Lead singer of The Capris leads afternoon performance in heart of Nassau County


Nassau County put on an afternoon concert on Aug. 31 in Eisenhower Park’s Field 1. Geared towards seniors and older adults in the county, it featured Michael D’Amore, the lead singer of the one-hit-wonder doo wop group, The Capris.

The Capris originated from Ozone Park, Queens in the late 1950s, and are best known for their hit, “There’s a Moon Out Tonight,” released in 1961. The group experience a popularity resurgence in the 1980s.

The original group consisted of Nick Santamaria, Mike Mincieli, Frank Reina, Vinnie Naccarato and John Cassese.

D’Amore, who took to the stage at Eisenhower, joined the group in 2016. He originates from upstate-New York, and grew up in New Jersey. For the last 28 years, he’s been a multi-genre, professional entertainer, based out of the New York metropolitan area — though he is drawn to classic R&B and doo wop sounds.

The group now consists of D’Amore, Tony Sergi, John Monforte, Lou Esposito — and original member, Reina, who resides in East Meadow, and stopped by the Eisenhower performance.

All summer long, the county has put on concerts for older generations, which kicked off at 12 p.m. D’Amore’s show was the last performance of the summer.

For more on services and events offered by the county’s Department of Human Services and the Office for the Aging, contact (516) 227-8900 or email seniors@hhsnassaucountyny.us.

Visit Capris.Net for more on the doo wop group and its history and MichaelDAmore.com for more on D’Amore and upcoming performances.