Rock of Ages Is a Smash Hit at the Venetian

Photo Credit Denise Truscello

We started out the night at a pre-show reception in a theme bar, the Bourbon Room for cocktails and appetizers before going to the Rock of Ages Theater at The Venetian. There was over one hour of entertainment by the Bourbon Room Girls and Marvelless Mark that set the pace for the rock and roll fun for the entire evening.
Photo Credit Nikki Artale



Rock of Ages is the biggest and newest party on the strip, featuring the great rock songs of the 80’s, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, “I Wanna Know What Love Is”, “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and many more heavy metal smash hits.
Photo Credit Nikki Artale
Kyle Lowder      photo credit Denise Truscello
Mark Shunock and Troy Burgess]
photo credit Denise Truscello
The show was fast paced and the cast was energetic, talented and they had the audience rocking and dancing in their seats. It tells the story of Sherrie, played by Carrie St. Louis and Drew, played by Justin Mortelliti who come to L.A. to make their dreams come true and make it big, seeking fame and fortune on the sunset strip in 1987.
Justin Mortelliti and Carrie St. Louis
photo credit Denise Truscello

The performers belted out the songs and danced their hearts out and the audience responded with LED flashlights that magically lit the theater at different times when they sang certain ballads. At times it looked like a fairy land.

Rock of Ages brought us back to re-live our rock and roll days of fun and wonderful memories of our youth. We automatically stood up at the finale and clapped and cheered and wanted more. It made the heart feel good again.
photo credit Nikki Artale

Go see this feel good musical, live at The Venetian Las Vegas, Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; dark on Mondays, or call The Venetian box office at (866) 641-7469

Esteban’s Music of Love is from His Heart

Photos by Nikki Artale

Esteban is a classical trained guitarist who plays the music of love from his heart. The one and only grand master of the guitar, Maestro Andres Segovia was Esteban’s teacher for five years in Spain. It was from Segovia that Esteban learned to play and by using his fingertips and nails he brings magic to the haunting sounds of flamenco, classical and rock.

Teresa Joy and Esteban
Esteban comes on stage dressed in black with a black bolero hat, black boots and dark shaded sun glasses that he wears because of his sensitive eyes, due to a car accident years ago. Hearts open up and everyone listens to his music that touches not only the heart but the soul as well. Esteban is soft spoken, charming and handsome and keeps everyone mesmerized with his heartfelt guitar playing.                            
Accompanying him on stage is Teresa Joy, an accomplished violinist who compliments Esteban perfectly. Teresa Joy is a beautiful young lady and you can see and feel the love they have for each other. I didn’t have a father growing up and if I could choose one I would choose Esteban for his warm and loving energy.

To the joy of the packed house in the Shimmer Room at the LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton Hotel) Esteban played a medley of Elvis Presley songs, including “Love Me Tender” and a 4,000 year old journey of mankind’s first written music.

Esteban and Teresa Joy can be seen at the LVH in the Shimmer Room on Thursdays and Fridays at 8:30 pm and on select Saturdays. After a standing ovation they both took the time to meet all their fans outside the showroom to take pictures and sign their CD’s 
Come and see the show and open your hearts so you can receive Esteban and Teresa Joy giving their hearts to you and feel the love that is so present in the Shimmer Room.
Scott Haggard, Teresa Joy and Esteban
Nikki Artale and Esteban


Mannheim Steamroller, Opportunity Village Elvi and Stoney’s Rockin Country Were Highlights of The Holidays.

Mannheim Steamroller

Mannhem Steamroller by Grammy Award winning Composer Chip Davis is a spectacular Christmas Show that plays in over 90 cities during the Christmas holiday, entertaining and thrilling millions of people. This year we saw the show at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada and were thrilled with the acrobats, aerialists and the flying angels.
It was a night to remember as we listened to the 20 piece orchestra and a nine piece string section playing many favorite Christmas classics. Gymnastic dances were performed on the ground and in the air as beautiful video scenes were shown on a back screen.

