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360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation

Despite the fact that America has many voices of color, they can seldom be heard. 360 MAGAZINE has always been a place where these people can be represented, so they’ve decided to expand on this mission by launching their own podcast: 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation. It will also cover the latest news, design and culture, as well as interviews with key industry trend makers. Hosts include Vaughn Lowery, Javier Pedroza, Armon Hayes and LaJune Grant

Lowery called the podcast, “An evocative gallery where everyone can continue to celebrate their singularity.” Pedroza stated, “I’d like for people to feel inspired, joyful, creative and stronger after listening to 360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation.” 

In the inaugural episode, Javier Pedroza talked with Latin pop group Piso 21, known for hits such as Me Llamas, Besándote and Déjala Que Vuelva.  360 has also chatted with other major figures: singer Carmen DeLeon, disabled TikTok influencer NotLewy, and actor/rapper Young Dylan. Stay tuned. We will also chat with people from the tech, design, and automotive industries.

360 also recently released an NFT collection called the Animal Series. Four NFTs will be for sale until May 1st. Secure yours now HERE. Find more information HERE

Find the podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google and Spotify. Podcasts will release in both Spanish and English. In addition, Also, 360 MAG possesses a dedicated RSS feed and has launched an account on Twitch to increase reach.

360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation Episodes

Young Dylan

About 360 Magazine

360 MAGAZINE is an edgy fashion, lifestyle and culture magazine, introducing cutting-edge brands, entities and trends to taste makers within their respective communities. Founding members have over 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and  professionals within the realms of fashion, music, art, design and entertainment. 360 is more than just a magazine comprised of journalists, representing a movement of social awareness and change.

360 is a LGBTQIA-friendly publication, officially recognized by the NGLCC. The magazine is contemporary in look and appeal. Quality art content is the constant goal. It will be entertaining, newsworthy and thought-provoking, appealing to a broad entertainment readership. No publication like it is available today, constantly celebrating racial as well as sexual ambiguous talent and artists.

Lucky Lenox NFT is named after Vaughn Lowery’s son Lenox Haffoney and is available on OpenSea via 360 MAGAZINE

NFT Animal Series

360 MAGAZINE launches Animal Series on OpenSea. These are non-tangible one-of-a-kind pieces. Each animal is an adorable creature with a cute face. They’re available in GIF format. Be sure to cop one before it’s too late!

This NFT drop was created alongside graphic artist Mel Quagrainie while under the design direction of culture curator Vaughn Lowery. 360 is a progressive thinking organization, adjusting to new world order. It will be your first opportunity to directly attain NFTs from the multimedia platform.

‘Inspired by my 12yro son’s gaming persona. From the cat’s complexion to his mischievous smirk. I’m sure version 2.0 will include corrective lenses since Lenox rarely blinks during his long online competitions of Roblox and Fortnite.’Vaughn Lowery

About Lucky Lenox

Nimble, intelligent, but modest, Lucky Lenox was a legacy, a descendant of humanity and hope. The capacity to meticulously mold this domesticated devil into a work of abstraction demanded patience and tenacity. After being nostalgic, we recalled the tutelage of an orange-banded cat, Lucky. That tiger baby turned into our best friend, witnessing a darker side that crawled in to play video games for hours, avoiding chores. Then a protege came along and marveled at the mirror. Improved, re-programmed on a path of endless possibilities which became an uninterrupted portal to affection.

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360’s inaugural project, Merging Versus, can be found HERE.

Vaughn guest speaks at NFT-VIP.

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Location Services

Craft in America is pleased to present a female-led exhibition investigating the concept of place in relation to personal narrative, identity, and materiality. Location Services: Jewelry Perspectives on Time & Place spotlights three distinct points of view on place through the lens of contemporary jewelry. This exhibition brings together the work of Motoko Furuhashi, Kerianne Quick, and Demitra Thomloudis and features an on-site collaborative research space shared between the artists. Viewers will be invited into the process through interactive features of the artists’ work. 

