Humbled to have comedian JIM GAFFIGAN stop by The Barge the other night to check out Pop Strings Orchestra and tell us what a big fan he is now! Click on the video below to hear what he had to say...
We're really big fans of Jim's as well, and we loved getting to hang with him a bit after our show. You can find out where Jim is performing next on his FIXER UPPER TOUR, all about his newest special NOBLE APE (currently available on iTunes), as well as NUMEROUS other projects he's got goin' on, via his website at www.jimgaffigan.com.
By JOHN KATSILOMETES
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOUNAL
Originally published July 13, 2018 - 7:51 pm
Asking David Perrico for the highlight of performing with Paul Shaffer is something of an unfair question.
“The highlight? The whole gig is a highlight,” says Perrico, the trumpet virtuoso and acclaimed bandleader. “The experience with Paul is the highlight.”
Shaffer and the band Perrico built for Vegas, the Shaf-Shifters, are coming back to Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. The engagement’s first shows are Sept. 6-8, followed by Oct. 11-13, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 (tickets start at $49 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday).
The Shaf-Shifters most recently performed nine dates at the Barge in late December and early January. Shaffer clearly delighted in playing the famed, moated entertainment enclave, donning a blue suit splashed with gold and green glitter and announcing he was performing “on the corner of Sin and City!”
Shaffer rolled out some old video clips (including reviving his role as Artie Fufkin on “This is Spinal Tap”) and paid tribute to James Brown with a staggering “Please Please Please.”
Shaffer was at home onstage — and his keyboard solos were something to behold — but he needed a hand in creating the right collection of musicians for this exclusively Vegas show. Perrico, who once toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, was a natural fit; his Pop Strings ensemble plays that very room at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
“Paul is the consummate leader, he makes changes on the fly and you have to follow and adapt,” Perrico says. “He’s demanding, but not in a bad way. You just need to deliver.”
Perrico has signed up most of the Shaf-Shifters from last winter’s band: Vocalist Noybel Gorgoy, guitarist Jim Buck, bassist Keith Nelson, Andrew “The Fury” Friedlander on sax, Neil Maxa on trombone and Pepe Jimenez on drums. All are highly regarded, veteran Las Vegas artists...
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