Chicago's greatest cover band,
THE HOOTENANNERS,
joined me for the 2/16/07 performance!


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(This was the web page for Alma's first Davenport's production in 2007)





















 

I'll be performing in New York on Monday June 5th!!!
This is an encore performance of the Chelsea Hotel show Dan and I did last year at
Davenport's -- with some new numbers added!  All the details are below.
I hope to see you there!


Past Shows...

2016:
OCTOBER:

THURSDAYS - OCT 13TH & 20TH - 8 PM TO 9:15 PM
- $20 COVER WITH TWO DRINK MINIMUM -
Reserevations strongly recommended!
Please click on the bar's link below to
make your reservation today:

AVENPORT'S PIANO BAR
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.  /  773-278-1830

Grammy Award-winner Harry Nilsson, hailed as a genius and recognized by his peers as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the twentieth century, began life humbly in Brooklyn, New York, June 15, 1941.

Moved to L.A. and having grown tired of school, Nilsson dropped out and took a job at the Paramount Theater, where he eventually worked his way up to assistant manager. During his Paramount years, Nilsson was able to learn piano chords from the musicians who performed there, and soon became a skilled pianist himself. After the Paramount closed, Nilsson started writing songs and singing demos while working in the computer department of a bank. His hard work over the next several years finally paid off when, in 1967, he landed a recording contract with RCA Victor.

Early in his recording career, Harry’s music was discovered by the Beatles, who were then at their peak, and became his biggest fans. It has since become etched in rock and roll history how – at a huge press conference in New York City to announce the launch of Apple Records – John Lennon announced to the world that Nilsson was his favorite “group!” Later during that same New York visit, he also enthusiastically declared “Nilsson for President!” Ringo Starr, who later became best friends with Harry, at one time proclaimed Nilsson had “the greatest voice on planet Earth!” Paul McCartney and George Harrison were fans and good pals as well.

The mutual admiration between Harry and the Fab Four quickly evolved into what would become close and long-lasting personal friendships with each of them. After the Beatles broke up, his escapades with John Lennon during the mid ’70's

As album after album was released, Nilsson was praised by the critics, not only for his own songs but also for his remarkable performances of those written by others. Two of his biggest hits (“Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You”) fall into the latter category, and he won Grammys for both of them. Other artists also recognized Nilsson’s songwriting talents, and his songs were (and still are) recorded by many top performers, from Joe Cocker and Neil Diamond to Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis to Glen Campbell and Brian Wilson, as well as many others. Three Dog Night’s recording of Nilsson’s “One” became their breakthrough hit and first Gold Record, and Harry’s “Cuddly Toy” was a hit for the Monkees.

As both a songwriter and singer, Nilsson was somewhat of an enigma. His songs embraced such a wide variety of themes and musical styles that there is no way to easily categorize them. And though his voice is known worldwide, he never toured and rarely performed in public, having preferred to work almost exclusively in the studio.

Nilsson’s genius and creativity were cut short January 15, 1994, when at the age of 52, he died quietly in his sleep at his home in Agoura Hills, California. Although Harry Nilsson is gone, he is anything but forgotten, with his phenomenal musical legacy continuing to delight, move and entertain millions of people around the world every day.


MAY:


2015:
AUGUST:
Reserevations required!
Please click on the bar's link below to
make your reservation today:

AVENPORT'S PIANO BAR
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.  /  773-278-1830


2013:
OCTOBER:
GBYBR - A Celebration
Celebrating the 40th year anniversary of the release of
the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album (mom, what's an album?).
Well for those of us who remember albums, know that GBYBR is one of the most popular of all time.

Alma Mendoza presents a great cast and band to bring back the memories and to make brand new ones singing some of the best songs Elton and Bernie ever recorded.

Don't miss this!

Jonny Mercado, John Miller, Richard Neal Miller, Cassie Slater and Alma Mendoza with Paul Bivans on drums, Andon Davis on guitar, Michael Krayniak on bass and Dan Stetzel on piano.

Two Saturdays only, October 5 & 19 at:

Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Show starts promptly at 8:00 pm
$15 cover and two drink minimum

Reservations requested:
773-278-1830 or at
davenportspianobar.com



JANUARY:


 
 


2012:
AUGUST:
8 PM on Thursday, August 23
at Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N Milwaukee Ave

RESERVATIONS are a must!
Phone 773-278-1830 or click on:
davenportspianobar.com
$15 cover, 2 drink minimum



MARCH:


2011:
NOVEMBER:

My Phoebe Snow show will be available on dvd while supplies last - e-mail me if interested!


