A Jazzy Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving! Well, it’s been a full couple of weeks for Dangerous Curves as we’ve been getting ready for our upcoming show, “A Jazzy Christmas”, at the Clark County Performing Arts Center (also called the Flamingo Library Theatre). Lots of music to arrange, learn, and memorize…costumes and stage decor to search for and purchase…video multimedia to prepare…advertising to design and send out…special appearances to promote our show…whew, I’m exhausted just typing it all out! :)

First of all, we’d like to send out a big thank you to Tony Branco, Gina Raakin, Trini Garza, Stewart Daylida, and our wonderful husbands (Ron, Dennis & Michael) for all they’ve done to help us get this show ready…it’s gonna be great! Secondly, we want to make sure YOU have all the pertinent info so that you can come to the show! Hope to see you there…

“A Jazzy Christmas”
with Dangerous Curves & Friends

Sunday, Dec 5, 2010
2:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

The girls of Dangerous Curves (Karen Michaels, Lisa Smith, Margaret Menzies) have gathered together a few of the best vocal groups in Las Vegas to kick-off your swingin’ holiday season and set the mood for a sparkling New Year! Polished and brighter than ever, from vintage standards to contemporary jazz, this show will inspire and reacquaint you with all your favorite Christmas tunes done in a completely new and Curvy way…like an assorted box of Christmas chocolates, there’s a delicious something for everyone!

With special guests Fifth Avenue (Rob Hyatt, Jerry Jones, Bryce Robinson, Jeff Celentano), the Swing City Dolls (Robin Berry Vincent, Natalie Carson, Connie Murray) and a few extra special SURPRISE GUESTS(!!), this is a show you do NOT want to miss!

Clark County Performing Arts Center
Flamingo Library Theatre
1401 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Tickets only $15 at the door!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

This Past Month: CRAZY!

Hello everyone! Well, the past month has been a little crazy and super-busy…and VERY FUN! Since my last post, following our gig at PRESIDIO, I have been pretty much going non-stop and loving every minute of it (I would always rather be busy, busy, busy than sitting at home doing nothing). Here’s a quick run-down of my show schedule from the past month:

  • Oct. 2: Jazz Trio, Cocktail Party at the RIO
  • Oct 5: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 6: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 7: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 10: Jazz Vocalist, Private Party in Tucson, AZ
  • Oct 12: Dangerous Curves, Luncheon in China Like, CA
  • Oct 16: Dangerous Curves, Flamingo Hotel, AM Performance, JAG Convention
  • Oct 16: Back to Broadway, Flamingo Hotel, PM Performance, JAG Convention
  • Oct 17: Dangerous Curves, Green Girl Music & Arts Festival, Mt Charleston
  • Oct 20: Dangerous Curves, Music Workshop at Elementary School
  • Oct 23: Guest Vocalist (filling in for Larry Liso), Siena Authentic Italian Trattoria
  • Oct 24: Dangerous Curves, PASNV 20th Anniversary Show
  • Oct 26: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 27: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 28: Jazz Trio, Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
  • Oct 30: Fontana Room, Bellagio Hotel with Mark & the Martinis
  • Oct 31: Hit Parade the Show, Suncoast Hotel, with Swing City Dolls
  • Nov 1: Private Wedding Ceremony, Lowes Lake Las Vegas
  • Nov 6: Back to Broadway, Grace in the Desert Afternoon Concert Series

In addition to all the shows, and of course “regular life” stuff, there have been lots of extra rehearsals with the Curvy girls as we are working on both an “acoustic” version of our show (which we premiered a bit of at the Green Girl Music & Arts Festival this past month…pictured) and learning TONS of Holiday music for our upcoming show at the Flamingo Library Theatre, “A Jazzy Christmas” with Dangerous Curves and Friends! We’re really excited about this show…mark your calendars now…it’s Sunday, Decmeber 5 at 2:00pm. The address is 1401 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 and you can call 702-658-6741 to reserve your tickets!!!

