Classic Blend headlines region’s summer events


The sounds of golden oldies doo wop music will echo across Twin River Monday night when the Town of North Providence and its Mayor Charlies Lombardi begin what promises to be a fun-filled Summer Concert Series.

“We call it Music in the Park,” offered Jeannie Vickers, who serves as Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation. “Everyone is looking forward to opening night and we’ll have five different groups through Aug. 20.”

Perhaps Vickers’ enthusiasm — as well as other town officials — is because Monday night’s headliner will be Classic Blend, one of the state’s best and most popular quintets will be performing their great doo wop music from 6 to 8 p.m. on the stage at the Overlook Camp Meehan Amphitheater inside Gov. Notte Park.

“There’s no admission charge,” said Vickers. “All people need to do is bring their chairs and blankets, we’ll provide the beautiful grass and music and our concession stand will be open. Pray for good weather!”

Classic Blend, as many people will attest, packed the picturesque park last year and another large audience is expected to take in the first of five summer concerts.

The group, which has performed at many different venues and events in both Rhode Island and Connecticut, includes Maria Russo, Peter Goneconte, Ron Iacabucci, Jack Mento and noted North Providence native Ron Giorgio — Classic Blend’s youngest member — who has become well-known in recent years for his Frank Sinatra-like voice and performances.

Classic Blend, which was filmed for a television Netflix movie, has played before sold out audiences throughout Rhode Island and is scheduled to make another special appearance at unique fund-raising event for the Johnston Democratic Town Committee in August.

“Those people have a great, great following,” area residents who have taken in countless Classic Blend performances will attest. “The help revive the beautiful music of the headlining group0s of the 1950s, 60s and more.”

Meanwhile, as Goneconte pointed out “we are really looking for to the (July) 25th. Everyone had a great time last year and we’re excited to be launching this year’s (North Providence) Summer Concert Series. Please, come one … come all … bring your snacks and enjoy the night.”

Given that, Vickers announced that “Timeless,” which was a huge hit during its appearance for Rev. Pete J. Gower’s 65th birthday bash at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston will be on stage Monday night, Aug. 1.

The remaining three dates and groups are: Cool Beans, Aug. 8; Image, Aug. 15 and Roger Ceresi and the All-Starz Band on Aug. 29. For further information call Vickers at 401-719-1633.


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