Chris Phillips Vegas : Straight Up Review – Vintage Show at South Point in Las Vegas

Las Vegas - Chris Phillips, the 50ish blond haired sort of rocker is letting the Vintage back out -- big band and show music. Using the name of Zowie Bowie, Chris is known for his multi-year Red Rock Casino residency, appearances on the Third Street stage on Fremont Street, entertainment at the Downtown Grand pool  on Friday nights and other gigs around town in torn jeans and current music that would have older folks using earplugs.


Chris Phillips * Photo by Dianne R. Davis


But go to the newly beautifully refurbished classy Grandview Lounge at South Point and catch his act at 10 p.m. every other Saturday night through August. The $15 ticket is well worth it to see a tuxedoed Chris backed by a ten piece band singing “Get me to the Church on Time” or “Who knows Where or When” or - “This Could be the Start of Something Big”.


Chris Phillips is backed by a ten piece band * Photo by Ira Kuzma


This could be the start of something big and good for fans of this genre of music and Chris does it at South Point with class and sass. Chris told me long ago that he came to Las Vegas to bring back, “the maverick spirit that was Vegas”. It looks like that's exactly what he is doing.


Martin Kaye, Frankie Scinta and Chris Phillips * Photo by Ira Kuzma


At a recent show, Chris Phillips was joined on stage by Frankie Scinta who appears at the Plaza and Martin Kaye who plays Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's. It was like a throw back to the schtick that the Rat Pack used to do on stage. When the three sang “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” it felt a bit like a modern day rat pack, hanging out and letting us in on the fun.


The legendary Rich Little did a few minutes of some of the material that made him famous * Photo by Dianne R. Davis



Chris Phillips and Nieve Malandra make beautiful music together * Photo by Ira Kuzma



Chris's sometime singing partner Nieve Malandra sang as well and fellows it is well worth the price of a ticket just to see this beautiful lady on stage or off. Her duet with Chris of Bei Mir Bistu Shein brought back memories of the days of Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme


The $15 price of admission includes your first drink. And Chris Phillips will steal your hearts. So do yourself a favor and check out the dates when he'll be playing in the Grandview Lounge at South Point.


Jaime Lynch * Photo by Ira Kuzma


You never know who will show up to be a guest at his show. And dress up. This one is old Vegas the way many would like to see it again. Chris Phillips – Straight Up in the Grandview Lounge at South Point has upcoming appearances at 10:00 p.m. on July 23, August 6 and August 20, 2016. For more information, call South Point at 702 796 7111 or go to South Point

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