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With Kelly’s connections you never know who’ll show up to been around since 1976 and is a small, no frills lounge perform or observe. The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and complete with plastic ferns hanging from the ceiling, Bucky Heard, as well as local faves Gordie Brown and Frankie 1980s artwork on the wall and a wooden waterwheel prop Scinta have all made regular appearances. As far as the that looks like it came out of a mobile home park. This is crowd, it’s always packed and enthusiastic. You just might the place, I was told, to find world-class jazz on certain spot a famous boxer carbing-up with lasagna, a Hollywood nights, courtesy of musical mastermind and juggernaut, star eating pizza by hand, or there just might be a few Uli Geissendoerfer. behind-the-scenes casino execs or booking agents search- ing for new talent between slurps of Zuppa di Minestrone. Originally from Munich, Germany, Uli moved to Las Vegas in 2009 and worked as the musical director for Cirque Du Soleil’s As a side note Kelly told me about how she got her start at a similar open mic night back in the mid-1980s at the long- gone Maxim Hotel and Casino where she honed her talent under mentor Frank Link. Ever since, it’s been her wish to pay things forward by creating an experience where veteran and aspiring artists alike can congregate, network and keep the classic nightclub scene alive...and if that’s not an awesome and generous thing to wish for, I don’t know what is! Check out BootleggerLasVegas.com for the lowdown. Uli Geissendoerfer’s Jazz Club – The Dispensary Lounge 54 While looking into live music and chatting with local artists, most all the performers I met kept telling me to check out The Dispensary Lounge on East Tropicana. The place has short-lived “Viva Elvis” show. A world-traveling musician,