This past week on the stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, it was announced that Mariah Carey has earned her 19th No. 1 hit.
With over 200 million albums sold to her credit, she is a singer/songwriter/producer with countless awards and tagged as Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade.” Carey truly is in a class by herself.
“The Butterfly Returns” tour is made up of several different set lists depending on the night. Each song “Mimi” performs is greeted by the audience with excitement and anticipation. Even after 30 years in the business, Mariah can still hit every note in her famed, five-octave range. With an accompaniment of band members that have been with her for decades and a quartet of backup dancers that rile up the crowd, this show is what entertainment is all about.
Starting with Carey since her first promotional tour in 1990, vocalist Trey Lorenz is on stage for the entire show and even joins the superstar for a few duets. Their rendition of “I’ll be There” would make the Jackson 5 stand up and applaud.
The self-proclaimed Diva was quoted as saying, “I love Las Vegas and all the people that come to see me every night. I love my fans.”
The icon is ending her five-year Vegas residency with dates throughout February. However, she has hinted that there might be more to come. My advice is to go see her now as Mariah is the template of the modern pop performance. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Boys in the attic
It is a true gift when you are born with talent. But, when you take that talent and hone it over five decades, you become a legend. And that legend is Aerosmith.
Amid floating toys, pyrotechnics, immersive sound experiences, and 230 booming speakers, America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band has conquered Las Vegas with their “Deuces Are Wild” residency at the Park MGM. The band has stated that the Las Vegas residency is the one good thing they did right in this life.
Band co-founder and guitarist Joe Perry said, “This has been an incredible opportunity to play to a smaller version of our regular show in an intimate seating and a way to present the heart and soul of the band’s essence with added elements you wouldn’t have even been able to do on a one-night only setting.”
The band changes the set list regularly to keep things fresh and fun. But when the flamboyant Steven Tyler takes the stage, fresh and fun is exactly what you get as you never know what to expect. Tyler makes each performance unique and takes the concertgoer to another level. Whether you are a lifelong fan or are new to the band, never before seen visuals and audio keep your heart racing, your fist pumping, and your foot tapping.
VIP packages consisting of goodie bags and meet and greets with your favorite member or the entire band are available. Dates are currently available for May and June for this tour.
Hit after hit, and like fine wine, Aerosmith has gotten better with age. Be sure to go see them and experience what the true definition of rock n roll is.
Downtown Gordie Brown
There are impersonators, and then there is Gordie Brown.
The Canadian-born Brown began his career as a political cartoonist and rose to be the most sought-after impressionist comedians of our time.
You have either caught the star as a Strip headliner in Las Vegas or saw him on one of his many television appearances, including spots on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, or on A&E’s Evening at the Improv.
The master impressionist returns home to the Showroom at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.
“It feels fantastic to be back at the Golden Nugget,” Brown said. “I’ve spent a total of nine years of my life here, so its always felt like home.”.
Brown offers one of the most entertaining and atypical shows in Vegas as he is an impersonator, stand-up comic, physical comic, singer and musician. He combines recognizable characteristics of a celebrity with a comedic angle that will have your sides splitting. And when he masterfully puts his own twist and humor on songs from the music industry’s biggest names, you’ll have to double take to see who is on stage.
From Katherine Hepburn to Bruno Mars, no one is beyond his grasp. Try to imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger pulling into a fast food drive thru and trying to order lunch from Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, Nic Cage, and JohnTravolta? Now you have just a glimpse of the genius that is Gordie Brown.
“There is nothing like playing the greatest entertainment capital of the world, which I am proud to call my home,” Bown said. “I’ve been hearing about Las Vegas ever since I was a kid growing up in a small town in Canada. So, to become a headliner here years later has been one of the biggest thrills of my life.
“I am forever grateful to my fans for supporting me in making that very dream a reality.”
This multi-talented entertainer is so much more than an impersonator. If you can only see one show in Vegas, make sure it’s Gordie Brown. You can catch him at the Golden Nugget every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.