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Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 6 p.m.
“Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Travis Cloer has confirmed that his castmates in the hit musical are the first Strip entertainers to sign up for producer John Simpson’s fundraiser concert for the families of slain Las Vegas Metro Police Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck.
Others who have committed include Tropicana magician Murray Sawchuck, Quad comedy juggler Jeff Civillico, who celebrates his second anniversary Saturday, “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock, Melody Sweets and her “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace cast and Felice Garcia and her “The Million Dollar Quartet” castmates at Harrah’s.
John hopes to announce the benefit’s location and date next week.
DRAI’S AFTER HOURS REOPENS: Nightlife guru Victor Drai’s Drai’s After Hours returns to its original underground space now at the Cromwell, and the grand reopening is set for June 19 in conjunction with Insomniac and the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival as the Official After Hours venue for the annual EDM festival.
Drai’s After Hours was a pioneer in after-hours when it opened 15 years ago. The lineup for the grand-reopening weekend: Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin and Kill Frenzy (Thursday, June 19); Dubfire and Nicole Moudaber (June 20); The Martinez Brothers (June 21); and Chris Garcia and Erik Hagleton (June 22).
“There is nowhere else in the world than Las Vegas where we could create venues where our guests can party with us for nearly all 24 hours of the day,” Victor said. “When I first opened After Hours 15 years ago, I wasn’t even sure if it would be a success … the concept was so new and untried. Now here I am re-opening the club with a great week of artists and music at the Cromwell, the most beautiful new hotel on the Strip.”
Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub opened atop the Cromwell on Memorial Day Weekend.
RECORD RAISED: Cirque du Soleil officials confirmed this morning that its second edition of “One Night for One Drop” in the Michael Jackson “One” theater March 21 raised $6 million that will be used to change the lives of people in Latin America, Asia and West Africa.
Additionally, with One Drop’s donation to our Springs Reserve, the Cirque effort continues to make a difference through continuing support of water conservation and sustainable living in the Las Vegas Valley through youth education and awareness.
Cirque artists are already at work on 2015’s “One Night for One Drop.”
FAREWELL WORLD TOUR: Hometown Motley Crue rock superstar Vince Neil, along with glamorous makeup-artist girlfriend Rain Hannah, has packed his bags and begun rehearsals for the two-year worldwide farewell tour of the world’s most notorious rock band.
The first date is June 21 in Edmonton, Alberta, to shake down the show, and then the run begins Independence Day weekend in Michigan lasting through 2015 dates at present. The band has sold 100 million albums with seven platinum or multi-platinum certifications and three Grammy Award nominations.
Their swan-song tour is one last trip around the world. “It’s a victory lap of high impact signifying all bad things must come to an end,” said Vince before departing.
80TH ANNIVERSARY COUP: Venetian headliners Human Nature were part of music history Tuesday as they took the stage during Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala in New York hosted by Wayne Brady that celebrated 80 years of performances and departed from tradition of Apollo Hall of Fame inductions. Human Nature represented the Motown era, performing a 15-minute hit set featuring tracks such as “My Girl,” “Ooh Baby Baby” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
“Smokey Robinson told me about Human Nature and said they sing Motown like no other young singers he’s ever heard today. And he is right,” said gala producer Ron Weisner. “We are thrilled to have them perform these iconic songs. … They demonstrate to all of us just how timeless the music of Motown is and how it touched people in all four corners of the world.”
The night also included Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, The Isley Brothers, Savion Glover, Joss Stone, Matthew Whitaker, Edwin Hawkins and Doug E. Fresh. This year’s event raised a record $2.3 million, which will support the Apollo’s year-round performing arts programming, education initiatives and community programs.
WEDDING PHOTOS: Longtime Las Vegas headliner The Amazing Johnathan wed Anastasia Synn over the weekend at A Special Memory Chapel, with the reception at Geisha House, and we posted Tuesday the glorious and gory details of their only-in-Vegas celebration.
Now courtesy of the happy groom and bride, it’s a wonderful photo gallery of their big day that includes the ceremony, a “bloody” good wedding cake and unique performers galore at the reception. Congratulations!
Frankie Moreno celebrates his 500th performance at the Stratosphere with a star-studded red carpet.
The annual Vegas Nightlife fights take place center ring at the Hard Rock Hotel.
It’s Sailor Jerry Day, and to honor the original pin-up tattoo model, Hogs & Heifers throws a downtown party with models, artists, hot rods and motorcycles.
Combat Con presents its annual competition for warriors and fighters at the Riviera.
Night Riots explode at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
The 100 Tropic Beauty Model Search contestants have their first face-to-face meetings with pageant judges at MGM Grand.
“Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star Ian Ziering returns as guest host in Chippendales at the Rio, Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson perform poolside at Mandalay Bay, and political pundit Dennis Miller takes on the ladies of laughter in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview.
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