Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dance The Night Away With The Johnny Meza Dance Band

Last Wednesday night, the night before we started our trip back to NJ, we had a great time at Bing Crosby's Restaurant listening and dancing to Johnny Meza's cool dance band.  We arrived early at 6:00 pm and thought we would be the first to arrive. However, we found that a lot of people already knew about this great party because the restaurant and dance floor was already full.

I think our readers already know about Johnny Meza's terrific act from Desert Sage but his performance on Wednesday nights at Crosby's is something you need to see.  Johnny gets to just sing and perform and he is really good at it.  Lots of fun for all ,and the dance floor is never empty.  The Johnny Meza fans come to dance and that's what they do.

Johnny's band consists of 4 outstanding sidemen: Al Lopez on sax and flute and in my opinion the best sax player I heard while in the desert, Donnie Beck on piano and key bass, Sal Frisuara on drums and Jack Pina on bongos. It's not easy to get to hear and dance to a dance band of this quality so don't miss the chance to catch this act.  If you are in the desert and going out to dinner on Wednesday nights, this is the place to be.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The "Other" Toni Curtis

 This Toni Curtis is not the movie star most of us remember.  This is the woman named Toni Curtis that shows up at the Desert Sage Restaurant many nights and sings a few songs with Johnny Meza.  Toni loves to sing and even though she has never had any professional instruction, she really does quite well. She sings because she has a love for good melodies and good lyrics and is a great supporter of the "Great American Song Book".   She has a great stage presence and infectious personality.  Keep singing, Toni, "The best is yet to come".
Try to catch her act, she sings whenever she wants to when Johnny Meza is at the keyboard at the Desert Sage Restaurant in LaQuinta.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sharon Sills Excites The Regulars At Desert Sage Restaurant

We were at Desert Sage again this past Tuesday to hear more from Johnny Meza, and it was great fun for everyone who was there.  There was a small group of people celebrating the birthday of a women who was a very young 91 years of age.  She was all dressed up and still drinking and dancing the night away. I have to say again, one of the joys of living in the California desert is that no matter where you go, you see people of all ages living their lives to the fullest.  I think it all has to do with the "attitude".   Just because you are getting older doesn't mean you can't continue to have fun and open as many new doors as you desire.  And speaking about opening new doors, one musical door opened for me and a lot of others when a women in the audience named Sharon Sills stepped up to the microphone and sang three or four great songs, including "Over The Rainbow", "Wind Beneath My Wings" and the old time favorite, "Crazy".   It turns out that Sharon Sills has been performing in the Newport Beach area for over 25 years. I am so happy that I got to hear her and hope I get to hear more of her in the future. Sharon is another example of a great talent just not getting the public exposure she deserves.  She should be a major recording star.  She is the total package,  funny, confident, attractive and has a great voice. I understand that Sharon has a new CD called  "At Last" but I was unable to find it on iTunes. If I get any information on it, I will post it.  In the meantime, if you are in the Newport Beach area at VIlla Nova, or the Balboa Bay Club, make an effort to see if Sharon is performing, I can guarantee it will be worth the effort. You can get more information about Sharon from her site:  Sharon, the picture above is of one of my favorite roses, it's especially for you!

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