6LACK and Dave Koz highlight Station Casinos’ December 2018 headliners


Station Casinos announces December 2018 headliners



X107.5’s Holiday Havoc – Night Two
Featuring 311 and special guests Young the Giant, Iration, Dreamers and Barns Courtney
Venue: Pearl Concert Theater
Genre: Rock
Dates:  Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Ticket Prices:  $40, $70, $75, $100 and $150 plus applicable fees

Artist Info: Over the course of their amazing career, 311 has sold more than 9 million albums/DVDs in the U.S. alone. 311’s last nine consecutive albums reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and they’ve had nine Top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You,” and “Sunset In July.” 311’s last album MOSAIC was be released in summer 2017 via BMG and was produced by John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! at the Disco, The Used, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311’s Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithic albums). MOSAIC  reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on both the Billboard Top Rock Albums and top Alternative Albums. 311’s celebratory live shows and incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. In 2016, the group launched 311 Amber Ale in conjunction with Rock Brothers Brewing, Cigar City Brewing & Nebraska Brewing. 311 also launched their Grassroots Uplifter brand vape pen. 311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist NICK HEXUM, singer S.A. MARTINEZ, guitarist TIM MAHONEY, drummer CHAD SEXTON and bassist P-NUT.
This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult


6LACK Presents: From East Atlanta with Love Tour
Featuring Tierra and Summer Walker
Venue: Pearl Concert Theater
Genre: R&B
Dates:  Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices:  $39.95, $49.95, $54.95 and $89.95 plus applicable fees

Artist Info: 6lack’s debut album Free 6lack was released in November 2016 and peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 and included his previously released single “Prblms,” which peaked at No. 73 on the Billboard 100. “Prblms” marked the rapper and singer’s first platinum record; it entered Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart as No. 5 and eventually went double platinum. He was also featured in Rolling Stone as “10 New Artists You Need to Know” the same month his album debuted.


In 2018, 6lack was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category and the Best Rap/Song Performance category. The prolific artist has been on tracks with various influential musicians ranging from Syd to Kodak Black to T-Pain, Jhené Aiko, and many more. 2018 also marked the release of atmospheric slow jam “Cutting Ties”—a song for break-ups, unusual for the often pro-love advocating singer.


With a co-feature alongside Khalid and Ty Dolla $ign on “OTW,” as well as critically acclaimed performances at festivals like Coachella and Governors Ball, 6lack is entering into what he calls “season two” of his career. Fans can expect even more confessional lyrics and emotional melodies in the coming months as 6lack reveals his new music.
This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult




Dave Koz
Christmas Tour 2018 with Mindi Abair, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matsui
Venue: Red Rock Ballroom
Genre: Jazz
Date:  Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $25, $35, $45, $5 and $65 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating

Artist Info: In a career that spans more than three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, playing for multiple presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more. A platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, instrumental music advocate and restaurateur.


One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000.  No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence.  She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts.  In 2014, Mindi received her first GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.


Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) in 1975 as he became a teenager. More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar.


A native of Tokyo, Japan, Keiko Matsui’s career has spanned three decades and featured the release of more than 20 albums. Matsui released her American debut album titled A Drop of Water in 1987. Matsui’s success continued throughout the 1990s, with her albums Sapphire, which reached number two on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and Dream Walk, which reached number three. Matsui reached number one on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart with the release of her album Deep Blue. Throughout her successful career, Matsui has received several awards, including the Oasis award for Best Female Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Guests must be 21 years or older




KWNR 95.5 Presents the 15th Annual Toys for Tickets
Starring Carly Pearce, Morgan Wallen, Jimmie Allen, Mitchell Tenpenny and Tenille Townes
Venue: Grand Events Center
Genre: Country
Date: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Free for locals who drop off a new, unwrapped toy to 95.5 The Bull

Artist Info: Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined path. At the young age of 11 she began touring with a local band, at 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled and learned humility working odd jobs upon moving to Nashville. Now defying odds with her No. 1 debut “Every Little Thing,” which steered a chart-topping trifecta on SiriusXM’s The Highway that also includes “If My Name Was Whiskey” and “Hide The Wine.” With the GOLD-certified title track from her highly-acclaimed debut album EVERY LITTLE THING (Big Machine Records), Carly became the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three to accomplish the feat in twelve years.


