Melody Sweets

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As a child, “Tease Queen” Melody Sweets per­formed chore­ographed num­bers for her neigh­bor­hood, danc­ing to the hits of Salt ‘n’ Pepa, and later moved to New York City to form her own band. It was there that the pro­duc­ers of Cae­sars Palace’s “Ab­sinthe” saw her on stage and in­vited her to be­come part of the show. Four years later, the show is still one of the edgi­est in Las Ve­gas; Sweets plays the role of the Green Fairy. She re­cently re­leased her de­but al­bum, “Bur­lesque in Black.” a cock­tail in my hand with all my friends over—have house par­ties! It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent an­i­mal here. When I first came here, I only had this idea of Ve­gas that the media tells you, and your ex­pe­ri­ence of Ve­gas when you only come here for a week­end and you stay in the casi­nos and you’re par­ty­ing. You don’t think about life here. When I moved here, I had those ideas about it, and I didn’t like it—I hid in my ho­tel room for the first week! But af­ter get­ting to know the area and other artists in town, I quickly learned to love this place. Now, you can’t get rid of me! a lot of pranks that are pulled. Most of all, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a cir­cus! Yes, the songs that I sing are my own, and that’s been an honor for me. I don’t travel of­ten be­cause I love it so much here, but I do when I can—I just went to Por­tu­gal and Rome for a month and it’s just so good to get out of town and have a bit of a cul­ture shock.

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