David Perrico is honored to once again be serving as musical director to the legendary bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and comedian Paul Shaffer as he brings his trademark musical style to the intimate Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace for a another limited run. Tickets on sale for the following Thurs - Sat performances ONLY:
Nov 29-Dec 1
Supported by Perrico & a full band known as The Shāf-Shifters, Shaffer delivers a hard-hitting set of pop, funk, and R&B classics and covers mixed with anecdotes and stories from over four decades of working with the biggest names in music, film and television.
Limited number of meet & greets available. All performances begin at 8PM. Show is approximately 90 minutes long. Only 21 and over will be admitted.
Tickets: $49 - $149 (plus tax & fees)
Show Time: 8:00PM
Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN NEWSLETTER
Originally Published: August 8, 2018
Band Leader David Perrico Conducts Winning Performances in Las Vegas
In a town where entrée can tax the most driven of performers, award-winning “Best of Las Vegas” trumpeter and producer David Perrico of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) has not only succeeded, but a few years ago he expanded his shows to include the Pop Strings Orchestra, his third band that actively plays along the Strip.
The show’s set list is filled with contemporary and classic hits, arranged by Perrico and performed by a 14-piece band featuring an all-female, seven-piece acoustic string section. The highly stylized ensemble mixes Perrico’s unique arrangements of pop and club rock, Latin, jazz, and R&B. “I tend not to go with formulas; I love writing for strings. The power of the strings—they can play nonstop. Strings have such major endurance; they can read anything,” he says.
The key, Perrico says, is finding the best players. Through years of performing he has gained plenty of access. Perrico was one of the original members of Donny and Marie’s band when they set up at the Flamingo in 2008. He’s backed Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, and Toni Braxton. His pops band is filled with all-stars who play in the headlining shows of Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), Rod Stewart, Martina McBride, and Céline Dion.
His other band, The Rat Pack Is Back, plays six nights at Tuscany Suites’ Copa Room and on the weekend, he’s at Caesars with the Pops Strings. It can be a grueling schedule, but Perrico thrives on it. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” he says. “I never intended to do it all. It happened by accident.”
The entertainment director at Red Rock Hotel saw Rat Pack when it debuted at Tuscany. It was a side project with some originals, jazz strings, and chamber music. She had an opening for a lounge act at Red Rock on Saturday nights. Though he didn’t have lounge music, Perrico quickly came up with 12 to 13 arrangements. From there, it took off....
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