You can’t step up as one of country’s most exciting new stars without knowing exactly what you’re about. Lucky for Big Loud Records breakout artist Morgan Wallen, that quality runs in his blood. With his debut album, IF I KNOW ME, the hit maker behind “Up Down” (ft. Florida Georgia Line) and “The Way I Talk” lays his cards out on the table: Work hard. Love hard. Party down. Respect the past and make your own future. … Know yourself.


For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up. A native of Southern Delaware – the region he describes as the “slower, lower” part of the state, and locale of Mercury Lane (the namesake of his debut album) – Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or rocking amphitheaters on Toby Keith’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour. Mercury Lane, Allen’s first full-length album, delivers upon the same infectious groove that struck fans in his EP. Kicking off with dance-worthy tunes like “American Heartbreaker” and “Make Me Want To,” listeners will get an immediate helping of Jimmie’s signature playful sound. Rounded out by more introspective songs like “Wait for It” and “High Life,” as well as tracks like “Boy Gets a Truck” and “Love Me Like You Do” that allow his buttery smooth vocals to soar, Mercury Lane showcases the many sides of Jimmie Allen.


Mitchell Tenpenny is an industry insider/outlier. Someone who has a local’s appreciation for the origins of Nashville and keen focus on what happens outside of Music City. The rugged individualist operates with complete confidence and comfort in the space between contradictory themes. He is a creative thinker with a keen business sense. He is fiercely competitive, but is equally vocal proponent for his industry colleagues. He finds inspiration in music as diverse as Michael Jackson and the Oak Ridge Boys. He’s authentic thanks in large part to Tenpenny’s fearless skill as a songwriter, which includes a Top 5 hit for Granger Smith, “If the Boot Fits,” and time spent opening for a variety of influential artists including Smith, Dustin Lynch (Ride of Die Tour), Maren Morris (Renegade Revival Run), Jake Owen, Brett Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch, Gary Allan, and others.


One minute with Tenille Townes and it’s instantly clear that she doesn’t see, or hear, the world like everyone else. Maybe it comes through in how she learned to read by pouring through lyric sheets and liner notes, or how she starting singing by belting along to U2 and Shania Twain in the back of her parents’ car. Or maybe it will come to light in the thousands she’s raised and the miles she’s logged supporting the charitable initiatives she created while still a teenager. Or maybe it will simply come across in her stunning voice and wise, insightful lyricism, all infinitely beguiling for someone of her young age. But that’s the thing about Townes. She’s never operated by the clock or the calendar. She operates from her heart, and from her soul.

Must be 21 years or older




Band of Friends – A Celebration of Rory Gallagher
Featuring Davy Knowles, Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna
Venue: The Railhead
Genre: Blues
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $20 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission

Artist Info: Rory Gallagher’s music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, Covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Sadly we lost Rory on 14th June 1995, to his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy. The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory, but a celebration of his life and music. Band of Friends features  Davy Knowles, Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult


Boulder Blues
Nikki Hill
Venue: The Railhead
Genre: Blues
Date: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Nikki Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release “Heavy Hearts Hard Fists” and debut album Here’s Nikki Hill, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again. Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.Guests must be 21 years or older


Tommy Emmanuel
Venue: The Railhead
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $29, $34, $49 and $55 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating

Artist Info: Australian native Tommy Emmanuel received his first guitar at the age of four and by six years old, he was a working professional musician. After forming a family band and touring Australia, Emmanuel and his family settled in Sydney and by the late 1970s, he had joined the band Goldrush. Following stints in The Southern Star Band and the rock group Dragon, Emmanuel embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album, From Out of Nowhere, in 1979. Throughout his successful career, Emmanuel has released more than 20 studio albums and performed with notable artists, including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Air Supply and John Denver, among others. In addition, he was named Guitar Player Magazine’s “World Best Acoustic Guitarist” in both 2008 and 2010.
This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult


