premises. There was hardly anybody around him.


Elliot and Gyurina called and discovered each other, dazed, outside a close-by corner store. They switched texts with others in the group, eliminated to know they had actually gotten away.

Elliot phoned Kimura’s father. He informed him she had actually been shot.

Her family hurried to Las Vegas and went to the city’s convention center, where they and Gyurina fielded questions about what Kimura appeared like and what she wore.

The pals were wishing for a miracle. They could not bear to see Kimura’s bags in their hotel space. They could not stand leaving the city without her.

It wasn’t till Monday night that officials confirmed what they all knew in their hearts: Kimura was among those eliminated by sniper Stephen Paddock from the 32nd flooring of the Mandalay Bay.

Already, Elliot, Gyurina and the other buddies had gone back to California. They began dealing with the shock. They found bullet holes in the hat Miller’s wife used to the show. They comforted their kids, who were devastated to discover they would not see Kimura once again.

Numerous days later, they still hadn’t gone back to work, nor had they much time to harp on the trauma of what they ‘d made it through; they were still aiming to handle the loss of their pal.

Often they switch on the tv, nervous for updates on the examination. Elliot said when he saw video from the shooting, he felt mainly numb. For friend Casey Bodwell, a loud sound or a touching post online can bring all of it back.

“Everything just type of can be found in waves, like you try to find some sense of standard– I don’t even know the word today– normalcy?” Gyurina said. “But then all of a sudden something happens and it just hits you, and then you’re on the ground needing to pick yourself support again.”

The group began raising cash to assist cover Kimura’s funeral costs. A vigil was planned for Sunday night at an elementary school in Placentia. Kimura is survived by her moms and dads and a sibling, as well as her close group of pals.

Some in the group have tickets to another country-western program later on this month, but Gyurina stated she isn’t really sure they’ll go. But she said their November “Friendsgiving” supper will go on as prepared, as Kimura would want it to.

“If it was somebody else, as devastated as she would have been,” Miller said, “she would have been the one to rally us back.”

10 takeaways from Las Vegas’ star-studded iHeartRadio Celebration

The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to the Strip for the seventh straight year this past weekend with more than 30 efficiencies and 15 hours of live music from some of the most significant names in music throughout a range of genres. The two-day festival, held Friday and Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, likewise featured a six-hour, 16-artist efficiency Saturday afternoon at the MGM Festival Premises throughout the street from the Luxor.

Here are 10 takeaways from the weekend:

1. Kesha’s improvement is total. Once synonymous with Auto-Tuned performances and cheap lyrics, Kesha wowed the near-capacity T-Mobile crowd with emphatic vocals on “Lady,” and “Discover how to Let Go,” before punctuating her five-song setlist with an emotional efficiency of her newest hit, “Praying.”

The 30-year-old did not play “TiK ToK,” “We R Who We R” or “Die Young,” the 3 biggest hits from the beginning of her career.

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alt=” Coldplay’s Chris Martin”/ > Image: Kevin Winter season Coldplay’s Chris Martin 2. Pink provided the very best stunt of the celebration. Releasing from the iHeartRadio stage on a harness, the vocalist soared from one side of T-Mobile Arena to the other, landing on platforms placed along the side of the floor-level seats throughout a performance of “So Exactly what.”

Pink continued singing into a headset microphone as she turned and twisted while airborne in the harness, until she hung upside down from greater than 70 feet above the crowd. Then, in maybe the most dramatic moment of the weekend, she was free-falling. As the crowd gasped, the harness stopped her close enough for her to nearly touch hands with fans sitting on the floor level.

2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival

3. However Coldplay’s Chris Martin stole the show. Coldplay received louder cheers from Friday’s T-Mobile Arena crowd than any of the 7 other performing acts to take the stage that night.

Martin, the band’s diva, was spectacular– acting out the lyrics of each song while engaging with the crowd collected around a part of the festival’s protruded stage.

When singing about death in “Viva la Vida” Martin rested and stayed motionless. When singing about being intoxicated and high in “Hymn for the Weekend,” he stood tumbling his hands and body around like a fool. All of that in between contributing to the band’s instrumentals on the piano, among a masterful light show.

4. Halsey has some major swagger. She won the Daytime Village crowd over with her voice throughout performances of “Complete strangers,” “Now or Never ever” and “Hopeless,” but she also commanded its engagement with an intense yet smooth phase presence, including erratic dancing and a happy smirk at the end of nearly every song.

5. So does Bebe Rexha. Wearing all gold with L-O-V-E defined in block letters across her waistline, Rexha informed the crowd she didn’t need a “f * cking hand to hold” while performing her verses in G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself and I.”

Smiling large as she danced and stomped across the Daytime Village stage, she likewise welcomed Louis Tomlinson on phase for their duet, “Back to You.”

