When things are extraordinary, how do you make them better? As many of you who regularly reads my stuff already knows, I have been shooting pictures for a band called Frankie Moreno. In some of my other stories I have made comments about how I felt that Frankie was a raising star and to keep an eye on him.
Sun reporter, John Katsilometes, first broke the news in his Oct. 9 article, “Frankie Moreno has a new playground, as Stratosphere lands its headliner.”
It was good to hear that Frankie was indeed becoming that shinning star that everyone who has ever seen him knows. It is interesting that he would land at the Stratosphere. For a few weeks, everywhere I went, Frankie Moreno was there. So it seems fitting that the man you constantly hear about is at the one hotel you can see from anywhere in Las Vegas.
Night or day the Stratosphere looms above all of Las Vegas mixing a bit of old Vegas with a bit of new Vegas. So it seems that the Stratosphere did their homework because the Frankie Moreno band fits that description to a T.
So what does Frankie Moreno do to celebrate? He throws a party in the Palms Lounge. It’s a normal Tuesday night party at the Palms Lounge but everyone is buzzing with the news that the Frankie Moreno Band got a headlining act at the Stratosphere.
The place is packed from the start of the show as upcoming local band Avalon Landing does a few opening songs. As Avalon Landing threw back a few Juicy Juices (that’s right juice boxes), they worked the crowd priming them for Frankie Moreno.
Frankie Moreno comes out on stage like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Frankie had a big smile from ear to ear as he looked through the standing room only audience at the Palms Lounge.
There was no doubt from the energy in the room that Frankie was here to PARTY. After a few songs, Frankie Moreno was interrupted by the waitress with a tray of shots and to the crowds’ surprise celebrity chef Rick Moonen jumped on stage and had a toast to congratulate Frankie and the band in landing the headlining gig at the Stratosphere.
Frankie then brought up Felice Garcia to the stage. I did not know who she was or why she was there. I was pleasantly surprised when this blonde bombshell started to sing, “Natural Woman.” What a set of pipes she had, but that should be no surprise as Frankie is always surrounded with so many talented people. Just look at his band, each one of the members have been part of something successful. Frankie has created a 10-person super group that is going to ROCK the STRAT!
Wait! Another waitress and more drinks are delivered to the stage. The party is in full swing when Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot jumps on stage to give the next toast. It seems that famous or not, everyone seems really excited about Frankie Moreno rising to the top. I wonder if this is how Elvis started?
Frankie Moreno, enjoying the party atmosphere, begins to wander the audience singing his honey sweet melodies to some of the female patrons in the audience. He quickly runs back and nails an amazing piano solo and back into the audience again. What a show!
Frankie starts to play one of my favorite songs, “I wanna be like you” by Louis Prima. Now Frankie has brought Lena Prima, Louis’ daughter, on stage to sing with him before, but this time he brought Jerry Jones of Fifth Avenue who did a very cool skat type of accompaniment to the song. It seems Frankie Moreno never runs out of tricks.
After the show stops, the party continues as the Palms Lounge now becomes more like a social hangout for many local celebrities. Did I mention where this girl had a Frankie Moreno tattoo? I guess some things are better left to experience for yourself then for me to ruin the surprise. What happens at the after party stays at the after party.
Check Frankie Moreno and his wild adventures every Tuesday Night at the Palms Lounge while it lasts. Who knows next week might include oysters from Chef Rick Moonen. Starting Nov. 9 you can catch Frankie Moreno at the Stratosphere.
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