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:

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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

Singing at San Gennaro Festival in Las Vegas!

Just a quick note that I will be singing at the San Gennaro Feast NEXT week, 3 different evenings! Wednesday, September 14th I’ll be appearing with DANGEROUS CURVES, Friday evening, the 16th, I will be singing a few songs with the fabulous Michael T. Orchestra, and Saturday, September 17, I will be performing with SHADES OF SINATRA following our show at the Clarion. Live entertainment begins at 8:00pm on the main stage each evening and ends at closing. Here’s all the info you’ll need…hope to see you there!

WHAT: The 32nd Annual San Gennaro Feast will take place Sept. 13-18, 2011, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas in the northeast parking lot. The festival celebrating the spirit of San Gennaro features more than 70 restaurant food booths, amusements rides, arts and crafts and complimentary entertainment coordinated and hosted by Tony Sacca, who has been part of the event for more than 20 years. Every night, hundreds of dollars of San Gennaro Chips will be given away for food purchases, amusement rides and more.

WHEN: Sept. 13-18, 2011

TIMES: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – midnight
Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

WHERE: Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas northeast parking lot
3700 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 – 702-777-7777
This location provides a fabulous view of the Las Vegas skyline.

PARKING: Free Parking Masquerade Garage and Rio Pavilion Self-Parking
Can enter off of Twain or Flamingo Road between Valley View and Dean Martin Drive.

SHUTTLES: There will be free shuttle service from Caesars Entertainment’s seven sister Strip properties.

HIGHLIGHTS

FOOD: More than 70 restaurants and added renowned eatery representation including:
Rao’s at Caesars Palace
Chef Steve Martorano with Café Martorano’s at the Rio
Carmine’s Pizza Kitchen
Chef Luigi – his famous Shrimp Scampi over Risotto
Chef Peter Mastrioni – Mastrioni’s Café – Hualapai Way
Chefs Sam and Steve Montesano from Montesano’s

Food is traditional Italian fare including Italian sausage and peppers, linguine and clams, fried calamari, calzones, baked clams, pizza, braciole, Italian fried dough, pasta, pasta and more pasta.

RIDES: More Rides Than Ever – Over 29 rides and 30 Games Featuring The New – The Zillerator 140-foot roller coaster

POP – Pay One Price to ride all rides endlessly
$25 Tuesday – Thursday / $30 Friday-Sunday
$5 coupon on Website

Moms ride free on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (a free $25 wristband on opening night)
Dads ride free on Thursday, Sept. 15 (a free $25 wristband)

TRADITION: The Traditional Italian Procession will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m. with Father Dave Cassaleggio giving the blessing over The Feast and featuring the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, military color guard, city dignitaries and Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

TALENT: Complimentary entertainment starting at 4 p.m.

4 – 5 p.m. – Philly Cuzz
5 – 8 p.m. – Traditional Italian Folk Entertainment
8 till closing – Tony Sacca and Top Line Performers, backed by the Michael T orchestra!

TICKETS: $8 for adults / $7 for seniors at the door
$6 coupons on Website – Two adults $12 (Seniors & Military)
Children 54 inches and under are free
Discount tickets, visit www.sangennarofeast.com
For Group Rates call 702-227-0295 during regular business hours.

(info found at AccessVegas.com)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Okay, so as you can tell by my the fact that I am actually WRITING something, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is going to be to update my blog more often…like more than once every 6 months!!! LOL… So, I thought I would start the year with a few highlights from the past few months and give you a little update as to where things are now…

SEPTEMBER was a busy month for Ron and myself. First, we headed down to California over Labor Day weekend for my 20-year Young Americans Japan Tour Reunion…what a BLAST! So many people that I hadn’t seen in years…and they all looked fantastic (and surprisingly YOUNG…ya gotta love that about performers)! A HUGE thank you to Tiff, Craig & David for planning everything and putting in so much work to make sure the entire day was so successful…you guys are the best! Immediately upon returning, Ron and I went back to work preparing for the Heritage Makers Annual Convention, where we hosted the HM’s Got Talent competition, and performed a bunch of our own material, less than 2 weeks later. It was a LOT of work getting it all ready, but ended up being so much fun. Thanks so much to Doug, Brytt and Chris for inviting us to perform, and congratulations to the winners of the competition and to all who participated…you ladies ROCKED! The following week, I was off to the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco for a couple of days to sing an evening of Jazz at a swanky corporate event…got to sing all of my favorite music, wear a pretty dress, and I got paid too…gosh I LOVE my job!

Shades of Sinatra on Channel 13 News!

