For the first time ever, multi-talented songstress and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert will perform in Las Vegas with a monthly residency at The Space beginning Friday, Jan. 12. AJ will rotate between performing two of her grandfather’s albums – the 1955 pioneering concept album “In The Wee Small Hours,” as well as his 1958 album, “Only The Lonely.”
In this show, Ms. Lambert shares her deeply intimate recollections of her grandfather Frank Sinatra, as only she can, while singing the iconic albums in their entirety with a voice all her own. The stripped-down presentation of Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangements (with piano accompaniment by John Boswell) allows for a rare opportunity for intimacy with these incredible pieces of American music. Whether you know the albums by heart or always wanted to know more, this show makes for a very rewarding evening.
“It is such an honor for me to be performing in the city that has become synonymous with my grandfather’s name,” Lambert said. “He was one of Las Vegas’ first and most well-known resident artists and I am proud to continue his legacy by performing his music here.”
Although she is the granddaughter of Frank Sinatra and daughter of Nancy, AJ Lambert’s style and interpretations of both standards and modern music are truly her own. After working as a film music supervisor and bassist in various bands (including Here We Go Magic and a reunion of seminal punk icons The Homosexuals), AJ has emerged as a solo artist on two fronts. Her new album, “Careful You,” is an album of unique interpretations of songs by modern artists like Spoon, TV on the Radio, and John Cale, as well as some of her grandfather’s deep cuts from albums like “Only The Lonely.” Lambert arranged and recorded the songs with a full band, has directed and produced her first music video, and will be touring to support the record throughout 2018. As a solo vocalist, her revolving tour of small clubs in New York (Feinstein’s 54 Below), Los Angeles (Gardenia), Palm Springs (Purple Room) and Las Vegas (The Space) showcases her work in a more intimate setting
Pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, and a host of other fine talents. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of “Crazy For You” and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis And Kathie Lee, General Hospital and was the piano playing hands of Nancy McKeon on the sit-com “The Facts of Life.” Recent concerts with symphonies have included “Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert” and “BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY.” Broadway/Off Broadway credits include “Crazy For You,” “The Secret Garden,” “LIZA! Steppin’ Out At Radio City Music Hall,” “Back To Bacharach And David” and “The Kathy And Mo Show: Parallel Lives.” John has eight CDs of original piano music and a ninth on the way. While a student at UCLA, John received the Frank Sinatra Award for popular instrumentalists.
AJ Lambert will perform at The Space on Friday nights only, beginning with Friday, Jan. 12, with all shows at10 p.m. For all Friday evening shows contact The Space for specific dates. Tickets are $35 and may be
purchased online at www.thespacelv.com. AJ will give Las Vegas a sneak preview of her show when she performs a number at the Mondays Dark Four Year Anniversary event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday, Dec. 18.
The Space, the brainchild of Las Vegas entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock and Vegas’ new community-driven, charity-based arts complex, is a haven for all arts and artists in Las Vegas and designed to accommodate a wide variety of events including the award-winning Mondays Dark, plays, musicals, intimate concerts, readings, workshops of all kinds, ancillary fundraising events, parties and photo shoots. Featuring state-of-the-art technology and a convenient location with ample parking. For more information on The Space, please visit www.thespacelv.com, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSpaceLV, or follow on Instagram and Twitter @TheSpaceLV.
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“Concert King of the Philippines” Martin Nievera will perform his gold and platinum hits during a special performance in celebration of the holiday season, “Martin Nievera: A Holiday Show,” at Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17.
As the son of Bert Nievera, who was best known as Johnny Mathis of the Philippines and as a member of the popular Hawaiian band “The Society of Seven,” Nievera grew up singing and dreaming of becoming a renowned singer. In 1979, a year before Nievera graduated high school in Concord, Calif., he became one of 25 children chosen to sing in a choir that backed up for Barry Manilow at the Concord Pavilion. Since this performance, Nievera has worked toward making his dreams come true, and today continues to dazzle crowds in stadiums and casino showrooms, selling out shows around the world with his diverse repertoire.
Throughout his career, Nievera has released several albums, including “Martin…Take One,” “The Best Gift,” “Forever,” “Chasing Time,” “Unforgettable” and “Milestones.” Nievera has produced top-selling albums, with 18 platinum, five double platinum, three triple platinum and one quadruple platinum. Nievera was one of four celebrity judges during the first season of “The X Factor Philippines,” and is the host of “A.S.A.P,” a musical variety show in the Philippines. He has appeared in numerous films and television series and specials, including “Penthouse Live!” “Martin and Pops Twogether” and “Martin After Dark.”
