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By Dianne R. Davis
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Zowie Bowie Late Night Brings the Old Vibe Back To Vegas at Bally's Windows Room

Two Shows Remain on August 8 & 15

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“The maverick spirit of Las Vegas” is a phrase you'll hear often from Chris Phillips aka Zowie Bowie. The blond haired import from Arizona is living his dream of headlining in Las Vegas. His gigs have varied from tuxedo clad showman doing old standards at Mandalay Bay to ripped jeans, open shirted showman at Red Rock. 

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Vince Neil and Chris Phillips aka Zowie Bowie certainly brought the "maverick spirit" of Las Vegas to the stage.

For the moment, he has found a home for what is said to be a limited four week engagement in the Windows Room at Bally's. His opening show Thursday, July 25 featured his steady squeeze, the very talented violinist Lydia Ansel from Bella Strings, the controversial Motley Crue front man Vince Neil, the smooth Travis Cloer from Jersey Boys,  and his frequent singing partner Neve Milandra, among others.

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Cast members from Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages (pictured), and Tony and Tina's Wedding turned out in strong numbers to support Bowie.

 

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Golden Nugget Headliner Gordie Brown was there to support his good friend Chris

In the audience and walking the red carpet were luminaries including Coco, currently staring in Peepshow, Golden Nugget headliner Gordie Brown, Celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck who is currently appearing at the Tropicana, Jeff Cevillico of Comedy in Action at the Quad, Multi impersonator Peter Pavone as the Most Interesting Man in the World, Carrie St. Louis and Mark Shunuck of Rock of Ages and Chris Allen of Defending the Caveman.

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Jeff Civillico came down from his unicycle at The Quad to see Chris Phillips and his lady Lydia Ansel.

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Peter Pavone as the Most Interesting Man in the World

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Comic magician Mike Hammer (4 Queens) recently served as Roast Master when Zowie Bowie was the Roastee

 

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Beginning with “Once in My Life” Chris sang, chatted, and hailed his show business buddies as he displayed his casual style, huge smile, and practiced swagger through an assortment of songs solo and with the ladies who often sing with Zowie Bowie.

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Lydia Ansel 

The backing of Lon Bronson and his musicians enhanced the evening. This is Vegas the way it used to be. Women in long dresses, men with jackets and even ties. Elegance, sophistication, and real talent. 

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Mark Shunuck of Rock of Ages and Musician Lon Bronson 

Mark Shunuck, one of the stand out performers in Rock of Ages sang during the August August 1 show. Las Vegas headliner Murray Sawchuck showed us a little magic too. 

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Vocalist from Atlanta Georgia and guest on last season's The Voice Chris Cauley and his wife, Sandra Cauley 'Mrs. Georgia' 2013, friends of Murray Sawchuck joined Murray and his wife Chloe Crawford at Zowie Bowie Late Night. Zowie Bowie brought Chris up for a song.

 

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Vince Neil posed for this shot with The Jersey Boys (Paris).

Jeff Leibow of Jersey Boys is scheduled for August 8 at 10:30 p.m. in The Windows Showroom at Bally's. There''s no telling who else will be dropping by to hlep Chris Phillips entertain the audience -- old Vegas style.  Be there at 9:30 p.m. for the fun before the show. Tickets are $38.49 and can be purchased at the Bally’s box office at (702) 739-4111.

 

Murray The Magician Hosts Charity Show August 14 – Friends for Life Humane Society Will Benefit

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Doug "Lefty" Leferovich", Murray, and Chloe Crawford will apper in 'Beggin' for Magic! Charity Show on August 14

Tropicana headliner Murray Sawchuck is really going to the dogs.  The comic magician will host 'Beggin' for Magic! Charity Show for Friends for Life Humane Society on Wednesday, August 14 at the Tropicana Laugh Factory. A Red Carpet at 3 pm with be followed by Showtime at 4 pm.

Profits from the show will be given over to the Friends for Life Humane Society. It's a not for profit no-kill-facility that ensures dogs a quality of life and works to find adoptees for the pets.

In fact,  Murray and his wife Chloe Crawford recently rescued Abby, their newest family member. This is the first time that Murray has fronted a charity and taken on the spokesperson position, but the Vegas based performer said, “I wanted to help make a positive impact. Chloe and I are spokespersons for this charity quite simply because we rescued a puppy from the Society.” Murray went on to say that he and his wife learned that the charity is privately funded and has never had anyone represent them or give them any notoriety.

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Murray and his on stage assistant/ Performer wife Chloe Crawford brought along their "rescue" dog Abby when they were guest hosts on Sun City Anthem television's Anthem Alive

 

According to Murray, “This show is going to be over the top with ten special guest acts in one show.”

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Paul Shortino

Guests will include Paul Shortino, currently staring in Raiding The Rock Vault, Vocalist Skye Dee Miles, Juggler Nino Frediani whose accuracy and speed earned him the title of 'World's Fastest Juggler”, singer Tim Molyneux, The Movie Guy 'Comedian' Harry Basil, Impressionist Peter Pavone, Legendary Comedian Gallagher, Harmonica player Rusty Hamilton, Violinist from Frankie Moreno Band Jennifer Lynn, Magician Chris Randall, along with Murray's sidekick stagehand Doug “Lefty” Leferovich.

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Skye Dee Miles

This show will be magic and more for all ages and for a good cause. Those who can't make the show but would like to contribute can learn more at www.friendsforlifehumanesociety.org. 

Tickets are available at the Tropicana Box Office or by calling 702-739-2411. For more info about the Humane Society, visit: Friends For Life Humane Society.

 

Composers Showcase Ready for Another Great Night August 14 at Smith Center

Strip performers, local composers, lyricists and songwriters will come together on August 14 for the monthly Composers Showcase in the Cabaret Jazz Room at the Smith Center.

The participants are experienced in the entertainment industry. The material is original. You may enjoy hearing some of the stars of Jersey Boys sing, but you won't hear a song from the show – or any other show now playing.

This entertainment forum has been presenting original material to supportive audiences for many years. The Showcase is hosted by Keith Thompson (conductor of Jersey Boys) and Michael Brennan (conductor of Le Reve). According to Thompson, “Our focus is on uniting the theatre community of Las Vegas and revealing the creative spirit that abounds in all of tus who are struggling in the desert to findour way to artistic expression. We also attempt to laugh a lot and have a great time.”

This is not an open mic showcase. Rather, it is a carefully planned presentation. The show's late night start at 10:30 p.m. Makes it possible for performers and musicians to paraticpate after their regular jobs.

The ticket price of only $20 makes this one of the best entertainment bargains in town. For tickets, call 702 749 2000 or go online to www.thesmithcenter.com. A cash bar and late night menu are available.

The impressive group of participants in the August 14 program includes

The Composers: Jolana Adamson ,Steve Bonino, Angela Chan, Mada Ffank, Wayne Green, Ben Hale, Martin Kaye, Johnny Miles, Frankie Moreno, Richard Oberacker, Danny Roque, Keith Thompson, Mark Wherry, Rich Wyma

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The Performers: Megan Arnoldy, Travis Cloer, Mike Erickson, Pascale Elia, Colby Foytik ,Kristen Hertzenberg, Niki Scalera, Lauren Tartaglia, Nikka Wahl, Jacquie Holland-Wright, and “Children of the Moon”

The Players: George Bryant, Gary Cordell, Tish Diaz, Mark Ferratt, Joel Ferguson, Philip Fortenberry, Pablo Gadda, Mikey Hachey, Laraine Kaizer, Jimmy Keegan, Dave Stambaugh, Kevin Stout, Eric Tewalt, Tyler Williams



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