“Clint Holmes: Between The Lines” Review – Upbeat Palazzo Show Blending Classics and Contemporary Songs is Winner


Photo by Ira Kuzma


Clint Holmes - one of the finest performers in Las Vegas - is back on The Strip where thousands can enjoy and appreciate his talent. Clint takes entertainment up a notch as he weaves significant vignettes of his unique family and personal history and insights into his life with songs during “Clint Holmes: Between The Lines” in the newly redesigned Palazzo Theatre.


The newly designed Palazzo Theatre is the perfect setting for this show - Photo by Ira Kuzma

Clint could be the poster boy for active, vibrant enduring talent as he takes his audiences on a personal journey sharing the love story of his mom, a white British opera singer and his dad, a black jazz musician and his childhood in Farnham, a 500 person suburb of Buffalo, New York. “Music is everything to me” he says, and he proves it. This is real entertainment with traditional and contemporary music and songs interspersed with stories, “Between The Lines”.

When I come out on stage, I want to be joyful.” he tells us. From the beginning when he opens with John Lennon's hit “Imagine” to his updated version of his hit, “My Name is Michael” through more contemporary numbers, including John Mayer's “Stop This Train”, the audience is with him all the way. His version of “I Love You Just the Way You Are” includes a combination of Bruno Marrs and Billy Joel's approaches to the song.

Part of what makes this show special is Clint's talk between the lines. “Everybody in my family sings” he says. And he recalls March 29, 1964 when his family tuned in to Ed Sullivan and Clint found his idol as he heard Harry Belefonte sing. He goes on to enthrall the audience as he recalls the night Harry Belefonte was in his audience. Clint sang, out, “Day-O” and Harry responded, “Day A - A -A O”.


Photo by Dianne R. Davis

The show includes a few numbers that Clint composed including “If Not Now, When,” which he wrote following his cancer surgery 12 years ago and which has become a mantra for him. His scripted show has the intimacy of a living room conversation interspersed with his vocal mastery. 

Holmes has performed around the globe. He served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show,” as the musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” and as the host of his own Emmy award-winning talk/variety show. Holmes was named “Best Male Celebrity Vocalist” in the BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Awards and voted “Best Singer” by the readers of Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Christian Tamburr - Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Holmes is accompanied by a seven-piece on stage band including pianist/musical director Christian Tamburr, saxophonist Rocco Barbato, drummer and percussionist Jakubu Griffin, bassist Dave Ostrem, keyboardist and vocalist Jamie Hosmer. Cuban-born singer/dancer Noybel Gorgoy, who was lead singer of the "gypsy" jazz band Hot Club of Las Vegas rounds out the ensemble, singing both solo and in duet with Holmes.


Clint Holmes and Noybel Gorgoy - Photo by Dianne R. Davis


Photo by Ira Kuzma

When you leave the theater, you will take with you a sense of who Clint Holmes is and how he began and traveled his life's journey thus far. Yes, you paid for a ticket to see a show, and trust me, you will leave knowing that you have seen the best Las Vegas has to offer.

Clint Holmes: Between The Lines runs Tuesdays - Saturdays at 10 p.m. in the Palazzo Theatre. Tickets start at $42.65 (with tax and fees). Locals receive a 30 percent discount or four tickets for $99 (must purchase four) with a valid Nevada ID To purchase tickets, visit any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, palazzo.com, or call (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469.


Photo by Dianne R. Davis

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