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FRANK SINATRA: BEST OF VEGAS

In the span of a few years, Las Vegas refueled Frank Sinatra’s career and Sinatra in turn became the lead figure in the city’s ascendance. It was a synergistic relationship that has since become legendary in the annals of 20th century entertainment.

Some of the finest moments in that legendary symbiosis are captured in Frank Sinatra: Best of Vegas, a series of live recordings set for release on Concord Records on February 15, 2011. The 14-song set, under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), captures Sinatra in concert at the Sands, Caesars Palace and the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas between 1961 and 1987. The collection is a distillation of highlights from Sinatra: Vegas, the five-disc boxed set (4 CD/1 DVD) of live recordings released by Reprise Records in 2006.

“From his debut at the Desert Inn in September 1951, no entertainer was ever more synonymous with the city of Las Vegas than Frank Sinatra,” says Charles Pignone, author of The Sinatra Treasures, in his comprehensive liner notes to the Best of Vegas CD. “It has been said that next to legalized gambling, nothing has been more beneficial and profitable to Las Vegas than Frank Sinatra.”

All the Sinatra classics are here, performed live before adoring crowds at some of the most prestigious venues in the history of Vegas. “The Lady Is a Tramp” (The Sands, 1961); “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (The Sands, 1966); “All or Nothing at All” (Caesars Palace, 1982); “Pennies From Heaven” (The Golden Nugget, 1987); and of course, the “Theme From New York, New York” (Caesars Palace, 1982) are just some of the gems in the Best of Vegas collection.

“If you were in Las Vegas at the same time as Sinatra, there was nothing else that could compare,” says Pignone. “Even when the entertainment in town was changing from headliners to magic and production shows, Sinatra was still the ‘main event.’”

Or in the words of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Sinatra was “the destination’s most enduring icon, an inimitable original who was influential in shaping Las Vegas’ image and entertainment scene.”

Sinatra returned to Vegas in December with the opening of Sinatra Dance With Me, at the Wynn Las Vegas. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, Sinatra Dance With Me features original recorded masters of Frank Sinatra with a big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers.


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TRACK LIST
Introduction
The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
Moonlight in Vermont
The Lady Is a Tramp
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Street Of Dreams
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Monologue
Luck Be a Lady
I Can’t Get Started
Without a Song
All or Nothing at All
Witchcraft
Pennies From Heaven
Angel Eyes
Theme From New York, New York
Bows

Furthur’s Red Rocks Weekend

Furthur announced late last weekend they're playing 2 nights at Red Rocks Amphitheater, just outside of Morrison, Colorado.  Furthur also announced a series of other shows, including a headliner at this year's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.  Other dates include stops in Eugene, Oregon, Santa Monica, California, Redmond, Washington and Las Vegas, Nevada.  This comes on the heels of their east coast tour, which features their headliner show at the Neteva Festival as well as the All Good Festival in West Virginia.

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Tour Dates:

DATE
VENUE
CITY
DOORS/SHOW
OUTLET START
Fri, 6.25
Rochester, NY
5 PM / 6:30 PM
Sat, 6.26
MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park)
Brooklyn, NY
5:30 / 7 PM
Sun, 6.27
MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park)
Brooklyn, NY
5:30 / 7 PM
Tue, 6.29
Jim Thorpe, PA
5:30 / 7 PM
Wed, 6.30
Lowell, MA
4:30 / 6 PM
Fri, 7.02
Columbus, OH
5:30 / 7 PM
Sat, 7.03
Herkimer, NY
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Sun, 7.04
Oxford, ME
TBA / TBA
Mon, 7.05
Shelburne, VT
4 PM / 5:30 PM
Wed, 7.07
Ottawa, Ontario
5:30 / 8 PM
#SEE BELOW
Thu, 7.08
Buffalo, NY
5:30 / 7 PM
Fri, 7.09
Masontown, WV
TBA / 9:30 PM
Sat, 7.10
Philadelphia, PA
6 / 7:30 PM
Sun, 7.11
Philadelphia, PA
6 / 7:30 PM
Fri, 7.30
Bridgeport, CT
Sat, 8.14
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

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DATE
VENUE
CITY
DOORS/SHOW
PRESALE
START
OUTLET START
Thu, 9.16
Eugene, OR
5:30 / 7 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Fri, 9.17
Eugene, OR
5:30 / 7 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Sat, 9.18
Redmond, WA
4:30 / 6 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Mon, 9.20
Santa Barbara, CA
4 / 5:30 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Tue, 9.21
Los Angeles, CA
5:30 / 7 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Wed, 9.22
Las Vegas, NV
6 / 7:30 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Fri, 9.24
Denver, CO
5:30 / 7:30 PM
@6.5 / 6.7
Sat, 9.25
Denver, CO
5:30 / 7:30 PM
@6.5 / 6.7


Tom Constanten announces Shows in Arizona and Las Vegas

- for the Grateful Web

Tom Constanten and Ken Foust have released a new CD called "Moved To Stanleyville". They are playing shows in Arizona and Las Vegas with Gent Treadly, a Manhattan based jam band who were Vince Welnick's east coast band before his death, in support of this new project. The dates include Prescott College, Tempe, Flagstaff, and Sedona.

Tom Constanten is an American keyboardist, best known for playing with the Grateful Dead from 1968-1970. Tom has been performing in different forms and genres since the late 1950's, appearing at such popular venues as The Fillmore Auditorium, Playboy After Dark, and the original Woodstock Festival. He was Professor of Music at SUNY Buffalo and the San Francisco Art Institute (1974-1984).  He performed as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and consulted for the Smithsonian Institution.

Ken Foust is a Charlotte, NC musician best known for his jam-blues based project from the early 90's, Hot Wax (see Spread base, 10/27/1990), that played in the southeast region.  Together they have produced a contemporary Americana / blues effort that is fresh and engaging. These shows will feature songs from the project. This live group also includes Greg Koerner from Gent Treadly on Base and Ken's Twin Brother Doug Foust on Drums.

The CD is garnering great reviews. The album is featured on David Gans's "The Grateful Dead Hour" and Uncle Dave's weekly radio program, "Dead Air.