Art Vargas’ life is about performing. As a child growing up in Detroit, Michigan, a.k.a. Motown, Vargas was immersed in a diverse city and absorbed all the multi-cultural influences of the arts surrounding him. The attitude and music of Detroit – rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock-n-roll all influenced this developing young performer. Early in life, Vargas developed a passion for nostalgia as well as music and films of the 1950s and 1960s. He began collecting recordings by legendary artists of this golden era of entertainment. He listened and watched, emulating television performers and singers of the ’50s and ’60s such as Bobby Darin. This childhood fascination with entertaining became a passion that Vargas pursued, and by the age of eighteen he was singing, dancing, and acting. Through a series of nightclub, television, and radio appearances he further developed and refined his craft while remaining faithful to the style of the legendary entertainers that influenced him.
Shortly after he began performing in Detroit nightclubs, Vargas invited comparisons to Bobby Darin. As a result, he was approached by a representative of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Las Vegas production show Legends in Concert. Vargas was asked to audition for the part of Bobby Darin and joined the original cast as a principle performer. His role in the world famous Las Vegas show earned him accolades from critics and audiences alike. With his commanding stage presence and superlative voice, Vargas captures the excitement and personality of Bobby Darin on stage – garnering approval from members of Bobby Darin’s own band with whom he occasionally performs. His celebrated Darin tribute is hailed as the best there is! The Las Vegas Sun says: “With a striking similarity between he and Darin, Art Vargas has incredible energy and stamina as he works in overdrive to please the fans with “Splish Splash,””Dream Lover” and “Mack the Knife.” He not only has Darin’s voice but also his swagger, his dance steps, and facial expression. Art Vargas is the top Bobby Darin in the country.”
His high energy and emotionally riveting performances earned him the distinction of being named Best Performer by The Las Vegas Review Journal, and Las Vegas Life magazine. Dick Clark regaled him as an “exciting performer,” Variety called him a “finger-snapping, smooth entertainer;” and the Los Angeles Times, stated that “Vargas is vintage Vegas through and through.”
When not performing with Legends in Concert, this experienced showman heads his own popular ensemble of musicians The Swank Set , homage to vintage Vegas and the stars that defined the era.
With an exciting personality, voice, charm , and flair for the dramatic, Art Vargas consistently brings to the stage an outstanding performance in the classic song-and-dance-man style. In a world awash with musical fads, Vargas brings the golden era of entertainment to the 21st century. Vargas appreciates the nostalgia-hungry audience and delivers exactly what they want.