It was an era of highballs and high rollers, songs for swingin' lovers and parties that lasted until the wee small hours. Las Vegas in the late 1950's and early 1960's was the epicenter of cool. The pantheon of pop entertainers ruled over the strip, kept the booze and cash flowing and helped usher in a new political generation.
The legendary Rat Pack were simultaneously royalty and court jesters. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop took nightly command of the Sands. After shooting "Ocean's 11" in the afternoon, the Rat Pack convened for raucous, ad-libbed performances that are still show business legend.
The Beat Goes On departs from it's rock roots to pay affectionate tribute to the Rat Pack, to their contemporaries in swing (Peggy Lee, Louis Prima, Buddy Greco) and to the generation of entertainers who came to claim their piece of Vegas heritage (Bobby Darin, Ann-Margaret, Wayne Newton, and of course, Elvis). It will be a night of glamour and glitz with nearly thirty great songs associated with the giants of American Pop Music.
This special evening will be hosted by Richard Barone with songs performed by artists including Phoebe Snow, Pierce Turner, Mike Viola, Tony Visconti, Dennis Diken, Holly Palmer, The Kennedy‚s, Ricky Byrd, Patricia Vonne, Carlton Smith and many others. The all-star band is led by music director Andy Burton and will feature a full complement of horns and strings.
So, come on down to the Bottom Line on Friday, September 22 with shows at 7:30 and 10:30 as The Beat Goes On does Vegas∑.their way.