The Bronx Wanderers
Yo’ Vinny! No, really, that’s his name. Yo’ Vinny Adinolfi is the founder and patriarch of the Bronx Wanderers, who bring their vocal stylings, great musicianship, high energy and real love for the music they sing. The music is the best of pop and rock from the last six decades and got its start as a Dion tribute band. Vinny Sr., who plays rhythm guitar, keyboards and sings lead vocals, kicked it off, but the band also includes his son Vinny “The Kid” on keyboards and guitar and Nicky “Stix” on drums and vocals. Rounding out the group are Joe Bonasorte on guitar, Joe Bari on sax and keyboard and Fernando Tort on bass.
Vinny Adinolfi grew up in…wait for it…the Bronx, in a neighborhood that included Dion of Dion and the Belmonts, actor Chazz Palminteri and Tommy DeVito of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Adinolfi was working with record companies and he loved the music of everyone from Dion to the Spinners to Jim Croce. It didn’t matter what the style of the day was; he loved the classics. He was playing with a band and the drummer got sick; Adinolfi suggested his 11-year-old son Nicky. He was a hit and Palminteri suggested he start a band with his boys. When Vinny, four-years-older than Nicky, saw the money his kid brother was bringing home, he signed on too.
The elder Adinolfi, with record producing in his blood, said that the group had to have a game plan. He told an interviewer for Las Vegas Magazine that his boys knew the goal was Las Vegas within 10 years. Covering songs by K.C & the Sunshine Band, the Bee Gees, and even Coldplay, the musicians got a reputation for hard work and high energy. In 2016, they got a gig at Bally’s Windows showroom.
That’s Vegas, baby.