Boulder Blues
Tinsley Ellis
Venue: The Railhead
Genre: Blues
Date: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Tinsley Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. After releasing three albums with the band, Ellis set out on a solo career and soon signed with Records, where he released the hit album Georgia Blue. Before long, Alligator arranged to reissue his previous albums Cool On It and Tore Up, thus exposing Tinsley’s blistering earlier music to a growing fan base. Tinsley’s subsequent releases, 1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning and 1997’s Fire It Up  further expanded the guitarist’s hero status. His success continued in the 2000s with the albums Kingpin, Moment of Truth and 2009’s Speak No Evil.
Guests must be 21 years or older


Who’s Bad
The Ultimate Tribute to Michael Jackson
Venue: The Railhead
Genre: Blues
Date: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $40 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission

Artist Info: Founded in 2003, Who’s Bad live performances are an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult


Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.StationCasinosLive.com or through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the Palms concerts can be purchased at the Palms Box Office, online at www.palms.com or by calling 702.944.3200.


The Smith Center Announces Sizzling Summer Lineup Featuring Award-Winning Broadway Musicals, Legendary Musicians and Stellar Speakers



Tickets on sale tomorrow, May 18, for performances by School of Rock, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Neil deGrasse Tyson and many more!


 Known for bringing top notch entertainment to Las Vegas spectators, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is ushering in a dazzling summer lineup this June through September, featuring one-night-only signature performances, thrilling theatrical productions, spectacular speaking engagements and more. Tickets for individual performances are available tomorrow, May 18. For more information, please visit TheSmithCenter.com.


Boasting an extraordinary roster of unparalleled shows, The Smith Center is thrilled to announce its upcoming season, encouraging patrons to experience signature performances. In addition to Broadway smash hits, SCHOOL OF ROCK and ON YOUR FEET!, guests will enjoy special performances by legendary musician Jackson Browne, the sensational Dave Koz, Grammy and American Music Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G, world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and National Geographic Live!


Tickets may be purchased by visiting the box office at The Smith Center, by phone at 702.749.2000 or online at TheSmithCenter.com. For more information on this season’s performances, please see below.


Jackson Browne
Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
One of popular music’s greatest legends.
Through his five-decade career, Jackson Browne has written and performed many of popular music’s most cherished hits, just a few including “The Pretender,” “Running On Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Doctor My Eyes.” An inductee of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Browne is credited with defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.

With several Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums to his name, Browne will take the stage with his bandmates of many years, including acclaimed musicians on bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Audiences won’t forget this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Browne’s infectious hits live.


Dave Koz Summer Horns Featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Introducing Aubrey Logan
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
“A musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb.” – The New York Times
Returning to The Smith Center by popular demand, nine-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz performs his electrifying jazz-saxophone stylings with a powerhouse lineup of brass masters, including Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan. Following Koz’s first two highly successful Summer Horns Tours, this year’s tour showcases the same high-energy delivery of swinging hits, including songs from the hotly anticipated new album, “Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns.” The first “Summer Horns” release debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Saxophonist Albright is acclaimed for his solo recordings and performances with legends such as Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and The Temptations. Braun, a chart-topping trumpeter, has collaborated with leading artists including Rod Stewart, Sade and REO Speedwagon. Elliot, also on saxophone, has forged a successful solo career since first starting out with the renowned horn-driven R&B band Tower of Power.

Logan, a wildly talented pop and jazz singer and trombone soloist, captivates audiences with her wild talent and fresh originality. She has quickly made a name for herself as a featured artist with musical sensation Postmodern Jukebox, as her music videos with the group have accrued millions of views online.

The show also features guitarist Adam Hawley, named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. Hawley has performed and recorded with the likes of Natalie Cole, Jennifer Lopez and The Backstreet Boys.

Showcasing new songs from the forthcoming “Summer Horns” album, plus hits from these versatile artists’ own catalogues, this will be among the summer’s hottest shows.



Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Sunday, Aug. 12
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”


Zeppelin USA – An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 17
Zeppelin USA, fronted by Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk returns to Reynolds Hall with their sonically accurate, visually exciting tribute to the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin. The 2-hour show will include hits like Black Dog, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven, with fully synchronized lighting, video and lasers. A must see for any Led Zeppelin fan….



Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 9
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and
broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music
world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.


ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.


Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography
by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy
Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most
iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music


Kenny G
Saturday, Sept. 29
One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time.
With a prolific career spanning three decades and 23 albums, Grammy and American Music Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has sold over 75 million records worldwide with his signature fusion of R&B, pop and Latin with a jazz foundation. As the premier artist in contemporary jazz, the multi-platinum artist has enchanted audiences across the globe with his chart-topping melodies like “Songbird,” “Silhouette” and “The Moment.” Kenny G has collaborated with pop music greats like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra, and his concerts remain wildly popular today.

Performing smooth melodies on the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Kenny G is hailed for creating a singular sound all his own and is hailed as an international superstar.

Reaffirming his enduring place in popular music, Kenny G takes the stage to deliver his greatest hits that will leave audiences energized and renewed.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Thursday, Sept. 27
Renowned host of FOX docuseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”
Inquisitive minds of all ages won’t want to miss this rare chance to hear world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of 10 bestselling books, host of FOX’s hit docuseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and consummate expert on the cosmos. Tyson will give a riveting, multi-media presentation for the whole family that brings the expanses of modern science direct to audience members.

Tyson will even engage audiences in a lively Q&A that will rival the presentation itself. Often taking questions from children to foster their interest in science, he is happy to answer questions about everything from television appearances and space elevators to parenting advice.

Also director of the Hayden Planetarium, Tyson previously hosted PBS-NOVA series “NOVA ScienceNOW” for five seasons, which provided an accessible look at the scientific frontier that shapes our understanding of the universe.

He has also given interviews with myriad national television shows, including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Today Show” and “The Daily Show,” and has even guest starred on hit CBS show “The Big Bang Theory.”

The recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Tyson was appointed by NASA to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council to help guide the agency’s ongoing ambitious vision. He has also been appointed to federal commissions to study the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of new U.S. space exploration policy.

Experience Tyson’s daunting genius and curiosity for yourself at this fascinating live show.


National Geographic Live!  The Show Series
Nizar Ibrahim – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous (9/28) – single ticket on sale July 13
Kara Cooney – When Women Ruled the World (2/1/19)
Steve Winter – On the Trail of Big Cats (6/14/19)
Enjoy a three show series for just $99 (must purchase prior to July 13)
National Geographic LIVE! will present several independent and unique lectures in its three-part series hitting The Smith Center starting in Sept. 2018. Witness Nizar Ibrahim, a vertebrate paleontologist and comparative anatomist, as he explains the almost forgotten Spinosaurus of the lost world’s cretaceous-era in Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. From prehistoric time to ancient Egypt, Kara Cooney, Egypotologist and archaeologist, reviews women’s roles thousands of years ago when women ruled in When Women Ruled the World. Finally, go in search of big cats with Steve Winter, wildlife photojournalist, as he explores the Asian jungles to the Himalaya home of the rare snow leopard in On the Trail of Big Cats. The three-part series can be purchased independently or as a package where guests can receive the educational experience of a lifetime.


The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally-acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Myron’s Cabaret Jazz club, the 220-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Saxophonist ShaShaty set to embark upon a “Dream Ride” leading to a “Brighter Day”


Saxophonist ShaShaty set to embark upon a “Dream Ride” leading to a “Brighter Day” 

Vibrant radio single precedes the artist’s Steve Oliver-produced album, due March 3.


