Joe D’Urso: Joe D'Urso, an Americana/Jersey Shore/Rock & Roll artist, released his 12th CD on SCR/Schoolhouse Records, titled "Down Here By The River," in 2010.
D'Urso has released 12 records since 1991 and has perform in 25 countries during this time. D'Urso, along with his band Stone Caravan, were chosen to be the House Band for the 100th Anniversary of Harley Davidson in 2003 in which they were the only independent band on a countrywide tour that included Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Elton John and many others. D'Urso also in one of the owners of newly relaunched CBGB and sits on the Board of Light of Day, WHYHunger and PinkFest.
Joe Rapolla: Joe Rapolla is a very familiar rockin’ singer/songwriter around the New Jersey Shore. His debut CD entitled "Listen To This" has been very well received locally and internationally. Joe released a limited edition live CD in 2007, entitled, "LIVE At The BITTER END". His songs have been described as "a unique blend of The Beatles, Eagles, and Bruce Springsteen…with some Nashville thrown in there" Joe has played every noteworthy venue in the Northeast and has shared the stage with some of the biggest acts from around, or passing through, the Jersey Shore and New York. Together with his music series partner, Joe D’Urso, Joe co-hosts a very successful songwriter’s show, “Songwriters By The Sea” which showcases national, regional, local and international artists in an intimate and interactive forum. A television pilot of the series has been shot and it is currently being considered as a TV series by major entertainment broadcasters. Since 2006, Joe has been having a lot of fun and success touring across Italy and other European countries. For his Summer 2009 European tour, Joe released a new limited edition EP/CD, entitled “Honest…Finally”. Songs from this disc have been used on independent film projects and are being considered for major recording artist releases. He is currently collaborating on new material with up and coming and national recording artists in Nashville. Another music project of Joe’s is a charity band called The Vowels. The Vowels are primarily comprised of music/entertainment (and related) industry executives that came together in 2005 to have some fun and do some good. The Vowels grew out of solo shows Joe was playing in a little club in Greenwich Village, NYC. Since, The Vowels have grown into a 9 piece band, including Joe’s son Joseph, and fill some of the most legendary venues in NYC and the west coast, including the Hard Rock Café in Times Sqaure. The Vowels are dedicated to bringing people together for an upbeat, interactive, social gathering, focusing on the music...while doing some good.To date, The Vowels, and their supporters, have raised enough money to pay for life changing operations for children all over the world. Joe involves himself in other charitable events and organizations where his time and music can contribute, such as Holiday Express and Light Of Day. Professionally, Joe created and headed the first Integrated Marketing departments (Digital/Social Marketing, Media Buying, Research & CRM) at PolyGram/Universal and Warner Music Groups, as well as found and ran two Direct-To Consumer/Social Marketing agencies. He continues to consult for entertainment companies and other brands. Joe can usually be seen performing around the Jersey Shore and New York.
Joe Grushecky: Joe Grushecky’s music has stood the test of time. For 30 years publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, No Depression, and countless others have hailed him as one of rock & roll’s most talented singer-songwriters. In 1979 Rolling Stone magazine crowned his band’s, the Iron City Houserockers, first album Love’s So Tough the “debut record of the year.” Acclaimed rock writer Jimmy Guterman, named their second album, Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) as one of the 100 Best Rock & Roll Records of all time! Legendary guitarist and Rock Hall of Famer Steve Cropper produced Blood on the Bricks. Rock superstar and Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen, produced American Babylon in 1995 and continues to perform with the band and write with Joe including the Grammy winning Code of Silence.We’re Not Dead Yet, Live in Pittsburgh, Joe’s 14th LP, carries on his tradition of delivering honest and passionate music. This is what Blurt Magazine has to say about the band’s live performances. “Grushecky and the Houserockers performed like they thought they were damn rock stars and, on that night, they were indeed the greatest rock 'n' roll outfit on the planet” In a world where truth is rare and nothing seems genuine anymore, some things remains constant…there is still real music being made out there. And Joe Grushecky is still making it.
Willie Nile: The New York Times called him "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." His album “Streets Of New York” was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed “The Innocent Ones” as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and the BBC called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” Willie’s song “One Guitar” was listed as the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today.The ranks of Willie Nile's fans include Bruce Springsteen, who has invited him to perform with the E Street Band on multiple occasions, including a pair of historic shows at New York’s Shea Stadium and Giant Stadium,and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on a U.S. Who tour. Lucinda Williams once remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.”
Nick Clemons: Instrument Played: Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica. Born in New Jersey, he began his performing career in college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, playing acoustic shows and honing his songwriting skills. Nick has shared the stage with such notables as Bobby Bandierra, John Eddie, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greg Davis, Jimmy Vivino, and Clarence Clemons. Nick has been influenced and coached by such notable songwriters and producers as Jordan Delasierra and Narada Michael Walden. He has recorded his original songs in studios in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Marin County, California. Nick has also appeared on the Howard Stern Show, and future appearances on a variety of radio and television shows in major markets are likely. 'The most important thing to me,' Clemons says, 'is to get a warm feeling from a crowd, that juice or electricity that makes you want to give more.'
