Q&A: SKYE DEE MILES TALKS ABOUT HER NEW PALMS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Magazine
Original Post - Las Vegas Magazine, Sept 30, 2022 by Brock Radke
There’s no other singer in Las Vegas quite like Skye Dee Miles. The Missouri native with the powerful, soulful voice and a style all her own has thrilled audiences through the years in production shows like Menopause the Musical and fronting live bands at a plethora of casino lounges, including the Bourbon and Blues bash at the Shag Room at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. But her latest project is the most ambitious yet, the full-scale Midnight Skye: The Revival at the legendary Ghostbar at the top of Palms. It’s a club known for unparalleled views, and Miles is giving guests even more to look at and soak in. As she explained to editor at large Brock Radke, connecting with an audience is everything to her.
What was it like to put this new show together in a short period of time for Ghostbar?
Even though I had this vision and the ideas and concepts had been in my head, or written down, or performed in other places, we were still creating a stage in a (nightclub space) that doesn’t have a traditional stage, making a dressing room in a place with no dressing room. But we made it happen. It’s a great opportunity and really piqued my interest to come back and do something that was more mine, and not just me doing something at Usher’s show (backstage experience at Caesars Palace) or at Holly Madison’s show (at Planet Hollywood). It’s my project.
What do you love about this intimate venue?
It feels like your living room, if you had a multimillion-dollar living room. It’s harder for me to be in venues where I can’t really touch people. The pandemic forced us not to touch and engage, and now we’re back and able to do it again. And people do want to be involved, they want you to remember their name, to trigger a memory. That’s what entertainment is for.
Midnight Skye is really a journey, taking us through different experiences throughout the night.
There are different levels. For the preshow, there’s a harp player and a cello player, and that’s not what you expect at a nightclub. And then we bring in the showgirls, and there are not many showgirls left in this city. And then the real show starts, and I think it’s beyond immersive and everybody is included. Think of it as a house party.
How do you create those connections with the audience?
That’s what it’s about, why it’s a revival. Did we make you laugh? Did we make you cry? Did we make you feel? Did we make you dance? Did we make you remember? If you’re not getting one of those (reactions), you’re just a robot onstage. One line we are using is, “Putting the life back into nightlife.” It is still a club, but … people are coming in just to feel it again, to buy someone else a drink and listen to the music, and it’s somewhere between a party, a production show and a lounge act. It’s all in one, on a nontraditional stage.
Palms is a different venue for you because it attracts a lot of local Las Vegans. What’s that experience like for you?
That’s one of the reasons I was enticed to come over, the commitment from the Palms to providing live entertainment and creating a place where locals want to go and feel included. I’m seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while. So I’m excited about being part of the Palms family and having the opportunity to be me, because they know what they got when they signed me. Every component of this show is something I’ve already done, but in a different format. You get to see the beauty of Vegas showgirls, live band members, dancers, costumes, comedy, and we do have a DJ and party music, we make time for that. And some people, and some locals, they never go to a production show. But when you’re in a nightclub and something special happens, that’s really cool.
Article originally posted on ShulmanSays.com by Michael Shulman, Aug 1, 2022
Friday was a big night at Palms Casino Resort. Frankie Moreno had just kicked off his recurring monthly residency in KAOS; and, as a dazzling après, up at Ghostbar, the fabulous Skye Dee Miles was previewing her new residency show, Midnight Skye, which will celebrate its opening night, this Friday, August 05.
There, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, Miles held the guests—including double-barreled Palms execs Cynthia Kiser-Murphey and Crystal Robinson-Wesley (GM and VP, Entertainment & Activation, respectively), Moreno and his longtime paramour, Dancing with the Stars’ Lacey Schwimmer; Cheryl Daro with her husband Mark Shunock aka the ‘Voice of Vegas’ (or, at least, that of Top Rank Boxing, the Vegas Golden Knights, and Keep Memory Alive’s annual Power of Love™ gala); King Kobra vocalist/guitarist Paul Shortino; singer/songwriter (and equestrian) Chadwick Johnson; LVRJ’s resident raconteur, John Katsilometes; and Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips—in thrall, ably supported by her fabulously funky ensemble led by musical director and production manager Douglas “Dee Flat Major” Collier on bass guitar, with Victor Perkins on guitar, Anthony Burns on drums, and Blaine McGurty on piano; as well as harpist Dane Clarke, cellist Mariko Muranaka, human beatbox JayR Beatbox, and tap dancer Kenji Igus. And just to give it some of that good ol’ Las Vegas razzle-dazzle, the sassy and beguiling Midnight Skye Dancers perform the choreography of Lena Giroux (the show's creative director) and Asiel Hardison.
