Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando Crash Bronx Wanderers’ Party

By John Katsilometes

It’s all fun and games, until Wayne Newton and Tony Orlando show up.

Then it’s REALLY fun and games.


A night on the Strip took a legendary detour Thursday as Vinny Adinolfi of Bronx Wanderers celebrated his 60th birthday during the act’s performance at Windows Showroom at Bally’s. The show, and Adinolfi’s party, were planned. But dual surprises arrived as Orlando showed up unexpectedly to take in the show. Orlando helped the family band get its start years ago as his opening act early in their careers and has been friends of the Adinolfi’s for two decades.

Orlando and his wife, Francine, and daughter, Jenny Rose, were seated near the front of the stage to Adinolfi’s wide-eyed shock as he opened the show.

Adinolfi was further stunned when Mr. Las Vegas unexpectedly sauntered into the room. Newton is familiar with the second-level showroom as he’s also a headliner at Windows on Mondays through Wednesdays. Clad smartly in a black Tom Ford jacket, Newton made his way into Bally’sduring a break in a corporate show he’d been headlining for the ISRI The Voice of Recycling Industry convention at Mandalay Bay.


Customarily, Newton was met with a standing ovation as he walked to the stage, stopping to hug and plant a kiss on Orlando’s cheek. The two superstars have reconciled a long-running feud that was rooted in litigation during their days sharing of theater in Branson, Mo., in the late-1990s.

Newton took the stage, shaded his eyes and said, “Look at this group! I gotta tell you, I heard Tony Orlando came in tonight to fill in for me — what the hell are you doing here?” Newton laughed, wished Adinolfi a happy birthday and hustled off to resume his corporate gig.

Orlando later joined Adinolfi for a quick medley of Orlando’s hits from his days with Dawn. “Sweet Gypsy Rose, “Candida,” “Knock Three Times,” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” were mashed in an arrangement put together by Vinny’s son Vinny “Vin A.” Adinolfi.

“I’m having the time of my life with my friends up here,” said Orlando, who returns to the South Point Showroom in August. “I’ve been to a lot of birthday parties, but none I’ve enjoyed more than this one.”

Bucky Heard of the Righteous Brothers also joined the impromptu sing-along, which also included a Bronx Wanderers staple — Dion’s “Runaround Sue.” A show that usually runs 1 hour and 15 minutes lasted more than two hours.

“What a night,” Adinolfi said at his post-show party (there was that, too). “I am totally overwhelmed.”

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

The Show Must Go On!


By: Sam Wagmeister

One of the biggest challenges that The Bronx Wanderers have faced since arriving in Las Vegas 18 months ago occurred last night (3/17/2018). Musical director Vin A.opened for rocker Jon Bon Jovi in front of nearly 20,000 at T Mobile Arena with several members of the BW in his band. The Bronx Wanderers took Bally's stage with three substitute, a gamble that could have backfired. As always, the show went off without a hitch and audiences responded with standing O's. The performance was a huge success. One returning show-goer commented, "Tonight Vinny really showed why he belongs on The Strip."

Bronx Wanderers Rally for New Fan

By: Sam Wagmeister/Nightlife Editor
The Bronx Wanderers show at Bally’s Windows Showroom is a tightly scripted performance that leaves many audience members claiming, “The best show on The Strip.” But lead singer
Vinny told an audience last month “Every once in a while, life gets in the way” in displaying his gratitude for the group’s fans.
On his right arm, Vinny wears a rainbow of wristbands supporting his fans fighting cancer. Often, when one of his survivors is in attendance, Vinny relates the wristband story. One-night, last month, the story took a new twist.


Attending their first Bronx Wanderers show were 34-year old Andrea Argier, battling bone cancer, and her mother Jan. “What I’d like to do now,” Vinny told the audience midway through the show, “is acknowledge a couple of very special people in the house.”
He related the story of his first survivor who inspired the original wristband. Ending his story, Vinny said, “Tonight, sitting in the house is my newest survivor.” Stepping off the stage, he presented Andrea with a wristband emblazoned with her “Unite for Andrea” slogan and her funding page information.
Band members raised their arms, displaying their wristbands worn throughout the show heralding support for Andrea. Showroom manager Jason Atkinson’s team distributed wristbands to each audience member.
Doctors were puzzled ten years ago when Andrea first approached them. It took three years to pinpoint the cause of her too-frequent bone breaks, migraine headaches and other symptoms.
She was forced to abandon her career in behind-the-scenes movie production when her eyesight diminished so she could no longer see well enough to edit film and video on a computer. Her mother Jan has become a stay-at-home mom to care for Andrea, sometimes bed-bound from pain.
Multiple fractures to her right hip now require a cane and a shoe with a 4-inch buildup. Andrea has lost functionality of one kidney and doctors are trying to determine the cause of holes developing in her breastbone.
To support Andrea’s road to recovery, obtain a free wristband by emailing me: GreatLasVegasMusic@Gmail.com. Contributions are also welcome at: www.YouCaring.com/UniteForAndreaArgier.


