Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
RIYL: El Vez, Joe Piscapo
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Sinatra Speaks" · Jan. 9, 2008
- Blurt: "Altruistic Love Animal" · June 23, 2005
- "To Sir With a Whole Lotta Love Boat" · April 6, 2000
Influences: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones
José Sinatra is a good-time party and music man around town, first as front man for the former José Sinatra and Troy Dante Inferno and now as host of the "O.B.-oke" at Winstons, which draws a large crowd every Sunday night with singing, games, and door prizes.
José is a flamboyant stage persona of Bill Richardson's in the same vein as Andy Kaufman's Tony Clifton, the quirky and abusive lounge singer -- or, in José Sinatra's mind, Wayne Newton. "For years I have been convinced that Wayne Newton is really a woman," he says, noting the difference in voice and style of the Vegas performer's early years as compared to today. "Someday the truth will come out."
His new ensemble is the José Sinatra Love Muscle, now in rehearsal and getting ready for gigs. He also sings with Supabad, a James Brown tribute band. "People are always amazed at my uncanny resemblance to James Brown," he says. He's been recording in San Diego and Los Angeles for an upcoming CD, Moonlight Sinatra.
-- "Lists," 1-10-08