04/30/2009 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin
Named as the best “Frank Sinatra band” and the best “Dean Martin Tribute band” for two consecutive years, the Dean-o-Holics are a live homage to the days of martinis, lounge performances, and living the good life. And it’s the “real deal,” according to the band’s leader.
“You won’t find any karaoke or iPods at this show, and this is much more than a regurgitation of something from the 60s,” says Bob Caudle, a.k.a. Dean Martin. “We become the characters; we interact with the crowd and throw in a lot of shtick with a modern twist. We answer the question of what these guys would talk and joke about today if they were still alive.”
Caudle is joined onstage by fellow locals Mike Martis as Frank Sinatra, Andre Williams as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Nat King Cole, and John Wilder, who’s a dead ringer for Liberace. Marlene Ward and Liz Nunn, as the gold-digging Marilyn Martini and Jessica R. Abbit, round out the singers. They’re usually backed up by a live “lil’ Big Band” with a baby grand piano, upright bass, sax and drums, but for some shows they’ll bring in a full 17-piece orchestra comprised of some of the top musicians in the country.
The caliber of talent I get to perform with is pretty humbling,” Martis says, who grew up singing Sinatra with his father. “Bob does a phenomenal Dean Martin, and Andre (who also sings with MC Hammer) is the consummate professional. He really is one of those guys who could sing the phone book and it would sound amazing.”
Together, they travel all over the country putting on a show unlike anything you’re likely to find anywhere. They’re even regulars in Frank’s very own “Sinatra Showroom” at the original Cal-Neva Resort. Perhaps the only real difference between these guys and the original Rat Pack is that they can still be bought.
They do customized packages, featuring everything from one performer to the whole troupe, for everything from vintage parties to weddings, birthdays, Italian festivals, and casino nights to straight-laced, black-tie affairs.
“What I’m always amazed at is just how much love is still out there for this special era out of America’s song book,” Caudle says. “We get standing ovations from every gig, whether it’s a wedding for a couple of 20-somethings or a 50th anniversary.”
“When you come to a show, you’ll definitely experience a performance and hear music that you don’t get to hear anywhere else in town,” Martis says.
For more information about Dean-o-Holics and their upcoming performances, visit dean-o-holics.com.