“Mondays Dark” to Benefit Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach
Mark Shunock Announces February Edition of “Mondays Dark” to Benefit Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach With Special Themed Show featuring the Music of Queen at Vinyl Inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Monday, February 17th at 8:30 pm
Mark Shunock, who plays Lonny the narrator in the hit musical “Rock Of Ages,” is proud to announce that the February edition of “Mondays Dark” with Mark Shunock, will take place on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. at Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s intimate music venue. Following the success of January’s sold-out evening, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the February show, which will feature the music of Queen, will benefit the Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach. Special guest stars for the evening will be announced shortly. “For this month’s show we are adding a new twist by featuring the music of the legendary rock band Queen,” says Shunock. “Every month the show evolves and it keeps getting more and more exciting. I’ve personally been a huge fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen and can’t wait to see what our talented guest stars from the various shows on the Strip do with this classic material.”
Queen is a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music. By the early 1980s, Queen was one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their 1985 performance at Live Aid is widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their album sales exceed 250,000 million sold, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1991, Mercury died from complications of AIDS.
Every month Shunock gathers an eclectic cast of guests including stars from Hollywood, the Strip, musical acts, athletes and celebrity chefs for 90 minutes of chat, entertainment - and a lot of laughs. “Mondays Dark” will partner with a different Las Vegas-based charity to raise $10,000 per month for each charity, with an estimated grand total of more $100,000 over the next twelve months between ticket sales and silent auction items. The framework of the evening will be modeled after a talk show format with topics, musical guests and very “off the cuff” moments. Previous charities to benefit from Mondays Dark include Opportunity Village and AFAN (AID FOR AID of NEVADA) and Nevada SPCA. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting www.MondaysDark.com and are limited to 200 tickets per event. For more information please call 702-485-1262. “Mondays Dark” will occur every third Monday night of the month at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Follow us on Twitter @Mondays_Dark. To donate silent auction items please call 702-485-1262.
About Mark Shunock
Mark Shunock's acclaimed career has spanned from theatre, film, television and, even the hockey arena. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, after a brief stint with the Canadian Hockey League, Mark knew his passion was not in the hockey arena but, on the stage. Following his hockey career, Mark headed to the USA and studied at the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts, which led to numerous productions performing in various regional theatres in and around New York City. Following his success on stage Mark was cast in a small, independent feature film and headed to Hollywood. Though success was following Mark in Los Angeles, a year later the excitement of New York brought Mark back to the Big Apple where he landed the role of "Timon," in the national tour of "The Lion King." For more than two years Mark performed the role in over 30 cities across the United States and even garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actor" in 2009. Additional theatrical credits include "As Is," "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera," "The Temperamentals," Altar Boyz," "Miss Saigon," "The Awesome 80s Prom," and "The Skin of Our Teeth," among others. Mark most recently won critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Lonny" in "Rock of Ages," which is currently thrilling audiences at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkShunock.
Vinyl is Hard Rock Hotel’s most intimate live entertainment venue. Emanating a speakeasy atmosphere, Vinyl features an industrial look and feel with Chicago-common brick and cinderblock, distressed wood floors and an exposed, sky-high ceiling. Fans can check out new and upcoming talent performing rock, metal, jazz, blues, and even stand-up comedy and country. For tickets and information please call (702) 693-5882. Follow Vinyl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates. About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.
About Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach
St. Therese Center, named after Saint Therese of Lisieux, is a Catholic ministry that welcomes and serves more than 5,000 men, women and children of all faiths and extends the Lord's healing to all persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Emphasizing wellness, Saint Therese Center reaches out to those touched by HIV/AIDS to provide spiritual, physical and emotional support, educational and social services in the spirit of love and compassion. The Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach also features the only HIV outreach pantry available in southern Nevada and northern Arizona. For more information visit SaintThereseCenter.org or follow them on Twitter @sttheresecenter.
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