Neon Museum Panel Explores Family Friendly Vegas of the 90s, Oct. 18

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Times of the Signs Lecture Series Event to Be Held Oct. 18

 Las Vegas? A family destination? That was the idea for a few, fleeting years back in the 1990s. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Neon Museum Boneyard will host “Family Friendly Las Vegas in the ‘90s,” a Times of the Signs Lecture Series event. Amidst a building boom of fancifully themed resorts—think Luxor, Excalibur, Treasure Island and MGM Grand with its original “Wizard of Oz” motif—Las Vegas developers seemed intent on transforming the city into an “adult Disneyland” whose features would appeal to the kids, too.  The program is sponsored by CenturyLink and partially funded by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Panelists will explore how and why Las Vegas reimagined itself as a family destination, which included not only resorts, but also kid-friendly shows, amusement parks, arcades and other attractions. Over the course of the event, they will assess the impact and legacy of this brief but high-profile era of development on today’s Las Vegas.

Author and journalist Geoff Schumacher, director of content, The Mob Museum, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV; Diana Tracy Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University; and Michael Wardle, painter and sculptor of the Luxor sphinx, among other Las Vegas projects.

About Geoff Schumacher
A journalist for 25 years, Schumacher now creates exhibits, acquires artifacts, develops educational programs, and serves as a historical source for media outlets. Previously, he was a reporter and city editor for numerous Las Vegas newspapers and culminated his newspaper career as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune. He is the author of “Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas” and “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue.” Vegas Seven magazine recognized Schumacher in its 2016 Best of the City edition for his dedication to Las Vegas history.

About David G. Schwartz
In addition to directing UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, Atlantic City native Schwartz teaches history, writes about gaming and hospitality for Vegas Seven and had written several books. He was named the 2014 Trippies Las Vegas Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the study of gambling and Las Vegas.

About Diana Tracy Cohen
Cohen’s scholarly interests include sport, leisure, and gender politics. Her research has also appeared in the Sociology of Sport Journal, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, and New England Journal of Political Science. Diana served as a UNLV 2012-2013 Eadington Fellow in Gaming Research, where she investigated the rise and fall of the “family-friendly” Las Vegas marketing era.

About Michael Wardle
Michael Wardle is a professional artist whose work has encompassed figure painting, bronze sculpture, abstract paintings and murals for hotels and large homes in Las Vegas, as well as across the United States and in Mexico. One of his major hotel projects included sculpting the head of the Sphinx at the Luxor in Las Vegas. His work is represented in hundreds of private and public collections across the United States and abroad.

Admission is $10 per person and registration is required. The event is free for Neon Museum members and $5 for Mob Museum Members. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be present. To reserve your ticket, go to or call (702) 387-6366.

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit[/fusion_text]

The Osmonds Bring Fifty Years of Hits to The Suncoast Showroom October 4-5


The Osmonds Bring Fifty Years of Hits to The Suncoast Showroom October 4-5

Veteran performers The Osmonds – brothers Merrill, Jay and Jimmy – will return to Las Vegas at the Suncoast Showroom October 4-5

The brothers got their start as a barbershop group in 1958, performing around their hometown of Ogden, Utah, before moving to California and working at Disneyland. It was there that Andy Williams heard The Osmond Brothers and invited them to perform on his show. That single appearance led the young “one-take Osmonds” to seven seasons as regulars on “The Andy Williams Show.”

The Osmond Brothers dropped “Brothers” from their name and signed with MGM Records in 1971. Hits like “One Bad Apple,” “Yo-Yo,” “Down by the Lazy River” and “Love Me For a Reason” transformed the group into world-famous teen idols, thrilling millions with their close harmonies, clean-cut image and energetic pop rock sound.

Known for their versatility and for shaping musical styles to fit their talents, the Osmonds gained further exposure with the 1976 premiere of “The Donny and Marie Show.” With the Osmond brothers as executive producers, the show exposed the incredible talents of the family members, and in 1979, the show transformed into “The Osmond Family Show.”

The Osmonds transitioned their sound from pop to country music in the early 1980’s, producing the hits “I Think About Your Lovin’” and “It’s Like Fallin’ In Love (Over and Over Again).”  Billboard magazine honored them with the “1982 Breakthrough Award” and acknowledged them as the “Number One New Singles Group of the Year.”

In 2003, the Osmond family was honored for their achievements in the entertainment industry with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. They celebrated fifty years in show business in 2007 with a European tour and a PBS special, taped at Suncoast sister property, The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or by visiting


About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit, on Facebook (, and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

Gary Lewis and The Playboys Bring Hits from the ‘60s to the Suncoast Showroom April 5-6


Gary Lewis and The Playboys Bring Hits from the ‘60s to the Suncoast Showroom April 5-6


Popular ‘60s entertainers Gary Lewis and The Playboys will perform their greatest hits at the Suncoast Showroom, April 5 and 6.

In the summer of 1964, after playing as a house band at Disneyland, Gary Lewis and The Playboys signed their first record deal. With the producing team of Snuff Garret and Leon Russell behind them, the band took their first single, “This Diamond Ring,” straight to No. 1. Their second hit, “Count Me In,” rose to No. 2 on the charts, and the band followed with more top ten hits, including “Save Your Heart For Me,” “Everybody Loves A Clown” and “She’s Just My Style.”

In 1965, Lewis was named Cash Box magazine’s “Male Vocalist of the Year,” winning the honor over Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960s to have his first several releases reach Billboard magazine’s Top 10 and the Hot 100 chart. The band appeared numerous times on popular television shows like “American Bandstand,” “Hullabaloo,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Throughout their career, Gary Lewis and The Playboys have released 17 Top 40 hits, 8 gold singles, 4 gold albums, and sold over 45 million records worldwide. The bands most recent single, “You Can’t Go Back,” was released in January 2012.

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Coast Casinos box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting

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About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit, on Facebook (, and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 17 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at