On the Scene with Brock Radke: Boyz II Men, 'Absinthe' and more
From R&B to Country
Versatility is one of the key ingredients in Boyz II Men’s recipe for success and longevity. The Philadelphia-born group continues to grow and mature as an act and as individual artists, and that development is on display for the world to see at B2M’s long-running residency at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage—and the boys are back July 12-14 and Aug. 2-4.
Last month, Boyz II Men joined Brett Young onstage at the 2019 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, performing Young’s “Here Tonight” and plugging in a portion of one the group’s ubiquitous hits “Water Runs Dry.” Young had been covering “Water” during his tour last year, proving it doesn’t matter your chosen genre, we’re all fans of B2M’s legendary harmonies.
Must-See: Legend in Concert
Since scooting down the Strip from the Flamingo to the Tropicana earlier this year, perennial musical favorite Legends in Concert has been impressing audiences with tribute impressions of some of the world’s most beloved stars. This month, the show flips over into all-new, equally iconic artists. Nair Cardoza portrays British vocalist Adele. Tino Ilbach pays homage to the one and only Stevie Wonder, while Nellie Norris presents her rendition of Cyndi Lauper. John Anthony brings the classic rasp of Rod Stewart to the show and Daniel Durston brings it all together with his tribute to Elvis Presley. Join the fun at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Around the Strip
NBA great Dirk Nowitzki hit the town to celebrate his 41st birthday, taking in Absinthe at Caesars Palace with basketball buddy Michael Finley and other friends before going backstage for a photo with the Gazillionaire and Green Fairy. Later that night, the former Dallas Mavericks superstar met up with more ex-teammates and coaches including Rick Carlisle, Tyson Chandler, Brian Cardinal and Devin Harris and his brother-in-law, Swedish soccer player Martin Olsson, at the Cosmopolitan’s Beauty & Essex.
The Flash and Taken actress Jessica Camacho partied with friends at On the Record at Park MGM, including a trip to the hidden Vinyl Parlor for a musically inspired cocktail and some time spent on the bustling patio space to dance in the shadow of the club’s double-decker bus/DJ booth. The next night, it was model/actress Rachel McCord’s turn to take over OTR, snagging an upper dance floor table with husband Rick Schirmer and partying the night away to the sounds of DJ Ross One. McCord also paid a visit to Jemaa—The NoMad Pool party the next day.
Tabitha D’umo is one half of the married couple choreographer duo Nappytabs, known for working on So You Think You Can Dance as well as tons of Vegas shows including Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE, Jabbawockeez and Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears residency productions. She was at the Cosmopolitan recently to see Opium, the outer-space, off-the-wall spectacular by Spiegelworld.
The 33rd annual Golden Rainbow Ribbon of Life production show was a stunner, going down at the Tropicana’s Legends in Concert Theater. One of the standout acts was the unofficial debut of Faaabulous! The Show, created by Christopher Kenney (aka Edie from Zumanity) and Jamie Morris and featuring five drag stars. After a few productions at a downtown location, could this new drag spectacular make its way to the Strip?