For nearly a decade, Vinny “Yo Vinny” Adinolfi and his two sons have been living the American dream through their band The Bronx Wanderers.

For nearly a decade, Vinny “Yo Vinny” Adinolfi and his two sons have been living the American dream through their band The Bronx Wanderers.

Performing 200 shows per year, lead singer Adinolfi and his boys Vin and Nicky have been entertaining audiences across the country with the sounds of doo-wop, pop and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Bronx Wanderers will tour to the Capital City on Thursday with their theatrical concert experience, one that’s different from their outdoor performances.

Even if you saw the gang in their most recent Delaware performance at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville in 2014, you’ll be in for a whole new treat at the Schwartz concert.

Yo Vinny, close friends with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion Dimucci, has worked with a number of big artists over the years, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Travis and many others. Hence, The Bronx Wanderers’ repertoire features music from many of the artists Yo Vinny has ties to.

He spoke to the Dover Post about what makes the band’s theater show special, why he enjoys playing in the First State and more.

Q What do you enjoy about playing in Delaware?

A The people are just so nice and everybody writes us and they tell us “it feels so summery when you guys are there.” We always tell them the same thing.

Q What makes your theater show unique?

A One thing that most people in the northeast don’t get to see is when we travel across the country we have this really fun theater show that’s kind of video driven where Tony Orlando comes out on video, as well as Chaz Palminteri, Danny Aiello and we have all these slides of people that we’ve met along the way, sort of chronicling our adventure. It’s really a lot of fun. We have this really great set that has two tenement buildings on the stage. We have the front of a ‘57 Chevy in the back, we have a street sign and it makes you feel like you’re in the old neighborhood. When we get to do the outdoor shows and the park concerts that we more-or-less do around the northeast, we never get to take the set out and do the video show.

Q What’s a typical Bronx Wanderers performance look like?

A We’ll open up with a couple songs by Dion Dimucci. We’ll do “The Wanderer,” “Runaround Sue.” Then I’ll talk about the kids surrounding me on the stage and how Nicky got to play with the Jersey Boys. Then we’ll do a Frankie [Valli] song. Then I’ll talk about what a great career I’ve had and how lucky I’ve been and all the songs you’re hearing are songs by artists I got to sing backup for, produced their records or was lucky enough to work with them at Columbia Records. Then Vinny, my older son, will get to do some songs by some artists I got to work with. And we’ll change those up. [A few nights ago] he did a song by The Monkees, “Daydream Believer.” Vinny will do a couple of songs and I’ll get out of the way and the kids will do a little montage of surf music from the ‘60s, which is neat. Again, when it’s a theater show it’s driven by some really cool videos.

Q How’d you get the nickname, “Yo Vinny?”

A I was doing an oldies show. We were out on the road, so Dion’s there and everybody’s there. My last name is Adinolfi. At the time, “The Sopranos” were on with James Gandolfini. When the guy went to announce my name he said, “It’s Vinny Andolfini.” Everybody in the band laughed and thought it was funny. I said, “Okay, I’ll tell you what, tomorrow night we’ll just do my middle name, which is John. So it’s going to be ‘Vinny John.’” The next night the guy announced me and goes, “Vinny Johnson.” Of course, the band is cracking up. At that point, Dion looked over and said, “Yo, man. Why don’t we just call you, ‘Yo Vinny?’”


WHAT Bronx Wanderers in concert

WHEN 7:30 p.m., Thursday

WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover

COST $35

INFO Visit or call 678-5152