Cheese whiz Richard Cheese slices two sets in Las Vegas

Cheese whiz Richard Cheese slices two sets in Las Vegas
Richard Cheese plays swing versions of pop music with Lounge Against the Machine in Las Vegas in March. (Brian J. Ritchie)

Richard Cheese takes the Las Vegas lounge act and makes it even cheesier with his swinging versions of rock, rap and Top 40 hits.

The singer and his band Lounge Against the Machine play two gigs at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev., at 8 and 10:30 p.m. March 21.

The Los Angeles-based singer and his snappy jazz trio with very cheesy names (Bobby Ricotta on the piano, Billy Bleu on the bass) take their cues from the Rat Pack days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Cheese, whose real name is Mark Jonathan Davis, performs songs such as "Hey Ya" from OutKast and "Creep" from Radiohead in swing style for full lounge effect.

You might think of Bill Murray’s character Nick the Lounge Singer on "Saturday Night Live" for clue as to what the show's about. Cheese and the gang even wear tiger-striped tuxedos.

Cheese's first songs found traction on KROQ-FM radio (106.7) in Los Angeles and the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show in 2000 when his first album came out. Since then, he has released 18 albums that are just as cheesy as the first.

Tickets start at $25.

Info: Club Madrid, (702) 547-7777