Niagara Gazette — Local musician Lew Custode, his wife, Marie, their daughter, Christina, and his brother, Anthony, will be among those at the Oct. 7 outing (set this year in Paradise Park, E. Tropicana and McCloud, Las Vegas). Lew, Christina and Anthony also plan to participate in the jam session. Phil Leo, son of Joseph Leo, who moved to Vegas years ago, is coordinating the session.
Amendola said the idea for an out-of-state Niagara Falls picnic had its roots in 1978, when a gathering was held in Los Angeles. That event was hosted by Carmie and Tommie Tedesco, the legendary guitarist.
Later, Amendola met with Tony Alotta who happened to have a book with the names of some 50 persons from Niagara Falls living in Las Vegas, After updating the 10-year-old list, Amendola was pleasantly surprised when about 100 persons showed up for the picnic. Subsequently, Amendola, using Tedesco's list from the Golden State, boosted the next year's attendance to 150. " It eventually drew 250 people to the American Club (in Vegas), complete with musicians from Niagara Falls," Amendola said. He ticked off a partial list: the Marillo Brothers, Joe and Tony, the DalPortos, Joe, Angelo and John, Dr. Sam Morealle, Roy Fintz, Tony Finali, and Frank Rotella, Others attending that day included Don Duffy, Frank Amendola, Tony Fera and Frank Aversa.
Anyone needing information about the picnic can reach the coordinator via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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