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RONNIE RIALTO

LOUNGE SINGER & MC

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Globe - All Warming to Charity Tanzania Bash

Posted on 23 June, 2013 at 16:39 Comments comments (0)
The Globe was a very appropriately named venue for last night's "Tanzania Bash".
 
The event was to raise funds for Carrie & Lou to go to Tanzania with 'Bridge 2 Aid'.
 
Guests were encouraged to dress up in African garb, and a face painter was on hand to add essential animal markings to those wanting to really explore their inner African beast.
 
Live entertainment for the evening was provided by yours truly, Ronnie Rialto, and upcoming local Brighton band 'Blind Ammunition'. DJ Ray Charles rounded off the evening with some great dance tunes.
 
It was all very eclectic and very Brighton. A fun evening with funds raised going to a very worthy cause.
 

Party Time Below The Mad Hatter

Posted on 9 June, 2013 at 13:41 Comments comments (0)
The Rabbit Hole was close to capacity last night. Thanks to Sharon Parsons for choosing my gig to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was an "up for it" crowd, and although a little noiser throughout than usual, there was no doubt that they enjoyed their evening. I received plenty of compliments and enquiries about future performances.
 
Next up is a charity fundraiser at The Globe pub in Middle Street, Brighton on Saturday 22nd June. I'll be sharing the bill with a promising new band called Blind Ammunition. More details about this coming soon.
 
 
The next Rabbit Hole gig is on Saturday 6th July. Tickets for this will be on sale via the 'Events' page of my web-site shortly.
 

Debut at Danny's North of the Downs

Posted on 1 June, 2013 at 16:34 Comments comments (0)
Last night I found myself north of the South Downs in Haywards Heath. I was on the bill for the second of Danny's Comedy Club nights. Not as a comedian, of course - I was there to provide musical interludes between the acts.
 
This is an excellent new venture seeking to provide quality entertainment in the Mid-Sussex heartland. I really enjoyed seeing the other acts perform - thanks to Pierre Novelli, Sarah Iles, Mike Cox, Roy Dumbrell, Michael Mooney, Dave Streeter and Joy Carter for a very enjoyable evening.
 
The audience played it's part in creating a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, and I'm sure people will tell their friends this is a monthly event well worth going to.
 
For more info click on the link below:
 
 

Spring has sprung at the Rabbit Hole as Ronnie's new venture takes root!

Posted on 7 April, 2013 at 15:42 Comments comments (0)
Thanks to all who came to the Rabbit Hole gig yesterday (6th April). My aspiration to create a jazz club vibe is actually happening. I really enjoyed the gig, and from the positive feedback I got, so did my lovely audience.
 
This venture is a departure from the 'standards' set that I'm best known for - I will still be doing this at other events - but the Rabbit Hole is about Jazz, Swing and Blues, and that's what I'll be doing more of at this venue.
 
The next Rabbit Hole gig will be a private party on Saturday 4th May. The next public gig there will be on Saturday 8th June. I'll advertise on FB when tickets for this become available.
 
 
 

Bois Night Out

Posted on 14 March, 2013 at 15:20 Comments comments (0)
Thanks to Flirty Bertie and Adam All for a very enjoyable "Bois Night Out" at The Candy Bar in Soho last night. The crowd were well up for a raucous time and it looks like this monthly event could be taking off! I was very pleased to be invited along as special guest performer, and I hope I'll be returning there soon.
 
 
 
 
Bois Night Out is on the second Wednesday of every month from 9pm
at the Candy Bar, Carlisle St. London
 

International Women's Day

Posted on 10 March, 2013 at 15:24 Comments comments (0)
What a brilliant event it was at the International Women's Day celebrations at The Brighton Dome yesterday. The long foyer bar was decked with stalls representing a plethora of womens interests. The Mayor of Brighton, Bill Randall addressed the gathering, and reinforced his support for the Brighton Womens' Centre (a charity he supports officially) and praised the anti-Sun page 3 campaign championed by one of the guest speakers.
I was delighted to perform at the event, and from the stage I could see that many people along the length of the room were joining in with the songs and enjoying my performance. I also got some great feedback when I spoke to the individual stallholders afterwards.
So thanks to the organisers and all those who attended and made it a very special occasion.

