TODAY: The term Las Vegas NIGHTLIFE consists of mega parties - alot of this:
and "unfortunately" a lot of this:
It's a time to return to class, elegance, showmanship and a folderol of Fun...(as Lee would often say). Back to Basics
This is the ideal time to make 2014 - The NEW Golden Era of Las Vegas. Classic Elegance meets Modern Music, Style and Fashion in a modern setting. Personalized.
The Supper Clubs of Yesteryear were packed with celebrities, debutantes, and those who cared about appearance, dining, live music, and premium cocktails. Every night was a night to be seen.
The days of old are missed. Fine dress, food, amazing conversation, and the mixture of musicians, celebrities, locals and tourists. In a modern setting.
Guests, and performers would mingle well into the night, everyone would dress for the evening, and dance the night away- this is the way the elite partied.
Underground Supper Clubs are booming throughout the United States. Their is a resurgence of classical elegance, scene, style and music happening today.
- ENTER, THE CANDELABRA SUPPER CLUB LAS VEGAS 2014 -
NOTE: This campaign is not in any way associated with the Liberace Foundation. The Candelabra is a symbol of the "living expression" of an artist with a lifestyle of showmanship, charisma and the enduring spirit of Las Vegas. Liberace as well as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson are part of this lifestyle and the Golden Era we mention and salute at The Candelabra.
An Amazing Story:
My name is Jeff Champagne. This crowd fund is my idea. I am a lifelong Liberace Fan who moved to Las Vegas last August When I first moved here I was excited to see the Liberace museum. I drove to Tropicana and Spencer and found the remnants of what once was the Tivoli Gardens restaurant owned by Liberace for nearly a decade. It was in a horrible state, I drove around the plaza and then noticed that there were 2 cars outside the entrance to the restaurant. I drove up to see if the place was for sale or being renovated.
To my surprise, the front doors were open (I heard voices inside). I walked in and there were two men having a lively discussion about plans for it. One, a restaurateur who is also a performing pianist in Las Vegas, and the other, an entrepreneur and Las Vegan of over 30 years had repaired all of the kitchen equipment and were now discussing names for the new restaurant and concepts for menus, design ideas and the re-opening strategy.
I felt compelled to throw in my 2 cents. I mentioned that it was a shame that a man who had given so much to the city would be relegated to a simple after thought of an establishment that he actually once owned. The basis of my thinking was that if it was Liberace's (or Lee's as he preferred to be called) then it "The Candelabra" and any remodeling should be done as if he owned it today...my wife was a designer before she embarked on her fine art career and she also commented on her thoughts to make the restaurant the most unique in Las Vegas based on the new Candelabra theme. Luckily, we had a receptive audience. The Candelabra began to take shape and we began this journey that has now culminated in this crowdfund. The Candelabra is inspired by Liberace but it is really about the need for more elegant, classic, live entertainment in Las Vegas where customers can dress up, be seen, and mix and mingle with the entertainers, celebrities and movers and shakers of today. This will be the largest and best Supper Club in Las Vegas. It was once owned by Liberace, and we believe his spirit still lives there today, we're going to make it the classiest, sexiest, and most elegant bar in Las Vegas.
Why we've turned to crowdfunding
The owners had already spent much more than their original budget had called for and convincing them to boldly step beyond the conventional restaurant and create something worthy of the Liberace style, glamour and just plain opulence wasn't easy. They liked the idea and could see the potential but had one simple question for me, "How do we pay for something like THAT?!" I told them, crowdfunding. Liberace represented luxury, over the top decadence, showmanship and class, all of these items are expensive but when they've been created for the audience, it's all that matters, the experience we deliver.
I cannot do this on my own,..I also believe that those who help should be fully acknowledged. We have created over 5000 opportunities for names to be "embedded" into the restaurant and into the creation of the Candelabra. Everything from a scroll inclusion to bronzed bricks in the supper club, brass nameplates on hand carved mahogany plaques in the Royal Bar, a Walk Of Fame outside the restaurant, to finally, six 18 x 18 inch bronze panels with raised lettering, honoring the 'Executive Producers' of this campaign. Crowdfunding was the only way to do it. THIS WILL BE THE HOME FOR THE CANDELABRA BUILT BY US, FANS OF EXCELLENT NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT WITH CLASS, ELEGANCE AND STYLE AND A FLAIR FOR THE UNIQUE, AND HARD WORKING ELITE OF TODAY.
