Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 22, 2013

Supper Club Series opens with “Voices of Vegas — The Early Years”


CROSSVILLE — DSquared (D2) Entertainment is excited to be bringing to Fairfield Glade and surrounding areas a Supper Club series showcasing some of the best music from Las Vegas super star performers. The first “Voices of Vegas” will spotlight music from the '40s through early '50s. Some of the performers during that time included the Andrew Sisters, Betty Grable, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Vera Ellen, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, Tom Jones, Pat Boone, Dick Haymes, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., just to name a few.

Some of your favorite Cumberland County performers will be taking stage for a spectacular evening. Cheyenne Graff, Ashley Krohn, Rusty McClanahon and Regina Clark-Stephens will join Dennis Donald along with a newcomer to D2, Frank Saxton, to bring you the mystique that made these entertainers such icons in a fun-filled evening of music, style, and laughter. There will be many classic, timeless and memorable songs as well as a delicious dinner and a pre-show movie about the early history of Vegas.

Frank Saxton began his career as a saxophone player at the age of 12. At 16, he was playing in jazz clubs and at 18 became a member of the U.S. Army Band, followed by three years with the Halifax Symphony in Canada, then on to Broadway shows, including Mame, Maggie Flynn, Follies 1776, and work at Radio City Music Hall. He moved to Las Vegas where he stayed for 28 years playing in shows for more than 70 top stars, including Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.

Frank has appeared with numerous big bands, including Si Zetner, Larry Elgart, Bob Crosby, and Jimmy Dorsey. He studied voice and piano and, in 1988, changed his career to performing as a vocalist and entertainer in the many Las Vegas hotels, lounges, and convention shows. He recently moved to Tennessee and recorded a CD in Nashville, in which he sings and plays the saxophone. He also composes and arranges music for other acts.

Cheyenne Graff has been mentored by D2 for almost a year, just before her 13th birthday. She first appeared in their Cinco de Mayo program at Legends and the House of Hope benefit titled "Boogie Woogie, Ballads & Blues" and went on to be featured in most every D2 production. She won first place in the Fair Park karaoke contest at Pioneer Days and has since appeared in other benefits at the Palace. She has the voice and stage presence of someone far beyond her years. Cheyenne is a student at Crab Orchard Elementary, an animal lover, cheerleader and also plays guitar. She will be auditioning for the X Factor next month. If you haven’t seen her, don’t miss this event.

Ashley Krohn is another D2 discovery whose first onstage appearance was at the Palace in the D2 Production of "Return of the Rat Pack." Ashley has been cast in most of their shows as well as performing gospel with Dennis. You can also see her with Joe Rice’s group. She just keeps getting better and has the voice and heart of an angel. Ashley is now a much sought after performer who does many benefits. She is a valued employee at Advanced Rehabilitation where she interacts lovingly with patients who adore her.

Rusty McClanahan appeared in D2’s first show, "A Cajun Christmas" and went on to appear in most every early show at the Palace, including the popular Rat Pack shows, "Malt Shop Memories," "Elvis & Neal," and many others. Since launching out on his own he has appeared at Mirror Lake, done many benefits including the sold-out Pirates of Penzance at the Fairfield Glade Convention Center and is now one of the three featured singers with the Swing Street Band.

Regina Clark-Stephens is well known in the area for her superb vocal styling with many appearances at the Palace and is co-owner of R&B Café on Peavine Rd where as well as good home cooked meals, she produces monthly dinner concerts. She played keyboard, sang solo and backup with the Big South Fork Opry, and Tommy Dee shows, had her own Harmonies show at the Palace and been featured in many of D2’s shows. Regina has assisted D2 in mentoring the younger, less experienced performers and is well respected by them. Her professionalism and graciousness is extremely appreciated.

Dennis Donald and D2 are known for excellence in entertainment as well as value. Dennis is an actor, singer, musician, recording artist and, as co-founder of D2, enjoys mentoring new talent and bringing talent together.

There is a new caterer for this event and we guarantee enough food for all!  A limited free show took place this month and everyone loved the venue, snacks, drinks and entertainment. Dinner for this show will be a gourmet dressed salad with yummy, cheesy baked ziti casserole, garlic bread, a surprise dessert and unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade. Soft drinks can be purchased and you can BYOB. You won’t be disappointed!

Find someone to share an evening of good times, great tunes, class, style and an abundance of fun as we take you on a trip back to the unforgettable days of glamour and mystique. All this takes place at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Fairfield Glade Multi-Purpose Building on Lakeview Dr., just past Legends at Druid Hills and the outdoor pool. The doors will open at 5:30 and the cost is $20.

Tickets can be delivered or reserved by calling 456-1972 or (864) 314-5719 or purchased at the R&B Café on Peavine Road. Seating is limited, so hurry and get your tickets now.