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article imageReview: Big Shot remarkable at Mulcahy's for Cinco de Mayo weekend Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 7, 2017 in Music
Wantagh - On May 6, Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall on Long Island, as part of the Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Tonight's band line-up included DelGuidice on lead vocals and piano, Ken Cino on lead guitar, Mike Sorrentino on drums, Nick Dimichino on bass, Carmine Giglio on keys and John Scarpulla on saxophone.
They kicked off their set with the infectious "Miami 2017," which was a piano masterpiece. "Mulcahy's. Billy Joel fans. God bless you. Thanks for coming out tonight," DelGuidice said, effusively.
He picked up the pace with "Pressure," as yellow and white lights dimmed from the stage, as well as "Movin' Out." Following the latter tune, he and his band members were having tequila shots on stage.
DelGuidice went on to dedicate the next song, "The Downeaster Alexa," to his sound engineer and this journalist, whom he affectionately dubbed as the "#powerjournalist" onstage, which was quite the surprise. Most impressive about his rendition of "The Downeaster Alexa" was the fact that he sang it in the actual key the song was written in.
It was followed by "I Go to Extremes" and he went on to tip his hat to "Sir Paul (McCartney)" with his soaring version of "Maybe I'm Amazed." He immediately broke into his latest single, the gorgeous ballad "Mona Lisa."
During the finale of the lengthy "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," he changed the closing lyrics to "Sicilian Restaurant." They continued with "Summer, Highland Falls," where he gave a shout-out to saxophone player John Scarpulla.
Speaking of Scarpulla, he went on to display his tremendous lung power for the sax solo in "New York State of Mind," where red and blue lights dimmed from the stage, thus putting the audience in a New York patriotic spirit. It was fun watching Giglio and Cino tape Scarpulla on their cell phones during this performance.
DelGuidice threw in some classic rock in his set, but this time he dedicated "Dream On" by Aerosmith to a friend of his that was going through a "tough time." The emotion and heart in his rendition was evident. During "Piano Man," Steven Fileti played his ever-popular harmonica solo.
The Verdict
Tonight's Big Shot concert at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall felt more like a "Greatest Hits" show, where they performed some of the fan-favorites early on in his set ("Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," "The Downeaster Alexa" and "Miami 2017"), and the inclusion of his new single "Mona Lisa" was absolutely brilliant. Mike DelGuidice never disappoints. His live show for Cinco de Mayo weekend garnered five out of five stars.
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