Location Services looks at site as inspiration, as material, and as a point of interaction through three distinct craft practices. Through the creation of wearables, the three artists promote a conversation about place.

Furuhashi, Quick, and Thomloudis share a common interest in site, place, and origin. Approaching this shared subject from three distinct perspectives, the artists construct a holistic view through crafted responses, which are unequivocally individual. Motoko Furuhashi uses direct experiences to capture the physical and non-physical memories of selected locations. By collecting material directly from the site and creating through performative actions, Furuhashi claims site as an extension of her studio. Furuhashi’s collection of surfaces are applied to jewelry, bringing site directly to the wearers body. Kerianne Quick focuses on material origins, histories, and supply chain information to bring the wearer/viewer an expanded perspective. Connecting to the history of jewelry as objects of remembrance—the work reminds us that history is present, even when it is unseen. Demitra Thomloudis pushes and plays with scale, placement, materials, and form to capture facets of the places we reside, visit and explore. Her work reveals the consideration of site within the construct of jewelry and creates the opportunity to examine aspects of place, identity, value and material sign systems.

About the Artists

Motoko Furuhashi was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she teaches at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Oakland Museum of California, Alliages Contemporary Art Jewellery in Lille, France and Nobana Art Works in Ginza in Tokyo, Japan.

Kerianne Quick is a third-generation Los Angelina and Assistant Professor of Art at San Diego State University. She received her BA with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at San Diego State University, and her MFA in Metals from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Highlights from her exhibition record include the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, the Salon del Mobile in Milan, and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is included in major collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Design Museum den Bosch (formerly Stedelijk).

Demitra Thomloudis is a studio jeweler and an assistant professor in the jewelry and metalwork area at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Her exhibition record includes predominant institutions such as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; The Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece; The Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, Netherlands; The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Mexico.

Yvie Oddly and Jaida Essence Hall attend as RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7 & The Trevor Project light The Empire State Building on May 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ViacomCBS/Paramount+) via 360 MAGAZINE

RuPaul’s All Stars

World of Wonder announced RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 on April 13. Eight winners from seven seasons alongside of its spin-offs, have re-entered the workroom for an entirely new interval. It premieres Friday, May 20 on Paramount+. Let’s meet the queens of All Stars 7.

Jinkx Monsoon

Original Season: 5

Seattle’s oldest milf, Jinkx Monsoon, enters the competition as one of the most celebrated winners. She became widely known for her eccentricity and underdog narrative. Notable performances include: her hilarious portrayal of Little Edie in the Snatch Game (one of the greatest of all time), her lip sync with Detox and her Rupaul Roast. Although she excelled at comedy, many fans became baffled with her design and makeup techniques.

Yvie Oddly

Original Season: 11

Yvie Oddly possesses an ecletic drag appeal and choreography, but snatched the crown with their flare for fashion. While making an entrance, she wore an unflattering green dress and confused everyone. Although she didn’t win many challenges, her lip sync with Brooke Lynn Hytes season standout.

The Vivienne

Original Season: Rupaul’s Dra Race Uk Season 1

The Vivienne is notorious for her snatch game. The predecessor of UK spin-off. It was the first time contestants battled it out for cash prize. Her impersonation of Donald Trump will forever be etched in our memories largely due to judge Michelle Visage. Lastly, the torment which heavily sits on her braud shoulders hasn’t lifted, since broadcasting to an international audience is demanding.

Raja

Original Season: 3

Ten years has passed, since Raja graced the runway. This OG fashionista earned the crown and slayed the wig challenge with her Marie Antoinette look. One the episode wrapped, she began hosting YouTube series Fashion Photo Ruview in tandem with Season 2 contestant, Raven. And, the series became an overnight sensation!

