Saturday, October 25, 2014

SKYE-HIGH Entertainment Report: For The Holiday Season, Vegas Takes ‘Soul’ Ownership

by Skye Miles

Skye Miles

I am pleased to send a “choo-choo” shout out, with some sophisticated funk, to the Soul Train Music Awards that recently rolled into Sin City for the first time ever!

The awards ceremony was a champagne-and-grits affair, a little bling-bling with your cornbread. The night’s host was Cedric the Entertainer, featuring performances by musical masters John Legend, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder.

There were also a few industry newcomers onstage. Can’t say I am too familiar, but I can sum it up in the words of rapper 2 Chainz: “I’m different.” Yes, you are! Few occasions better embody the differences between old- and new-school music. On this night, old-school wins hands-down!

New Edition was the highlight of the awards show that was taped for television. They received the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award — and child, they looked good. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike. Ralph and Johnny, too. I still want to be your “Candy Girl.”
Don’t ask me about the red carpet; because clearly, whoever organized it doesn’t know who I am. Oh, but they will next year. Just let it be known that I was the best-dressed in my long, black Calvin Klein dress, accentuated by my tonsorial homage to the Afro.
I am not sure if Vegas was ready for Soul Train or Soul Train was ready for Vegas. But, please: No more five-hour television tapings. It’s an award show, not a Pentecostal revival!

All in all, the Soul Train Awards were part sho-nuff-good-stuff and part girl-please-I-could-have-stayed-home-and-fixed-my-weave.

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Question: What do you get with nine brothas and one blue-eyed soul?
Answer: The Las Vegas 10 Tenors.

This Aaron Arrington production is surely a “give love” stocking stuffer of a show. The voices of songmasters Ken Young, Earl Turner, Reggie Gonzales and many more just can’t be missed.
Husbands, if you want to quiet your wives down on Super Bowl Sunday, buy her a ticket for their Dec. 17 performance at the Suncoast hotel and casino. The show is guaranteed to be a sold-out affair, so get them fast. Warning, husbands, boyfriends, homies, lovers and friends: these men do come with a caution label. They are fine and they can sing!  There will be enough chocolate on stage to reopen Willy Wonka’s factory. Mmmm, mmmm — melts in your mouth and not in your hands. Oh, is this appropriate for Christmas?
Not to start any mess, because that is so not my style, but there are three good ol’ boys from the South who can go note-for-note with the Las Vegas 10 Tenors: the trio of Bobby Black, Paul Vann and Tim Wilgers. They can saaaaang. They will be at the South Point casino for Christmas performances on Dec. 21 and 22.
I would love to see the battle of the tenors. Now, that would be a sho-nuff must see. All of those heavenly voices, riffin’ and runnin’. I see a massive concert in the future.

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Make sure you check me out with my own Skye 5 Band at the Tropicana throughout the month of December. My “Show Off Sundays” industry night will be every Sunday from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. There will be celebrity guests from up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Just look for the girl with the big smile and big assets.
Merry Christmas!

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