Musical theatre people know him as Angelo D’Agostino. Dance music fans might just call him Angelo. But either way, Angelo is a talent to be noticed. Sure he’s got model good looks. But don’t judge this book by his cover. Angelo has become a sensation in New York and Southern California with not only fans of cabaret but with dance music. His “Lush Life” cabaret show will take place in San Francisco Saturday, Feb. 28 at the beautiful Society Cabaret.
“I’m pretty excited,” Angelo says, “with this being my third time appearing in San Francisco.” His cabaret show, which he’s done for about a decade, has grown and changed as he’s developed as an artist.
For someone with such diverse musical styles as dance and traditional standards, Angelo has mastered mixing them all together.
His cabaret show will not feature any dance tracks, but he promises to mix in some acoustic original songs with popular standards that have become mainstays in his musical journey: “Cry Me a River” and “What’ll I Do” to name a few.
“I have been batting around the idea of releasing a jazz/vocal album. In fact, I have several unreleased live recordings of ‘Lush Life’ from gigs in New York, Atlanta…those could easily turn into bonus tracks. There’s something really electric about a live recording,” he says, “You get to relive the rush and the energy that the audience feels (whether you were there or not) over and over again.”
This isn’t his first show at Society Cabaret…after all, he’s very good friends with its founder G. Scott Lacy, who will be his accompanist at the show. “When he spoke to me about his initial plans for Society Cabaret I was ecstatic. I am very honored that after so many years of working with one another, I get to bring a little piece of our musical history to HIS stage. It’s all very full-circle in a really fantastic way,” he says.
While his friendship with Lacy will likely turn to musical blendship, the core of the show will have the same heart and roots as his show has had in the past. ” I’ve been performing ‘Lush Life’ for nearly 10 years,” he says, ” long before jazz vocals were making a sort of pop culture renaissance. The show was initially born from frustration that I wasn’t getting cast in musical theatre roles because my voice was ”too big’ or ‘too pop’ sounding, so that was the impetus at the time, creating my own show, a showcase where I could sing the music I wanted, the way I wanted.”
Angelo loves his time in San Francisco. Not only only to walk around North Beach or the Castro, but he does some of his best songwriting here.
He also hopes to come back with new material. “Nothing set in stone,” he says, “but hopefully I’ll have some new music releasing over the summer and I’ll be able to come back!”
But if you can’t wait, you can certainly catch him in San Francisco Feb. 28. To get tickets go to http://tinyurl.com/mn3nylp.
Check out his music and artistry at www.ihearangelo.com.
Society Cabaret is inside the Hotel Rex at 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Doors open at 7pm; show at 8pm. Cocktails and food available for purchase but not required (no 2-drink minimum).