Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|2 a.m.
. This Las Vegas entertainment legend has an easy viewpoint about his craft: “When I entered into karaoke, I wished to share the stage with people, not simply hand them a microphone,” cherished karaoke disc jockey Daniel Gobel said. “I wished to give them their chance in the spotlight, their 15 minutes of fame.”
Better called Danny G., Gobel has been at Dino’s, a neighborhood bar just North of the Stratosphere on Las Vegas Boulevard, for nearly twenty years. “Eighteen (years) and 3 and a half months,” he defines. However his flight is finally coming to an end.
Gobel’s final day at Dino’s is Oct. 27, and he’s been in talks with a concealed home entertainment business to help produce his own karaoke program in Las Vegas.
“It’s going to take karaoke to a new level,” Gobel said. “I’ve constantly had concepts for some time about how to bring karaoke [to Las Vegas] in a way that it has never ever been done before.”
Worked with by the late Chuck Bartolo, child of bar founder Rinaldo Dean Bartolomucci (aka Dino), Gobel knows precisely how many weeks he’s worked (951) and the number of karaoke nights he’s hosted. “I’ve done 2,851 programs,” he happily stated. “Dino’s has actually been so excellent to me.”
For almost two decades, Dino’s and Gobel have generated an international following (his name is even emblazoned on the Dino’s indication neglecting Las Vegas Boulevard). Individuals from London, Germany and Australia have all become regulars at Dino’s, who flock to the local bar to sing on Gobel’s phase, he stated. “I have regulars that are global. It’s crazy.”
Originally from Portland, Ore., Gobel has had an interest in show business because he was a teenager. Later in life, he even took a trip throughout Canada as a musician with an 11-piece band, sang with Kenny Loggins and even opened for Tower of Power, he states.
In 1991, Gobel moved to Las Vegas and started running karaoke at a different downtown bar prior to signing up with Dino’s. He likewise released the karaoke guide Las Vegas Lounge Home entertainment up until he stopped production nearly 4 years ago.
The plans for Gobel’s future karaoke job are still establishing, and he states they’re “above and beyond anything that karaoke’s ever seen.” And yes, karaoke at Dino’s will continue even after Gobel leaves. “We have actually invested the last twenty years constructing the credibility of having this fantastic karaoke,” states Dino’s owner Kristin Bartolo. “It will continue the very same nights as always.”
“People have really endeared me into their hearts, and that’s the most important, invaluable thing to me,” Gobel states. “There are probably a dozen people I know that are married due to the fact that they fulfilled at Dino’s.”
There’s the one time The Killers was available in, or the numerous times that Strip artists would drop in after work to sing and unwind.
On Facebook, customers and regulars responded to the news with an outpouring of support for their favorite KJ. “Completion of an era at Dino’s,” wrote Ray Criminal. “Among my first hangouts when I moved here,” composed Don A. Sicard. “You provided me a place to keep my pipelines tuned.”
As for Gobel, he’s just excited to take that exact same energy to new heights. “Karaoke is a forum for everybody to share their feelings, their music, their enthusiasms,” he states. “Those are fantastic things. Being able to put a huge smile on peoples’ faces and make their efficiency illuminate? That’s pleasing.”