Entertainers in Las Vegas are doing what entertainers in Las Vegas often do by their very nature: helping one of their own through health problems. Set for Dec. 5 is a fundraiser for longtime Vegas performer Jeneane Marie, who is suffering from avascular necrosis, which is a lack of blood flow to her hip that has caused constant pain and as a result requires hip replacement surgery. Marie has no medical insurance (sound familiar?), so to help pay for her surgery and care, Grant Griffin and The Showbiz Society are putting on a show at Las Vegas Rocks Cafe at Neonopolis.I'm gonna go, and exhort everyone else to do likewise. I hate to see anyone going through the misery this woman is dealing with. Below, a clip of her work during happier times.
Marie has opened for some of the biggest stars ever to take the Las Vegas stage, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Don Rickles. She has toured with Wayne Newton, too. Celebs announced as those taking part in the show, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., include Steve Rossi, Newton, Rich Little, Clint Holmes, Babe Pier, Denise Clemente, Laurie Caceres and Griffin. The Jerry Lopez Band will provide the musical healing. Tickets are $22 at the door.
Lopez and Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns also are donating their take from their shows at The Lounge at the Palms to help fight Marie’s plight... 10:30 ... next Monday [Dec 6th]. Tickets are $7 and $15.
Wow. Let's see if we can get this lady her hip job.
POST-SHOW PHOTO REPORT
I am so glad I went to this. Pretty nice turnout. Major props to the folks who put it on, and to those who performed in the show. A random photo essay follows. I don't know who most of these performers are (and I may have missed one or two, it was all movin' pretty fast). I wasn't carryin' a pen or notepad.
Suffice it to say that it was top-shelf without exception. Old school Vegas was present in spades.
Below, the inimitable Vegas showman Tony Sacca.
Above, Steve Rossi. Cat is funny, man! Below, my diva friend Paris Red. Paris, you ragged me about how I owed you a shot after that candid I took of you at the Santa Fe Labor Day gig. Debt paid, m'dear... :)
Below, Lani Misalucha. Yikes!
Above, our bro' the elegant Bill Fayne.
Above, Sonny Turner singin' and huggin' Jeneane.
Jeneane came up to sing the last song of the show. Hobbling painfully on crutches, she mowed the house down.
It was all pretty inspiring.
OK, Jerry and the cats are again giving their entire Palms gig gate tomorrow night to Jeneane's cause. Please go hang so you can both get blown away and contribute to a good thing.