July Entertainment Announced at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room
Talented musicians sizzle on the performance stage at Dino's Backstage and the Celebrity Room in July. July's entertainment lineup begins with two performances by Michelle Lordi on July 7 and 8, followed by the talented cabaret singer and jazz vocalist Paula Johns on July 14. Then, on July 15, pianist/singer Jared Feinman will perform showing off his strong baritone voice.
The popular Eddie Bruce returns in a show entitled "The Music of Anthony Newley: From Broadway to Willie Wonka," and on July 27, he is followed by the Divas of Broadway. Michael Richard Kelly wraps up the month with two performances he's calling "The Double Nickel" on July 28 and 29. All tickets are $30. Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room - the unique dining and entertainment experience reminiscent of the sophisticated supper clubs of the 40s and 50s - is located at 287 N. Keswick Avenue in Glenside, PA. There is a weekday "Happy Hour", dinner Wednesday-Saturday, and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a new and an exciting bar menu. There is dining al fresco with outdoor bar and lounge area. See www.dinosbackstage.com or call 215-884-2000 for more information.
Here's the July entertainment calendar:
July 7 and 8 (both at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30pm) - Michelle Lordi
July 14 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Paula Johns
July 15 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Jared Feinman
July 27 (at 8:30 p.m.) - Divas of Broadway (Illusionists and Tribute Artists)
July 28 and 29 (both at 8:30 p.m.) - Michael Richard Kelly-Double Nickel Weekend (it's his birthday)
About the Artists (in order of appearance):
Michelle Lordi combines unique clarity and grace with subtle emotional depth and eclectic tastes. Philadelphia-based vocalist Michelle Lordi challenges the standard idea of what a jazz singer is. Lordi offers a unique mix of conventional and unconventional, traditional and modern, with a broad range of interests and influences. On her breakthrough CD, Drive (2015), Lordi takes listeners on a captivating personal journey, mining ten favorites from her varied repertoire of American Songbook classics and modern pop hits. Drive was well received by critics and received extensive radio airplay both nationally and internationally. Michelle is becoming a regular presence on stages in and around Philadelphia, Denver and NYC playing clubs and jazz festivals and cabarets. She has appeared in "Top 50" clubs such as DazzleJazz (CO) Smoke, Metropolitan Room, Maureen's and Birdland (8/17) (NY). She's parlayed those experiences into her live shows and albums Drive and Dream A Little Dream, which provide evidence of her profound love of the music in every note of her vividly expressive and elegantly communicative voice.
Paula Johns is an accomplished cabaret singer and jazz vocalist who hails from Philadelphia. She is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald and other great contemporaries of that era, but Paula brings her own distinctive panache to each song she sings, especially the songs from The Great American Songbook. With a voice like butter, she enjoys a great lyric that tugs at your heartstring, as well as a lyric that'll make you fall off your seat with laughter. Her passion for the music ignites the emotions of her audiences and allows them to feel the stories that each song tells.
Jared Feinman mixes Elton John's piano sound, John Legend's soul, and Frank Sinatra's charisma and bring audiences his impassioned and raw music. Born and raised on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Jared fuses the sound of Philadelphia he grew up listening to with his extensive classical and jazz piano training. At the age of 24, Jared carries an authenticity unmatched by many of his contemporaries, providing a refreshing, new, artistic voice on the scene. His current work explores lost love with a distinct perspective, incorporating dazzling piano licks with his strong baritone voice. Jared studied songwriting and performance at Berklee College of Music. His professors included acclaimed songwriter and author, Pat Pattison, and renowned artist and songwriter, Livingston Taylor. Over the past year, Jared has been tirelessly writing, recording, and producing his first album, comprised of all-original music. He is thrilled to have 7x Grammy-winning producer, Frank Filipetti, mix the final product. Further information on how to find and listen to Jared's album will be detailed at the show.