It was a night to remember, to sit back and relax and listen to the beautiful music. My favorite part of the show was when it started snowing in the theater as “White Christmas” was being played.

For those who missed seeing the show, make it a point to go see it next Christmas.

Opportunity Village Elvi Dance Troupe with Jesse Garon

On January 8th Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday with a special performance by the Elvi dance troupe and Jesse Garon, who is a tribute artist to Elvis Presley. Elvis was born on January 8, 1935 and he would have been 78 years old.
The Opportunity Village Roaring Thunder percussion team opened the show and Elvis came on stage with the Elvi dance troupe dancing and singing back up to Jesse Garon.



The auditorium was filled with Elvis enthusiasts that were very excited to see the show and are familiar with Elvis because they are the official manufacturers of Elvis’ Scarves.

Following the show everyone went outside to see the pink Cadillac and cut the birthday cake in Elvis’s honor. The king still lives on in our hearts.

Stoney’s Rocking Country Hosts Miss America Judges
Stoney’s Rocking Country located in Town Square at 6611 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada welcomed the judges for the Miss America Pageant for a Red Carpet event and party. They selected a winner that is worthy of the 2013 crown of Miss America. Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23, was named Miss America.
Malloryh Hytes Hagan
Mallory’s hometown is Brooklyn, New York and her platform issue is sexual abuse prevention. Her talent was tap dancing and she scored high in the swimsuit competition with the judges. The judges for the pageant were:
Cheryl Burke, “Dancing with the Stars” two time dancing champion and four time finalist and who is one of the best dancers in the show.
Cheryl Burke
Mary Hart, “Entertainment Tonight” host for 30 years and active in programing for women in the media.
Mary Hart
Daymond John, “Shark Tank” founder and CEO of FUBU brand with sales of over $6 billion. He is my favorite star in Shark Tank, and quite handsome and sexy in person.
Daymond John
McKayla Maroney, a member of the women’s g gymnastic team, won a gold medal with her teammates in the world vault.
McKahla Maroney
Sam Champion, is a weatherman on Good Morning America.
Sam Champion
Bradley Bayou, known for his fashion design and his knowledge of real estate and featured guest on many television shows.
Bradley Bayou
It is always a pleasure to meet the celebrities at the events and they are always so sweet and make everyone feel so comfortable.

Scott Haggard Has Arrived in Las Vegas
Scott and Vicki Haggard

Photo by Nikki Artale

Scott Haggard is now a resident of Las Vegas and in the process of putting a band together to form a new country show. Scott is the son of the great country music legend Merle Haggard and is following in his fathers footsteps and doing it on his own. Scott is an outstanding talent and he conveys his emotions in his songs. He loves performing and is carrying on the family tradition on his journey of making great country music.

Music has always been in Scott’s blood and about seven years ago he decided to become serious about it. Haggard writes his own music and just completed writing “Do You Love Me” and “Living in The Shadow of Merle” which is debuted in his new CD. Scott is being represented by Rhonda Whitlow of Country Girl Productions and can be contacted at for bookings.
Roy Willie Hammock, Rhonda Whitlow, Scott Haggard, Vicki Haggard

I met Scott Haggard at the Media Party for the Esteban Concert at LVH and was introduced to him by Roy “Willie” Hammock, known as a Willie Nelson impersonator who performs with the “Country Superstars”. Roy Hammock won the 2010 Willie Nelson Lookalike contest and in my opinion if he enters the contest every year he will win because he is the spitting image of Willie Nelson. He looks like him, walks like him and talks and sings like him. Roy plays all over the country and he is always a big hit here in Las Vegas. I love Willie Nelson and I love Roy Hammock.
Scott Haggard, Teresa Joy, Esteban
Also at the Media party was Mickey Silver, the famous “Hands of Las Vegas” who is known as having the fastest hands in the world. Everyone is fascinated when they see Mickey Silver perform his sleight of hand magic. For bookings and private parties email

Scott Haggard and Mickey Silver