Well, that of David Perrico The group has finally found a new place.
The veteran musician and conductor is the frontman of the Raiders House Band led by David Perrico. This is actually the Raiders ‘home squad for the 2021 season. The roster debuts on Saturday in the Raiders’ home opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Allegiant Stadium.
“It is an incredible opportunity, and a great honor, to realize Mark Davis’ vision for a group that would perform at Raiders games,” Perrico said Wednesday morning. “I’m all excited. The group is excited. The interaction with the staff at Raider Nation has been fantastic, throughout the process.
Davis has sought a contemporary version of Del Courtney’s group since the Raiders’ childhood. Courtney’s team first played for the Raiders at Frank Youell Field in 1963, before moving with the team to the Oakland Colosseum.
“We’re looking at options for something like that – a house band to play before and after the game and during commercials,” Davis said in February as the search for musicians for the team intensified. “Something like what that of Paul Shaffer the group was with David Letterman. “
The Legendary Vegas Band Santa Fe and the Big City Horns, was actually the first act to be played at Allegiant Stadium, beating everyone on stage on February 28.
Perrico’s reinforced group of 19 musicians can in fact be called an orchestra, combining the Pop Strings and Pop evolution projects. Pop Strings was among the groups whose shows were closed when Caesars Entertainment closed several of its smaller venues in May. Cleopatra’s Barge, where Perrico made headlines late Friday and Saturday night, was one of those small capacity rooms.
But Perrico and Pop Strings were invited to test the Allegiant Stadium in June and returned last weekend to take their performance to the next level. The band built their brass section to a total of four (Davis really likes brass and a Tower of Power vibe), and went through a list of sets dotted with Metallica, Bruno Mars, AC / DC, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown and The who.
Of course, the Raiders’ theme, “Autumn Wind”, is a must and must be opened up in the pre-game set and also after the home team has scored a touchdown.
Joining Perrico is his wife, singer Lily Arcé. The group also includes singers Noybel Gorgoy, Serena Henry and Fletch Wolcott; Charles McNeal on the alto saxophone; Rocco barbato on the tenor saxophone; Steve meyer with a paper clip; Mat Schumer baritone saxophone; Otto Ehling on keyboard (and keytar); Keith nelson on bass; Steven lee on the guitar; Miguel Jimenez (substitute for his father, Grandpa Jimenez, temporarily absent for health reasons not COVID) to the battery; and a section of strings of Crystal Yuan, Adrianna Thurber, Monique Olivas, Chandra Meilbalane, Zuzana Engererova and Sarah Chaffee.
Perrico lived and performed in Las Vegas for 17 years. He has performed in a myriad of venues, on and off the Strip, including the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort, the Lounge at the Palms, since closed, the South Point Showroom, the Strat (then Stratosphere) Showroom, the Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, Caesars Palace and Westgate Las Vegas.
When Paul Shaffer was looking for a conductor for his Shaf-Shifters show at Cleopatra’s Barge, he was looking for Perrico, who also has a jazz music teacher at UNLV for six years ending in 2011.
Suffice to say that Perrico certainly understands the historical relevance of his concert with the Raiders. Over the decades, Las Vegas has hosted several iconic conductors playing the trumpet. Louis Prima, Doc SeverinsenHarry James and Bill Chase have held the roles in earlier times.
More recently, the tradition has been advanced by Lon Bronson, dating from the days of the Bistro Lounge of the Riviera to the Smith Center; and Lady Gaga’s conductor Brian New man, returning to Park MGM’s NoMad Library this week.
Perrico remembers his first gig in Vegas, performing with Bronson’s band at the Naughty Ladies Saloon at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur in 2004.
Bronson told Perrico, who is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up as a Cleveland Browns fan, “Welcome to the dark side.” He had no idea.
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