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New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

By Bob Beucler

originally published: 08/22/2017

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

The Silverhounds returned to Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen, NJ on August 16th, 2017 with their tight and pounding thrash-a-billy.  This trio of talented players has no weak links: all three members are killer musicians and showmen. 

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

Frontman Daniel Pena attacks his upright bass with a fury while handling lead vocals.  While Pena is out front, guitarist Derek Malunow stays a little more in the background as he prowls the stage with his various V guitars, letting his fingers do the talking. 

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

His love of thrash metal like Pantera is what sets The Silverhounds apart from the more typical punk-a-billy.  Same with drummer Joe DeLuca, whose syncopated double-bass drum patterns and precise backbeat are pure thrash.  It’s fun watching The Silverhounds win over everyone in the room and make new fans with each show.

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

The SilverhoundsDaniel Pena (upright bass, lead vocals), Derek Malunow (guitars, vocals), Joe DeLuca (drums).  

The Silverhounds shared the bill with The Koffin Kats from Detroit, MI. With close to ten albums and a strong national following, The Koffin Kats brought their own fans to Roxy & Dukes, and their blend of power psychobilly/punk-a-billy didn’t disappoint. 

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

The Koffin Kats tour relentlessly and it’s apparent in their stage show; they were super tight and a lot of fun.  Also a three-piece band, The Koffin Kats are upright bassist/vocalist Vic Victor, guitarist Tommy Koffin and drummer Eric “E Ball” Walls.  Victor used his upright bass to full visual appeal, tossing it around above his head like a ragdoll even while playing it. 

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse



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Tommy Koffin’s guitar work and Eric Walls’ drumming bring the punk: economical, tasteful and full of attitude. 

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

You can follow The Koffin Kats on Facebook, but according to their website, “the band likes to keep it ‘old school’ and suggests you check out their website at www.koffinkatsrock.com for all official information on news and tours.’

The Koffin Kats - Vic Victor (upright bass, lead vocals), Tommy Koffin (guitars, vocals), Eric Walls (drums, vocals).

New Jersey Notes: The Silverhounds and The Koffin Kats, Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse

Text & photos: Bob Beucler, www.BobBeucler.com

Bob Beucler is a lifelong a musician and fan of rock photography who lives in central New Jersey.  You can see more of his photography at www.BobBeucler.com.





50 Years of Cream Comes to Count Basie Theatre
"It's going over really well I think," says Will Johns of Cream. "We've got a really nice range of age groups coming to the shows and a lot of young guitar players as well; which is really great to see; every young guitar player that I know plays that riff from, "Sunshine of Your Love." 
Outpost in the Burbs presents The Lone Bellow
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) --  Outpost in the Burbs presents The Lone Bellow with opener Naia Izumi on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00pm. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue.
Art of Sound presents Lindsey Webster
(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- The Art of Sound presents Lindsey Webster on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm as part of their much-applauded "Unplugged" series.  Webster, a truly sultry and soulful, young singer/composer, who has scored two Billboard #1’s on the Contemporary Jazz Chart, is the first vocalist in the Contemporary Jazz format to garner a #1 since the iconic SADE! 
Hope 10 - The Final Hope Concert To Take Place On December 23
(RED BANK, NJ) -- Musician, bandleader and community icon Bobby Bandiera and the Count Basie Center for the Arts have announced details for HOPE 10 – THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT. The annual charity concert, which has raised millions for area community organizations, will take place at the Basie Center on Sunday, December 23. Tickets range from $50 to $500.
Mayo Presents Puddles Pity Party
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Puddles Pity Party -- The "Sad Clown with the Golden Voice" -- comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex!  Puddles Pity Party performs on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $35-$55.


Cliffside Park, NJ Celebrates "Cousin Bruce Morrow Day!"
A crowd of local residents and dignitaries gathers outside Public School #6 in Cliffside, NJ on this beautiful fall evening. They are all awaiting the arrival of the “man of the hour” — celebrated radio DJ Bruce Morrow — since Mayor Thomas Calabrese has proclaimed today, October 5, 2018, “Cousin Bruce Morrow Day!”
Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
The audience is already in place this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for a special “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon” performance by Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet entitled The Hot Banjo Show!
Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens at The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center
Interviews with Pat Houston, President of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Bob Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the Grammy Museum
"Very Happy!" The Buckinghams and Cowsills Star in Cousin Brucie's Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2 LIVE!
Fall is in the air at Homdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center this Friday, September 28, 2018 evening as thousands of ’60s music lovers ready themselves forCousin Brucie’s Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2! The show — produced by Cousin Brucie, along with Rob Albanese and the Garden State Arts Center Foundation — features four fab acts from the 1960s: The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, and The Orlons!
“Brilliant!” The Young Dubliners LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
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Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


MUSIC

DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm







DANCE

DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


FILM

A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


KIDS

Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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