Debra Coppola to be honored at Copperfield’s ‘special event’ in Johnston


On Friday night, Oct. 14, Copperfield’s Burger & Beer, possibly Rhode Island’s hottest night spot, located at 678 Killingly St. in Johnston, is having a “Special Event” and paying tribute to Debra Coppola, lead vocalist for the band 2nd To None.

Copperfield’s will be dedicating and naming one of their prestige V.I.P. sections in honor of Coppola.

Owner Karim Menebhi and Copperfield’s Music Consultant Bobby Nicholson have decided to do this Tribute to Debra in recognition of her 50+ years of “elite vocal talents.” She has been preforming since the young age of 15 years old, to the present, and has thrilled, inspired and touched countless people with her abilities.

Memebhi and Nichollson both agree that “every night that 2nd To None is here it’s a party!”

Their Performances at Copperfield’s are named “2nd To None Party in the Neighborhood,” because every night the band is 100 percent energy from start to finish and engages with the crowd like “no other.”

Also every time the band performs at Copperfield’s, new faces are added to the crowds, from people Debra, K Love, Pops and Jery have performed for over the years. So make plans to be a part of this very special night as Copperfield’s pays tribute and recognizes one of Rhode Island’s most gifted singers.

The band 2nd To None is a high-energy four-piece performing group that’s supported by current state of the art music technology. We combine our live vocal and performing talents with sequenced musical tracks, providing a full band sound.

We cover a wide range of music, including Motown and 60’s, 70’s Disco, the 80’s, current and classic dance hits.

Debra Coppola (lead vocalist), provides her soulful singing style to create an electrifying musical experience, thrilling audiences and singing everything from dance hits to beautiful ballads. Debra was trained by the renowned Rhode Island tenor Arturo Coppola and has been highly regarded for many years. She developed her live performing skills in top cover bands throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, some of those including her talented family members. She opened for the Village People in the 80’s and for Sister Sledge at Twin River Casino in early 2000.

Kenny (K) Love (lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar) is a soulful R&B style vocalist that captivates an audience and always keeps the dancers moving and grooving. Kenny has performed all over the country for many years. Back in the 90’s he was the lead vocalist in one of the top-rated cover bands in the U.S. that also included Jery on guitar. Kenny is an accomplished funk guitarist and bassist himself.

Arnold “Pops” Mills (Lead vocals), has performed all over the East Coast for many years. He was most recently with LLoyd Parks and The New Blue Notes, and he was an original member of Coastline, a very popular Rhode Island based band. Arnold brings a genuine Motown style and sensibility to the band, and his lively interaction with the audience is “2nd To None.”

Debra, Kenny, Arnold and Jery combine forces to lock into a groove that is truly “2nd To None.”

Editor’s Note: Jery Potenza plays guitar, saxophones, bass, keyboards, vocals for the band “2nd To None.” He is a multi-faceted musician and figuratively the backbone of 2nd To None. Equally adept on all of his instruments, he contributes enormously to the live feel of the band, sometimes playing several different instruments in a single song. He submitted this piece hoping a large audience will come out to show their love for the band’s lead singer, Debra Coppola.


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