Chris Ruggiero takes his audiences on a journey through the golden age of rock and roll, breathing new life into the timeless music of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Chris has been described as an “old soul” at only 23 years old, whose approach to his concert appearances is more in line with that of a bygone era than it is the artists of his generation. Chris says, “I try to make every move and sing every song with a touch of class that reminds the audience of a time when entertainers put their heart and soul into their songs and delivering an exceptional concert was paramount.” At 12 years old, Chris heard Doo Wopp for the first time while he was in his grandfather’s car on their way to a baseball game. Ever since, Chris has modeled himself after the singers of past generations, and made a career of singing their music. No stranger to live audiences and television audiences in the northeast, Chris first came to national attention when he performed in concert on one of PBS-TV’s coast-to-coast broadcast specials, which still airs to this day. Since then, Chris has been traveling around the country delivering his unique brand of vintage rock and roll and sharing his passion for the classics. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Bobby Rydell, The Duprees, The Drifters, and many many more. It seems almost pre-ordained that he’s now working the same stages as the artists who he grew up admiring. An East Coast Music Hall of Fame 2020 Nominee, he performed at the Music Hall’s 2019 induction ceremony alongside Tito Puente, Jr. singing the iconic song Tito’s father wrote, “Oye Como Va.”
Today, The 1910 Fruitgum Company travels and performs throughout the United States. Our venues include large capacity concerts and we have appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and numerous tv and radio shows as well as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The group has shared the stage and toured with such music and entertainment giants as, The Beach Boys, Lou Christie, Sly and the Family Stone, The Buckinghams, John Ford Coley, Maxine Nightingale, Tommy Roe, Mark Lindsey (original lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders), The Vogues, The Archies' Ron Dante, Gary US Bonds, Jim Yester of the Association, Melanie, Commander Cody and numerous other top acts.
Little Anthony, along with his group, The Imperials, in the last 57 years have performed live before millions and sold over 22 million records worldwide. Although Little Anthony still tours with The Imperials, he has long desired to record a “solo-driven duets album” similar to the one Tony Bennett famously did. The album he desired is now, in pre-production – release date in mid-to-late 2015. Tentatively titled, “It Takes Two,” the album will be released on the New Jersey-based Reviver Records label.
One of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 60s pop rock. Bringing back great memories with chart-topping 60s hits, The Buckinghams also perform popular 70s favorites in their sets, electrifying audiences with high-energy fun. Since 1986, original Buckinghams Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band have continued to deliver fast-paced, solid shows that get crowds up on their feet to enjoy.
Their #1 song, “Kind of a Drag” is a standout favorite that first made them famous. Since then came 7 national chart hits, 15 singles, and 8 acclaimed albums. In 2008, they released 3 new CDs, signed to Fuel Records. The Buckinghams’ Giammarese and Fortuna deliver nonstop, high-energy performances that audiences appreciate and request.