This band’s residency is classing up an already-classy joint. On this night, the Southern California import commanded attention: Every seat around the bar was taken, and onlookers stood well into the casino floor. Looking like a pinup doll in a luscious red cocktail dress, Keith exuded an elegance bordering on fragility. However, when she belted out a variety of retro material, she revealed a surprisingly husky and powerful voice. Keith’s sound is reminiscent of glamorous yet earthy singers Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith. Her poise and energy level through four 45-minute sets were admirable, as she seemed to come alive as the midnight hour approached, shimmying between stanzas of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”
The band, including Royal Crown Revue co-founder Mando Dorame on tenor saxophone, added some interesting new choices to familiar standards. They also had some standout moments the few times Keith would take a “break” to stroll about the lounge area and greet guests. Their rendition of Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk” demonstrated how these boys could rock as well as swing. At one point, couples were dancing in front of the stage.
This combination of old-school sounds with a dynamic lounge setting is a winning one. ★★★★☆