David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra will perform in THE WESTGATE CABARET at The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for a 5-night, limited engagement. Doors open at 11:15pm. Midnight show. No cover, drink specials, and plenty of FREE parking. Don't miss out!
11:15 PM DOORS / MIDNIGHT SHOW
ADDRESS: 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
*Performances at Cleopatra's Barge will resume Friday, March 20th!
By LESLIE VENTURA
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
Originally published January 30, 2020
It was five years ago, inside the lounge at the Tuscany, that David Perrico accidentally launched his Pop Strings Orchestra. “I never intended it to be pop strings,” Perrico laughs.
It just so happened that the entertainment director of Red Rock Resort, Judy Alberti, was in the audience that night. After hearing Perrico’s group, Alberti asked him to put together a lounge act for the hotel, Perrico says. “She heard those songs and she said, ‘I want this.’”
The problem was, he only had “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson in his repertoire. “She convinced me to put together a pop thing, so I put together all these hits and started arranging them for the orchestra.”
Perrico has since moved his Pop Strings Orchestra from Red Rock to Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace, a classically Vegas lounge that’s a perfect fit for his retro-meets-modern concept.
“I’m just doing a throwback to old Vegas with today’s music,” Perrico says. “We’ve got a legion of fans now, people who plan their vacations around us. When I did put this together—and this is not a brag—the unique thing about this band [was that] every musician plays with a headliner or has their own show.”
From the singers to the all-female strings section, the individuals in the ensemble have performed with stars including Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Aerosmith and Andrea Bocelli. “That’s the unique experience that makes up Pop Strings,” Perrico says. “Anyone could copy the format, [but] it’s like my all-star baseball team, the people I’ve always wanted to work with. No egos, we’re all having fun. It’s high energy, it’s positivity and it’s live. We don’t use any assistance like tracks or anything, and people love that.”
Pop Strings Orchestra members rotate in and out, but singers Lily Arce and Ken Fletch Walcott hold down the fort nightly, with Perrico leading the procession and, when the song calls for it, peppering the arrangement with his signature brass. A classically trained trumpet player, Perrico is also an award-winning conductor and arranges all the songs into modern versions on his own.
“In general, I pick the songs people can sing to and really know well,” Perrico says, adding that ’80s music seems to work best. “The Caesars clientele is more Generation X, people in their 40s and 50s. We’re not doing what Tiësto’s doing, but I’ve gone to those clubs to see how they work.”
Essentially, Perrico has taken the DJ format and adapted it to the live stage. “I’ll take an Earth, Wind & Fire song like ‘September,’ and then I’ll do a 10-minute mashup, a medley of nonstop songs, all in the same tempo. My master’s is in composition and film score, so I’ve gotten pretty fast after years of doing it. It’s just gilding the lily.”
And he creates arrangements for his other ensembles: Pop Evolution Big Band, which has appeared at the Smith Center, and Pop Retro, which has performed inside Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club and Cromwell.
“It still surprises me every week that people are responding the way they do,” Perrico says. “They don’t stop dancing. I never take it for granted that every night is a different night. You can’t rest on your laurels, ever.”
DAVID PERRICO’S POP STRINGS ORCHESTRA Fridays & Saturdays, 10 p.m., free. Cleopatra’s Barge, davidperricomusic.com.
David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra will once again be performing at the Nevada Ballet Theatre's Annual Black & White Ball, this time honoring country pop icon Shania Twain as the 2020 ‘Woman of the Year! The event will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Caesars Palace.
Canadian singer songwriter Shania Twain is the top-selling female country artist of all time and among the best-selling music artists of all time. With over 100 million records sold, her three decade career has produced a roster of unforgettable hits. She is the recipient of five GRAMMY Awards and a 2016 Billboard Women in Music Icon Award, earning her the respected title “Queen of Country Pop.”
In 2010, Twain established “Shania Kids Can” (SKC), a non-profit organization that provides services for elementary school children in North America who are experiencing personal suffering, economic hardship and food insecurity. Since 2013, SKC has operated at both elementary and middle school levels in Las Vegas and this school year, the program will be offered at Doris French Elementary School.
“By creating a positive cycle for students and providing extra support, we’re giving them a better chance at personal success in the future,” says Shania.
Twain joins an impressive list of female icons who have been feted over the past 36 years by NBT for their artistic achievements, philanthropic contributions and dedication to Las Vegas.
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Just in time for the Holidays, the 2019 KATS! AWARDS are in, and David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra have been awarded the "Barge Hall of Fame Award." As John Katsilometes explains, "The no-cover-charge shows rattle the room on Fridays and Saturdays, hearkening to the days when you could get up, get out and groove to world-class performances without needing to pay for a ticket."
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David Perrico recently contracted Pop Strings Orchestra to perform on the 20th Latin Grammy Awards with Bad Bunny. Watch the incredible video above...
MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV 11/14/19
Join David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra this weekend as they Celebrate 3 YEARS at Cleopatra's Barge inside Caesars Las Vegas!
Performing the best of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and SOOOOOO many more, every Friday & Saturday night from 10 p.m. - midnight. NO COVER charge...ever!!!
DAVID PERRICO & POP STRINGS ORCHESTRA
10:00pm - midnight
Cleopatra's Barge, Caesars Palace
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
By JOHN KATSILOMETES
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOUNAL
Originally published June 19, 2019
David Perrico’s music fiefdom has evolved as Caesars Entertainment’s house band.
On Fridays and Saturdays, it is possible to experience Perrico’s “Pop” bands from 4:30 p.m. through midnight at two Vegas venues. Perrico’s latest ensemble, "Pop Retro," has opened on the ground-level tavern at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at Linq Promenade. The act runs 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with stand-up comics billed at the comedy club wading in to perform.
Perrico produces the Pop Retro unit, led by singer (and Perrico’s wife) Lily Arce, with keyboardist Joe Spraker, bassists Aaron Tully and drummer Cameron Tyler. On Fridays and Saturdays, Perrico’s "Pop 40" plays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by Pop Strings, both at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace.
If you want to make a long night of it, park at Linq Promenade first (where the irksome parking fee is the only cover charge), and ramble across to Caesars. See you at one, or both, of these showcases.
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This June, David Perrico returns to Myron’s Cabaret Jazz with Pop Strings Orchestra to perform “The Music of Disney.” The evening will feature songs from some of your favorite Disney classics including – The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Lady and The Tramp, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Pinocchio, and Snow White.
This show will feature vocalists Lily Perrico, Fletch Walcott, Lauren Ashlea, Autumn Grayce, Johnson, Francesca Camus, and Lisa Marie Smith.
Don't miss out...get your tickets today!
DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019
TIME: 8:00PM SHOW
ADDRESS: Myron's Cabaret Jazz, The Smith Center, 361
Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106
TICKETS: $25 - $40
By JOHN KATSILOMETES
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOUNAL
Originally published April 15, 2019
David Perrico and his 36-piece orchestra is coming off a sold-out, Latin-themed show at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center on Saturday night. His Pop 40 six-piece band and Pop Strings ensemble still kick it up at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace at from 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays (no cover; table minimums apply), and he’s just issued the “Completely Covered” live CD from those performances.
And if you’re wondering, 36 musicians on the Cab Jazz stage is a venue record.
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