Las Vegas headliners unite to perform at Stifler at the Palms
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 (5:57 p.m.)
The night of July 14 erupted, Mount Vesuvius-like, in the Lounge at the Palms. This is where, on occasional Saturdays, an unbilled, quasi-organized showcase under the mysterious title Stifler is held around 11:30 p.m. At the center of the manic performance are Frankie Moreno and a few members of his band who headline Wednesdays through Saturdays at the Stratosphere.
For an idea of who turned up at this second Stifler rollout (the first was about a month earlier), champions of two of the nation’s top-rated contest shows took the stage: American Idol winner Taylor Hicks (headlining at Bally’s) and America’s Got Talent champ Michael Grimm (toggling dates at Green Valley Ranch and Aliante Station).
As Moreno and former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone (currently in Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas at the Trop) muscled through saloon staple “Mustang Sally,” Hicks waded through the jammed audience and crawled onstage. He then produced a harmonica, played a searing solo on the instrument and swapped vocals with Fatone. Grimm was called up several minutes later for “Chain of Fools.”
Other mad happenings: Las Vegas stand-up Rob Sherwood opened with a 10-minute set and called out to Brad Garrett. Celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck (headliner at the Trop’s Laugh Factory) performed a trick in which he made a playing card disappear, only to reappear in a bottle of Crown Royal, a ubiquitous stage effect in Moreno performances. Paul Shortino (the esteemed Duke Fame from This Is Spinal Tap and former frontman of Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot) sang, and Golden Nugget’s chief headliner Gordie Brown took the stage for about 167 impressions in six minutes.
Melody Sweets from Absinthe sang two numbers. Dorimar Bonilla hustled up to dance to “Tangerine Honey,” her showcase song in Moreno’s Stratosphere performance. And at show’s end, a member of the Absinthe balancing duo, Michal Furmanczyk, climbed onstage, shed his shirt and mimicked Bonilla’s performance—as funny as any scripted scene you will see in Las Vegas.
The Stifler shows have already outgrown the room and thus are in danger of outgrowing their organic vibe, too. The crowd outside the Lounge at the Palms seemed to double the seated capacity of 228. Maybe there’s a new live-music venue opening at a slick resort that could be the vinyl—er, final—destination for these shows.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.