Miles has been thrilling Las Vegas audiences with her incredible vocal stylings since coming to town to star in Menopause the Musical at the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate Las Vegas). Since then, the beatific singer with the golden pipes spent four years hosting Tropicana Nights at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino (now Tropicana Las Vegas), and in 2013 debuted her late-night show, Midnight Skye, inside the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood. The following year, she was picked to be the lead vocalist in Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque, at Mandalay Bay; after which she became the Emcee at the Chippendales-produced 53X at Paris Las Vegas, in 2016. The soulful singer really set tongues a-waggin’ with her appearance in a pair of music videos for Lil Wayne (“Lollipop” featuring Static, and “Every Girl” featuring Drake), and as the headliner at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. More recently, she headlined Bourbon & Blues in the Shag Room at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and the Entertainers Lounge at S Bar at Mandalay Bay.
Bandleader Brian Newman (Lady Gaga: Jazz & Piano) recently told me that he first encountered Skye singing at NoMad Las Vegas and knew on the spot that he needed to invite her to join the merry band of hep cats and hellacious kittens he’d assembled for Brian Newman: After Dark, his roof-raising late-night residency in the NoMad Library. it was here that I became reacquainted with Miles, witnessing her emotive delivery of “Girl Crush”—the GRAMMY-winning ballad penned by the songwriting trio of Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey (aka the Love Junkies) that became an RIAA Quintuple Platinum-certified hit for Little Big Town—a performance that left me, in the parlance of today’s youth, shook. *
And while “Girl Crush” is an amazing song, whether performed by Little Big Town or by Harry Styles (who famously included his cover during his first headlining tour, 2017’s Harry Styles: Live on Tour); in Miles’ talented hands the arrangement deftly morphs from country to jazz to soul to rock to gospel, so smoothly, that audience members are almost dizzy when they jump to their feet to applaud the now breathless, emotionally spent, and triumphantly radiant Miles, who began the song in a coquettish whisper and ended with a roar worthy of the late Izora Rhodes-Armstead. **
Beyond her incredible charisma, captivating stage presence, and 1000-megawatt smile, Miles has two incredible gifts as an entertainer. There is her voice which doesn’t just run from contralto to mezzo-soprano but contains a forceful power that is heard across her range from the lowest note to the highest. Then, there is her sophistication as an arranger, which cannot be overstated. She builds layers upon layers of songs into each number, arranged to suit her mood, mode, and range. She might start with a base of classic jazz and blues standards; but into this, she weaves contemporary hits, rap, rhythm & blues, hard rock, and funk, so seamlessly that it will take you a moment to realize that she’s just rapped a couple lines of Nicki Minaj lyrics into a Muddy Waters song!
The other night at Ghostbar, Miles began with Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” then segued into Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and rounded it out with Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.” Another number, Buddy Guy’s “Whiskey, Beer & Wine” was interspersed with verses from Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” and Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It (on the Alcohol).” There was Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’” mixed with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message.” Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” was sung, as was Beyoncé’s “Sugar Mama,” and one of Miles’ signature songs, Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman.”
If I had to pick my favorite numbers of the night, though, it would be Miles’ deep dive into Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down” (which absolutely rocked while being riotously hilarious, and left my voice hoarse from cheering), and her soulful take on Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar,” using it as a musical segue between phrases from a quartet of songs by New Edition/Bobby Brown (“Candy Girl,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Every Little Step I Take,” and “I Want You Back”). Finally, just before 2am, the show concluded with the Midnight Skye Dancers, who took us all to church while getting down with their fine selves to a gorgeous rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” by Heavy Young Heathens featuring the Nashville United First Baptist Vocal Assembly.
The grand (re)opening of Ghostbar will be this Wednesday, August 03; while the opening night of Midnight Skye will be on Friday, August 05. And, if Friday night was any indication, it’s a safe bet that Midnight Skye at Ghostbar is fast going to become a new favorite late-night weekend hang for a lot of in-the-know locals. I know it’s already one of mine!