6. Five to 7 songs was enough for most fans to get a common sense of those onstage. While some performers, like Kesha, concentrated on their newest tunes due to current musical improvements, others, like Huge Sean and Miley Cyrus, likewise played early career hits.

Some DJs, like Khaled, Flume and David Guetta, were able to fire off nearly a lots songs, when including much shorter clips and mashups. However almost each artist remained in the 5- to seven-song variety for their 25-minute setlists.

A jumbotron message board with tweets from fans at the show suggested that Saturday performer Lorde most gained from that format. Though there were plenty fans of “Royals” present, lots of didn’t appear to understand familiar hits “Homemade Dynamite,” and “Team” were also authored by the New Zealand-born artist until she played them at Saturday’s celebration.

7. The festival lineups started strong and ended strong. While Pink and Kesha have actually each headlined multiple world tours, they were respectively the very first of eight acts to hit the T-Mobile phase on Friday and Saturday. The credentials of Friday’s final act, David Guetta, and Saturday’s closer, DJ Khaled, are just as substantial.

Celebration organizers sprayed less huge names acts, like Thirty Seconds to Mars and Niall Horan, throughout the middle of the programs.

8. T-Mobile was loaded each night from the beginning. From the front rows surrounding the extending iHeartRadio stage to the back wall of the third level, fans packed the sold-out show from its very first performers, and most stayed till the last acts.

While Friday’s crowd had decreased to about half-capacity by the time Guetta took the phase, the arena stayed a minimum of 80 percent full on Saturday.

9. Other artists are still raving about Chris Stapleton. A number of Friday performers, consisting of Pink, Coldplay as well as Harry Styles, had a complementary quip, joke or reference to the Lexington, Kentucky local’s growing voice and guitar strumming prowess.

When it was his rely on take the phase, the country star once again measured up to the buzz. With by far the simplest of all stage setups over the weekend, Stapleton and his four-person band shined through hits like “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Broken Halos” and “Nobody to Blame,” highlighted by a three-minute guitar solo by Stapleton in between sips of whiskey from a red solo cup.

10. Saturday’s show saved the best for last. DJ Khaled took his signature catchphrase “another one” to a brand-new level on Saturday night, welcoming 5 different guest artists to the stage throughout a 40-minute, 12-song performance to close the festival.

While only Possibility the Rapper had formerly been revealed as a special guest, he was quickly signed up with by Quavo for “I’m the One,” and Travis Scott, who impressed the T-Mobile Arena crowd with “Butterfly Result” and “Goosebumps.” With Khaled and the 3 hip-hop artists flexing in the background, Demi Lovato walked on phase for a sassy rendition of “Sorry Not Sorry,” and Daytime Town performer French Montana also rapped “Unforgettable,” as the crowd cheered for each of DJ Khaled’s surprise guests.

College of Fine Arts Hosts Opening Celebration & & Art Walk Oct. 6

UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher, the Marjorie Barrick Museum, and the Donna Beam Art Gallery welcome you to a night of spectacular celebration marking the 60th anniversary of UNLV and the 50th anniversary of the Barrick Museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Barrick Museum. Champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. It is complimentary and open to the general public.

The event honors the Las Vegas arts neighborhood for its dedicated assistance of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada as the Barrick opens its Fall exhibits, Preservation and liminal.

Organized by prominent Los Angeles manager Aurora Tang, Conservation checks out themes of survival and renewal in a group exhibit that introduces Las Vegas to many artists of global stature including Max Hooper Schneider, Candice Lin, and German noise artist Moritz Fehr.

A walking tour through the campus grounds brings us to the thrilling, unplaceable world of Fehr’s Colosseum before we arrive at the Donna Beam where Conservation’s companion program, Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas, is on screen. Curated by the multifaceted Center For Land Usage Interpretation, Flood Control grants us a bird’s-eye view of the extraordinary architecture on the margins of our city. Back at the Barrick, Shelly Volsche’s liminal asks us to question the enigmatic territory between various modes of being with a diverse installation of art works drawn from the Museum’s own collection.

More details about the Fall art exhibits can be found here: https://www.unlv.edu/news-story/announcing-fall-2017-exhibitions We hope you will join us for this joyous fall occasion!

Flute Convocation Commemorates Panamanian Celebration Sept. 13

Please join UNLV physician of musical arts prospect Dafne Guevara for a very unique flute convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Doc Rando Recital Hall of the Beam Music Center. The performance commemorates the Panamanian Flute Celebration she solitarily arranged and presented July 3 -Aug. 4. Through absolutely nothing but perseverance and persistence, Guevara organized more than 60 trainees from around the world to attend the celebration that consisted of UNLV flute professor Jennifer Grim, in addition to other well-known expert flutists and teachers. The event is complimentary and open to the public.