Always room for Sinatra at Italian American Club
March 27, 2018 3:08 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
It has been many years since Ol’ Blue Eyes graced the stage in Las Vegas and 23 years since his last live performance at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.
Many of us still miss that man. We miss his dulcet tones, the way he captured an audience from the very first note, taking them to great heights with “Fly Me To the Moon” and plunging them to the depths of loneliness with “One For My Baby,” touching on every emotion in between, sharing his soul with us through his music.
Memories of many Frank Sinatra shows at Vegas casinos – The Sands, Caesars Palace, Desert Inn, Golden Nugget – came flooding back the other day when we saw the press release from the Italian American Club announcing a tribute to the Chairman of the Board on Friday, May 4, featuring tribute artist Dave Halston.
Halston has impressed many with his performances, including Frank’s window Barbara Sinatra, who was brought to tears by Halston’s rendition of “My Way,” Frank’s signature song. He has also entertained Jeanne Martin (Mrs. Dean Martin), recording artists Michael Feinstein and Steve Tyrell, and Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. Critics have called his performance “stunning” and “spot on.”
Sinatra was a lifetime member of the iconic club on east Sahara Avenue, which was established in 1961, and routinely performed there in the early days with Dean Martin and Perry Como often joining him on stage.
Over the years, many of Las Vegas’ biggest names dropped in as members or supporters such as Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Joe DiMaggio, Jerry Lewis, Vic Damone and Jimmy Durante to name a few.
According to club president Angelo Cassaro, “Sinatra would be thrilled to death with one of the most impressive restaurant revivals in Las Vegas. Part of his roots was laying the foundation of this club over 50 years ago.”
We can’t think of a more fitting place for this wonderful show that comes almost 20 years to the day of Sinatra’s death on May 14, 1998.
Halston will be accompanied by his Little Big Band. Tickets for the show, a production of Tribute Masters LLC, are just $25 and can be purchased online at www.iacvegas.com.
ON THE MOVE: Attorney Anthony (Tony) Cabot has joined the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law as the law school’s first Distinguished Fellow in Gaming Law. He will work with Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) students in the nation’s leading gaming law program, advance scholarly discussions and research in the “Gaming Law Journal” and expand educational relationships in other gaming jurisdictions.
Award-winning culinary artist Johnny Church has joined Golden Entertainment as corporate executive chef to create new menus and specialty dishes using “seasonally inspired ingredients with a progressive technique” for the company’s eight casinos and nearly 60 taverns operated in Nevada by PT’s Entertainment Group. His first project will be to upgrade and enhance restaurant offerings at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), which offers land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services, named Raul Bouchot senior client services representative… Robyn Brewington is the new executive vice president of sales and marketing at Galaxy Gaming, Inc., which develops, manufactures and distributes casino table games and enhanced casino systems… Maryland’s Live! Casino & Hotel has appointed Brian Coughlin as general manager of the flagship Live! Hotel, set to open in the Spring of 2018.
Congratulations to one and all.
See you around town.