Las Vegas is alive with holiday-themed music and productions. Come along as dive into Part Two of our series…
Every showgirl and boy ride in a sleigh of joyPulled by eight tiny tigers eating Siegfried & RoyChristmas in Las Vegas. What a town! – Song by Richard Cheese
If silly lyrics like those don’t help you to understand what it means to spend Christmas in Las Vegas, then nothing will. The holidays here are opulent, magnificent, and maybe a little maleficent. But that’s all part of the charm. And nothing jumpstarts the holiday spirit like Christmas songs.
Part One of this series visited albums and upcoming shows from the likes of Travis Cloer, Kelly Vohnn, and others who live here year ’round. This time we’ll broaden the palate to include performers from as far away as Australia. But first, let’s see what smooth-talking Jonathan Karrant has in store.
If you want the man under your tree to be tall, dark, and handsome, then you’d better put a bow on Jonathan Karrant. When it comes to having a glint in their eye, this is one entertainer who can give Santa a run for his money. The towering jazz singer has a voice that reflects his gentle face yet powerful personality. And he DOES love to put on a good Christmas show.
Much like his pal and frequent collaborator Chadwick Johnson, Mr. Karrant burns the candle at both ends. Maybe even somewhere in the middle. You’ll see the sultry jazz singer in every corner of this city, from philanthropic events to afternoon variety programs and evening showcases.
This year Jonathan is excited to release CHRISTMAS WISH, a set of thirteen holiday standards as only he can do them. The album is available for purchase or to stream via major platforms by clicking here. The first single is “Grown-Up Christmas List” with Grammy-winning pianist/vocalist Diane Schuur.
In the weeks ahead, Jonathan will be touring across the States to perform songs from CHRISTMAS WISH. Of course, he’ll be stopping in Las Vegas on December 9th. The location is Myron’s at Smith Center for Performing Arts. Showtime is 7 pm and tickets are available here.
Australian quartet Human Nature had a spectacular run on the Strip, first at the former Imperial Palace and later at Venetian. During that time, they recorded a holiday album which inspired them to transform their own residency into an annual winter showcase.
Initially released in 2013, HUMAN NATURE: The Christmas Album was rolled out as a “deluxe edition” two years later with additional songs. You can listen to the entire set on Spotify, including four more tracks, by clicking here.
Now performing as a trio when Stateside, Human Nature will bring “Christmas, Motown, and More” to the South Point Showroom for five shows beginning December 19th. Tickets start at $45 (plus taxes/fees) and are available here.
Tirelessly ambitious entertainer E’Stefano DiSanto mesmerized a capacity gathering last weekend to celebrate his new song collection called “The Lost 45s”. It came on the heels of his final performance at LEGENDS IN CONCERT: Legendary Divas, during which he sandwiched gigs at The Stirling Club and a variety of other venues.
Now the Rhode Island native is gearing up for two new holiday shows. First is a guest performance at DIVAS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, starring DiSanto’s longtime pal Frank Marino. It’ll be at the Italian American Club on East Sahara Avenue, and doors open at 6 pm. The show date is November 25th, one day after Thanksgiving.
In an upcoming piece, I’ll take you to the Modern Showrooms of Alexis Park Resort, where no less than five ongoing productions have received a Santa-style makeover. They range from the family-friendly WINTER WONDERLAND to the naughty ladies of BURLES-Q. In the meantime, let’s head to Part Three, with the amazing Ruby Lewis and Vincent John of THE BRONX WANDERERS.