Shea Coulee

Seasons: Season 9, All-Stars 5

Shea Coulee, with three wins in a row, almost captured the crown. However, Sasha Velour’s rose petal lip sync derailed her win streak. She excelled various challenges: comedy, runway, makeup skills and fashion–her nylon nude illusion made jaws drop. With a clear and obvious winner in sight, the audience grew uninterested.

Trinity the Tuck

Seasons: Season 9, All-Stars 4

Trinity the Tuck, the co-winner of All Stars 4, held the title for most controversial. She was brilliant in the body, looks and comedy categories. And, Caitlyn Jenner hit a homerun for variety show performance. However, controversy began to bubble under with rumors of her impersonating a black trans, ultimately damaging her chances.

Monet X Change

Original Seasons: Season 10 and All Stars 4

Monet X Change never won in her original season but had somd luck in her All Stars run. Eventually, her lip sync prowess took the crown. Soon after, she was hired to host The Pit Stop and Sibling Rivalry podcast along with fellow winner Bob the Drag Queen

Jaida Essence Hall

Season: 12

Just prior to the start of season 12, Jaida Essence Hall, became a member of the cast. Celebrated both for her trade challenges and hilarious debate, her seeming unpredictability is what makes people gravitate in her direction.  

Article: Armon Hayes, Skyler Johnson, Vaughn Lowery

Photo: (L-R) The Vivienne, Jinx Monsoon, Raja, Jaida Essence Hall, Shea Coulee, Monet X Change, Yvie Oddly and Trinity The Tuck attend as RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 & The Trevor Project light The Empire State Building on May 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ViacomCBS/Paramount+)

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thuy – i hope u see this (deluxe)

Vietnamese singer-songwriter thuy (pronounced twee) released the deluxe edition of her critically-acclaimed debut EP, i hope u see this. The fourteen-track project is a reflection of thuy‘s truth, unraveling the complexities of love through a utopia of harmonies that spotlight heartbreak, love, empowerment, and self-confidence. i hope u see this (deluxe) introduces five more reasons as to how thuy is paving the future for modern R&B in her own right. 

“The deluxe project is a continuation of the theme that I’m closing the door on the past in order to enter a new chapter in my life,” thuy said with excitement about the deluxe EP.  

i hope u see this (deluxe) is a cohesive body of work that celebrates thuy‘s innate musicality. It’s a consistent approach, meant to be played in any setting that honors emotion. Songs like “distance between us” prove that thuy’s regaining control over those overwhelming thoughts and unwanted feelings that have sapped her energy over the years. Her smooth vocals permeate the work, flirting over bouncy percussion that grinds into a catchy hook with “inhibitions” featuring P-Lo

When trying to make sense of thuy, you’re introduced to a fiery songstress that’s capable of making the best out of a bad situation. “in my bag” featuring Destiny Rogers channels those elements of misfortune into a deeper meaning that encourages listeners to remain focused in the face of adversity.  Diving deeper into the remix, thuy explains, “the ‘in my bag’ remix with Destiny Rogers is a major women empowerment anthem and that’s why I knew I wanted to get another female artist on it. Destiny Rogers was the perfect feature for this remix; she just exudes confidence and drive. I wanted to really embody the idea that women can be bosses and to never count us out of anything because we always come out on top!”

About Thuy

thuy is a recording artist and songwriter who marked her debut in 2015 with her first radio record, “Hands on Me”. Born and raised in the Bay Area, the now LA-based artist has released several records showcasing her angelic vocals, skillful songwriting, and modern R&B stylings. Having amassed over 150 million streams and garnered support from premier publications including Billboard, Rolling Stones, Paper, VIBE, Harper’s Bazaar, Lyrical Lemonade, MTV, NBC, Flaunt, and more thuy is setting herself apart in the pop R&B scene.

