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December 27, 2010

WALLIN & BARRETTA AT FAMED RRAZZ ROOM



LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT

WALLIN & BARRETTA AT THE FAMED RRAZZ ROOM

The glory years of music have a new life with a tribute to the Italian Singers. This group is one of the most requested singers with their sumptuous presentation of songs from the greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Louie Prima, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon and others.

Now, get this. This show is not imitating these great guys – they are giving a wonderful treatment to the songs that were associated with the stars of yesteryear.  Rick Barretta sez -  “I love that era of music. We’ve been doing this for fifteen years – and we never get tired of it.”

The two fantastic singers have played Las Vegas nightspots and traveled around the nation to Monterey, Palm Springs and Walnut Creek, where they were greeted with amazing enthusiasm. The songs that they sing are the most glorious times from music. “These are songs that are never forgotten” – says Rick. And, I agree. "The music today will never approach the longevity that the music from the Great American Songbook has" - Rick enthused. 

In between the classic songs the guys joke around a bit, but they never forget that they want to deliver solid vocal performances. And they are supported by the terrific local wonder -  Kelly Park and his Quartet.

You’re gonna see plenty of Frank, Dean and Al Martino. All great singers. I’ve been lucky to have met each one of them – and will never forget their impact. And I am lucky that singers like Wallin and Barretta can bring back those wonderful years to us. And I can’t wait to see their show this evening at The Rrazz Room. 


(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Sunday Datebook and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

FA-LASH:  That Wizard of musical “Andrew Lloyd Webber has some changes he wanted to make on “The Wizard of Oz”.  What can he do with this old and overworked story? But he is determined. He has added some new songs for the production at the London Palladium. The stars are Michael Crawford (Wizard) and Danielle Hope (Dorothy).  They plan on having four new songs for the February previews.  Gee, I hope Dorothy doesn’t crash down on my house.

NOIR CITY 9 STARTS ON JANUARY 21. – AT THE CASTRO.

With Movies like “The Dark Mirror”, “The Stranger On The Third Floor” and “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry” (I think I knew him) – YOU ABSOLUTELY WON’T WANT TO MISS ANY OF THE 24 NOIR FILMS. Some so rare – that we may never get a chance to see them again.

The film Noir Foundation can be found on both Facebook and Myspace. Get your season pass now while you have a chance through “Brown Paper Tickets.com.”  Double features are only $10.00 bucks.  Season pass for all the movies is $100.

This is a Noir Lovers event – where you meet the coolest people.  You can mingle in the lobby, buy popcorn and listen to cool music before the shows start.

I’m very Noir – and I will be there.  



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