Legendary Comedian Marty Allen Celebrates 100th Birthday Weekend (Give or Take a Few!) with Special Engagement presented by
Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino March 22-23
Meet-and-Greet, VIP and Room Packages Available
My Points Downtown Grand members have chance to win
dinner for two with Marty Allen
Downtown Grand, as part of its celebrated comedy entertainment offerings, presents a special engagement with legendary comedian Marty Allen, performing at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) on Sunday, March 22 and Monday, March 23 inside The Grand Parlor. Limited to just 100 guests per performance, tickets are priced at $50 each and include $50 in free casino play per ticket, and can be purchased in person at Player Services on the casino floor at Downtown Grand. For more information on tickets, guests can call Concierge Services at (702) 719-5170. To purchase tickets online visit http://www.downtowngrand.com/downtown-las-vegas-events/.
To make a weekend of it, Downtown Grand is offering a special package starting at $139 per couple, including two tickets to the show, one night stay, $50 in dining credit and $50 in free casino play. For reservations, call Downtown Grand at (702) 719-5100.
Fans will also have a chance to win dinner with Marty at Downtown Grand’s award-winning Triple George Grill. Guests must be a My Points Downtown Grand casino club member to enter the contest, and will be entered to win with every 93 points earned. Guests may also be entered to win by showing their ticket stub from the show at Player Services. Downtown Grand will draw winners on Sunday, March 22 and Monday, March 23 at the Casino Stage one hour after the show. Five lucky winners will be chosen each night. To become a My Points Downtown Grand casino club member, visit Player Services in the casino.
Following the show, guests can meet and greet with Marty Allen in the casino, where he will be conducting an autograph signing to promote his new book, “Hello Dere”, an autobiography about his remarkable 70-year career in showbiz.
Downtown Grand has been earning widespread local recognition for its top comedy production, Grand Laughs. Currently performing Thursday evenings at Mob Bar, Grand Laughs presents a rotating roster of unparalleled up and coming comedians.
ABOUT MARTY ALLEN
At 92 and then some, Marty Allen still remains the reigning champion of comedians, along with the sensational vocal cords of stage partner and wife of 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell. Together they celebrate Marty’s 100th birthday…give or take a few. Marty is among the last generation of the Vegas vintage performers that include Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Nat King Cole.
Upon graduating high school in Pittsburgh, Marty immediately joined the Air Force. While stationed in Italy, he attained the rank of Sergeant and earned a Soldier’s Medal of Valor. His heroism earned him a full-dress parade. After the war and to supplement his GI Bill allotment, he became the first door-to-door dance salesman.
During the 1950s, Marty worked as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme and Nat King Cole. It was at this time he became part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi. The duo comedy team produced a string of hit comedy albums, made 40 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and starred in the film The Last of the Secret Agents. Allen & Rossi appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” the same night as The Beatles.
Throughout the 1970s and into the 80s, Marty made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on “Hollywood Squares”. He also appeared on “Circus of the Stars”, on games shows such as “Password” and in ten made-for-television movies.
Karon Kate Blackwell was born and raised near Ellisville, Mississippi. As a vocalist, she can glide effortlessly from country to rhythm and blues and gospel to a ballad by Irving Berlin. As a musician, she can pound out a rock ‘n’ roll song on the piano Jerry Lee Lewis style or take an old-fashioned ragtime tune and really make it swing. Several of the songs she sings are her own compositions.
Karon Kate’s boogie-woogie at the piano brings the house to their feet every time. She sings a number of nostalgic favorites, and often includes her own compositions such as “Wedding Vows”, a song she wrote for Marty for their wedding day. One of Karon Kate’s singles entitled, “I Can’t Laugh” was a Cashbox “pick of the week” selection in 1994. Together, Marty and Karon Kate explode with a passion for entertaining.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN GRAND LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO
Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand is situated on nearly seven acres that encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino, dining and nightlife amenities. Recognized as “Best Downtown Hotel” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Downtown Grand features two 18-story and 25-story towers adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 634 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. Reinvented from the bones of the historic Lady Luck Hotel & Casino, the exterior of Downtown Grand blends multiple storefronts with a brick and granite façade, along with an industrial chic interior featuring exposed brick and ornate fixtures. Named “Best Casino” by Casino Player magazine, Downtown Grand offers 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 600 new slot machines, 30 table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill. Downtown Grand’s variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment options include the award-winning Triple George Grill, Sidebar, Stewart + Ogden, Art Bar, The Commissary, Mob Bar, Furnace and The Carson Room, as well as renowned partnering venues Hogs & Heifers and Pizza Rock. Downtown Grand offers nightly entertainment including musical acts and DJs, as well as special engagements, concerts and the celebrated Grand Laughs Comedy Club. Downtown Grand’s urban rooftop pool experience boasts more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space featuring an infinity pool, full restaurant and bar, private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.
Downtown Grand is just steps away from the world-famous Fremont Street Experience and The Mob Museum, within walking distance of Fremont East Entertainment District, and less than one mile from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to DowntownGrand.com. Find on Facebook or Twitter @DowntownGrandLV.