A piece of Greenwich Village is coming to Roslyn when The Loser’s Lounge plays at My Father’s Place on Oct. 19. The 12-piece band will back a rotating cast of 10 lead singers in a 26-song set with a special theme: “Midler vs. Manilow,” featuring the songs of Bette Midler and Barry Manilow.
“Some people are from the theater world, others are from rock bands. That’s what keeps it interesting,” says keyboardist, musical director and founder Joe McGinty.
ABOUT THE BAND
The band's Loser’s Lounge name plays off Atlantic City and Las Vegas terminology — the High Rollers Club or the Big Winner’s Lounge.
“This is the place where the losers hang out who don’t have big record deals,” McGinty says, with a wink. “We are all banding together, playing music we love and where everyone can be comfortable.”
The concept began in 1993, when the group played its first show at Fez nightclub in the East Village. Today the band performs regularly at Joe’s Pub in Greenwich Village.
“It started as a loose, ragtag ensemble. Anybody could participate,” McGinty says. “As the years have gone by we’ve become more professional and tighter as a musical unit. Our roster has continued to evolve. We have some people who have been with us for a long time and we always have new people joining us.”
AT THE SHOW
The gig at My Father’s Place will mix Midler hits (“From a Distance,” “Friends,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Wind Beneath My Wings”) with Barry Manilow songs (“Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You”).
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“I’m a big fan of Barry Manilow and he has an incredible catalog, which I knew would make for a great show,” McGinty says, given that the crooner worked with Midler early in her career.
But, The Loser’s Lounge doesn’t just go for the hits. “We throw in some obscurities for the hard-core fans,” McGinty says. For example, there will be a comedic medley of Manilow’s commercial jingles from McDonald’s to State Farm Insurance to Band-Aid as well as Midler’s Beatlesque collaboration with Carole Bayer-Sager, “You’re Moving Out Today.”
Audience members, who typically range in age from 30 to 50, can submit their name for a chance to sing onstage with the band. Winners are chosen at random.
“It’s exciting because some people are just incredible,” says backup singer Tricia Scotti. “Others might not be a great singer, but they have the crowd on their side and they have the spirit, which is still fun.”
THE LOSER’S LOUNGE
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Oct. 19, My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn
INFO 516-413-3535, myfathersplace.com
ADMISSION $50 (plus $25 food and beverage minimum)