Among summer concert series, Silverton’s gets little attention compared with competition such as Mandalay Beach, a splashier venue (literally) that can afford bigger names. The anti-wave pool, Silverton’s space channels the Old West, with stag antler chandeliers, chairs lined up on a flat floor and a stage setup that recalls a high school gymnasium.
All of which was a perfect fit for the May 21 series kickoff with Dwight Yoakam. The range of concerts is mostly country and some rockers with hits extolling fun, such as Sugar Ray. But the best shows at Silverton, like Yoakam, do a good job matching talent to room. On June 4, for example, Jonny Lang’s blues will mesh well with the room’s antler vibe. Also, set for June (18-19) is country star Clint Black and tour veterans Everclear (June 26). Tickets for all shows are $40 or less.
Golden Rainbow. HIV/AIDS doesn’t often make headlines anymore, but the suffering in the Las Vegas Valley has not stopped. Fortunately, neither has Golden Rainbow, which presents its 24th annual Ribbon of Life fundraising production show to benefit HIV/AIDS-related charities on June 13 (1 p.m., $25-$200, inside the Las Vegas Hilton). According to Golden Rainbow executive director (and former Jubilee! dancer) Lea Clayville, the event is different from other charity events because it was created by the Vegas entertainment community to help their own.
“This was made by Vegas performers for Vegas performers,” she says. About 400 Vegas people volunteer—from sound to stagehands to lighting gurus to choreographers and, of course, performers. And that’s why the show takes place during the day: because the performers work at night. Among the shows that have lent cast members to this year’s unique production: Jubilee!, Viva Elvis, Peepshow, Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular, Jersey Boys, Zumanity, The Beatles LOVE, KÀ and Le Rêve.
“HIV is not going away, and people really need to give back to the community.” This has proven particularly true during the recession, and Golden Rainbow depends on this benefit. “We have two smaller ones, but we hope to raise $250,000 on this one for much of the money we use to operate,” Clayville says. “It has been a struggle. I won’t lie. Some of us are being forced to cut services or think outside the box to get funding. People don’t just have as much to give.”
The advantage of Golden Rainbow is that the entertainment sells itself: “For people going for the first time, they realize what a special show [it is] and they always come back.” So, despite the recession, now is the time to give back and have a fun afternoon in the process.
Fashionistas creator goes to trial. When adult film company millionaire John Stagliano couldn’t convince entertainment directors to host Fashionistas, he created his own venue by helping finance Krave. The first openly gay club on the Strip, Krave housed his vision for a modern dance show based on his original, epic adult film of the same name. Fashionistas opened in 2004 and blew away critics, from the Review-Journal to Rolling Stone. But stellar reviews didn’t mean tickets sales. In 2008, Stagliano closed the show to focus on his day job.
The former Vegas producer will stand trial in a Washington, D.C., federal court on July 7 for a series of obscenity charges: all from distributing films.
Still, in a recent conversation, Stagliano says he would like to return to Vegas: “I have an idea for another show. And I also have an idea for dance numbers that would integrate into a nightclub setting. I have learned how to get a Vegas audience excited. I plan to come back to Vegas.” That is, if he does not go to prison.