Supplied by Max DeGregorio '22
There is lots of young local talent waiting to be found in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area.
One of these bands is a Pink Floyd tribute band known as Us and Them. This faithful tribute comprises of Maxx DeGregorio on lead guitar and lead vocals, Grace Halter on lead vocals and bass, Charlie Bove on rhythm/lead guitar and backing vocals, Nick Cianfrani on keys and backing vocals, and Carson Reuter on the drums. Both DeGregorio and Cianfrani are seniors at Eastern.
DeGregorio has been chasing his dream since the age of seven, and he’s finally making it come true. However, there is a compromise.
“Once I got the opportunity to do what I love and get paid, I started to move high school to the back burner. It took a while for me to start to be able to balance my social life, multiple bands, and my education. Still to this day, after multiple years, I find myself having to make compromises with my education in order to keep my dream alive,” he said.
The band has played in venues such as the Stone Pony, Hard Rock Café, World Café Live, The Laughing Fox Tavern, The Crown at the Queen Theater, and The Bitter End.
Another local rock band is Sugar Rush Rocks, which covers a wide variety of material from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The band features Bibi Valdes on lead vocals, Michael Sebastian on guitar, Grace Halter (also from Us and Them) on bass, and RJ Hill on drums. This band has established a significant following in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area, and has played at impressive venues such as Dobbs on South and Trocadero Theatre. Most recently, they played at Geets Diner & Bar in Williamstown.
Another band that has played at The Laughing Fox was a trio called Banned For A Day, composed of Josh Greeno, Thomas Greco, and Georgie McNelia. Each member occasionally swaps instruments depending on the song. They play a wide variety of songs from bands like Van Halen, Rush, Greta Van Fleet, etc. They are slowly gaining a following.
Last but not least, a band called Wring Me Out is wringing out the ears of their fans. These “rowdy teenage noisemakers” are Cole Clark on lead vocals and guitar, Aidan Kehoe on lead guitar, Ellie Taube on vocals and bass, and Derek Mosetter on the drums. Their latest show was at Thomas Murphy’s Pub on February 26th at 4:00pm. They will also be one of the bands featuring in the One Giant Leap showcase at the Anchor Rock Club on March 12th. Tickets are now available on their website.