New SHADES OF SINATRA Shows!

Hiya folks,

As many of you know, in addition to freelancing as a jazz & big band singer here in Las Vegas, I also sing with well-known tribute group SHADES OF SINATRA. Ever since they closed our showroom last year (and, um, IMPLODED the entire hotel a few months ago), we don’t get as many opportunities to perform here in town as we used to. LOL But THIS month you can catch us on 2 different occasions!!!

First, on Wednesday, May 6th, SHADES OF SINATRA (Carmine Mandia, Lisa Smith, Ryan Baker, Ron Smith) will be performing at the 36th Annual San Gennaro Feast in Las Vegas. We will be doing a full 45 minutes to kick-off the evening’s entertainment! Here are all the details:

625x300_webLOCATION:
4245 Grand Canyon Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89147
(West of the 215, exit Flamingo Rd. Held in the Grand Canyon Shopping center, near Sears, JCPenny’s and Kohls.)

FESTIVAL HOURS:
May 6, 2015 – Wednesday – 5-11pm (SHADES OF SINATRA performs at 7pm)
May 7, 2015 – Thursday – 5-11pm
May 8, 2015 – Friday – 5-Midnight
May 9, 2015 – Saturday – 12pm-Midnight
May 10, 2015 – Sunday – 12pm-11pm
(Fireworks at 9pm)

TICKETS:
Adults & Children = $9 (2 adults for $14)
Seniors & Military = $8
(children 54′ and under are free)

Shades Of Sinatra, Sam's Town HotelThen on Sunday, May 31st, SHADES OF SINATRA will be doing a show in the main showroom at Sam’s Town Casino on Boulder Hwy. It is a FREE show for all B Connected Members (see players club desk for details). Seats are first come, first serve, so arrive early!! Here are the details for that one:

LOCATION:
Sam’s Town Gambling Hall & Hotel
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122

DATE/TIME:
Sunday, May 31, 2015
1:00pm Show

If you can’t make it to one of these shows, we do have another date coming up at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, but that isn’t until July 9th…so hopefully you can come see us at one of these shows!! ;-)

As always, you can stay connected with us through our WEBSITE (www.ShadesLasVegas.com), our FACEBOOK PAGE and our TWITTER FEED.

SHADES OF SINATRAABOUT THE SHOW: Awarded the 2012 & 2014 Excellence in Entertainment Award for TRIBUTE SHOW OF THE YEAR, Shades of Sinatra is an original musical production celebrating the extensive music and career of the great Frank Sinatra. Featuring over 30 of Sinatra’s biggest hits, this show pays tribute to most of the signature Sinatra tunes one would expect, as well as several that may be new to casual fans. Often drawing on experiences from their own lives, its cast members celebrate the legend in their own ways; and in between songs and poignant stories, there is plenty of good-natured ribbing among the cast, creating that vintage, off-the-cuff Vegas show atmosphere associated with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.

PRESS REVIEWS
“Lightning struck again this summer with the Sinatra-themed revue…”
Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“…Singing hit after hit and medleys filled with the songs you came to hear….The Man would have been proud of what these four fine entertainers have done.”
Norm Johnson, “It’s The Norm” – Las Vegas Entertainment Events

“…Each is an excellent vocalist who does justice to Sinatra’s music….a highly entertaining little show – well conceived, perceptive and intelligently assembled….”
Jerry Fink , The Las Vegas Sun

“We need to see more of this show after this four night run. The show has been selling out and I’m sure as the word spreads there will be a big demand for future shows”
Steve Tuminello, Las Vegas At Its Best

“…This is a very seasoned and very in-sync team… They clearly still enjoy working together and give the numbers all their worth. These folks can sing. If you want an hour and fifteen minutes of songs you know, sung with passion, this show will make you happy.”
Richard Lane, Vegas Chatter (in association with concierge.com)

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My Show Schedule – Week of Sept 8 – 14

Hi everyone!

Looks like September is turning into a busy month…here are a couple of the places you can hear me sing THIS week!

TUESDAY, SEPT 9TH, 9:00pm – SAN GENNARO FEAST with SHADES OF SINATRA

san+gennaro_2014SAN GENNARO FEAST
4245 South Grand Canyon Drive (near Flamingo Road & 215 Freeway…West side of town)

Entertainment begins at 5:00pm and goes till closing, 11:00pm…SHADES OF SINATRA will perform at 9:00pm.