OTHER 2011 APPEARANCES:

The Chicago Cabaret Professionals 13th Gala
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Location: Park West, 322 West Armitage, Chicago
You'll be able to find my performance on Youtube soon afterwards!

The 22nd Annual Chicago Humanities Festival
Academy Award Winning Best Song Concert
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011
Time: 6:00pm - 10:30pm (I'll be on near the end!)
Location: Heller Auditorium at the Francis W. Parker School
2233 N. Clark Street, Chicago


SEPTEMBER:
One night only
Starring Duncan Moore, Alma Mendoza,
Tony Bittner & Shannon Strodel
with Beckie Menzie musical director

8 PM on Thursday, September 29, 2011
at Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N Milwaukee Ave
773 278 1830
Reservations are a must!  Phone or click on:
davenportspianobar.com
$15 cover, 2 drink minimum

This show ran last March, but we're bringing it back for one more night.  We've tweeked the songs and the arrangements, added new voices, and this time we are delighted to have Susan Werner attending in person!


2010:
OCTOBER:


JUNE & AUGUST:
"Everything is MORE than Alright"...
SHOW EXTENDED FOR 2 MORE DATES IN JUNE!
AND ONE LAST DATE IN AUGUST!!!
If you haven't caught this show, please do!!
If you have seen it, please tell your friends to come!!

1 MORE NIGHT TO GO: FRIDAY AUGUST 6th
8:00 PM @ DAVENPORT'S
What started as my birthday show last month is having such a good run, I really can't call it "my birthday show" anymore.  Well there's never a bad time to celebrate and pay tribute to the genius of Mr. Stevie Wonder!  So many great songs to pick from, we've had to add a couple more since the show opened.  Lots of great songs picked for you, and amazing friends joining in.  And let's keep dancing!!!

MAY:
I'm celebrating my 50th this year by putting on a show.
3 shows in truth! (But see above:) Yeah yeah yeah!

Paying tribute to a true genius Mr. Stevie Wonder! So many great songs to pick from, it was a tough call. Lots of my friends wanted in but it's only an hour show. Still got great songs picked and amazing friends joining in.

May 6 is my actual birth date and the next 2 Thursdays will make it a 3 Thursday night run. That way we get to celebrate as much as possible! That's the only way to do it.

The only present I need is your presence at this show!


2009:

THURSDAYS in SEPTEMBER
Long ago and far away, in the town of boys, there was a bar called Gentry, and we sang there.  Hours and hours on Sundays, for years and years, and it was good.  Now it's a brand new show but it's still us, Dan and I performing for your pleasure!
EVERY THURSDAY in SEPTEMBER at Davenport's Piano Bar.


Please join us! Of course if you are a singer we'd love to have you sit in too!
I can't wait! Alma Mendoza and Dan Stetzel at Dav's on Thursdays!
Together again! Every Thursday Night in SEPTEMBER!
Alma Mendoza & Dan Stetzel
performing at Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.
SEPTEMBER THURSDAYS ~ 8 to 11pm
No cover!! Just an adult beverage or two!
No reservations necessary!



Thanks for joining us when I hosted...

APRIL 2009:

"Girls Like Us"
Our show from last November will be back, this time for a 4-week run, re-titled, expanded, enhanced, and enthralling!
Marianne Murphy Orland, Alma Mendoza & Natalie Myre in Girls Like Us; the Stories and Songs of Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell. "Three women whose courageous, defiant talent defined a generation"**

Carole, Carly and Joni; three Natural Women whose Tapestry of confessional, Earth-Moving songs blazed a trail for all female singer/songwriters to come. Nobody Did it Better, so take a Big Yellow Taxi to Davenport's every Sunday in April.

Make your reservation before It's Too Late! (You'll probably think these songs are about you!)

**Carole Radizwill, NY Times review of Sheila Weller's best-seller Girls Like Us; Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation

7:00 pm sharp @ Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave / Chicago / 773-278-1830
$15 cover / 2 drink min. / PLEASE call & make a reservation!


