Bruce on the radio, CD's in your car, or old 45's you once
purchased from Downstairs Records are the way most of us hear
the great music of the 50's and 60's today, am I right?
is my music. This is where I live my home. Not for
nuthin', the recordings are fine, but they cannot match
the sound of live doo-wop on the streets.
in the day there was a doo-wop group on every corner, and
a rock band in every garage, but now, today in the 2000's
fuhgetaboutit. Live performances are scarce. I am not suggesting
that you can't find them if you look hard. For example,
about once a year Dion does a brief tour and if you have
a chance to attend go for it. He's still the number one
man in this rock n roll/doo-wop thing. Everybody loves Dion.
He is like a god.
Anthony and The Imperials, Larry Chance and the Earls, Kenny
Vance and The Planotones, and many other original voices
from those classic recordings still dazzle live audiences
Broadway shows, "Jersey Boys" and more recently,
Million Dollar Quartet are huge hits primarily
because they featured this great music from the 50's and
60's live. Hey, a lot of people fell in love when they heard
this music and have been together ever since. How can you
keep them away?
but here's the thing, what if you can't get to Broadway
and one of the few working artists from the era are not
performing in your neighborhood? What are you gonna do?
heart, there's this group of fellows from The Bronx who
perform the real deal doo-wop and rock and roll live and
in person every week of the year, and they're called The
crew do more than just perform the music of Dion, The Four
Seasons, The Duprees, and The Brooklyn Bridge, they present
it with the class, reverence, and soul that the music is
worthy off. You understand?
great Danny Aiello recently lent his voice to the groups
promotional video and said, Being a teenager on an
avenue in the Bronx back in the 50s and early 60s
was unlike bein a kid anywhere else in the universe.
There was a magic in the air that blended right in with
the sweet aroma of mamas cooking. It was the liberating
sound of doo wop and rock and roll. This music had heart,
soul, purity and a sound oh, the sound ..tunes
that made you want to dance .harmonies that made you
high lyrics that, once in awhile, even made you cry.
couldnt have said it better myself. Let me put it
like this where else, aside from a rare Dion appearance,
can you hear the crisp and amazing harmonies of "I
Wonder Why" live?
Bronx Wanderers are headed up by lead singer "Yo Vinny,"
Vinny Adinolfi. I first caught his act several years back,
and it was the previously mentioned "I Wonder Why"
that made me sit up and pay attention. Hey, Dion is Dion,
the greatest ever, and always will be, ok? But the first
night I ever heard him this guy Vinny was beyond the next
Dion, Roy Orbison, Bobby Hatfield, Johnny Maestro and so
many before him he's got the pipes. You gotta hear his version
of "Cara Mia." Like DeNiro tells his kid in Bronx
Tale, "If you've got talent and do the wrong thing,
nothing happens. But when you do right, good things happen."
group is a family affair and consists of Vinny, his talented
kids, Nicky Stix and Vinny "The Kid," and ex-
Earls member Jim Fracassi.
theyre not stuck in a 50s time warp either.
Disco is a whole generations oldies. Just ask Tony Manero
and his Saturday Night Fever crew. Although these days The
Bronx Wanderers mostly headline their own concerts in theaters
and casino show rooms they still do the occasional charity
fundraising gig. Ive seen them knock out two sets
of music and fill the dance floors when they add the disco
era to their repertoire. You think they nail The Seasons
and The Duprees, wait till you hear their take on Harold
Melvin and The Bluenotes or The Bee Gees!
the group has reverence for the great music of the 50s,
60s, and 70s, but they are well aware of the
decade they are performing in. Just check out Vinny the
Kids amazing Coldplay tribute, Viva La Vida. It brings
the house down every performance.
you can imagine when The Bronx Wanderers headline in concert
they are at the apogee of their game and its an evening
that always delivers nothing but standing ovations from
sold out crowds.