As a Vietnamese-American recording artist, thuy was featured in Paper’s first feature on Southeast Asian-American artists, highlighting how the rising artist has “carved out a space for herself both within and beyond the community of self-made Asian-American musical artists that have emerged in the streaming era.”2021 marked a turning point for thuy, who released her debut EP: i hope u see this. The project shares a beautiful and introspective collection of records touching on heartbreak, love, empowerment, and self-confidence. Through the project, thuy hopes that her music continues to inspire confidence in others and to be a voice for those who want to feel seen.

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JUANES – Un Dia Normal

Celebrating a milestone anniversary for one of Latin Music’s seminal and uplifting albums this century, Universal Music Latino has announced two special 20-year anniversary editions of JUANES’ record-setting and global breakthrough album, Un Dia Normal. A digital-only 20-year Anniversary edition (remastered in HighResAudio and Dolby Atmos) is now available at all major Digital Music providers, while a limited vinyl, CD and cassette special edition (providing fans with a combination of demo recordings & Juanes‘ personal commentary) can now be pre-ordered HERE. Here’s what people had to say. 

“Twenty years ago, Juanes released his breakthrough album…  with its mix of catchy pop, cutting rock, and traditional Latin sounds, Un Día Normal took him to an entirely new level. It spent 92 weeks on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, setting a record at the time, and it spun off gigantic back-to-back hits such as ‘A Dios Le Pido,’ ‘Mala Gente,’ and ‘Es Por Ti,’ all songs that helped define pop-rock in Spanish for that era. The album won six Latin Grammy [awards], including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year—and it made Juanes a star. …he remembers putting together the album during a hectic, emotional time, filled with highs and lows that inspired the sound of the record. He talks about the changes he was going through at the time, how he drew from his past, and how Un Día Normal changed the game,” said Rolling Stone. 

“One of Latin Music’s greatest… and most essential albums…  Juanes‘ contagious beats and socially conscious lyrics were a huge success… single ‘A Dios le Pido’ became a Latin anthem… and  ‘Un Dia Normal’ conquered the Billboard Latin Albums chart for two straight years, remaining in the top 10 for 92 weeks and won [six] Latin Grammy awards. …it perfectly captured the mainstream possibilities of singing in Spanish,” said Billboard.

Juanes on the Album

“I was passing through a very dark moment and a very light moment, and I think Un Día Normal really showed that in the music. Songs like ‘A Dios le Pido’ and ‘Es Por Ti’ were inspired by my family, my hope for better days, and also my wife, actually. I was completely in love and I thought at [the] time that my life was really changing in a very positive way. Un Día Normal reflected all of that. At the beginning of my musical journey, I started with folk music from all of South America. It was very normal [for] me to listen to tango and bolero, rancheras, vallenatos, cumbias. Then, when I became a teenager, I became crazy over rock music. I was an extremely big fan of heavy metal and Metallica. And then at some point around my twenties, I just realized that I needed to go back to my roots and I wanted to bring some elements of all of that to my music.”

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Stuffed Cheddar Burger

With summer quickly approaching, it is time to get by the pool, relax, and grill some delicious food. Every year, May 28th marks National Burger Day, ironically this year, it coincides with Memorial Day weekend! With that in mind, The Cheesecake Factory has the perfect treat to wow all your family and friends at this year’s cook-out.

The iconic restaurant brand has shared their recipe for the Stuffed Cheddar Burger. Nothing screams summer like a BBQ! With National Burger Day falling on the Saturday of MDW, now you have the perfect excuse to make this decadent and classic burger at home from The Cheesecake Factory.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 slice Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 slice American Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. Coarse Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 1 ea. Hamburger Bun
  • 1 Tbl. Butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. Coarse Salt                
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbl.1000 Island
  • 1/2 oz. Iceberg Lettuce, sliced thin
  • 1 slice Tomato
  • 5 ea. Dill Pickle Chips
  • 1-1/2 oz. Caramelized Onions

Procedure for stuffing burger patty

Place plastic wrap onto a clean work surface. Mound the ground beef onto the center. Place another piece over the mound. Use a flat-bottomed pan or pot to press the meat out into a patty approximately 8″ in diameter. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap. Place the cheese slices, stacked onto the patty.  Break off the corners of the cheese and place onto the rounded slices before carefully folding the excess meat over the cheese, covering it completely. Use the plastic wrap to help fold the meat over the cheese and press to form a patty. Repeat the process as needed (if making more than 1) and wrap the patties individually in plastic to store. Let the patties rest under refrigeration for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking and up to 24 hours. 

