Updated: Lady Gaga Stuns The Darby With A Surprise Appearance

by Ross Kenneth Urken · January 14, 2011

UPDATE: Whoops, we got fooled!  It wasn't Lady Gaga after-all. It was Lady Rizo. The Feast originally reported Gaga showed up. As I'm sure all you players know, with all these ladies, it can get confusing.

ORIGINAL: Lady Gaga has been making the rounds, showing up in the most unlikely of places. Her surprise visit to the Oak Room shocked an unsuspecting audience last week. The Darby flash performance hints she may be making more such appearances. Where can you catch her next?

As The Feast reports, a tizzy of excitement launched over Twitter last night when "Manhattan fun-seeker" @AsherT noted, "Dinner and a lady gaga show @ The Darby."

The Gags, of course, started out playing downtown at spots like The Bitter End, and it seems this sort of performance hearkens back to that era in a nostalgic vein.

The Darby, a new Meatpacking District supper club with an elaborate red interior, opened this fall to great fanfare with cameos from Ryan Seacrest and a concert from Charice Pempengco, the Glee actress.

Richie Akiva, who opened the joint with his Butter peeps, can certainly count his lucky stars for this boon to his week by confirming his club's place on the map. The 5'5"  Akiva, known as "Little Richie" to friends or as aself-proclaimed "young hustler," has had successful clubs from Las Vegas to New York, but The Darby hadn't taken off quite as much as, say, The Bunker or Don Hill's which generated continued buzz this fall through the holiday season.

The TriBeCa native is known for being close friends with celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg and has a penchant for bringing these names to his clubs. The Darby, notably, had Charlize Theron, Johnny Knoxville, and Liv Tyler show up in early December.

With the Beatrice Inn's collapse this fall and celebs flocking to other hotspots, The Darby has looked to generate buzz and heat surrounding it. That mounting momentum perhaps came more subtly or surreptitiously as the club worked out its kinks and positioned itself on the verge of success. Akiva has enough experience in this game to know when to pull out all the stops, and the Gaga appearance, if a strategic  crowd magnet, couldn't have come at a better time.

[Video: Lady Gaga Hits The Oak Room, Sings, Wears Leather Straps]

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