Jobonanno and The Godsons of Soul: “Soul in Rock-n-Roll” like the Supreme Court once said of obscenity is hard to define, but you know it when you see it, or in this case when you hear it,
“Jobonanno and The Godsons” have it !!
Since 1992 this New Jersey based band has been electrifying the tri-state area’s rock clubs and concert halls with it’s infectious style of “Hi-Energy Get Up And Dance Rock and Soul”.
Recently voted one of the top-ten Jersey bands by “News 12 N.J. , this act has opened shows for Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis,Southside Johnny, The B-52’s, The Stylistics, The Rascals, Bad Company, Joan Jett, Marshall Tucker, Eddie Money, Clarence Clemons, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder, Gary U.S.Bonds, The Monkees, Gary Pucket, Beaver Brown and has been joined on-stage numerous times by the likes of Jon-Bon-Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. On July 24th of 2003 and Sept. 2007 the band appeared at “Giants Stadium” before Bruce and The E-Streeters took the stage.
JB & The Godsons have just released another High-Energy Rock-n-Roll Album titled “ Can’t Stop Now “ with special guest Gary U.S. Bonds. Adding a power punch to the album, JB called on Screaming Steve and The Soul
Cruiser horns !!!
The CD has been released independently and is available at all live shows, cdbaby.com ,digstation.com, I-Tunes and most local record stores under the Sharkskin Records label.
Here are a few venues the band has headlined and performed as openers in the past several years; Giants Stadium, The Watchovia Center, The Izod Center, Camden Yards, Boulder Station Casino Las Vegas, MKJ Farms Utica, N.Y., Trump’s Marina & Plaza, The Borgata, Harrah’s Casino, The AC Hilton, Resorts International, The Union County Arts Center, The Baker Ball Room, Martell’sTiki-Bar, The Headliner, The Osprey, The Stone Pony, The Cove, Crystal’s, The Count Basie Theater, The Tradewinds, The N.J.Special Olympics, The Light of Day Benefits, Corporate Events and many “Summer Park Concert Series” in the tri-state area.Members include: Jobonanno/Lead Vocals,Bobby Nelson/Drums, Ed Horne/Bass-Vocals, Bruce Marson/Keys-Vocals, Dennis Miele/Guitar, Jerry Mokar/Sax-Vocals, and Lou Felipe/Precussion-Vocals.
The Sensational Soul Cruisers Featuring J.T. Bowen: “Coming To Save Your Soul” JT Bowen, original lead singer of Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers, teaming up with the Sensational Soul Cruisers to performin songs from the "Rescue" album, featuring the hits: “Woman’s Got the Power” and the Bruce Springsteen written “Savin’ Up”, "You're a Friend of Mine", & “Action in the Streets”.
JT Bowen (born John Bowen, October 12, 1947, Rochester, NY) is an American R&B singer in the style of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, and is best-known as the lead singer of the band Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers.
Born in Rochester, NY to Frank and Geneva Bowen, Bowen had spent his early childhood in Port Norris, NJ, Brielle, NJ, and Crisfield, MD. He was raised from nine months old by Delacy Justice, a Jazz singer, and Henry Ellington, a Gospel singer. He had moved from Port Norris, NJ to Brielle, NJ in 1954, and then to Crisfield, MD in 1959. He began singing at an early age, first starting out singing in local church choirs with Ellington at the age of 7 in the Port Norris area, and had continued to sing in church choirs throughout his childhood.
In 1960, Bowen got his start singing with a local band, The Rockets in Maryland where he had gone by the name of Little Johnny Redding, the moniker arising from his emulation of Otis Redding’s style. His adoption of this nickname was also due to him being the youngest member of the band, with all of the other members being at least ten years his senior. He stayed with The Rockets until he moved to Lakewood, NJ in 1965. It was during his tenure with The Rockets that he met Clarence Clemons, who was attending Maryland State College and was moonlighting with the band The Vibratones. Bowen and Clemons would frequent each other’s bands early on which helped foster a 50 year musical relationship. After moving to Lakewood, NJ, Bowen was drafted into the US Army in December, 1966 and served on the Korean Demilitarized Zone until 1968, where he had reached the rank of SP-4.
Upon Bowen’s honorable discharge in 1968, he had started singing as lead vocalist of Soul Flame, a local Asbury Park West Side R&B and Soul band, from 1968 to 1970. Then, after leaving Soul Flame, Bowen became the lead vocalist of the Chosen Few, another Asbury Park West Side R&B band from 1970 to 1976. Around the period 1970-71, Clarence Clemons also played with the Chosen Few before moving on to work with Bruce Springsteen. After his time singing with the Chosen Few, Bowen joined the band Surrender in 1976 as lead vocalist until 1981.
