This week, Ira spoke with Frankie Avalon. To listen to the interview click below.
Frankie Avalon will be performing at the South Point Casino September 28-30
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Avalon talks about his long and varied career in music, television, and motion pictures; his identification as a musician first and foremost; getting motivated as a young trumpet player by a red Thunderbird; being helped and mentored by Nat King Cole, who was responsible for the start of Avalon’s Las Vegas performances beginning in 1960; and his appeal to multiple generations throughout the world.
Avalon has a long string of Gold Record Million-Seller singles and albums. In 1959 alone, he had six solid hits that were in the top 40 and his music became one of the defining sounds of the “Pre-Beatles” Rock and Roll.
His 30 motion picture credits include starring roles in the highly successful “Beach Party” film series; his comedic performances in “Skidoo,” “Sail a Crooked Ship,” “I’ll Take Sweden,” “Ski Party” and “Sergeant Deadhead”; and his dramatic roles in “The Dark,” “The Alamo,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “Guns of the Timberland” and “The Take.”
This week, Ira spoke with Ben Bailey. To listen to the interview click below.
Emmy Winning “Outstanding Game Show Host” and comedian Ben Bailey will be performing in the Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino Friday, September 21.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Bailey talks about the one course in school that set him on his path to comedy; his unique approach to humor and how he found his comedic voice; his fun moments playing Black Sabbath covers to Sabbath fanatics; how “Cash Cab” has impacted his career; and what he wants to do with the Emmys he’s won.
Before he got behind the wheel of the “Cash Cab,” Bailey began his career as a stand-up comedian. As a young man, he left his home in a small town in New Jersey and headed to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of a career in show business. Just a few weeks later, he found himself onstage at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and knew right away he had found his calling.
He soon after returned to the East Coast and quickly became a crowd favorite at the clubs in New York City. He has since performed at clubs and theaters around the world, as well as at all the major festivals, including Just For Laughs in Montreal and Chicago and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Bailey has starred in two specials for Comedy Central. His most recent, “Road Rage” and “Accidental Ornithology,” is currently streaming on Netflix. He has appeared in several commercials, on “Last Call w/Carson Daly,” “The Late Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,”” Rachel Ray,” and virtually every major TV and radio show in the country.
Talking With Lance Burton & Friends – September 13, 2018
This week, Ira spoke with Lance Burton & Friends. To listen to the interview click below.
On a special edition of Talk About Las Vegas With Ira, the show is on the road with Master Magician Lance Burton & Friends, who recently performed a one-night show at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Burton talks his “road trip” with his friends and fellow performers; the difficulty with performing an illusion after being away from it for a while; his view of magic as a theatrical art form, based on 90 percent psychological principles; his mentors, including Harry Collins, Johnny Thompson and Channing Pollock; and his belief that that joy of performing is the audience.
Fielding West talks about his long friendship with Lance Burton (who served as best man at both of his weddings; why he has a lifelong fascination with magic; and how younger magicians are using new techniques for sleight of hand.
Michael Goudeau talks about his career in juggling, even though he wanted to be a forest ranger; how he started with a unicycle; his recent addition of bean bag chairs and 100,000 volt Tasers; and his ultimate dream of building a sailboat.
Keith West talks about starting in magic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; working with the legends of magic; why he loves performing levitation illusions; and why he considers himself the luckiest man on earth.
Kitty Marie, who works with Keith West, talks abpit starting her role as a “Box Jumper”; her background in gymnastics; her decision to write a book, “A Box Jumper’s Guide to Surviving Magic” and plans for the future.
This week, Ira spoke with Crystal Gayle. To listen to the interview click below.
Grammy-Award winner Crystal Gayle will be performing at the South Point Casino September 7- 9.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Gayle talks about growing up in a music-filled world; how she started with country music and succeeded by moving to pop; the importance of picking the right songs; how she appeals to a multi-generational and global audience; her closeness to the Grand Ole Opry and delight when she was inducted; and trying to keep business and family separate (not always successfully!).
Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as a member in January 2017 by her sister, Loretta Lynn. The Academy of Country Music recognized her with a 2016 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music. And in 2009 she received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Renowned for her timeless signature song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Gayle also scored with her multi-format hits, “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt,” Just You and I.”
Gayle has released over twenty number one hits and has been awarded numerous times by the Grammy’s, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, and the American Music Operators Association