In That's So Vegas! TV by Christine McKellarDecember 19, 2017

It’s all good vibes and great energy with the father and two sons who comprise high energy rock n roll band, The Bronx Wanderers. “Yo” Vinnie, sons Vinnie “the Kid” and Nickie “Styx” are backed by a six-piece band and play nightly at Bally’s Las Vegas in the Windows Showroom. Watch this fun interview with Vinnie and Vinnie the Kid. Catch some classic guitar riffs on the the Kid’s rendition of “Jingle Bells”. Even sing along with the backup singers–me and Vinnie. The Bronx Wanderers is a show that will rock all ages from their heads to their toes.


Keg Tapping w/ The Bronx Wanderers!

By: Sam Wagmeister


For the first time ever, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas hosted a keg tapping of its holiday beer on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tapping the keg of the limited edition Hofbräu beer were The Bronx Wanderers, who took over the Hofbräuhaus stage with a live performance that brought everyone in the beer hall to their feet. The celebrated top-notch band, who perform nightly at Bally’s Las Vegas, treated guests to a medley of treasured Four Seasons tunes, followed by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

While every day may be Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, the city’s most authentic Bavarian experience also offers the most fun venue in Las Vegas to celebrate the holidays this year. The beer hall offers a unique entertainment experience 365 days a year, with live bands on the stage nightly, who, in addition to traditional German/Bavarian music, will perform holiday classics throughout the month of December.

And, be sure to enjoy a traditional German meal with special menus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including Glühwein, a German Christmas tradition featuring mulled wine with Christmas spices; Split Pea Soup with Frankfurter Sausage; Gebackener Tortenbrie (Brie cheese breaded and fried golden brown served with salad bouquet and cranberries) and more.

About Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas which creates a true Bavarian beer hall experience that is even more than a dining adventure. No ordinary restaurant, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is an energetic party daily, with authentic German bands, boisterous sing-alongs, dancing in the aisles and on the benches, and premium Hofbräu beer. From its hand-painted ceilings and live bands to its imported beer and delicious food, Bavarian hospitality abounds. Guests can savor schnitzel, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and so much more.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas at 702.853.BEER (2337), visit HofbrauhausLasVegas.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Bronx Wanderers Celebrate First Anniversary of Rocking on the Las Vegas Strip


The Bronx Wanderers celebrated their first anniversary of performing at Bally’s Las Vegas. Since opening on September 22, 2016, the most energetic show on the Las Vegas Strip has performed more than 360 shows for over 70,000 fans. 


Seven nights a week at 6 p.m., the trio, Vinny and his two sons – Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” – flanked by their top-notch band, effortlessly bring to life songs from the beginning of Rock ‘N’ Roll right through today’s greatest hits. The best 90 minutes of America’s Rock ‘N’ Roll songbook on the Las Vegas Strip has attracted fans from all over the world, who flock to see the group perform hits made famous by the likes of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Dion, the Beach Boys, Queen, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and many others.

Celebrity fans who have been spotted at the show include the Four Seasons’ own Tommy Devito and Joe Long, Joey Dee, The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Jay & The Americans, the cast of Menopause The Musical including celebrity guest star “Laverne & Shirley’s” Cindy Williams, Wayne Newton, Clint Holmes, Frank Marino and the cast of Divas Las Vegas, Travis Cloer of Jersey Boys John Payne from the band Asia and more.

When reminiscing about the past year, Vinny says, “One of my favorite memories is when Wayne Newton himself walked on stage during the show on my birthday and gave me a duplicate of the gold bracelet that Frank Sinatra had given Wayne on his 35th birthday. I remember him putting the bracelet on me and telling me that there are only three of those bracelets in existence – Frank’s, his and now mine. Wow!”

If anything rivals The Bronx Wanderers’ passion for playing music on stage, it is their drive to help others in the Las Vegas community. Working with Win-Win Entertainment, the group has becoming actively involved with the Miracle League, a program that provides individuals with cognitive and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball in a safe and nurturing environment.

“It has been such a joy to see people from all over the world, in their 20s into their 80s, coming to the show over the past year. By the end of the show, everyone is jumping to their feet, clapping and dancing along with the music!” said Kathi Glist, one of the show’s producers. “Not only are we proud of how successful the show has been, but also of how The Bronx Wanderers have been welcomed into the Las Vegas community and have given back by volunteering their time to various local organizations.”



Las Vegas loves a party. And Las Vegans love to support worthy causes too. UNLVino guests were able to “take a sip for scholarship” with generous food tasting opportunities on March 30 through April 1, 2017 at the highly anticipated three night annual event in support of UNLV's  William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.


UNLVino  continued its tradition of recognizing hospitality industry leaders with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, who is headquartered in Las Vegas, was honored by UNLV hospitality students during UNLVino “Take a Sip for Scholarship” event. There are three opportunities to support UNLV students and enjoy spectacular events.

Returning to Paris Las Vegas’ ballroom, UNLVino’s time-honored Grand Tasting will delight guests with an unrivaled collection of premium beverages as the weekend’s main event indulges guests with delectable cuisine from UNLV’s culinary students and celebrated Vegas restaurants. Special guests The Bronx Wanderers made an appearance and absolutely killed the performance! Who knew what a little wine and some great music could do to a crowd. Dancing and hollering went way into the night. 

