It seems like Melody Sweets has been one of Las Vegas’ most recognizable entertainers since she arrived from New York City in 2011 to perform in the acclaimed Absinthe at Caesars Palace. That’s probably because the petite burlesque star with the big, soulful voice pops up all over town to support her fellow performers and participate in charitable events, something she says has been easy to do.
“The artist community here welcomed me with open arms,” Sweets says. “When you first come, you are led by what you already believe about [Las Vegas], the ‘what happens here.’ It took me a minute to see this is a really amazing place and that the community wanted to show that, and it made me fall in love with Las Vegas.”
She’s bringing a seasonal edition of her Sweets’ Spot show back to the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz this month, a Halloween-flavored spectacular with a 10-piece band, big burlesque names like Kalani Kokonuts and LouLou D’vil and, for the first time in this venue, boy-lesque performers.
“This is my fourth show, and it’s an honor to be able to play there,” Sweets says. “I did the first burlesque the Smith Center ever had. The room is just stunning, and it’s the perfect place to bring that sense of old Vegas meets new Vegas.”
If vintage performance like the kind in which Sweets specializes sounds like something different for the Downtown performing arts center, she agrees. “For the first show I was a bit nervous about bringing burlesque there, because I wanted to make sure it’s classy and still edgy, beautiful but still naughty. Trying to tread that line was a bit nerve-wracking. But the audience loved it and they asked me back, so I figured they loved it, too.” The Sweets’ Spot at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, October 24.