Diamondfest 2016 Debuts Diamond Mountain Movie Featuring Neil Diamond Tribute Artists


Steve Tatone

Written & Photos by Nikki Artale

Las Vegas Informer

Steve Tatone producer/director of the Diamond Mountain Documentary tells the story of the 13 Neil Diamond tribute artists as they journeyed in their life to bring them where they are today. It is a celebration of Neil Diamond and the 50 years of his beautiful music. The film is an inspiration to all the Diamondheads in the world and to the families and friends of these tribute artists. Just as Steve Tatone has put his heart into this film, as Neil Diamond has found his way into our hearts with his music and songs, so has Steve with his devotion to Neil Diamond. The weekend consisted of a red carpet, three concerts and a fan tribute luncheon honoring King Errisson, percussionist in the Neil Diamond Band. All this took place on April 21-23, 2016 at the Suncoast Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. www.diamondfest2016.com  


Nikki Artale & King Errisson


King Errisson & wife Aggy

The performance of The Diamondville Polka Scholars was a huge hit. The group consisted of the real Neil Diamond band members, Mark Lavang-Accordian, Bill Cinque-Guitar, Ron Tutt-Drummer, and Tom Hensley-Piano. The energy, humor and friendship of all the band members was heartwarming and we didn’t want the performance to end.

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The first concert was Rob Garrett’s American Trilogy, which he wrote and directed and it featured Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra, Justin Shandor as Elvis and Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond. The show was fantastic and Las Vegas’s “King of Diamonds” Rob Garrett was great. Rob stars in the world premiere of the documentary “Diamond Mountain” and it was so good to see him in the film.  In 2013 Rob Garrett was the first tribute artist of the year to win the award for excellence in entertainment.


Rob Garrett


A second concert featured Curtis Di Domizio and his Real Diamond Band which is one of the premier Neil Diamond tribute bands in America. He loves singing and entertaining and Curtis is known as the Real Diamond. Curtis kept the audience involved as a part of his wonderful show.


The third concert was by Kenny LaBelle and his Diamond Collection Band, featuring the cast members in the concert. Keith Allynn/Branson, MO; Randy Cordiero/San Francisco, CA; Kyle Cummings/Charlotte, NC; Theron Denson/Nashville, TN; Bob Drury/Canterbury, England; Curt Di Domizio/Philadelphia, PA; Rob Garrett/Las Vegas, NV; Kenny LaBelle/Westfield, MA; Donn Lamkin/Orlando, FL; Carlos Reyes Picasso/Santiago, Chile; Jason Scott/Cranbrook, BC Canada; Denny Svehla/Chicago, IL; King Errisson/Las Vegas, NV. Jay White/Las Vegas, NV.


Kenny LaBelle Band


Jay White


Black Diamond

Keith Allynn touched our hearts as he sang “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore” to his beautiful wife Diana Lynn. Keith began his career at the age of 14 and he has been capturing America’s hearts with his Neil Diamond songs. His talent and presence was very moving.


Keith Allynn, Bobby Darin & Diana Lynn

Theron Denson is the world’s only African American Neil Diamond tribute artist who is following his dream in becoming “Black Diamond”. His voice and personality charms all who have the privilege to meet him. I certainly became an instant fan after listening to his beautiful voice.


It was an added plus to have as guest stars, the Las Vegas Mass Choir and the Clark County Children’s Choir perform in the show. The audience was captivated with their music. It was a joy to see and hear the beautiful voices of the children’s choir who range in age from pre-school through high school.


Keith Allynn, Black Diamond & Rob Garrett

Cheering on the artist was a group of women called Cherry Sistas that consist of fans from all over the world that attend Neil Diamond concerts and anything related to him. They have been devoted to Neil Diamond and have gone to his concerts for over 30 years.

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Jay White, Carlos Picasso & Bob Drury

Once again our thanks go out to Steve Tatone for bringing us a week-end of love and 50 years of memories of Neil Diamond. We can’t wait for part two.

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