Adults are invited to enjoy an afternoon of characters and comedy with singer and impressionist Charles Washington on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. at Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Washington will have you laughing as he entertains you with impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, Nat King Cole, Louie Armstrong, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Mathis, Sam Cooke, John Wayne and many others. Tickets are priced at $5 for all seats. For tickets and information, call (702) 229-6211.
Washington was born in Tulsa, Okla., where he started singing at age 5 and was performing in local clubs by the time he was 15. Mentored by well-known blues singer, Little Willie John, he became popular under the stage name Charlie Wash with impressions of singers like Sam Cooke and Sammy Davis Jr.
In 1960, Washington became the featured singer and bongo player with the Gap Band. In the late ’70s, he was hired as a lead singer by Vernon Martin, who formed his own band after leaving Jimmy Hendrix. This gig lasted for two years, after which Washington married and had five children, putting his singing career on hold while raising his family.
Since that time, Washington moved to Los Angeles and performed in clubs, such as the Rose Room and Vina’s Jazz Club. Eventually he landed in Las Vegas, where he performed as Sammy Davis Jr. at Double Take.
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