Ricky Blues Live @ Fulgum’s Bar & Grill on October 14th

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017

    Live Show w/ Ricky Blues Band

    10:00 pm

    FULGUM'S BAR & GRILL
    2151 Albany Post Rd
    Montrose, NY
    (914) 737-0172

    $5 Cover

RICKY BLUES RETURNS TO FULGUM’S BAR & GRILL

Ricky Blues Band returns to Fulgum’s Bar & Grill on October 14th with an evening of live music including blues, classic rock, and featuring a tribute to Pink Floyd.

RICKY BLUES BAND IS:

Ricky Blues: Vocals, Guitars
John Pax: Guitars, Vocals
Anthony Pax: Guitars, Percussion, Vocals
Dino Covelli: Keyboards, Vocals
Elmer Johnson: Bass Guitars
Greg Saracino: Drums & Percussion, Vocals

Sorry, But the Metro North is Not a Plutocracy

WARNING: This post has nothing to do with music, whatsoever. It is nothing more than a mere rant filled with profanity. I am writing this strictly to vent my daily frustrations with a very small group of assholes at my local Metro North station.

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Located on the Hudson River in Briarcliff Manor, NY, the Metro North Scarborough train station is a spectacular, gorgeous landmark. Standing on the platform, you almost get the sensation of being on an exotic cruise. With the gorgeous Hudson River calmly crashing on the Western shore, and the still waters of Kemey’s cove consuming much of the Eastern view, the whole experience is breathtaking.

At least, it is most of the time– that is, when a handful of entitled pricks aren’t trying to cut you down.

I’m a technical engineer. I work for a media company. I don’t have to wear a suit to work. This makes me happy, with the exception of the times when my lack of formal attire sends a message to a certain group of commuters that I am nothing more than a low-class plebeian, unsuitable to exist on on the platform of any trains traveling to or from the Metro North Scarborough train station.

Now before you think that I’m delusional, and perhaps even jealous of these borderline-sociopaths, I will be providing evidence that goes beyond the anecdotal or speculative kind.

"Drive Like An Asshole" Instructional Video

How many times do you think a different BMW (or similarly priced vehicle) can attempt to cut you off in a 500 foot stretch of road? Once? Twice? It’s quite a short roadway, but somehow on a daily basis we attempt to get cut off anywhere from 2-5 times. If you want to witness this for yourself, park your car anywhere at the Scarborough station between 5–7pm and watch what happens. Bring popcorn.

Occasionally, these impatient lunatics will inch towards the SIDE of our car– as in, outside of the laws of physics to allow them to cut in front of us, and then beep their horns at us, animatedly mouthing phrases like, “COME ON!!!!” and, “MOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!”

On one such occasion a BMW driver came so close to sideswiping our vehicle that it caused us to lock our brakes up and brace for impact. Unfortunately this led to us getting rear-ended by a Jitney behind us, whose driver was unable to react quickly enough to our emergency braking.

Now try, if you will, to imagine the following scenario: Your stopped vehicle gets jolted forward, accompanied with a very loud BANG; realizing you were very likely just rear-ended; taking off your seat belt; opening the car door, and immediately getting berated by a completely unrelated asshat who rolled down his window down to shout the following at you: “CAN YOU MOOOOOOOOVE-AH?!!”. This literally happened to me.

“NOOOOO!!” I fully extended my arm and pointed right at his face, “NOW ROLL YOUR WINDOW UP AND GIVE US A FUCKING MINUTE.” He looked terrified and confused, as if he was completely unfamiliar with the concept of the word “NO.”

I bet you can guess what type of car this jerk-off was driving…

BMW: The Ultimate Driving Machine For The Ultimate ToolI know, it sounds like I have a hatred for BMW drivers. I honestly don’t, but I will admit that my brain is starting to associate certain makes of car with this type of person thanks to this daily display of selfish, entitled behavior. I assure you that this rant is not specifically targeted to the Bavarian Motor Works company, or their loyal customers.

Needless to say, the fender-bender taught me that I am not alone in my observations of this Class War behavior going on at the Scarborough train station. The friendly Briarcliff Police officer who assisted us with our fender bender had quite a bit to say on the matter. He was not surprised that we were cut off, or rear-ended in the Scraborough parking lot, because he witnesses similar behavior each time a train lets out at rush hour.

“I’ve worked in some of the worst neighborhoods in New York, but I’ve never witnessed anything like these people. Not anywhere. Some of them are so entitled, they believe they have the right to plow others down just to be first out of the lot.”

