Deana Martin, coming off a highly successful Midwest tour, will be returning to the South Point Hotel & Casino/Spa showroom on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. Deana is definitely one of the more influential American singers on stage today. And, not just because of being the proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin, but because of the music she presents. Deana’s songs range from the Great American Songbook, to contemporary music, some of her own compositions, and of course, the music made famous by her dad, and his buddies.
Deana achieved success early on. While in her teens, she began a career in films, theater and television, then quickly added to her repertoire — recording artist, best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, licensed pilot, and entrepreneur. As an internationally acclaimed entertainer, she is a hit recording artist, and an in-demand performer playing to sold-out audiences worldwide.
In a recent review by Allen Foster in Axs, he wrote of Deana’s performance at the Rrazz Room in New Hope, PA: “It was a night filled with laughs, memories, and only the greatest hits from the Great American Songbook, brought to life by a peerless performer who made it her personal responsibility to ensure not a single person left without feeling special. Deana Martin is unmatched in her talent, personality, charm and stage appeal.”
Deana’s 2006 debut CD release, “Memories Are Made of This,” stayed in the Top 10 for 40 consecutive weeks. Another hit CD, “Volare,” was released in 2009, and debuted on the Billboard charts at No.7, and the Jazz chart at No.22. “White Christmas” was another chart buster, released in 2011. It stayed on the Top 10 chart throughout the entire Christmas season. Deana’s 2013 critically acclaimed CD, “Destination Moon,” is currently playing on over 1000 radio stations around the U.S., reinforcing her renowned status as a hit recording artist.
A celebrated author, Martin found herself on the New York Times coveted Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, “Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes.” In it, Deana delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his “Pallies.” To her they were known as, Uncle Frank (Sinatra) and Uncle Sammy (Davis, Jr.) – to the world, they were known as The Rat Pack.
Seeing Deana Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she cannot do. At the South Point, Deana will perform one of her most requested shows, “Deana Sings Dino,” where she performs hits made famous by her illustrious father, including: “Memories Are Made of This,” “That’s Amore,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and many more. And there’s always that door on stage, where interesting friends like to drop by and surprise her during a show. Tickets, priced from $15 to $25, are now on sale at the South Point box office 702-797-8065. Show times for both performances are set at 7:30 p.m.
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The New Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip will be filled with lots of one-liners and a ton of laughter this week, Monday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with three very funny veterans of comedy taking the stage inside the Laugh Factory, located on the mezzanine level of the famous Hotel/Casino. Headlining the week will be Tim Gaither, with Josh Nasar, featured, and Jeremiah Watkins hosting.
Tim Gaither has been on the comedy circuit for more than a decade, working in 34 states so far, and even going as far as Korea for the USO. He is hilarious and a heckler’s nightmare, and has great material, a quick wit and a wide range of original characters and stories, all spun together with Midwestern charm. Gaither is more comfortable on a stage than in his own living room, thus making the audience feel like he is in theirs. He has appeared on, “The Bob & Tom Show,” and earned the honor of, “Best of Festival,” at the Detroit International Comedy Festival.
Josh Nasar is well known at venues from Improv and stand-up comedy stages, to the red carpets, game shows, and radio for more than a decade. As a comedian and host, Josh has been making people laugh, and feel comfortable enough, to open up about intimate details of their lives, that they normally wouldn’t share. He currently hosts red-carpet events for StarCam, and co-hosts, “Planet Love Match,” a weekly relationship advice radio show on LA Talk Live.
Jeremiah Watkins is a blend of high-energy physical comedy, impressions and unforgettable bits that you can’t help but tell your friends about. You’re guaranteed a memorable experience when you see him on stage. Watkins can be seen starring in the upcoming film, “i-Lived,” and his comedic dance skills have been featured on VH1. He can also be heard regularly on the, Deathsquad Podcast Network. Tickets are priced at $34.95 and $44.95 plus fees, with two shows nightly at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. For more information call 702-739-2411 or 1-800-829-9034.
A very good friend of this writer, and a lady I have watched over the years perform as an opening act for some of the greatest entertainers ever on a stage, Jeneane Marie, will be performing her own show this coming Saturday, Sept 6, in the Sun City Aliante Vista Ballroom, with the show set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Marie is one of the most explosive singers in the entertainment industry to this day. Her career got a big start right here in Las Vegas, when in her wildest dreams a friend got her a gig as the opening act for Bill Cosby, and as they (who they are is still unknown) say, the rest is history. Jeneane went on to open for such stars as George Carlin, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Mel Torme, and The Man himself, Frank Sinatra. It’s very hard to find a singer to compare her with, in that there are very few singers out there that can do what she does consistently, and that is to control pitch, power, and an uncanny ability to elevate her emotion to a “unique” expression of excellence.
She will take a song and project it to her audience with electrifying emotion. Her stage presence alone is dynamic, but if she never sang a note, her comedic ability would keep the audience entertained. This is a show I have marked on my calendar to be sure and go see. It is presented by the Gateway Arts Foundation, with the proceeds benefiting its Las Vegas scholarship program. Tickets are $15.00 at the box office.
Well, gang, that’s about it for another week.
I’m outa here!