December 12, 2011 in Entertainment News
America’s Got Talent winner, Michael Grimm, blew audiences away in his two week engagement at the Flamingo with his unbeatable combination of vocals, guitar skills, style, likeability, and a trademark fedora. He opened the show with a powerful rendition of “Born on the Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “Down in New Orleans,” paying homage to his Gulf heritage and showcasing the signature style that he has referred to as “swampy.”
He went on to perform “Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Dying,” “Ophelia,” and “Simple Man,” which he originally recorded as a duet with Travis Tritt. Grimm then performed some of his original songs, including “I Am” and “Qualified” from his album, Leave Your Hat On. Next, he performed “Gasoline and Matches,” the song that opens his self-titled album, recorded as a duet with Ann Wilson. Grimm offered a touching tribute to Sergeant Blake Evans with the song “Ships That Don’t Come In.”
On the night in question, the show was even more unforgettable than usual, with some talented audience members coming up to share the stage with him. Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and Tyriq Johnson, who performs with Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns Monday nights at the Palms, joined him to form a harmonious trio that spanned all genres of music. Together, they performed “Silent Night,” the Righteous Brothers classic, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’” and Al Green’s “Love and Happiness.” Medley stayed on stage to perform two duets with Grimm: “Bells Will Be Ringing” and another Righteous Brothers favorite, “Bring It On Home to Me.”
The evening was one of unforgettable music, from the phenomenal talent that Michael Grimm brought to the stage to the nostalgia that Bill Medley offered, the incredible range of Tyree Johnson, the prowess on the guitar that John Weedermier showcased, and the rest of the band and backup singers. Despite the fact that there were many amazing talents involved in the show, no one could eclipse the soulful style that won America’s hearts on America’s Got Talent and packed the theater of the Flamingo.
Las Vegas locals undoubtedly have many more performances to look forward to from Grimm after his Flamingo success, filling the 700-seat theatre that Donny and Marie typically perform in, a feat that is certain to catch the attention of one of the casinos in town. We can only hope that the Henderson resident becomes as much of a fixture here as he was in Branson.