Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 21, 2001

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This Issue: Clint Holmes

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HITCHED ON VALENTINE’S DAY – As usual, Las Vegas was a very hot destination for Valentine’s Day. Couples pulled up in pickup trucks, 18 Wheelers, and limos. Some were planned, some were spur-of-the-moment. Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Nita Lelyveld chronicled some of the more interesting ones at

VOTE FOR THE BEST – The Review-Journal is accepting votes in their online Best of Las Vegas 2001 poll at Tens of thousands read these online results throughout the course of the year, and they let you vote for the worst as well as the best.

LATIN DANCE – clubs and nights have been all the rage the past couple of years, and Las Vegas has been no exception with Club Rio and Rumjumgle leading the way. Story at

BAD INTERSECTIONS – Once again this year, the worst intersections for traffic wrecks are on The Strip. Tropicana and LV Blvd. (The Strip) was the worst, with Flamingo and LV Blvd. coming in second. The scenery is distracting, but keeping your eyes on the road and using your turn signal might just prevent you from driving home (or turning in your rental car) with a big dent in it.

CELEBRITY CHEF – Well-known local chef Les Kincaid’s 1.5 hour weekly show features famous restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, cookbook authors, winemakers, vintners, master sommeliers and all of the entertainers living or working in Las Vegas. This is a “must” for those of you who enjoy the top notch epicurean offerings that Las Vegas now offers. The show airs at noon Pacific time on Saturdays on KDWN 720 AM which you can listen to online at The show is now also aired on the Cable Radio Network (check your cable listings for station).

DALE EARNHARDT – Thousands have showed up at the NASCAR Cafe (Sahara Hotel, see our restaurant review at ) to pay tribute to the infamous driver who lost his life in last weekend’s Daytona 500. The replica NASCAR car at the cafe happened to be the #3 car of Earnhardt’s. Story at

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


The Scintas – are moving from the Las Vegas Hilton to The Rio after a successful first year in Las Vegas. Story at and you can read our review of The Scintas at

George Strait – Country Music Festival featuring himself, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Sara Evens, and Asleep at the Wheel comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, April 1 at 12:20 PM. Tickets at (888) 464-2468

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* EFX Alive –

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Chop Chop Buffet (Plaza) –
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* Isis (Luxor) –

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 58 ░F / 41 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 60 ░F / 37 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 63 ░F / 41 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 66 ░F / 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 65 ░F / 37 ░F Partly Cloudy

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Someone once joked that Las Vegas is full of headliners who are “the biggest names you have never heard of.” You get off the plane, drive down the Strip, and see names like Danny Gans or Clint Holmes and you see their faces in the tourist magazines and ask yourself “What do they do, and why are they worth some of my hard earned gambling money”?

Actually, Clint Holmes is no stranger to the music business. In 1974, he scored a #1 hit with “Playground In My Mind (My Name Is Michael)” and over the years appeared as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show” as well as work with both Entertainment Tonight and a successful run in Atlantic City.

You may enter the showroom not knowing who he is, but you won’t leave that way. His mother was a classically trained opera singer from England and his dad was a jazz musician from the US That left Clint blessed with not only an amazing technical singing ability, but the emotional flow to put with the pitch. Combined with his live 12-piece band and the modernized showroom at Harrah’s and you have every element for a great show.

Clint performs the work of other artists as well as original songs in a free-flowing expose of his life story. Not Broadway, but a little bit of background and banter here and there to weave it together. Fortunately, his life story is interesting, and the music is enjoyable.

His camaraderie with musical director Bill Fayne is sincere as their friendship dates back many years. While most stars want the spotlight to shine on them alone, he shares it with every member of the band, each extremely talented in their own right working together for a magnificent collaboration.

This show is “Old Vegas” style entertainment. The mood is upbeat, friendly, and warm. The songs range from jazz to soul and over the course of the show, Holmes creates a strong bond with the audience. If you want to hear techno and see people fly off the walls, try De La Guarda. If your tastes lean more toward sitting with a drink and enjoying and appreciating a fine artist and showman take the stage and entertain you, pocket a couple of chips from your first winning session at the tables and set them aside to see Clint Holmes.

Clint Holmes Ticket Info

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Cindy Hoplamazian wrote:

>I was wondering if there are any good Chinese or Thai restaurants in
>Do you know where Cook E. Jarr is playing these days?
>I used to see him 25 years ago in Wildwood, New Jersey.
>I heard he was in Vegas.
>Can you give me any info or where he is.
>The last sighting I know is that he was at
>the Sands Winner Circle.á Is that even still in Vegas?
>Thanks for your help!

Starting March 16, he plays Friday and Saturday nights at midnight outdoor at the Carnival Court at Harrah’s on the Strip. We have an authorized page about him at

Readers, if you have a favorite Chinese or Thai restaurant on The Strip, let us know at so we can share it next week.

Owen from South Shields, England wrote:

>Just got back a few hours ago from 7 wonderful nights (and days) in LV
>and already I am missing it badly – My 6’th visit but no way the last.
>Stayed at the excellent Sahara and enjoyed the best hospitality
>anywhere on Earth.á Roll on 2002 – Best wishes to all who love Las

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Results from our last poll “How interested are you in online gambling?”

No interest — that is what Vegas is for. 38%
I’ve thought about trying it, but no real interest. 22%
I have gambled online here and there. 19%
I regularly gamble online. 11%
I will probably try an online casino sometime 8%

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February 21, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770