Ronnie down The Rabbit Hole

Posted on 10 March, 2013 at 15:19 Comments comments (0)
Yesterday also saw my second gig at The Rabbit Hole Bar in Brighton. This is a small,  but perfectly formed basement bar underneath the Mad Hatter Cafe near Waitrose.
 
The bar is transformed into 'Ronnie's club' for the evening and the vibe is much more Jazz/Blues/Swing oriented than my 'standards' set that I perform on other occasions.
 
As a new venture, I relied on my regular supporters to attend and help to create to atmosphere and mood of an old-style Jazz club. This they did with gusto, and a good time was had by all. The only thing missing (according to one older, but reformed ex-smoker) was the fug of smoke evocative of the old movies of the era. (Although as a lifelong non-smoker, I'm quite pleased about that!)
 
I'm hoping to build the audience for this - The next date will be 6th April 2013 and dates in May and June will soon be announced. So keep an eye out for communications from me in the near future.

Christmas Trio!

Posted on 17 December, 2012 at 16:31 Comments comments (0)
I had the best time with my three Christmassy gigs: I kicked off on Wednesday 12th December with a guest appearance at the Qukulele Christmas Special at The Latest Bar. What fun! The Qukulele's held the stage and other guests included the comedian Sarah Wilkins, Elvis & Friends (a brilliant puppet act peformed by my good friends Tracy Steel & Zeb Friedman) and Al Start. The atmosphere was very friendly and warm - and the audience were incredibly gracious when I forgot the words to one of my songs - they immediately hummed and la la'd the tune - bailing me out of an embarrassing moment!
 
 
Thursday 13th December saw my biggest gig to date; performing a 35 minute set and MC for the evening at The Corn Exchange, Brighton. The event opened with Kelly Sky performing aerial acrobatics above the heads of partygoers and the 'Close Shaves' performing vintage acapella in the foyer. It was a brilliant experience for me and I enjoyed every minute! The other main stage acts: Trudie Styles & The Pianoman, Plasticine and Conundrum all put on a good show, and a jolly good time was had by all.
 
 
 
On Sunday 16th December I returned to The Grosvenor Bar, Brighton for my regular Sunday afternoon croon. As ever, there was a lovely cosy warm vibe there. The audience were extremely appreciative and Ali managed to time dishing out the mince pies just as I started to sing Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let It Snow! All we needed were some chestnuts roasting on the open fire! I'll be performing there again in February and March for a couple of birthday party events - I'm really looking forward to that.
 

Sun, Sea & Sappho Women

Posted on 25 September, 2012 at 15:57 Comments comments (0)
I've just returned from  a week in Lesbos where I attended the INTERNATIONAL ERESSOS WOMEN'S FESTIVAL. - What a brilliant time I had. My primary goal was to chill out and relax with my friend Mandy from London, but I took along some backing tracks, just in case a performance opportunity presented itself. 
 
After a couple of impromtu performances at Roots Bar and the Aeolian Village Hotel, I found myself on the Festival's Main Stage in the open air cinema as one of the opening acts for the Alternative Fashion Show. It was enormous fun - and a credit to all the women who put so much time and energy into making it happen. The investment in the staging, lights and sound was well worth it.
 
If you click on  this link:  https://vimeo.com/50000839 you  can see a video photo montage of pictures taken at the show. Make sure you've got the sound on to get the full effect!
 

LGBT Health Summit Sept 2012

Posted on 25 September, 2012 at 15:26 Comments comments (0)
 
Thanks to all who were involved in
my appearance at the LGBT Health Summit at the University of Kent in Canterbury on 13th September. The audience, consisting of delegates attending the conference, were well up for a night of fun and frolics and were very appreciative. It was great to see people dancing in couples to my crooner tunes and enjoying the latin rhythms of  'Sway' and ' Save The Last Dance For Me' a la Buble!
 
Metro, the conference organisers, represented by Beth James were very professional, and I hope we'll be working together more in the future.

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