On the Scene with Brock Radke: H.E.R., Adam Steck and more
A Rising Voice
Twenty-one-year-old R&B phenom Gabriella Wilson performs under the name H.E.R., which stands for “Having Everything Revealed.” Since she signed with RCA Records two years ago and started releasing a series of EPs, she’s been slowly pulling back the curtain on her own unique brand of slow-burning soul.
H.E.R. hasn’t yet released a proper debut studio album but has already emerged as one of the brightest new stars in the genre, currently riding high on collaborative singles “Could’ve Been” with Bryson Tiller and “This Way” with Khalid.
She was in Las Vegas last month, where she won two trophies at the Soul Train Music Awards, and she returns to the city to take the stage at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Dec. 13.
All The Vegas: Adam Steck
“My first foray was doing raves and house parties in the cornfields of Iowa. It was called Ravestock in 1996 and there were thousands of people in the middle of nowhere. It was really cool and fun and I just thought, this is what I want to do. This is my calling. That led into other things and I got into the world of promoters and Bill Graham was who I wanted to be. He was the man and I was just infatuated with his career. The first show I did in Fairfield (Iowa) was someone who was an opening act at Woodstock, Richie Havens. That was my first concert, at 21 years old in the old high school auditorium, and it sold out. So I knew, this is it, this is what I wanted to do.”
For more conversation with Las Vegas producer and SPI Entertainment creator Adam Steck, visit allthevegas.com.
Around the Strip
Terry Fator kicked off the holiday season at The Mirage with the debut of this year’s A Very Terry Christmas show over Thanksgiving weekend, adding a new character to his act. An adorable Justin Bieber puppet “sings” his hit “Love Yourself” and debates with the angel and devil on his puppet shoulders, portrayed, respectively, by Dolly Parton and Ozzy Osbourne mini-puppets.
Grammy Award-nominated musician Anderson .Paak was spotted hanging at a VIP table at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian as his friend Justin Credible controlled the club from the DJ booth. The rapper, singer, drummer and producer just released third studio album Oxnard to great critical and commercial acclaim.
The Alexis Park Resort, just off the Strip on Harmon Avenue, has reopened its Pegasus Showroom and launched two new shows produced by Admit VIP. The Comics Battle, a battle of the wits comedy show hosted by John Hilder, runs Thursday through Sunday at 9 p.m., and Martinis & Magic starring Naathan Phan runs Sunday through Thursday at 7 p.m. offering magic, comedy, singing, impressions and more.
Comedian and actor Pauly Shore was so impressed with the female acrobats known as the Silicon Valley Girls at a recent showing of Absinthe at Caesars Palace, he blasted out a video via Instagram: “Amazing show tonight in Las Vegas … check out these girls, they’re quite extraordinary.” Of course, Shore went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com