Frank: A Musical Journey


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. (...)
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. (...)
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. (...)