Sunday, April 17, 2011

Derrik Lewis & Jeff Stover Light Up The Lounge At Tropicale

Derrik Lewis & Jeff Stover

Derrik Lewis & Jeff Stover

The Tropicale Restaurant

Jeff Stover
On Tuesday, April 12, I went to Palm Springs to visit the Tropicale Restaurant.  My purpose was to listen to two talented musicians who have a regular gig there, Derrik Lewis and Jeff Stover. I had never been to Tropicale but within minutes of my arrival, I knew that this restaurant had "It".  What's "It" for a restaurant, you ask?  Great looks, warm comfortable feel, several different areas to have drinks, finger food or dinner, wonderful mix of people, great menu, friendly experenced waiters and, as it turns out, great sounds from the piano and bass duo of Derrik Lewis and Jeff Stover. This marvelous new Palm Springs restaurant was created in 2008 out of an old auto repair shop. The three partners, Tony Di Lembo, Rob Kenzi and Ranz Wienert designed and totally rebuilt the structure from bare walls and transformed the site into a beautiful, upscale dining experience.  But it's not just for dining. It's clear that it has become a meeting place for locals and their friends. This was my first visit, but I am already planning my return as I am putting Tropicale on my restaurant rotation.

 I understand that Derrik Lewis and Jeff Stover have been extended for another year, and the reason is because they make some wonderful sounds together.  First, Derrik picks only the "best of the best" songs from the "Great American Songbook". There were songs from great Broadway musicals as well as songs written by Cole Porter and Gershwin. What makes this duo special is that Derrik and Jeff apply their own unique approach by playing with different tempos that give these gems a whole new and welcome presentation. In addition,  when Derrik sings if you close your eyes and listen, you could easily envision that you were sitting in the Carlyle Hotel in NYC listening to the great Bobby Short. The name of this restaurant is "The Tropicale" and it does make you feel you are in South Beach in Miami, but I also think it also has the feel of New York City. I also want to mention that as good as Derrik plays piano and sings, Jeff does an outstanding job of playing upright bass. On many songs, he even take the lead and plays the melody while Derrik fills in perfectly with the piano.  This restaurant is the real thing and needs to be on your "To Do" list.  Finally, I have to mention that we were provided excellent service by our wait person so I decided to post his picture.  Ask for Dan when you visit, and he will take great care of you!
Dan The Man

6 comments:

  1. The shots with Derrik Lewis & Jeff Stover are awesome! Great! I like your blog!...Daniel

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  2. Thanks, Daniel. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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  3. The music is energetic, exciting and uplifting. Experimental to an extent, yet retaining a certain vibrant pop sensibility. If comparisons could help give clarity to a groups unique soul I would compare them to The Dirty Projectors and Portugal. The man but don't let this fool you - Givers are a band in their own class.

    I can only hope other weary travelers stumble across this album as I did, on that neverending quest for great music.

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  5. I agree! I am back in the desert for the winter and I will be going to see and review this talented duo in the next couple of weeks.

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