Why we're naming Liberace's Former restaurant "The Candelabra"
One evening Liberace was performing in New York City. Earlier that day he had watched a movie about the life of Chopin. The movie had a scene where Chopin's assistant brought over a large candelabra and placed it on his piano. Inspired by the scene, Liberace scoured the streets of New York City and in a 3rd Avenue antique store, found the Candelabra which was his very first prop and later became his trademark for the remainder of his life.
Opening September 2014
The owners have fully restored the kitchen, updated all of the fire prevention equipment, purchased new HVAC units, repaired the grease trap and completely restored ALL of the infrastructure Issues (roof, electrical, plumbing) at a cost of over $100,000 to date. Over the last 2 months, we have come up with a vision to create THE CANDELABRA Supper Club, inspired by Liberace, required in Las Vegas.
We're designing each area with a distinct personality related to the golden era of entertainment in Las Vegas. Many other cities around the world boast distinctly unique supper clubs in their city centers. Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital Of The World is required to have the best on the Planet.
A Supper Club in New Orleans
A Supper Club in Chicago
A Supper Club Bar in Chicago
A Supper Club Bar in Milwaukee
No other city in the worlds boasts 160, 000 hotel rooms, and 2 million local residents, as well as 40 plus million visitors a year. This is a must in Sin City.
With your help, we'll give Las Vegas what it truly needs, it's very own elegant, classic Supper Club.
As of right now, Liberace's former restaurant is a disaster. In 2010, the museum unable to fulfill it's lease obligations were moved out of the plaza, the Liberace name was removed and what was once the 3rd most visited site in Las Vegas became a traveling show. The buildings are closed down, abandoned and completely emptied of nearly all of their contents. Luckily, the priceless bar given to him by the Queen of England and the piano themed bar he designed for his Tivoli Gardens restaurant are still there (only due to the fact that they were too heavy to carry) almost every other furnishing, artwork or memorabilia has disappeared. Yet, with these sparse bones we can surely create a Supper Club Lee would would be proud of...The Candelabra will be that Supper Club. NOTE: We are NOT associated with the Liberace museum,
The Classic Torch Singer - Feminine, Beautiful, Mysterious, Alluring, Sensuous
THE CANDELABRA, LAS VEGAS'S LARGEST SUPPER CLUB IN 2014
We plan to have live music nightly- Torch Singers, Pianists, Guitarists, Acoustic, and Violinists, Comedians, Guest celebrities, actors, producers, poets and Artisans from around the world in the Entertainment Capital of The World will perform at the Candelabra Supper Club in Las Vegas. Open Nightly 7 days.
A small team which will grow with your help.
A restaurateur picked up the lease. After spending thousands, he contacted an entrepreneur to assist him in creating the brand and image, the entrepreneur reached out to several professionals and within a matter of weeks, we had a brand development professional, a multimedia person, a conceptual artist, a promotional agent and a restaurant operations professional, Inside this group, the Candelabra concept was born. Your funds will help our team hire the following critical positions:
- A Globally recognized Restaurant and Bar Design Firm
- A Premier Website Development and Social Media Team
- Entertainment Director
- Merchandise Manager
- Director of Sales and Marketing
- Director of Special Events
- Nightclub Manager
- Hold the VIP Grand Opening on August 22, 2014
- Hold the GRAND OPENING in September 2014 (TBA)
HOW WE'RE USING THE MONEY :
1. To create a Logo, PR Campaign and Global Social Media Effort
2. Install State Of The Art Lighting and Sound a Trademark of The Candelabra
3. Create the Signature Rooms of "The Candelabra" with an amazing designer
4. Hold Two EPIC Grand Openings ( VIP August 22, General Public Sept. 2014)
The Team - Creators of The Candelabra
Renato Di Antonio - Owner, Restaurateur, Pianist Entertainer, and commercial developer for The Candelabra
Sean Smith - Volunteer, Marketing, and Partnership development, Design Review and conceptual strategies for The Candelabra
Jeff Champagne - Spokesperson, Marketing Director, and Brand Development Liaison for for The Candelabra.
Linda Campbell- Conceptual Design Artist, Layout expert and Interior Design Liaison for The Candelabra
S. L. Williams - Social Media, Promotional, development for Lee's After Hours.
(A VIP OPENING IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 22, 2014)
Make history with us, bring The Candelabra Supper Club to Las Vegas in 2014!
