It’s been six months since I last checked in on operatic singer Kristen Hertzenberg. Earlier this year, the former Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular lead was prepping for her Cabaret Jazz debut with her own band. It ended up being an intriguing, satisfying marriage made in blues, country, rock and even (gasp!) hip-hop heaven.
Now Hertzenberg takes another musical detour this weekend when she fronts gypsy-jazz combo Hot Club of Las Vegas at the third annual DjangoVegas!, a concert celebration of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Hertzenberg is subbing for Hot Club singer Noybel Gorgoy, currently on tour in Europe. But the academically trained temp has let her hair down with Hot Club before. Her handful of gigs with them a few years ago marked the first time Hertzenberg stepped away from theater to sing with a real, guitar-centric band. Also on the bill: Amsterdam-based Robin Nolan Trio and L.A.’s Icy Hot Club. The music begins at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St., ArtsLasVegas.org).
Classical-crossover vocalist Marisa Johnson throws an album-release party at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Viva Las Vegas Event Center (1210 Las Vegas Blvd. South). Backed by an eight-piece ensemble and the 20-member Las Vegas Masters Singers, Johnson will unveil a genre-spanning set that includes Radiohead’s “Creep,” opera song “Libiamo” and folk tune “Shenandoah”—all of it tied together by Johnson’s operatic-pop approach.
Later that night (10 p.m. June 20), the Apple Sisters will let fly with a 1940s-song-and-slapstick show, The Jazzy Side of the Tracks, at Inspire Theater (501 Fremont St.). Blending Andrews Sisters-style boogie-harmonies with Three Stooges-esque physical comedy, these super-talented ladies are named Candy, Cora and Seedy—get it?. The Apple Sisters write their own musical and comedic material, and impress on every level. BrownPaperTickets.com.
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