Travis Cloer is debuting his new show one week from tonight at South Point Hotel & Casino!
Check out an excerpt of Travis’s interview in The Las Vegas Sun:
The show is set for 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the newly renovated Grandview Lounge at South Point (tickets are $20 and available at SouthPoint.com). Cloer and Lash have been plucking some contemporary classics, twisting them around and reproducing them in new genres.
“We want to perform these songs in a new way, something other than how they were originally recorded,” Cloer said. “You look at one of my favorite songs from the 1980s, ‘Hold Me Now’ by The Thompson Twins, which is very synth-heavy. We’ve turned it into a piano ballad, like something you’d hear from John Legend or Adele. We’ve put the lyrics out front, which are heartbreaking and lost in the original version.”
Another example of this fusion: The Journey hit, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” which was actually inspired by Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love.”
“We’ve turned ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ into a Sam Cooke song,” Cloer said.
This flavor of musical morphing is a trend for headliners in Las Vegas. Frankie Moreno’s “Under the Influence” production at Planet Hollywood slams together his originals with those from legendary artists. Clint Holmes’ just-announced “Between the Lines,” which opens July 16 in the time slot after “Baz,” also invokes classics reimagined by Holmes and his backing band.
This is no new phenomenon. Performers and composers have for generations pulled from those who have inspired them to create new art.
“One of the main reasons is we’re going through songs that meant so much to us as kids, singers and entertainers, and you just want to relive those songs and put yourself into it, as well,” Cloer said.
Also, drawing from familiar songs is a far more marketable approach than attempting to build a show full of original music. Las Vegas might be an entertainment mecca, but it is tough to sell tickets with a production loaded with unfamiliar material. But taking an original twist on, say, a Journey hit can boost interest in a show.
“Absolutely,” Cloer said. “There is a lot of competition out there, as we know.”
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Break a leg, Travis!