Monday night Kelly Clinton opened the show with her comedic take as the legally unacknowledged, yet obviously unmistakable daughter of the Nutty Professor himself, Jerry Lewis. Kelly came out as Professor Geraldine Lewis wearing a white lab coat, geek eyeglasses, a black wig and flashing those famous buck teeth!!! For props she had a easel with a chart of the upper body and a pointer stick she used during her hysterical demonstration about proper breathing, the affects on the brain and the voice. Audience participation was a big part of the bit and the finale was the loving daughter’s tribute tune to her dad, "Smile." Then with a sip of the 'magic potion' followed by some quick jerking moves, the Nutty Professor's daughter was transformed into the one and only, Kelly Clinton!!!! She's simply incredible!! What a fantastic kickoff to a great night of entertainment!
Next it was time for Kelly to introduce a terrific line up of wonderful entertainers. Several of the big names like Clint Holmes and his MD, Jeff Neiman, Bill Fayne, and Mark O'Toole, each took center stage to try out some first time ever performances of new material for upcoming shows. Clint Holmes will be appearing in the in NYC's Cafe Carlyle for three weeks in October. Bill Fayne is working on his upcoming Sondheim show scheduled for October 8 and 9. (Kelly Clinton is one of 30 great singers and actors who will perform in the Sondheim musical tribute at the Suncoast) ... And, the crooner himself, Mark O'Toole, headliner at the M Resort and other Vegas venues, tested out a new number to add to his musical repertoire.
Kelly Clinton is scheduled to perform her one-woman show -- Freckles and 80 Year-Old Bones--at the Metropolitan Room in NYC on October 17. Her musical director, Mike Clark will travel with her. Back East peeps can get your tickets online or contact the Metropolitan Room reservation desk at 212-206-0440.
We had a great surprise performance by the awesome singer, Michaelina Bellamy. It was so great to see Mikie singing her heart out the evening before she was headed back to the hospital for more tests and treatments. This is one phenomenal woman and an inspiration to us all.
Clint Holmes jumps in to jam with Tymara Smith.......................
Fun Times.......Ronnie Rose and Kelly Clinton swing...
In the center stage spotlight were the talented Ronnie Rose, Dezmond Meeks (American Idol and America's Got Talent), Margo Davis, Tymara Smith, Don Hunley, Yvonne Silva, Alex Christopher, Janicey Brar (The Billy Holiday Tribute Artist won "four" 2011 BMA awards). Also in the Cabaret were, L.A. performer, Danni Rosner, singers, Mz. Satin and Tommy Herrera (both auditioning for The Voice), Bruce Antman , Rachel Jackson, Ronette Van Deve, Charm Binns, and book author, Michael Silvia.
In between acts, Kelly spotted some of her favorite kind of guys and let them know it with the tune, I like Bald Headed Men. From the looks on the guys faces, I think it goes both ways Kelly.......There were several birthday celebrations going on the house too, so of course, the Happy Birthday tune was sung loud and clear a couple of times.
As always, this was an incredible evening of entertainment!
Special guests were spotted in the crowd and given a shout!!! After their live show at the "House of Blues," the band, J. Roddy Walston and The Business from Tennessee Rights, came in to see the show and enjoy the Bistro food. Also, at the Clint Holmes table was Myron Martin, CEO of the Smith Center, with his family. The Smith Center is an exciting performing arts center scheduled to open in Downtown Las Vegas in March 2012.
Kelly Clinton's Open Mic Cabaret show at the Bootlegger Bistro!! The fantastic band is led by Kelly's musical director, Mike Clark, with Guido Treis on drums.
Sitting in for the opening number was the awesome sax player, Steve Johnson.... and sitting in on and off all night long was keyboard player, Maurice Crutcher....DJ, Steve Weaver filled in for Jersey Jake Klein. Thanks to all the wonderful entertainers, our great fans and everyone with the Bootlegger for filling the house with fantastic vibes every Monday night!!! So as we often say, Forget your troubles come on get happy every Monday night at Kelly Clinton's Open Mic Cabaret!!!
Bootlegger Bistro Monday Nights 9 pm.
Make your dining room reservations by calling 702-736-4939