First of all, let me begin with a BIG apology for being SOOO behind on my blog posts! Things have been a little crazy and somehow I got caught up on the idea that I had to do all the entries in order…so if I missed one, I couldn’t move on until I did it. I know, dumb. Not necessary. So, from now on my posts will come in whatever order they will. Please forgive me…I promise to do better from now on. “Scout’s Honor!” (Okay, so technically I was never a boyscout, but my brother was and I used to go to all the meetings…really!)
So moving on. A few weeks ago we had a great night out with my parents and our friends Karen and Jim Murphy. First we went to Maggiano’s for dinner (got my favorite gluten-free Chicken Parmesan and g/f pasta with meat sauce…mmmmm, good!) then went over to Piero’s (near the convention center) to hear Carmine Mandia (of “Shades of Sinatra”) sing and celebrate the birthdays of our friend Catherine Cobeaga and my daddy.
Very fun! Carmine is always able to draw a nice crowd into Piero’s…he’s there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the place is always packed. If you’ve never been there, I really recommend checking it out. Great atmosphere, terrific Italian menu, fantastic wine list, and live music!
Carmine got me up a few times to sing with him and the band…I sang “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Embraceable You,” and “Summertime” (done kinda blues/funk style), and then Carmine and I did a little Blues medley together consisting of “Route 66,” “Kansas City,” “Muddy Water” and “Stormy Monday.”
And guess what? Ron even got up to sing a few songs with the band! Can you believe it? One of the songs that he sang was “After the Lovin,” which he dedicated and sang directly to Catherine for her birthday. She said it TOTALLY made her night! He also sang “Old Man River”…truly spectacular! But then, I may be just a little bit biased.
We had a fantastic time! Carmine Mandia is such a great entertainer and a great host. He always makes everyone feel so special and welcome when they come down to Piero’s. As I said, if you haven’t been there before, or if it’s been a while since you’ve last been to Piero’s, you should go! “Carmine and Friends” are there every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, 7:00-10:30pm. I guarantee you’ll have a great time!
Visit the restaurant’s website at www.PierosCuisine.com to check out more about them!
You can read more about Carmine Mandia, and even watch video of him performing at www.CarmineMandiaLV.com.