Ageless Charo coming to Sparks for 2 shows |

Ageless Charo coming to Sparks for 2 shows

In the world of entertainment only a handful of performers are recognized by just two syllables. Charo is a diva in that elite group.

She has been charming audiences with her fiery finger work and passionate stage presence since the 1970s. Catch Charo November 16-17 in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Since her first U.S. release, “Cuchi-Cuchi,” to the string of hits that followed including “La Salsa,” “Flamenco Salsa,” “Dance a Little Bit Closer,” “Borriquito,” “Ole, Ole” and “Stay With Me,” Charo has been no stranger to the limelight.

Nicknamed Charo as a child Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, began learning the guitar at age nine. The father of modern classical guitar music, Andres Segovia, was one of her instructors. At age 19 she began to appear as a solo artist and shortly thereafter started producing hits. Awards then followed with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award as Outstanding Entertainer of the Year, other recipients include Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and Los Lobos.

Charo’s world wide success continued with numerous appearances on “The Love Boat,” “Laugh-In” and “The Tonight Show.” Her trademark big blond hair, infectious laugh, voluptuous figure and her famous “cuchi-cuchi” hip shake made her instantly recognizable. Charo even appeared in a Sprint Wireless phone commercial which featured her trademark “cuchi-cuchi” hip shake.

While her shows are filled with song, dance, humor and fun, the highlight is always when she plays classical guitar. She was the winner of “Guitar Player” Magazine’s Readers Poll as Best Flamenco Guitarist two years in a row. Her album “Guitar Passion” lived up to its title, emphasizing her love of the guitar and enjoying platinum worldwide sales while earning Pop Album of the Year at the 1995 Billboard International Latin Music Conference.

Charo plays Friday and Saturday, November 16-17 at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Showroom. Tickets are just $35, and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting

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