Frankie Moreno and Rick Moonen offer an unlikely duet at The Lounge at the Palms

Frankie Moreno jams with Russ Letizia at Mandarin Bar on Saturday night.
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A wholly random trip to Mandarin Oriental’s Mandarin Bar on Saturday night led to an encounter with Frankie Moreno and his band. It was a late booking, unannounced, and Moreno stuck to playing his acoustic guitar, as it was too late to lug a piano up to the 23rd floor.

Moreno is still performing as part of a 3-month engagement each Tuesday at 10 p.m. at The Lounge at the Palms. Tickets are $7, and for Tuesday’s show, expect some sort of food-related presentation by renowned Las Vegas Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay.

Before the show, at 7 p.m., Moreno is joining Moonen at the restaurant to unveil Moonen’s new drink, Tangerine Honey, named for the song favored by Moreno. It can be said that Moonen is the Moreno of food, or maybe Moreno is the Moonen of music.

Whatever, they have forged a mutual admiration, and inviting Moonen onstage at The Lounge should be nothing if not fascinating.

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