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Meet Steve Laureti: Human Resources
Compensation Analyst By Day -- Piano Man By Night
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Oneida Nation's 'Entertainment Mecca'  Helps Launch at Least One Piano Man
Turning Stone Resort Casino Allows Oneida Resident to Fulfill his Dream Job as well as his Day Job

As Steve Laureti, born in Oneida, was developing his passion for music and performing, the Oneida Nation was busy laying the groundwork for its award-winning destination resort, which would ultimately provide a variety of stages for Laureti (as well as many other locals) to showcase his talent.

Laureti has developed fans, a loyal following and steady gigs at Turning Stone Resort Casino – not to mention his day job.

That’s right, while Laureti moonlights as the resort’s piano man, taking to some of the  finest stages and venues in the area , including Turquoise Tiger, TS Steakhouse and Bar Pino, he spends his day upstairs in the human resources office as an Information Systems Compensation Analyst for the Oneida Nation.

 

"Our region has become an entertainment mecca. You can't even find this in Vegas," said Laureti, who was inspired to go into music by his uncle, a Las Vegas musician.
Fulfilling his dreams is only half of the equation for Laureti, who suspects he would have taken to New York City to try to make it in the music business  had Turning Stone not evolved into the entertainment destination it has become. The other important half of the equation for Laureti is being near his family.

Inspired by his uncle, who left the state to pursue his music dreams, Laureti is happy to have a regular gig close to home, as its 'tough for any musician to find regular work,' he said.  "I can play Sinatra in Bar Pino, Billy Joel in the Steakhouse or Michael Jackson in Motif. The variety under one roof is what sets us apart from anything in this area," Laureti added.

Variety of Resort Stages Present Array of Opportunities
For Steve Laureti that Good Fortune has been Threefold

A graduate of Le Moyne College and Syracuse University with degrees in finance and management information systems, Laureti started piano lessons when he was six and began performing live when he was a freshman in college. He got his feet wet at local bars in Sylvan Beach.

When he was 18 he received a call from the entertainment manager at Turning Stone. "I had been dying to get in," Laureti said.  His first gig was at the Leopard Lounge, recently revamped and reopened as Motif. "I love it, it's a little more intimate now. People come here to dance and sing," Laureti added. His repertoire includes more than 300 crowd favorites, including music from Billy Joel and Journey to Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.

While he's been performing musical hits at the Resort for eight years, it wasn't until August of 2015 when Laureti began working full-time in Human Resources. By getting to know people at the Resort that came out to his shows he learned of the open position, applied and soon joined another team at Nation enterprises.

Laureti realizes his good fortune as the opportunities at the Resort have allowed him to perform and fulfill his passion, while still utilizing his degree to make a good living --all while staying near home.
Frank Sinatra tunes are a favorite at the Turquoise Tiger, the sophisticated lounge and cocktail bar inspired by 1940s film noir at Exit 33 in the Resort.
At TS Steakhouse, Laureti said he performs relaxing, more laid back songs, while people dine and have cocktails at the venue on the 21st floor of The Tower.
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