P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that Delta Sky Miles needs to hire Skye Dee Miles to be their spokesperson?
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[Editor’s Notes: * At the 2015 Country Music Association Awards (CMAs), “Girl Crush” won the awards for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Single of the Year,’ and had been nominated in the category of ‘Music Video of the Year.' Then, at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, the song won the awards for ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance’ and ‘Best Country Song,’ while also having been nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ // ** Izora Rhodes-Armstead and Martha Wash performed under the name Two Tons of Fun, as the backup singers for Sylvester; and later, as The Weather Girls, found international success with the now anthemic dance classic “It’s Raining Men”]
Article by Sam Novak, Vegas411, originally posted on Sept 28, 2022
Sin City’s living legend brings the “Boom Boom” to Palms Hotel with “Midnight Skye – The Revival”
“It’s somewhere between a party, a production show, and a lounge act. It’s all in one” says Skye Dee Miles about her new show “Midnight Skye – The Revival”. It takes place at GHOSTBAR, the legendary nightclub nestled high in the clouds above Palms Casino Resort.
The name “Ghostbar” might evoke images of the dead, but things at the iconic rooftop club couldn’t be more alive. Just two months in, “Midnight Skye – The Revival” is drawing enthusiastic crowds every Friday and Saturday night. Audience members from all walks of life are coming back to the infamous hotspot to check out this genre-bending infusion of funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, and jazz.
The creator and star of GHOSTBAR‘s new hit is songstress Skye Dee Miles. Dynamic, daring, and flat-out fun, this powerhouse belts out the blues as easily as a wink to the nearest hunk. Known to thousands through a high-profile stint at Rose.Rabbit.Lie, Ms. Miles has delivered inimitable stylings to sexy spots like “The Entertainers Lounge” at Mandalay Bay‘s S BAR, “Bourbon and Blues” at The Shag Room (Virgin Hotels Las Vegas), NoMad Library, and numerous appearances at venues like The Space.
Many longtime fans had their first toast with Skye at MENOPAUSE The Musical. Now she’s back in full-production mode with her proudest and most personal accomplishment – “Midnight Skye – The Revival“.
VEGAS 411 had the opportunity to chat with the voluptuous “Queen of GHOSTBAR” this weekend. I posed ten questions and asked Skye to have a little fun. As anyone who knows her would expect, it was anything but predictable.
Is Skye Dee Miles your birth name or a stage name? Is there a story behind it or does it have a special meaning?
“I plead the fifth! I have several aliases. I will tell you that ‘Skye’ means “water giver” in Arabic. That’s what I read somewhere. ‘Dee’ is short for DeDe and I was named after my great grandfather Dee. We share the same birthday. I had to keep ‘Miles’ because that’s my family name.”
Your new show is entitled “Midnight Skye – The Revival”. There are lots of layers to that name, referencing the late performance time, rooftop location, and your own name. But what is being revived?
“I am wanting LIFE to be revived!! The life of laughter love and emotion to be reignited through the art.”
Do you think there’s too much “Sin” in Sin City…or not enough?
“NOT ENOUGH!! I vote for putting sin back into SIN CITY!”
What’s your favorite “sinful” thing to do in Las Vegas?
“Blackjack and Boys (over 25).”
Your show features dazzling imagery and plenty of vibrant costumes. What does Skye Dee Miles wear when she’s at home, sipping coffee in the morning?
“I don’t drink coffee. I love cute cotton pajamas. Bareface so my face can breathe.”
You’ve performed in some of the most intimate and well-known spots in Las Vegas, from Rose.Rabbit.Lie to Smith Center for Performing Arts and the legendary Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. What famous stage is on your bucket list?
“Madison Square Garden, The Lincoln Center, and my own showroom. I love the stage at Palazzo where they did ‘BAZ’, I am ready to have the world be my stage.”
You just won the lottery and have enough money to do one of the following. A) Open your own SKYE DEE MILES Hotel-Casino, B) Travel the world in a private jet, or C) Purchase your own mountain with a cabin by the lake. Which will it be?
“A, B, and C!”
You’re hanging out with Tina Turner, Prince, and Michael Jackson at a bar, and each of them wants to jam at their place with you afterward. Are you headed to Nutbush City, Paisley Park, or Neverland Ranch?
