A Tour of Boman Pavilion

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Where The Smith Center gets jazzy and more …

Most people who visit us know Reynolds Hall, the magnificent centerpiece of The Smith Center. Some of our many patrons and audience members, however, might not realize that there’s a second amazing building that makes up the center – Boman Pavilion.

Located on the northwest corner of our Symphony Park campus, Boman Pavilion houses our other two performance venues, Cabaret Jazz and Troesh Studio Theater, inside a beautiful five-story building adorned with Art Deco-inspired metal motifs. The centerpiece of the building is Cabaret Jazz, a two-floor space that seats 240 music lovers.

One of Las Vegas’ most intimate and stylish musical settings, Cabaret Jazz is notable for its intimate setting – a space truly built for live music. It also offers food and beverage service. Concert goers can order shareable gourmet snacks like charcuterie and cheese plates as well as fine cocktails, wine and other refreshments throughout performances.

Of course, though, the musical talent is truly what sets the room apart in a town filled with performance spaces. Musicians such as Cheyenne Jackson, Arturo Sandoval, Jane Monheit, Ramsey Lewis and Betty Buckley have thrilled concert goers in the congenial “Cab Jazz” atmosphere. It’s a room with a cool vibe that would have done Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin proud, to be sure.

One of Las Vegas’ most popular and respected musicians, Clint Holmes, plays frequent sold-out shows in the room.

“Having performed literally all over the world, I find Cabaret Jazz to be the perfect blend of ambience, sound, intimacy and energy for a musical artist,” Holmes says.

The jazz man points to the venue’s acoustics as the key to its soul, both from the perspective of a performer and the times when Holmes is in the crowd watching other artists.

“The sound is probably my favorite aspect from both an artist’s and an audience’s point of view. It’s a music room so sound is the most important aspect, and it’s perfection in Cabaret Jazz,” adds Holmes.

Smaller, more intimate shows – especially comedic plays – find a fantastic home in Troesh Studio Theater. The versatile, 250-seat chamber has hosted productions such as Salzburg Marionette Theater, The Doo Wop Project, Late Night Catechism and Re-Animator The Musical, which have drawn Las Vegans to the building.

The top floors of Boman Pavilion play a very important role for The Smith Center as well. That’s where the Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education houses our Education and Outreach Department, which creates innovative programs for Southern Nevada’s school children.

And finally, Boman Pavilion is the new permanent location of our newest neighbor, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, which works to better our local economy, the perfect complement to our mission of growing performing arts in Southern Nevada.

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