Baby, What a Big Surprise: Chicago tribute band making Staten Island debut at Lorenzo’s

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Few things are more satisfying than a night of good food paired with good music. Especially music that triggers nostalgia, as so many great band’s classic catalogs do.

Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn continues its run of top-notch tribute artists — they’ve hosted homages to Elton John, Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsJohn Denver, The Eagles, The Rat Pack and Billy Joel — with a performance by the eight-man band Beginnings on Friday, Nov. 14.

Tell me these song titles don’t bring back memories: “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Baby, What A Big Surprise,” “Hard Habit to Break” and many others.

You guessed it, Beginnings pays tribute to the that put brass in Top 40 pop-rock: Chicago, one of the most successful bands in history.

Second only to the Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records

Those are some pretty big musical shoes to fill.

“Because Chicago has hit in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s we make an effort to play songs from each era,” says Mason Swearingen, singer bassist for Beginnings.

Beginnings travels all over the United States, bringing the iconic hits from Chicago from their mouths to your ears. This will mark the band’s first gig on Staten Island.

“We’ve heard great things about Lorenzo’s, so we’re definitely looking forward to it,” Swearingen says. “We’ve been playing in New York for a while now so it’s about time we came out to Staten Island.”

MORE INFORMATION: Lorenzo’s Cabaret is located in the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Bloomfield. Admission to the show is $40 for plus the cost of dinner per person. Premium seating is available for $55. Dinner is at 7:30p.m. and the show begins at 9:30p.m. The Hilton Garden Inn also offers a “See the Show and Stay the Night” package that starts at $185 per couple. For more information, visit or call 718-477-2400, ext. 5.