BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Bristol Borough, winner of Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution contest, is continuing the momentum with its new and improved annual Doo-Wop in the Park concert on Saturday, September 15 bringing original Doo Wop stars to Riverfront Park.
Beginning at 5 p.m. concert-goers will experience the golden sounds of some of the biggest names in music. Featuring The Duprees, Bobby “Brooks” Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson, Eddie Holman and others, concert-goers will enjoy a wonderful evening of music and first-class entertainment.
The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. Starting out in the early 60s in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records and former big band leader. Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford’s 1950’s ballad “You Belong To Me” with Big Band arrangements. It was an instant national hit and the group’s first Million Seller. In addition to “You Belong to Me,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, their hits include My Own True Love (1962), Gone With The Wind (1963), Take Me As I Am (1963), Why Don’t You Believe Me (1963), Have You Heard (1963), It Isn’t Fair (1964), Let Them Talk (1966) and Exodus (1966).
Eddie Holman was a child musical prodigy who started singing at the age of two. After his family moved from Norfolk, Va. to New York City and Eddie’s victory on stage at the Apollo Theater Amateur Night, Eddie’s musical talents blossomed and ultimately led to regular appearances on NBC’s “The Childrens Hour”. During his teens Eddie relocated to Philadelphia and it was while Eddie was studying at Cheney State University that his dream was realized when “This Can’t Be True” charted as his first hit. Primarily influenced by the likes of Jackie Wilson and Nat ‘King’ Cole, Eddie developed a unique style and quite probably has the best falsetto voice in the business. Some of his other hits include “Lonely Girl,” “Since I Don’t Have You” and “It’s All in the Game.”
Plateau music artist Bobby Brooks Wilson is the son of legendary R&B/soul singer, Jackie Wilson. Bobby has the same amazing traits and talents of his father, that many say Jackie Wilson’s legacy lives on through him. His adoring fans have dubbed him as ‘Mr. Entertainment’ from his natural ability to entertain and bring crowds to life. Bobby is a three-time Grammy Balloted Artist with his latest CD, “It’s About Time,” and four Top 10 hits that peaked No.10 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. During his shows, he bring’s his dad and his music to life performing “Lonely Teardrops,” “That’s Why I Love You So,” “Reet Petite,” “To Be Loved” and “Baby Work Out,” along with his own hits like “I Get The Sweetest Feeling”, ”Right Here Waiting” and “I Can’t Love You Anymore”.
Hosted by Bristol Borough Council, DJ Greg Whit will emcee this year’s concert. Families and friends are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets to Bristol Borough’s waterfront venue for this free concert. Courtesy buses and free parking will be available at the Lenox Building parking lot located on the 1400 block of Radcliffe Street. Shuttle bus service will begin at 3:30 p.m. and run consecutively throughout the afternoon and evening until 11 p.m.
Besides food trucks with pizza, burgers and cheese steaks, concert-goers have several restaurant options serving American, Italian and Mexican food along with the borough’s two newest restaurants, Chuck’s BBQ and Jules @ Market, a farm-to-table seafood and chop house, all within walking distance of the concert. Visit this weblink to explore a variety of dining options and venues, http://visitbristolborough.com/dining/. From casual to fine cuisine, you will find an outstanding culinary experience to compliment the evening’s entertainment.
Doo-Wop in the Park started as a small-town concert 13 years ago. Due to the quality of shows delivered each year, “this annual event has morphed into the largest single day event in Bucks County,” said Ralph DiGuissepe, Bristol Borough Council President. Besides The Duprees, Bobby “Brooks” Wilson and Eddie Holman also performing this year are The Knockouts, The Vogues and the high-energy girl cover-band, The Chiclettes.
Everyone attending this fun family event plays an important role in encouraging and ensuring that it remains alcohol free for the enjoyment of all, especially the performers.
Parx Casino, PECO and Gilmore & Associates, Inc. are the evening’s major event sponsors.
A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th at 2 pm.
Concert information is available 24/7 on the Historic Bristol Borough website page http://bristolborough.com/; the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1729082677209681/ and Event Co-Chairperson and Bristol Borough Tax Collector, Anna Bono Larrisey is available at 215-788-1600 to answer any questions about this year’s concert during normal business hours.
Bristol Borough is a historic municipality in Bucks County, PA just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Known for its rich history, proud citizenry and rebirth, its commercial corridor is home to a mix of new and established businesses and assorted restaurants adjacent to an accessible waterfront that is the cornerstone of activity for visitors and residents. Awarded Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution-Main Street Season 2 Winner and a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia, come for the history and stay for the fun. For more information, visit www.visitbristolborough.com.