Estefan’s only west coast show at Mandalay Bay

Oct 30, 2001 2:13 AM

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will host this year’s only west coast performance by one of America’s most celebrated performers, Latin diva Gloria Estefan, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, on Saturday at 9 p.m. Gloria has prepared a special show where she will rock the house with her greatest hits and never before performed songs.

Gloria Estefan has had a superstar career paved in gold and platinum. Since bursting into the public eye in 1985 as the energetic front woman of Miami Sound Machine, she has become an international recording star of epic proportions. With 21 album releases, over 70 million record sales and an astonishing 32 top ten singles, Estefan is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. She has won numerous accolades throughout her career including five Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, multiple Billboard awards and most recently The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Award “Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Recently Gloria released her Greatest Hits, Volume II, a woven collection of her best-loved English-language hits from the past nine years. The success of this compilation has once again affirmed her status as one of pop music’s true and enduring originals.

For ticket information, call (702) 474-4000.

Boulder Station hosts ”˜Ladies of the 80s’

Boulder Station Hotel & Casino will host “Ladies of the 80s” with Lacy J. Dal-ton, Janie Fricke and Juice Newton at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday. For more information, contact Boulder Station Hotel & Casino at (702) 432-7777.

Dalton’s gravelly, bluesy voice garnered attention in Nashville and she earned 1979’s Best New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. Her debut album Lacy J. Dalton is considered a classic in country music circles. Her hits include “Hillbilly Girl with the Blues,” “Working Class Man” and “Crazy Blue Eyes.”

For energetic performer Newton, awards are nothing out of the ordinary. In addition to the Grammy she won for Best Pop Female Vocalist, Newton has received honors from many other organizations, including the Academy of Country Music and People’s Choice Awards. Newton takes her audience on an emotion-filled ride, from the stirring tenderness of “The Sweetest Thing” to the rollicking “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me.”

Fricke was studying to be a teacher in the mid-1960s when the folk music scene inspired her to sing. In 1975, she moved to Nashville and began to sing back up vocals for such country royalty as Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride. She has appeared on over 1,200 albums. Fricke was paired with Johnny Duncan in 1977 and the duo recorded three successful singles, “Stranger,” “Thinkin’ of a Rainbow” and “It Couldn’t Have Been Better.” Her most recent release was 2000’s Boucin’ Back and Hymns of Faith.

The Righteous Brothers return to The Orleans

Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the Righteous Brothers, return to The Orleans Wednesday through November 11. Tickets are available by calling (702) 365-7075.

For nearly four decades, the Righteous Brothers have defined the essence of “blue-eyed soul.” Together, and as solo artists, Bill and Bobby have reached generations of fans with their unmistakable, heartfelt vocal style. From their 1965 chart-topping success with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” to 1990’s surprise rediscovery of “Unchained Melody,” the Righteous Brothers have endured and thrived as legendary talents.

The raw emotion which Medley and Hatfield convey as singers explains the duo’s evergreen appeal. They also have the knack of choosing timeless, immaculately crafted songs to record. Today, the Righteous Brothers are currently at renewed heights of popularity, reaching legions of new admirers, over the airwaves and in concert.

“Reunion” is their latest record release. The album brings the Brothers together again for an album of all newly recorded songs. Such classics as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” “Ebb Tide,” and an updated rendition of “Rock and Roll Heaven” are included in this impressive collection.

“Reunion” appears in the wake of the Righteous Brothers’ surprise comeback as Top 40 hit makers. “Unchained Melody” featured in the film Ghost, became a platinum single in early ’91 when the duo’s newly recorded version sold over one million copies and also earned them a Grammy nomination.

Christopher Cross ”˜Sailing’ into the Suncoast

Grammy and Oscar-winning singer Christopher Cross takes the stage at the Suncoast Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets priced at $29.95, $34.95, $39.95 (plus tax), are available by calling (702) 636-7075.

Christopher Cross was the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping “Sailing.”

It was 1981 when Christopher Cross, newly arrived from his Texas upbringing burst on the music scene by winning five Grammys and an Oscar off his first album release. Songs like “Ride Like The Wind” and the Oscar-winning single “Arthur’s Theme” catapulted him into a level of superstardom for which he was definitely not prepared for. In the wake of two more Top 20 hits, “Never Be the Same” and “Say You’ll Be Mine,” he suddenly walked off with a record setting five Grammys in 1981. He also had an album that went on to sell six  million copies.

In short time, Christopher made the difficult but personally gratifying decision that he was more concerned with what made him happy rather than with pleasing the wallets and careers of the industry bigwigs surrounding him.

The past twenty years have been hard work for this talented soul. He continues to write and record and he has released several albums.

Third Annual ”˜Nightmare on 54th Street’ Celebration

Studio 54 at MGM Grand will transform from clubhouse to haunted house for a Halloween bash.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 ”” Regularly scheduled EDEN, “Erotically Delicious Entertainers Night,” will be replaced by a spectacularly spooky “HallowEDEN” with performances by Las Vegas performers. Ghouls and goblins will come together to boogie down to the hot sounds being spun by Studio 54’s very own DJ Frankie and DJ Jose 2 Hype.

Wednesday, Oct. 31”” Studio 54’s NIGHTMARE ON 54th STREET will be Las Vegas’ most electrifying celebration. There will be a variety of choreographed entertainment features performed by the Studio 54 in-house dancers. There will also be sinfully sensational prizes awarded throughout the night. Contests for the most outrageous, original costumes will award winners prizes to total more than $5,400.