Johnny Galecki, Alison Sweeney, Laurie Metcalf, Questlove and more celebrate the opening of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and ‘FRANK – The Man. The Music.’ at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
The stars shone brightly this weekend at The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas as Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, actress and Biggest Loser reality show host Alison Sweeney, The McCarthy’s and famous for her role as Jackie Harris in Roseanne, Laurie Metcalf, drummer, D.J., journalist and producer Questlove, NCIS alum Cote de Pablo and more attended the opening of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and FRANK – The Man. The Music.
The Premiere Weekend on the Town kicked off by welcoming The Venetian’s newest restaurant, Yardbird founded by John Kunkel. Yardbird is the newest culinary venture for longtime Las Vegas chef Todd Harrington. Harrington joined the Yardbird to team to create a menu that honored Yardbird classics, such as the critically-acclaimed Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken, while adding dishes that are exclusive to the Las Vegas location. DJ Questlove got the party started laying down the beats while guests enjoyed Yardbird signature cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres.
Following the opening of Yardbird guests moved to The Palazzo Theater to see the World Premiere of ‘Frank – The Man. The Music.’ starring Bob Anderson. This show is the most authentic Frank Sinatra tribute ever created. Under the musical direction of Sinatra’s former musical director Vince Falcone, Bob Anderson and his thirty-two piece orchestra are able to transport guests back in time to the days when Frank Sinatra ruled the Las Vegas Strip.
Longtime friends Johnny Galecki and Laurie Metcalf had a Roseanne reunion, catching up over a drink before the show. Johnny then went into the theatre with Cote de Pablo where they enjoyed Sinatra classics such as Come Fly With Me, The Way You Look Tonight, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, You Make Me Feel So Young and more. After the show Johnny Galecki, Cote de Pablo, and Alison Sweeney caught up with the show’s star and praised him for his engaging performance. Galecki said how amazing it was to see such an authentic Frank Sinatra representation.
After the show, guests were invited back to Yardbird for a dessert after party hosted by DJ Questlove.
At the helm of Yardbird Las Vegas’ menu is executive chef Todd Harrington, a mainstay on Las Vegas’ restaurant scene. The menu will feature both Yardbird classics including the critically-acclaimed Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken and dishes exclusive to the Las Vegas location, including an 18 oz. Smoked Niman RanchTomahawk Porkchop with roasted heirloom potatoes, kale pesto, pickled mustard seed and spiced cracklings and Smoked Backyard BBQ Chicken with barbecue sauce, roasted marble potatoes and charred okra. Yardbird Las Vegas’ interior design embraces the large-scale aesthetic that is quintessentially Las Vegas. The 8,000 square-foot-space designed by 50 Eggs, Inc.’s internal design team seats 180 guests, with a private dining room accommodating up to 25 guests. Yardbird Las Vegas also boasts several rare and never-before-seen photos of film stars, musicians and icons taken over several decades, from the 1940s through the ’90s. The all black and white collection, shot by cinematic photographer John R. Hamilton, features images of over 800 celebrities, including John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, and Paul Newman, among others. The restaurant displays over 75 photos from the collection, framed and hung throughout the interior in various sizes, from 5×7 snapshots to 18×24 prints.
With the larger space comes an expansive bar and amplified beverage program from Lead Mixologist Robert Ortenzio, showcasing an ice program unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip. Yardbird Las Vegas provides five different types of hand-harvested craft cocktail ice from its onsite ice room. In addition to Clinebell-made craft ice sourced from Las Vegas-based company Premium Ice, guests can expect a variety of flavored ice cubes and garnishing cubes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as the Yardbird Old Fashioned, a Southern spin on the timeless classic that features bacon-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and maple syrup, served in a lowball and paired with a 2-inch sphere ice. Yardbird will offer a menu of inventive cocktails, craft beer, bourbon infusions, and select boutique distillery spirits. Unique to the restaurant’s bar will be its extensive craft beer selection, sourced exclusively from the United States, with the entire draft menu from local Nevada breweries.
About FRANK The Man. The Music:
Conceptualized by an all-star creative team, FRANK The Man. The Music. has been called the most authentic re-enactment of a Frank Sinatra concert ever performed on stage. The show is produced by Hoboken Productions and stars Bob Anderson the most revered singing impressionist in the world. It features a lush 32 piece orchestra under the direction of Sinatra’s former musical director Vincent Falcone.
With the help of Hollywood’s leading makeup artist Kazu Tsuji, Anderson takes on the appearance of Frank Sinatra. His prowess for assuming the persona and vocal styling’s of this legendary artist is the major component of this production. The original orchestrations of Sinatra’s music catalog performed with the same musical instrumentation will bring it all to life. Anderson as Sinatra stylishly leads us through the intimate execution of his craft, with chilling performances of the man who transcends all generations. The 90 minute production depicts FRANK The Man. The Music. in three distinct areas of his music; the recording studio, television specials, and personal appearances.
The elegant set portrays to the audience an earlier time when glamorous nightclubs were in their heyday. This quintessential salute to the greatest singer of the 20th Century will contribute to sustain his enormous popularity, as well as the music of The Great American Songbook of which he made so famous.