Frank Sinatra “Idol” Contest
Here’s a recap from last night’s Hoboken Frank Sinatra Idol Contest. Thanks, Melissa!
Sinatra Idol… a blast from the past
To celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday, 15 brave singers took the stage at the Hoboken Historical Museum last night, Dec. 12, in Hoboken’s first (annual?) Sinatra Idol Contest. The backdrop was a dark blue wall displaying Sinatra memorabilia and a brief history of his career, as part of the current exhibit, “Hoboken Tunes: Our Musical Heritage,” which is on view through Dec. 23.
A packed room of Sinatra fans, many sporting fedoras, clapped, danced and sometimes couldn’t resist singing along as the contestants belted out the hits, including “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and “Luck Be a Lady,” the last one sung by Tony Torres, of Brooklyn, who caused many double takes with his eerie resemblance to Hoboken’s favorite son.
Most of the contestants, including the winner, Peter Cafasso, are from Hudson County. Cafasso, a fifth-grade teacher in West New York, N.J., walked away with the prize, a framed poster of the Rat Pack in their heyday in front of the Sands casino in Las Vegas, only after a sing-off with runner-up Joe Ricciardi. Cafasso, who was born in Hoboken, says he’s going to hang the poster in his classroom, to remind his fifth grade students who Frank Sinatra was. He also sings in the New Jersey Chorale group and recently joined a Teaneck barbershop quartet.
The event was organized by Gerri Fallo, cultural affairs coordinator for the City of Hoboken, who lined up a panel of judges featuring Fran Azzarto, lead singer in Skanatra, a local tribute band; plus Mike Conti; Alex Corrado; Jimmy Farina, who sponsors a Sinatra birthday celebration at City Hall every year; and Vinny Wassman. The master of ceremonies, the Reverend Gary Troy Simpson, aka “SimpSinatra,” is a multimedia artist and entrepreneur who has entertained Hoboken audiences for more than 15 years as a member of the Frozen Monkey Band.
Tomorrow night at 7pm the Hoboken Historical Museum. There’s already at least 12 contestants! Sign up now, if you think you stand a chance!
“What better tribute to the Chairman of the Board on his birthday than a contest to see who’s got the pipes and the swing to be the next Sinatra? On Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m., join fellow Sinatra fans as an audience member or a contestant in Hoboken’s “Sinatra Idol” contest. The contest will be held at the Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson Street. The contest will be hosted by Gary Troy Simpson, a.k.a. Rev SimpSinatra, tamer of tunes.
Contestants should send a demo tape or CD to the Museum ASAP. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of local celebrity judges (my guess is Artie Lange and Danny Aiello) organized by Geri Fallo, coordinator of the Hoboken Cultural Affairs Division. Admission is $5, free for Museum members.”