Friday, January 23, 2015

Frank The Man The Music

Conceptualized by an all-star creative team, Frank The Man The Music has been called the most authentic re-enactment of a Frank Sinatra concert ever performed on stage. 

The 90-minute production stars Bob Anderson the most revered singing impressionist in the world accompanied by a lush 32 piece orchestra.

Anderson takes on the appearance of Frank Sinatra and depicts three distinct areas of his music; the recording studio, television specials, and personal appearances. 

The show takes the audience back in time to experience an evening unlike any other today. This quintessential salute to the greatest singer of the 20th Century will contribute to sustain his enormous popularity, as well as the music of The Great American Songbook which he made so famous.

The Palazzo Theatre @ The Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 
(Cross Streets: Las Vegas Blvd. and Sands)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8 PM and Friday 9 PM

Use code BDAY for 2 for $99 special!


The absolutely outstanding orchestra with Vinnie Falcone conducting and the lighting were exact reproductions of 1950 stage. Beautifully composed masterpiece of a show. It truly was like stepping back in time. But the most perfect look was Bob Anderson's impersonation of Frank Sinatra; the voice, the gestures, the outfits, the facial expressions, modeling Mr. Sinatra to the tee.!!! 
While he was singing I was wondering what kind of music my Dad was listening to at that time in his life. The thought of a certain song came to mind, and to my surprise Bob Anderson began to sing that very song!  My hair stood on end, realizing he read my mind singing two beautiful Brazilian Bossa Nova songs.
I can't say enough about Bob Anderson's incredibly performance. Very entertaining! I highly recommend it.
by +Bea Taylor

If you're visiting Vegas in the near future, as I know many friends are coming for Viva, I Would suggest seeing Frank. The man. The music. It is at the Palazzo. This show stars Bob Anderson who does an amazing job singing the Chairman's songs. He is accompanied by a world class orchestra. The horns, the strings, the percussion...everything is arranged so well.
At one point in the show, they recreate the Capitol recording sessions, and the audience is the proverbial fly on the wall. I felt as if I was witnessing Sinatra at work with the most talented musicians of the time.
As the night continues, Bob interprets the Capitol years of Old Blue Eyes as Frank. Reality may not be suspended, but Mr. Anderson takes you to some fairly lofty heights weaving story with visual and aural experience.
by +Eric Foemmel 


by +Stephen Thorburn

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dr. Foemmel's House of Cheer

Right here, in the heart of Vegas, there is a world where time and space are tangled together back to the past, when Sinatra, Elvis, and Dean Martin, all reigned in Vegas. People dress up like they are going to a party, but I found out, talking to them, that this is their life style. Dressing up is part of their daily life. Eric Foemmel, a multi-talented person has named his residence, Dr. Foemmel's House of Cheer—where the good times roll!
At maximum capacity, his parties are attended by 50 to 70 people. Of his many parties, one recurrent event is the Church of Frank Sinatra; Las Vegas Chapter. This chapter and party is organized by Donald Jacobs, who is referred to as the Bishop of Booze. Originally started in San Francisco, there are chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, and Portland. These parties have sprung up around the country. The first one in Las Vegas was at Dr. Foemmel's House of Cheer and the March meeting as well.
You have to be lucky to be able to attend these parties. They are by invitation only. People bring their bottles and there is no fee. The atmosphere is set with people all dressed up, sipping cocktails, Sinatra music plays in the background, with everyone having a good time. There is a sense of sophistication in the air; this is their preferred way to enjoy their lives and as they say, no drama. According to Eric "it's a break from everyday life." What a break!
Every party with at least seven guests gets counted, which is carved into the kitchen door frame to keep count. Eric's House of Cheer has held 68 parties in two years. Today was party number 68, carved together with the name: "come2vegas!" There I had the honor to meet amazing people, such as Sarah Von Hardy, Noland Magnuson, Vivian Martin, Ruth and Paul Bones, and, of course, Eric Foemmel.
There are lots of visitors from all over the world. Sometimes they come for an hour or two and end up  staying for a month or two! At one of the parties, during the winter, a couple from Sweden who were staying for a month, decided to swim in the pool. Eric told them the water was cold, but they replied "there is no ice on it so we can swim"

There are all kind of parties, such as Chapel of Dino (Dean Martin), which is an intimate kind of party; Atomic Aloha, Night of Magic, Mystery, and Mind Reading with Paul Vigil (Merlin Award winner), there is a "Dive-In Theater," night, where people watch movies as they swim in the pool. There are also the First Annual Atomic Aloha Pre-Thanksgiving Party and the "Elvis Leaving the Party" Challenge.

