Meet Citi-Lites, a Long Island based high energy party dance band that will have you on the floor all night long! Made up of a versatile group of seasoned musicians, ready to party with Rock…. Blues…. Disco…. Oldies !
Great Times…Big Smiles…Happy Faces…New Friends…. FUN… FUN… FUN!!!
Lis Beth Roman
As a teen Lis Beth performed at several NYC venues including the Roxy. She’s been featured as a guest singer with several top Long Island bands.
Last fall she joined Lady LisBeth and the Albin Ave Quartet.
"I am so happy and honored to be singing with Citi-Lites."
1964 New York In a basement with all the guitars and vocals coming out of one amp and a drum set. Bobby, with some friends from St Jerome grammar school in Brooklyn, put together a group called The Strays. The band became very popular in the late 60’s playing local churches, dances and clubs and in the 70’s the band traveled up and down the East Coast from Florida to New Jersey.
Also in the 60’s Bobby was associated with Don Kirshner and would go to The Brill Building weekly. While in the building he met some of the biggest names of that time, like Tony Orlando , Carole King , and Neal Sedaka .
“The Strays” also cut a record. ”Give Me Your Love” which was a top 10 pick for music to watch in both Billboard and Cashbox magazines and performed it on a TV show in Atlantic City called The Steel Pier Swings . The Beach Boys were on the show also doing “Good Vibrations”. Bobby stayed away from music for a while to raise a family. In 2007 his wife read an article in Long Island Newsday about a competition for New York State Senior Idol. Bobby entered and became a finalist. Since then his passion for music returned with a vengeance. The harmonies, the music and the playing will bring you back to when it all began for Bobby with Citi Lites . This time with better equipment!
At age 5 Neil did an impersonation of Elvis Presley singing ‘Hound Dog’ at his Aunt’s wedding and the ‘music bug’ hit him hard.
Beginning with piano lessons he soon switched to guitar and the started his first band in 8th grade, “The Blue Horizons”. Playing Beatles, surf music, Ray Charles and early British invasion tunes at all the local school and church dances.
He’s played many gigs along his musical journey including a stint on Broadway in the mid 70’s in the show “HAIR”.
Neil continues to play professionally most recently with Jukebox Explosion and LI Rewind. Citi-Lites is thrilled to have added him to the group. A pro’s pro.
Carmine has been playing drums professionally since he was 16. Early in his career, Carmine moved to California with a band called MESA and signed a recording contract with Areola America Records. He co-wrote their first single “Sailing Ships” which went nationwide, and charted at number 50 with a bullet on the Billboard Charts.
In 1991, Carmine moved his family back to New York and formed the band High Noon. Carmine has worked with many Nashville artists including Charlie Daniels, Jodie Messina, The Lynn Twins, Victoria Shaw and the Mavericks.
He has a wonderful voice and you will hear him sing lead or background vocals on Citi-Lites songs. His unique style will grab your attention and make you groove.
Gene has been playing music since he was 10 years old, playing in bands all over the tri-state region. He has a BA in music and an Education Certificate for K through Secondary.
He has also recorded with artists in varied styles and genres and wrote and recorded radio jingles heard on NY radio stations.
Gene’s experience and knowledge, conducting and arranging harmonies for Citi-Lites gives the band that big sound.
As the band’s manager Gary ensures Citi-Lites a busy schedule, booking the bands appearances throughout the tri-state area.
As a bass player, he has always loved the music of the 60’s 70’s & 80’s, and has put together some of the most talented singers and musicians to form Citi-Lites