This week, Ira spoke with country artist Ned LeDoux, who will be performing a free concert in the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton December 1&2 at 9 p.m. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Ned talks about being “bitten by the beat” as a kid; how he started playing drums at the age of six; why his dad, singer-songwriter and rodeo champion Chris LeDoux, had a big impact on his musical decisions; when he sang for the first time in public; his association with singer/songwriter/guitarist Mac McAnally; why Charlie Daniels was a big influence on him; when he decided to write songs; how he comes up with ideas for songs; and what he sees doing in the next five years.
This week, Ira spoke with comedian (and motivational speaker) Guy Fessenden, performing in the Delirious Comedy Club at the Downtown Grand. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Guy talks about the challenges of becoming a comedian at age 63; why he decided go go into comedy after years of pain and tears; how he runs a not-for-profit agency during the day and performs at night; the obligations of an “opener” in a comedy club; why, once you do stand up, you “don’t have to fear anything in life”; how he uses humor in his public speaking; why mental illness is an important subject for his public speaking as well as part of his family life.
This week, Ira spoke with Jim Caruso, bringing “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” (with Billy Stritch on piano) to Myron’s at The Smith Center November 18 at 7 p.m. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Jim talks about his Cast Party that features an impromptu open mic/variety show where stars and up-and-comers deliver music and dazzle dazzle; his career in show business; how he came up with the idea of a cast party; why he loves traveling the world, celebrating talent; how the show is successful due to the high-end venues, Billy Stritch and the musicians, and great lighting and sound; why he’s not a snarky host; why it’s a very democratic show; and the party’s most unusual acts.
This week, Ira spoke with Chad Chesmark, performing in “House of Magic,” a family- friendly comedy and magic show residency at The Downtown Grand. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Chad talks about his early start in magic; his decision to commit full time to performing; his training in Neuro-linguistic programming; how a significant book changed his life; how he wrote his own book on a cruise ship during “down” time; why he moved to Las Vegas (hint: Laura is introduced during the show).