Monday, March 2, 2015

Rich Bono and Poupee Boccaccio, A Desert Treasure

Rich Bono and Poupee Boccaccio have been hosting their highly successful "Open Mic" show on Wednesday nights at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel for the past several years.  But don't mis-understand what "Open Mic" means. Rich and Poupee start their show with their own performances for the first hour.  This dynamic duo is loaded with major league talent and show business experience.  Rich Bono  singing and playing the Keyboard is about as good as you will hear from any major professional singer.  Poupee, also has had a remarkable career as an actress, singer and dancer. She has a bachelor of art degree in romance languages from the University of San Diego and sings songs in several languages.  She also has a BFA degree from the Otis-Parsons School of Design.  An added treat is when the two team up to perform several duets.  After the first hour, what happens next is nothing like the Karaoke that you might find in entertainment places in the Valley.  With Poupee acting as the Mistress of Ceremonies and Producer of the Show, she brings up some of the most talented musicians in the country and they perform two songs with Rich providing support at the Keyboard.  Poupee keeps total control on the flow of the show and as a result, the performances by the talented musicians flow in a most professional and entertaining way.  Poupee has a great dry sense of humor and uses it to make sure the evening moves in the direction she wants without any drama for herself or the performers who genuinely love her and Rich.

Rich Bono is one of the most sought after pianist by all of the best singers in the Valley because he has the ability to provide wonderful support and yet never over-powers or over-shadows the singers.  Rich has one of the best musical resumes' any performer could wish for.  He toured with the Harry James Orchestra for years.  He attended North Texas State studying Piano, Theory and Arranging, all skills that he has practiced successfully for years.  He played at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas for 15 years, the Desert Inn Hotel for 7 years and the Mirage and Treasure Island Hotels.
Rich had been an accompanist for many major musical stars including Jack Jones, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Linda Darnell, Mary Kaye, Jane Morgan, Don Cherry, Pat Boone and Bobby Milano.

Poupee Boccaccio has had a long and successful career in both Television and Hollywood Movies.  When you visit the Indian Wells Resort Hotel on Wednesday, the Hotel plays short cuts from the many movies and TV shows Poupee stared in such as "The Venetian Affair" with Robert Vaughn, "Pocket Money" with Lee Marvin and Paul Newman, "Last Movie" with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda and "April Fools" with Jack Lemmon.  She also appeared on the TV shows "Columbo", "I Spy", "Wild, Wild, West",  and she was a guest on "The Johnny Carson Show" twice.  And, if these credits aren't enough, Poupee was the star of the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

Whenever you want a fun night of entertainment provided by some of the best musicians around, go to the Indian Wells Resort Hotel any Wednesday night and catch the Rich and Poupee "Open Mic" night.

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