Dave Chappelle’s Punchline: Piano Performance at Strip Hang Delilah
The pianist who looked like Dave chappelle at Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, was.
We had heard of Chappelle’s appearances at the namesake supper club in LA. He also performed, without prior billing, after his sold-out show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday. Comic Star Companion, Podcast King and UFC Announcer Joe rogan and rap superstar / frequent headliner of XS Nightclub Duck also appeared on stage. Just to watch, if I understood correctly.
Chappelle’s favorite number is “Round Midnight”, the Thelonious Monk classic. Chappelle performed the song in his 2005 film “Block Party” and also performed a performance at the SF Jazz Center. The comedian also played “Misty”, Errol Garner’s 1954 jazz standard; and the first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” in Erykah Badu birthday party at House of Blues in LA in February 2011.
Chappelle was also at Delilah’s on Saturday, when Justin bieber went on stage for a set.
Name checks continue to pour in from Delilah’s Wednesday through Saturday opening night series. Superstar DJ Steve Aoki was in the club (chatting, not performing); rocker Jared Leto; actor Mel Gibson; Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield; model / socialite Kendall Jenner; reality TV icon Kourtney Kardashian; actress Dorothy Wang (“Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”); rap star Tyga; Matthew Maddox, CEO of Wynn Las Vegas; and h.wood group co-founders John Terzian and Brian Toll. Add this assortment to the previously published and published list.
Toll crystallized the club’s vibe in a side chat on Thursday.
“Our best customers and closest friends will be people who are fed up with nightclubs,” said the nightlife manager. “We always want to go out, we always want to spend the money, but we don’t want loud music, we don’t want people pushing us around, we don’t want that experience. But if you still want a great place to have a drink and eat some great food at 11 or 12, this is the place to be.
Brooks loves it
Garth Brooks was still up to par on Monday after his show on Saturday at Allegiant Stadium. It was loud, folks. Take it from the man under the lights.
“It was one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever been in,” Brooks said during her Facebook Studio G live stream on Monday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s the crowd. It was the joy of the crowd. The building was so loud… It was a train wreck, but it was the funniest train wreck I have ever been in. It was an explosion.
He added that Allegiant is the most beautiful new stadium in the country. As he said, “The Death Star, they call it, tick all the boxes.”
The revival of Cabaret
“Menopause The Musical” is scheduled to return on July 22 at Harrah’s Cabaret and comedy mime Band face moves into the room on July 23. These shows join “X Country” in the list of the three productions of the hall. “X Country,” the Stabile Productions show in the 10pm slot, holds the accolade as the first paid show at a Strip resort to return when the pandemic reopens. This momentous event took place in October.
“Menopause” is the flagship show, which takes place every evening at 8 p.m. (Dark Mondays) with additional performances in the morning at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Producers of “menopause” Alain and Kathi glist point out that the show is already selling well, although you have to search brokerage sites to find information. The show has been on sale for just over a week. Production started at the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate Cabaret at Westgate) in 2005, then moved to the Luxor’s Atrium Theater in 2009 before moving to Harrah’s in 2015.
“We are so encouraged by the response, considering that we have done nothing but a Facebook post to get the word out,” Alan Glist said Monday. “We’re going back to a Broadway-style program, eight shows a week, to meet demand. “
Tape Face, with the cartoonist sat Wills, says his move from House of Tape to Harrah’s is permanent. Le will be moving at 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday to his new home. Wills had performed at Harrah’s Showroom when the pandemic reopened. But the comic says, “We’re more than happy to have passed the 180-seat House of Tape.”
Wills designed this piece himself, using over 70 rolls of gaff tape throughout the room. But the 300-seat Cabaret room is actually a move upstairs, to the second floor of the hotel.
Wills personalized his production in Harrah’s showroom by placing 100 mannequin heads in the front section. Maybe a few dummies can make the trip to the Cabaret. It’s a shame to spoil this shtick.
Banachek, the Vegas mentalist who over the years has worked as a consultant for Criss angel and Penn & Teller, opens its first residency show at the Strat Theater on August 4.
Banachek’s “Mind Games Live” takes place daily at 4 p.m. (dark Tuesdays) in the 600-seat venue, with tickets on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Banachek has made several national television appearances and is a regular on Rogan’s much-loved podcast.
The move is the latest at The Strat from that of Adam Steck SPI Entertainment company, which now manages the theater. Magician Xavier Mortimer just opened at The Strat, and the “MJ Live” tribute to Michael Jackson will continue to perform before going on tour for free at the end of the year.
Koast is back
Meteorologist Chloe Koast returned to KSNV Channel 3 after a 26.5-day hiatus (her own specified timeframe) for health reasons. Koast was back on the cast by 3pm after a departure she posted was due to intense stress. Veteran Vegas Broadcaster Jerry brown was replaced during Koast’s absence. Brown was among the station’s layoffs in March, but brought back from the meteorologist’s surveyor pen. He happened to be on the air when the record high temperature of 117 degrees hit Las Vegas on Saturday. He also reported the 117 degree burn in July 2005. As he says, “It was déjà vu.”
Cool Hang Alert
Favorite column Kenny davidsen celebrates its 10th anniversary in Las Vegas on Saturday night at Don’t Tell Mama in Neonopolis. Davidsen was a regular performer at Mama’s Manhattan club when the owners Minh and Joanna pham convinced him to move to Vegas. The night runs from 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., no cover. Maybe there will be some cake.
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