( The Candelabra, will be most exquisite Supper Club experience in Las Vegas)
(Liberace's Tivoli Gardens in 1985, soon to be restored as The Candelabra)
(Tivoli Gardens once owned by Lee, as it looks today, completely bare of all markings - The Museum was moved out in 2010 and officially closed)
THE CANDELABRA SUPPER CLUB EXPERIENCE
The Signature Rooms, One Of A Kind in Las Vegas
1. THE CANDELABRA SUPPER CLUB (coats required)
A True Supper Club. Ticketed Nightly Shows from 6pm to 9pm, 7 nights a week. Tribute acts from the Golden Era of Las Vegas. You can see Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, or Tom Jones, as well as Contemporary acts from around the world...every night, an amazing performance that will carry you back to the Golden Era of Las Vegas.
The Showroom as of Today - fully emptied and prepping for redesign/remodel
2. THE ROYAL BAR (coats required, & coat of arms if you have one)
The most elegant, classic and meticulously crafted bar and cocktail scene in Las Vegas. Only the finest spirits, beer, and wine available in the world. Meet the captains of industry, engage in thoughtful discussion, and relish the memorabilia adorning the walls of the Royal bar. A memorable and authentic experience unlike any other in the world. A gift to Liberace directly from the Queen Mother, and the Queen of England and now a gift to you for your contribution. Thank you for helping us to restore this treasure which has been hidden for decades and bring a Supper Club to Las Vegas.
The mirrored wall of the Royal Bar leading to the infamous Mafia Room
Exquisite, hand carved Mahogany, delivered in 1970, being restored
EXTRA BONUS! - THE INFAMOUS MAFIA ROOM - RECENT FIND!
The Mafia Room as seen in 1985, The original furniture was recently foundDuring the Golden Era in Las Vegas, "Flash Mob" had an entirely different meaning (trust me, nobody was dancing). The Mafia room was exactly what it sounded like...a place for men to organize their activities. After foraging through the restaurant, the owners found the "actual chairs and table" that had been taken out of the Mafia room and also the original antiqued brass and crystal chandelier. The Mafia room hand carved door will be replaced by a replica of the original and the room will be reserved for private parties, board meetings (heads of the families) and other special occasions at The Candelabra.
Renato - Explaining why he decided to create The Candelabra Las Vegas
Amazing Perks for Contributors - Worldwide
MARKETING A PERFECT LOCATION IN LAS VEGAS - 40 MILLION VISITORS JUST 5 MINUTES AWAY, THE CENTER OF THE STRIP
The greatest advantage of the Candelabra, is simply it's location. The strip corner 1.5 miles from the Candelabra (Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd.) has more rooms than the entire city of San Francisco! The Candelabra is also less than 5 minutes from McCarran International Airport (LAS) and is also less than 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Convention Center. THE PERFECT LOCATION.
Funds will be used to create digital billboard signs inside and around McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. At one time the Liberace Museum was the 3rd most visited site in Las Vegas. The Candelabra is approximately 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Airport and the main 1-15 arterial serving 100% of the traffic coming in from Los Angeles. The city handles 40 million tourists a year with the majority passing just a mile from the doors of The Candelabra.
Innovative website efforts, social media, large billboards, airline publications, press tours, trade show conventions, special events, and viral marketing through youtube and our own efforts; we expect The Candelabra to be a huge success story in 2014. Thanks to all of you for helping us make it happen!
How You can help Class return to Las Vegas
1. Donate to the Candelabra,
2. Join us at the VIP Opening on August 22, 2014 (Contribute $500 or more).
3. Tell all your friends about this new Icon coming to Las Vegas.
The creation of the Candelabra will generate a beacon of light seen around the world. When customers enter the Supper Club to watch the best tribute acts in Las Vegas, they will be transported into another era of showmanship when music meant live instruments, beautiful voices and audience interaction. As they walk into the Royal Bar, they will feel 'noble' as if Dukes and Duchesses frequented the small speakeasy of Las Vegas' most elegantly handcrafted bar, where million dollar deals are made and partnerships are crafted.
Other Ways You Can Help
1. Like our Facebook Page!
2. Tell your friends about our campaign!
3. Make plans to visit us after we open September 2014!
If you can't contribute, spread the links on your social networks. Sharing is easy with Indiegogo's quick links above. We thank you for helping us create THE CANDELABRA SUPPER CLUB LAS VEGAS.