Holiday Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser at M Resort

Fred Williamson
Fred Williamson

One of the most anticipated Benefit Concerts will take place this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, when KJUL & KOOL 102 presents, “A Holiday Spectacular Concert and Fundraising Event,”  at the M Resort inside the M Pavilion, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, with show time scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and doors to the Pavilion opening at 6:00 p.m. The holiday concert benefits The Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.


Featured performer and co-host, Clint Holmes, will headline the holiday salute and star-studded concert with special guest hosts, Scott Gentry, and  former professional NFL defensive back, Fred Williamson. Holmes, an acclaimed singer and consummate entertainer, will perform holiday favorites from the Great American Songbook, standards by Sinatra and contemporary classics. Holmes will deliver a one-of-a-kind holiday salute alongside other celebrity guests.


Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson

The show will kick off with the U.S. Army Color Guard presenting the colors, followed with Genevieve Dew singing our “National Anthem.” The band, under the direction of conductor Bill Fayne, will follow with the “Christmas Song.” The Swing City Dolls will do a special salute to the Veterans, followed with a video, “Who Will Stand,” followed by a video from Penn and Teller.  Patty Ascher will perform two songs dedicated to the Wounded Warriors, with The Dolls returning to perform “Jingle Bells” and “Merry Christmas Darling.”  Next in line will be the incredible Pia Zadora, with Vince Falcone conducting, doing “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow.”  “Light One Candle” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” will be presented by Turning Point. Then it’s time for an original member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson, to sing a beautiful rendition of , “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  Kelly Clinton will join her husband, Clint Holmes, on stage singing, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” followed by a solo of “Santa Baby.” Clint will close with the classic, “Little Drummer Boy.”


Tickets are $20 and $25 (VIP seating) inclusive of taxes and fees, and may be purchased at the M Resort Box Office, located at Player Services, Chapman Dodge at 3175 E. Sahara Ave., and the reception desk at KJUL & KOOL102, 150 Spectrum Blvd.


Deana Martin
Deana Martin

Deana Martin will be returning to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and its wonderful Cabaret Jazz venue, where she will present her Annual Christmas Show, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 20-22. Martin will take the audience on a musical sleigh ride, filled with classic yuletide tunes, and songs honoring her legendary father, Dean Martin, and other great performers like Dean’s pals, Frank and Sammy. Deana offers a toast to the Holidays with some of the greatest songs ever written.


Deana achieved success early in her 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, hit recording artist, and an in-demand performer playing to sold-out audiences worldwide, Deana has become an instantly recognizable voice and figure in the pantheon of American singers. Her “White Christmas” was another chart buster, released in 2011, and stayed on the Top 10 chart throughout the entire Christmas season. Deana will sing a number of her favorite songs from the Christmas album. Martin just released her latest album, “Destination Moon,” which includes a very special song, “True Love,” a duet featuring her dad, Dean. It is available by going to Deana’s website or iTunes.


Seeing Deana Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she cannot do.  At The Smith Center, Deana will sing many of the Christmas songs she grew up listening to when her dad and his buddies (Frank and Sammy) would get together to celebrate Christmas. Tickets, ranging from $37.00 to $59.00 may be purchased by calling the Smith Center box office, 702-749-2000.



John Wesley Austin
John Wesley Austin

The Laugh Factory at the Tropicana has two very funny comedians scheduled for Dec. 9-15, with Wesley Austin headlining, Patrick DeGuire featured, and Penny Prince hosting. Austin has been performing on the club circuit for more than 20 years, and it shows in his lightning-fast, side-splitting and outrageous stand-up comedy. His observational humor continues to captivate audiences throughout the country with one-liners about real-life topics, such as married life, sex, NASCAR, fishing, being poor, school zones and much more. When he picks up his guitar, the crowd is treated to parodies of familiar country songs, and some of his hysterical original numbers such as:  “One Legged Country Girl,” which has been heard on the syndicated radio programs, “The John Boy & Billy Big Show,” “The Bob & Tom Show,” Clear Channel’s “Big D & Bubba,” “Bob & Sheri,” and the “Dr. Demento Show.” Show times are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $34.95 and $49.95, plus applicable fees.


Tickets for the Oct. 11-12 Las Vegas stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season are now on sale, as the world’s fastest motorsport series returns to the skies, at exciting new locations around the world after a three-year break.  The Las Vegas event, which will be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is one of two U.S. based races – the other is in Dallas/Fort Worth at Texas Motor Speedway on September 6-7.  A wide range of tickets – everything from general admission to VIP hospitality areas with fine catering and the best views – are available with pricing starting at $39 for a weekend of high adrenaline racing. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill.

Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons standing 80 feet tall, at speeds of up to 230 mph.  The competition is expected to be even more intense in 2014, as all 12 pilots will be using a standardized engine and propeller, intensifying the focus on pilot skill and precision flying through the high-g turns in the challenging race courses. Tickets are now available through,,, and in person at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway box office (800-644-4444),


The LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is proud to announce it will once again host a benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The event will be hosted this year by popular Las Vegas entertainer, Clint Holmes, along with his wife, Kelly Clinton-HolmesChris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel, of Zowie Bowie will also be co-hosting the festivities.  The theme of this year’s event is, “Las Vegas Loves The Beatles,” and features the entertainers performing their favorite Beatles songs, as well as their favorite holiday songs. David Perrico returns as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and featured singers, Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer.  Scheduled to perform are Las Vegas legends, Pia Zadora, comedian Steve Rossi, star of stage and screen, Adrian Zmed, the duets of Ben Stone and Jasmine Trias and Jason and Janea Ebs, and the rhythm & blues of Skye Dee Miles.  Also scheduled to appear are: Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Trent Carlini, Paul Shortino, Rob Garrett, Michelle Johnson and the Desert Angels Children’s Choir. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  This concert’s proceeds will go to the Toys for Tots Program. Tickets to this benefit concert are $20 and can be purchased at the LVH Box Office.  The show is at 7:00 p.m. in the LVH Showroom at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino located at 3000 Paradise Road.  The celebrity red carpet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the doors to the showroom will open at 6 p.m.


The National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. FLAMINGO ROAD, is presenting a special screening of the film “Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye,” Saturday, Dec. 7, the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This 60-minute documentary is about six Pearl Harbor survivors who return to revisit, where they were during the attack, and to pay their respects to the fallen. The Executive Producer and Director Liz Watkins will also be present to talk about the film and answer any questions.  Watkins came out of a 2006 self-imposed retirement in 2011 to produce, “Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye.”  Join us for a Meet and Greet beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by the screening at 7:00 p.m.

USS Nevada beached on Hospital Point trying to escape to sea during  bombing
USS Nevada beached on Hospital Point trying to escape to sea during bombing

Well, gang, that about it for yet another week.

I’m outa here!

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