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A lot can happen in a year. It was a mere thirteen months ago that I wrote about The Riviera Hotel and Casino closing its doors and now, in the early morning hours of June 14th, 2016, the building, a corpse of the being it once was, was ceremoniously sent to its grave by implosion. The casino’s opening ribbon was cut in 1955 by its first resident performer, Liberace and it served the Las Vegas strip faithful for 60 years before shutting down. Read More

I’ve written before about how much I love the traveling that comes with the territory of my job and my love affair with discovering both the intimate little gems off the beaten path and the larger-than-life establishments so often crowded with tourists wanting to experience the ghostly remnants of some magical past event, so this week, inspired by my upcoming return trip to Hammond, Indiana, just outside of Chicago, I think a short jaunt through Sinatra’s Windy City is in order. Read More

It was nearly a year ago that I brought my Las Vegas show, Drinkin’ – Singin’ – Swingin’ to the Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond, Indiana with a 12 – Piece Big Band and June 18th I’ll be back, but with an additional twelve strings to present Sinatra Forever. The people at The Pav are great, which inspires me to make this performance something truly special. Read More

Frank Sinatra was “The Chairman of the Board,” Elvis was “The King,” Prince was “The Artist,” David Bowie was “The Thin White Duke,” and James Brown was “The Godfather of Soul.” Iconic musicians get the best nicknames, often pertaining to royalty or authority to denote their place at the top. James Brown and Sinatra may not be two people you think of in the same breath, but there were similarities that become apparent with a little reflection. Read More

Frank Sinatra was an intense man. He seemed to feel everything deeply and this came out in everything he did – music, acting, and the relationships with everyone around him. Vocally he could deliver the emotions of the song better than anyone and in the movies he was able to get inside the head of the character he was portraying. This passion was obvious in the real world too, often resulting in reports of his fiery temper or his tumultuous love life. Conversely, he loved to laugh and practical jokes became a way to spill some of those everyday tensions. Read More

I look forward to every performance and my May 14th, 2016 presentation of Sinatra Forever at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center is no different – in fact, with the date falling on the anniversary of a major event, there’s bound to be a special energy in the air that will make this show memorable. Read More

According to the dictionary, the word “creepy” means, “causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease,” and while I’ve never heard of Frank Sinatra being thought of as creepy, I’ve come across instances where his music and that word have been used in the same breath. I know it’s hard to believe, but follow along and I’ll show you! Read More

Living in Las Vegas and being in the entertainment industry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet or work with so many amazing people. For years, I’ve tried to get a photograph with them – it’s my thing, something I enjoy doing – I guess you could say I embraced the “selfie” or, if you’re striving for accuracy, “ussie” before it was even cool. I thought it would be nice to share and reflect on a few of the more significant photos here from time to time. Read More

Gorgeous, historic theaters are a real part of the American entertainment experience, adding exponentially to the enjoyment of taking in a live show. Stately décor, elegant fixtures and thought-provoking design prepare the mind creatively for something special – both raising expectations for the performance and assisting the performer at the same time. That’s why I’m particularly excited for my April 28th show at the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Read More

It was forty years ago that Dean Martin turned the tables on himself to become the man of the hour on his Celebrity Roast television special and this thought started making me nostalgic for the days when good old-fashioned comedy was king. Quick, smart one-liners reigned supreme and you could feel the genuine surprise and delight in the audience’s laughter as a seasoned professional delivered a juicy joke. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts were a goldmine for such performances and it’s no wonder so many tuned into the program to forget their troubles and laugh, even if just for an hour or two. Read More