No one under the age of 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent(s), will be allowed to enter the San Gennaro Feast after 9pm. Any person(s) under the age of 18 years, that are inside of the feast after 9pm, may be asked to leave if not accompanied by a parent. No need to wait in line, purchase your tickets online! Show your PayPal receipt email to the ticket collectors at the Main Entrance.

TICKETS:
Adults & Children = $9 (2 adults for $14)
Seniors & Military = $8
(children 54′ and under are free)

To purchase tickets, visit http://sangennarofeast.com/buy-tickets

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 10, 1-4pm – GOLD COAST CLASSICS with LISA SMITH JAZZ TRIO

Gold Coast Wednesday Afternoon Flyer with PhotoGOLD COAST CASINO SHOWROOM
4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Joining me will be Dan Ellis on keyboards & Darin Presley on drums…we will be performing from 1-4pm in the Showroom/Lounge as part of their “Gold Coast Classics” Jazz Series. FREE ADMISSION…No Drink Minimum! Join us for a GREAT afternoon of dancing and FABULOUS music!

SATURDAY, SEPT 13, 8pm – CLASSIC BROADWAY with FAYNE & FRIENDS

classic broadway ron and lisa smith fayne & friendsRON DECAR’S EVENT CENTER
1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Ron and I are really excited to join Bill Fayne at Ron Decar’s Event Center (Viva Las Vegas Event Center) on Saturday, September 13th for an evening of CLASSIC BROADWAY, featuring music from the best Broadway Shows of the 1960’s, including FUNNY GIRL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FANTASTICKS, PROMISES PROMISES, AND MORE!

The evening begins at 8:00pm. Dinner & Cocktails available for purchase beginning at 7pm. Tickets start at just $15.00 for General Admission Seating (General Admission seating are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. So arrive early for best seating options).

*UPDATE* DANGEROUS CURVES (Karen Michaels, Margaret Menzies, Lisa Smith) will be doing a special 30-minute performance during the evening too! 2 shows for the price of one!!!

$25.00: VIP “Golden Circle” First Two Rows (This ticket admits one person, at 4-Top Bistro Table)
$25.00:(This ticket admits one person, at 8-Top Table)
21 & Over, *Plus Youth (*Youth can attend but must be accompanied by their adult parent, and are required to order a meal)
A 10% Live Entertainment Tax (L.E.T.) will be added to all ticket sales.

Get your tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fayne-friends-at-viva-las-vegas-event-center-tickets-11563353301

Father’s Day Show!

Ron and Lisa SmithThis coming Sunday, June 15th, FATHER’S DAY, my husband Ron and I (in association with Beyond Talent Productions & Desert Productions) will be hosting the “Toast of the Town” Variety Show in the main showroom at Sam’s Town Gambling Hall & Hotel. This special show will pay tribute to the 1950’s, featuring the music of Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford, with special guest star Bobby Brooks Wilson. Tickets for “Variety Toast of the Town” are FREE for all B Connected members. Details available at the B connected club.

SAM’S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL
Main Showroom
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
1:00pm Show (doors, 12:00pm)

Hope to see you there!!

Lisa :-)

*UPDATE 6/12/14: We just received word that due to a scheduling conflict, Bobby Brooks Wilson will not be appearing on the Variety Show this week…instead comedian Bob Zany will be the special guest!

Sammy Shore’s “FUNNY BONES” To Benefit NEVADA SPCA!

funny bonesSHADES OF SINATRA (Carmine Mandia, Lisa Smith, Ryan Baker, Ron Smith) is honored to once again be performing alongside some of Las Vegas’ BEST talent at “Sammy Shore’s Funny Bones” benefiting Nevada SPCA.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
CELEBRITY RED-CARPET: 1:00pm
SHOWTIME: 2:00pm
Tickets: $25

Orleans Hotel & Casino Showroom
4500 West Tropicana Avenue

Also scheduled to appear: Sammy Shore, Pete Barbutti, Lance Burton, Pauly Shore, Geechy Guy & more!!!

GREAT SHOW, GREAT CAUSE!

Sammy Shore’s Funny Bones live comedy show features world-famous comedians and up-and-coming comedic talents joining together for a hilarious afternoon of laughs and entertainment. The show is hosted by Sammy Shore, an American comedy legend who founded The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip, California and was hand-picked by Colonel Parker to be Elvis’ opening act during the Kings Famous 1969-1972 “Comeback Tour” in Las Vegas. In prior Funny Bones shows, many nationally and internationally known comedians have participated, including, Pauly Shore, Bobby Slayton, George Wallace, Louie Anderson and Hal Sparks. Philip Matthews is the show’s director.

