Entertainment Galore: Louis Prima Jr. makes headlines at the Hilton cabaret on Friday. Upcoming: Joe Piscopo and Michael Amante


STATEN ISLAND, NY – The lights will shine again at Lorenzo’s Cabaret, the popular entertainment venue at the Hilton Garden Inn, on Friday night. Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses, a dynamic, multi-talented team of singers and musicians, will take center stage and return in what results in a performance by popular demand.

Prima, who travels the world bringing the music of his famous father to life, is the only son of the “King of Swing” himself, Louie Prima, and songstylist Gia Mione, who taught him to play music. the battery only 5 years old.

In addition to a host of energetic performances, Prima makes a point of delivering poignant retrospectives on his life as the son of a music icon.

Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses will perform at Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, October 22. (Courtesy / Hilton Garden Inn) Staten Island Advance

“There is nothing like a live band and nothing like my father’s music,” Prima has always maintained. “And it’s always my pleasure to perform in front of a large audience.”

However, when it comes to performance, Prima said they change the music so that each show brings something fresh and new.

“You will have surprises at Lorenzo’s,” he said. “We will perform my father’s music. This is what the public wants. But there will be a lot more fun. We will be having a big party and we invite you all to join us.

The joint still jumps when Prima and the Witnesses perform stars like her father’s signature song, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” the big band standard written by the elder Prima in 1936 at age 25 – and a tune played by the elder Prima. ‘countless times in movies, TV commercials and even on’ Dancing with the Stars’. Then there is “Jump Jivin”, “Black Magic”, “Just a Gigolo”, “Way Marie”, the all-time popular jazz standard “Harlem Nocturne”, played on the saxophone and “Proud Mary”, for to name just a few.

And Prima has often mentioned her love of intimate places.

“I like small rooms,” he says. “I prefer them because they are more intimate and it becomes personal with the crowd. The Italian community, as well as others, adore the music of Louis Prima. And we know what they want to hear. And while the crowds are a bit louder than the regular fare at times, it’s really fun. The crowds appreciate it and we certainly appreciate it and the friendship. “

“We are delighted to relaunch our Cabaret at Lorenzo’s after a long hiatus, and welcoming Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses to our spacious Lorenzo’s is a great time for our Hilton Garden Inn and for our Staten Island community,” said the Hilton hotelier. Lois Nicotra. “For us, live music is a celebration of life, and our cabaret this Friday is a great opportunity to shake up the doldrums and celebrate life.

Richard Nicotra added, “Our November show with Joe Piscopo and our December show with Michael Amante are hot sellers – it’s almost like a show AND a reunion too, as we welcome these favorites on stage.”


Joe Piscopo, the versatile artist is perhaps best known for his “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) skits, where he played a variety of recurring characters, including Frank Sinatra.

In fact, “Ole ‘Blue Eyes” himself nicknamed Piscopo, “vice chairman of the board.”

After leaving SNL, Piscopo – who once considered a run for Governor of New Jersey – appeared in a few blockbuster films such as “Johnny Dangerously”, and starred in several episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and had his own HBO comedy special.

Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo will appear at Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, November 12. (Courtesy / Hilton Garden Inn) Staten Island Advance

He is currently the host of the morning radio show. “The Joe Piscopo Morning Show” on AM970 THE ANSWER, from 6 am to 10 am

The multi-talented artist will perform alongside an original eight-piece big band in a retro-style live show in Vegas, with a tribute to Frank Sinatra, interspersed with a multimedia comedy and storytelling show between the sets.

In a recent interview, Piscopo called Lorenzo “one of the best clubs in the country”, feeding off his intimacy and ability to interact with the crowd.

“I love Staten Island,” said New Jersey-born Piscopo, before explaining that his grandparents were married at St. Mary’s RC Church in Rosebank and as a child he spent a lot of time. time in the district.

Piscopo added, “Richard and Lois Nicotra (owners of the Hilton Garden Inn) are the best and the venue is probably the best dinner club in the country. “And it’s so great to be with Richard and Lois. It’s like going back to the family.


A Broadway and concert artist, who sings in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Latin, and in many styles including classical, opera, Broadway, Gospel, standards and pop hits, Amante has played men of foreground in Puccini’s opera “La bohéme”, “Madame Butterfly” by Puccini and “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Mascagni.

Christmas with Michael Amanta

Michael Amante will perform in Lorenzo’s cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, December 3. (Courtesy / Hilton Garden Inn) Staten Island Advance

Suave and sophisticated, Amante, who has been nicknamed “The People’s Tenor”, is particularly excited to perform in front of the Staten Island audience.

Growing up as one of five children from an Italian-American family in Syracuse, Amante knew from an early age that he wanted to be a singer. His early performances ranged from choirs from his church and Catholic school to local rock bands where his tenor voice helped him sing covers of songs from Kansas, Foreigner, and Journey.

After years of training, this diverse experience still shines through in his crisp, clear voice which suits both opera roles and the lead roles he has played on shows like “West Side Story”, “Grease” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

An accomplished artist – whose approach to opera is light and easy and who has been on the show biz circuit since the age of 6 – has already been dubbed the next Mario Lanza by the legendary Tony Bennett.

To purchase tickets for all shows, call 718 477-2400, ext. 5 or visit partyeatstay.com


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