They call him the “Man in Black.” The magical guitar artistry of “Esteban,” will be in Concert, at The Smith Center, Thursday and Friday, April 18-19, with show times set for 7:00 p.m. A Las Vegas resident, Esteban will perform along with his fabulous daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, a special selection of music ranging from classical, Flamenco, pop, a couple of very special Spanish numbers, and Broadway. The combination of an Emmy winning drummer, Joe Morris, a dynamic keyboard player, Raul Yanez, and the strings of a violin and guitar, creates a magical musical journey.
During their performance in the Cabaret Jazz Room, Esteban and Teresa, will include “Beseme Mucho,” “Pefidia,“ “Merditerana (which includes notes discovered from 4,000 BC),” some Rock n’ Roll including, “Runaway,” and a medley including, “Play Me,” “Norwegian Wood,” and their personal favorite, “Here Comes the Sun,” by George Harrison.
Stephen Paul, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., who began playing the guitar at the age of eight, had one desire as he studied the guitar: to one day study with the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia. After a relentless pursuit, Segovia finally permitted Esteban to play for him in 1974, and upon hearing Esteban, invited him to Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain, for the much desired master classes. Following those classes, Esteban was invited to study privately in Segovia’s famous studio in Madrid. In 1978, Segovia gave Esteban his special name and his endorsement. The newly renamed Esteban returned to America and began touring the world.
One year later, Esteban was in an automobile accident, involving a speeding drunk driver. Because of severe damage to his left arm and hand, he lost the ability to play the guitar to his high standards for the next 10 years. By 1990, through dedication and the love of music, he began to once again play the music he so loved.
Since then, Esteban has topped the Billboard charts many times with his numerous albums, videos and DVDs. He has accomplished musical successes never before attained by any guitarist. Esteban has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and his appearances on the Home Shopping Network and QVC, established record-setting album sales. He currently performs Tuesdays through Fridays in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH Hotel, with show times set for 8:30 p.m.
Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, soul and mind. Spending an evening in his audience is an experience that will remain with you forever.
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The Scintas opened this week, becoming part of the exciting new entertainment lineup in the renovated showroom at The D Las Vegas Hotel. Known for their dynamic music, comedic antics and spot-on impersonations, the group will perform at the downtown property Wednesdays – Sundays at 9 p.m. three weeks per month.
Voted one of the top five shows in Las Vegas, brothers Frank and Joe Scinta along with step-brother, Peter O’Donnell, continue to dazzle audiences with their passionate and energetic performance. Joe and Frank’s impersonations of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Dean Martin and many other great entertainers, give guests the opportunity to relive some of the most celebrated performances of all time. Missing right now is baby sister, Chrissi Scinta, and her dynamic vocals. Chrissi is recovering from surgery.
Joining the Scintas for their new show at The D is popular Las Vegas performer and former “Peepshow” star, Janien Valentine. Valentine has starred in a number of musicals across the country and has been voted “Best Female Singer and Thespian” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The new show will be a mix of Scinta favorites alongside new material and musical elements. The group plans to incorporate more spontaneous audience interaction in a less-structured setting than their previous shows. A new horn section will join the musical ensemble, delivering the sounds of a full orchestra, and notable names and friends of the Scintas will continue to make special guest appearances.
“We have been waiting a long time to have a place to call home, and are excited to be moving downtown to The D,” Frankie Scinta said.
“The Scintas show is exactly what we have been looking for to be our headlining act at The D,” said Owner and CEO, Derek Stevens, “Their show reminds audiences of old-school Las Vegas and seamlessly fits into the vintage theme on our second floor.”
Show tickets start $39.95. For $99, guests are invited to enjoy a special dinner and show package, which includes a three-course gourmet meal at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. Dinner begins with a house salad, followed by a choice of Filet Mignon, Mediterranean Salmon, Lobster Risotto or Roast Chicken, and concludes with a signature dessert. Andiamo, which opened last month at The D, serves gourmet Italian cuisine and offers a level of luxury and service previously unavailable in the downtown market. The award-winning restaurant concept is the first venture outside of Michigan for prominent Motor City restaurateur Joe Vicari.
One of the most established names in Hollywood and Las Vegas – internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer Don Rickles – has signed for a sixth consecutive year at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Rickles will make two weekend appearances at The Orleans in 2013: April 13-14 and September 28-29.
Rickles will be headlining in the Entertainment Capital of the World for the 54th consecutive year, an all-time Las Vegas record.
“We’ve had the honor of working with Don for more than a decade, and over that time he has truly become a part of the Boyd Gaming family,” said Terry Jenkins, Boyd Gaming Corporate Director of Entertainment. “Don is a true Las Vegas legend, and he’s consistently sold out every engagement he’s done with Boyd Gaming. We’re thrilled to have him back at The Orleans in 2013, and look forward to continued success together.”
Rickles is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue performing in the 827-seat Showroom, an intimate venue that allows entertainers to connect with their audiences.
Having earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” (the latter coined affectionately by Johnny Carson), Rickles’ style of comedy is never mean-spirited and all part of his act. It has been said that being “zinged” by Rickles is like “wearing a badge of honor.”
“When I first came to Las Vegas, there were just a few hotels with no guests, and bellboys looking for work,” Rickles said. “Now, 54 years later, things are different. I live like a king in the penthouse at The Orleans, but there’s one problem… the elevator only goes to the floor below, so I have to shimmy up a cable to get to my room! Seriously, though, I’m thrilled by my new contract at The Orleans.”
Tickets to the April 13-14 performances are now on sale. For further information call 702.365.7075, or visit www.orleanscasino.com.
On Sunday, April 28, loveable pups in need of forever homes will compete in The Animal Foundation’s 10th annual “Best In Show” – Las Vegas’ most famous dog show held at the Orleans Arena and presented by Zappos.com. Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes will host the event as more than 50 cuddly canine contestants from The Animal Foundation, Nevada’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center, vie for the audience’s hearts and homes in an American Kennel Club-style dog show.
“Best In Show” is The Animal Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event and in 2013 celebrates a decade of helping the more than 45,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned animals who pass through its shelter doors each year. Local news personalities will present a variety of unique and incredible shelter dogs from several categories (small, medium, large, variety pack, puppy parade and special needs). The pups with the most crowd applause will advance and compete for the coveted title of “Best In Show.” Even though there is only one crowned “Best in Show,” audience members are invited to bid to adopt each four-legged contestant giving them all the most coveted prize, a forever home. For the past ten years, “Best In Show” has raised crucial dollars that allow The Animal Foundation to operate the largest animal shelter in Nevada while providing services such as adoptions, humane education and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Sunday’s “Best In Show” commences with a pre-show VIP Sponsorship Brunch and silent auction at 11 a.m. At noon, doors to the Orleans Arena open for the vendor fair and for general admission seating to the highly anticipated show at 1 p.m. The 10-year milestone event will feature several exciting acts and personalities.
Well, gang, that’s it for another week.