Sammy and Suzanne Shore created Funny Bones to raise money for animal rehabilitation. The proceeds of the shows are donated to animal rescue charities to support their advanced medical care for rescued animals. The 2014 Funny Bones show will benefit Nevada SPCA’s advanced medical care fund to save and rehabilitate animals in southern Nevada in desperate need.

A special thanks to the Orleans Showroom, 3 Lions Tattoo, Hounds for Hope and The Tail Waggers Club.

You can purchase tickets by calling:
702-365-7075 / 888-365-7111

Purchase online at:
http://www.orleanscasino.com/entertain/orleans-showroom

You can also purchase tickets in person at The Orleans Box Office
Sundays -Thursdays, Noon – 8:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 10:00pm

2012 Year-In-Review!

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Can you believe we are already at the end of 2012? And what a year it’s been! A definite mixture of highs and lows…not an easy year, for sure…but a completely blessed one nonetheless. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in…it was a busy year! LOL

To begin with, Ron and I were BOTH incredibly blessed with many new opportunities to continue doing what we LOVE: there were several NEW VENUES for me to sing jazz (Elara Grand Vacations Resort, The Dispensary Lounge, Blue Fire Supper Club, Kelly’s Prime Steak & Seafood) and a couple of NEW SHOWS for Ron (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas & The Grand Ole Vegas Revue at The Plaza) in addition to all his emcee and hosting work (you can read all about my gorgeous hubby at www.RonSmithLasVegas.com)! PLUS, we had lots of opportunities this year to perform TOGETHER, which we love the MOST (Sun City Anthem, Starbright Theater, Wild Horse Country Club, Hit Parade, Toast of the Town, Showstoppers, Barbra Streisand Concert, etc.)!

Facebook ProfileOne of the “lows” this year was losing my older brother, Jeff. He passed away on March 26th, following a very long, painful struggle with alcoholism and all the various and numerous health problems he had because of it. Jeff and I had our difficulties over the years. Alcoholism is such a progressive, all-encompassing disease, and it literally takes over your life…and the lives of everyone around you. I had a hard time understanding what I believed to be his “choices” in life…I realize now they weren’t choices for him, he did the best that he could. My brother is finally at peace, and he will always be remembered as a good and kind man who adored his children and just wanted his family to be proud of him. And we are so grateful that we have his wonderful children, Tyler (15) and Sara (13), living here in town now…they are truly a blessing in our lives. You can read his full story on the memorial website we set up for him here: www.jeffreywaynerogers.com.

Trubble Smith: RIP 1993-2012

Trubble Smith: RIP 1993-2012

We also lost our dear, sweet Trubble this past year…my “bestest” friend and kitty of 19 years. She was such a joy in our life and such a wonderful companion through the years. I miss her so much….

Yes, a definite mixture of highs and lows…but thankfully, the highs totally outweighed the lows…again, fortunate and blessed. :)

My vocal trio, DANGEROUS CURVES, had a particularly incredible year. Here’s a little tidbit from our latest BLOG post, just to catch you up:

Dangerous Curves, 2012…it has truly been one of the most sensational years in Dangerous Curves history. And, while our history is rather short (should we simply say new?), it has been filled with the love and support of family and friends. However, we never dreamed just how much support we would literally see and feel than when we did our first Dangerous Curves, Indiegogo campaign. Crowd-funding?! That’s for big stars and artists with HUGE email lists and…well, you know…right? NO! We really didn’t know the depth and scope of your huge and generous hearts!

CD Artwork Composite

The above pictures show the fruition of that generosity in our sophomore CD called “Star of Wonder”, now available on iTunesAmazon MP3 and of course, physical copies available by simply emailing us at dangerouscurves@cox.net.

If that wasn’t enough, we have been nominated for “2012 Best Cabaret Artist – Female” on Broadway World Los Angeles! WHAT?! We couldn’t be happier! If you have a moment, would you go and vote for us? Here’s the link to vote on BroadwayWorld.com (you must first enter your email address and then complete the entire voting process in order for your vote to count). BUT PLEASE HURRY: Voting ends Dec 31, 2012.

Wow, 2012. A year filled with new fans and friends, performances, nominations, our newest CD and best of all, the absolute knowledge, that someone is listening. Someone really cares about us and knows us and loves us. Friends, we love you, too. Enjoy your holidays and we wish you a most happy and joyous New Year!

