The Halloween double header started with a Vegas Vickies treasure. It ended when Brian Newman started and ended his show early Monday morning at the NoMad Library.
Vegas Vickie was the inspiration for a Halloween costume contest in Circa. It is not enough that the co-owner of the hotel Derek stevens recovered and restored the neon cowgirl statue from her days in front of Glitter Gulch. On Sunday, the neon cowgirl was the subject of the first âNeon Idolâ contest. Mistiana Lund, a Vegas resident, dominated a peloton of 30 costumed Vegas Vickies. One was dressed as a showgirl, another as a gentleman with an oversized (and somewhat disturbing) papier-mÃ¢chÃ© head.
Lund took home the top prize of $ 10,000 and beautifully presented this check to his new charity, Answers4Cancer. The organization provides funds for those looking for holistic options for fighting cancer.
âThis contest has been a surreal experience that I will never forget,â Lund said in a statement. âIt is an honor and I am so blessed and grateful. It was a creative and fun way to raise money for Answers4Cancer, and this check from Circa will help us on our mission to help as many cancer patients in Clark County as possible. It is an honor to be named your 2021 Vegas Vicky! “
Judging this collective was not easy, one will say from experience. It was fast, frantic, but fun. Yours sincerely Dayna roselli and Sean McAllister of Vegas revealed; YESCO Wes van Dike, whose company carried out the restoration of the neon sign; Scott roeben by Vital Vegas; and âHornyâ Mike Henry of âCounting Carsâ on the story on this panel of judges. Circa Director of Concierge Operations Mike printy, dressed in Vegas Vic attire, was the emcee.
Stevens donned a firefighter costume, honoring first responders. His wife, Nicole, was wearing Dalmatian attire. Stevens called out the few thousand (at least) revelers outside the 1st Street Stage: “Halloween has become something downtown has!” It’s the best place to celebrate Halloween, anywhere in the country! “
The Vegas Vickies would agree. Lund spent over 115 hours on the costume, sticking 3,000 jewels on her Vegas Vickie outfit. We can hope Dear will also be inspired to wear a Vegas Vickie costume if and when she returns to Dolby Live. Take it out after “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”.
“Look at all these books”
Speaking of Dolby Live and the Park MGM entertainment district, Lady Gaga finished his last series “Jazz + Piano”, and Brian newman closed her “After Dark” show at the NoMad Library on Halloween. We knew LG was late when Newman, who is its conductor, rushed into his scheduled 11:30 pm show around 12:40 am.
That was the start, ladies and germs. We were lucky enough to beat the sunrise on All Saints Day. Luckily we made our 5am check out time at the Las Vegas Country Club (that’s a Rat Pack era joke, folks).
The place was SRO again, as some attendees had hoped LG would come. Not tonight, and not just any night for Newman’s run to NoMad. But Newman’s shot is on its own after his final run drew crowds beyond his capabilities.
As is customary in âAfter Dark,â the party host hosted an assortment of guest stars. He raised that of Tim Stewart father country artist Lonnie Stewart, for “Faded Love”, the Willie nelson-Ray Price swing-fiddle tune which was performed without a violin on Sunday. Until last weekend, the Stewarts had never performed together on stage.
Lower Vegas super Steve Flora, who has known Newman from their days in Cincinnati, jumped to join the conga line.
We also heard the alum from “American Idol” Mikalah Gordon, who came with his original, âHoney,â and sparkled with an audience member’s Gaga C-note memorial boa; the sculptural burlesque artist Mr. Magnificent (long story short, I grabbed one of his leggings which he threw at the crowd); a shirtless groove session from the members of “Magic Mike Live”; and a two-number salvo of “Built for Comfort” and “Girl Crush” from Skye Dee Miles to close it.
If anyone was groggy before Miles took the stage, they were pissed off enough after she destroyed the place. Stand up-O, again, for the woman who calls herself Black Sunshine.
Newman worked back-to-back shows for eight hours, counting rehearsals for both shows. This is known as “respectable” among the musicians of Vegas. Newman got over a crackle mic, his first such problem in 22 shows since returning to the library on October 14. It all came to a halt around 3:45 a.m., another rowdy night on the Strip.
âFor a Cleveland worker who lives in Brooklyn, it’s so amazing. I’m so grateful, âsaid the group leader.
This is what people write about. We’ll see Newman back in the library, dates to be determined, soon enough. We just need to pencil it in and take an afternoon nap.
These Vegas cats
âJazz + Pianoâ is especially exciting for locals familiar with the Vegas entertainment scene. Gaga’s orchestra was once again dotted with local musicians, some of the best in the business. Those who played with LG in the last Dolby Live run were Curt Miller (solo trombone), Adam schroeder (baritone sax), Neil Maxa (trombone), Danny falcone (main trumpet), Jason levi (trumpet), Rob mader (sax), Eric Tewalt (tenor sax), Tommy Porrello (trumpet), Rick keller (sax), Nathan Tanouye (trombone), Sal lozano (solo alto sax), Sonny hernandez (bass trombone) and Gil kaupp (trumpet). Eddie Rich (baritone sax) replaced Schroeder in Sunday’s final.
Many of these players are full members of Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns (or are swings in this lineup), still performing âThe Healingâ at the Bootlegger Bistro’s Copa Room at 7:30 pm on Mondays. Lon Bronson Star the group is also represented. Many musicians have also studied or taught in the internationally renowned UNLV Jazz Studies Program. Newman knows where to find the cats.
Walk, don’t run
On the theme, somewhat, of the College of Fine Arts at UNLV, the 4th annual UNLV Art Walk is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday on the university campus. The event commemorates the 40th anniversary of the art installation “The Flashlight”, scheduled for 7pm Friday in the square between Ham Hall and Judy Bayley Theater. Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, the piece was installed in 1981, measuring 38 feet and consisting of 24 black steel fins painted with polyurethane enamel. The school says the structure was commissioned to “amplify the vision” of the Performing Arts Center.
Elsewhere, the boardwalk winds through the Barrick Museum, the school’s art galleries, the PAC complex, and along the University Mall. Dozens of dance performances, live music and related experiences are scheduled. There is a beer garden (but don’t get plowed) in Pida Plaza, and the UNLV jazz band will be playing there. Many food vendors.
You will likely see someone you know, including UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy Uscher, the heart and soul of the university’s artistic endeavors.
What works in Vegas
that of Lionel Richie residency at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. Richie’s series is extended by 12 dates from January 26 to April 9, all performances at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on ticketmaster.com.
Gwen Stefani presented a donation of $ 185,000 to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Since opening at the Zappos Theater in June 2018, Stefani has donated $ 1 from every ticket sold for her show “Just a Girl” to the cause. Tickets are still on sale for his residence, which ends Saturday night.
We loved her opening segment âHollaback Girl,â an homage to Vegas showgirl productions that incorporated tubas, oversized bananas, a drum body, and gorgeous feathered costumes. Stefani had it, the whole race, on the Strip.
Cool Hang Alert
The renovated Remix Lounge at the Strat has Dr Rock from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and High octane from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. A good call if you are in the neighborhood, no coverage and a nod to the property to keep the live music alive.
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