Phat Pack Show

Phat Pack Show

Photos by Nikki Artale

Thunderous applause filled the room at the Community Lutheran Church on June 17th when the Phat Pack performed before a standing room only audience. Everyone was there to see Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan, Randal Keith with Joey Singer at the piano.

The Phat Pack were all cast members of Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Ted Keegan, Randal keith & Bruce Ewing

The Phat Pack is magical together and their powerful voices pentrates the mind and soul. Bruce Ewing has worked all over the country in musical theater and has many solo CDs.

Bruce loves to sing and share his great music. Randal Keith has performed in Les Miserable and as King Arthur in Spamalot.

Bruce Ewing & Randal Keith

Ted Keegan is a native from Watertown, New York and I could sense his East Coast humor as he talked with the audience with his heartwarming stories. Ted has released a solo CD “Ted Keegan Sings”

Ted Keegan

Joey Singer is the musical director of the group and grew up in a musical family and loved music his whole life. He has composed music for many famous entertainers and was the musical director and pianist for many years for Debbie Reynolds.

Joey Singer

This was the premier of their first concert and it was sold out. It was so special to see them all on stage singing together and then separately as they told personal stories about themselves and their families and how they started and grew through their love of music.

It was a fantastic concert and it definitely will be a hit show wherever they perform.

I really wish they would have sung “Music of the Night” from Phantom because that is one of my favorite songs and my heart opens every time I hear it.

Grandma Lee

Grandma Lee

Grandma Lee will be appearing in the Kings Room at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas for a two month engagement. She gained her fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” and last week she turned 78 and has appealed to audiences of all ages.

Grandma Lee Strong is living proof that you can achieve your dreams and goals, no matter how old you are. Almost a decade ago she attended a comedy workshop in Jacksonville Florida and then started to do open mike nights and knew this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Her act is based on 99% of her life experiences and she has a lot of stories to tell.

One of my favorite comics is Anthony Padilla, who opens up the show for Grandma Lee.

Anthony is a handsome young man who captures the hearts of the audience as soon as he comes on stage. He is a natural born comic and is at ease on the stage and engages everyone with his stories and leaves you wanting more. Anthony headlines his own comedy show nightly,”Happy Hour Comedy” at 5:30 pm in the Kings Room at the Rio. It is a true delight to watch Anthony on stage.

Anthony Padilla

Melissa Shoshahi shared the spotlight in the Kings Room. Melissa is an Iranian-American stand up comic and her freshness was a joy to watch. She is based in Los Angeles and performs all over the west coast. She is Persian and uses her Russian and Middle Eastern accents in the skits she performs to delight the audience. Melissa is young and beautiful and shares her thoughts beautifully.

Melissa Shoshahi

Grandma Lee took time before her show for an interview backstage and she was very relaxed and happy to be in Las Vegas, her so called “Adult Disneyworld”.

Grandma Lee

Kevin Burke Defending the Caveman

Kevin Burke
                                                              Defending the Caveman

Kevin Burke

On June 1, 2012 Defending the Caveman celebrated its Sixth Anniversary, starring Kevin Burke at Harrah’s, Las Vegas. Kevin Burke does a fantastic job explaining the difference between men and women and claims that the Cavemen actually worshiped their women. In his 75 minute, brilliant monologue, he explains how the caveman has been misunderstood.

The show starts with a montage of video showing couples with typical everyday stuff, like how to do the laundry, by smelling the clothes, and using and controlling the remote control etc.

The media received the Date Night at the Cave invitation which started with delicious food at Flavors Buffet and then the Caveman Show at 7:00 pm. My favorite part of the meal was the ice cream.

The stage set was reminiscent of the Flintstones with a rock chiseled T.V. set, an arm chair and a drawing of a bison and a fertility goddess and child. Kevin came on stage and looked around and said “men are assholes”, and not one man responded or got angry at the remark. That’s when Kevin pointed out the differences between men and women and said if he came on stage and said “women are bitches” the women would have responded.

Kevin Burke has polished and mastered his presentation and is very specific as he describes the men as the hunters and the women as the gatherers. The hunters focus on a target and go get it and the women gather and collect things for themselves and others and pay attention to everything around them. Women can multi task where as men can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Women will gather a lot of information and always has the details to share with everyone. Men don’t get any details. It was hitting home with the audience and I saw men and women poking each other, nodding their heads and laughing.

Defending the Caveman is a must see show with your loved one because after you see the show you will understand your loved ones better and fall in love with each other once again. If you can’t get enough of Kevin Burke, then go to his other show downtown at Fitzgeralds, “Fitz of Laughter”. He is so funny in his stand up comedy routine that will have you laughing the entire night. I love his humor and his story telling and he is one of the great entertainers here in Las Vegas.