It’s wonderful to be back in my own bed, after a terrible stay at the Summerlin Hospital. I’ve talked to numerous friends who had the unfortunate circumstance to be placed in this hospital, and they all to a person, say they will never go back to Summerlin. As an example of why I have told all my doctors to never place me there again: I was on the fifth-floor section of the hospital with a bladder infection. Needless to say any visit or stay at a hospital is not comfortable, but when you buzz for help and have to wait for maybe eight to 10 minutes for someone to answer, and they ask over the speaker, “can I help you,” and you tell them you have to go to the bathroom immediately for “number two” (since you are attached to the bed), and they reply with “We’ll be right there,” one would expect to see a nurse (or aide) to be there within a minute or so. Well, in my circumstance, 18 minutes later someone shows up, and the floor has an unexpected blob on it, as you finally struggle to get to the bedside toilet. Well, I think you get the message. That’s just one example of four days of hell! I finally got discharged on Saturday, at just before midnight, and took a taxi home. I was never so glad to be away from that hospital. I had escaped!
Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss has returned to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage.” Goss made his debut inside 1 OAK Nightclub Saturday, Dec. 2.
Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents have drawn comparison to the Rat Pack, and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas. “Goss will bring his celebrated act – including multi-piece band, sultry backup singers and Dirty Virgins dance troupe – to a scintillating new live-music experience at The Mirage.
“Since I was 17, I’ve been singing professionally and entertaining audiences all over the world. And after all my incredible career highs, I can honestly say I have never felt more proud and excited to start my show, ‘Matt Goss at The Mirage.’”
Franz Kallao, general manager of The Mirage, said, “From his pure vocal talent to magnetic stage presence, Matt Goss is one of a kind. We couldn’t be more excited to announce our partnership. His new residency will add something truly special to the guest experience at The Mirage and fans will love experiencing his show in this intimate venue.”
Join Las Vegas powerhouse vocalist Michelle Rohl and her special guests as they present a show that will make your heart sing, at the Smith Center, inside Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. Doors for the silent auction will open at 7:00 p.m., with the special entertainment portion of this exciting evening set to get underway at 8:00 p.m.
Given the title “Posi-Music (positive music),” by Michelle with one goal in mind, a mission to uplift the community. “Posi-Music is music created to transform lives and bring about positive energy and change in the world.”
“Join us for the silent auction and raffles to benefit interfaith, community organizations, including: Unity of Las Vegas, Shirat Shalom, Catholic Charities, Las Vegas Victims and First Responders Fund,” Rohl explained.
The 8:00 p.m. will be a Jam session consisting of some of the top entertainers who make Las Vegas their home. Besides Michelle Rohl, some of the special guests will include, Johnn Jones, Ryan Kayser, Austin Perry, Robby Wingfield, Dolly Coulter, Vita Drew, Robyn St. Romain, Kellie Wright, Patty Powers, Jennifer Joseph Lier, Jamie Hosmer, Lenny Lopez, Marcus Vann, Ziggy Zuniga, Richel & Abbi Kompst, Michael Shapiro, Jeneane Marie, Christian Noelani, Kim & Dean Simmons, Lannie Counts, Beth Hald Mullaney, Erinna Groverland, Jillian Austin, Dianna Johnson-Larkin, and The Soul Sistahs of Love Choir.
Las Vegas Rock & Roll Inductee Michelle Rohl, just received an EMPower Music Posi-Music Honorable Mention Award, for one of her original Posi-Music composition stated, “I have had a dream of presenting a Posi-Music Jam at The Smith Center for a long time and am so excited to present it as a Unity Fundraiser to help aide several local non-profit organizations in our community.” I am beyond grateful to all the amazing local musicians who are donating their time and sponsors who donated auction items to lift others up. Expect to hear some holiday favorites, positive cover tunes and Posi-Music originals.
Tickets are priced at $25, $35 & $45. Silent Auction items include Staycations, a photo session with famed photographer Jerry Metellus, show tickets, Salon packages, facials, gift baskets, restaurants, jewelry and more!
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Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal group Boyz II Men announced performance dates in the beginning of 2018 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino are now on sale. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, perform at the Terry Fator Theatre on select weekend dates.
Formed in 1990, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being the all-time best-selling R&B group having sold more than 64 million albums worldwide. The group redefined popular R&B with its smooth harmonies and timeless themes delivered through a multi-octave sound and incredible vocal styling. Shows at The Mirage are highlighted by the trio’s biggest hits including “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” mixed with enduring Motown classics as well as other fan favorites.