Eddie Bruce is a natural performer - he always has been! Whether he's singing from the concert stage with The Philly POPS or performing for hundreds of guests at an event, he instinctively knows how to engage his audiences. It's why he's such a stand out. Eddie is proud to have sung with The Philly POPS in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center at the launch of the new Philly POPS, under the direction of Maestro Michael Krajewski. He also performed for sold-out, standing ovation crowds at the Ocean City POPS and for the Hershey Symphony. A frequently requested performer from coast to coast, he presented Eddie Bruce & Friends at Sugar House Casino for two and a half years, works in clubs in the region including the new Razz Room in New Hope, PA, in New York at the famed 54 Below, Feinstein's and Metropolitan Room and at the M Bar in Los Angeles. When he presented his "Bruce on Bennett" show at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, he had a two-week sold-out engagement. Eddie is a popular media personality. He was the original host of "Dancin' on Air," a popular TV show in the 80's, and recently hosted the reunion show on Channel 17, WPHL-TV. He was also a radio talk-show host for many years on WWDB-FM. The Eddie Bruce Orchestra is one of the most prominent social bands in the region and recently he led them at the prestigious Academy Ball, The Assembly Ball and the Ball in the Square in Rittenhouse Square.
Divas of Broadway are an off, off, off, Broadway musical theater review. The group includes Lady Geisha Stratton, Fanci Dismount Stratton. Aida Stratton, Iris Spectre and Maria TopCat. Lady Geisha Stratton started her career as a female entertainer back in 2011 and has been storming the Philadelphia drag scene ever since. She has a background in musical theater and professional vocal training for more than 10 years. Fanci Dismount Stratton has been in the game of female entertainment for many years and has a lot of experience. She is a full time DJ, owner of Fanci By Design her custom jewelry business and host of one of the most popular Drag shows called The Ladies of Lansdale at Round Guys Brewery/The Underground. Aida Stratton the current reigning Miss Gay PA America and has been traveling all over making appearances and giving the audience not only amazing costumes, but also breathtaking performances. Iris Spectre is a full time entertainer, make-up artist and seamstress, and Maria TopCat is a professionally trained dancer and promises to give her audiences legs for days. She has many years of musical theater experience, and she was born ready to perform. The group encourages everyone to laugh, love and enjoy their performance.
Michael Richard Kelly, Entertainment director and co-owner of Dino's Backstage, Michael has been a professional singer for over 35 years. He came to Philadelphia in 1983 to do the musical spoof "Forbidden Broadway" at The Bellevue-Stratford, and performed for the royal family of Monaco in 1985 when performing "The All Night Strut" at The Casino De Monte Carlo for a month. He did his first cabaret show at Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1987, and he found that it was the perfect medium for him. In 1995, Michael, won "Philadelphia Magazine's - Best of Philly - Cabaret Act-1995" after performing for over a year at "The Club Above", in Philadelphia. Michael also won "Philadelphia Magazine's - Best of Philly - Pet Boutique-1998" for his shop at 12th & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, "...and Toto, too!"
About Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room:
Imagine the sophisticated scene of the supper clubs of the 40's and 50's! That's exactly what co-owners Dino Kelly-Cataldi and Michael Kelly-Cataldi did when they dreamed up Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room, the deluxe restaurant, bar and cabaret in Keswick Village, Glenside, PA. They combined wonderful entertainment, outstanding food, impeccable service and magnificent décor in a building designed by the legendary Horace Trumbauer and a space created by the highly-acclaimEd Stokes Architecture.
Shortly after they opened, Dino's was named #1 restaurant for Ambiance from OpenTable.com. Located at 287 N Keswick Ave. in Glenside, there are four dining options - the dining room, the bar, the luxurious Celebrity Room and outdoor dining -- that can accommodate up to 120 diners. There is a new and exciting bar menu. Dining al fresco with outdoor bar and lounge area is open weather permitting. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday Brunch - 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (215) 884-2000.