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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)!!
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!!
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.
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.
PRESENTED BY "BROADWAY IN THE HOOD"
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.
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.
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>
ORIGINALLY POSTED: March 6, 2010 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine
Five years ago, Skye Dee Miles arrived in Las Vegas from Oakland, Calif., with only $500 in her pocket. The Missouri native’s immediate goal: audition for shows on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
“The show ‘Menopause’ was the first show I auditioned for when I arrived in Las Vegas,” Miles recently told Black Image. “And I remember saying, ‘I don’t know what menopause is.’ ”
As a young plus-size woman, Miles was a bit surprised to be called back after that initial audition. She has since turned her winning personality into a long-running “Menopause” role, representing the corporate success story. “All of the women in the stage musical represent different female personalities,” explained Miles. “We all meet in the Bloomingdale’s department store and start talking about our experiences in getting older. Even though the show deals with menopause issues, it is really about change and accepting your life.”
With the production having traveled as far as Africa, Miles believes it contains something for everyone. “The show has simple messages that all people can relate to,” she said. “A lot of men love the show as well. We sing parodies of popular songs, such as Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain of Fools’ — (it is called) ‘Change of Life’ in the show. We take songs from the late 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and change the lyrics to interpret the play, but the beats are the same.”
Given its ambitions — to celebrate the universality of the female experience — “Menopause” is frequently seen by audiences as something akin to a movement for empowerment. Now in its fifth year in the Silver State, Miles says its powerful message has frequently acted as a spiritual balm for uneasy souls. “We often have cancer survivors and women who are dealing with divorce in the audience,” she said. “They come backstage sometimes just to say thank you for identifying with them. The show identifies with real women. Actually, when I auditioned for the show, you had to be at least a size 10. Whatever people are going through, they come to the show and we make them find humor in it.”
As she reflected on a time when African-American performers were restricted from even entering many of the properties on the Strip, Miles recalls being filled with emotion prior to her first performance. “At the first dress rehearsal for the show, I remember feeling very sensitive and saying to myself, ‘I am getting ready to perform on a Las Vegas stage!’ Where people like Sammy Davis Jr. and others had to enter from the back door … to perform their shows on the stage, and then had to leave the property because of the color of their skin,” said Miles. “Wow! That was big for me, and I am very thankful to have my opportunity. But I am very much aware that there are still not many opportunities to perform on the … Strip for African-American entertainers. We are no longer in the Las Vegas lounges, and I realize we still have a ways to go.”
As for personal aspirations, Miles looks forward to further expressing herself as a writer. Future career moves might be dictated by her need, as an artist, to sometimes defy conventional wisdom.
“My dream is to one day get a tour bus and go city-to-city and just musically jam,” said Miles. “Singing rock and the blues and really being able to connect with people with my vision and my creativity. You have to be versatile in this business, not letting people put you in a box. My father always tells me, ‘Don’t let other people be your destiny.’ You can’t let people decide who you are going to be.”