World class music in Little Falls Friday

World class music in Little Falls Friday

LITTLE FALLS – Those looking for a world-class music experience can find what they want in Little Falls Friday night, with the Frank Vignola Trio at The Shop.

The trio, featuring Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on guitar and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, will be performing their old swing jazz from 7 to 11 p.m., April 13, at The Shop, located at 590 E. Main St. Presale tickets cost $20 and are available at until midnight on April 12. Tickets the day of the concert are $25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

All three musicians possess impressive resumes from playing alongside international artists such as Ringo Starr, Alicia Keyes and Madonna, playing with the Boston and New York pops orchestras, and touring the world solo and as a trio. And that is only the tip of the iceberg.

“They’re masters of their respective instruments and polished showmen,” said Justin Welyczko, who co-owns The Shop along with Rob Richard. “It’s a truly entertaining experience.”

Welyczko, an Ilion native, Little Falls city alderman and father of two, has always loved music, playing bass in a band called Holiday City.

“My goal with The Shop has always been community focused, but I have also always had the goal to bring world class music to Little Falls,” he said.

After meeting Vignola in Saratoga a number of years ago, Welyczko has been able to reach that goal by hosting Vignola three times.

“It’s an awesome place. We always have a great time,” Vignola said of Little Falls from the road Thursday, on his way to a show in Baltimore. After the Little Falls show Friday, he will move on to play Saratoga Saturday. His summer schedule includes shows in England, Scotland and Ireland and a guitar camp in New Jersey.

“I’ve always loved music and playing has always been a great outlet to me,” said Vignola, who started playing guitar at age 5. “I wasn’t into sports or the whole school spirit thing. But I was able to relate to guitar. And it’s been a social outlet for me too, as I think it is for many people whether you’re playing an instrument with others or attending a show in Madison Square Garden or going to see a show at your neighborhood bar or The Shop.

“Music takes you away from the everyday routine,” he continued. “It takes your mind off things. It can evoke emotion from happiness to crying. It’s powerful.”

“I’m fortunate I’ve been able to do it for a living,” he said. Vignola has been performing for 35 years. “Live music is very important. It brings the community out. It’s pretty cool what Justin is doing with The Shop.”

For more information on the April 13, Little Falls show, visit The Shop’s Facebook page at

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