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Steve Holy finds spiritual relief in his music
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
With that name, perhaps Steve Holy should have been a priest. After all, his grandparents were Joseph and Mary Holy.
Jazz artist James goes for sexy in latest CD
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
He’s an award-winning jazz saxophonist with several gold records under his belt, but Boney James doesn’t consider himself a jazz musician.
Raphael keeps pace on Willie Nelson tour
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
Harmonica player Mickey Raphael was performing with a folk singer when he was introduced to his current employer, Willie Nelson, by the legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal in 1973.
Comedian Bill Engvall switches subjects from raising family to getting older
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Aging may depress some people, but comedian Bill Engvall has found the humor in the process — and a way to make a buck or two from it.
Some country acts price themselves out of Vegas, even for rodeo week
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Metallica, Megadeth and Ice Cube don’t exactly bring to mind images of bucking broncos, steer wrestling and wild-bull riding.
Bill Cosby back in Vegas with Jell-O-ness, and mellowness
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Three months ago Bill Cosby performed in Las Vegas for the first time in years, headlining at Treasure Island. He returns for an encore tonight. It may be the last time fans have a chance to see America’s uncrowned raconteur laureate on a Las Vegas stage for a while.
Showman, 80, staying busy, missing Stupak
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Pushing 80, entertainer Steve Rossi doesn’t seem to slow down. The longtime Las Vegas resident, and former straight man for Marty Allen, just wrapped up a co-starring role in the off-Broadway musical comedy “Don’t Leave it All to Your Children.” The show debuted in New York in May and is still running, with a new cast. Rossi says he left for other projects, including a number of corporate gigs.
Jazz man’s DVD keeps rich scene alive — in memory
Economy has weakened local entertainment, he says
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Elvis’ final performance in Las Vegas took place at the Hilton on Dec. 12, 1976. One of the songs in the last show was “American Trilogy,” which included a flute solo by legendary Las Vegas saxophonist Jimmy Mulidore, who also is pretty good on the clarinet. “I am truly blessed,” says Mulidore, who moved to Vegas in 1957.
Trumpeter back in jazz scene after injury to lip
His local band eyeing festival circuit, has second CD in the works
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
Jazz trumpeter James Barela was on a roll until he blew out his lip.
Neck surgery won’t stop Worley from entertaining
Country star will play Green Valley Ranch less than a week after procedure
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
To hear country star Darryl Worley tell it, there was nothing to it.
GI Jams launched as a thank-you to U.S. military
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Denny Randell and Biddy Schippers hope they’ve struck a patriotic chord with the launch of the GI Jams Web site.
Always in style
Cher demands the spectacular for her show; design icon Bob Mackie delivers
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
In an emergency, Cher calls Bob Mackie, the renowned fashion designer who has worked with almost every major celebrity in Hollywood during his 40-plus year career.
Japanese fusion jazz band spreads message of peace
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
June Kuramoto remembers returning to Japan for the first time with the jazz fusion group Hiroshima.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry prefers smaller venues for Project
His band, independent of erratic Aerosmith, is back on the road
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry was on the phone to talk about his other band, the Joe Perry Project, which is coming to Las Vegas.
Monti Rock III lands a gig in Atlantic City
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
Monti Rock III is one of those Las Vegas residents famous for being famous, like Paris Hilton only more flashy.
Singers with a past to go head to head
Filipino superstar has ties to band performing at another Coast
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
The Las Vegas entertainment world is small. Follow the connection between Martin Nievera and the high-energy show band Society of Seven: Nievera, a superstar in the Philippines, is making one of his frequent appearances in Las Vegas Friday through Sunday at the Suncoast.
Las Vegan aboard for debut of Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
The siren song of Las Vegas has lured Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar out of Texas.
Chelsea Handler's wit has many targets, including her dog
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
Comedian, author and talk show host Chelsea Handler has a new dog and an old boyfriend. She calls them both Chunk.
Sha Na Na, an outlier at Woodstock, has 8 years covered
Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
The 30 acts that performed at Woodstock in 1969 were a who’s who of a musical era.
Joe Perry: Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith
Tyler, 61, suffered broken shoulder in fall from a stage in August
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said today that singer Steven Tyler quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi. Bassist Tom Hamilton told the Boston Herald’s Inside Track that there is dissension among the “Bad Boys From Boston,” but that he hopes things can be worked out. He dismissed a report that guitarist Brad Whitford discussed the possiblity of Aerosmith finding a new frontman. However, Perry told the Las Vegas Sun today that he believes Tyler is history.
Former ‘Idol’ joins her childhood idols
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
When “American Idol” finalist Jasmine Trias was growing up in Hawaii, her parents sometimes took her to see one of Honolulu’s most acclaimed show bands — the Society of Seven.
Country singer plans ‘intimate’ show as a thank-you to fans
No band, just Jo Dee Messina and her guitar
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
The audience controls the show when Jo Dee Messina performs.