Shades of SinatraAs for SHADES OF SINATRA, we are still performing at the Clarion Hotel & Casino 3 nights a week, but we are now in the BIG 300-seat Wolf Theater Showroom (and beginning in June of this year, we moved to Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights at 9:00pm)!!! We continue to get wonderful crowds and so many positive comments and reviews about the show (you can read a few of them HERE on TripAdvisor.com).

Looking toward 2013, we are planning to start booking some out-of-town shows in addition to continuing our shows at the Clarion Hotel… lots of plans, lots of dreams, lots of great things ahead!

stick_figure_drawing_goalsOn a personal note, 2012 was a definite year of change and self-improvement for me. After watching a video of myself in the Valentine’s Show that Ron and I performed at the Starbright Theater (“Love is a Many Complicated Thing”), I sadly realized that the past 10 years of being married and living in Las Vegas had brought not only tremendous JOY and LOVE to my life, but also an additional 30 or so pounds!!! What?!?!? How did that happen? I mean, I knew I had gained a few pounds over the years…marriage does that to you, right? But 30?!?! Holy COW (pun intended)…I honestly had no idea. SOOOO, I decided that day to DO something about it.

I had just finished reading Jennifer Hudson’s book, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down” and immediately got online and signed up for Weight Watchers. Yes, THAT Weight Watchers! It was exactly what I needed. I’ve never been a person who does well with “meetings” of any kind (maybe I just don’t like people that much???), but I LOVE gadgets and tech stuff, and I LOVE being in charge and making my OWN decisions…I definitely don’t respond to someone else telling me what to do. So after reading through a few of the options, I decided to sign up for the ONLINE PLAN and track everything using my iPhone. PERFECT for me! I signed up for a 3-month plan to start with (about $18 a month for ALL the tools I would need) and figured I’d try it for 3 months and see how it went. What did I have to lose, right (besides the obvious lbs)? Well guess what? In those 3 months I lost 16 pounds!!!!! And I am not exaggerating when I tell you it was WAY easier than I thought it would be. All I did was stick to the plan and the weight literally fell off! I was EATING AND LOSING WEIGHT. I felt great. THIS was something I could actually do the rest of my life…yeah, I became a “believer”. Thanks Jennifer… ;-)

Weight Watchers

So, I decided I would keep going and lose ALL the weight I had gained since moving to Vegas…all 30 pounds of it. But I also decided AFTER that initial 3 months that I really did need to start getting some regular exercise. Not so much for the weight loss (Weight Watchers was taking care of that part), but for my own health. Let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger (as much as I would like to think I am), and it was finally time to start an exercise plan that I would STICK with. But finding something that I could get excited about…now that was the kicker. Hmmmm….what to do?

184999497163930721_j8k2MhS1_bWell, over the years I have had several friends who were runners, and I always remember them talking about the “high” they would get, and the amazing feeling of “accomplishment” they would have when they’d finish a “LONG run” (which for them was, like, 8 miles, and for me would be 8 minutes!). And then I read a Facebook post from a friend where she talked about running 10 miles that day, and I thought to myself, “That’s insane…that would take 2 hours to do!!!” I wrote her and told her that she was my hero, and I could NEVER do that, and guess what she wrote back? That a year ago, she couldn’t either. But she did a program called “Couch-to-5K” and went from not being able to run 2 minutes without feeling like she was going to die, to being able to RUN a 5K in only 9 weeks. Wow, really??? Okay, again…what have I got to lose??? Let’s give it a shot!

So I purchased the “Couch-to-5K” app for my iPhone and went for my first RUN! Okay, not really a run…it was a slow jog for 30 seconds, then a walk for 2 minutes, then another 30-second jog, then walk, then…you get the idea. Each day I did the program, the time of the jog interval increased slightly, and the walking time decreased. It was not easy, but it also was COMPLETELY doable. So I did it, and continued to do it 3 times a week for the next 9 weeks, and at the end of that 9 weeks I ran in my first 5K RACE!!! Since then I have run in 2 more 5K’s, ran my first 10K in November (hubby’s 1st 5K), and have already signed up for my first HALF MARATHON next April. Yep, I am officially HOOKED!

