Tonight – February 22 – Jimmy Vivino will be joined by a fleet of musicians at NYC’s Cutting Room to pay tribute to late Capitol Theatre manager Mike Winters.
Vivino – who will be backed by his band The Black Italians – knew Winters from his days as the owner/operator of Manny’s Carwash, a freeform blues club in New York City.
“Jamming and sit ins were encouraged and happened nightly like no other bar in Manhattan,” Vivino said of the club, following Winters’ passing.
Later in life, Winters joined the team at the famed Capitol Theatre, just as owner Peter Shapiro and GM Tom Bailey were getting the venue’s renovations underway. Winters’ multi-faceted knowledge of the industry and his passion for music made him an indispensable asset to The Cap, until his retirement in 2017.
“There’s so many details that go into making the place run smoothly and Mike knew every single one of them and how to execute them the best,” The Cap’s marketing director Stefanie May remembers. “Imagine all the preparation that was done to get the theater open and all the tiny details that go into a building being re-opened and put together. Mike was involved in all of that.”
Tonight’s tribute to Winters will also feature Catherine Russell, Adam Minkoff, Jeff Young, Felix Cabrerra, Fred Walcott, Rich Pagano and Danny Louis.
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