Our gig at the Gold Coast continues to go well…we have built up a decent following and the crowds continue to grow each month…and we are already booked for the next two months (Tuesday, November 16 thru Friday, Nov 19, 2:00-5:00pm AND Tuesday, December 14 thru Friday, Dec 17, 2:00-5:00pm). The address is 4000 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103, and we are in the Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge. So if you’re not busy, come on out and join us…there’s no cover charge and no drink minimum…just great Classic Jazz! Hey, and guess what? I’ve even got a SIGN with my picture on it in front of the showroom now…how COOL is that?!?! (I know, I’m such a geek!) Anyway, life continues to go well and I feel extremely blessed to be able to do what I LOVE to do. I am so grateful for my family, friends and incredible husband who continually support me and encourage me to follow my dreams… <<BIG, HUGE HUGS>>

If you’re not already, I’d love for you to follow me on TWITTER and FACEBOOK!!!

Friday Night’s Gig at PRESIDIO!

Had such a great time on last night’s gig at PRESIDIO Restaurant at The District at Green Valley Ranch! I have to admit, though, I was really nervous going into it.

To begin with, we had a brand new guitarist on the gig (John Falbo), whom I had NEVER played with before, and even though I had my regular keyboardist & drummer (Tony Branco & Gary Olds) with me, 90% of the music we ended up doing was NOT the classic jazz stuff we usually do TOGETHER. Scary! And although I’ve sung Motown, R&B & some Rock in the past with other bands, I’d say close to 50% of what we did last night was completely brand new to me as well. LOTS of new songs! But, guess what? It turned out great! John was flippin’ A-MAZING on the guitar…really, really incredible. And Tony and Gary are such pros..listening to them, you would think they’d been playing that stuff together for years.

So I’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to Perry Bruno (manager of PRESIDIO Restaurant) for having us there…seriously, one of the NICEST guys in Vegas AND a really fantastic musician himself (he sat in on drums during the last set for a totally kick-a$& rendition of  “Teach Me Tonight”….very, very fun!).

Here’s some video from the gig that I posted to YouTube this morning:

Not sure when we’ll be back, but if you get a chance, go check out the restaurant…really great food and the nicest staff ever! PRESIDIO Restaurant (formerly Kennedy Tavern), 2235 Village Walk Drive, Suite 141, Henderson, NV 89052

Have a great weekend everyone!

Suncoast VIP and Press Event!

Lisa Smith, Suncoast Showroom, Sept 16, 2010 (photo by Erwin Flacks)

This past Thursday, my band and I had the immense privilege of being the opening AND closing entertainment for the Suncoast Hotel & Casino’s private media & VIP event, unveiling their newly renovated, GORGEOUS showroom! Accompanying me were incredible musicians Mike Clark (piano), Gary Olds (drums), Geoff Neuman, (bass) and Mikole Kaar (saxophone). We did about 30 minutes of music at the start of the event (mostly jazz & big band stuff) and then I was given the honor of introducing David Nolan, Assistant General Manager of the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, who said a few words. Following that, the Las Vegas Tenors (Bobby Black, Teddy Davey, Bill Fayne), The fabulous Scintas (Chrissi, Joe, & Frankie Scinta, along with Peter O’Donnell), Kelly Clinton-Holmes & Mollie Tennant (singing the famous Garland/Streisand arrangement of “Happy Days Are Here Again”) and the multi-talented Domenick Allen (former lead singer of Foreigner) each did a number…wow, so much GREAT talent on one stage!!! There was even a special toast given by the one-and-only Cloris Leachman (who is appearing THIS weekend in the showroom). Following the toast, my band went back on stage for another 30 minutes to close out the event. OMG, I had so much fun!!!! Seriously, SO MUCH FUN! Fingers-crossed that I get to do more of these kinds of events… (hint, hint…for anyone out there listening?????) :)