Monday, January 19, 2009 - 8:00pm
- Imagine - a concert for a new America
featuring Amy Armstrong, Freddy Allen, Daryl Nitz and their guests Alma Mendoza, Heather Moran, Cheryl Szucsits, MeKole Wells and Melissa Young. A concert of hope, promise, and change in America inspired by the lives of Martin Luther King and President elect Barack Obama.
$20 - DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR - 1383 N. MILWAUKEE


January 9th 2009:
"HeartSounds"
Alma Mendoza, vocals / George Howe, piano
8:00 pm sharp @ Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave / Chicago / 773-278-1830
$10 cover/2 drink minimum
Reservations strongly recommended

2008:

"Chicago Holiday: Celebrating the Season"


Monday
December 15th

7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with Chicago Cabaret Professionals
as the group performs fun, festive and classic tunes.
Featuring: Elizabeth Doyle, Alma Mendoza, John Eskola, Rob Dorn,
Tim Hairston, Carol Weston, KT McCammond, Carolyn Wehner, Sami Scot
Joshua Stephen Kartes, musical director
Rob Dorn, director

At the Drury Lane Theatre At Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut Street - Chicago
Tickets are $25.00, available at the Drury Lane Box Office: 312-642-2000 or Ticketmaster.com
Discounted parking from $10 in the Water Tower Place garage with validation


Monday - November 10, 2008
Please join me & my friends Marianne & Amy for..
"A Triple Celebration!"

Alma Mendoza, Amy Cole,
& Marianne Murphy Orland
do the songs of:
Carly Simon  & Carole King
with Brian Felder on piano
8:00 pm sharp @ Davenport's Piano Bar
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave / Chicago / 773-278-1830
$15 cover/2 drink minimum
Reservations strongly recommended


September 2008:

Saturday - June 7
@3160
Photo by Scott Montgomery
Come see me at
Thirty-One Sixty
There will be special guests,
including Paige Roberts
~3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60657~
Phone: 773.327.5969
9:30~12:30 on Saturday night, June 7th
with Dan Stetzel on piano.




Photo by Scott Montgomery

Performing Saturday, 4/12,
9:00~12:00
at Thirty-One Sixty
3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Phone: 773.327.5969

Enjoy an evening of memorable songs
with Alma Mendoza,
& Dan Stetzel on piano



Please join me at Davenport's on Sunday, March 7th, for a trip through my favorite musical decade when the Chicago Cabaret Professionals presents:

"Counting Down the Decades: 50 Years of Song”
2oth Century Songwriter's Series 2008
Sundays in March  7pm
Sunday March 9th:"The 70's"
Beckie Menzie, musical director
with Amy Cole, Joan Curto, Alma Mendoza, Tom Michael, Marianne
Murphy Orland, Robert Whorton
At Davenport’s, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773.278.1830 Tickets: $15

-Please phone ahead and make a reservation!-
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Next, it's my own 4-hour show with accompaniest Dan Stetzel at the piano, as we help Gentry of Chicago celebrate their 25th anniversary!!!

Wednesday March 19th:  9:00pm-1:00am
Gentry on State: 440 N. State St. / 312-836-0933

I hope lots of my old friends from the years we played Gentry on Halsted can join us for this show!


First show of 2008!
Alma Mendoza
w/Dan Stetzel on piano
appearing @ 3160
~~~
Thursday, JANUARY 17th
9:30 - 12:30
~~~
3160 N. Clark Street, Chicago

Check out 3160

2007:


 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  Alma in OCTOBER:
  Sunday Oct. 14 @ Park West
  Saturday Oct. 20 @ Tuscany in Wheeling
  Thursday Oct. 25 @ 3160
  Every Friday @ Davenport's hosting the Karaoke Showcase
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Park West!  Oh my!
I've been paid the very great honor of being invited to perform a number during the 6:15 to 7:00pm Pre-Show to this year's CCP Gala Benefit!  At the Park West!

Please remember I'm in the Pre-Show, which starts at 6:15 and will be over by 7:00.  But your tickets are good for the complete benefit show that night, and the proceeds go to the wonderful things the CCP does for our community.

I hope I see all my friends there!
Love,
Alma


Chicago Cabaret Professionals
Gala Benefit 2007
"Jazzin' The Cabaret"
A Cabaret Celebration

A remarkable lineup of premier Chicago cabaret talent
will perform for this fabulous evening of song and music.

**** Sunday, October 14th 7 pm ****

Park West Theater, 322 W. Armitage, Chicago , IL
Doors open at 6 pm. Pre-show entertainment from 6:15 til 7:00pm.

Tickets: $45 Reserved seating at booths and tables
$25 Open bar/balcony seating
After October 12th tickets are only available at the door $50 reserved and $30 open seating
Available at www.chicagocabaret.org or call the CCP Hotline 312.409.3106.


Alma Mendoza ~ Singing in Wheeling!

Tuscany Restaurant
550 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090 / (847) 465-9988
Saturday, October 20, 7:30~11:30pm
With Brian Felder on piano & Megan Thomas on percussion!