Multi-genre tour heading to downtown's Beauty Bar
Songwriter seeks to provide break from concert protocol
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
Songwriter Chuck Ragan is trying to find a rhyme for Ogallala. He’s stuck on a bus, stranded by a blizzard in the Nebraska panhandle. “It’s not so bad,” he says. “Really, I couldn’t ask for more under the circumstances."
Trombones – 100 of them – to show fun, serious sides
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
The 25th edition of UNLV’s “76 Trombones + 4” might be dubbed the “funny bones” concert.
Station Casinos scales back free live entertainment
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
Station Casinos has long been a champion of live entertainment. When major resorts on the Strip pared down free live shows over the past decade, Station steadfastly resisted the trend. But the harsh realities of today’s economy have forced the company, which has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, to cut back.
Entertainment Guide for Station Casinos
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
The following is a list of mostly free entertainment, beginning in November, at Station Casions around the Las Vegas Valley.
20 years later, Madame puppet hasn’t lost her outrageous edge
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Sex-crazed puppet Madame returns to Las Vegas for a one-night stand.
The actor, ballplayer in him
The country star talks about future projects, his youth
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Country superstar Tim McGraw calls on his cell phone from Nashville while on his way to Jersey Mike’s Subs to pick up sandwiches for his daughters. We don’t start by talking about music or tonight’s show at the M Resort or about acting with Sandra Bullock in the upcoming film “The Blind Side.” We talk baseball.
Expect an unexpected Kreskin sighting
Illusionist will appear at the AARP gathering, but when is a surprise
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
You won’t find the Amazing Kreskin on the impressive list of celebrity speakers for the AARP convention in Las Vegas.
She cried when Old Yeller died
Henderson actress who starred in heart-breaker has a new book 45 years in the making
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
My vote for the most tearful movie of all time goes to “Old Yeller,” the 1957 film about a stray dog that adopts a family and in the end contracts rabies and must be shot.
Jazz saxophonist to heat up room at Santa Fe Station
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Saxophonist Michael Lington’s jazz roots run deep. His grandfather, composer and director Otto Lington, helped bring jazz to Scandinavia in the 1930s and led bands behind Fats Waller and Josephine Baker.
'God Lives in Glass' — from children’s lips to Las Vegas stage
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
What began as one man’s effort to find solace for his children during a time of stress has grown into a full-scale musical concert that brings comfort to many.
One who knew Garth Brooks before fame says he’s still the same
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
Country superstar Garth Brooks could fly to Paris for dinner at Le Cinq, but he prefers to drive down the road to Taco Bueno.

A face of recovery
Sarah Todora is singing again. With her dad, she’s also helping women who suffer with addiction as she did.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
When she was just 17, Sarah Todora’s talent was beyond compare. She sounded like a much older blues singer. Loaded with all that talent, looks and ambition, the teenager landed in Las Vegas determined to forge a career. Her stairway to the stars seemed like a runaway escalator.
Freakin’ Frog swings with music that influenced rock ’n’ roll
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
The Freakin’ Frog is hoppin’ to heart-pounding performances by the Swingin’ Pedestrians.
In Primm, country knockoffs fit right in
Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
Primm seems to have become its own entertainment universe featuring a galaxy of stars who perhaps don’t shine as brightly as they once did.
Springer hosting talent, not fights
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Every six months or so Jerry Springer likes to take a day off, he says.
Frank Caliendo: Who will you hear?
Madden. Pacino. Obama. Impressionist jazzed for his Monte Carlo gig
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Beginning Monday, impressionist Frank Caliendo will try to help fill the comic void on the Strip left by the passing of Danny Gans.
Barry Manilow to leave Las Vegas Hilton, mum on what's next
Final performance slated for Dec. 30
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
A couple of months shy of his fifth anniversary at the Las Vegas Hilton, Barry Manilow will end his engagement in the showroom that Elvis made famous.
Singer who loves honoring other groups to take stage with own
Lettermen founder wants Vegas spot for his Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
Tony Butala, the founder of the Lettermen, had a dream in Las Vegas more than 45 years ago. He wanted to find a way to honor vocal groups. Butala was having a late-night dinner with George Burns, Jack Benny and several others at the Riviera when he recognized a bus boy who had been lead singer in a group that had a hit record three years earlier.
Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas winding up gig at South Point
It’s one of showbiz’s oldest acts. It gives the appearance of a lively cast of characters, but the special effects are all the performer’s. The most popular of these one-man shows began in Texas.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
Texas is known for oil, cattle, the Alamo — and ventriloquists. Three of the top ventriloquists who regularly perform in Las Vegas hail from Texas. Terry Fator and Jeff Dunham, both in their 40s, are from Dallas.
Renaissance men — and women — to feast on fair’s traditions
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
Like a scene out of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” festivalgoers will step through a time warp at Sunset Park this weekend.
Carlos Mencia doesn’t care if you’re offended — as long as it’s funny
Monday, Oct. 5, 2009
Carlos Mencia pulled the plug on his sitcom “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central.
Youthful mentalist a magician at reading minds
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
At 24, Luke Jermay is a veteran magician, mentalist and author with dozens of books and thousands of performances under his belt.
No signs of slowing down
Bahamas native and Vegas resident has new album, ongoing gig with Neil Diamond
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Percussionist King Errisson tried “four walling” at a downtown Las Vegas casino a few years ago and lost $40,000 in four weeks. He decided he’d stick with his regular gig, in Neil Diamond’s band, rather than renting performance space.
Chazz Palminteri's 'A Bronx Tale' a tale of toughness
Actor, playwright based his work on an act of real violence
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
Actors look for motivation.
“Starvation was mine,” says 58-year-old Chazz Palminteri, dressed casually in black slacks, shirt and slippers.

‘Phantom’ director on show’s heady early life, future in Vegas
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
It’s easier, and take less space, to name the Broadway hits producer and director Hal Prince has not been associated with than to list the ones that he has.
From governing halls to performers’ Hall
This year’s inductees include a former lieutenant governor
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
A politician will be among those inducted into UNLV’s Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame today.

For country singer Aaron Tippin, flying was first career choice
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Country star Aaron Tippin is full of contradictions. Most country performers prefer beer and pickup trucks. Tippin owns a winery and flies airplanes. While many entertainers burn the candle at both ends, the 51-year-old Tippin is into nutrition and bodybuilding.
Locals honored for breaking a color barrier — in stunt work
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
The fight for respect and recognition never ends for Willie Harris of Las Vegas.