A Magical Night of Doo-Wop Returns to Bristol
Its the biggest one day event of the summer season and happens in Bristol Borough as the silky vocal stylings of the council sponsored Doo-Wop concert is back this Saturday, after an almost two-year absence.
The big time concert which draws 10’s of thousands to Riverside Park, Mill Street parking area will feature Bobbie Wilson who will pay tribute to his soul music legend father, Jackie Wilson Saturday night as the headliner.
Wilson has been nominated for three Grammy’s as he carries on his fathers soul musical legacy. Wilson, as the story goes, was discovered in Honolulu, Hawaii after being discharged from the U.S. Navy singing at Kkaraoke bar coming to the attention of Peter Hernandez Sr., the founder of the world-famous doo-wop group “The Love Notes” and father of Bruno Mars. From there, his music career has hit nothing but high notes.
Groups to be a part of the festivities are The Tymes (“So Much In Love”); Eddie Holman (“Hey There Lonely Girl”); The Happenings (“See You in September”); Bill Haley’s Jr.’s. Comets (“Rock Around the Clock”); and Vic Picone and The Elegants (“Little Star”) will perform. Cover bands The Chiclettes and Joel Katz and The Dynamics.
Those looking to attend the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sweaters.
Food trucks will be on hand during the show with tasty offerings.
Free parking and free bus service will be available from the Lenox parking lot at Radcliffe and Monroe streets starting at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. on the day of the concert.
Doo-Wop organizers encouraged those planning to attend to check out restaurants on Mill St. serving American, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and seafood dishes within walking distance of the concert.
The concert committee worked with Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe and tax collector Anna Larrisey to plan the event.
“They are a committee of strong personalities and they know what needs to happen and they get it done. They know how many amps are needed based on the equipment the acts are bringing in, and they make sure all the electrical equipment is in place to support the performers. A second crew works on shuttle buses, food trucks and handling all the needs of the guest performers. It all comes together very well for the performers and audience,” DiGuiseppe said.
“We first started these concerts 15 years ago as something for friends and families to look forward to at the end of the summer. It’s become the biggest single-day event in Bucks County,” DiGuiseppe said.