Las Vegas entertainer and singer Jassen Allen pays tribute to the late Luther Vandross and other iconic performers with his tribute show “With Love…Luther Vandross and Friends” at The Space on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
“With Love…Luther Vandross and Friends” not only pays musical homage to the great Luther Vandross, but iconic artists and performers such as Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Natalie Cole and Etta James. The show will feature the vocals of the “Not So Background Singers” and the sounds of the With Love Band.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Allen started his career early by singing in church choirs. Before his family moved to Omaha, NE, he discovered his love for music, which led him to major in theater at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. During his time in college, he was selected by the Department of Defense to perform for the troops throughout Europe to raise morale during the first Gulf War. After performing at theme parks in Texas and Florida, Allen enjoyed a successful career as a production singer for Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines. On board, he created three one man shows – the “Jassen Allen Experience,” a Broadway revue entitled “Melodic Versus,” and a Luther Vandross tribute show called “Here and Now.”
Allen then moved to Los Angeles where he performed in two Civic Center Opera productions and also had a feature role in the original musical “Knight Life,” written by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser of the hit television show “The Nanny.” Eventually making his way to Las Vegas, he became a fixture at Kenny Davidsen’s Celebrity Bow Tie Cabaret and sung behind local celebrities such as Phil Flowers, Skye Dee Miles and Earl Turner. Allen has also had the honor to sing background vocals for recording artists Rosanne Cash, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Barbra Streisand. Currently, Allen is singing with “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm and is part of a duo BCG who are the official background singers of Mondays Dark.
Tickets are $25, general admission seating. Table seating is also available for $45 per ticket. Tickets for this special engagement are on sale now online at www.thespacelv.com or at The Space box office at 3460 Cavaretta Court.