The Grammy Award-winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets, will take the Railhead stage at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $19.95, $22.50 and $29.50, plus tax, and are available through tickets.com or the Boarding Pass Rewards Center. For more information about entertainment at Boulder Station, call (702) 432-7575.
The Yellowjackets began in 1977 as a backup group for guitarist Robben Ford on his album, The Inside Story. About a year later, the band, on the strength of its instrumentals, began to make serious waves on the jazz circuit. It released a self-titled debut album in 1981, followed by 13 more. Along the way, the group was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning one in 1987 for Best R&B Instrumental ("Shades") and one in 1989 for Best Jazz Fusion Performance (Politics). The Yellowjackets, described as "a band without boundaries," has demonstrated mastery of a wide range of musical styles, producing heartfelt balladic numbers as well as songs seasoned with R&B, rock, bebop and bluegrass.
The band has endured a few personnel changes during its two decades of existence. Currently, its lineup includes founding members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and Jimmy Haslip on bass, as well as saxophonist Bob Mintzer, who joined the group in 1990.
Cagle To Play
Newcomer Chris Cagle will bring his brand of country music to Boulder Stations Railhead Wednesday at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
In a review of Cagles debut CD, "Play It Loud," which includes the hit song, "My Love Goes On and On," Billboard Magazine describes his music as "an all-out assault on the senses." The review goes on to say, "In a day and time where people seem much too willing to play it safe and release vanilla music, its nice to hear something that has blistering energy of a liquored-up bar band on a sweaty Saturday night. Cagle unleashes a torrent of vocal intensity on this up-temp debut that is quickly winning support on country radio. The record absolutely commands attention."
Scott Hendricks, president of Virgin Records, Nashville, said, "Besides being an ultra-talented writer and artist, theres a lot of passion in his voice and writing. He brings an energy to country music that the format desperately needs."
For information, call Boulder Station at (702) 432-7575.
Little Richard plays Sams Town Live!
Flamboyant founder of rock and roll in concert
Little Richard, the flamboyant founder of rock n roll, is coming to Sams Town Live! Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
With the possible exception of Elvis Presley, no one defined rock n roll in the 50s like Little Richard. He blew the lid off convention and laid the foundation for rock music with his explosive sound and charismatic persona.
Mega-hits like "Tutti Fruitti," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Long Tall Sally" and "Slippin and Slidin" helped Little Richard sell over 32 million records internationally by 1968.
Little Richard was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame on Jan. 23, 1986, and got a star on Hollywoods Walk of Fame in 1990. He has also received Lifetime Achievement awards during the 35th Annual Grammy Awards (1993) and from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation (1994).
Little Richards influence on rock music today is unmistakable. People Magazine said, "There could not have been a Michael Jackson if there had not been a Little Richard." The New York Times Book Review said, " a contemporary pop rebel like Prince seems like small potatoes compared with Little Richard, the original wild man of rock n roll."
Tickets, $25 and $35, are available at the Sams Town box office and most Tickets.com outlets.
Its a week for revolving doors for stage shows
By: Monti Rock III
What a week! Shows closing (At the Copa), shows dodging the bullet (Rat Pack), shows getting re-tooled (EFX), and shows almost moving (Forever Plaid).
The case of the latter (Forever Plaid) begs the question: how many promoters does it take to change a light bulb?
Heres what happened: Forever Plaid was supposed to be the new main star at the Lady Luck, and I got a phone call from Richard Martini assuring me it was almost a done deal. The Lady Luck was even supposed to spend $60,000 a month in advertising. The consultants for the show are Chip Lightman and Foster Wilson. The next day, I get their frantic phone calls telling me there is no deal. Still, the buzz is that the deal will be made and "Plaid" will resurface downtown at some point.
I attended David Cassidys sold-out closing performance of At the Copa last week. It was an electric show. At the end of the evening, David acknowledged everyone from his wife and son down to the bartenders and waiters, but made no mention of co-star Sheena, who was standing on stage next to him! I dont guess theyll be doing any more shows any time soon. Maybe a good Friars Roast could ease the tension between them.
I previously reported that Cassidys The Rat Pack Is Back was extended until April 1. Then I got a call from Davids p.r. flack. She tells me the Rat Pack isnt going anywhere anytime soon. Does that mean that April is too soon? Stay tuned.
Siegfried & Roy was supposed to have a big press conference last week, but it was cancelled because Siegfried had the flu. My spies tell me the magical duo may announce an extension of their contract, which runs out at the end of this year. Stay tuned.
Waiting In The Wings
A couple months ago I noted that Jeff Kutash, the original producer of Splash, was pitching his new show, Sex in the City. Well, despite the recent rush of new adult shows on the Strip, the title was scrapped and the show was subsequently booked into Atlantic City for six weeks. Jeff is still trying to find a home here, and he still has Bob Anderson as his star.
The word at the Aladdin is that Carmen Electra will soon debut in a show that finds her singing, performing magic and producing Dennis Rodman from under her hat. But the moneys not yet in place, so Carmen isnt official yet.
The local media got a glimpse of Rick Springfield, the new star of EFX at the MGM Grand, when he performed last Thursday at Studio 54. Rick performed a medley of his hits. It was good to see the aging rocker still able to rattle your molars with decibel-pounding percussion. They say EFX has been revamped, but not to the point of becoming an atavistic freak out! Well soon find out.
Also last week, Liz Taylor stiffed her "good friend" Debbie Reynolds, who was being honored at Caesars Palaces Black & White Ball. Apparently Liz thought it was better to stay in L.A. and make a fool of herself at the Golden Globe Awards. Debbie certainly proved herself the more radiant of the two stars. Could there still be an "issue" over the Eddie Fisher thing? Wow, talk about ancient history!
Heres an idea whose time has come. Expect to see more of this around town: At the Plaza downtown, you can meet showgirl stars of the Naked Angels from 5-8 p.m., and get a drink for a buck. The breakout hit is called "Jive at Five." Its no jive. Its a winner.
Speaking of winners, the Epicurean Awards last week honored some of the citys best restaurants. Among the top picks was The Mirages Renoir for Best Restaurant & Best
Overall on the Strip, Rosemarys took best restaurant off the Strip, while best "new" restaurant off the Strip is Wild Sage. My favorite and frequently researched category was Best Martini, which is served at Red Square. I can attest (and drink) to that.
Natalie Cole to Perform at Paris Las Vegas
Natalie Cole, who has interpreted material from pop to jazz to R&B classics, returns to Las Vegas. She takes center stage at Le Theater des Arts at Paris Las Vegas, Feb. 2-4 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $65.
With albums such as "Unforgettable ... With Love," "Take a Look" and "Stardust," Cole chose to keep alive a musical tradition that began with such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and her father, Nat "King" Cole.
During the 70s, albums such as "Inseparable," "Natalie," "Thankful," "Unpredictable," and "I Love You So" spawned five top R&B hits. She later scored hits with "Jump Start," "I Live for Your Love," and "Pink Cadillac." In 1987, she began redirecting her musical style with a cover of her fathers 1957 hit, "When I Fall in Love."
"Unforgettable With Love," released in 1991, earned her seven Grammy awards.
Her incredible resume now boasts eight Grammies, eight gold albums and three platinums.