June 16, 2024

Brass Attack & Classic Car Show at Crescent Park

Featuring local Music Icon Dave Tanury

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Brass Attack will be performing a free concert at Crescent Park in Riverside, RI on Sunday, September 17, 2023.  The widely popular band is often referred to as “New England’s Hottest Horn Band.”  The band has performed for two US Presidents as well as for many Fortune 500 Corporations, weddings, parties, concerts, and clubs across the country.  Formed in 1983, Brass Attack is a nine-piece band featuring four horns, a rhythm section, and five lead vocalists - one female and four male - performing classic hits from the 1930's up to today.  They play the hits of artists as diverse as: Beyonce Knowles, Frank Sinatra, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Buble, Tower Of Power, Alicia Keys, Chicago, Justin Timberlake,  Glenn Miller, James Brown, Van Morrison, The Temptations, Sting, The Four Tops, Tom Petty, Santana, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Aretha Franklin, among many others in a wide-ranging, crowd-pleasing repertoire.  “Our unique instrumentation, custom musical arrangements, and high degree of musicianship lend to the band's versatility and professionalism,” said band leader, vocalist and drummer Tom Petteruti

From Riverside garage band to the Music Hall of Fame:  East Providence music lovers have been following lifelong Townie Dave Tanury for years.   Tanury, Brass Attack's vocalist/guitarist extraordinaire, started playing guitar in 1965 shortly after seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Dave was a member of the Barrington Boys Choir, which toured Europe that summer of ’65, sparking his interest in vocal harmony while playing ukulele on the tour bus. After returning from the tour, Dave got his first guitar and has not stopped playing since.

After several high school rock bands, Dave was a founding member of the legendary RI band Rizzz, which played clubs and concerts during the 1970’s. Continuing through the 1980’s, Dave founded bands such as Tanoose, Contact, and Uptown Ruler which featured Tom Petteruti, James Vierra (Ep ’72) and others. Music critics have referred to Tanury as a Rhode Island guitar-slinging legend and gritty, soulful vocalist.

In 1973, EP guitarists David Tanury, Jim Tait and drummer Rick Couto of the Riverside underground band Powerhouse, joined forces with saxophonist Bob Weisberger, Joe “Klem” Klimek on harmonica and sax and bassist Kenn Reynolds to form a new band which is considered one of the finest and most successful in Rhode Island music history - RIZZZ.

In 2017, Tanury was honored, along with his former bandmates from Rizzz, to be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame for his stellar and most influential career on the Rhode Island Music scene.  Six of the seven original RIZZZ band members were graduates of East Providence High School.  Rizzz EPHS graduates are: Rick Couto 1969, Dave Tanury, Jerry Xavier and Kenn Reynolds, 1970 and Bob Weisberger and Jim Tait, 1971. "I am humbled at the outpouring of congratulations after the RI Music Hall of Fame induction,” said Tanury.

Brass Attack also features vocalist Kate Winslow.  Her incredibly soulful voice brings the band a wide range of old school R&B, Soul, Classic Rock, and Jazz Standards.  Winslow has a magnetic stage presence, and a magnificent voice delivering a diverse and very soulful repertoire of classic tracks.

Tanury is quick to point out the versatility and quality of each band member.  “We perform well together, that is our magic,” said Tanury.  Making the concert location appropriate is that Tanury lives just a short distance away from Crescent Park. 

The September 17th Crescent Park concert will be combined with a local Classic car Show.  The car show will begin at 2 pm and the band will perform from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Concert goers can bring a lawn chair for the bayside show.

The Members of Brass Attack:

  • Kate Winslow -Vocals
  • Dave Tanury - Guitar/Vocals
  • Steve Vallante - Keyboards/Vocals
  • Jeffrey Mortrude  - Bass
  • Tom Petteruti - Band Leader/Drums/Vocals
  • Bill Smith - Trumpet/Vocals
  • Fritz Benz - Trumpet/Vocals
  • John Knasas - Saxophone/Vocals
  • Steve L'Heureux - Trombone/Vocals

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