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HOWARD PARKER - SONG SUPPLIER

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist HP is living proof that the Bayou can inspire a musical state of mind that reaches beyond the boundaries of N'awlins out to every corner of Americana.  Together with his Hot Take-out Band HP celebrates Zydeco, Blues, Folk & Bluegrass with one voice through his songs as well as eclectic covers.  

Over the years he has performed in NYC at CBGB's, Kenny's Castaways,The Bitter End,Terra Blues, Manny's Carwash and The Bottom Line. Jersey venues include The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival,The Wonder Bar (LOD), Beach Bar, Trinity & The Pope,Asbury Park Yacht Club, Blue Moon Saloon, The Ark, Bernies Roadside,Gladstone Tavern, Jon & Peters (NHPA), Triumph Brewery....and many more!  

STEVE "O" NELSON - SPICERACK

Used to work @ Nawlins very own Tippatina's!! Steve "O" formerly of SWAMPADELICA is the creator of the "Percussion Board". Has played with THe Neville Brothers, Subdudes, Radiators, Phish, Zachary Richard,and many others. A dynamic frontman and songwriter who can put a cajon spell on the audience at will. His classic edgy vocals will melt the ice in your drink.

BRUCE GASSMAN - Accordion God!

Accordion 2 BRUCE -his love for the squeeze box began at age 9 and by the time he was 12 earned his first guest appearance as a soloist with a symphony orchestra! Having won The National Boys Club of America Music Scholarship Award he studied with Maestro Joseph Biviano of NYC.

At 15 Bruce became the youngest member of The Accordion Symphony Society of NY performing with the immortal Charles Magnante at The Singer Bowl at the New York Worlds Fair.

As his facial hair began to come in he toured the mid-western US with The Escorts and Doc & The MD's.  When he returned to Jersey his hands and feet slipped into a Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes rippin up the Jersey Shore rock scene at many area clubs including The Pandemonium, The Student Prince and The Upstage...jammin with heroes James Cotton & BB King as well as then locals Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny.

After taking important time off to raise a family...fast forward to 2008.  Bruce became the first Accordionist ever to perform with Holiday Express; a group of 100 professional musicians and 1500 volunteers who from Thanksgiving till Christmas bring the gift of human kindness to those less fortunate.

After Hurricane Sandy Bruce was a guest performer at "The Restore The Shore" benefit concert, the official charity formed by Nj Governor Chris Christie to help those in need.

In 2013 Bruce joined HP & His Hot Take-out Band bringing every color of his musical rainbow with him.  We are proud to call him our brother & friend both on and off the road. 

MILTMON - Groove Guru

The MILTMON (Milt Januse), the Guru of the Groove for many. Milt has lent his grooves to such notables as Kinky Friedman, Suzanne Vega and The Night Tripper himself, Dr John. Milt's extensive career has taken him all over the map touring Bermuda, Hawaii, Japan, Australia and his all time favorite New Orleans. Milt studied at the altar of Jazz great Joe Morello. Milt's sound is built on a very unique combination of instruments that were made in the far away places his musical life has taken him, Cajons and Djembes from Central and South America, Klong Yau, windchimes, exotic tambourines and shakers from the orient as well as the bayou. You can't miss the strong N'awlins influence! One thing is fo sure, Miltmon has plenty of gris gris to go around!

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