Viki Dee & Her Traveling Big Band

by Dave on April 30, 2010

by Fay Jacobs

Viki Dee is back in Rehoboth from the West Coast and wow did we miss her when she was away!

Lured there by tinseltown, Vegas and Palm Springs impresarios wanting to book her dynamite act, Viki came back because her heart is here – although her bags can be packed on a moment’s notice if the right gig comes along. But locals are doing everything we can to make sure she remains “our” Viki Dee.

Singer, songwriter and entertainer, Viki (Victoria D’Eugenio), hails from the Baltimore area, from a large musical Italian family. Her father, Tony Dee”, was a trombone player, writer, vocalist and her inspiration.

Viki has been writing her own music for years and with her CD Exposed , critics compared her to the legendary Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker. Viki’s second CD, “DRIVE”, includes her original “Chance to Dream”, which was featured on the Lifetime television series Missing starring Vivica Fox.

Locals know Viki from her joyous appearances at venues like Cloud 9, Saketumi and The Frogg Pond, stirring up spirited dance parties. But her credits also include gigs as one of the only locals to appear at official Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest events in 2008 and 2009.

The RB Convention Center (where she also opened for comic Paula Poundstone a couple of years ago) may hold 800 cheering fans, but Viki has been on stage at slightly bigger places – Baltimore Orioles Opening Day, the Clinton Inaugural, the Preakness Grandstand festivities and most recently headlining at DC’s Shoreham Hotel for a huge gala charity event.

If the walls could talk at The Shoreham Hotel, they would tell tales of vocal giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra performing there. Several weeks ago Viki Dee took her place among them. She headlined the Mautner Project (an organization helping women with cancer) Gala and she had the dance floor packed from the minute she belted out her first note. Gala organizers said “You know how to WOW and captivate an audience, everyone raved and sang your praises… everyone simply fell in love with you that evening. “

Well, that’s exactly what happens. With Viki’s 1,200-song repertoire, recorded in a studio and played on a sound system that echoes a six-piece combo, her back-up band is as close as her laptop computer. Viki gets to bring her compact big-band sound everywhere she goes.

And she enjoys the results as much as her audience. “I love to see the energy created , the fun and joy on peoples’ faces. Frankly, that’s my greatest reward. I can take that wireless mic and get in between the middle of all that energy in the crowd and suck it up like a sponge!”

Whether Viki is playing a small, local private party (she’ll make your event ROCK…I know, I’ve been there!), smallish lounges like Cloud 9 and Frogg Pond, or biggish events like Jazz Fest, she fine tunes the act for her crowd and enjoys it all.

“Rehoboth has won me over,” says Viki. “The beach is so peaceful. It’s where I go and run with my dogs, write a song, fish, or simply read a book. I love the charm of a small resort, with a true sense of neighbors and friends who become family.”

And the beach loves “our” Viki Dee right back. Catch her at one of her local gigs and you’ll make her part of your family, too.

Check it out at www.vikideemusic.com.

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