It’s a new dawn for veteran contemporary jazz saxophonist ShaShaty, who will release his sixth album entitled “Brighter Day,” on March 3 on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. His first collection comprised entirely of original songs in more than a decade, the set showcases the artist who had a hand in writing seven of the disc’s eleven songs that were produced by guitarist-vocalist Steve Oliver, writer or co-writer of ten songs for the record. The energizing excursion “Dream Ride” bodes to illuminate radio playlists ahead of the album’s street date when the single is serviced to stations for airplay early next month. The video for the single will premiere at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California where ShaShaty has been a featured performer over the past decade.

Instead of limiting himself to a singular sax voice, ShaShaty’s dynamic multihued approach places him front and center on the melody-rich jazz, pop and R&B outing playing tenor, alto and soprano sax. Fellow sax player Will Donato bolsters the horn section parts on “Dream Ride” and Spyro Gyra drummer Bonny B dispenses deft beats on four cuts. Taiwanese vocalist Usay Chu makes her U.S. recording debut by gracing a pair of tunes – “Song Of Hope” and “A Million Miles” – with her ethereal wordless vocalizations. Making “Brighter Day” a standout session is the chemistry between ShaShaty and Oliver. The hornman’s impassioned and emotive play flourishes in the company of the guitarist who has a masterful command of buoyant harmony. Tracks have a robustly full sound from which potent hooks connect and enveloping melodies leave a lasting impression. The power-packed pop gems that comprise “Brighter Day” also have depth and provide a varied listening experience that audaciously ventures into funky trip hop territory (“Let’s Go!”), explores an off-kilter staccato rhythm (“Late On 91”), mines an Indian motif (“Mumbai”), serves a sublime sax and guitar call-and-response chorus (“August”), romances on amorous overtures (“My Heart Yours” and “I’m Always Near”), takes off on a whimsical flight of fancy (“Brighter Days”) and closes with a blissful meditation (“Float Away”).

I haven’t recorded an original project in quite some time. My previous two projects consisted of classics from the past few decades. Those interpretations were part of a period of growth and self- discovery for me musically, especially when reimagining so many beloved works. I found myself in a new, fresh space and realized it was time to reach deep inside to see what would emerge creatively. Steve Oliver and his amazing production work provided the skilled hand to help me realize ‘Brighter Day.’ I’d love for this instrumental pop project to be the vehicle that opens new horizons for many new listeners – even from other genres and cultures – that may not have necessarily been contemporary jazz followers before, but now call themselves fans,” said ShaShaty, who will perform material from “Brighter Day” on Valentine’s Day at Rideau Vineyard in Solvang, California.

A Miami, Florida native who is a long-time Los Angeles resident, ShaShaty has vast stage experience performing on concert dates and festival bills with the likes of Carlos Santana, The Mavericks, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Michael McDonald, Peter Cetera, George Benson, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson and Boney James. In addition to garnering radio spins throughout the U.S., ShaShaty has played on national television on “Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda” and on a PBS special alongside GRAMMY® winner Al Jarreau. ShaShaty, who released his self-titled debut album in 1993, serves as host of “Vineyard Jazz,” a wine and music lifestyle program being developed by A.H.I. Records for syndication. Please visit http://shashatymusic.com/ for additional information.

“Brighter Day” contains the following songs:

“Dream Ride”
“Let’s Go!”
“Song Of Hope”
“Late On 91”
“My Heart Yours”
“A Million Miles”
“I’m Always Near”
“Brighter Days”
“Float Away”

Aliante Casino + Hotel Presents Guitarist Peter White




Jazz Fusion Guitarist Peter White Jams at Aliante Casino + Hotel


Aliante Casino + Hotel presents international jazz musician Peter White at Access Showroom on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m.

Peter White gained fame with his unique guitar style and as accompanist to Al Stewart. White spent 20 years collaborating with Stewart and co-wrote many songs, including “Time Passages.” In 1990, he began to record his own albums and has appeared in recordings of many talented jazz artists, including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and many more. White is a three-time Oasis Contemporary Jazz Award winner for Best Guitarist, Song of the Year for “Midnight in Manhattan” and CD of the Year for “Perfect Moment.”

The British artist will perform his top tracks including his Billboard Jazz number one hits like “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” and “Midnight in Manhattan.” Tickets start at $20 and are available at www.aliantegaming.com.