This hits the nail right on the head. Who the hell do these people think they are?

“Move it, asshole.” This is how I was greeted by one of these pricks earlier this week.

It was 5:13pm at the lower level of Grand Central station. Pedestrian traffic was merging into a single-file line, leading to a staircase down to the platform where the 5:16pm train to Croton-Harmon was boarding. A group of people were just ahead of me moving slower than my normal pace. The woman directly in front of me lost her footing for a split second. I slowed down briefly, just to give her enough space to recover, as these words were spoken directly into the back of my head.

“Move it, asshole.”

Martin Shkreli's Punchable FaceI quickly snapped my head around, and was not entirely surprised at what I saw: A very sweaty, overweight man, in a very expensive suit, in a furious hurry to catch the same train I was about to board. He smugly gave me a half-assed grin, seemingly somehow proud of the fact that he’s a huge fucking asshole.

I immediately fantasized about knocking those visible teeth right out of his sweaty, punchable face and onto the staircase. Instead I took a deep breath, turned back around and boarded the train. I then watched as he practically shoved people out of his way so he could plant himself in the doorway of the last car.

Oh right, I know this guy– I’ve seen him before. He stands up for the entire 48-minute ride, obstructing the doorway at other stops just so he can be first to deboard the train at Scarborough. The moment those train doors open wide enough for him to squeeze through, he squirts himself out and chaotically sprints to his vehicle just to be the first to exit the Scarborough station parking lot.

I guess he must be really important. He must have a family, or something. Him and his family must be way more important than me, a jeans-and-sneaker-wearing peasant. So this brings me my point: The Metro North is NOT a plutocracy.

Wearing a suit does not entitle you to special treatment. WE PAY THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT FOR OUR MONTHLY TRAIN FAIR. Just because my outfit cost a fraction of yours, you have no right to attempt to subjugate me.

Outside of the four walls of your office you are nothing but just another human. You do not command any sort of authority, whatsoever.

You do not deserve any amount of assumed respect based on your clothing or material possessions.

I admire the confidence some of these people have. They truly seem to believe that they yield some sort of dominion over common folk. But it’s nothing more than a delusional day dream, carried over from whatever fleeting semblance of authority they may be graced with for a few hours each weekday.

Hey, “asshole”, here’s a quick newsflash for you:

You Have No Power Here - Meme

Seriously. Your expensive suit is essentially a meaningless Halloween costume outside of your office. It does not give you super powers. Also, please take a good look at yourself– you’re a filthy slob. That suit does absolutely nothing to hide your revolting appearance. You might want to consider sprinting all the way home from now on… it might help you shed a few pounds…

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Brewster’s First Relay for Life a Huge Success

“The Brewster Relay For Life committee held its first relay this past Saturday evening at Brewster High School. Over 250 participants spread amongst 25 teams walked or jogged the track for 6 hours to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer…

“…Entertainers included The Ricky Blues Band from Hawthorne, NY, The local group Absolute Zero, a group of high school friends who thrilled their following with songs from the likes of Journey, Ozzy Osbourne and others from the 80’s, 90’s and today…”

Check out the full story at HamletHub.com

Jake Live 6/16/2017 – Gramercy Ale House, NYC – NYFF Burn Center Foundation Fundraiser


  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation Fundraiser

    5:00pm – 8:00pm

    GRAMERCY ALE HOUSE
    272 3rd Ave
    New York, NY 10010-6313

    UPDATE: Start/End times have changed: 5–8pm!

    Spend happy hour with Jake And The Mountain Men in NYC, and for a good cause!

    • Donate $50 and get beer & house drinks between 5:30–9:00pm.
    • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FDNY Burn Center in the name of Firefighter Durrell Bronko Pearsall R-4 who made supreme sacrifice on September 11th, 2001.
    • Special guest Chef cooking Southern style BBQ!

Ricky Blues featuring The Monith All-Stars – Live @ Relay For Life in Brewster on 6/10/2017

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Live Show w/ Ricky Blues featuring The Monith All-Stars

    6:00 pm

    BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL
    50 Foggintown Rd
    Brewster, NY 10509
    (914) 397-8865

    Relay For Life is a grass roots, community-based, signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Please join Ricky Blues in Brewster on June 10th in bringing communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6–24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we. Relay For Life: Luminaria Ceremony Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal. The members of Ricky Blues Band (featuring the "Monith All-Stars") will be performing live in honor of the event.