“Ooooooooo…..this is good!!! Michael and I can go to Disneyland on Sunday. I think I’m heading to Nutbush City because that party is going to have all the good food, whiskey, and bad boys. All the cute boys at Prince’s party are prettier than the girls. Lol, I think it’s best to not ruffle my own ego!”
You’ve admitted to being easily scared. Now that Halloween is approaching, what horror movie would make the Queen of GHOSTBAR jump the highest?
“The Omen….I don’t play around with the spirits like that. Maybe a bottle of whiskey spirits, honey, but not The Omen or Rosemary’s Baby. The Shining was crazy!”
You’re a mom to two adventurous cats. What are their names? If they were musicians, what instruments would each play, and would you trust them to be in your band?
“HOT FRIES (boy) and HOT MESS (girl). LoL OMG, Hot Fries would play some instrument not needed like the tuba or accordion. Hot Mess would be the chick drummer or eccentric wild cat female singer in a punk rock band. Hot Mess could be the lazy manager. I wouldn’t trust either in the band. Hot Fries would fall asleep and Hot Mess wouldn’t show up. But they are great for cuddles!”
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MIDNIGHT SKYE – THE REVIVAL performs every Friday and Saturday night at GHOSTBAR inside Palms Casino Resort. Admission is free, guests must be 21 or over. The preshow begins at 10 pm, entertainment continues until 2 am. For more information on Skye Dee Miles, visit the official website.
Article by Brock Radke | Thu, Aug 25, 2022 (2 a.m.)
The interesting reawakening of Palms Casino Resort continued at the top of the month with the grand opening of Ghostbar, the 55th-floor nightclub returning to its original name after a significant renovation under previous ownership. With its unparalleled Vegas views and high-energy atmosphere, Ghostbar of old was one of those legendary local hot spots.
This one is different. Is it still a bumping club, or more of a relaxed ultralounge? Are there still DJs controlling the rhythm of the room, or some other form of innovative entertainment that appeals to different audiences?
So far, the answer to all our questions is yes. Under San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality, all things Palms are designed for broader appeal, and Ghostbar is emblematic. It’s an indoor/outdoor social cocktail spot with DJs and vibes until Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m., when a full-on production show created by beloved local performer Skye Dee Miles kicks into gear.
“One of the main questions we received before re-opening [the resort] was, Are you bringing back Ghostbar?” says Crystal Robinson-Wesley, Palms vice president of entertainment. “We decided early on one of the main things we want Palms to be known for is a live entertainment hub. Ghostbar made sense because we knew it was something folks wanted to see, but how do you transition from what was most recently known as Apex and marry that with what people remember from Ghostbar, and incorporate the Palms’ new brand?”
Aiming for something different in a familiar space brought the Palms to Miles, who left her weekly Bourbon and Blues gig at the Shag Room lounge at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas to launch Midnight Skye: The Revival at Ghostbar.
A singer with inimitable style and loads of experience at Vegas lounges, in production shows and at innovative supper clubs like the former Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan, Miles is putting everything she’s got into this new project.
“Every component of this show is something I’ve already done, but in a different format,” she says. “You get to see the beauty of Vegas showgirls, live band members, dancers, costumes, comedy ... and we do have a DJ and party music, we make time for that.”
It’s wildly ambitious for an intimate space that never had an actual stage or dressing room, but the effort is already paying off by surprising guests who aren’t sure what to expect at this iteration of Ghostbar.
“People are coming in just to feel it again, to buy someone else a drink and listen to the music, and it’s somewhere between a party, a production show and a lounge act. It’s all in one,” Miles says.
It fits into the Palms’ comeback strategy, Robinson-Wesley says, building something that “hopefully feels like home, with a little bit of something for everyone. Folks have walked in like, What? This is not what I expected. But I think that’s OK, to be a little uncomfortable then a little bit surprised.”
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Listen to the FULL 21-MIN NTERVIEW HERE on the "Sun on the Strip" Podcast by Brock Radke.
By Brock Radke, Entertainment Writer
ORIGINALLY POSTED: Wed, Jul 8, 2020 | 2am
Stylish singer Skye Dee Miles is accustomed to making adjustments onstage, interacting with her audience and improvising when necessary. But performing while wearing a mask was a different twist.
