As each month passes, Bumbleberry Flats within the Pioneer grows in stature and takes more and more strides away from the former “coffee house” taste and feel of the Boarding House days. Thanks to the creations of Executive Chef Craig Pinkard, the menu has been winning award after award in local food competitions, not the least of which was the Best Food top prize at the recent Laughlin Chefs Food Fest. That is a high honor considering the competition includes all the other Laughlin casinos plus a few other local restaurants.
Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring tenor voice that helped jet-propel the San Francisco band, Jefferson Starship to the top of the music charts throughout the ‘80s. That same soaring voice also jet-propelled the Elvin Bishop Band to fame in 1976 with his compelling lead vocals on “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” In both cases, it was Jefferson Starship and Elvin Bishop who were the recognizable names, not the man behind the voice, Mickey Thomas.
The whole Blues Brothers thing is something of an anomaly. Fictional characters created as a skit for the “Saturday Night Live” TV show audience somehow morphed into something much bigger. The Blues Brothers of “Jake” and “Elwood,” as performed by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, took on lives of their own. They became so hot so fast, their short skits became longer skits that became record releases that culminated in their own films.
There seems to be a lot of fusion going on in the arts and culinary world. Fusion cuisine set the table a few years ago with its blending of Asian and European dishes and ingredients. Mexican and Asian fusion dishes have also turned menus on their ear.
In the world of music, DJs started mashing songs from different eras and different genres quite a few years ago to the point they have become stars of their own with six figure bookings.