By Patrice Shields
The Night Train takes the stage for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Live at the Promenade performance Series at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013. With a local reputation for putting on a great show, the Night Train has earned a reputation for consistently selling out performances. So polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor because the Night Train is bringing the fun and music of the 1950’s to their show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs café theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.
Come dance to the hits of the 1950’s with Vic Tommarchi and the Night Train Band. Tommarchi has been in the music business since 1959 when as a sixteen-year-old student he worked as a lead guitar player in the small recording studios in New York’s now famous BrillBuilding.
“We usually worked on Sundays, since that’s when studio time was less expensive. Sometimes we’d do up to 17 takes, and I’d get home via subway at 3:30am with my Fender guitar in one hand and amp in the other, says Tommarchi. “Who knew that a half a century later that we’d call that music Doo -Wop, Rock a Billy, or simply ‘Those Oldies, but Goodies’. There is something timeless about the music of the fifties. It seems to be loved by young and old alike. The fifties were just a time that frankly, people wouldn’t mind going back to.”
The band has changed since Tommarchi began in 1959, but the passion for the music of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, B.B. King and the Platters is the same for Tommarchi today as it was back then. The Night Train Band is comprised of Bernie Panto who sings and fronts the band, Pat Bracy on vocals and keyboard, Kenny Mariano on Bass and Joey T on drums. Tommarchi plays lead guitar and acts as the bandleader.
The dance floor will be open at the Center for the Arts cozy café theater where every table offers a great view of the performance. So ‘Bop,’ ‘Twist,’ ‘Bunny Hop’ or ‘Swing’ your way down to the Promenade for the most fun you will have this side of the 1950’s.
The Night Train Band performs their 1950’s Tribute at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10 at the Promenade at BonitaBay. The Promenade is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north of Bonita 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. Advance reservations are suggested and tables can be reserved for groups of four or more.
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. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.
If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 50’s Night with The Night Train Band Live! At the Promenade
When: 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $15 Members/ $20 non-members