Clint Holmes is embracing his roots, hair-wise, career-wise, and in any other case. The Las Vegas headliner, along with his new silver-topped look, is celebrating Black History Month with the return of The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas and his personal return to the stage.
“I think it’s embracing who I am, and what I want to do right now,” the 74-year-old Holmes stated Sunday afternoon, referring his distinguished, pure hair colour. “I’m not someone past his prime. I’m exploring new things. Sophisticated is how I feel right now, and the look is a part of that.”
Holmes has gone strikingly grey in the course of the pandemic shutdown. It fits him nicely, as one of many leisure neighborhood’s elder statesmen. A headliner on the town for greater than 20 years, Holmes has been shifting assuredly again to stay efficiency over the previous few weeks. Up subsequent is his co-hosting gig at Monday’s TCS present at Notoriety at Neonopolis with founder Keith Thompson. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
Titled “Lift Up Your Voice,” the showcase spotlights a number of standard Vegas singers and musicians. Those set to seem embody Kiara Brown, Kiara Brown, Toscha Comeaux, Kaylie Foster, Serena Henry, Michelle Johnson, Richard Oberacker, Jolana Sampson, Tymara Walker and Eric Jordan Young.
The present marks the primary stay viewers for TCS since COVID shut down the the Smith Center. It’s additionally the primary time in 9 years the present will carry out exterior Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, the place it has been staged for the reason that room opened within the spring of 2012. If it really works out, TCS can play an analogous month-to-month schedule because it has since opening on the now-closed Suede restaurant in May 2006.
The present then wound across the metropolis, to Liberace Museum, Creators Studio, Garfield’s Restaurant in Summerlin, and at last to the Smith Center in March 2012. During the pandemic pause, Thompson has maintained the performances with video spotlight compilations of previous Showcases.
With the Smith Center closed till additional discover, occasion is seating a lowered COVID-compliant viewers at Notoriety’s Robin Leach Theater. It can also be being streamed on the ShowTIx4U.com ticketing platform.
Further out at Notoriety, Holmes launches a brand new endeavor, “The Regeneration Series,” at 3 p.m. March 6. Holmes is in seems with smooth-jazz keyboard nice Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra, and plans to showcase Vegas singers and musicians in a month-to-month sequence.
“I’m really excited about working with Tom, who is a really talented musician,” Holmes stated. “Right now I feel like someone who is adventuring into new territory.”
The Note guide
It’s shaping up as an enormous month at Notoriety. Here’s how:
*Former “Baz” co-star Ruby Lewis makes her debut within the venue with “Shock Value,” at 8 p.m. Thursday night time, which can also be her birthday. The present is a Lewis-and-friends effort, with Lewis and her three-piece band jamming with a sequence of visitor singers to be introduced, or not. Might simply present up.
*David Goldrake and Vinny Grosso every test-drove their new magic reveals at Notoriety over the weekend. Goldrake, late of Tropicana Theater, is debuting “M For Magic” Friday night time. He’s performing 7 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. and seven p.m. Saturdays, and seven p.m. Sundays. Grosso, an “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us” alum, is heading up “Totally Mental,” additionally opening Friday. He’s on at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays.
*The “Four Funny” comedy lineup (which invokes a profane noun in its full title) continues its sequence at 9 p.m. Friday. Mike Faverman hosts.
*The “Motown Extreme” tribute rolls in March 4 and performs 6 p.m. Thursdays by way of Sundays.
*Former “Zumanity” host Edie is fronting “Faaabulous! The Show” starting March 12. The present runs 8 p.m. Fridays. Five drag queens, all singing stay, and likewise dancing and performing comedy. It’s a competition, impressed by the apparently boundless success of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.”
Pack ‘em in
“The Rat Pack is Back” old-Vegas tribute remains to be enjoying Fridays, Saturday and Sundays on the “new” Copa Room at Tuscany Suites. That’s the resort’s second-floor ballroom. Producer Dick Feeney went into the unique Copa Room final week to measure how far again 25 toes would measure.
“It took me to all the way to the bar,” Feeney stated Sunday. “We can get 10 people in there.”
But the present has been full-cap at 50 of us, and at 100 when it expanded Friday night time. Feeney has additionally doubled the ticket value, however individuals maintain paying it. As he says, “I can live with this.”
On the subject of Tuscany, that was certainly Martin Kaye, dwelling it up and throwing it down, at Piazza lounge on Friday night time. Sporting a bald look and sporting his trademark oddly matched socks, the previous “Million Dollar Quartet” co-star was visitor host of Kenny Davidsen’s weekly present.
Kaye, who portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis within the Harrah’s Showroom musical, resides in his native England. But he has pursuits in bringing an Elton John tribute present to Las Vegas. He relished his time on the town and at Tuscany, welcoming a flurry of company, together with Enoch Augustus Scott, Anne Martinez, Christina Shaw, Sandy Knights and(an important expertise I’d not seen earlier than) Steph Payne.
John Wedemeyer sat in on guitar, Kaye sat on mi amigo Jerry Jones’ lap for a time … It was an ambient music competition. David Terry of “Magic Mike Live” is up subsequent this Friday.
Order of Italian
On the subject of Harrah’s Showroom performers, Bucky Heard and Wedemeyer premiered at Italian American Club on Wednesday night time. A righteous set from Heard, Bill Medley’s accomplice within the Righteous Brothers; and Wedemeyer, a member of the duo’s backing band. “Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis shared a set record with The Beatles’ “Ob La Di, Ob La Da.” Heard additionally pulled off “Unchained Melody,” a required basic that Medley truly sings at Harrah’s.
The Bronx Wanderers performed IAC Thursday to a filled-to-pandemic-capacity dinner viewers, for whom Vinny Adinolfi’s remark, “Welcome to our super spreader!” was merely a joke.
The full band was onstage to have fun Vinny “Vin A.” Adinolfi’s thirty third birthday. The present was additionally the Vegas finale for guitarist Dave Braun, who’s leaving city for Seattle to be nearer to his dad and mom.
The spotlight from right here was the sing-along for “Sweet Caroline,” because it was the primary time I’d heard that tune carried out stay since Neil Diamond sang it on the 2020 Power of Love gala. Coming up Wednesday is nation artist Chase Brown, adopted Thursday by the Sally Olson and Ned Mills Carpenters tribute. Frankie Scinta’s sold-out present is Friday, and Saturday’ it’s Craig Canter with Kelly Vohnn and Carmen Romano.
Dinner is at 6:30 and the present is at 8 p.m. at IAC, which is conserving the groove alive.
I’d not seen Christine Shebeck sing a lot, ever, on the town, exterior of her performances with The A List rock-cover band and occasional pop-ups at Davidsen’s reveals. She’s additionally backed the aforementioned Righteous Brothers, Debbie Gibson and Michael Grimm, amongst many touring acts.
Finally stepping out entrance, Shebeck headlined her first sequence at The Vegas Room from Thursday by way of Saturday. I caught her Friday, and boy-howdy. what a efficiency. She took a set record that includes classics from such stars as Whitney Houston, Sheena Easton and Elton John.
Shebeck, who moved to city to sing in “Storm” at Mandalay Bay, confirmed off her vary and innate potential to inhabit her songs. That’s what occurs if you’ve been singing professionally since your early teenagers and had been on “Teen Star Search.”
On stage, too, was Bill Zappia, most lately from Terry Fator’s band, who blazed away on the keys. These two have to be again. And so do I.
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