LIMA Presents MICHAEL DUTRA & THE STRICTLY SINATRA BAND Tonight
The Little Italy Merchants Association (LIMA), the business association that represents local merchants in Little Italy and also operates the Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, will present a Free End of Summer Concert starring the popular "Michael Dutra & The Strictly Sinatra Band" tonight, August 30, 6:30 to 9:30 PM, at the corner of Mulberry and Hester Streets.
A native of Rhode Island, Michael Dutra has been doing his musical tribute to Frank Sinatra since 2002, performing in venues all across the United States, from Las Vegas to Miami to Boston, in supper clubs, dinner theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, as well as corporate events and private parties.
Michael has been hailed as one of the finest interpreters of the Sinatra sound in the world. Boston Globe columnists Wesley Morris has written "his sound is velour to Sinatra's velvet, you really can't tell the difference." Ron Della Chiesa of WPLM Boston Radio and a Sinatra Guru, said, "Michael literally channels Sinatra!"
Most of Michael's influence comes from his dad. "My father was always singing Sinatra songs throughout the house and I would remember the lyrics and join him from time to time, even at the early age of seven," he recalls.
Michael continues to perform regularly from Maine to Miami, approximately 275 nights a year in all types of venues. His true passion comes out when he is performing with his own Strictly Sinatra Band which performs with him during the Summer season in New England and Winter in Florida.
Michael recently recorded the vocals for a "twix candy bar commercial" being viewed in South America by millions of people every day. He has also performed at the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York opening for comedian Howie Mandel. Michael also performed at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Inaugural in 2010.
The Little Italy Merchants Association hopes that a large audience will turn out for this End of Summer Free Concert starring one of today's great interpreters of the Sinatra sound and style and his impressive Strictly Sinatra Band!