Assembling Burger

Place the prepped stuffed cheddar burger patty onto the grill and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 minutes then turn the burger 45° to mark and cook an additional 2 minutes. Brush the melted butter onto the cut sides of the bun and place (cut side down) onto a gridle or non-stick pan to toast approx. 30-60 seconds. Remove the bun and set aside until needed. Flip the burger over and cook 2 minutes. Turn the burger 45° to mark and continue to cook 2 minutes. Season the burger with salt and pepper just before removing it from the grill. Spread the dressing evenly over the bottom. Mound the iceberg lettuce onto the bottom bun.  Top with the tomato slice and pickle chips. Set the burger on top of the pickle chips. Mound the warm onions evenly onto the burger. Place the top bun onto the burger and enjoy! Be careful, the cheese in the center will be very hot!

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Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine

Lighthouse Immersive is proud to announce it raised $250,000 to support Ukraine through Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine showings in multiple North American cities. Emboldened to assist Ukraine with its ongoing crisis, Lighthouse Immersive, the producers of the Original Immersive Van Gogh, arranged to have an existing immersive exhibit celebrating the work of Ukrainian artist, poet, philosopher and public figure Taras Shevchenko brought to North America.   

Premiering March 15 in Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston; April in Pittsburgh and Cleveland; ticket sales from Immersive Shevchenko directly supported First Theatrical Charitable Foundation, which focuses on humanitarian needs of Ukrainians with a specific focus on elderly arts and culture workers and other social priority groups who have been left without adequate support at this time and to the National Bank of Ukraine Fund.  

In 2021, Ukraine-born Lighthouse Immersive Associate Producer Valeriy Kostyuk, working with a Ukraine-based team including Producer Natalia Delieva, Creative Director Tais Poda, Composer Timur Polyansky, and Curator-Consultant Dmytro Stus, developed and launched an immersive exhibit of Shevchenko’s work in Odesa. Kostyuk sought to apply the artistry and innovation that Lighthouse Immersive practiced with Vincent Van Gogh to one of Ukraine’s most beloved cultural figures. He was able to work with the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv to obtain access to their collection of paintings, resulting in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience that President Zelensky himself visited before the war began. Lighthouse Immersive worked with the Ukrainian producers in Kyiv and Odesa to bring the exhibit to North America so they can share Ukrainian art and culture with audiences abroad while raising funds for a righteous cause. 

“I was happy to find a way to use my experiences producing in North America to promote Ukrainian artists,” comments Kostyuk. “Ukrainian culture is as beautiful and moving and important as the culture of any other country in the world, and Shevchenko is, in many ways, a father of the independent Ukrainian nation. I have been moved and inspired beyond words by the endurance and resilience of the Ukrainian people in this moment and I am deeply thankful to the incredible team in Ukraine who partnered with me on this project, as well as to the producers at Lighthouse Immersive for standing with me in this moment.” 

The war continues in Ukraine as invading Russian forces continue to encounter fierce resistance. Amidst the bombardments and firefights, workers at the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko crate away valuable pieces of artwork in the exact same containers used to shield them from invading Nazi forces in 1941 to hide the valuable national artwork from the invading Russian Military forces as gunfire erupts just down the street. An artist, poet, writer and political activist of the mid-19th century, Shevchenko was known for expressing themes of Ukrainian oppression by the Russian government in his art.  

