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The Lone Sharks

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The Lone Sharks
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:00 PM
The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
Lone Sharks: The Lone Sharks' first public performance was in the summer of 1988 at Burke's Roadhouse, North Sea, Southampton, NY, with GENE CASEY, singer and guitarist out of NY's latter-day punk/ new wave scene, college chum PHIL GIULIANO on guitar, DAVE DRISCOLL (Phil's then brother-in-law) on drums, and rock vet (and ex-and-current Bongos member) ROB NORRIS on electric bass. Immediately afterwards Gene's brother VINCENT CASEY took on bass duties and lent his vocal prowess and casual genius to the proceedings. The Lone Sharks quickly gained a foothold in the late 80s Hamptons music scene, when bars and bands were plentiful and audiences loyal and robust. A major addition came in the form of STAN MITCHELL (of New Zealand, member of the Drongos) taking over the drum chair in 1990. Stan's expertise and showmanship helped transform the band into a force to be reckoned with, culminating in 1995 with a residency at the legendary The Wild Rose Cafe. This roadside Bridgehampton night spot enjoyed several years of packed houses and great times and the Lone Sharks were at the center of it, maintaining a residency while appearing at other New York landmarks such as the Bottom Line, the Waldorf Astoria's ballroom, and aboard the USS Intrepid. By this time MIKE SACCOLITI on Fender bass, and ANDY BURTON, keyboardist, brought a new dimension to the Lone Sharks' sound. The band was able to conjure up swampy R&B and New Orleans vibes with the twangy wail of Gene's rockabilly-based guitar for hard-driving interpretations of vintage roots music. Stan Mitchell's departure for L.A. brought CHRIS RIPLEY to the fold, with a classic swing feel that characterized the band's next phase. As the millennium approached the Lone Sharks were the most popular band on the East End with two full-length CDs, "Fire. Theft & Casualty" and "Aqua Western" featuring original songs, "Swing, Baby Swing," "I Ain't Dead Yet" and "Dirty All the Time" (see the video at this website or at The next move was to bring in a full-time tenor saxophonist and Minnesota native PAUL SCHER was-and IS-the man. JOE LAURO, and later TONY PALUMBO, brought the big upright bass sound to the band's increasingly swinging style. 2005's "A Lone Sharks Six-Pack" featured classic rockabilly and R&B in addition to Gene's "Sherri on the Ferry" (dedicated to their Shelter Island fans), and the lilting ballad "Who's Sharing the Moon," later performed as a duet by Gene and local great, NANCY ATLAS in her recent live CD/DVD set. Two subsequent full-length CDs 2008's "What Happened" and 2009's "Rhtyhm & Twang" further the cause of all things Lone Sharks. In the course of maintaining their status as "Best of the Best" (Dan's Papers and Hamptons Magazine) the Lone Sharks have shared billing and/or backed-up NRBQ, LINK WRAY, SLEEPY LaBEEF, WANDA JACKSON, BILL KIRCHEN, the Who's JOHN ENTWISTLE, CAROLINE DOCTOROW, THE HIGHWAY QC's and on one unforgettable night, TINY TIM. Gene and the band are proud to part of a thriving live music scene with other bands such as ROY WILSON'S BUZZARDS, THE BLAGGARDS, MATTY LIOT's Big Up, MOONDOGS, RHYTHM BOUND, THE FOUND CATS, THE HORNETS and upstate's MARK GAMSJAGER & the LUSTRE KINGS


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