PodKats! Las Vegas Entertainment

PodKats! Las Vegas Entertainment

PodKats! is a weekly hang with the biggest names in entertainment, hosted by man-about-town columnist John "Kats" Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You can find his column on page 3A every day and online all the time at http://reviewjournal.com/Kats. Thanks to longtime Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno for the PodKats! theme, 'Biggest Cat in Town,' from the album Broke Down in Paradise.... Show More

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October 19, 2020 54 min
My guest this week is the first headliner to return to the Las Vegas Strip since the pandemic reopening, Piff The Magic Dragon. The comic magician whose legal name is John van der Put is moving from his self-named theater at Bugsy’s Cabaret to the Flamingo Showroom. He can play to 250 people, socially distant, and is returning with showgirl Jade Simone and Mr. Piffles, who turns 13 next month. Piff tells us what it feels like be ah...
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My guests this week are two acclaimed artists in Las Vegas, Brody Dolyniuk and Nina DiGregorio. He is the founder of the popular rock-cover band Yellow Brick Road. She is the founder of the rock-violin company Bella Electric Strings. They have performed around Las Vegas and across the country for many years, but their lives were turned upside down by the COVID shutdown. But the couple has found a silver lining in the arrival of the...
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October 5, 2020 70 min
My guest this week is the man forever known as Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton. Our chat takes place at his residence of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana. Wayne talks of his early days in Las Vegas, his defining song “Danke Schoen,” and his relationship with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, and how he hopes to return his “Up Close & Personal” show to Caesars Palace.
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September 28, 2020 46 min
My guest this week is the man in charge of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Richard Bosworth. We call him “Boz.” He is presiding over a $200 million hotel-wide renovation of the old Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The resort is set to reopen January 15th, nearly a year after the original Hard Rock closed. There are many 16 new restaurants, an expanded casino floor, a giant pool deck, and renovations coming to the former Joint music hall.
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September 21, 2020 30 min
My guest this week is an NFL legend, a pro football Hall of Famer and co-host of Fox Sports NFL coverage. He’s also the star of “The Bradshaw Bunch” reality show on E! Entertainment, and the “Terry Bradshaw Show” at Luxor. He is four-time Super Bowl champion and -- as it turns out -- something of a Las Vegas Raiders fan. He is Terry Bradshaw.
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September 16, 2020 48 min
My guest this week is a rock and roll legend and co-founder of the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, who has been met with several challenges during the pandemic shutdown. The Righteous Brothers show at Harrah’s is sidelined. Bill underwent surgery to remove a growth from his throat in May, and he also lost his wife, Paula, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Medley is eager to return to the stage, and has been performing...
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September 14, 2020 33 min
My guest this week is Xavier Mortimer, the first Cirque du Soleil performer to ever headline his own show on the Las Vegas Strip. He has been the star of “Magical Dream” at two Las Vegas venues, most recently The Magic Attic at Bally’s. That’s where this interview was held, as we talk magic, social media, and reality TV with the great Las Vegas Strip magician.
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September 7, 2020 53 min
My guest this week on a very special episode of PodKats! Live is burlesque star Melody Sweets, late of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Sweets left the show in October of 2017 and is developing her own headlining show with Matt and Angela Stabile of Stabile Productions. This episode was originally a Facebook Live staged in the backyard of Sweets’ home in Las Vegas. So, you will hear drop-ins from John Di Domenico as Donald Trump, Pi...
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August 31, 2020 53 min
My guests this week are Matt and Angela Stabile of Stabile Productions. Their company produces the adult reviews X Burlesque, X Country, X Rocks, and as Piff the Magic Dragon. All of those shows are in Caesars Entertainment hotels. Angela Stabile started her career as a dancer in such stage shows as Minsky’s Folies and Crazy Girls; Matt is an accomplished video editor and producer, and he comes from a famous entertainment family. H...
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Our guests this week are the two singers at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. supper club at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Skye Dee Miles, and Savannah Lynx. Miles has been a Vegas favorite for more than a decade, arriving to co-star in “Menopause The Musical” at Las Vegas Hilton and also performing for years at the Tropicana Lounge and 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque. Lynx joined Rose. Rabbit. Lie. last year and has been featured in Fantasy at Lu
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August 17, 2020 32 min
Our guest this week is Brent Barrett, an original Phantom in “Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian. Barrett was in that role for two years, and has an extensive Broadway and touring resume. He has portrayed Billy Flynn in “Chicago” more times than any other actor, and also appeared in “The Producers” “Camelot” “Kiss Me Kate” and “La Cage Aux Folies.” He is currently entertainment director at The Vegas Room, the cit...
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August 10, 2020 63 min
Our guest this week is Matt Goss, an 11-year Las Vegas resident headliner and a superstar in the U.K. During the COVID shutdown, the Bros. co-founder had been talking directly to fans on Instagram Live. He joins Kats at his home in Las Vegas to talk about those conversations, share some memorable moments from his career and discuss what’s next for him in Las Vegas and beyond.
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August 3, 2020 49 min
Our guest this week is Italian siren and multi-language singer Giada Valenti, who has made her mark in Vegas in a short period of time. She hosts her own singing, interview and cooking shows on Facebook Live, has appeared on her own special on PBS and happens to have been the last headliner at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center prior to the shutdown.
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Our guest this week is the president and CEO of Fremont Street Experience, Patrick Hughes. Hughes has headed up the upgrade to the Viva Vision Light Show and advanced the promenade’s extensive live entertainment program, including the Downtown Rocks series of free concerts. He has announced unexpectedly that he will be leaving his post on Halloween of this year.
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Our guests this week are Las Vegas power couple Kelly Clinton Holmes and Clint Holmes. Clint arrived in town in 1999 to headline at Golden Nugget and has been in residency at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz and Palazzo Theater. Kelly is the pride of Clark High School who sang with Wayne Newton and currently performs on Wednesday nights at Tuscany’s Piazza lounge.
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Our guest this week is Rick Harrison, co-star of History channel's 'Pawn Stars' and co-owner of Gold & Silver Pawn in downtown Las Vegas, among other titles. Kats sat down with Rick at Gold & Silver Pawn, where they donned masks to discuss Pawn Stars, the pandemic and more.
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July 6, 2020 34 min
Once again, we are joined by Adam Steck, founder of SPI Entertainment, which produces Thunder from Down Under, Hans Klok and the Australian Bee Gees show at Excalibur. This is part two of Kats's interview with Steck, so if you missed last Monday's episode, be sure to check it out before continuing on with this one.
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June 29, 2020 33 min
Our guest this week is Adam Steck, the founder of SPI Entertainment, which produces Thunder from Down Under, Hans Klok and the Australian Bee Gees show at Excalibur. Steck also produces Boyz II Men at The Mirage and Human Nature, most recently at the Venetian. He’s looking to return to action as soon as possible at Thunderland Showroom, where this interview takes place.
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June 22, 2020 32 min
Our guest this week is Big Elvis himself, Pete Vallee, whom Kats sits down with at the Piano Bar inside Harrah's Las Vegas, where Vallee has been a headliner since 2012. The city’s longest-running Elvis tribute artist, Vallee has been a headliner in Las Vegas since 1997.
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Returning to PodKats! this week is Ross Mollison, the founder of Spiegelworld and producer of Las Vegas Strip production shows “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and “Atomic Saloon Show” at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shops. Mollison has become a leading entertainment figure in Las Vegas since arriving on the scene with “Absinthe” in 2011.
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