“Music Success in Nine Weeks”

Um, okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted…like 5 months!!!!!!! OMG, I am so sorry. While part of the reason I have been so horrible about posting is that I’ve been really busy, I realize that’s not a good excuse. Everyone is busy, right? So, no excuses…here we go…again:

I am reading a new book, “Music Success in Nine Weeks” by Ariel Hyatt, and I am getting SO MUCH out of it that I just HAD to take a quick moment to share about it. Here’s a brief description from the website:

Music Success in Nine Weeks is a guide for musicians to define their brand, grow their fan-base, earn more income, and achieve success in the digital environment, whether they are new to the industry or longtime artists. Music Success in Nine Weeks provides the missing manual for musicians trying to make sense of the social media revolution and explains step-by-step how to create a profitable and sustainable business from their music. Just released in its second edition, the book can easily be deemed the “what to do next” bible for both new and established artists. Structured like a workbook, with room for exercises and notes, the book takes all of the guesswork out of where to start and how to achieve success as a musician in today’s world.

The first chapter is all about GOAL SETTING, getting things DONE, and celebrating your SUCCESSES. After writing out all of my goals by hand, I purchased a great little iPhone app (for my iTouch) call 2Do and transferred them all into there. In the two weeks I’ve been using it, it has proven to be an absolute God-send for helping me follow through on the goals and tasks that I set for myself each day (which in turn helps get me that much closer to all of my short-term, 12-month and lifetime goals!). Highly recommend checking it out.

The second chapter is about creating your PERFECT PITCH…the idea being that you need a succinct way to explain to someone who has never heard your music what’s it’s like. Here’s  what I came up with: “Classic Jazz, Contemporary Edge.” Took me a few days to settle on that, but I think it sums up what I do pretty well. Any thoughts???? Then I went through all of my various websites, social networks, and added that “tagline” to the top of every page.

Chapter 3 is about OPTIMIZING YOUR WEBSITES! Making sure they load quickly, giving them a consistent feel (using the same colors/photos on all of your various profile pages across the net, so that you can begin to establish a “branding look” of your own), linking all of your sites together, etc. TONS of great info there! Still working on this chapter, but I’ve gotten quite a bit done. Check out my website, www.lisasmithjazz.com, and my NEW twitter page, www.twitter.com/lovinazz! Let’s just say I’ve been having a lot of FUN in Photoshop this week!!! Let me know what you think???

I still have several chapters to go, but I am absolutely LOVING everything I have gotten out of the book so far…thanks Ariel!!!!!!

Winner of 2009 RISING STAR AWARD!!!

I am SO excited because I just found out that I was awarded the 2009 Rising Star Award from www.GigMasters.com, an online booking site where I am listed…apparently, I am ranked the #1 Jazz Singer in all of the United States AND Canada! Really?!?!?! How cool is that? Yeah baby!!!!

On Monday, March 22, they will be distributing a nationwide press release to all of their press & industry contacts announcing the winners. If you’d like to see my GigMasters profile, you can view it here: http://www.gigmasters.com/singer/LisaSmith/

I know it’s not like winning a Tony or Grammy Award, or anything even remotely similar…but to me it’s a big deal. I’ve worked really hard this past year, and it’s nice to get noticed a little in return. So, thank you to GigMasters for this honor, and thank you to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to live my dreams and do what I love!!! I am very grateful…

Las Vegas Entertainers SALUTE TO BILL FAYNE!

Yesterday, March 6, 2010, my vocal trio Dangerous Curves had the FABULOUS experience of singing with some of the greatest talent in Las Vegas at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino when we participated in the “Las Vegas Entertainers SALUTE TO BILL FAYNE!”

