Matt Dusk to play LV Hilton

Oct 26, 2004 4:12 AM

Matt Dusk, fresh from TV’s "The Casino" and his critically acclaimed album "Two Shots," performs at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater November 1-21.

Dusk’s music takes the finer elements of the crooning era (great vocals, style, sophistication), and gives this classic genre a 21st century spin with state-of-the-art production values and unique new material. The result: a new era of sound and a stunning collection of songs.

His critically acclaimed album "Two Shots" includes "Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot of Sad" (penned by U2’s Bono and The Edge in honor of Frank Sinatra) and also features classic standards from the Rat Pack era.

Dusk, in his early years, appeared to be destined for a career in classical music or even opera. As a seven-year-old in Toronto, he was accepted into the St. Michael’s Choir School (SMCS), where he remained for 11 years of intensive musical study and toured regularly with SMCS choirs.

"It wasn’t until I was 18 that I started listening to Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan and all that jazz," Dusk recalls. One of Dusk’s fellow choristers lent him a CD of big-band singers. "I’d been listening to mostly electronic and club music, but I heard this disc and was hooked from the start, and one thing led to another."

Matt Dusk appears Nov. 1-21 (dark Wednesdays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Theater. Tickets are $25 (plus tax) and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office. Phone 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.