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Perplexing decision: Clint Holmes-Santa Fe at M Resort or Frankie Moreno at Planet Hollywood

26th Annual Ribbon of Life

Steve Marcus

Clint Holmes sings during the 26th annual Ribbon of Life at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, June 24, 2012. Golden Rainbow, an organization dedicated to helping Southern Nevadans affected by HIV and AIDS, presented the annual fundraiser.

Frankie Moreno at Carnegie Hall

Las Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno performs at the Launch slideshow »
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Frankie Moreno performs during the 16th Annual Canon USA Customer Appreciation Reception/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Benefit on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Bellagio.

Well, this is a tough call between two “must” shows.

First, before identifying that tough call, we’ll give props to the esteemed Clint Holmes.

Over the weekend, Holmes unveiled a few songs from his upcoming CD during his monthly performances at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The CD is yet-untitled and might be named “Don’t Know: Any Thoughts?” because that’s what Holmes keeps asking those around him when they ask him about the title.

Holmes performed his cover of John Mayer’s “Stop This Train”; a composition he co-wrote with Dave Koz, “Promise That You Keep”; and his own creation, “Rendezvous.” The CD’s 11 songs are all but finished and are due for fine-tuning by producer Gregg Field. I’m going to take a risk and say this will be available by the end of May — this May.

Holmes is geared up, too, for his April 23 date at M Resort, where he’ll be reunited with his band from his headlining run at Harrah’s, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns. Show time is 7 p.m., and this is where it gets interesting for Las Vegas entertainment fans.

That night also is the rescheduled opening date for Frankie Moreno’s spare-no-expense spectacle “Under the Influence” at Planet Hollywood Showroom.

Moreno’s original April 20 opening has been moved back because of a later-than-expected delivery of sets (yes, plural) and production issues related to Paul Zerdin’s show at 7 p.m.

I am hearing that all of Zerdin’s puppets have requested separate dressing rooms.

Anyhow, it’s a tough call that night, as Moreno gets the one shot to open his show and Holmes’ reunion show with Santa Fe has taken months to organize and might not be repeated. And each of these headliners had hoped to attend the other’s performance.

I don’t know what else to say other than it is a tough call. Blame fate.

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