Take the Uptown Express for a Night of Motown and Doo Wop Magic April 12 Live at the Promenade

by Krystal Butherus

Uptown Express takes the stage in the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Live at the Promenade Performance Series on Thursday, April 12th. Uptown Express has quite the reputation in theSouthwest Florida area and frequently sell out performances. This latest show will bring them to theBonitaSprings area in a one night only concert. Since 1985, Uptown Express has been performing in a variety of venues and have fine tuned their sound. With over 27 years of gigs, audience members are wowed by the polished sound of this ensemble.

             Ten musicians make up Uptown Express, which is a premier Doo Wop group, and they happen to be the oldest continuously performing oldies act inFlorida. Playing Chicago Rhythm & Blues, New York Doo Wop & Motown Soul, this dynamic stage show will even have a dance floor available at their performance at The Promenade.

             Not only do they perform doo wop, but Uptown Express sings your favorite Motown songs from the 50s and 60s. Uptown Express’ five vocalists are Tommy DeSantis, Tony Squitieri, Robert Atmore, Bob Stewart, and Nick Ticich. DeSantis founded the group and is a former member of The Enchantments fromNew York City. Squitieri is a former member of The Cameos, while Stewart was an original member of The Cordials in the 60s.

             Backing up the vocalists is Uptown Express’ band which rounds out the sound of their performances. John Cortese is on the drums, Ron Casella plays guitar, Rick Polce plays the saxophone, and Robby Cutler is on keyboard while Mike Marciano mans the bass guitar.  Cortese was a member of The Rogues and recorded with The Barons and The Crowns. Casella has performed with many groups such as Bo Diddley, The Chimes, and The Crests.

             “This is our 27th year of performing together. We play music from The Crests, The Temptations, and more,” DeSantis said.

             Uptown Express plays Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Promenade atBonitaBay. The Promenade is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 andSouth Bay Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north ofBonita Beach Road. The performance space is located at the northwest corner of the Promenade, space #114. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open seating is available.

             To purchase tickets or for more information regarding this performance, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989. Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. Uptown Express does qualify for this promotion. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.