In a tribute to the classic, harmony driven sound that inspired the iconic R&B trio, Boyz II Men just released its newest album, “Under the Streetlight,” featuring a personal selection of timeless songs plus one original song – all with a Boyz II Men twist. Tickets for their 2018 dates are on sale now, and start at $49.99 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International ticketing outlet, online at mirage.com or ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777. Visit mirage.com for an official schedule of dates and show times.
The City Of Las Vegas will be hosting a variety of winter ticketed cultural events during the holidays, with such favorites, as Theatrical Hip Hop, A Grammy Award-Winning Group, and A Leading Contemporary Mexican Ensemble!
“Sin City Opera: Christmas at the Opera” will feature scenes celebrating the joy of Christmas from beloved operas such as “La Boheme,” “Werther” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Saturday, Dec. 16, at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. The 90-minute concert will highlight the best operatic talent from the Vegas valley as well as a very special performance from Sin City Opera’s summer camp performers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for youth under 18.
Entertainment, knowledge and important social messages will guide FLY Dance Company’s 90-minute show Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Based in Houston, FLY offers entertaining, high-energy, clean-cut performances great for school-aged audiences and families. FLY specializes in theatrical hip hop that incorporates acting and features highly skilled dancers. Tickets are $20 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for youth under 18.
Four-time Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at Sammy Davis Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive, Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. as part of their North America tour. Celebrating over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music, the native South African group continues to preserve their musical heritage while performing songs with messages of peace, love, and harmony worldwide. They have recorded with numerous artists such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Sarah McLachlan; their songs have been featured in a variety of films including “The Lion King,” “Coming to America” and “Invictus.” Tickets are $30 plus tax.
The Villalobos Brothers will take the stage at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles and chosen as 2015’s Musical Artist in Residence for the New York Botanical Garden, The Villalobos Brothers have delighted listeners from Latin America, India and Russia to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Latin Grammy Awards. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice. Tickets are $16 plus tax for adults and $8 plus tax for youth under 18.
For tickets and more information for these and more events, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).
Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been named Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s Speedway of the Year for a record fourth time. LVMS, which also received the honor from 2012-14, was chosen as Speedway of the Year from among the eight speedways that comprise the Speedway Motorsports Inc. facilities. The awards were announced Wednesday during Speedway Motorsports’ Annual Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas. The award is presented to the track for the best overall performance during the year in such aspects as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity. Officials at LVMS worked tirelessly with city and community leaders in 2017 to secure funding to bring a second NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series weekend to the famed 1.5-mile speedway next season.
The speedway also announced plans and began construction to expand The Strip to a four-lane drag strip to host its first NHRA four-wide event in 2018. Boosted by its robust track-rental program, LVMS continues to lead all eight Speedway Motorsports’ facilities in earned revenue. In addition to eyeing future revenue opportunities, the speedway cut 2017 expenses.
The Arthritis Foundation has announced its honorees for the 2017 “Jingle Bell Run / Walk” annual fundraiser. Kelly Clinton Holmes, popular Las Vegas entertainer and community leader, has been named Adult Honoree, Dr. Fahreen Rasool, whose focus at Southwest Medical is on arthritis, osteoporosis, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases have been named Medical Honoree, and Ellie Bennett, age 15, has been named the Youth Honoree, it was announced by Catharine Rinehart, the Arthritis Foundation’s Director of Development for Southern Nevada.
“Kelly Clinton Holmes has rheumatoid arthritis, a lifelong condition that causes one’s joints to swell and hurt, and 15-year-old Ellie Bennett has ankaylosing spondylitis which primarily affects the spine and back, proving that arthritis is not just an old person’s disease,” said Rinehart. For their part, Kelly Clinton Holmes, Dr. Fahreen Rasool, and young Ellie Bennet are proud to be honored. “Arthritis is such a difficult disease to manage and we must work to find a cure,” said Kelly Clinton Holmes. “I am dedicated to helping the Arthritis Foundation find a cure and I am, indeed, honored to be chosen as the Adult Honoree.
On December 9th, more than 1200 people will be running, walking, or just enjoying the many other activities at the annual “Jingle Bell Run / Walk” at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart. This festive annual fundraiser aims to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. The annual holiday-themed event will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. and starting time at 8:00 a.m. and will host runners and walkers alike donning their most dazzling holiday apparel – everything from bells on shoelaces to full holiday regalia. This 5K/10K/ and 1k ‘fun run’ will be entertaining for the whole family and pets are welcome too.
To sign up for the 2017 annual “Jingle Bell Run / Walk,” please visit www.jbr.org. or telephone Catharine Rinehart at 702-888-3266.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.