Running Photos

So, that’s where we are. I reached my goal weight in September and have now kept it off for 3 months! I feel better than I have in my entire life! SO WHAT’S NEXT for Lisa Smith?!?!? New goals? New performing possibilities? Yes, and YES! But you’re just gonna have to wait till the next BLOG post to find out what they are…so stay-tuned! :)

In the meantime, if you’re not busy this Monday night, New Year’s Eve, come on down to Bootlegger Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd S, and celebrate with us! Gary Peterson and I will be there from 9:30pm-12:30am…LIVE JAZZ, GOURMET ITALIAN CUISINE, CHAMPAGNE….what more could you want?!?

Bootlegger NYE WEB

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE….see ya in 2013!!!

My SEXY Husband Starring in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” – Opens TOMORROW!

Ron Smith: Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd

My fabulous, talented and sexy husband, Ron Smith, opens tomorrow in a brand new production at the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas tomorrow night, March 31st at 7:00pm. He will be playing the role of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd…from everything I’ve heard, it’s going to be a great show! Can’t wait to see it…congrats honey!

Claiming its spot as one of the sexiest production shows in Las Vegas, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” will open at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Saturday, March 31.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is based on the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hallis. The musical is based on the true story of the legendary Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch. The risqué musical chronicles how the town’s sheriff and regular patron of the brothel fights to keep the historical whorehouse open as a crusading do-gooder television commentator seeks to close its doors.

The full production show at the Plaza will take audience members on a trip through history while watching some of the sexiest girls in Las Vegas sing, dance and act.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” will debut in the Plaza’s classic showroom with live performances every evening at 7pm.

Ticket prices start at $59.95 for general admission. Tickets are available at the Plaza Hotel and Casino box office, ONLINE HERE or by phone at 702-946-8934 or 800-793-9332.

ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS INCLUDE: Kellie Wright, Jacqueline Holland Wright, Jay Joseph, Audrei-Kairen, Skye Dee Miles, Bruce Block, Quentin Walters, John Ivanoff, Chris Rogers, Roland August, Ryan Bobbett, Joelle Jensen, Amanda Kaiser, Brittany Nance, Claudia Cervenka, Anita Bean, Brittani Egizii, Diana Osborn, Darci Bender Hubber, Robin Vincent, Elijah Duncan O’Connell, Ace Gilliam, Geoffrey Tough, Lysander Abadia, LeMichael Curry & Paris Lo.

Directed by Betty Sullivan Cleary
Choreographed by Eddie Otero
Musical Direction by Dan Ellis
Company Manager Darlene Ryan
Music Editing by Phillip Wiker
Costuming by Deborah Scott

“Love is a Many COMPLICATED Thing”

“Love Is a Many COMPLICATED Thing” from Dating to Mating & Beyond, starring Ron & Lisa Smith…2 SHOWS THIS WEEKEND!

“Do you remember your first puppy love or dreaming of finding that special person? Do you remember the dating game, including the highs and the lows, the hits AND the misses? Do you remember finally finding that certain person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, making the commitment, and discovering what it’s like to live with the SAME person through the years… including the joy and love that can transcend all time? Featuring some of the greatest love and relationship songs from the past 80 years, this show will make you laugh and it’ll make you cry. It will help you remember why you fell in love in the first place.”

Friday, February 10, 7:00pm
Freedom Hall, Sun City Anthem
2460 Hampton Rd, Henderson, NV 89052
702-614-5860
Tickets $15

OR

Sunday, February 12, 3:00pm
Starbright Theater, Sun City Summerlin
2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-240-1301
Tickets $15 ($12 for Sun City Residents)

All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. Shows are open to everyone ages 12 and over. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted.

Happy Holidays and NEW Recording/Video!

Ron & Lisa Smith, Christmas 2011

I absolutely cannot believe that tomorrow is Christmas day…this past year has gone by SOOOO quickly!!!!! Ron and I spent the day at my folks’ house (that’s where this picture was taken), and had a WONDERFUL day with them and our niece & nephew catching up, exchanging gifts, and eating WAY too much food (glazed ham, jambalaya rice & sausage, sauteed green beans, potato salad…yum, yum, YUM!!!!). Thankfully there are lots of left-overs, so I may not have to cook for a week. :)

In honor of the Holiday season, I have included a video below that my vocal trio “Dangerous Curves” put together. It is our tribute to our Military troops and their homecoming from Iraq, this Holiday Season 2011 (the recording of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is from our upcoming Christmas EP). The video montage we put together is our THANK YOU to them, and their families, for all they have done and continue to do for our country on a daily basis (PS> grab a box of tissues BEFORE you watch…you’re gonna need it!).

Both Ron and I would like to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah, or whatever special Holiday you celebrate this time of year) and an ever BETTER 2012! I have a feeling this next year is going to be FAB-U-LOUS!!!!

