Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz welcomed members of the community to the first two concerts of his 2016 Summer Concert Series. The first show featuring The Gene DiNapoli Variety All-Star show packed the theater at the Riverdale YM-YWHA with over 200 people, while the second show featured Grammy Award-winning musician John Benitez and his Latin Jazz Band at the Amalgamated Train Park on Orloff Avenue and Gale Place in the Bronx. The concert series is an annual event every summer in the Northwest Bronx and is cosponsored by Assemblyman Dinowitz and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
“There is no better way to spend a beautiful summer evening than by listening to talented musicians play music with friends and family,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “I was so excited to see hundreds of community members attend these concerts which are excellent opportunities for people of all ages to relax and enjoy quality music together. I am proud to partner with the Bronx Council on the Arts to sponsor this series of free concerts across the northwest Bronx.
The Gene DiNapoli Variety All-Star Show kicked off the Concert Series at the Riverdale YM-YWHA . For the third year in a row, Gene DiNapoli not only brought his incredible musical style reminiscent of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, but also the talent of several different acts and performers that captivated the audience. From a 106 year old stand-up comedian, to a very convincing rendition of “Candyman” by an incredible Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, the Gene DiNapoli Variety All-Star Show had the crowded theater of 200 community members singing in their seats and dancing in the aisles.
The second concert took place in the heart of the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative, just south of Van Cortlandt Park. Hundreds of senior citizens, families with young children, and everyone in between gathered on benches, folding chairs, and along fences to listen to the music. After brief words of welcome from Assemblyman Dinowitz and State Senator Jeff Klein, John Benitez and his band took over, playing a two-hour set. The band’s rousing trombone, saxophone, drums, and bass solos created a fun, festive atmosphere, and dozens of attendees even took to dancing.
This week’s two concerts were the first of eight free shows. The remaining six include:
• – The Just Nuts Party Dance Band at Henry Hudson Park,
• – Ginetta’s Vendetta at the Amalgamated Train Park,
• – Mystery Tour Beatles Tribute Band at Henry Hudson Park,
• – Orquesta SCC at the Williamsbridge Oval,
• – Donald Vega at the Amalgamated Train Park,
• – NY Skyscrapers and Friends at the Riverdale YM-YWHA,