Performances and Artists
“You’re all going to be filmed for national television tonight,” Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin announced from the stage to the sold-out venue, which roused a wave of cheers. “This Las Vegas audience is going to project Las Vegas to the entire country in a TV special, which will air on PBS nationally.”
Attendees had a clue of this, with the several cameras positioned throughout the venue.
The hundreds of gathered guests experienced more than just the evening’s entertainment, the explosive global music sensation Postmodern Jukebox, featuring renowned artists like American Idol finalists Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart.
They also took part in a historic night for The Smith Center.
As a follow-up to last year’s participation in the PBS Arts Fall Festival, Myron’s Cabaret Jazz will again enjoy a national spotlight in 2017, thanks to PBS filming Postmodern Jukebox’s back-to-back concerts in the venue.
PBS stations nationwide will be able to broadcast the performance later in the year, potentially reaching millions of viewers.
“Our ongoing partnership with PBS reflects how the nation has seen the performing arts transform in Las Vegas,” Martin said.
A Las Vegas Gem
This national attention also shows how Myron’s Cabaret Jazz has become one of the top venues in Las Vegas for experiencing world-class performances up close.
Recently renamed in honor of The Smith Center’s top executive, this intimate, 240-seat venue showcases artists across a wide breadth of genres, including the best of Broadway, jazz, pop, world music, Las Vegas favorites and more.
World-renowned artists to grace the stage include Alan Cumming, Jim Brickman, former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer, Ramsey Lewis and Billy Bob Thornton’s band The Boxmasters.
Guests can enjoy all of this while also indulging in lite bites and handcrafted cocktails.
Tom Axtell, general manager of Vegas PBS, touted the value of broadcasting this venue to the country.
“The Smith Center deserves to be recognized as one of our nation’s premier performance venues, created with a 21st-century vision through the support of local performing arts patrons for the people of our city and our many visitors,” Axtell said.
A Night to Remember
Those who attended the Postmodern Jukebox performance with PBS filming raved it was the perfect show to promote the venue.
The performance highlighted Postmodern Jukebox’s signature style of reinventing hot pop tunes with a vintage jazz swagger, including songs by Beyoncé, NSYNC and Celine Dion.
The band’s acclaimed founder Scott Bradlee even gave an impromptu performance on piano.
“It was phenomenal,” said John Taylor, who attended with his wife Carol, both Smith Center subscribers and Members. “The combination of the performances and PBS filming, it was a really unique and enjoyable experience.”
Las Vegas couple Dan and Ginger enjoyed the show and were thrilled to see national attention given to Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, which Dan calls so intimate “it’s like you’re part of the show.”
“It’s one of my all-time favorites,” Ginger added.
Check out upcoming shows at Myron’s at www.thesmithcenter.com/shows-tickets/cabaret-jazz/.
Postmodern Jukebox’s performance at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz aired on PBS in 2017.