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Review by Bobbie Katz – Gene Ferrari October 3, 2015 – Italian American Club


Fall-ing for Entertainment
Written by Bobbie Katz
Published on Sunday, 25 October 2015 20:31

gene ferrari iac 2015 02In a city severely lacking in upfront-and-personal entertainment of the headliner kind mentioned above, it was a delight to go to the Italian American Club a couple of weeks ago to see talented singer Gene Ferrari perform backed by the 12-piece Mariano Longo Orchestra. Gene, who has a big, rich tenor voice and a charming stage personality, was the opening act for legendary comedian Don Rickles for seven-and-a half years and was mentored early on by Engelbert. Today, this audience-pleaser is performing solo gigs with his own special flair that belies his passion for the music he sings.

Ferrari began the evening and ended the evening with the beautiful song, “The Power of Love.” In between, he sang 18 songs, including doing a 15-minute tribute to Neil Diamond with “Sweet Caroline,” “Love on the Rocks,” and “Solitary Man” and singing two of Engelbert’s signature songs, “Release Me” and :”Love Is All.” He also told a few stories and bantered with the audience as well as bringing on stage singers Georgianne Hill and Tony Sacca and Elvis impersonator James Lowrey at different times during the evening to sing a few tunes. It was a night reminiscent of what made Las Vegas the great entertainment town that it used to be -- one that consistently featured true personal-touch entertainers -- and a town that far too many people miss.