The rundown for the show read like a regular “who’s who” of the BEST talent in the city, and we were incredibly honored to have been asked to be a part of it! In addition to those pictured to the right (Michelle Johnson, Fifth Avenue, Lou Martinez, Swing City Dolls, Dangerous Curves), the AMAZING cast included: Clint Holmes & Kelly Clinton (who hosted the show together), Terry Fator, Louis Anderson, Rick Faugno (Jersey Boys), Jerry Lopez (Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns), Pete Barbutti, Robin Leach, Lance Burton, Mark Giovi (Bite at Stratosphere), Domenick Allen (former lead singer of Foreigner) and his daughter Cayleigh Capaldi, Susan Anton, Cast members from Menopause the Musical (Skye Dee Miles, Sandra Benton, Vida Corimbi), Lena Prima, Voce Vegas, Frankie Scinta, Las Vegas Tenors, Tina Walsh (Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular), Gayle Steele, Vinnie Falcone, and many, MANY more!!!! It was absolutely incredible!

Some of my favorite moments from the day include:

  • Singing backups (with Karen, Gret, Lori & Michelle) for Mark Giovi on his original song, “Young Angels”…GREAT song, and the man can SANG!
  • Rockin’ out and sharing a mic with the incredible Domenick Allen in the finale of the show…so much talent in one man!
  • Spending time with so many of our talented, wonderful friends!!!!!!!

THANK YOU to everyone involved for a FABULOUS day!

If you don’t know Bill Fayne (amazing arranger and musical director for Clint Holmes, and member of Las Vegas Tenors) or don’t know the story behind why we were all participating in this benefit concert, you can read his story in this recent article from the Las Vegas Sun.

Dangerous Curves at The Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas

On Tuesday, my vocal trio “Dangerous Curves” had the wonderful opportunity to provide the entertainment for the Las Vegas Towne Club luncheon at the BEAUTIFUL Four Seasons Hotel! It was truly a fantastic experience from start to finish. To begin with, the staff at the Four Seasons was so helpful and accommodating to us…particularly Lauren (group sales), Dan (audio/visual), and Max (bellman). A big thank you to them for all their help!

We arrived around 10am to set up our sound equipment and do a quick run-through with our incredible sound man, Wayne Rogers (my Dad!), and then took a break to get some coffee and relax while the ladies gathered and had their lunch. Then, about 1pm, we began our performance. The show went GREAT! The ladies were so responsive and complimentary of our program (which we customized specifically for them):

  • OLD TIME RADIO MEDLEY (Sentimental Journey, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Old Cape Cod)
  • JUDY GARLAND MEDLEY (Get Happy, You Made Me Love You, Trolley Song, San Francisco, Rock-A-Bye My Baby With a Dixie Melody, Smile, Mr. Monotony, Man That Got Away, Over the Rainbow)

Following our 45 minute show, we were able to talk with many of the ladies as they were leaving, and several of them took business cards from us, saying that they would like to pass our information along to other groups who might be looking for entertainment. Always a good sign!!! I also received a wonderful note in the mail yesterday from June Schule (Vice President of Programs, Las Vegas Towne Club)…she wrote the following:

“Dear Lisa…On behalf of the Las Vegas Towne Club, and myself, I thank you very much for a great performance at our recent luncheon. You and the ladies gave us such a good time. We appreciated your talent, your energy, your professionalism and your ability to fit the program to the audience. I received so many pats on the back because I was smart enough to book you. As I told you before, I wish I could book you every month…I look forward to seeing you perform again!”

Wasn’t that sweet of her???? Yay…makes me happy to get such great feedback!

If you’d like to find out more about Dangerous Curves, please visit our website at www.DangerousCurvesLasVegas.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Gig at Addison’s Lounge, Rampart Casino

Last weekend, Friday, February 5th, I had the opportunity to sing with the wonderful Gary Olds Trio (Chuck Hoover on keyboards; Jeff Davis on bass; Gary Olds on drums/vocals) at Addison’s Lounge, Rampart Casino, over in Summerlin. What a great night we had! The room was absolutely packed and the crowd was awesome. To be honest, I was a bit worried going in because the casino had accidentally switched the dates in their advertising and some people came expecting to the group “Sixties Sensation” (who were actually there THIS weekend instead), but it turned out to be a really good thing. Mostly because it gave us the opportunity to play a HUGE range of styles (Jazz Standards & Big Band Music, R&B & Motown, Country & Blues, 1950’s-60’s Pop Oldies, etc.)…they loved everything we did, which was GREAT!

