***** Neil Zirconia *****
On Friday night (8/28/09) I saw NEIL ZIRCONIA a Boynton Beach based Neil Diamond impersonator who was working at Ellie’s 50’s Style Diner (7/15/08) in Delray Beach. For 30 bucks which included tax and tip…you got a buffet dinner and a 2-hour show in Ellie’s catering room which is located in the rear of its 50’s diner. Gourmet food? Now let’s not get dopey here…but decent enough. I counted 80 people sitting at tables of 10. On this particular outing, Zirconia was doing a “track show”…I understand that in bigger rooms, he does a straight-up live music show backed by local band Whitestone. If you check “You Tube”, there are a couple of Zirconia-Whitestone performances. By the way, Whitestone is one of the best 1950s-1970’s rock n’ roll-disco cover bands currently working the South Florida club-bar-party circuit (www.whitestoneband.com).
Before the show, I met “Neil” and his wife Laurie and they are super pleasant people. I will tell you, that “Neil’s” natural voice has that grainy-Neil Diamond tone to it. This “Neil” has a resemblance to Neil Diamond age 40. Trust me, it all works.
The show was terrific…THE GUY SOUNDS JUST LIKE NEIL DIAMOND. The performance covered all of the hits and was really enjoyable. Checkout– Neil Zirconia’s website www.neilzirconia.com for information/dates of future performances.
When you check the website, you will find a number of upcoming dates, where his show is “free”…you just have to be in the restaurant or pub when he is working.
So…if you like Neil Diamond’s music, you now know about a local guy who does an amazing “copy” of the original.
Heard that this guy is really good. We are looking forward to catching his next show.
Last night my wife and I saw Neil Zirconia backed by the Whitestone Band at the Woodfield Counrty Club in Boca.
Let’s just say that the 9 songs he did, sounded just like NEIL DIAMOND. What a great show. Don’t miss this show.
jeff, recently caught this guy’s act. really really good. as close as you can get to the real thing.
Saw him at Martini’s on Marco Island – a really nice guy with a beautiful wife as his backup – after the first numbers he became Neil and as good an impersonator as I’ve seen. Wonderful showman – hope to catch him again when on the East Coast.
amazing act. looks and sounds like diamond. a real fun show. great performer.
Caught the act last night. Terrific show!!!
“Neil” is great.
He recently putting on a 1 hour performance backed by the Whitetsone Band at the Woodfield Country Club that had the crowd of 400 going nuts. H edanced through the audience and had everyone up on their feet with him. I highly recommend that you catch him in action.
this neil is terrific.
I have seen Zirconia 5 times. He really is good. When he is backed by a live band he is fabulous. I know that it is costly and more difficult to produce, but that live band is so far superior to the track show. Tracks are good, but the band makes it great.
this guy is great. dont miss him.
Seen him 3 times. Each time he put on a terrific show.
Saw him over the weekend. Puts on a great show. This time he used tracks. He was terrific but Ive also seen him backed by Whitestone a live band and he blew the place away.
Love his show live or tracks.
I have hired Neil and Laurie 3 times. If I could I would hire them 365 nights a year!!!!!!! Hey…
I’m a Neil Diamond fan! Whatdayawant?!?!
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!
If you are lucky enough to be around when they are performing……..DO NOT MISS THEM!!!
Saw him at The Stage in Bonita Springs.
the guy is terrific.
Just got home from a 75th birthday party. Zirconia put on one hell of a show for about 50 minutes. Everybody loved him.
The guy is a fabulous entertainer.
Great article in SunSentinel about Zirconia today.
Catch HS show if you can. The guy is terrific.
Saw him, loved him. It’s as if Neil Diamond was performing for you. A must see.
I caught his act at a private birthday party. You’d swear Neil Diamond was there.
this guy is fabulous.
saw him at a huge birthday party and he put on a great show.
This man puts on a tremendous show. Don’t miss him.