Alma returns to 3160
~~~
Thursday, OCTOBER 25th
9:30 - 12:30
~~~
3160 N. Clark Street, Chicago
with Dan Stetzel on piano

Check out 3160


Alma Mendoza
appearing at
3160
~ No cover - 2 drink minimum  ~
3160 N. Clark Street

Thursday August 23rd
9:30 - 12:30
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Second show just added!  Also on:
Thursday August 30th
9:30 - 12:30

Have you missed me in Lakeview?  I've certainly missed you!  I'm so happy to let you know that I will be at 3160 in August.  Thursday the 23rd at 9:30 to be exact.  Have you been there?  It's a great space. White tablecloths and wonderful staff.  You'll love it!!

I hope you will help me to pack the place that night. I'm hoping to let everyone know that I am still around and still love to sing!

Thanks for your wonderful support! 
Lots of love,
Alma


Check out 3160

Alma Mendoza
performing at Davenport's Piano Bar
~ in the Chaise Lounge - NO COVER - no reservations needed ~
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wednesday June 20th, 2007
7:30 - 11:30
with Maestro DAN STETZEL on piano

June 2007

John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."  And that's kinda exactly what happened to the piano shows with my friend and wonderful accompanist Dan Stetzel.  Since we did those shows regularly I've changed my daylight job, Dan has moved his famous open mic night to a new venue, my daughter has graduated from Stanford, I staged a big month-long rock/gospel show, and now I host karaoke Friday nights in the back room at Davenport's!

Now for one more good thing - Wednesday night June 20th ( 2007) come see Alma Mendoza & Dan Stetzel perform for 4 hours in the Chaise Lounge at Davenport's Piano Bar!  It's our first-ever show in the front room piano bar, and we'd love to see all our friends there!  There's no cover charge in the Chaise Lounge, no reservations needed, just 4 solid hours of me and Dan doing our favorites, your favorites, new favorites, and of course your requests as well.  What a way to start the SUMMER!

PS!
Remember, it's your chance to turn the tables and sing to me every Friday night, 10:30pm to 1:30am, when I host karaoke in the rear Cabaret Room at Davenport's!  "Showcase style" karaoke in a beautiful listening room -- it's your stage for two songs at a time!  And there's no cover charge for karaoke in the Cabaret Room!



Sunday 3/4/07 - Underground Wonder Bar 8:00~10:00pm
in
Singing, Swinging, Sundays
Cabaret and Variety
Hosted by Carla Gordon
With Maestro Jeff Roscoe at the Piano
This week featuring
ALMA MENDOZA
and other wonderful guests
10 East Walton, Chicago
Phone: 312-266-7761
$8 cover


February 2007
Thou
Shalt Rock! 

For more details, visit www.ThouShaltRock.com
 

I'm calling my latest show "THOU SHALT ROCK"
A musical cocktail, part gospel, part rock, shaken together in a cabaret setting. It's a good thing DAVENPORT'S has such a BIG cabaret room!  The show opens Friday, February 2nd, and runs every Friday for four weeks.

All performances of Thou Shalt Rock are at
Davenport's Piano Bar, 1383 N. Milwaukee, @  10:30pm sharp!
Please phone 773-278-1830 for RESERVATIONS

Friday 2/02/07 - The Alma Mendoza Band & a special guest
Friday 2/09/07 - The Alma Mendoza Band & a special guest
Friday 2/16/07 - Alma Mendoza & THE HOOTENANNERS
Friday 2/23/07 - The Alma Mendoza Band  & a special guest

Dan Stetzel - piano / musical direction
Please visit the show's website!  It's: www.ThouShaltRock.com


2006:

Sunday 12/17/06 - CHRISTMAS SHOW! Davenport's Piano Bar 7:00~8:00pm

Sunday 11/12/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Sunday 11/05/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Sunday 10/29/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Sunday 10/08/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Saturday 10/07/06 - Davenport's Piano Bar 8:00pm~9:00pm

Friday 10/06/06 - Davenport's Piano Bar 8:00pm~9:00pm

Sunday 10/01/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Sunday 9/24/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Sunday 9/10/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Wednesday 9/26/06 - Bobby Love's 9:00pm~12:00am

Sunday 9/03/06 - Gentry On Halsted 8:30pm~12:30am

Wednesday 8/30/06 - Bobby Love's 9:00pm~12:00am

Wednesday 8/23/06 - Bobby Love's 9:00pm~12:00am

Wednesday 8/16/06 - Bobby Love's 9:00pm~12:00am


2004 to 2006:

Every Sunday, March 2005>July 2006 - Gentry On Halsted 9:00pm~1:00am
(with one to two additional shows per week on varied nights)


Every Sunday, Oct. 2004>Feb. 2005 - Gentry On Halsted 6:00pm~9:00pm
(with one to two additional shows per week on varied nights)