In 1980, Bowen had been invited by Scarlet Rivera to sing vocals for the first time on a record album for the song “Lift Away”, which was on Rivera’s Jerry Wexler-produced second album: “Scarlet Fever”. Then, upon Clemons’ opening Big Man's West, a nightclub in Red Bank, NJ, Bowen started working as the doorman. Around this time in 1981, Clemons had asked Bowen to join him as lead vocalist for The Red Bank Rockers, where he would sing lead on their debut album Rescue, which featured “Woman’s Got the Power” and a Bruce Springsteen composition “Savin’ Up”.
The Red Bank Rockers would tour extensively between 1981-84, including an appearance on the Alan Thicke's late night TV show Thicke of the Night. Also during this period, Bowen lent his vocals to Little Steven & the Disciples of Souls Album "Men Without Women", the Bruce Springsteen-produced Gary US Bonds album "On the Line" and the Garry Tallent of the E Street Band-produced album "We've Got The Love".
One of the highlights of Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 Born in the USA multi-night Meadowland’s engagement at Giants Stadium was JT’s appearance singing “Woman’s Got the Power” alongside Springsteen . Bowen had fronted many bands as well during this period: notably The Shore Patrol with Asbury Jukes Saxophone player Ed Manion and former E Street drummer Ernest Carter. In the early 90’s, he also had toured Japan with the band Joey Leone’s Chop Shop.
In Jan 2011, he performed at Clarence Clemons 69th Birthday Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe Seminole in Hollywood, Fla. He then reemerged on the Asbury Park Music Scene on April 3, 2011 with a sold out Stone Pony show with the Sensational Soul Cruisers. On July 17, 2011, Bowen and the Soul Cruisers were joined on stage at the Wonder Bar by Bruce Springsteen at a tribute show to the late Clarence Clemons. On October 22, 2011, he joined Springsteen again at the Stone Pony for the Third Annual Boston College Bar Band Bash.
Sensational Soul Cruisers
The Soul Extravaganza-Keeping RnB, Soul & Motown Alive on the Jersey Shore for over 20 Years.
The Sensational Soul Cruisers are not just another 11-man vocal harmony group with horns. While it is still sometimes possible to find a band which features a similar line up of instruments, it is unlikely that you will ever find another that performs with as much energy, passion, and talent as these guys. From their humble beginnings rehearsing at the chicken coops on Route 33 to the basement of the Cycle Shop on Throckmorton Street, this band has come a long way from its "Eddie and the Cruisers" days to become one of Jersey's best kept secrets. Under the tutelage of Jackson resident sax player Screamin' Steve Barlotta, who has been the captain of this fantastic soul cruise for over 20 years, the band was formed after the first Stone Pony closing in 1991.Barlotta’s intention was to keep RnB and Classic Soul alive on the Jersey Shore after the Pony closing. With the Band taking up residency at Martells Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach 20 years ago. With the great success at Martell’s, has catapulted this band from the recesses of a dingy basement to over 200 performances a year while capturing the true essence of the Jersey Shore sound and its true R&B roots.
While the group has been known as the Soul Cruisers for the past 20 years, the rhythm section was known for many years prior to that, being the band behind Eddie Testa, as Eddie and the Cruisers. That band and its name inspired the somewhat popular (albeit entirely fictionally based) movie of the same name; which in turn led to some confusion as the guys struggled to maintain their group identity while standing in the shadow of a fictional movie band. With the break-up of Eddie and the Cruisers, the band hit the road playing back up to big name Rock and R&B stars in various concert venues integrating the styles of the music that became a part of them – Philly Funk, Memphis Soul, Motown, Beach Music, New York Quiet Storm, British Invasion, and New Jersey Rock ‘n Roll. With this incredible diversity fused into their performance repertoire, they became the foundation of something unique and very special The Sensational Soul Cruisers.
Soul Cruisers are:
Screamin' Steve Barlotta-Tenor Saxophone
Stan Tartas-Bass Guitar
Joe Nappy-Guitar & Vocals
Joey Stann-Baritone Saxophone
James Maddock: British born James Maddock was first recognized in the U.S as leader of the band Wood (Songs From Stamford Hill - Columbia Records). Songs From Stamford Hill, which remains a fan favorite 10 years later, produced a Top 5 Triple A hit (Stay You) and was included in the first Dawson's Creek compilation. In 2009 Maddock released the exquisite collection of songs, Sunrise On Avenue C, for which he won the 2010-11 NY Music Award for Best Americana Album. Maddock followed Sunrise in 2011 with Wake Up and Dream. NYC’s WFUV 2011 Listener's Poll named Wake Up and Dream as one of the top albums of 2011. The song “Beautiful Now”, co-written with Mike Scott of Waterboys fame, was named the #9 song of 2011 in the same poll.
Hans Ludvigsson: To learn more about this wonderful artist from Sweden, see http://www.hansludvigsson.net/