Smith Center hosts Femmes of Rock
October 17, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Las Vegas remains the Entertainment Capital of the World.
For those currently visiting our town, there is an act arriving at The Smith Center this weekend – for two shows only – that almost anyone would enjoy. – “Femmes of Rock” featuring the Bella Electric Strings. The troop of beautiful women play Classic Rock hits – from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin – on violins and other string instruments. This ain’t no (my beloved) Celtic Woman.
The music is fabulous, the orchestration is rocking – the entire production is also easy on the eyes thanks to lead violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio.
Recently, the Bella girls – there are 20 of them – were the featured strings for a DirecTV special starring Richard Marx, Kenny Loggins and Eric Benet.
“Mr. Las Vegas” himself, Wayne Newton, along with his beautiful wife Kathleen, recently gave away her sister Tricia McCrone at a fabulous grand wedding held inside Windows at Bally’s. The lucky groom is Billy Brinton.
Tricia is known for producing television programs starring Tyra Banks and Jenny Jones, along with serving as Wayne’s publicist. She also once co-hosted a show I did with Johnny Cash.
Congrats to all of the families involved.
Following a 5-year absence, Wayne returned to The Strip in April 2016. His current “Up Close and Personal” show runs through Nov. 1 at the Windows showroom, before returning for a string of shows over the first two weekends of December.
No petty loss
We recently lost rocker Tom Petty, an inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, and comedian Ralphie May, who two days prior to his death won the Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo and had performances scheduled throughout the balance of 2017 as part of his residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
RIP, my friends.
Not to be missed
The fabulous Elton John and all his glory is at the Caesars Palace Colosseum nightly through Nov. 4. Anyone who has sold more than 300 million records and had more than 50 Top 40 hits during his career is a must-see.
Catch the “King of Romance” André Rieu and his award-winning music at The Orleans Arena this Friday.
Rascal Flatts has three more shows (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) in their current engagement at the Venetian.
The Scintas, a definite classic Vegas experience, has performances every Friday and Saturday this month and next at the Plaza showroom. And don’t forget, you can get a dinner and show ticket package that includes a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s before the show.
One more time
At 78, it’s never too late to dance like the Queen of Disco one more time. So I am hereby announcing I recently started pre-production of a new album. Yes, your “friendly, neighborhood” columnist is recording once again, I’ll be in the studio all this week, but these sessions are so long, they’re killing me! Oh, to be young, sweet and only 17 once more.
I have joined tens of thousands of other Las Vegas residents in assisting the relief effort for the Mandalay Bay mass shootings incident and those who donated to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, my ancestral home.
When you add up the various funds from individuals, entertainers, corporations, etc., the pool is approaching $20 million. Plus there were donations of airline tickets, hotel rooms, meals at restaurants, and most importantly, the blood drive. Thank you, thank you, everyone for showing such kindness and humanity.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, my ancestral home, continues to get much needed help from entertainers such as Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ricky Martin. Miranda recently released the star-studded song “Almost Like Praying” with all proceeds going to the relief effort.
In Vegas, we have an Old Timer’s Club, when we all get together to recall some of the city’s great events. We recently welcomed Kaye Ballard, 92 in November, as a guest. Now living in Palm Desert, Calif., Kaye told us stories of her life on Broadway and as a musical comedian in the 1940s.
In 1954, Kaye was the first person to record the song “In Other Words,” which later became the jazz standard made famous by Frank Sinatra when renamed “Fly Me to the Moon.” She finally retired just two years ago.
Meanwhile we recently saw Mimi Hines, 84, at a dinner party. Mimi is a Canadian-born singer and comedian best known for her appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Her Broadway career includes: Anything Goes, Never Too Late, The Pajama Game, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sugar, No, No, Nanette and The Prisoner of Second Avenue.