R&B artist Freddie Jackson returns to Boulder Station

Oct 17, 2001 1:59 AM

Freddie Jackson, perhaps the most versatile rhythm and blues performer today, appears at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Railhead inside Boulder Station. Tickets are available from tickets.com or at any Station Casinos Boarding Pass Rewards Center.

Jackson, a native of Harlem, worked in a bank before joining the group LJE, along with singer, songwriter and producer Paul Laurence. In the early 80s, he moved to California and became the lead singer with the R&B group Mystic Merlin. He sang on their Full Moon album, which featured the popular soul/dance track, Mr. Magician.

In 1984, Jackson returned to the east coast, where he was spotted singing in a New York club by Melba Moore. After serving as a backing vocalist for Moore, Evelyn “Champagne” King and others, he signed a solo contract in 1985 with Capitol Records and issued Rock Me Tonight. Both the album and its title track, which Jackson had co-written with Laurence, made the U.S. Top 20 and also did well in the United Kingdom.

In 1986, Jackson did a duet with Melba Moore on “A Little Bit More” from her album A Lot of Love, and issued his own Just Like the First Time, which included three more successful dance sides, “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” “Tasty Love” and “Jam Tonight.” Jackson’s songwriting talent, mostly in collaboration with Laurence, later resulted in hits such as “Trust Me” for Lila Thomas and “Jam Song” for Howard Johnson. After an extended layoff, Jackson returned to the studio in 1999 to record “Life After 30.”

Pianist Rick Silanskas returns to Imperial Palace

Rick Silanskas, internationally renowned pianist/composer, will return to the Imperial Palace October 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Silanskas, whose passionate music and emotional connection to his audience earned him the title of “The Ambassador of Romance” during a 1999 South American tour, brings his powerful show to the heart of the Las Vegas “Strip.” Silanskas takes his audience on a musical journey with lush orchestrations, stories, song, and his commitment to bring his music from his heart to the hearts of his audience.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Silanskas was considered a “gifted” musical talent who developed an ability to capture an audience with emotionally driven compositions. His inspirations came both from his Italian/Lithuanian heritage and his father, who inspired the young Silanskas by telling him that “true music comes only from the heart.” He began playing the piano and developing a love for music at a very early age and soon reached out beyond Maryland and began performing throughout the world.

For tickets, call (702) 764-3261 or (888) 777-7664.

The Guess Who & Joe Cocker at Mandalay Bay

World-renowned rock performers The Guess Who and Joe Cocker appear Friday at 8 p.m. in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Guess Who features Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Garry Peterson, Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace. The “American Woman” tour marks their first major excursion to the U.S. since 1970. Last year, the group toured their Canadian homeland promoting the platinum double-live album, “Running Back Through Canada.”

Recently, some of The Guess Who’s most notable hits have been featured in such movies as “American Beauty” and “Almost Famous.” In addition, Lenny Kravitz had massive success by reprising the band’s classic hit “American Woman,” which was a No. 1 single.

Joe Cocker has successfully made his mark on rock music beginning with a No. 1 British hit, “With A Little Help From My Friends.” He has sold over $3 million in record sales with hits like “Guilty,” and “You Are So Beautiful.”

However, it was not until the 80s that Cocker received his first No. 1 single, featured in the film An Officer And a Gentleman. His most recent album “No Ordinary World” features singles written by Steve Winwood and Bryan Adams.

For ticket information, call (702) 632-7580 or (877) 632-7400.

Connie Francis at Texas Station’s Dallas Events Center

Singer Connie Francis is set to perform at 8 p.m., Friday at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel’s Dallas Events Center. Tickets are $19.95, $25, $32.50 and $42.50 (plus tax). For more information, call (702) 631-1000.

Francis rose to fame in the 1950s with songs of broken hearts that were sung with a “teardrop in her voice.” Her torch song, “Who’s Sorry Now,” was a chart topper in 1958. She also recorded such now-classic hits as “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick On Your Collar.” Although her last pop hit, “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You,” charted in 1962, Francis continued to record well-received and popular albums throughout the decade. She embraced world music long before it became fashionable when she recorded “Connie Francis Sings German Favorites,” “Sings Jewish Favorites,” “Connie Francis Sings Spanish and Latin Favorites.” She also recorded albums of country, folk and swing songs.

Debbie Reynolds returns to the Orleans

Debbie Reynolds, a bright star of the “Golden Age” of Hollywood returns Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. to the Orleans. For tickets, call (702) 365-7075.

In February, Debbie received the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Crystal Star Award for helping preserve film history through her large collection of Golden Era movie costumes. The Hollywood Movie Museum is now the permanent home of Debbie’s collection, consisting of more than 3,000 costumes. Highlights include Judy Garland’s pinafore dress from “The Wizard of Oz” and Liz Taylor’s headdress from “Cleopatra.”

This month, Debbie can be seen in “Return to Halloweentown,” sequel to 1998’s “Halloweentown.”