“It’s definitely not like changing a song at the last minute,” she says on the latest episode of the Sun on the Strip podcast. “We all like to be challenged, especially performers, but this is a little different. But [coming] out of something I didn’t want to do, you end up finding a whole new routine.”
Miles returned to live performance recently and her regular gig as part of a varied cast of musicians and entertainers at the Cosmopolitan’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie., a “modern supper club” currently open for dinner and fun Thursday through Sunday. Singing through a mask is just one of the challenges that came with the comeback, but the Missouri native and veteran of musical revues like “Beach Blanket Babylon” and “Menopause the Musical” said the adrenaline and excitement from getting back onstage after a monthslong absence helped quite a bit.
Since it’s a restaurant offering live entertainment, RRL was able to return to duty before traditional casino showrooms and theaters. But adding food and drink doesn’t take away from the experience at this trend-setting venue.
“There’s a special thing about being able to connect with people as a performer. People come to Vegas because they want an experience, and that’s the one thing I think Rose. Rabbit. Lie. really brought to the Strip,” Miles said. “It’s the intimacy. Even though we’re not able to walk around [in the audience] as much as we were a few months ago, there’s still a way to connect in how we deliver the songs. That’s the thing I love most about it, the intimacy. It’s not [about] the numbers, it’s about the performance and the emotion.”
Delivering memorable, emotional performances is Miles’ signature move. After breaking through in “Menopause” when it was running at the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate), she moved on to different shows at the Tropicana, Planet Hollywood and Mandalay Bay, some of which she developed, like the burlesque-tinged “Boom Boom Room” at the Trop. After six years at RRL, she’s not looking to leave anytime soon, but the eventual goal is to produce her own production in Las Vegas.
“It’s my favorite thing. Through the years I’ve been able to put different shows together and I love every part of being able to be myself and add different elements of what I want to say,” she said. “And it’s empowering. We don’t see a lot of women producing their own shows and we don’t have very many women on the Strip at all in lead performing [roles], let alone producing.”
Listen to the FULL 21-MIN INTERVIEW HERE on the "Sun on the Strip" Podcast by Brock Radke!!
TODAY’s Lilliana Vazquez takes viewers along on a dazzling night on the town in Las Vegas, NV. Highlights include a giant wine rack only accessible with rock-climbing gear, and beef Wellington topped with foie gras at ROSE RABBIT LIE while watching a performance of the one-and-only SKYE MILES (fast forward to about 3 minutes & 25 seconds to catch a glimpse of Skye doing what she does best)!!
"Best of Las Vegas" Award Winner!
The BEST OF LAS VEGAS awards have been announced, and guess who just snagged the bronze award for Best Lounge Act of 2017? Yep, our very own Miss Skye Miles!!! Congratulations, girl...you deserve it!!
CLEOPATRA'S BARGE, November 30th!
Skye Miles is back with a BOOM!!! She'll be performing at the iconic, one-and-only CLEOPATRA'S BARGE inside Caesars Palace on Thursday, November 30th, from 10pm to midnight. Be sure to get there early to reserve your spot, because you know the room will be FILLED that night!
On Friday, June 9th at 8:00pm, Skye Miles will be joining David Perrico, award-winning (Best of Las Vegas 2013-Review Journal) trumpeter, composer, and conductor & his Pop Strings Orchestra as for a very special concert at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. A celebrated trumpeter, Perrico leads the All-Star 18-piece ensemble of strings, horns and rhythm section. Featuring Skye Dee Miles and a few other talented Las Vegas vocalists (Michelle Johnson, Serena Henry, Lily Arce, Ken Fletch Walcott, Eric Sean), this concert will showcase classic sounds and new arrangements of the "Songbook of Soul" by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Temptations, Tower of Power, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Al Jareau, to name a few, plus original compositions by Perrico himself.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
SKYE MILES joins the cast of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, Feb 3-5, 2017!
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s comes to life in the three-time Tony award-winning musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin'. Join five performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas "Fats" Waller. You'll be jumpin' and jivin' with memorable songs such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Black and Blue," "This Joint is Jumpin'," and “I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling." One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, the sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, has moments of devastating beauty that is simply unforgettable.
