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Four dynamic performers pay tribute to the music and melodies of ol' blue eyes in Shades of Sinatra.
Talented performers, legendary music
By Caroline Fontein
Fours singers celebrate the music of Ol' Blue Eyes in Shades of Sinatra at Clarion Hotel and Suites. Consisting of three men and one woman, the quartet doesn't try to emulate Sinatra, but they do honor his music with a show format similar to how fans would have seen the entertainer perform back in his heyday.
The performers are all from different generations and bring an interesting dynamic to the show through their admiration of Sinatra. Apart from some minor lighting changes, the show has few production elements, allowing the performers and their voices to take center stage. The singers perform both group and solo renditions of songs like "Luck Be A Lady," "That's Life," "Someday," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and other songs that span Sinatra's illustrious career.
Shades of Sinatra was created in 2005. The three male performers (Carmine Mandia, Larry Liso and Ryan Baker) have been singing in Vegas for years at restaurants, lounges and corporate events. Lisa Smith joined the group in 2006, spicing up the show with her sex appeal and sense of humor.
Originally from Philadelphia, Carmine Mandia is no stranger to the stage in Vegas. He performed as Sinatra in "The Rat Pack is Back" at the Greek Isles and "Frank & Barbra - The Concert That Never Was" at the Riviera. He has performed in numerous hotels on the Strip. Aside from his show at Clarion, Mandia performs every Friday and Saturday night at the Italian restaurant Piero's.
Hailing from the East Coast, Larry Liso was a popular act for his singing abilities and charming stage personality. Since moving to Vegas, Liso has continued to perform his solo act for corporate functions at hotels including the Wynn, Bally's, Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Aside from singing he is an accomplished guitar and trumpet player. Along with singing in Shades of Sinatra, Liso performs every Wednesday and Saturday night at Siena Italian Restaurant in Summerlin.
Lisa Smith has been performing in Vegas since 2002. Before that she starred as Miss Annie in "Wild Bill's Wild West Extravaganza Show" in Buena Park near Knott's Berry Farm. Smith has performed in various venues in Vegas. In addition to this show, she currently performs with her jazz band at the Gold Coast and sings with a vocal trio called Dangerous Curves.
Ryan Baker is the youngest member of Shades of Sinatra. He started performing professionally in 2003 at weddings and corporate events. He went on to perform as Sinatra in various tribute acts, touring the United States and Canada. Baker has also worked as a voice actor. He's recorded dozens of commercial jingles. He's currently working on an album featuring his takes on his favorite jazz songs.
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