Reckless In Vegas, the power trio comprised of Michael Shapiro on vocals/guitar, Mario Cipollina(Huey Lewis and The News) on bass/vocals, and Ryan Low on drums/vocals along with multi-platinum producer Dan Shea, have created an exciting live show and album, of rocking' contemporary renditions of songs….by 1960's Las Vegas golden era acts….such as, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis….Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond….Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and much more…Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.
I have seen Reckless in Vegas at the Historical Venue "Sweetwater" and was not prepared for what I saw and heard. To say I was blown away is an understatement. This band is so talented and rehearsed! When I was in Vegas for a convention I happened to catch them again at a Red Rock Casino and everyone was just as excited as I was! Will see them again for sure!
Price Range: $1500 and up
Gig Length: 105 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Reckless In Vegas has blended the imagery, banter, and classic music from the 1960's Glory Days of Vegas with a contemporary rock band aesthetic. They've created an exciting show with modern versions of songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin and more. Whether you remember the swinging Vegas lounge era days or were born later, Reckless In Vegas has something for everyone. Video montages, dialogue, humor, modern hard-rocking grooves, and tender moments of balladry combine to create a truly original take on this classic genre. Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.
Michael Shapiro was born in San Jose, CA but grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He spent 29 years there before moving to Portland, OR and music eventually lead him back the SF Bay Area in 2006. Shapiro began playing trumpet in grade school, followed in later years by piano, guitar, and vocals. Fronting cover bands in Las Vegas as a teenager, he naturally began writing and recording. Releasing his first album in 1995 with the band Trip with 3 albums to follow. Trip toured with VH-1's Rock Across America Tour opening for Duncan Sheik, Romantics, Edwin McCain, and Cheap Trick. In 2003, Trip toured with Great White and on their 21st show in Rhode Island, the tour was brought to an abrupt and tragic end with the West Warwick Station Nightclub Fire. In 2005, after a two year hiatus, Shapiro recorded his first solo album, taking 5 of the 12 songs and releasing an EP entitled "Everything". The single "Hope" received strong radio air-play across the US, thus landing him on a sold out national tour with the band Live. He relocated to San Rafael in 2006 in search of the perfect-fit rhythm section and formed Reckless In Vegas.
Mario Cipollina born in Mill Valley, Ca., the son of a concert pianist and an Italian wanna be opera singer, Cipollina began playing classical bass at age 6. He is known industry wide as a deep pocket player - "why settle for a groove when you can dig a trench" Upon leaving the Marin symphony when he was 13, Mario struck out on his own with his high school band of friends, Sound Hole, and punctuated is early musical life doing jobs as bassist for Stone Ground, Merle Saunders. Before graduating high school he had toured with Van Morrison for over a year. During the seventies Cipollina explored the jazz/fusion world, during which time he cut an album with legendary drummer, Tony Williams. Later, upon Tony' s referral, Mario toured with Ronnie Montrose, even doing stints with Brian Auger and numerous jam sessions with Narada - Michael Walden. After being hired by Foreigner in '79, Mario saw an opportunity to land that fabled record contract the he and his high school band mates had reached for in his earlier years. He jumped ship and came home to co- found Huey Lewis and The News, in which he would go on to amass a room full of American Music Awards, Grammies, Bammies, and even an Academy Awards nomination for co-writing and producing the number one single "Power of Love" which was featured in the blockbuster movie Back to the Future. With Huey and the News, Mario was invited to sing on the record breaking song, "We Are The World" , and remembers the thrill of calling his mom, sister, and legendary guitarist brother John with the news that, "I'm on the cover of Time Magazine!" None of this seems to have changed Cipollina from the prankster, and love filled guy he' s known to be, so when he and Shapiro found themselves each wanting new blood in their musical lives, they both jumped; teaming with Dr Fu to re-create Reckless in Vegas as the power house trio that is primed to explode on the international stage. "We' re gonna walk on down, and rock 'em all!"