“It was inspiring to see everyone come together to support the people of Ukraine and be able to donate to Ukrainian charities including the National Bank of Ukraine Fund, Ukrainian Red Cross Society, and First Theatrical Charitable Foundation,” says Lighthouse Immersive Producer Corey Ross

Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814-March 10, 1861) is largely considered a cultural trailblazer of the independent Ukrainian nation. Born a serf, Shevchenko was freed in 1838 while a student at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. A master of Ukrainian painting/graphic art and a spiritual leader, Shevchenko was the founder of critical realism and the folk element in Ukrainian fine arts. Shevchenko’s creative output primarily reflected the socio-political reality of the Ukrainian people of that period and largely expressed themes of Ukrainian oppression by the Russian government and calls for Ukrainian liberation.  

About Lighthouse Immersive 

Lighthouse Immersive creates, produces and distributes innovative digital immersive art experiences through its experiential entertainment multiplex digital art galleries, aiming to cultivate community and creativity through large-scale events and exhibitions of all art forms. Lighthouse Immersive offers versatile spaces for creators to present their work while engaging audiences in unique art experiences that encourage dialogue and inspire new artistic creations. Lighthouse Immersive has produced the world premiere of Immersive Van Gogh, Immersive Frida Kahlo and Immersive Klimt: Revolution to more than 21 North American cities. Recognized as the leader in immersive art experiences, Lighthouse Immersive custom-designs each of their venues, named Lighthouse ArtSpace, to distinctly envelop the various architectural settings they inhabit. It operates galleries in a range of historic venues including refurbished industrial and retail spaces. Since 2021, the company has opened or is opening 21 new galleries in North American cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Boston and Denver, and is currently expanding into additional markets. To date, Lighthouse Immersive has sold 5 million tickets to Immersive Van Gogh across North America, with Artnet calling it “one of the largest coordinated art phenomena of all time.”

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X-Men: Hellfire Gala

Mutantkind is set to send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe yet again in this year’s HELLFIRE GALA! A night overflowing with heavy drama, surprise guests, and game-changing revelations, the event will take place in July’s “X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1,” a giant-sized one-shot written by current X-Men writer Gerry Duggan along with an all-star lineup of artists: Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli and C.F. Villa.

A Marvel Comic of such magnitude wouldn’t be complete without an incredible variant cover from artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau! The mega-popular cover artist depicts Jean Grey in her now iconic Hellfire Gala outfit from last year, ready to announce the new team of X-Men!

At last year’s gala, mutants changed the face of the solar system, terraforming Mars and claiming it for mutantkind. Don’t dare miss this issue to see what comes next! Stay tuned for more news about “X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1,” including an exciting sneak peek! For more information, click HERE.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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Reckless in Vegas × SAHARA

Reckless In Vegas, whose utterly distinctive sound offers a modern twist on Vintage Vegas, announced tickets are now on sale for its ongoing engagement at SAHARA Las Vegas, beginning June 30. Performing in the Las Vegas Strip’s fabled resort-casino, which recently completed a $150 million renovation and where Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Buddy Hackett and Don Rickles once graced the showroom stage, Reckless In Vegas will appear in the SAHARA Las Vegas Theatre on Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:30 PM. Audiences can look forward to rocking out to the power trio’s exhilarating original renditions of beloved classics by the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley and more.

Reckless In Vegas steals audiences away to the bygone days of Las Vegas when the drinks were strong, the entertainers were charismatic and the music was intoxicating. The show combines the imagery, comedic banter, glamorous showgirls and classic music from Sin City’s 1960s “glory days” with a contemporary rock band aesthetic.

Members Michael Shapiro (band founder, lead vocals, guitar), Jack E. Roth (drums) and Chris Nichols (bass, vocals) have created a high-energy show incorporating live performances of modern versions of songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Bobby Darin with dynamic production-show elements.

