Monday, June 13, 2016 | 7:02 p.m.
Las Vegas entertainer Chris Phillips dropped his stage name, Zowie Bowie, in favor of his everyday name to begin his run of every other Saturday night shows at Grand View Lounge at South Point on Saturday night.
Also gone were Chris’ torn jeans and cut-off denim jacket replaced in favor of a flashy and sparkle-lined yet traditional tuxedo — his spiky, beach-blond hair, however was still intact.
The two nonstop hours of high-energy stagecraft with singer Nieve Malandra was a throwback to yesteryear with music that made Las Vegas famous during the lounge era.
And just like the old stars of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra teaming up for duets, Chris invited “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas star Travis Cloer, actor and singer Mark Shunock (formerly of “Rock of Ages” and currently at Intrigue Las Vegas) and saloon singer Dennis Bono onstage to join him for Sinatra songs.
It was a magical night and with a packed house giving him a standing ovation, Chris has a new solid home at South Point. His Zowie Bowie Friday night pool party that celebrated its grand opening the night before continue this summer at Citrus Pool at Downtown Grand.
Chris’ family surprised him by showing up unannounced for his South Point show. His parents drove from Phoenix, and his uncle, who brought him to Las Vegas as a teenage, flew in from Kentucky.
Our thanks to Ira Kuzma for his photo gallery of the premiere at South Point.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.