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Love,
Lisa and Ron Smith
Las Vegas, Nevada

Many thanks to Rob Hyatt & E3 Recording Studios, Dan Ellis (piano accompaniment on the recording), Rascal Flatts (for the amazing inspiration & arrangement) and the MANY video editors (like JDS773) and various uploaders on YouTube.com who gave us SO MANY incredible & touching video clips to use! We are grateful that so many of our troops have been able to come home for Christmas, and we look forward to the continued return of our other Military personnel around the world who are STILL fighting for our freedom.

“Bill Fayne and Friends” Celebrate SONDHEIM!

On October 8 & 9, Lisa & Ron Smith will be joining Bill Fayne and several other Las Vegas performers as they pay tribute to the music of the great STEPHEN SONDHEIM! Showtime, 7:30pm, Suncoast Hotel & Casino Showroom.

Tickets start at ONLY $15.95 and can be purchased through the box office (702-636-7075 / 877-636-7111) or online here: http://www.suncoastcasino.com/whats-new/events/bill-fayne-friends-celebrate-sondheim

PLEASE don’t miss this show! The TALENT in this production is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Fayne & Friends...CELEBRATE SONDHEIM! Oct 8 & 9, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: On October 8 & 9 The Suncoast Hotel/Casino presents  BILL FAYNE AND FRIENDS…CELEBRATE SONDHEIM! Bill celebrates the music and lyrics of musical theater’s genius and treasure, STEPHEN SONDHEIM. The show will feature many of Bill’s friends, 30 of Las Vegas’ best singer/actors as well as a wonderful small orchestra. The music features highlites from shows like FOLLIES, COMPANY, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEENY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, INTO THE WOODS, GYPSY, and more! It promises to be a gala show like never seen before in this city. Sondheim turned 80 years old this year and has had tributes in New York and in London. This is the Las Vegas version of those Birthday celebrations.

For more info contact Bill Fayne @ faynemusik@aol.com, 702-683-9065

Nevada State Veterans Home GIG!

Last Saturday Ron and I had the wonderful opportunity to perform once again at the Nevada State Veterans Home for their annual Volunteer Appreciation Bar-B-Que Celebration (that’s us at the far end of the picture)! This year’s party theme was WESTERN and we had such a down-home, rip-roarin’, YEE-HAW of a good time singin’ all those great country songs!!! Here’s quick run-down of some of the songs we included in our show:

  • Rocky Top – DUET
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – RON
  • Walkin’ After Midnight – LISA
  • Ghostriders – RON
  • Take Me Home, Country Road – DUET
  • Son of a Preacher Man – LISA
  • Lookin’ for Love – RON
  • Why Not Me – LISA
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man – DUET
  • Luckenbach Texas – RON
  • Why Haven’t I Heard From You – LISA
  • So Lonesome I Could Cry – RON
  • Desperado – LISA
  • Devil Went Down To Georgia – RON
  • You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man – LISA
  • The Gambler – RON
  • Let Me Be There – DUET
  • God Bless the USA – DUET

FUN, huh? We even played an awesome game of “Name that Western TV Show Theme”…the audience really got a kick out of that one (you’d be amazed at what all you can find and download from YouTube!). In fact, everything went so well,  they already booked us for NEXT year…and they’ve already decided it’s gonna be a Rock & Roll theme next time! Can’t wait… :)

A big THANK YOU to Angela Metcalf (volunteer coordinator) from the Nevada State Veterans Home for inviting us back this year. She runs an AMAZING volunteer program out there, and works so hard…it’s incredible what they are doing! Here’s some info about the home that I pulled from the website:

Located in beautiful Boulder City, Nevada, the Nevada State Veterans Home is one of 140 state veterans’ homes across the United States providing skilled nursing services to veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents.

Our Home is a State owned and operated facility and receives support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We admit residents upon the recommendation of a physician, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, age and/or handicap or disability, including AIDS and AIDS related conditions.

Within our 82,000 square foot facility, our Home is able to accommodate 180 residents throughout three neighborhoods, including one neighborhood offering two levels of secured care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses.

“We don’t have a board of directors requiring us to make a profit. What we are all about is ‘Caring for America’s Heroes!'”

– Gary Bermeosolo, Administrator

It’s a wonderful program, but they absolutely couldn’t survive without their volunteers. If you’d like to find out more about how you too can help out, please contact Angela at metcalfa@veterans.nv.gov!