Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 11:03 p.m.
The word is not only up but also out that soul-influenced funk group Cameo, now with a residency at Westgate Las Vegas, is wowing audiences who simply can’t stay seated.
The group has been playing its grooves for nearly 40 years, and fans are not only dancing in the aisles, but also at the front of the cabaret theater in this new production.
It’s a real blast from the past as Larry Blackmon, complete with his shiny red codpiece over black spandex, is joined by Tomi Jenkins, Anthony Lockett, Aaron Mills and Charlie Singleton for Cameo’s hits “Candy,” “Single Life,” “Sweet, Sexy Thing” and, of course, “Word Up.”
It’s a nonstop, dynamite-fueled, 80-minute sing- and dance-along, and the veteran musicians get two brief breaks from energetic routines while New York-based rap duo Ghetto Brothers add to the energy. Cameo’s music is infectious. You can’t sit still to it: Fingers click, toes tap and feet start dancing.
At the opening media night last week, I learned that 60-year-old Larry had been involved in a collision when a car crashed into him en route to Westgate. There’s something joyous about his music, though, that is the best medicine of all!
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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