OCTOBER was equally as busy and also oh-so-much FUN! The first week was filled with special appearances with Shades of Sinatra as we went throughout Las Vegas (San Gennaro Feast, Radio Appearance on KJUL 104.3, Spotlight Appearance on Hit Parade, Television Appearance on KTNV-Channel 13 News) to promote our headlining weekend, October 3-4, at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. We added several new songs to the show this past year–You Will Be My Music, Lady is a Tramp [Ella & Frank version], The House I Live In, Winners, One For My Baby, Where or When, Please Be Kind, Don’cha Go Away Mad–and the crowd really seemed to love all the new stuff.  As a bonus, we also got to promote our brand new CD!

The next week (from October 7-12), Ron and I flew to Hyannis, MA to rehearse & perform with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra for their Gershwin Pops Concert. Talk about FABULOUS and FUN! Wow, we could not have asked for a better experience. The symphony conductor, Jung-Ho Pak, is not ONLY one of the most talented conductors we’ve ever worked with, he is seriously one of THE NICEST people we’ve ever met! We cannot express enough what a wonderful experience it was working with him and with everyone involved with the orchestra…we are just so grateful for the opportunity we were given. The show turned out to be a wonderful success for all involved…the 1400-seat theatre was completely sold-out for EVERY night of the performance!

“Rhythmic razzle-dazzle, toe-tapping jazz and swinging tunes explode in a tribute to the indomitable master of melody, George Gershwin. From Broadway to the silver screen, from Fred Astaire to Sting, Gershwin’s creative output transcends musical styles and idioms with off-the-charts hits like An American in Paris, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, S’Wonderful, and Summertime.  An intriguing virtual performance of Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue combined with a dynamic singing duo, husband and wife team Ron and Lisa Smith, up the volume on a performance packed with entertainment.”

CMA Awards - October 15, 2009

From Gershwin to Motown…just a few days later I had the opportunity to perform the following songs,

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Natural Woman
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
My Girl/Guy
Proud Mary

for the Motown themed CMA Awards at the Golden Nugett Hotel & Casino, dressed in 1960’s clothing, complete with big, blond wig & 3-inch Go-Go boots (ouch!).  The event planner/client, Jodi, turned out to be incredibly nice and even followed up by writing a fabulous review on GigMasters when it was all finished:

“Lisa was easy to work with, accommodating, talented, adorable and fun! Everyone loved her. I’d recommend her to anyone.” – Jodi Owens, Event Planner for Credit Management Association, Las Vegas, NV (Oct 15, 2009)

Lisa Smith

The next day I headed down to Riverside, CA with Dennis & Karen Michaels (two of my very FAVORITE people to sing with!) to perform for the BIA (Builders Industry Association) Awards Dinner at the Mission Inn Hotel. We were hired by Stargazer Productions to do a “singing waiters” gig…lots of GREAT MUSIC and I didn’t actually have to wait on ANY TABLES! Gotta love that!! Lol… :)

I ended the month (October 31, Halloween night) at Les Artistes Steakhouse at the Paris Hotel & Casino, singing an evening of Jazz Standards with Gary Stevens (piano) & Jeff Davis (bass). Their “regular” singer had another gig that evening so I got to fill in…what a great night!

Um, feel free to call me again anytime guys…seriously, anytime!

Dangerous Curves at Lupus Walk, 2009

Las Vegas Lupus Walk!

NOVEMBER was mostly about rehearsing for the numerous Christmas gigs coming up in December! In addition to getting ready for our annual appearance at the Las Vegas Lupus Walk (where we sing the National Anthem every year for the Alliance for Lupus Research), the gals of Dangerous Curves decided to take on a few more “challenging” arrangements for the Holidays, including a KICK “A” big-band arrangement of Jingle Bells that ended up requiring a few more rehearsals than we were used to!!!!! But the good news is, it really paid off! In fact, we’re thinking about keeping that new rehearsal schedule as we head into the new year…

November also marked the beginning of the 3rd month of our album “Girl Talk” being on iTunes…it’s been really fun to watch the sales increase month after month!  It’s been getting great reviews too!  In addition, we used this month to finish our EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and create a NEW website. You can check them both out by visiting us on the web at www.DangerousCurvesLasVegas.com.  And remember, you can follow us on Twitter AND Facebook as well!

Howard Hewett, Lisa Smith, Galaxy GlennThe only other appearance I had in November was as the opening act for Howard Hewett (legendary singer/songwriter & former member of the group Shalamar) at the Coker Foundation Annual Benefit Concert.  The event was hosted by the very talented comedian Galaxy Glenn and I presented 30 minutes of Jazz, Blues and R&B. To be quite honest, I was more than a bit nervous opening for such incredible talent…but everyone was extremely nice, and the concert turned out to be a HUGE success! Whew!!!!