In “Martin Nievera: A Holiday Show,” the singer-songwriter will perform a mix of beloved holiday songs and his own hits, including movie and soap opera theme songs and his own adaptations from Broadway to Bublé. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000; online at www.suncoastcasino.com; or in-person at Suncoast, The Orleans, Gold Coast, and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.
Simone Salen, an author and a friend of this reporter, was in Israel a few weeks ago, and filed the following report on her Facebook, after returning to Las Vegas, I thought it warranted a spot in my column this week. So, what you will read next is her thoughts:
I saw with my own eyes how the Israelis create unity among all their citizens, Jews, Christians, and Muslim. All of Jerusalem belongs to all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. The Government of Israel is multi faith and all have a voice in their governing. All sacred Shrines are protected and maintained with heart felt dignity. I also saw Bethlehem and the East Wall. Where are the improvement promised by Hamas? The half billion a year sent to the Palestinian Government by we, the tax payers of the U.S., never go to the people of Palestine, but rather the pockets of their leader’s. I saw no hate for Christians, or Jews alike. I saw despair. Thank You President Trump. You did the right thing. Perhaps this will become the beginning of the unity of people not Governments.
– Simone Salen
Here is the latest news from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as they begin to prepare for a busy 2018. The schedule has been set, and now fans can plan ahead for the Speedway’s Pennzoil 400 Weekend this March.
Practice and qualifying times for all three NASCAR series events at the 1.5-mile oval have been determined, and LVMS is set for a full and exciting weekend of racing. On-track action begins on Thursday, March 1, with a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions at 2:05 and 4:05 p.m. Pacific Time, and the track only gets busier from there. The Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube practice follows at 10:35 a.m. on Friday, March 2, with Boyd Gaming 300 practices set for 12:05 and 2:05 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying will take place at 3:05 p.m., followed by Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Stratosphere qualifying at 4:15, truck race driver introductions at 5:30 and the 134-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, is another busy day, with the second Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube practice kicking things off at 9 a.m. and Boyd Gaming 300 qualifying set for 10:05 a.m. The final Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube practice is slated for 11:35 a.m., Boyd Gaming 300 driver introductions begin at 12:30 and the green flag for the 200-lap Boyd Gaming 300 drops at 1 p.m. Activities for Sunday, March 4, begin with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube driver and crew chief meeting in the Neon Garage at 10:30 a.m., and continue with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube driver introductions at 11:50. The 267-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race anchors the action-packed weekend at 12:30 p.m.
Race fans can already lock in their tickets to both LVMS tripleheaders and capitalize on discounted prices for buying annual passes for all six NASCAR races. The track’s 2018 six-pack of events will show off a number of enhancements the track has planned for the coming months as well. Log on to LVMS.com or call 800-644-4444 to order tickets for any LVMS events.
Santa Claus won’t be the only one flying this holiday season. Decked out in his custom-made, one-of-a-kind flight suit, complete with Santa hat, belt, boots and of course, his classic white beard, “St. Nick” will be available for photos this holiday season at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
Available through Saturday, December 24, guests who purchase a single flight at retail price will have the opportunity to fly with and take a photo alongside Santa Claus inside Vegas Indoor Skydiving’s 22-foot-tall wind tunnel. The Vegas Indoor Skydiving Santa package is available for only $25 and includes a downloadable photo with Kris Kringle himself. Not valid with any other offers or coupons. Located at 200 Convention Center Dr., two blocks from the famed Las Vegas Strip, Vegas Indoor Skydiving is open daily from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Learn to Fly experiences are available. Reservations are MANDATORY and can be made by calling 1-877-LUV-2FLY or by visiting www.vegasindoorskydiving.com. Before making a reservation, please visit http://www.vegasindoorskydiving.com/who-can-fly for restrictions and guidelines.
Another Shake Shack will be opening in our little village. The newest addition will be setting up inside Shack at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, the open-air village-styled shopping destination, on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets Shack will be located at 905 South Grand Central Parkway. Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, chicken (no hormones added ever), griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle cut fries, beer, wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.
In addition to the Shack classics, the Premium Outlets Shack will be spinning up a selection of frozen custard concretes: Shack Attack (chocolate custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Mast Brothers Shake Shack dark chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate sprinkles), Coffee Toffee (vanilla custard, coffee marshmallow sauce, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles) and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds seasonal pie).
As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand for Something Good®, the new Shack will donate 5% of sales from its Pie Oh My concrete to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, aimed at providing food assistance to local residents through food banking, food rescue and ready-to-eat meals.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.