Ric Singing at St. Peter’s Foundation Holiday Kickoff 2015

Ric DiDonato is an entertainer from the Capital District of New York State. He sings in the styles of the vocalists from the Big Band and Rat Pack eras. His vocal styling is often compared to those of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and others. After years of vocal training and studying the nuances of the techniques used by the great vocalists, Ric is able to convincingly deliver their unique singing styles and emulate their voices. Close your eyes and you’ll believe you are in a smoky lounge in 60’s Vegas. But, to get the full experience, keep them wide open, because Ric uses vintage gear, wears classy 60’s era suits and tuxes, and has the stage presence to deliver the full effect.

Ric is the lead male vocalist for the Swing Docs Big Band, and former lead of the Burnt Hills Melody Makers Big Band. Because of his ability to emulate the greats, the Swing Docs call him their “male impersonator”—just for laughs. If your venue or event is too small for an 18-piece band, Ric also enjoys performing solo using fully-orchestrated backing tracks for a rich dynamic sound, or works with a pianist for a more intimate show. His solo performance is ideal for a dinner theater, a cocktail lounge, a private party, or a wedding cocktail hour. He can tailor his show to set the mood you desire—from a swingin’ party to an intimate and romantic affair.

Ric has performed his solo act and with the big bands at premier venues like Proctors Theater in Schenectady, Franklin Plaza in Troy, The Desmond, and the Museum of Racing in Saratoga. He has performed at a variety of concert series and other special events in the region, like Cook Park in Colonie; the GIG in Green Island; and First Night Saratoga—among many others. He has also performed at private events and weddings at venues like Franklin Terrace, Troy Country Club, Schuyler Meadows Club, Wolferts Roost Country Club, and in private homes. He’s performed solo club gigs around the region at venues suited for his show like McGeary’s and the former Franklin’s Tower in Albany, and Brown’s Malt Room in Troy.