I get a Facebook message from Frankie Moreno asking am I going to make it to his show? I had not planned on it. But when Frankie suggested that it was going to be a wild night, I grabbed my camera and was out the door.
Now I never planned on writing a story, just figured I watch a good show, get a couple of nice pictures and call it a night. I drive to the Palms and walk to the lounge. While walking to the lounge, I was thinking where would be the best place to shoot from. The next thought was how I am developing a bar crush on The Lounge at the Palms. It is such a comfortable friendly place to enjoy a show, easy to get to and for only $7 on a Monday or Tuesday you get to see some amazing talent. The last thought through my mind was, am I late? It was only 9:30 yet the lounge was packed!
Oliver, the host of The Lounge at the Palms, greeted me as I walked in. Yes, I am really developing a bar crush. This is becoming like Cheers for me, where everybody knows my name.
So much for shooting from a table … sigh. The place is packed and a band is playing. I quickly set up my camera and aim at the stage. Umm where is Frankie? Is this the wrong night? What’s going on? The sound tech notices my confusion and explains this is the opening act. Since when does an opening act pack the house? The band was rocking the crowd and warming them up for Frankie.
As Frankie walks on stage, there is a buzz of excitement going through the crowd. I start looking through the star-studded crowd to see if there is someone that the audience is fawning over. As Frankie is talking to the audience, someone screams out “We saw you on television.” Is that what this buzz is about? Frankie Moreno and the band were on the Morning Blend on Channel 13. Could it be that simple?
Frankie talks a brief moment about the Morning Blend and his upcoming record deal with Sony and even talks about going on the road. Well none of this is new, unless a tour date has been made. Nope, still clueless on why the room is buzzing and Frankie looks like a little kid trying to hide a secret.
I don’t have to wait very long to find out why Frankie is so excited. As the band finishes up my favorite song by Louis Prima “I wan’na be like you,” from the Jungle Book, I look into the audience and wait for Frankie to introduce Lena Prima, Louis Prima’s daughter who is in the audience. Not only does he introduce her, but also she gets on stage and belts out another tune. Frankie quickly shows off his talent on the ivories as Lena belts out a tune. The audience is going crazy.
That was pretty cool, as Lena goes back into the audience; Frankie starts to tease Gordie Brown who is a regular at this show. I am thinking this is just filler as Lena makes her way to her seat. To my surprise, Gordie Brown gets on stage. The band is smiling like school kids, as Gordie starts to sing a song. He is a good singer, but the voice impressions in the middle of the song are what impressed me. (I have never seen Gordie Brown perform (wink wink nudge nudge). If this is a sample of his show, I am going to have to go check it out. Frankie is now looking like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, he has a big toothy grin that goes from ear to ear.
Frankie wasn’t kidding about tonight being special, as he wasn’t pulling any punches for this show. So with the wide variety of talent in the audience, I start to look around to see if I can pick who will be next. The crowd gets excited when he brings up Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot to sing a song. The crowd goes crazy when Vinnie Paul of Pantera decides to play the drums for that same song. Though Frankie Moreno and the band look star struck, they have no problem keeping up with the metal icons.
I thought Frankie exhausted his bag of tricks. He had one more ace up his sleeves. Then enters former Canadian Idol contestant Sherry St. Germain, she decides to add some spice to the lineup as she takes Frankie’s spot on the piano. As her fingers tickled the ivories and her sweet voice filled the air, Frankie Moreno came back on stage and joined in having two people play the same piano.
What an amazing night! So many talented people performing; all and all just a wonderful show, I can’t wait to see what they have in store next week. The Palms and Frankie Moreno have turned a Tuesday lounge show into a weekly Las Vegas event. See it now, before Frankie goes on tour. Palms is only charging $7 and makes it well worth the trip.
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