Whether audiences remember the swinging Vegas lounge-era days or were born much later, Reckless In Vegas brings something for everyone. Video montages, dialogue, humor, modern hard-rocking grooves and tender moments of balladry combine to create a truly original take on this classic genre. Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.

“Performing at the historic—yet completely reimagined—SAHARA Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip represents a dream come true for me,” says Shapiro. “There exists no better venue for our band, which reinvents and reinvigorates classic Las Vegas entertainment for contemporary audiences.”

About Michael Shapiro

Shapiro was raised in Las Vegas and, after stints in Oregon and California, returned to his hometown in 2015. He picked up his first instrument at age 13, and trained hard in guitar, vocals, piano and trumpet, attuning his ear to classical opera as well as rock. A chance encounter with a family friend struck the right chord and paved Shapiro’s way into music. At age 16, he had the opportunity to jam with Bruce Springsteen. The rocker’s energetic marathon performances spurred Shapiro to develop a taste for a raucous stage presence. After playing in various cover bands in his teens, Shapiro formed the band Trip, released several albums and toured. Being part of the VH1 Rock Across America Tour, Trip opened for such artists as Edwin McCain, Duncan Sheik, The Romantics and Cheap Trick. It was during an ill-fated gig opening for Great White when a tragic fire struck, that moved Shapiro to deeply reflect on life’s vagaries and whims.

He bounced back, releasing his first solo album, Somehow, Someway, and toured nationally, opening for the alt-rock band Live. After moving to San Rafael, Calif., he formed the power trio: Reckless in Vegas.

Shapiro’s style yields insight into his influences: Jimi Hendrix‘s relentless guitar riffs, Journey‘s Neal Schon, Carlos Santana and the melodic and powerful vocal styling of U2′s Bono

About Jack E. Roth

With more than 35 years’ experience, Roth has played drums and percussion on hundreds of projects associated with major labels and otherwise (including work with MCA, Universal, Interscope, MTV, VH1, Artisan, EA Sports), resulting in an extensive knowledge of playing, recording, production and engineering techniques.

Roth has performed all over the United States, headlining and opening for Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Puddle of Mudd, Chickenfoot, Buckcherry, Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Fuel, Living Colour, Trapt, Adelita’s Way, Steel Panther, Deep Dark Robot, Cold, Smashmouth, Danzig, Static-X, Fear Factory, Slaughter, Vince Neil, Dokken, Ratt, Eddie Money, Michael Angelo, Rick Derringer, Michael McDonald, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), The Commodores, The Romantics, Al Stewart, Starship, Berlin, Mark Farmer (Grand Funk), The Family Stone, Pat Travers, Edgar Winter, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Three Dog Night, War, The Fixx, Vixen, Shotgun Messiah, Kik Tracee, Gilby Clark, Life, Sex & Death, Bang Tango, Gary Hoey and Love/Hate, among others.

He has also played in backing bands for Randy Jackson (Mariah Carey, Journey, American Idol), Dee Snider, Meat Loaf, Sabastian Bach (Skid Row), Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), Deborah Gibson, Sheri Belafonte, Frank Hannon (Tesla), Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind), Steve Plunkett (Autograph) and Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Roth is endorsed by Ayotte Drums, Aquarian Drumheads and Gibraltar Hardware and is a proud member of ASCAP.

About Chris Nichols

Born in Newark, Ohio, as the son of a piano teacher, Nichols studied the piano, cello, guitar, drums and bass. His early years led him to Nashville where he toured with several artists throughout the nation. His desire to “Go West” led him to Las Vegas when the mob still owned the town. He saw the Sands and the Dunes casinos fall to their demise. Since moving to Sin City, he has recorded on several records both as an artist and an engineer.  Nichols actually shared the stage with Shapiro in Trip as they ascended to the height of that band’s career. With the help of several bands, he has also shared stages with Willie Nelson, Chris Isaak, Toto, Peter Frampton, Rick James and Lifehouse, to name just a few.