Las Vegas home to great food, entertainment

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Las Vegas has long been famous for great restaurants that also feature entertainment.

The newest kid on the block following suit is Chianti Italian Restaurant & Bar. Located west of the Strip at 4275 S. Durango Drive, Chianti offers a combination of fine Italian food with Strip headliners.

Imagine if three of the biggest icons in popular music history decided to perform a concert for the sole purpose of saying “Thank You” to the country that has taken them from having so little and then giving them so much. That is the essence of the show, American Trilogy. From Friday through Sunday on one stage you will see Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Neil Diamond.

Assembled is three of the most well known and respected tribute artists on the planet. Chris Jason has been performing Ol’ Blue Eyes for over 20 years, and is best known as a headliner in The Rat Pack Is Back at the famed Copa Room inside the Tuscany Hotel & Casino. 

“As Frank would say, hold on to your handbags, cause we are going to set off some big fireworks July 3, 4 and 5 ladies and gents… ring a ding ding!” Jason said.

Since the passing of “The King” there has never been a tribute artist that has so captivated the look, moves and especially the sound of Elvis Presley more than Justin Shandor. Touring around the globe, Justin is tagged as “The World’s Ultimate Elvis.” 

“To me, this show is not just a show, but a reminder of no matter where you begin, you can live the American Dream and become a legend and we’re bringing these legends back to remind you how great they were and how great this country is,” Shandor said of performing as Elvis and participating in the event.

Known as “The King of Diamonds” Rob Garrett is the foremost Neil Diamond tribute artist in the world. Whether handpicked by Paul Revere (of the Raiders) to star in his Legends in Concert show or here in Las Vegas, no one is more sought after than Garrett.

“This is a very different show, scripted like Broadway,” he said. “Right now, with the way things are, this world desperately needs performers like Frank, Elvis, and Neil as today’s acts do not match up for what they stood for.”

American Trilogy is a production that will both delight and enlighten the audience as they come to realize that during their prolific, illustrious careers, not only did these gentlemen all cross paths, but actually connected and/or collaborated with each other. The audience will see the mutual respect and admiration the three had for one another and the love and gratitude they shared for their country. They personified the American Dream, becoming three of the biggest megastars of our time.

In addition to performing solo segments backed by a live band, the show includes interaction between each of the performers before the audience gets treated to the ultimate trifecta as the stars unite for a moving, upbeat, patriotic finale. 

“American Trilogy celebrates not only our independence as a nation, but we are celebrating three of the most patriotic figures in entertainment,” Jason said. “Since not being able to perform on a stage in almost four months, this is a humbling experience to take the stage once again for such a marvelous event and to share the stage with two of the top entertainers in Las Vegas, Justin Shandor and Rob Garrett. I plan on giving one hell of a performance as Sinatra for this show. The best is yet to come.”

Show times are 7 p.m. for Friday, 6 p.m. for Saturday and 4 p.m. for Sunday. Tickets are priced at $15 for the bar area, $20 for the main dining room and $25 VIP seats and can be found at www.americantrilogy.net

Vegas Wish movies

Vegas Wish is a Las Vegas nonprofit created by Chris Romleski, Daniel Blue and Vince De La Cruz in a way to continue the love and solidarity of the community after the horrific tragedy of October 1, 2017.

Doing good, solid work, Vegas Wish has blossomed into one of the most recognizable organizations in Southern Nevada, giving away tickets to Golden Knights, the Aviators, the Lights, NASCAR, lots of top name concerts, dinners, and hosting charity events that give back to the Las Vegas community.

Back by popular demand, they are bringing back movie nights on July 12. This is an event that started as a small way to give back to the community. They are especially important right now, while parents may be out of work, and struggling to have any kind of outside entertainment.

This is a free event, held at McKee Ranch, 8982 Dean Martin Drive. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the theme is Christmas in July, featuring the movie, Elf.

Practicing all safety guidelines, there will also be food and ice cream trucks, along with a few surprises, and of course, the animals.

Organization founder Vince De La Cruz said, “This is a special way to get the families out and get back to normalcy, creating the vision of paying it forward to our community while uplifting the hearts of our city.”

All information and future events can be found on the Vegas Wish Facebook and Instagram pages.

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