Dangerous Curves, Christmas 2009Well, that brings us to DECEMBER! The beginning of the month was all about Dangerous Curves…with 7 performances in 5 days, the girls were quite busy!  On December 6th we had the opportunity to sing at all 3 services for the wonderful congregation of New Song Church in Anthem…we sang an absolutely BEAUTIFUL a cappella arrangement of Star of Wonder, written by Terre Roche (of the incredible vocal trio, The Roches). Thank you to Pastor Dave & Pastor Marta for always being so welcoming and for inviting us back again & again!

Immediately following those performances, we jumped in our cars and headed down to the Library District Performing Arts Center for the Performing Arts Society of Nevada’s Annual Holiday Show, where we shared the stage with some of Las Vegas’ best talent, including three of OUR favorite musical ladies, Kellie Wright, Cyndi-Lee Mack & Dolly Coulter. We premiered our new Jingle Bells arrangement AND sang a very fun rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town with Dennis Michaels, based on the FABULOUS Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters arrangement recorded back in 1943! Thanks Tom & John…we always have a great time performing in your shows!

On Wednesday, December 9th, we performed for the ROWC Annual Holiday Party out at Nellis AFB. We did 30 minutes of music, which included:

  • Star of Wonder
  • Love Being Here With You
  • 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)
  • Cloudburst
  • Jingle Bells
  • Moon River
  • Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town

We had a wonderful time, and the ladies were so complimentary. A big thanks to Virginia & Janet for inviting us!

The next day, December 10, Dangerous Curves appeared on the Hit Parade Show at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Hosting that day were the incredibly talented Mark Giovi & Robin Vincent (of “Swing City Dolls”). We sang Jingle Bells & Star of Wonder. As always, we just LOVED performing for the Suncoast crowd…they are always so appreciative of everything we do!

We finished the week at Studio 8 Ten, downtown in the Art District, performing for their Annual Holiday Open House on Friday evening. We presented an hour of music (a mixture of Holiday music and some Dangerous Curves’ favorites) for the guests and staff. And talk about a wonderful cause…here’s a little information about Studio 8 Ten:

Studio 8 Ten is a non-profit arts and crafts studio providing paid training and employment for adults with disabilities in Las Vegas’ Transition Services supported employment programs. Resident artists train in the design, production, and sales of over 50 different handmade products, all unique to our company, and learn the specifics of running their own business. Studio 8 Ten fosters pride, self-sufficiency, and self-esteem by providing positive interaction with the community and opportunities to show off their personal talents. All proceeds from sales in the gift shop go directly back into the program to purchase supplies, upkeep facilities, and pay the individuals for their efforts.

Just before our performance at the Stirling Club, December 15, 2009

The following week, Ron and I performed a 30-minute version of our popular “Christmas Thru the Decades” Show for the Towne Club Holiday Luncheon at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place. This is such a fun show to do because it includes all the BEST Holiday music from the 1930’s thru the 1960’s! Songs such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1934), Baby It’s Cold Outside (1944), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1944), Let It Snow (1945), White Christmas (1947), Blue Christmas (1957), What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (1960), Please Come Home for Christmas (1960), Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (1960), You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch (1966), and more…

(Note: The years given above are based on certain recordings of the individual songs, not necessarily the year the song was written.)

The week of the 21st, Ron and I performed the show 2 more times. First for the Foreign Travel Club Holiday Party (20-minute version of the show) at Desert Vista Community Center in Sun City Summerlin, and then out in Boulder City for the residents & staff of the Nevada State Veterans Home (full 1-hour show). Both audiences were so wonderful and appreciative…particularly at the Veterans Home. It is one of our all-time favorite places to perform! Thanks so much Angela for having us back again this year!

To see available shows OR to book Lisa & Ron Smith for YOUR event, please visit www.BeyondTalentProductions.com

New Year’s Eve found me at 2 different gigs at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. The first was with Shades of Sinatra for our New Year’s at NOON Show in the main showroom, and the second was an evening of Jazz at SC Prime Steakhouse for their New Year’s Eve Dinner. Accompanied by the FABULOUSLY talented Dehner Franks on piano, it was an evening I will not soon forget! Completely wonderful in so many ways. To begin with, the restaurant is absolutely stunning, the food is spectacular, and everyone that works there is so nice. Secondly, it was such an HONOR to work with Dehner! He is so incredible and so much fun to sing with. I need to say a HUGE thank you to Glenda Zuhse (who recommended me for the gig, was SO sweet & accommodating the entire evening, and even arranged a Birthday cake for me!!!!) and Terry Jenkins for giving me the opportunity. Thanks for everything!

And that about wraps it up…2009 was quite a FULL year! I am grateful for so many things in my life–my family, my friends, my health, having a “job” that never feels like a job, those who actually take the time to read this blog :), etc–but I am MOST thankful for my dear, sweet, sexy, hard-working husband who is my best friend and supports me in everything I do…I love you so much honey…thanks for a great year!

Look out, 2010, HERE WE COME!