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Since its inception in 2010, Las Vegas-based Broadway In The Hood has produced original theatrical works dealing with social issues as well as acclaimed community productions of Broadway blockbusters like Dreamgirls and The Color Purple. The organization has been featured on numerous TV shows, including TVOne’s R&B Divas LA and a one-hour PBS special, Broadway In The Hood: Open Doors and Dreams, which was nominated for a regional Emmy Award. The Smith Center has partnered with the group to present its upcoming season.
Skye Miles...guest columnist!
On July 14th, Skye Dee Miles was featured as a Guest Columnist for the LAS VEGAS SUN! Read the article here:
Singer Skye Dee Miles: ‘Perform with passion, perform with purpose, and perform for the people’
As Robin Leach settles into a northern Italian lake district lifestyle before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore this year — many of our Strip personalities have again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with the fabulous singer Skye Dee Miles, who recently headlined at Holly Madison’s new 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay and was a longtime staple at the Tropicana.
“We live for the applause, applause, applause! We live for the applause, ’plause, ’plause!” Just put Lady Gaga’s song on repeat. I have limited space, but you get my point. This is a catchy phrase that refers to all of us in the entertainment business. What performer doesn’t want to hear the patter of acceptance from a roaring audience?
But I believe that the talented artist, the hardworking craftsman, lives and breathes to perform for much more than the applause. We perform sometimes to empty rooms with the reverence of Carnegie Hall. We sing for the souls who can’t speak for themselves.
We dance for those who move off beat. We bring laughter to empty walls. We don’t just hunger for the applause; we know that our passion is connected to the life of another … the audience. Unfortunately with quick-win TV talent shows and auto-tune, the applause seems to be the only goal. But what seems so isn’t the reality for all of us.
Yes, we live in Las Vegas, Sin City. But Las Vegas also is a city with souls who thirst to be connected to the music. I know personally from my experience working in various shows like “Menopause the Musical,” Tropicana Lounge, “Midnight Skye” at Planet Hollywood, 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque and several others that the connection doesn’t stop at the applause.
The audience wants to touch you, talk to you and thank you personally. They want you to know that “you gave me my Mojo back.” “I am a cancer survivor … I want you to have my healing bracelet.” “My husband is dying of cancer and should be in the room sleeping, but he wants to hear ‘Play That Funky Music.’ ”
“I lost two sons to gun violence. Please sing ‘Purple Rain.’ ” “My wife died, and I just want to dance … and hold someone.” “You inspire me.” “I want your confidence.” “Here is a tip for you: You are touching souls. I’m an escort, but I want you to know that you are touching souls. Keep doing what you do.” “I just lost my mother on Mother’s Day. Can you sing ‘At Last’?”
These are all real conversations shared after the applause. The applause and standing ovations are awesome and wonderful moments, but it is the memories we give to our audiences that linger for a lifetime.
If your only motivation to perform is the applause, then I would argue that you are in the wrong profession. Many times, we will lay our heart and soul on the stage, and the crickets are the only critics. There are other times you might forget a lyric, sing a bad note or miss a dance step, and you still get high praise. It’s fickle, and so is the applause.
To my entertainment family: If no one claps, if no one yells, if no one shows up, you continue to live. Live, honey, live! Perform with passion, perform with purpose, and perform for the people.
ORIGINALLY POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014 | 7:04 p.m.
By John Katsilometes
ORIGINALLY POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 11:27 a.m.
As is often the case in Las Vegas, shifts in one show, venue or individual can cause a ripple all across the scene. This has been the case again recently, and we’ll begin this journey with events centering on our friend Skye Dee Miles.
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos: Tropicana, Mandalay Bay and Bally’s.
Most notably, Miles’ Skye 5 band is leaving Tropicana Lounge after a spirited 4 1/2 year run. Miles and her band performed admirably as productions came and went in Tropicana Theater, which over the past few years saw the closing of the 49-year-old “Folies Bergere,” headlining runs by Wayne Newton and Gladys Knight, a stint by “Dancing With the Stars Live!” and a weekend stint by Chicago, among other one-off events in the venue.
Written by Skye Miles
ORIGINALLY POSTED: April 1, 2013 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine
Spring is in the Las Vegas air, and so are the celebrities. The weather outside is delicious, which means it’s time to put on your spring fling and hit the town.
In March, one of the hottest tickets on the Strip was Boyz II Men at The Mirage. I have had the pleasure of seeing them in concert, and to answer your question: Yes, they are worth every penny. Personally, I would love to see a New Edition/Boyz II Men show, but the Boyz have decided to team up with New Kids on the Block and some other group whose name I can’t remember. They will return to Las Vegas in August, so stay tuned.
