On the Scene with Brock Radke: Puddles Pity Party, 'Greatest Piano Men' and more
Send in the Clown
Absolutely back by popular demand, the utterly original cabaret act known as Puddles Pity Party resumes its run at Caesars Palace’s iconic lounge space Cleopatra’s Barge April 25-27 (and one weekend each in May and June, too) and you don’t want to miss it.
Towering baritone Mike Geier performs as Puddles, a one-man cure for your fear of clowns. He’s been crooning and hugging his way through a never-ending tour after touching a nerve on America’s Got Talent and the intimate confines of the classic Vegas venue have turned out to be a perfect home for this singular act. Puddles covers rock and pop favorites and even dips into show tunes and other standards when the time is right, but it’s the quiet moments that really count, when he can express emotion without singing a single note.
Must-See: The Greatest Piano Men
Sensationally stacked with the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and others, The Greatest Piano Men blasts through its 90-minute runtime in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo. These skilled musicians may sound like those superstars, but this is no celebrity impersonation show—it’s an homage to the songs we all love, alternating between emotional ballads and rollicking sing-alongs. Donnie Kehr and Greg Ransom trade ballads by John and Joel; “Your Song” melts into “She’s Always a Woman,” then “Tiny Dancer” precedes “New York State of Mind.” When the sequence is over, the spotlight-stealing Peter Peterkin returns to the stage to play some Little Richard songs and suddenly everyone’s dancing. Catch this new musical sensation at 7:30 or 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Around the Strip
The Palms unveiled its mammoth Kaos Nightclub and Dayclub and new restaurants Shark by Bobby Flay and Greene St. Kitchen from Clique Hospitality in one huge weekend that included club performances by Marshmello, Skrillex and Kaskade; a Friday night poolside soiree fueled by free-flowing Veuve Clicquot, caviar and chilled seafood; a Pearl concert from Alicia Keys and a weekend-capping outdoor concert by the Zac Brown Band. The centerpiece was a mind-boggling Grucci fireworks show, followed by performances from G-Eazy, J Balvin and Cardi B.
Emmy Award-winning actor and director Steve Buscemi stoped in at The Mirage to catch a performance of The Beatles LOVE and met with the cast backstage.
Planet Hollywood Resort resident magician Criss Angel will guest star in an NBC pilot for new comedy series Like Magic, which follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician.
Sammy Hagar and Guy Fieri met in Las Vegas to launch their new tequila, Santo Fino Blanco, announcing the new booze at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits headquarters.
Legendary rockers Aerosmith kicked off their Deuces Are Wild residency in uncompromising fashion at Park Theater. The show opened with a 35-minute film tracing the band’s wild history through archival photos, video footage and interviews before the quintet barreled through songs like “Mama Kin” and “Back in the Saddle.” Aerosmith continues at Park MGM on April 21, 23 and 26.