Ricky Blues Band – Live @ Fulgum’s Bar & Grill in Montrose on 6/17/2017

Ricky Blues Band will return to Fulgum’s Bar & Grill on June 17th! Ricky Blues Band: Further On Up The Road… In Montrose 6/17/2017

“Are all these our guitars!?” –Ricky Blues

The last show at Fulgum’s was something special. Did you miss it? Download and listen to the recording! Don’t miss this one, you’ll want to be there to see the boys in action.

RICKY BLUES BAND IS:

  • Ricky Blues: Vocals, Guitars
  • Casey Carpenter: Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar
  • John Pax: Guitars, Vocals
  • Anthony Pax: Guitars, Percussion, Vocals
  • Dino Covelli: Keyboards, Vocals
  • Elmer Johnson: Bass Guitars
  • Greg Saracino: Drums & Percussion, Vocals
  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    Live Show w/ Ricky Blues Band

    8:30 pm

    FULGUM'S BAR & GRILL
    2151 Albany Post Rd
    Montrose, NY
    (914) 737-0172

    $5 Cover

Live Show w/ Ricky Blues Band 4/22/2017 – “You’re A Miracle: A Tribute To Rochelle Gambino”

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Live Show w/ Ricky Blues Band: "You're a Miracle: A Tribute to Rochelle Gambino"

    8:00 pm

    THE GRANDSTAND
    197 Grand St.
    Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520
    (914) 862-2204

    21+ ID Required
    $10 Suggested Donation

    9TH ANNUAL "YOU'RE A MIRACLE: A TRIBUTE TO ROCHELLE GAMBINO"

    This year's event will be held at The Grandstand in Croton-On-Hudson April 22–23. All proceeds go to the Memorial Music Award at Croton-Harmon High School.

    Saturday April 22nd, 6–11pm
    Sunday April 23rd, 1–6pm

    Ricky Blues Band is scheduled to go on at 8pm, Saturday April 22nd.

    50/50 Raffle Tickets, Live Music, Food & Drinks Available. For more information contact Jackie Bufi at (914) 497-1284.

    View the Facebook event

    RICKY BLUES BAND IS:

    • Ricky Blues: Vocals, Guitar
    • John Pax: Guitar, Vocals
    • Dino Covelli: Keyboards, Vocals
    • Elmer Johnson: Bass
    • Greg Saracino: Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Ricky Blues Live @ Fulgum’s Bar & Grill in Montrose, NY on March 11

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Ricky Blues Band

    8:30 pm

    Fulgum’s Bar & Grill
    2151 Albany Post Rd
    Montrose, NY
    (914) 737-0172

    $5 Cover

RICKY BLUES RETURNS WITH MORE BLUES AND PINK FLOYD

Ricky Blues Band returns to Fulgum’s Bar & Grill on March 11th with an evening of live music including blues, classic rock, and featuring a tribute to Pink Floyd. The weather is warming up, so there really is no excuse good enough. Come out for dinner, drinks, and entertainment. You won’t want to miss this one.

Ricky Blues Band performs live at Toni and Anthony Pax’s wedding in New Rochelle, NY on 10/15/2016.

RICKY BLUES BAND IS:

Ricky Blues: Vocals, Guitars
John Pax: Guitars, Vocals
Anthony Pax: Guitars, Percussion, Vocals
Dino Covelli: Keyboards, Lap Steel, Vocals
Elmer Johnson: Bass Guitars
Greg Saracino: Drums & Percussion, Vocals

Gramercy Ale House 11/25/2016 – Post-Mortem

Just before the holidays back in November, our friends over at the Gramercy Ale House in New York City had a challenging situation on their hands: Their live music entertainment for a holiday event dropped out at the last minute. The event was intended to be a fundraiser, hoping to raise money for a family-in-need for the holidays. They did what any venue in need of awesome live music would do: They called the Jakephone.

A live show on Black Friday? Could Jake even make it into the city with thousands of frenzied consumerists road raging in their SUVs? Would the anti-consumerists dare leave their pajama-party Netflix binge-fests to get dressed and pay money just to see a cover band in a pub? Were some of us hyper-focused, borderline obsessed, with consumerism?

Probably. Who cares. Chalk that up to a heavy rotation of Peanuts holiday specials if you must.

