Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 | 6:59 p.m.
Robin Leach has wound down his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin starts to pick up pen, notepad and tape recorder to resume his Strip coverage, we continue today with entertainer Frankie Scinta, who headlines in his family’s variety show at the downtown D Las Vegas.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Las Vegas is the city for entertainment. If I were a fisherman, I would go to sea. But I’m an entertainer, and entertainers go to Las Vegas.
I’m truly fortunate to do what I love in the city where I belong. I’m even more fortunate to perform alongside my big brother Joey, my honorary brother Peter O’Donnell and the beautiful Janien Valentine from Saturdays through Wednesdays at the downtown D Las Vegas.
There is nothing in life more important than family. That includes the opportunity to perform at a venue where we’re treated like part of the family. Thank you, Derek Stevens and everyone at the D, for making my family feel at home in your home.
If you haven’t seen our new show downtown, I insist that you come check it out. It’s a brand new take on our original show, but, this time around, I’m the Scinta in the spotlight. I guess Joey finally recognized his little brother’s natural talent!
My love of music began at an early age. By the time I was 4, I had learned to play the guitar and soon after took on piano, banjo, mandolin, drums and bass. I grew up performing in my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., and eventually on cruise ships and beyond.
It was actually Joe Vicari (yes, that Joe Vicari) who brought The Scintas to Las Vegas for the first time, and thank goodness for that! We were lucky to have Joe take us under his wing when we performed at his Andiamo in Detroit back when we were just starting out.
He now has a 1,000-seat showroom at his Michigan restaurant, where we perform twice a year. But even better, we’re able to eat at his second location as often as we like: Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse is just a few steps away from our D Showroom.
From the early days when Joey, Pete, my sister Chrissy and I toured the U.S. in our Chevrolet Caprice Classic, hauling our equipment behind us in a U-Haul, to now at our residency at the D, there hasn’t been a day that’s felt like work.
That’s the crazy thing about doing what you love for a living. As long as I can make you crack a smile, or better yet laugh out loud, I know that I’m doing my job.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not a very serious person, but, seriously, our show is great. My brother makes me laugh every night, and Janien knocks it out of the park with her amazing vocals.
We have never-before-seen acts including contemporary songs from the likes of Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Avicii, plus, we do tons of fun impersonations. We’ve also added a fantastic horn section — it’s a great night of Old Vegas entertainment with a modern twist.
I hope to see you at the show soon, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart if you do come. As long as you keep filling the audience, I get to keep doing what I love. And that makes me a very lucky man.
Be sure to check out our other guest columnist today, Derek Stevens, the co-owner and CEO of the downtown D Las Vegas. On Sunday, we meet up with restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, “Defending the Caveman” star Kevin Burke and TV commercial king Josh “The Chop” Towbin from Towbin Automotive.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.