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Elvis 80: A Tribute to the King at Bay Street Theatre
January 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25
It’s Elvis’s 80th birthday celebration with live music by Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks and special guests including The Vendettas.
GENE CASEY formed the LONE SHARKS having moved to Long Island’s East End in 1988. The Lone Sharks became a mainstay in the late 1990s Hamptons music scene. Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks have shared billing and/or backed-up NRBQ, Link Wray, Sleepy LaBeef, Wanda Jackson, Bill Kirchen, Elvis Costello, the Who’s John Entwistle, The Highway QC’s and on one unforgettable night, TINY TIM. Several of Gene’s roots-drenched songs have been used on the soundtrack to television and feature film, including FX Network’s Justified and Sons of Anarchy; the 2012 thriller The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel, and the 2013 release The Killing Season starring Robert DeNiro. December 2012 brought the release of Gene and the band’s latest all-original CD, Untrained an album celebrating the roots of contemporary Americana with 12 original songs that evoke the romantic sweep of 60s pop, classic Country Western and the raw untamed spirit of early rock & roll. The “main men” joining Gene in the Lone Sharks are Chris Ripley, drums, Paul Scher, saxophone and Tony Palumbo, upright bass.
Jay “Jaybone” Janoski, guitarist and founder of THE VENDETTAS cut his musical teeth with local legends, The Hackensack Men and the Trenton Horns. While playing with that band for almost 15 years, he also played with The Vindicators, the hard blues band, The Mojo Rhythm Kings, and his own original Alternative Rock band, Collarbone. He has shared the stage with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, and Rick Derringer, as well as local heros like Frank Lattore, Lil’ Cliff Bernard, and Bobby Rondinelli. After leaving the Hackensack Men, Jay looked back on the material he had been playing and found that his favorites were the early Rock and Roll and Rockabilly numbers. He decided to put together a smaller band whose primary material would be drawn from early innovators like Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkens, and Johnny Cash, along with revivalists like The Blasters, The Reverend Horton Heat and Stray Cats. Jay and The Vendettas have been bringing Rockabilly and Roots Rock to Eastern Long Island for the last six years and are proud to play in this tribute to the King.