Las Vegas is back!!!! However, our corona virus cases surged this week, so maybe it’s still better to stay at home. Regardless, here are some kewl things to do this week-end. Enjoy!
The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas
The Piano Bar is a perfect place for pandemic entertainment. It’s a cozy venue just steps from the casino exit, so you don’t have to traipse through the casino with its surging humanity.
The bar is serving small bites to comply with Nevada’s corona virus entertainment rules.
Pete Valee, AKA Big Elvis, is back at his normal haunt after seven months away. Of course he masters all of Elvis’s favorite hits. But he can sing songs you call out that span at least five decades.
Valee started singing Elvis hits when he was 15. (He’s now 55). He grew up looking at a photo of his mother with the real Elvis.
He claims to be the heaviest Elvis impersonator in the world. In 2005 he weighed 960 pounds. Today he’s down to 450.
But his imposing presence is not the reason to attend. This man can sing. And he’s the consummate showman.
Valee is there from 2-5 pm Fridays and Saturdays, which are not his pre-pandemic times.
The show is FREE but now you do have to buy a small bite.
The Bronx Wanderers remind me of my young adulthood many many moons ago. Vinny Adinolfi, who is my vintage but younger than me, grew up in the Bronx and loved the music that was born there. He had been a successful gold-record producer. One of his first was for Dion, who had a big hit called The Wanderer in 1972. (I moved to Washington Heights in 1974.)
So when he formed his own rock ‘n roll band, he called it the Bronx Wanderers. The band includes his son Vin A.
Other songs Vinny produced are:
- Jim Coce‘s first three albums
- Alabama‘s Dixeland Delight
- Reba McIntire‘s Does He Love You?
The Bronx Wanderers are still not at Harrah’s Showroom because big-time entertainment is still taboo in today’s still virusy world. So the father and son are branching out.
On Fridays and Saturdays they headline The Carnival Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas. (Just outside the Piano Bar.) It’s an outdoor venue so live entertainment can work. Shows are from 2-6 pm.
Harrah’s management has told them NOT to play anything so popular people will want to sing along. So Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, a crowd favorite, is out.
This show is FREE.
On Thursday nights the Adinolfis are performing at the Italian American Club‘s dining room. Management has reconfigured the two-room space to be socially distant. The stage is way up, so no patron is near the performers.
This show is also FREE but you have to buy dinner. That is not a bad thing because the food is classic American Italian. Kind of like what you might eat in the Bronx….
I have seen their showroom show three times and I have never been able to sit in my seat for long. I somehow finding myself dancing. They are definitely entertaining….
20th Annual NF Hope Concert
Jeff Leibow was starring in Jersey Boys in 2011 when his daughter Emma was born with neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disease characterized by tumors growing on any nerve cell in the body. Currently there is no cure or treatment.
So Leibow and his wife Melody decided to do something about this. They organized the NF Hope Concerts to raise money for the cause. One hundred percent of the profits go to the Nureofibromatosis Network, a non-profit dedicated to help those with the disease.
Chet Buchanan of KLUC radio is the MC. Performers include Las Vegas household names:
- John Bayless
- Elly Brown
- Daniel Emmet
- Ashley Fuller
- Clint Holmes
The concert is FREE on the NF Hope Concert’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
But you can also purchase an NF Hope Concert Watch Party Package which includes dinner for four delivered to your home. Packages ranges from $125 to $500. No word on the actual restaurants participating. But hey the money goes to a good cause and it’s tax deductible. And I’m sure the food will be delicious.
And you’ll get to meet Emma.
Have a healthy and fun week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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