Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 5:06 p.m.
Cameo Word Up
Bruno Mars and DJ Mark Ronson Uptown Funk
It’s a safe bet that when 1970s funk and rock band Cameo reignites its groove during Thursday night’s official premiere of its residency at Westgate Las Vegas that the audience will be bopping along as if Shimmer Cabaret Lounge had become a disco dance floor.
Cameo is probably best known for its sensational “Word Up” album and hit from 1986, but the nine member group led by Larry Blackmon with his four-decade career had 16 other studio album hits through 2000.
My late pal Neil Bogart, then head of Casablanca Records, signed the band formed in 1974. By 1977, Cameo’s stunning record career was underway. People from all over the world, regardless of race, color and creed, were dancing to the band’s sexy sound and moves.
Cameo was a nation unto itself with its psychedelic funk to be known evermore as P-Funk. Now Cameo is back in a Red Mercury-produced show at Westgate.
Larry is joined by Kevin Kendricks, Tomi Jenkins, guitarist Charlie Singleton, Jeff Nelson, Aaron Mills, drummer Jonathan Moffett and Anthony Lockett for the mayhem and music that’s influenced such legends as Prince, Gnarls Barkley and Dr. Dre.
I bet if you talked with Bruno Mars, he’d probably admit that he’s a Cameo fan. Check out his “Uptown Funk” feet with producer and DJ Mark Ronson. That’ll give you an idea of Cameo’s influence through the years.
The guitars whine, the bursts of beats are brutal, and the synthesizers soar in sounds that are still unique to Cameo all these years later. This is a music and dance show guaranteed to have you on your feet.
From all the buzz I’ve heard from previews, it looks as if Westgate owner David Siegel will have to rip out seats in his Shimmer Cabaret showroom to let fans boogie woogie back in time.
If they get exhausted from dancing, they can stay afterward to restore their energy and watch the “Sexxy” burlesque dancers in Jennifer Romas’ topless show.
Now that’s a night of entertainment: wild sounds and beautiful babes. It’s the P-Funk menu recipe for temperature-rising excitement!
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & 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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