So I heard from a friend that Bella Electric Strings would be playing at MRKT Restaurant inside Aliante Station. Now if you’re not familiar with Bella Electric Strings, they have wowed audiences around the world. I first saw them when they appeared on the first season of “America’s Got Talent.”
So what is Bella Electric Strings? Nina DiGregorio has assembled a group of stunning blonde ladies who are classically trained musicians to play a unique mix of music.
I was excited to be able to shoot photos of them in person. When I got to MRKT, I was shocked to see such a small venue. The ladies were squeezed into a corner dressed in long black dresses playing on traditional instruments. This wasn’t what I saw on “America’s Got Talent.” Perhaps the venue just wanted them to play classical music.
I noticed many VIPs from Station Casinos hanging out in the room. When I asked around, I found out that the ladies of Bella Electric Strings were doing an audition for Station Casinos. This explains the bit of classical music as the ladies show off their classical roots by playing some Mozart. The crowd seemed to be really enjoying the music. Even a few flashes went off from some patrons who just happened to be there for the show. One guy was even using his iPad2 to take pictures of Bella Electric Strings.
The ladies ended their classical set and exited the venue. While the ladies were getting ready for their next set, Nina DiGregorio played a few songs with a guitarist and singer Michael Johnson, then left to join the other ladies in the back. While the ladies were getting ready, Michael Johnson was joined by Douglas Taylor on the piano and Steve Flora on upright bass for a little jazz set.
From the corner of my eye I saw something sparkly. As I glanced up I saw the bright shiny dresses and electric violins of Bella Electric Strings. This was the show I was waiting for. The girls took their positions and then Mandy Andreasen starts rocking out on an Electric Cello. The woman is standing up and playing the Cello. (Not an easy thing to do.) The Electric Violins kick in from the other ladies and the energy in the room skyrockets. The crowd is smiling and people are rushing in from the casino to see what is going on.
As Nina DiGregorio gets into her groove, she lets the venue know that the small corner they were squeezed into isn’t going to hold them down. Nina strolls around the bar playing her violin. I look up from taking photos and see Jennifer Lyn rocking out on her electric violin to some of the customers at the bar. When was the last time you had a beautiful woman playing a violin and staring in your eyes? The crowd was going wild. The personal performances continued on.
The flashes from iPhones and cameras were a getting a bit distracting. I felt like I was on a red carpet. I noticed Jennifer Eriksson and Mandy Andreasen were having a musical tug of war. It looked and sounded awesome. First a violin playing a part, and then a Cello playing a part, then back and forth all the time blonde hair was flying around.
After the performance, the one thing that stood out the most was the smiles. Not the audience, though they were smiling and talking it up like you wouldn’t believe. Every lady from Bella Electric Strings had the biggest prettiest smile you have ever seen. They truly enjoyed what they do and it shows in their performance.
If this was truly an audition, I think Station Casinos would be foolish to pass on such a wonderful show. Though I would say I don’t think MRKT was the best venue for these ladies. The audience really liked the personal experience, but I think that could be done from any of the showrooms or lounges. Only part of room could see the lovely ladies unobstructed.
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