At one of the parties, The Las Vegas Cocktail and Book Club, Mr. Don Hill was the special guest. He was discussing his book, celebrating his 93rd birthday and discussed his book, House Party Tonight. Mr. Hill is a member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for his fifty years playing saxophone with The Treniers. He filmed several movies, including The Girl Can't Help It! Here is a clip of Don:
Every party raises funds for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tickets sell for $5 and there is a raffle. The winner gets half of the money and the other half goes to the St. Jude Hospital. There is an Elvis clock traveling around the country, also raising money for the St. Jude as well. Where the clock arrives, there is a party. This clock now is in San Diego.
Eric's former roommate, Kyle Kettner, used to organize a swing dance night at the House of Blues on the Strip. One of these gigs featured The California Feetwarmers. Right when the band was getting hot and finding their groove, the general manager at the House of Blues decided to close early, called last call, and told the band they had one more song. Eric told Kyle, "tell the band that they can continue at my house."  So, Kyle got on the microphone and said, "We're taking the party to the House of Cheer." An hour later, the band was playing in Eric's living room, the bar patrons came to the House of Cheer and started dancing, and they kept the fun going. The  California Feetwarmers were nominated for a Grammy. Eric said "it was an honor to have them play in the house!"

I asked Eric how the neighbors feel about his parties, and he told me one of the neighbors said, "I would never call the cops on you, but I pray for you everyday!"
Eric is in process of finalizing all of the parties at House of Cheer for 2015. The goal is to reach the 99th party by August 31st, 2015. In February, there will be the Anti-Valentine's Day Party, Tacky 80's, and St. Valentine's Day Massacre, remembering the 1920 Chicago Massacre. The front living rooms will host the Cheezy 1980s Valentine's Day, with blue decks of cards for men and red decks for women to randomly match single guests, and the back living room will host a Cupid Pinata with several photo opportunities.
There are also other parties taking shape, like B@D @RT P@RTY, Pre Viva Las Vegas Church of Frank Sinatra; Las Vegas Chapter, and the DJ Lucky's Birthday by the Bayou, and of course, Dive-In Theater by the pool with a series of ten films. In April, there will be a party in Paris.
While we were talking, people were arriving with food. Others were preparing food to take to another party. It was time to leave and let them go to the party and maybe another party after that party. Who knows? Like Eric says "Throw a Dean Martin record on the stereo, make a martini, and enjoy Vegas living. There is no place like Vegas, and there is no place like the House of Cheer!"

Eric Foemmel on google+
Eric's Instagram: @HouseofCheer

House of Cheer on Kitchen Crashers

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Fireworks

  This New Year's Eve we were with kids, so the
  only option was to stay at home and watch TV.
  We were a little bit sad listen to the news 

  promoting the fireworks as "the biggest 
  fireworks ever".

  When a friend invited us to his party, we told him
  our situation. He told us to get to the McCarran 

  Airport's sixth floor, with the kids, and watch the
  fireworks from there.

  We told the kids to get ready to see the
  fireworks. They starting screaming. Now? They 

 did wear all coats we want them to wear without 
 any complains and we went to the airport. 

For our surprise, hundreds of Vegans were there with their kids as well. There were Elsa, Anna, under a Frozen temperature. There were also Batman and some ready to go to bed wearing pajamas.

The sixth floor has plenty of spot to chose from; it's a huge balcony with Strip views.

We crossed the bridge, where we could sit in the car, having hot cocoa and wait for the fireworks; only leaving the car seconds before midnight. Here we go, the fireworks begun!

It wasn't "the biggest fireworks ever" but was worth to see the kids so happy. For them, the night was over the top!

Leaving the McCarran was a little bit hard, with hundreds of cars trying to get to the exit. The kids hit the sac in not time.