Friday the thirteenth is traditionally known as a day of bad luck; but for those who made the trek to Flamboro Downs on Friday the 13th of April, it was a very lucky day because they were treated to a great evening of Elvis Presley's music with seasoned ETA Anthony Von.
It was Anthony's first time appearing at Flamboro Downs, and the always receptive audience gave him a warm welcome. I had seen Anthony at Casino Niagara a few months ago, so I knew he would treat us to an evening of fantastic vocals. Anthony entertained with an all-decade selection of songs, and when he was asked to sing a song that was not on his recorded playlist, he complied by singing acapella to the delight of the regulars who always ask, "Can you sing GI Blues or In the Ghetto?"
Anthony looked striking in his black tuxedo jacket and pants, which he dressed up with three different coloured shirts--one for each set. With twenty-five years of experience and several wins as an ETA, Anthony gave a polished performance. His comfort on stage and with the audience was credible.
ETA Anthony Joseph, and his girlfriend, Autumn, had a front row table, and Anthony Von paid special attention to Anthony Joseph several times during his performance. Later, when I had an opportunity to speak with Anthony Joseph's mom, entertainer Cathy Carbone, I learned the reason why: When her son, Anthony, was 10 years old, Cathy took him to Collingwood to see some of the performers. Anthony was mildly interested in Elvis Presley before attending the festival, but after he saw ETA Anthony Von perform, he told his mom, "Someday I am going to be on that stage just like him." Here we are fourteen years later, and Anthony Joseph is living his dream as an ETA. Still a fan of Anthony Von, and now a friend and fellow performer, the story that I like to call, "A Tale of Two Anthonys", is complete.
Anthony Von took time to have photos taken with fans during his show and at intermission. Dave Amirault, who was celebrating his birthday at Flamboro Downs with his daughter, Shannon, and son, Russell, were captured in the photo at the right and in the photo below showing Shannon and her dad celebrating with a birthday dance. It was also nice to see fans, who have known Anthony Von since the early days, travel a fair distance to enjoy Anthony's show.
Anthony Von thanked everyone for coming to his show, and wished us safe travel with the impending ice storm. We all want to thank you, ETA Anthony Von, for an incredible evening of entertainment. If you miss Anthony Von's Flamboro Downs performance, you can see him this coming Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, at Casino Niagara's Silver Aces. There are two shows: 3 pm and 6 pm. I hope to see you there! Best regards, Carolyn.