Cheese & Lounging: Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine Swing Back to Vegas

Club Madrid in Sunset Station, March 21

Somewhere in the middle of his set—I think it was while he was still wearing the martini-print jacket, before he changed into the tiger stripes—Richard Cheese pointed out that he hadn’t played Vegas in almost three years. Huh? Cheese and his smooth and swingin’ band have been kicking out lounged-up versions of modern hits, from the Spongebob Squarepants theme to Eazy-E’s “Gimme That Nut” for closing in on 15 years now. Why hasn’t some casino locked this routine up at Liberace-like rates?
The crowd couldn’t have been more enthusiastic, as Cheese breezed through his bop-scat rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and a buoyant, Tropicalia-touched version of “Get Lucky.” Pretty much every chair was filled, except for a few down front, inspiring a cry of “There’s three open seats here: I need two girls and someone to film it!” from Cheese. The double-entendres flew thick and fast, but there were moments of decorum: While crooning Khia’s smutty “My Neck, My Back” he called for the doorman to “Close the curtains!” making one wonder who was standing just beyond them. Bewildered children? Scandalized senior citizens? Titillated nuns? Who knows whether Cheese played that particular number when he entertained during Will and Kate’s reception at Buckingham Palace, but I sure hope the Queen didn’t hear … ★★★✩✩