The Dennis Bono Show
The real key to the success of the show, "Las Vegas Now," is that Dennis Bono gets friendly and intimate with his guests in a breezy and funny and interesting way; he is one of them. And, whether he is performing on radio or in front of a live audience, Dennis is always the perfect host: He is gracious and charming, self-deprecating, attentive and witty.
Before launching his career as a talk-show host, Dennis Bono started out in the 1970s and 1980s by performing on the East Coast club circuit, appearing at Playboy clubs and resorts in the Caribbean, and once even singing the national anthem at Yankee Stadium.
More fame and acclaim was in store for Dennis Bono, and was soon to come his way. In 1989, while Dennis was living and performing on the East Coast, his first music CD was gaining much attention on the West Coast. Jilly Rizzo heard the buzz about this new up-and-coming singer Dennis Bono, and decided to give Dennis a call. Jilly Rizzo introduced Dennis to his closest friend and confidant, Frank Sinatra. Both Jilly Rizzo and Frank Sinatra were impressed by Dennis Bono\'s discerning taste in music, as well as by his own musical interpretation of the Great American Songbook. Frank Sinatra is on record as praising of Dennis Bono, "This is the kid who is going to carry the torch."
In the same way as Jilly Rizzo and Frank Sinatra helped to guide Dennis\'s career, Dennis now also provides a similar opportunity, on "Las Vegas Now," for young up-and-coming artists to be discovered and to showcase their talents on his show.
Dennis Bono\'s philosophy about the music classics and standards is, "Great songs stand the test of time, and allow every singer the opportunity to interpret the lyrics and melody in a fresh way that makes the song literally come to life."
Dennis Bono honed his talented vocal abilities and professional stage craft, by singing and touring, from fabulous Las Vegas to Japan, and everywhere in-between. A big tour with comedian Don Rickles included Bally\'s Grand Hotel, in Atlantic City, and The Golden Nugget and The Tropicana, in Las Vegas. In the early 1990s, on the Strip in Las Vegas, Dennis Bono headlined at The Desert Inn, for two years, and then helped open The Venetian, in 1999. In 2000, Dennis Bono embarked upon, and returned elated from, a successful, five-week personal appearance tour of Japan.
Also in 2000, Dennis Bono released his second CD, "Forget To Remember," which received even greater recognition than his first. Dennis realized that he could reach even more people through the mediums of radio and television. The concept of "Las Vegas Now" was to appeal to the 40-and-over demographic, which was seen to be a largely neglected audience.
In addition to the show, Dennis Bono continues to perform concert dates, and has recently released a new CD/VHS package to the national and international markets. It is destined to become a must-have collector\'s item in any Las Vegas collection. The CD/VHS is called "Reflections Of Las Vegas."
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