Vinnie Vidivici
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Vinnie Vidivici

Band Spoken Word Comedy


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"Vinnie Vidivici at The Family Wash"

Vinnie Vidivici—the must-be-seen-to-be-believed performance art project of drummer to the stars (Shania Twain, Edgar Winter, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris) Vinnie Santoro—mixes storytelling and offbeat humor with mad rhythm and rhyming skills. (Check out to see “Varsity Letter,” the hilarious tale of his futile attempt to make his high school varsity football team.)
by Jack Silverman/Arts Editor - The Nashville Scene, Nov. 4, '09

"Vinnie Vidivici DVD Filming"

Vince Santoro aka Vinnie Vidivici, will be filming his amazing one man show, which features spoken word and beat poetry with drums, percussion, and keyboard accompaniment for an upcoming concert DVD. If you have an adventurous spirit and like music that will make you think, laugh, and maybe even rethink your definition of "cool", this show is highly recommended.
Dave Pomeroy
President AFM Local #257
World-Class Bassist
- Local #257 April Edition

"Douglas Corner April, '09 Performance"

LOVED the performance! Mesmerizing...Vince is a hip storyteller, with a killer beat. - Janis Oliver / Sweethearts of the Rodeo

"Douglas Corner May, '09 Performance"

Vinnie Vidivici brings a fresh perspective to the table with a strong rhythmic element that keeps the monologue taut. I picture trimming a sail on a boat in a good wind. His beats keep the tension just right in the story...pulling in, letting out. - Andy Ellis / 'Guitarmania'


"The Paperboy" / 2008
"Little Vinnie" / 2001



What began as stories and reminiscences about his youth, Vince Santoro's work has evolved into poetic vignettes that he performs while accompanying himself on drums, percussion, keyboard and loop machine. The result is a mix of rap, funk and jazz infused with moody story-telling.
“Vinnie Vidivici” is something like Lou Reed meets Garrison Keillor with a touch of ‘beat poet‘.
Have you ever heard someone tell stories (think Lily Tomlin or Whoopi Goldberg's one woman shows) while seated at a drum set, punctuating the story arcs with the kit?
There are many talented spoken word poets out there, but Vince, as "Vinnie Vidivici", is the only performance artist who does both at the same time. Audiences find his poetic reminiscences strike a familiar chord: for instance, his rueful look at the disappearance of the traditional paperboy, or his hilarious take on a 1960’s family trip to Atlantic City.
His collection of stories has an appeal to all ages. In a successful series of shows at Nashville’s Bongo After Hours Theater and Douglas Corner Cafe, 80 year olds and teens alike were moved to raucous laughter and even shed a tear or two.
What makes his work different from other spoken-word artists is the use of drums…our most primitive means of human communication… to punctuate and enhance stories about the innocent and not-so-innocent desires, awkwardness and helplessness of kids, especially boys, with humor, nostalgia and pathos.
Vince has had a full, rich career as a singing drummer playing and recording alongside such varied and notable artists as Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, The Highwaymen, Shania Twain, Lari White, Carlene Carter, Edgar Winter, Roy Buchanan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall, Jim Lauderdale, Felix Cavaliere, and many others.