November 5: Vinny Pastore and the Gangster Squad


Vinny Pastore and the Gangster Squad will open Society Cafe's 2016 - 17 season on Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 pm.  

Big Pussy's (Vinny Pastore) Gangster Squad appears at venues in the New York Tri State area, playing a mixture of classic hits from all different music genres, Rhythm and Blues, Rock & Roll, Funk, Soul, and Reggae. Vinny Pastore, besides singing to the Feds in his role as Sal ‘Big Pussy' Bonpensiero on HBO's Emmy-winning television series "The Sopranos", is the lead singer. As the former owner of the famed Crazy Horse Club in New Rochelle, NY, he was considered a maverick for bringing many famous musicians to the Westchester club scene. As an actor, writer and director, he has over 25 years of experience in show business, with appearances on Broadway in the musicals, “Chicago” and in Woody Allen's “Bullets over Broadway”, movies (Mikey Blue Eyes, Gotti) and guest appearances on several television shows (General Hospital, Law & Order, Celebrity Apprentice).

Gangster Squad musicians are friends that have been part of Mr. Pastore’s life and career. All have their own successful music careers, having played with some of the best acts in the business. The band is comprised of Frank Pisani on keyboard and vocals, Al Orlo on lead guitar, Eddie Denise on bass guitar and vocals, Charlie Powers on drums and vocals, The Great Baron on Saxophone, and Blues singer Tommy ‘Blues' Buddha. Alternate musicians include Joel Smith & Gil Paris on guitar, Cliff Hackford & Bobby Deitch on drums, Rich Greenop on bass guitar; Special guests have included Jason Denise, Benny Harrison, Killer Joe, Lou Merola, & Batman from the Lido Soul Band, Precious Pia and Olinda Turrturro have been guest vocalists and the Great Gene Dinapoli, an Elvis Impersonator.  Their past performances have included The Cutting Room/NYC; Resorts World Casino, Queens, NY; Goshen Historic Racetrack, Goshen, NY ; The New Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ; Wonder Bar & Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ; The Hudson Room, NYC; Postos, New Rochelle, NY; The Bayou, Mount Vernon, NY; Hill Country, NYC; Brewskies, Bronx, NY; Joe & Joe, Pearl River, NY; White Sand Oceanfront Spa and Resort , Point Pleasant, NJ; Ranchero Cantina, Emerson, NJ; and as part of a Light of Day event to raise money for Parkinson's disease at the Emerson Theater in Mamaroneck, NY.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and wine, dessert and coffee are available.  Music starts at 8:00.  You may even be treated to a surprise celebrity guest!  The Gangster Squad will mix funny street smarts attitude with oldies, classic rock, blues, R & B and Rat Pack pop.  Expect audience participation you won’t soon fuhgeddaboud!


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