Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will perform at the Las Vegas Hilton for a one-night engagement on Wednesday, Sept. 2. This special performance will showcase his lively music while paying homage to the “swinging” music of his father, Louis Prima.
Louis Prima, Jr. carries on the legacy and standards of the music his father, the renowned Louis Prima, made famous. Prima started his legendary career in the 1930s and quickly became known as the “King of Swing” with his distinctive sound and boisterous presence. He became a landmark act in Las Vegas during the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s with his ability to encompass all styles of music, combining New Orleans-style jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Blues, Big Band and early Rock n’ Roll to create a unique sound. Prima always delivered a top notch performance for audiences with hits like “Jump Jive and Wail,” “Angelina,” “Just A Gigolo,” “That Old Black Magic,” “When Your Smilin” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”
Destined for musical greatness, Prima Jr.’s love of music began at a very young age as he learned to play musical instruments including drums, piano, trumpet and guitar. At age 22, he formed a rock band, taking the lead as singer/songwriter. The band opened for a variety of artists from rock group Winger to metal maniacs Savatage. In 1995, Prima Jr. went back to his roots and began to perform his father’s music. Enlisting his sister Lena Prima and the musical direction of his fathers old B-3 player, Bruce Zarka, they formed a tribute to the once popular Vegas show. Almost a decade later, he has created an improved and exciting show that keeps audiences entertained from coast to coast.
Showtime is 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Special guest Jerry Martin Russo will perform a Dean Martin impression as the opening act. Tickets are $25 and $45 to see Louis Prima Jr. and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton Box Office or at www.vegas.com. For more information on Louis Prima Jr. and this special performance, please visit www.louisprimajr.org.