Join us for an Elegant Evening of Doo Wop this Saturday night, August 15, at Freedom Circle (located where the South Beach Boardwalk meets the Midland Beach Promenade). In addition, come early - and bring the whole family - for a beach day beginning at 1 PM. We'll have vendors on the promenade, music and more. Then, beginning at 6 PM, join us as vocalist Frank James, The Expressions and Vito Picone and the Elegants take the stage for an unforgettable night of music. Following the concert, hang around for a fireworks show! Grab your blankets & chairs and we'll see you there!
Borough President James S. Oddo has announced the dates and locations for the 2015 Summer Sunset Concert Series. The series is made possible by the Borough President and Council Members Vincent Ignizio, Steven Matteo and Debi Rose. In addition, he announced two other special events – a free Doo Wop concert and the popular Back to the Beach festival.
All Thursday night concerts will begin at 7 pm. The concert schedule is as follows:
July 2nd – Conference House Park
July 9th – Clove Lakes Park
July 16th – Lemon Creek Park
July 23rd – Corporal Thompson Park
July 30th – Historic Richmond Town
August 6th – Bloomingdale Park
August 13th – Snug Harbor Cultural Center
August 20th – Willowbrook Park
August 26th - Historic Richmond Town (make up)
August 27th – Silver Lake Park
September 3rd - Clove Lakes Park
SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW: Freedom Circle: August 15th – An Evening of Doo Wop, featuring Vito Picone and the Elegants and The Expressions
“I am happy to partner with my colleagues from the City Council to present these concerts in various parks around the Island,” said Borough President Oddo. “We are excited to offer this free entertainment to Staten Islanders while giving some of our homegrown talent a chance to show off their musical skills.”
Vito Picone, headliner of the Doo Wop show on August 15th, said, “We’re looking forward to going back again this year; it was an honor last year. Nothing feels quite like going home. The fans had signs welcoming us back. There’s nothing like being part of Staten Island.”
In addition, BP Oddo and Massimo DiDonna, of the Bini Foundation, announced that Back to the Beach would return again this summer, on July 11 and 12.
“We’d like to thank the Borough President for the opportunity to partner on Back to the Beach again. It’s a great festival and it allows us to continue to raise money for the community and be there in times in of need,” DiDonna said.
“Back to the Beach is a uniquely Staten Island venue,” said BP Oddo. “These are all great Staten Island moments, please come out. You will not regret it. We'll have a wonderful summer.”
Borough President James Oddo announced Monday, July 28, that another free concert has been added to the summer schedule.
“This is truly a homecoming,” Oddo said, standing beside Vito Picone, front man of the Doo Wop band Vito Picone and The Elegants. Picone, whose band hit number 1 in 1958 with their hit, “Little Star,” used to practice under the boardwalk with his friends and bandmates – most of whom grew up in South Beach.
While some of the band members have changed, the music remains the same – and wildly popular among Staten Islanders.
“We know that this genre was missing from our schedule and we wanted to invite this Staten Island favorite back to the beach,” Oddo said.
Picone is happy to be back, calling the concert, “The Boys Are Back in Town.” The concert will be held at Splaza, adjacent to Freedom Circle by the Midland Beach Promenade on Saturday, August 23 at 7 PM.
“We are very excited,” noted Picone. “It has been 20 years since we’ve played the beach.” In addition to The Elegants, The Expressions will also play that evening.
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