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.