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July 31, 2014

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Jason Tenner and DeAndre (Jul. 31)

John Katsilometes and talks to Jason Tenner and DeAndre of the Prince tribute act "Purple Rain." Listen »

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Post-‘Grease’ tour, Lorena Peril and Ray Jon Narbaitz are lounging around

Lorena Peril left “Fantasy” at the Luxor in April 2013 to tour Europe in “Grease: The Arena Spectacular,” in which she was cast as Sandra Dee. That show played to crowds of tens of thousands in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, …

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On a scale of 1-to-tenors, Las Vegas scores highly for vocal groups

If Latin club music is your thing, well, opportunity knocks at LVH. If tenor-fashioned vocal groups are your thing, there are two to note — one of whom plays Shimmer Cabaret across the way. …

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Bill Burr’s latest Las Vegas comedy stop is the Mirage

Bill Burr remembers those days 15, 16 years ago when he was a young comic performing at comedy clubs on the Strip. Not fondly, in every instance. But he does remember. “I had a horrific run at the Comedy Stop at the Trop, just horrific,” says Burr. …

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Unofficial honors from the 2014 NHL Awards at the Wynn

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the media center of the 2014 NHL Awards at Encore Ballroom. The awards, being broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas, caps days of frivolity and victory-lap parading. …

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Ex-‘Zumanity’ artist Wassa Coulibaly takes on the world with ‘Tribal Night’

Wassa Coulibaly was one of the standout performers in “Zumanity” at New York-New York until leaving in October at the peak of her acrobatic acumen to focus full time on her true passion, Baobab Stage at Town Square. …

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‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ opts for Payne relief

“We can confirm that John Payne is no longer with ‘Raiding the Rock Vault,’ ” read a statement issued by what is described as “the show.” Payne was suspended indefinitely beginning May 18; his firing reportedly came down a week ago. …

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Pop Evolution puts Cab Jazz to the test — and vice versa

While the big room at the Smith Center, Reynolds Hall, has flourished with a first-class series of Broadway touring shows, Cabaret Jazz has tried to keep pace with the best productions suited for a small venue. …

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Las Vegas entertainment legend Steve Rossi dies of cancer at 82

Steve Rossi, half of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi, died this afternoon of cancer at age 82 in Las Vegas. Rossi had been in hospice care since June 11. …

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Maverick’s top guns deliver a high-flying experience at EDC

At 4 a.m. the text flashed on the iPhone, a message from a friend of mine on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. It read, “Besides the cool helicopter ride, maybe you can explain …

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It wasn’t the Jeff Bridges show, but the surprise Jazz Spider Tour event was a roaring success

In early April, Jerry Jones suffered a serious infection in his right leg. He was singing backup for Clint Holmes at Cabaret Jazz during the first weekend of that month. After the show on April 6, he was in such pain that he checked into the emergency room. …

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LVCVA starts its ace as Wayne Newton takes the mound at Wrigley Field

Wayne Newton is taking the mound at the Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon in Chicago amid a busy promotional schedule on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. …

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Jeff Bridges and The Abiders are ready to roll through Rocks Lounge

During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until the moment when …

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‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris Las Vegas and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ are not in sync

“Jersey Boys” from director Clint Eastwood is a general retelling of the tale of the Tony Award-winning musical at Paris Las Vegas with far more emphasis late in the film on Frankie Valli’s family life and the death of his daughter, Francine. …

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Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion

When AEG Live/Concerts West and Caesars Entertainment were entertaining the concept of bringing Shania Twain into the Colosseum as a recurring resident headliner, they took a look at who bought tickets to Celine Dion’s shows in Las Vegas …

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Some true and false pretenses as Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band blasts back into the Smith Center

Lon Bronson and the All-Star Band he describes as “industrial strength” has been performing in Las Vegas for 24 years, from the Riviera to Golden Nugget, Green Valley Ranch, M Resort, Boulder Station, Aliante and, if memory serves, the Paddlewheel Inn. …

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