Chris Isaak

If you doubt that the spirit of Elvis is alive, then you obviously didn’t go see Chris Isaak at Mandalay Beach on July 16. (An appropriate venue, considering his infamous “Wicked Game” video, which portrayed him and supermodel Helena Christensen romping on the beach.) His voice takes you back to a time when ballads were still en vogue, and his set list was pieced together in a way that made you feel like you were listening in on someone’s diary.

Isaak played a wide spectrum of originals and covers, including Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” proving not only that he still has the chops of his younger days but is, in fact, getting better with age. Combined with an endearing wit and boyish charm, it’s no wonder Isaak can still melt the hearts of people old and young.

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THE POOL GUYS: You had better appreciate all that Las Vegas does for you, youngster. There are but a handful of places on this planet where you can attend poolside concerts on warm summer evenings. Vegas boasts two such shows this weekend, both of them winners. Ben Folds (pictured) plays poolside at the Cosmopolitan on July 15 ($35), and Chris Isaak makes beachhead at Mandalay Bay on July 16 ($40).



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