Here’s a little video I put together from that night:

As you can see, it was a lot of fun. And what a FABULOUS little venue that Addison’s Lounge is! The drinks are very reasonable, and they have LIVE music in there every Friday and Saturday night (can’t say that for very many places anymore). You can see a schedule of upcoming groups by clicking HERE.

The other really great thing about that night is that Ron got off work early enough to come and join my mother and me there (Ron did all the video-taping…so sweet :)). Just want to say a REALLY BIG thanks to the extremely TALENTED Gary Olds for bringing me in on the gig. I had an AMAZING time…you guys were a blast to play with! Um, let’s do it again real soon, okay??? Hee, hee…

AZ and PASNV Shows!

Ron Smith, Diane Pearson, Lisa Smith

Hello again! Can you believe it’s only been a week since my last blog post and I’m actually writing AGAIN! Pretty good, huh? So our gig in Arizona at the Roadhaven Resort this past week went FABULOUSLY (here we are pictured with Diane Pearson, Activities Director for the resort, after the show…what a JOY she was to work with…a really sweet gal)!  It was almost like a little “mini-vacation” for us. We drove in on Tuesday, had the show on Wednesday, and drove back on Thursday. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott at Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center, and let me just say, “WOW!” The hotel was absolutely gorgeous.  Brand new, beautifully decorated, great fitness center, a little bistro in the lobby that serves Starbucks coffee…I mean, really, just about every amenity you could think of! AND we got an incredible deal from Priceline.com…only $60 per night!!! And although we did hit some pretty scary weather on the way down and back (TONS of heavy rain and what felt like 45mph winds at times!!!), we made it safely and had a great time. And the best part? Diane is already talking about having us back again next year…possibly for Valentine’s Day! Here’s a copy of the review she gave us on GigMasters:

“Lisa Smith and her husband Ron were awesome. They came to perform at our resort Jan 20, 2010. Together they performed music from their “Back to Broadway” show, non-stop top notch entertainment. Lisa and Ron are multi-talented. The audience loved them and the comments included ‘This was a Quality act!’ Everyone that attended this event was very impressed. They were very easy to work with and professional. I plan to re-book. It was a great night had by all, thanks to Lisa and Ron.” – Diane P, 01/20/10, Activities Director for Roadhaven Resort, Apache Junction, AZ

Following our Performance, January 24, 2010

Yesterday, Dangerous Curves performed at the Library District Performing Arts Center in the “New York, New York: The City in Song” Show put on by the PASNV (Performing Arts Society of Nevada). We sang a swinging’ 3-part arrangement of “Lullaby of Broadway” and our own trio version of “Girl in 14G”…also performing in the show were the very talented Laurie Caceres, Jim Hodge, Gary Oakes & Lou Garcia, Lee Hughes, Wes Winters, and Tony Arias & Lloyd Ziel. Tons of talent! Thanks Tom and John for inviting us to perform…we had a great time, as always!

Yesterday, the girls and I also received a sweet email from Lolly Sample, one of the ladies who hired us to perform in December at the ROWC Holiday luncheon at Nellis AFB. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m so sorry for the delay in writing this to you, but before another day goes by, I wanted to let you know how much the ladies of the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club (ROWC) enjoyed your performance at our December luncheon.  Your choice of songs was perfect, and your presentation was so inviting.  Many truly wanted to sing along.  It was a great kick-off to the holiday season.  We wish you continued success, and thank you again for making our luncheon a truly special event!”

Totally sweet, huh? Yeah, Id say it was a pretty good week! :)