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Photos: Chris Phillips is joined by Mark Shunock, Travis Cloer, Dennis Bono at South Point

Chris Phillips at South Point

Ira Kuzma

Chris Phillips, with singer Nieve Malandra, headlines Grand View Lounge on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at South Point.

Chris Phillips at South Point

Chris Phillips headlines Grand View Lounge on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at South Point. Launch slideshow »

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.

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