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Claire Voyant

MARCH 16, 2012

Tuesday nights at Garfield's (2620 Regatta Drive at Desert Shores) has become a popular place to hang out, for both music lovers and performers, thanks to vocalist Renee Hale and musician Frank DeVito, who entertain at the restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Last Tuesday, saxophone player, Steve Golden, and his singing wife, Ronnie Fabre, sat in with Renee and Frankie for much of the night. Renee's sister, Jodi Hale Fonfa, her cousin Marlene Henry, and so many friends including Denise Cashman, Deon Blaney, Michelle Stuhmer, Karen Finlayson,Lynn H. Weidner, Rhonda Mona, and Tina Immormino, were among those dancin' and groovin' all night long. The joint was jumpin'! The Tuesday before, Joni Illi, Ms. Fabre, and Jerry Brown, joined in the festivities. In recent weeks, a number of veteran lounge performers - including Hale, Fabre, Illi, Joni James, Bob Kelly, Kirby St. Romain, Brown and Jay Ramsey - who were members of bands, such as Ray Anthony, Perfecto & Motion, Al Sebay & Diamondhead, Expression, Vegas Company, and Wholly Smoke, have gotten together to sing, play and reminisce. These names should bring back fond memories forsome of the Vegas old timers. Can a big musical reunion be in the offing? For more info about Garfield's, call (702) 925-8333.

And speaking of Renee Hale, we spotted her at the Dispensary Lounge last weekend, where she and some friends were enjoying cool jazz songstress, Windy Karigianes, backed by Uli Geissendoefer on keyboard, Fred Watstein and bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, with Emanuel Schmidt sitting in on guitar for a few numbers. The Dispensary is located at 2451 E. Tropicana in the Marketon Center, on the southeast corner of Tropicana and Eastern. Music starts at around 10 p.m. Check the place to see who is playing on what nights. Call (702) 458-6343.