They call him the “Man in Black.” The magical guitar artistry of “Esteban,” will be performing during a very special engagement at the New Tropicana Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, beginning this Monday, August 5. A Las Vegas resident, Esteban, along with his fabulous daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, will perform a variety of music, including classical, Flamenco, pop, a couple of very special Spanish numbers, and Broadway: which becomes a cultural trip through the world, and beyond. This is a very special engagement as part of the “Trop Plus Happy Hour,” in the Tropicana Lounge.
Esteban will be appearing Monday to Saturday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 23, prior to his return to the world-wide QVC Network, Sunday, Aug. 25, and Monday, Aug. 26, at 11:00 p.m. PST.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stephen Paul was given his special name by the legendary classical guitarist, Andres Segovia, who called him, “Esteban,” during his years of study with the master in Spain (1974-1978), and the United States. The son of a steel mill worker, he put his fingers on the strings of his first guitar at the age of eight-years old. From that moment on, Esteban’s focus was on the guitar, teaching himself to play by practicing every spare moment. His desire was to one day study with the legendary guitarist, Segovia.
After a relentless pursuit, Segovia finally permitted Esteban to play for him in 1974. Upon hearing Esteban, Segovia invited him to Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain, for master classes. Following those classes, Esteban was invited to Madrid to study privately in Segovia’s famous 4th floor studio. In 1978, Segovia gave Esteban his endorsement, and he 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 established record-setting album sales. Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart and soul. Spending an evening in his audience is an experience of the heart and mind, and one that will remain with you forever.
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In commemoration of the anniversary of the death of “The King of Rock and Roll,” Brandon Bennett returns to the Suncoast Showroom with his “Elvis My Way” show on August 17 and 18. Bennett’s show takes the audience on a journey through Elvis’s Presley’s career, including “The King’s” introduction to the entertainment world in the ‘50s, the famous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis’ return to live performances, and the concert years – symbolized by the powerful vocals, high energy stage performances and the legendary jumpsuits. Bennett has received numerous accolades for his impersonation of Presley. In 2008, he won the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest,” and went on to win the title of the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” at Graceland. As a world-renowned and much sought-after Elvis illusionist, Bennett appeared in the re-enactment of the “50th Anniversary of Elvis’ Return Home as a Star in 1956,” at the Tupelo Festival in 2006. With his tribute show and his band, “The Heart Break Orchestra,” Bennett performs in venues throughout the country. Currently, Bennett is starring as Elvis in the Chicago-based cast of, “Million Dollar Quartet” – a musical inspired by the 1956 recording session that brought Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, together. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.
The city of Henderson has announced the advance sale of tickets for the Diamond Rio Show at the Henderson Pavilion, Friday, Sept. 13. The six-time award-winning “Vocal Group of the Year” and multi-platinum country music super-group will be performing at the Pavilion for the first time. Tickets are $15 and are now on-sale. Diamond Rio is one of the most successful country music bands of all time. The group has been entertaining fans for decades. In that time, Diamond Rio has put their stamp on country music, selling over 10 million albums worldwide, winning four CMA Awards, along with two ACM honors, and recently capturing a Grammy after 13 nominations. While in Henderson, the Grand Ole Opry inductees will perform their greatest hits, from the early nineties to today. Such songs include “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Beautiful Mess,” “God Is There” and “Meet in the Middle,” Diamond Rio’s history-making debut single and No. 1 smash hit. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit HendersonLive.com, or call (702) 267-4TIX (4849).
The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM), 755 East Flamingo Road, is hosting a Family Fun Day with a focus on science-themed exploration, Saturday, August 10th, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission to the event will include the main museum, half-off discount for the Area 51 exhibit, and participation in interactive science experiments. Educational stations will include hands-on activities in chemistry, biology, geology and more. Those in attendance will be able to explore the magic of dry ice, participate in an archaeological dig, create their own moon sand or alien slime, and much more! Family Fun Days at the NATM give local families a chance to explore educational themes in our Smithsonian Affiliated Exhibit at a reduced entry fee. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event. Call 702-794-5151 for further information, or go to www.NationalAtomicTestingMuseum.org.
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