Friday, July 19, 2013

“Tom Jones” rocks 94 West at dinner concert

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“Tom Jones” rocks 94 West at dinner concert

Celebrity impersonator and Tom Jones look-a-like John Truncali rocked the audience at a dinner concert at 94 West Steak & Seafood Restaurant Thursday, inspiring patrons to sing-a-long to popular tunes that also included the Temptations, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond.

The performance is a part of a summer series of concerts hosted by 94 West to celebrate the restaurants 10 years anniversary this year.

“We’re happy to have so many great friends and patrons who love to come to our restaurants and enjoy great steak and seafood,” said owner-operator Maria Sord.

“And nothing makes for a great dinner evening than to listen to a professional entertainer sign some of the greatest songs many of us have heard over the years.”

The Orland Park restaurant, 94 West Steak & Seafood, is located at 15410 S. 94th Avenue. It’s open every night until 10 pm, with a special popular brunch every Sunday from 10:30 am until 3:30 am.

“People come from all over for the food and the entertainment,” Sord said proudly. “We especially love John Truncali because his repertoire of music includes some of the greatest rock, soul and blues songs. The audiences love him and so do we here at 94 West.”

Truncali’s smooth voice captures the heart and soul of the songs. Even while enjoyignt heir meals, customers were clapping along and singing the words to “My Girl” by the Temptations, Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea,” and of course an array of Tom Jones songs.

A dead ringer for Tom Jones, Truncali has worked as a performing Lead Vocalist, Band Leader, Arranger and Guitarist as well as Radio Studio Announcer and Personality, Commercial Voice-over and Jingle Artist and Actor in Chicago.

In addition to the many impressions featured in his shows, John’s own singing voice has been described as an exciting blend of Tom Jones and Engelbert. Show reviewers have named him “The Italian Tom Jones” and 
“The One Man Legends Show”.
His vocal impressions mix with comedy and humor, and his evening bill includes songs from Tom Jones, Elvis, Engelbert, 
Neil Diamond, The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.), Ray Charles, Andrea Bocelli, 
Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Frankie Valli, Joe Cocker, and many more, interacting with The Godfather (Marlon Brando), Jackie Mason, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former President Clinton, 
Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone just to name a few. New impressions are added daily.

You can read more on Truncali at his web site at

Sord said that Truncali’s appearance will be followed by many other entertainers and artists including the popular rock & roll band Legacy, appearing at 94 West Steak & Seafood on July 19 and 26, and August 16 and 30 on the outdoor patio next to the restaurant’s spectacular waterfall array each night beginning at 7:30 pm.

On August 8, 94 West hosts a tribute to Elvis with entertainer renown Bob West, and the Jazz Standandars Frank & Tim.

Maria’s in-laws owned the Candlelight Restaurant which was located at 55th and Spaulding on Chicago’s Southwest Side. It was opened in 1957. The Candlelight was famous for its Green Noodles.

“I learned from my mother, Mary, and father, John, that the key to a great restaurant is to serve great tasting great quality food as if you were cooking for your own family,” said Bryan Sord. “That’s what they did and that’s what we do here at 94 West.”

Sord said that they opened 94 West as a tribute to the culinary talents of his parents, who have both since passed away.

For more information on 94 West Steak & Seafood and on its entertainment schedule, visit them online at and find them on Facebook.


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