Las Vegas – The Junior League of Las Vegas announced the second event of the Sands Copa Connection Program Series ‘Alive from the Sands Copa Room’ by the Grammy Award-winning Las Vegas Academy Jazz Band and critically acclaimed singer Marlena Shaw on May 9.
Prior to the highly anticipated jazz concert, historian Dr. Michael Green will deliver a lecture titled “The Rat Pack and the Sands” aimed at shining a spotlight on how Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford helped transform the Sands Copa Showroom into the premier destination for audiences and celebrities alike and ultimately shaped the image of the Strip as we know it today.
“For five weeks in January and February of 1960, the Rat Pack performed together in two nightly shows, welcoming celebrity guests ranging from Bob Hope to presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, and attracting international attention,” said Green.
The event is the second in the Sands Copa Connection Program Series, a string of four public history events designed to highlight the legendary Sands Copa Showroom and its effect on the entertainment, tourism and gaming industries during the mid-twentieth century. Each program was designed to highlight a different aspect of the showroom’s glamour, music, celebrity and impact.
A complimentary reception will be held at the historic Morelli House immediately following the concert.
Event & Ticket Details
Friday, May 9 • Lowden Theater of the Performing Arts • Las Vegas Academy High School • 315 S. 7th Street
5:30 p.m. – THE RAT PACK AND THE SANDS • Pre-concert lecture by historian, Dr. Michael Green
Free and open to the public • Nevada Humanities on the Road Presentation
7 p.m. – LVA UNPLUGGED: ALIVE FROM THE COPA
Jazz Concert by the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Bands featuring guest vocalist, Marlena Shaw
Tickets: $8 available at the door. (Cash only) • Advance ticket sales for groups: call 702-499-4197
COMPLIMENTARY POST-CONCERT RECEPTION
Hosted by the Junior League of Las Vegas at the Historic Morelli House • 861 East Bridger Avenue
Each Copa Series event will include a display of vintage Copa photos and a souvenir commemorative scrapbook for audiences, both made possible by funding from the Commission for the City of Las Vegas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Junior League of Las Vegas is collaborating with community partners to mount this public history series, sponsored by a grant from the City of Las Vegas/Office of Cultural Affairs. This series is in association with the League’s historic preservation project: the Morelli House, built by Antonio Morelli, leader of the Copa showroom orchestra from 1954 to 1972. The League spearheaded the relocation of the structure, a superb example of mid-century residential architecture, to the historical district downtown from the Desert Inn Country Club Estates when it was set for demolition to make way for Wynn Resorts in 2001. The house earned placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
About Junior League of Las Vegas
The Junior League is an international organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Current programs of the Junior League of Las Vegas include children’s health fairs with follow up care to provide eyeglasses and dental services, healthy eating & fitness projects, school garden support, collaborations with local nonprofits, a holiday gift program providing 10 gifts each to more than 350 local students and a historic preservation project featuring the Morelli House. Our longest running project, Education Grants, has provided more than $570,000 to teachers in Clark County schools since its inception in 1985. During its 68 year history, the Junior League of Las Vegas has helped develop local programs including the Ronald McDonald House, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, HELP of Southern Nevada, the Shade Tree Shelter and Community Alternative Sentencing. For more information, please visit our website at www.jllv.org or call (702) 822-6536.