Snug Harbor to Celebrate Black History Month with Ernest Wright Concert

By Nicholas Rizzi on February 19, 2013 8:38am 

 Soul singer and Staten Island resident, Ernest Wright, will preform at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Soul singer and Staten Island resident, Ernest Wright, will preform at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
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LIVINGSTON — Staten Island doo-wop and soul singer Ernest Wright will perform at a concert hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center to celebrate Black History Month.

Wright, a member of Little Anthony and the Imperials, known for hits including "Tears on my Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-­Bop," will perform at Snug Harbor's Visitor Center on Feb. 23.

A long-time Staten Island resident, Wright is also famous for "Two Kinds of People in the World," which some consider to be the greatest doo-wop song. He preformed it with the Imperials at their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, a Snug Harbor spokesman said.

"This program showcases the work and careers of one of the many truly innovative local, African American musicians," said Lynn Kelly, CEO of Snug Harbor, in a statement.

The concert will also kick off Snug Harbor's "Island Sounds Music-Mashup" series of free concert, screening, musical conventions and workshops in 2013. The series will be part of the museum's existing "Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up" exhibit celebrating local artists.

"An Evening with Ernest Wright," will be held at Snug Harbor's Visitor Center, Building C. The concert will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and admission will be free, but donations to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will be accepted.

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