Cee-Lo! It’s Vegas, baby — give it to us! This is the place you can actually wear all those crazy costumes and nobody will look at you caray-zeeeeeeeeeeee! We are rooting for you Mr. Green. Bring the bling for your stay at Planet Hollywood!
Also at Planet Hollywood, Coco Austin has extended her Sin City stay through July, and I am so elated! Not because I know her personally, but I am a supporter of well-built, tanned blondes — they remind me of myself. And, well, Ice-T has been one of my favorites since the days of gangsta rap. Long before he played a cop on “Law and Order.”
Vegas is shining bright with all kinds of new shows. My good friend, Dave Perrico of Pop Evolution, is composer and director of the new hit show “Pin Up.” It is at the Stratosphere, and stars Claire Sinclair — a centerfold who has made a lot of boys happy across America.
Over at the Hilton — excuse me, LVH; old habits are hard to break — they pulled some classic rockers out of the archives for “Raiding the Rock Vault.” Everything old is new again, and I love it. At the end of the day, if it was good music then, it’s good music now. Let the aging fellas keep living their glory days of rock and roll!
Fans of R&B are gearing up for the Las Vegas Soul Festival, scheduled for April 6 and 7 at the Thomas and Mack Center. I hate that I have to work those nights, because I sure want to see some Ms. Erykah Badu. What will she wear? How is her hair? How many candles will she burn? Is Tyrone still on the scene? Mary Mary will be there to further define new gospel. I love their new song about going to church on Sunday. But that reality show? It needs some repentance. Bobby Jones is also going to be in the house. Now he may need to loan Cee-Lo one of his bling jackets. Hallelujah!
Catch me doing my thing in my show, “Midnight Skye,” on April 9 in the Sin City Theatre at Planet Hollywood. Child, I will be giving it to you funny, funky and fabulous! When I say funky, I mean that make-you-sweat-James-Brown kind of funk. You can also catch me with my band Skye 5 at the Tropicana, Thursday-Sunday, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Oh yes, I did just plug me — not once, but twice!
by BWW News Desk
ORIGINALLY POSTED: Jan. 30, 2013
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's newest entertainment hotspot, the Sin City Theatre, presents rock/soul diva Skye Dee Mile's newest showcase, Midnight Skye. The sexy, sassy, and soulful show premieres tonight, Jan. 30 at the stroke of midnight.
Midnight Skye will feature Skye Dee Miles, a four-piece band, three dancers, and back-up singers who can regularly be found in many of the Las Vegas Strip's major productions, including Jersey Boys, Vegas! The Show and iCandy Burlesque. The show delivers an original cabaret style vibe, with a set list that includes unique renditions of the music of The Beatles, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker and Journey.
Skye Dee Miles has proven to be a staple on the Las Vegas Strip since the year 2005, starring in shows including the popular Menopause: The Musical. Despite being a self-proclaimed "simple country girl from Boonville, Missouri," Miles is no stranger when it comes to the entertainment world. She spent seven years starring in the longest-running musical revue in history, San Francisco's Beach Blanket Babylon. Miles also had made a remarkable appearance by performing with her band Skye 5, which has steadily developed a reputation for attracting the top musical talent.
Admission to Midnight Skye is free and exclusive drink specials will be offered to guests that attend in sleepwear attire. Sin City Theatre, located on the Mezz at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, features the show Sin City Comedy nightly at 9:00 PM. Guests must be 21 years and up.
Skye Dee Miles on Talktails!
Talk show host and comedienne Kelly Clinton interviews Skye Dee Miles on the set of the popular webcast show Talktails, filmed live in Las Vegas.
Watch the video below!
By John Katsilometes
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 | 6 a.m.
...The “Show Off Sundays” industry night performances hosted by Skye Dee Miles and her Skye5 band at the Tropicana’s Ambhar Lounge are quickly becoming one of the week’s highlights. At least on my calendar. They started July 15 and have swiftly grown to one of the fun late-night hangs in the city. On Sunday night, Skye5 briefly ceded the stage to the Tenors (slowly shedding the Canadian Tenors title) for a version of “Hallelujah”... <READ MORE>