Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Man at The Piano

I had the chance to see Philip Fortenberry perform at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room and he was incredible!! What a treat. Fortenberry is a virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of “Jersey boys” on the Las Vegas Strip.

“The Man at the Piano,” was an intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert. Fortenberry is a master at the piano. The show was so moving. His stories led you to each song. Fortenberry showcased his signature playing style with the music surrounding his own life story as a pianist from rural Mississippi, to becoming a sought-after Broadway pianist, a concert artist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The White House, giving command performances for royals and dignitaries such as President Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, the late Margaret Thatcher, then on to his journey to Las Vegas on the famous Strip with Broadway-Vegas shows, as the featured musical artist in residence at the Liberace Museum with his critically-acclaimed one-man show, “Liberace and Me,” eight solo CD releases, and performing numerous concerts around the U.S.

The show is produced and directed by Keith Thompson, currently musical conductor of “Jersey Boys” and co-founder of “The Composer’s Showcase” held at The Smith Center.

Both of his shows at The Smith Center sold out. There was more than one standing ovation. I think he may need his own permanent show!

"The Man at The Piano"
“The Man at The Piano”

 

Enjoy this short video clip I took with my iPhone.

Neil Patrick Harris STANDS UP On The High-Wire at Absinthe!

Actor Neil Patrick Harris returned to ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Last time he visited, he sat on the shoulders of high-wire walker Tony Hernandez. This time, he actually stood up! Yes, Harris is the first celebrity to ever stand on Hernandez’s shoulders. Pretty amazing if you ask me.

The high-wire is one of the many daring and amazing acts that have you on the edge of your seat during Absinthe. Check out these pictures taken after the show on Thursday night.

Harris with Tony Hernandez on High-Wire
Harris with Tony Hernandez on High-Wire
Harris on High-Wire with Tony Hernandez
Harris on High-Wire with Tony Hernandez
Harris standing on Hernandez's shoulders
Harris standing on Hernandez’s shoulders

Harris STANDING on Hernandez’s shoulders on the high-wire. Great job guys!!!

Harris on Tony Hernandez's shoulders on high-wire
Harris on Tony Hernandez’s shoulders on high-wire
Neil Patrick Harris with high-wire team
Neil Patrick Harris with high-wire team