The Charleston Heights Arts Center invites everyone to the annual Mother's Day Dinner and Dance Saturday, May 12, in the ballroom at 800 S. Brush St. Dinner will be catered by At Your Service Catering beginning at 6 p.m. Immediately following dinner, participants will enjoy dancing to Swing-era music performed by the Walt Boenig Big Band until 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
Boenig grew up in Beeville, Texas, where he began his trombone career in high school. He went on to Sam Houston State University, where he devoted all his studies to music. His career as a professional trombonist included performing with such road bands as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Since arriving in Las Vegas in the mid-1970s, he has performed with the house bands in shows at many hotels on and off the Strip, including the Silver Slipper, Desert Inn, "Lido de Paris" at the Stardust and the musical "Chicago" at Mandalay Bay.
It was 1981 when Boenig started his own big band in Las Vegas. In addition to the big band, Walt also leads the Walt Boenig Little Big Band (7-8 musicians), The Dynamic Trombone Quartet and the Brass Roots Quintet, offering a variety of music styles. In 1995, Walt started the Las Vegas All Star High School Jazz Band and was its musical director for nine years. To learn more about Walt Boenig, go online.
Upcoming events at Charleston Heights Arts Center include the Fourth Annual Jane Austen Era English Country Dance at 7 p.m. May 19, the Dynamic Trombone Quartet in concert at 2 p.m. May 26, and Richel Kompst in "Blame It on the Walleye" at 2 p.m. June 16. For tickets and information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.