Join The Vegas Voice for "An Afternoon Affair"
By: Sam Wagmeister - Vegas Voice Entertainment Editor
The good old days that christened Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World are returning! In June, The Vegas Voice proudly offered its June Jamboree to nearly 400 people at Palace Station to experience a cavalcade of the best entertainment the city has to offer.
The event was a celebration of The Vegas Voice’s 10th anniversary, our gift to readers. “I couldn’t believe the response,” said publisher Dan Roberts, “as people were filing out, they were asking me when we were going to do it again.”
As entertainment editor, I now have the great privilege to announce The Vegas Voice’s Afternoon Affair. It will be a series of entertainment-packed variety shows alternating between Red Rock Casino’s Rocks Lounge and Sunset Station’s Club Madrid.
We promise that our Afternoon Affair will be a great, fantastic, wonderful, FREE entertainment show. Gary Anthony will host our shows at Red Rock and Mark OToole has the honors at Sunset Station.
Working with Anthony and OToole, The Vegas Voice is determined to bring back the music, fun and good times with our entertainment. Production responsibilities for the shows will rest with our hosts.
In addition to their strong performance credentials, each of the popular singers has an extensive production background.
OToole most recently produced his own inspirational autobiographical show chronicling his victory in 2007 over Stage 4 cancer. The crooner, who remains loyal to the Great American Songbook, plans to pattern his Sunset Station Afternoon Affair after Johnny Carson’sTonight Show.
“I want the audience to get to know the performers,” he says, planning brief interviews with each celebrity guest. Among his first guests will be the popular singer, Ronnie Rose, whose recent credits include Rampart Casino, Suncoast and Dispensary Lounge.
“Ronnie told me, ‘As long as you’re doing these shows, I know they’ll be good,’” OToole said.
The Las Vegas Entertainment Consumers Exchange named OToole the 2013 Entertainer of the Year, joining, among others, prior winners Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and the Lettermen. New York transplant Kenny Davidsen, who has quickly established a respected name for himself in Las Vegas’ competitive environment, will be OToole’s musical director.
Davidsen, a regular performer at Fremont Street’s famous Don’t Tell Mama nightclub, teamed with Kelly Clinton at the now shuttered Stirling Club and currently serves as Clinton’s musical director on her Talk Tails broadcasts. The bow tied keyboard player-composer also hosts his own weekly show Friday nights at Tuscany Casino.
Gary Anthony’s show business career began with singing in his father’s Big Band. “I missed the whole rock and roll era,” he says, “but I developed a real appreciation for the music that’s lasted over the years.”
He has become the pre-eminent Frank Sinatra tribute artist since moving to Las Vegas 17 years ago, having starred in Rat Pack shows and Barbra and Frank, the Show that Never Was.
In recent years, Anthony performs regularly at corporate events, private parties and is a familiar face at the Italian American Club, Ferraro’s, Salvatore’s and other open mic venues. Last year, he was featured in a front page story about Las Vegas’ legendary Tap House that appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
Demand for Anthony’s Sinatra takes him throughout the country and he appears annually before a packed audience in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has shared the stage in recent performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and opened at a jazz fest for Stevie Wonder.
The first Afternoon Affair is slated for October 16th at Red Rock Station with Gary Anthony hosting, followed by the Afternoon Affair show at Sunset Station with Mark OToole on October 30th.
They will each host one more time before the end of the year. Gary Anthony will be back at Red Rock Station on November 20th and Mark OToole at Sunset Station on December 4th. The doors will open at 1 pm and show time at 1:30 pm for all performances.
Add some spice to your afternoons! Come on by and attend our (FREE) Afternoon Affairs! For more information, call The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441.
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