The Bridges of Love Show began when Platinum musician Vernon Hicks merged two concepts. Music that is uplifting, diverse and danceable, with ongoing contributions to charities. To enhance an enjoyable evening, a delicious dinner is available at each show.

His first few shows, in the Hollywood area, featured talented musicians blending their unique sounds. Mr. Hicks himself is a singer / songwriter, as well as a talented pianist, drummer and percussionist. He is the producer of each show. They started small, with around 30 folks, and grew to 200-300 in more recent shows. The blending of music from the nineteen sixties and seventies, all the way up to the 2000’s allows anyone in the audience to enjoy familiar and new songs. The selected sets include jazz, pop and Motown hits.

Our most recent Bridges of Love Show (#5), New England, was presented in Hartford, Connecticut on September 4, 2021. Both Mr. Hicks and his childhood friend, pianist Dave Aston, grew up in that locality. They kept in touch as they matured, and were excited about playing together in Show #5, which also featured artists from Hartford, Hollywood and Boston.

Another hometown professional, author Derrick Winston, was available the night of the show, for a book signing of his first novel, “Mississippi Champagne” about the life of a former buffalo soldier in the early 1900’s.

The night was also a celebration of the professionals who contribute every day to our communities, by providing food, support and kindness through the pandemic. Several of these heros were recognized at the start of the show (See Past Honorees tab). Of special mention were Vernon's two sisters, Barbara “Honey” Shephard, and Adrian Perenyi who have been a support for their brother from his youth, and who were in attendance at the show.

Five years ago, the Hicks family gathered in Hartford for a family reunion. There was music, food and dancing, and family members still talk about the great time they had. Vernon tapped into the fun of that event as he planned #5, resulting in an exhilarating evening where people made lifelong memories.

Regarding his desire to give back, Mr. Hicks raised over $2 million for foster kids and disadvantaged families while he was a dad himself. He has now set his sights on St. Jude’s, to provide funds for medical research and treatment for children with cancer. He also supports community groups such as Moose International.

Stop back here for updates, as the Bridges of Love continue to provide musical evenings of love and courage, hits old and new, and an opportunity for attendees to say, “I’m so glad I came!”