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor it today. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. ]UNLVino is differentiated through hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship.


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"If you liked Jersey Boys, you will LOVE The Bronx Wanderers!" (Sam Wagmeister, The Vegas Voice), was the first of many favorable media reviews that The Bronx Wanderers have received.

After touring the country over the past 12 years, The Bronx Wanderers have found their home in Las Vegas, with more than 200 shows over the past six months under their belt at Bally's - Las Vegas.

Fans and critics alike have been charmed with the best 90 minutes of America's rock 'n' roll songbook on the Las Vegas Strip. The Four Seasons' very own Tommy Devito and Joe Long became very emotional while watching The Bronx Wanderers perform some of the songs that made them famous and that eventually created the Jersey Boys phenomenon.

Seven nights a week at 5:30 p.m., the trio, Vinny and his two sons — Vinny "The Kid" and Nicky "Stix" — flanked by their top-notch band, effortlessly bring to life songs from the beginning of rock 'n' roll right through today's tunes.

Nearly 30,000 guests, traveling from every corner of the world, from Australia to Alaska, have enjoyed The Bronx Wanderers perform hits made famous by the likes of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Dion, the Beach Boys, Queen, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and many others.

To say that The Bronx Wanderers have devoted fans would be a huge understatement. Many fans return to see the show again and again, including one couple who has seen the show 36 times. Additionally, a group of fans from Chicago, who call themselves "The Front Row Ladies," have visited Las Vegas four times since the show opened, always sitting in the front row donning their Bronx Wanderers logo t-shirts. Women in particular love the group – especially Vinny "The Kid," who has received marriage proposals from women ages 18 to 88.

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The show has also been a magnet for some of entertainment's most iconic names including Tony Orlando, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Joey Dee, Gary Lewis and Jay and the Americans. Fellow Bally's Las Vegas headliner Wayne Newton even made an appearance when he surprised Vinny in the middle of the show by pretending to be a waiter and bringing him a drink on stage, hearkening back to the days when he and Elvis played pranks on each other.

If anything rivals The Bronx Wanderers' passion for playing music on stage, it is their drive to help others in the Las Vegas community. Working with Win-Win Entertainment, the group has becoming actively involved with the Miracle League, a program that provides individuals with cognitive and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball in a safe and nurturing environment.


"We are so proud of what The Bronx Wanderers have been able to accomplish since they opened last September," said Kathi Glist, one of the show's producers. "In addition to more than 200 successful shows, they have been embraced by the local Las Vegas community and have given back by volunteering their time to various organizations. Furthermore, they have been asked to perform for several key events in the city, including Chinese New Year at The LINQ Promenade, as well as a summit for more than 400 Caesars Entertainment executives from around the world."

"The Bronx Wanderers have been a great addition to our entertainment lineup at Bally's Las Vegas," said Damian Costa, Caesars Entertainment vice president of Las Vegas entertainment operations. "They have been welcomed graciously into the Las Vegas community while notably standing out in the entertainment landscape due to their enormous talent."


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The games are played with soft, foam balls and foam or plastic bats, on a soft, spongy playing surface, allowing special needs individuals to enjoy physical and mental stimulation, and build greater self-esteem. Recently the Bronx Wanderers have been the kids and adults favorite people to see at the games! Opening day was on March 18th, where Vin A. and Big Vinny got to throw the opening pitch! Not only that, but they also got a special performance from Vin A. singing the song "Uptown Funk".

The Miracle League of Las Vegas gives players a sense of team pride and inclusion just like their able-bodied peers that play the game of baseball. 


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...and Las Vegas loves The Bronx Wanderers.

Vin A. visited a local elementary school to celebrate Nevada Reading Week. Comedic juggler Jeff Civillico, through his Win Win Foundation, helped place local celebs in the schools to share their talents and times with the kids. You simply visit a classroom, read a story or 2 to the children, and talk a bit about your career and field some questions if you like. It’s super fun, and very rewarding.

Some other readers included: Monica Heuser of Menopause the Musical; Win Win Board Member Sue Mirman, Singer Skye Dee Miles, Vita Drew of Menopause the Musical, Win Win Founder and Chairman Jeff Civillico Pamela Carlston of St. Judes Ranch, Win Win Advisory Board Member Diahann Hall, Magician John Rotellini, Monica Direnzo of Caesars, Stephanie Arone of Activity Planners, Win Win Board Member Beth Dandy, Magician Xavier Mortimer, Natalie Shipman of Vegas Theatre Hub, Vin A. of the Bronx Wanderers Stacy Spahle of WeAre.Vegas, Win Win board president Debbie Lucas Bingham.

"So happy to have been a reader for Nevada Reading Week! Went to 4 classrooms at Mountain View Elementary and read to the kids and talked about my life, working hard, and accomplishing your dreams ... A little girl even gave me her pencil because she liked me so much. Thank you WIN WIN for this opportunity!" - Vin A.