Country sensation plays LV Hilton

May 7, 2001 3:58 AM

Country music sensation Jo Dee Messina will be appearing for the first time in the Las Vegas Hilton Theater May 11-12. Tickets are on sale at the Hilton Box Office starting at $35.

A Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Messina won the Country Music Association’s prestigious Horizon Award recognizing career growth. She’s also garnered the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist Award and the Boston Music Awards’ Artist of the Year.

Messina recorded two of the biggest hits in 1998 with "Bye Bye" and "I’m Alright" which ended up charting as two of the Top 10 Songs of the Year. In 1999, she repeated the feat with "Lesson in Leavin’" and "Stand Beside Me."

Having just completed the Judds’ Power to Change Reunion Tour, Messina spent last year balancing her headlining concerts with special guest appearances on both Vince Gill’s and George Strait’s Country Festival Stadium Tour. In addition, she made her acting debut on television’s Nash Bridges and then quickly landed a role as a candy factory worker in TV’s Touched By An Angel.

Along the way, Messina has also re-written the record books. She set and then tied her own record for the longest run in the Top 30 - an astounding 35 weeks. Messina became the first woman in the history of Billboard’s Country Singles Chart to have three consecutive multiple week number one hits with "Bye Bye," "I’m Alright" and "Stand Beside Me."

Richard Lewis plays Sunset

Comedian Richard Lewis will bring his twisted outlook to the Club Madrid stage at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m., Friday. Tickets are $32.50, $27.50 and $22.50.

Lewis has taken his bundle of bonafide dysfunctions and carved them into a commanding art form. His early career as a stand-up brought him to the top of his ranks and, over time, he has broadened his scope to invite new audiences to share his vision of his wonderfully warped world. He spent 1999 in front of live audiences with his ongoing "Wreck In Progress Tour" after three years of non-stand-up.

During the past two years, he took time out to complete a book, "The OTHER Great Depression." It is a collection of fearless, essay style riffs featuring stream of consciousness writings.

Paris unveils new nightclub

Paris Las Vegas will open the area’s newest nightspot on May 11 inside Napoleons. Vamp will feature DJ music, luscious cocktails, and a sexy lounge and dance atmosphere.

On arrival at Vamp, guests will enter a redesigned Napoleon’s and will immediately notice the upscale and trendy décor. The ultra lounge will showcase a combination of visually stimulating visuals on video screens and a high tech pulsating laser light spectrum to compliment stylish dancers.

"We are creating Vegas’ premier night spot," said John D. Guzman, creator of Naked Hollywood and Pleasuredome. "A super chic and provocative ground zero for glitter-glam girls and vampy vixens."

Napoleons will continue to operate as a rich, clubby atmosphere in the Napoleonic "Empire-style" featuring live entertainment, a cigar and pipe lounge, French wines and beers as well as other imported beers and microbrews.

Classic jazz coming to Paris

Legendary is just one of several words that best describes the talents of Grammy Award winner Lou Rawls and sensational song stylist Nancy Wilson. Both will bring their considerable talent to the spotlight Mothers Day weekend at Paris Las Vegas, May 12 and 13 with one show nightly at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at the Paris Box Office or by calling (702) 946-4567.

Lou Rawls’ voice is as distinctive and instantly recognizable as any in music. From his early days in gospel to his collaborations with Sam Cooke; from the Dick Clark Show at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959 to the opening for The Beatles in 1962 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati; from his monologues in the Seventies that presaged rap music to becoming a "crossover" artist before the term was invented, there has been one constant in Lou Rawls’ career - a voice that one critic has called "sweet as sugar, soft as velvet, strong as steel, smooth as butter."

Emmy and Grammy Award winner Nancy Wilson is an all-around performer and a self-proclaimed song stylist. She has performed with a wide range of stellar entertainers from Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstein, Cannonball Adderley and Louis Jordan to LaVerne Baker, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Ruth Brown. She has had over thirty albums on the Billboard charts and produced a slew of hit records such as "Tell Me The Truth," "How Glad I Am," "Peace Of Mind," and "Now, I’m A Woman."

Kingston Trio revives Fab ’50s

The Kingston Trio performs Friday-Sunday in the Showroom at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets priced at $19.95, $22.95, $25.95 plus tax, are available by calling (702) 636-7075.

The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups today that has survived the many changes in the music world. The Original Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 by Bob Shane (still with the group), Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard, while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area. Using only acoustic guitars and banjoes, singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk-music heritage.

The release of "Tom Dooley" in 1958 began the "folk music revival" and set the stage for Bob Dylan, Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary and the entire protest music movement of the 60’s. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, and their concert draws were matched only by the Beatles.