Celebrate the last days of summer today at Walt Whitman Shops with a live concert featuring up-and-coming young stars.
Taking the stage at the Shops’ Center Court: Alternative rock band All Types of Kinds (ATOK), soul and R & B act Tracy & Too, and singer-songwriters Alexa Valentino, Jenna Rose, and Sammi Rae Murciano.
ATOK consists of locals — Harlem’s Ray Rubio (guitar), Queens’ Billy Conahan (guitar), Brooklyn’s Berk O (percussion), and Danbury, Connecticut’s Rocco Stroker (vocals, bass, and guitar) — but they are locals who are getting to know the whole country as they travel in support of their recent EP Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex). “For now, we will continue to write, take singing lessons, and enjoy playing our music for any crowd that will have us,” they say on their ReverbNation page. With so many styles in their repertoire, including blues, country, folk, funk, hip-hop, pop, punk, and rock, they are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
Tracy & Too
Tracy is three harmonizing sisters (Shijuan Williams, Sydney Williams, and Tyler-Lenai Williams). They have been making their hometown of Freeport proud, performing at local venues such as the Jones Beach Bandshell as well as at the world-famous Apollo Theater, where they won second place at Amateur Night. They will be joined by their brother, poet-rapper Anthony Williams (“Too”).
For a teenager, Alexa Valentino, who is also a producer, actress, and anti-bullying activist, has an impressive resume. Come see her put her talents to work. If you can’t make it, check out her “XOXO” video, which already has thousands of views.
Long Island-bred Jenna Rose has also had much success on YouTube, which has led to television appearances, radio play, and being featured in an upcoming documentary film.
Sammi Rae Murciano