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About Aliante Casino + Hotel:
Aliante Casino + Hotel sits on 40-acres nestled within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215 and is North Las Vegas’ only Four Diamond AAA-rated resort. Opened in 2008, Aliante has more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, a resort-style pool, no resort fees and has major freeway access from the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information and reservations, please contact Aliante Casino + Hotel at 702.692.7777 or visit www.aliantegaming.com. Follow Aliante on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings, enjoy exclusive giveaways and more.

Stars Celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday in Las Vegas at Keep Memory Alive’s Annual “Power of Love Gala” Fundraiser


Event Honored “The Greatest of All Time” at Fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center

“Ali 70th From Las Vegas” Airs on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m.

Presented by Bill Edwards Presents


Keep Memory Alive’s 16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas brought out some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday and raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center.


Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” serenade by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg leading the crowd in chanting “Ali” during his performance of “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and famed boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns joining LL Cool J on stage for “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Stars like Sean Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard and David Beckham gave personal remarks and remembrances about “The Greatest” while Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green and Kelly Rowland performed for Ali and the sold-out crowd of about 2,000.

The once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration, “Ali 70th From Las Vegas,” will air nationally on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. local time in all markets. ABC will air the celebration in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. PT that day as well. For possible ABC broadcast in all other markets, viewers should check their local listings.

Performers and celebrity supporters who appeared at the event included Cindy Crawford, Randy Gerber, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Larry King, Quincy Jones, Ken Jeong, Buzz Aldrin, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Combs, Anthony Hopkins, John Legend, Chris Cornell, Cee Lo Green, Joe Perry, Slash, Terrence Howard, Kris Kristofferson, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Jim Brown, Randy Couture, Brad Garrett, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz, Robin Leach, James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, John Paul DeJoria, Tony Danza, Raphael Saadiq, Haley Reinhart, and Sammy Hagar.  Boxing icons who attended include Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns.

In keeping with its 16-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner featuring creations by Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck. Guests were treated to a Dom Perignon reception and were able to bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves he wore to defeat Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1965 and an extravagant vacation of a lifetime for two couples on David Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas.

The gala’s celebration for Ali aligns with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s recent launch of a landmark study examining the long-term brain health of professional fighters. Aiming to improve the safety and health of fighters, the study will help determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, along with other tests, can detect subtle changes in brain health that correlate with impaired thinking and functioning.  Researchers hope the information uncovered by this research will eventually result in better ways to prevent permanent brain injury in not only fighters, but also in others who may suffer from brain trauma.

The Power of Love Gala was produced by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and supported by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The star-studded celebration for Ali honored the boxing legend’s contribution to the world and raised awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.


About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.  For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.


About Keep Memory Alive:

Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas.  For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.


About The Muhammad Ali Center:

The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of Muhammad Ali. The Center serves as the global hub for championing the social significance of Muhammad Ali; its experience incorporates as organizing elements, six prevailing core values of Ali’s life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Much more than a place to tell the story of one man’s incredible 70-year journey, the Muhammad Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission. In 2012, the Center’s activities will ensure that the rising generation understands and actively adopts Ali’s core values to create a powerful new movement: Generation Ali. For more information, please call (502) 584-9254 or visit www.alicenter.org.


About Bill Edwards Presents Inc.:

A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade.  The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos-resorts, performing arts centers and arenas.  Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.billedwardspresents.com


About The LVCVA:

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.

Actress Rasheda Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson
Recording artist Chris Isaak and his dog Rodney
Brad Garrett and IsaBeall Quella
Recording artist/actor Kris Kristofferson


Recording artist and actor Common
Actor Anthony Hopkins
Singer Haley Reinhart
Actor Tony Danza, television personality Larry King and sportscaster Charley Steine


Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin (L) and Michelle Sucillon
Recording artist John Legend
Recording artist Lenny Kravitz
Recording artist Ne-Yo
Chef Emeril Lagasse, Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo, recording artist Sammy Hagar and illusionist David Copperfield
Photo Credit – Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive