Ralphie May

Ralphie MayVoted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, Ralphie May (RalphieMay.com) next appears opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris in the feature film, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST. After a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, all of which were among the networks most highly-rated, Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever.

Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian. Ralphie has a proven track record of selling out multiple shows in 1,500 to 3,000 seat venues. He has a no nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society’s hypocrisies. Ralphie doesn’t shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he’s saying is true, people need to hear it.
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Peter Max

Peter MaxAn interview with one of the world’s most famous artists, Peter Max (PeterMax.com).

He has a gallery in the Forum Shops and is a friend of many celebrities including all of the Beatles, has appeared many times on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Ed Sullivan Show and has been commissioned by many U.S. Presidents and other world famous people for his unbelieveable and unique art.
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Spike and Hammer

Spike and HammerLas Vegas’ most requested comedy team has found a home in downtown Las Vegas at the Canyon Club in Four Queens. Spike and Hammer (SpikeAndHammer.com) delivers the “Interactive Show of the Year!”

This 60 minute variety show provides non-stop action, hilarious comedy and mind blowing magic… plus the occasional plate spinning, bowling ball juggling, and razor blade swallowing. These award-winning sleight-of-hand masters are sure to grab your attention… along with your watch,wallet and funnybone! Each show is family friendly and welcomes ages 5 and up.
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Rick Faugno

Rick FaugnoRick Faugno, (RickFaugno.com) a singer, dancer and actor with numerous Broadway credits, starred as the original Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at the Palazzo, one of the top Las Vegas musical production shows. He was named “Best Singer” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s staff in the 2009 “Best of as Vegas” poll.

Faugno in 2009 premiered his one-man song and dance show, “Songs My Idols Sang (And Danced),” to a sold-out crowd at South Point Casino Showroom, and continues to headline his current show at the Palms.

Faugno has built an impressive list of theatre, film and television credits while performing throughout the U.S. He was awarded “Best Actor” in the movie “Virgin Alexander” which premiers in 2012. In summer 2009 he performed on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards® representing the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys,” and he guest appeared again on “America’s Got Talent.”

His Broadway debut was at age 12 as Will Rogers, Jr. in “The Will Rogers Follies.” Other numerous theatre credits include Broadway performances in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Conversations With My Father,” “Wonderful Town,” “Fosse,” and the national tours of “Jersey Boys,” “The Boy Friend,” and “Fosse.”
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John Morris

John MorrisJohn Morris, the owner of Spring Mountain Motor Sports Ranch (RaceSpringMountain.com), has enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur and business owner.

In 1979, he purchased a real estate office in Canyon Lake, CA. Along with his wife Jerra, he founded J. Williams Enterprises, Inc. in 1985, and ADVANCED ACCESS in 1998. They developed presentation software programs in the real estate industry with thousands of clients across the country. ADVANCED ACCESS was a leader in internet marketing for the real estate industry with over 30,000 clients throughout the U.S., and John and Jerra sold the company in 2006.

In 2003, John founded Radical West, Inc., and the company rapidly became a top distributor of the Radical Extreme Sports Car. Always active and energetic, John’s interests include racing his Radical SR3 Turbo, collecting and driving exotic sports cars, playing racquetball, weight training, paragliding, and flying. He has built and developed the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump for over 5 years into one of the world’s top auto racing facilites.
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Bill & Gretchen Loken

Bill and Gretchen LokenBill & Gretchen Loken purchased the Pahrump Valley Winery (PahrumpWinery.com) in October 2005 after having managed it since 2003. Since then, they have completely remodeled and rebuilt it into an award winning winnery!

Bill was born in Minneapolis Minnesota. After 3 years in the Army he purchased his first of two restaurants in Minneapolis. He sold both restaurants in 1979 and moved to Texas. Bill sold real estate in Texas and Arizona until 2003 when he moved to Nevada to manage the Pahrump Valley Winery.

Gretchen was born and raised in Norman Oklahoma. She attended college at the University of OK. Graduated with a BS in Special Education. Gretchen went on to receive a Masters at Texas Woman’s University. Gretchen taught school in Texas and Arizona before moving to Nevada in 2003 to help her husband take over the management of the Pahrump Valley Winery. She attended University of California at Davis via the distant learning program for a wine making certificate which was awarded in 2008.
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Jasmine Trias

Jasmine TriasJasmine Trias (JasmineTrias.com), performing with the Society of Seven, was born November 03, 1986 in Miliani. Jasmine is a Filipina-American who came in 3rd place in the third season of American Idol.

Not only is she a hit in the States but Jasmine is a big star in her home country of Philippines. Jasmine was such a big star when she visited the Philippines, her visit was called “Jasmania” as Jasmine became the face of McDonalds (where people purchased “The Jasmine Trio”), Bench and Smart (the Philippines’ biggest cellphone company).

Trias first gained recognition on the third season of American Idol. She auditioned in the first auditions in her home state of Hawaii. Trias made it to the top twelve performers and eventually finished as the second runner-up. She is the very first Filipino ever to advance in American Idol finals.
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Tony Ruivivar

Tony RuivivarSociety of Seven (SocietyOfSeven.com) is a variety troupe that was formed in the early 1960s. Originally, the six-member group that included founders Tony Ruivivar and Bert Sagum who are in the Gold Coast show released a number of records in Asia, recording with Hong Kong-based Diamond Records. Their version of “A Little Bit of Soap” was No. 1 for 32 weeks on the Hong Kong charts, and a hit in neighboring countries. They had a double hit with “Dancing on the Moon” and “Sunshine”.

When the group first came to Las Vegas for a four-week gig at the Thunderbird Lounge, they were discovered by Ed Sullivan and made two appearances on his television show in 1964.

The name Society of Seven (SOS) was adopted in 1969 and the group opened at the main showroom of the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel that year for what was originally a four-week engagement in place of Tommy Sands. To this day, a second troupe of SOS continues to appear at the Outrigger. SOS has appeared in different Las Vegas showrooms including the Aladdin, Bally’s and Flamingo. On Nov. 6, 2009, SOS opened a new show with “American Idol” star Jasmine Trias from Hawaii, who took third place on the show’s third season. The contract is to perform two shows at 3:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.

SOS has been voted “The Best Show in Waikiki” by the readers of “Honolulu Magazine.” The original SOS group received a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in 2006, and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) in 2007.
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Roosevelt Toston

Roosevelt TostonRoosevelt Toston, Author (http://www.TheTostonGroup.com), has been a resident of Las Vegas for nearly 50 years and is considered a trailblazer for his many accomplishments.

He was the first (full-time) African-American broadcast journalist and television anchorman in the state of Nevada. As a result of his work in the broadcast industry and with the LVCVA he received numerous awards, among them: the Apex Award (Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine), and Pioneer Award (Las Vegas Association of Black Journalists).

His new book, “Beating The Odds – in Las Vegas and Life” is an inspirational journey of his life and accomplishments in Las Vegas and representing Las Vegas on the world stage.
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Kenny Giordano

Kenny GiordanoNational recording artist Kenny Giordano (http://www.KennyGiordano.com) got his musical start at the age of four when his brother Ernie Giordano put a guitar into his hands. The fifth of six children, Kenny watched older brother Mike and his friends jam in their Alexandria, Virginia home.

In addition to his folk, country, rock, ragtime, and classical roots, Kenny has extensive experience providing entertainment for fairs and festivals around the USA and Canada along with house concerts. Kenny recently moved to Las Vegas to expand his musical career and he shars with us the issues a new talent faces in the entertainment capital of the world.
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