We thought it over briefly and decided to go for it; it was for a good cause, it would probably be a lot of fun, and if nobody showed up we could say we got paid for rehearsing in a cool NYC venue.

If you’ve had the pleasure of frequenting the establishment, you may be thinking “where the hell can they fit a live band in here?” This was Scotty’s exact thought when he scouted out the place. We’d have to do it acoustic, with minimal percussion, and no effects pedals.

WHAT?! NO PEDALS?!! Yeah right; I’m using artistic license here. OF COURSE we made room for pedals! Duh. I digress…

https://www.jakeandthemountainmen.com/live-photos-from-gramercy-ale-house-11-25-2016

Monith assembled a “light” drum kit consisting of an electronic kick drum, a home-made snare drum, and a makeshift cymbal stand with everything but the kitchen sink attached to it. Staying true to the tradition of Jake irony, it turns out that in hindsight the electronic kick drum has a larger footprint than its acoustic counterpart. Not only that, but it’s a pain in the ass- the rigging of all the wires and pedals caused Monith to injure his hand just minutes before we went live.

With that minor setback aside, the band took the “stage” and tore the flippin’ house down. Folks came up and sang with the band, people danced all night, folks shouted non-stop requests, drunkards stole the band’s jalapeño poppers– just your typical night out in a NYC pub. We even played songs we had never rehearsed or, in some cases, ever heard before- although this is really nothing new for us. There were even a few “Jake and the Moon Men” moments when Dáithí O’Coire (Dave Kerry) from Moonspank got up and sang a few covers, and even an original tune with Jake.

The good news is that not only did we have a blast, but a normally fickle NYC crowd of (mostly) strangers begged us for more and more. After four encores, we decided to call it a night. At this point in time, most of us have young children at home that don’t care how late we were up the night before when the have a pressing urge to break their fast with a heaping bowl of sugary cereal.

Our long-time friend and fan Drew Podwal made it to the show with his camera and his amazing eye. Thanks for the photos, Drew! We owe you a beer.

Set 1
Life On a Chain
No Excuses
Midnight Rider
Santeria
You Wreck Me
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding
Just Like Heaven
And It Stoned Me
I Wanna Be (500 Miles) (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
Beds Are Burning (feat. Moonspank)
My Best Friend’s Girl
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Mama Tried
Dark Hollow
All Along the Watchtower

Set 2
Handle With Care (feat. Paul Fischetti)
Brown Eyed Girl (feat. Paul Fischetti)
The Man Who Sold the World
Radio Radio
Just What I Needed
Blue Christmas
Low
Rain King
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)/Another One Bites the Dust [Medley] (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
Friends in Low Places (feat. Mike Meyers)
Hey Ya
Laid (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
With or Without You/Under Pressure/So Lonely [Medley] (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
Alright (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)
Africa
867-5309/Jenny

Encores
Blister in the Sun
Jesse’s Girl
Suspicious Minds
Don’t You (Forget About Me) (feat. Dáithí O’Coire)

Jake to the Nineties: Post-Mortem

Great Scott! Jake has returned safely to the year 2016! Thank you to those of you who traveled back in time with us to the late 1990s as we all had an opportunity re-live an historic Jake lineup and set list.

Did Jake create an alternative timeline?
Did Jake accidentally create an alternative timeline? Was anyone actually ready for Marty McFly’s guitar solo at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance? Can we possibly milk this movie reference any further?

To say the show was both fun and successful would be a profound understatement. Jake owes each and every one of you a huge thanks for making it out to Tom & Jerry’s, and is relieved to hear that all traversed home safely during the insane weather that finished off the evening. Attendance was at an all-time high, and spirits followed suit. Jake is not the few of us on stage, but the collection of all of us together. Thank you, everyone.

Check out the Jake and the Mountain Men web site to take a peek at some photos, and stop by the Bootlegs page on to listen along.

And now, we send Jake to the Future!

Set 1
The Boys Are Back in Town
Santeria
You Wreck Me
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding
Just Like Heaven
Hurts So Good
What I Am
Torn
Walking On Sunshine
Time/Breathe Reprise
All Along the Watchtower
Synchronicity II

Set 2
Shimmer
You May Be Right
Just What I Needed
Low
Revolution
Rain King
Just a Girl
These Are Days
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Africa
Alive
Up On Cripple Creek
Brian Wilson
Blister in the Sun
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
867-5309/Jenny

Encores
Suspicious Minds
Better Man
Life On a Chain
Message in a Bottle