Rat Pack Christmas’ at Crystal Bay Casino

The Dean-O-Holics celebrate a Rat Pack Christmas at their Lake Tahoe haunt, the venerable Crystal Bay Casino.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Larry Sabo

Is that a dirty martini?

Chances are, it is. The Dean-O-Holics bring a “Rat Pack Christmas’’ to the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show and guests must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased through the Crystal Bay Casino Box Office, 775.833.6333 ext. 1 or online: http://bit.ly/2mzAaI1 Free Red Room after-party w/ DJ Paul & MotorHome Music.

Reno’s Bob Caudle channels Dean Martin for the tribute performances, lending a local flavor to a pack that gave meaning to gansta entertainers long before hip-hop took those reins. The Tribute Masters website lays out the show.

“The atmosphere? Pure Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1960. The Summit… Swingin’, smoke-filled and flowin’ with booze. Broads and pallies, a gasser of a time and a sound that will knock you right out of your Mary Janes (editor’s note: No, not the Tom Petty kind.)

“The act? Strictly Rat Pack: Frank, Dean, Sammy and the gang, backed by the swinging Lil Big Band. It’s live. It’s 18-karat fun, baby. It’s the Dean-O-Holics.

“The Dean-O-Holics, for two years running winners of the National Rising Star Award for best Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin tribute band, are selling out performances everywhere, including Frank’s old place, the Sinatra Showroom at Lake Tahoe’s Cal-Neva Resort (before its current renovation.)”

The Rat Pack is legendary for its exploits at Lake Tahoe. In addition to its hold on North Shore’s Cal-Neva, Sinatra’s son, Frank Jr., 19, was kidnapped from a South Shore casino in 1963. Sinatra senior paid $240,000 for junior’s release and a trio of abductors was soon arrested and eventually convicted.

Ransom negotiations were conducted by pay phone (remember those?) and Sinatra reportedly became worried that he would run out of pocket change. That prompted him to carry 10 dimes in his pocket for the rest of his life. The Associated Press reported that Sinatra was buried in 1998 with 10 dimes in his pocket. His son died in 2016.

But this show promises to be straight-up fun, recalling the good-old days of a bygone era. Be there, or be square.

— Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage


About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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