Downtown Life: Tommy James & The Shondells, Turmeric and Oak & Ivy
Something to Sing About
Cue the Jeopardy! theme!
Answer: “This band’s very first single soared to the top of the charts—two years after its initial release.” Question: “Who are Tommy James & The Shondells, whose debut track ‘Hanky Panky’ was recorded in 1964 but didn’t become a national hit until May 1966?”
Answer: “This band produced a pair of Top 5 singles in the late 1960s that were re-released as cover songs some 20 years later, reaching No. 1 in back-to-back weeks.” Question: “Who are Tommy James & The Shondells, whose songs “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony” were chart-toppers for teen pop sensation Tiffany and rock icon Billy Idol in November 1987—the only time cover songs from the same artist hit No. 1 in consecutive weeks?”
Answer: This band has seen additional songs covered by everyone from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to Dolly Parton to the Boston Pops orchestra, toured with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his 1968 presidential campaign (they even got Humphrey to write the liner notes for their sixth album!), and, despite being well into their sixth decade, continues to tirelessly tour the country, with a stop this week in Las Vegas. Question: Who are Tommy James & The Shondells?
Now hopefully you have plenty of “Mony Mony” for Final Jeopardy. –Matt Jacob
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, starting at $59 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
The Right Spice
If you’re looking to add some spice to your Vegas vacay, head into Turmeric Flavors of India. The restaurant features two cozy dining spaces, plus a bar, and many delightful, delicious dishes from Indian classics to inventive vegan options.
What will you find? Samosas, tandoori chicken korma, butter chicken curry pot, vegan vindaloo curry and kasundi jhinga (shrimp in mango coconut sauce). If you’re like me, you will indulge in several kinds of bread, like aloo parantha and stuffed naan. There’s also plenty of dessert options, from liquor-infused sorbets and ice cream to mango kulfi and apple-cinnamon crumble. –Nina King
700 Fremont St., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.906.2700
Bourbon and rye cocktail connoisseurs need look no further than Oak & Ivy for some of the most delicious concoctions downtown. Try a barrel-aged masterpiece, or have the staff prepare something based on your individual tastes. Answer a few questions and you’ll soon be tasting your new favorite drink. –Ken Miller
707 Fremont St., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. oakandivy.com