Ryan Low (a.k.a. Dr. Fu) born in Chinatown San Francisco, is a high visibility drummer who is remarkable for his showmanship, distinctive styles, and driving rhythm. Ryan's unique approach and explosive energy onstage, brings him to the forefront with the rest of the band. Besides being a performer and session player, Ryan is a committed teacherof drums and musicfor the last 15 years. He applies his classical music training in addition to his 25 years of live performing to his teaching along with his love and passion for drumming. Although Ryan is a true lover of rock and funk drumming, he has explored a variety of musical styles from hip-hop to country, latin jazz to R&B. Always looking for a challenge to expand his musical repertoire, Ryan has found it in spades with Reckless in Vegas! Besides 'giving it up every night' behind the drum set, Ryan has added a new dimension to his musicianship singing with RIV for the last four years.
Additional Booking Notes
INPUT LIST (This is how our in-ear monitors are set up. What you actually put in the house is your call)
4. Tom 2 (we share this input for toms 2 & 3)
5. Overhead L
6. Acoustic Guitar (Overhead R can go direct to FOH, not in ears)
7. Bass (mic'd)
8. Electric Guitar
9. Vocal 3
10. Vocal 1
11. Vocal 2
RECKLESS IN VEGAS Notes for Front of House (FOH) Sound & Lights- RIV will provide a CD of remixes of Rat Pack era music to be played by FOH 25 minutes before RIV start time. The CD playlist:
1) It Was A Very Good Year (Sinatra)
2) Mambo Italiano (Dean Martin)
3) Misirlou (Dick Dale)
4) Montage & A Little Less Conversation (Elvis)
5) Beat Goes On
6) Sway (Dean Martin, PCD)
7) This Town (Sinatra)
- When “This Town” starts, lights on stage should dim (if they are not already dim) and RIV will go on stage to get ready to start. The lights should remain dim. - After “This Town” ends, a recording of the intro to “Luck Be A Lady” by Sinatra will be sent from the drummers’ rig to FOH.
- After the “Luck Be A Lady” intro, the guitar starts playing and the lights should gradually come up so that when the drums comes in (approx 12 seconds later), the lights are up. - There will also be a backing track containing guitar parts sent from the drummers’ rig so that FOH channel should stay on for this 1st song of the set.
Show can be performed as one or two sets. Full show includes On Broadway style dialog/banter and video montages.
Frank Sinatra- Luck Be A Lady, A Very Good Year(with video montage), This Town, My Way, That's Life
Dean Martin- Everybody Loves Somebody(with video montage), Sway, Mambo Italiano
Elvis- Suspicious Minds, Love Me Tender(with video montage), Can't Help Falling In Love
Sammy Davis Jr.- Mr. Bojangles
Frankie Valli- Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Johnny Cash- Ring Of Fire
Tom Jones- It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussy Cat
Sonny & Cher- The Beat Goes On(with video montage), I Got You Babe
Neil Diamond- Solitary Man, Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
Bobby Darin- Beyond The Sea
Louis Prima- Just A Gigolo
The Everly Brothers- 3 song medley
Peggy Lee- Fever
Tony Bennett- Rags To Riches
Dick Dale- Miserlou
Instrumental- "The God Father" Theme Song(with video montage)
|Michael Shapiro||Lead Vocals and Guitar|
|Ryan Low||Drums and Vocals|
|Mario Cipollina||Bass and Vocals|
|Billy Cohen||Booking Agent|
Influences & Inspiration
Our sound is influenced by just about every genre on the planet but rock is definitely our foundation. We absolutely love quality music that transcends the listener emotionally, physically and spiritually. The three of us, along with our producer, Dan Shea, took a look back to the early days of Vegas. The 60's in particular seemed to be rich with timeless hit songs that resonated with all of us. We knew the original versions needed to be treated with great respect. We knew we wanted to pay homage to them while making them current, and it was a must that we put our original sound into them. Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Etc.
Full PA(16 channel mixer with reverb) and monitors
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