The reviews are in!
As my feet returned to earth and anxious to observe genuine talent, I was thrilled to catch a show at the Villa Roma, starring the song stylings of the incomparable Patti Greco Sunshine, who (IMHO) is the real deal. Granted, I’m partial to what Sunshine does, and apparently, I am not alone, since the SRO audience in the Forum Nightclub (www.villaroma.com) rose to their collective feet on numerous occasions as Patti belted out a string of popular hits like “Cuando Calliente el Sol” (love me with all your heart), “Summer me, Winter me,” “Where the Boys are,” “At Last,” “Memories” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.” Patti has the rare ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand, breathlessly anticipating every note, as she exudes superstar talent with each song, whispering one moment, while raising the roof in the next. Interspersing the act with personal anecdotes (I took notes for my next show), Sunshine managed to squeeze in a “shameless plug” for her other enterprise—a cool store she has in Monticello called the Funky Hippy Chic Boutique, featuring women’s fashions and sparkly jewelry, which caught the light as she entertained in the spotlight during her standout performance. Just as the applause died down, Patti acknowledged the fact that it was Veterans Day and closed the evening with an unbelievable rendition of “God Bless America” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXBzem8-Y9U), which elicited tears from the audience (including me) and brought down the house with thunderous applause. Patti lives here in the Catskills and is a regular at the Villa and other local venues, so don’t take my word for it… next time out, go see for yourself!