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Updated: 01/11/2018 08:30:02AM

Can’t keep a good band down

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The Joey Tenuto Band performs on stage. From left; Ronnie Hill, Joey Tenuto, Mike Loschiavo and Joe Tenuto.

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Ronnie Hill, left, and Joey Tenuto.

By MELISSA MAIN

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Less than two months after having triple bypass open heart surgery, Joe Tenuto, founding member of The Joey Tenuto Band, sang blues and rock ‘n’ roll music at the American Legion in Lake Placid with his son Joey, the lead vocalist. In November, 2017, Joe Tenuto went to the hospital because his foot was hurting, but doctors discovered blockages and atrial fibrillation, along with a broken foot. As soon as he was released from the hospital, Joe Tenuto began playing alongside his son again. However, this time he had to rock the stage in a chair due to his broken foot.

Joe Tenuto founded the band in 1980, and his son Joey Tenuto Jr. started playing with his father when he was just 3 years old. He officially joined the band when he was 5 years old.

“All I ever wanted to do was play music,” said Tenuto Jr. “When I was a kid, I would picture myself with long hair and playing with a band on a stage.”

That dream came true for the two Tenutos who perform full-time, playing their combination of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues music to audiences from Florida to Canada. According to Joey Tenuto Jr., “no gig is too far” for the Chicago natives who now call West Palm Beach home.

A signature move for Joey Tenuto Jr. is to play his guitar behind his back, rocking and jamming and never missing a beat. Ronnie Hill, just 14 years old, plays bass guitar and has the skill of a much older performer. Mike Loschiavo’s fiery drum playing is at its finest while performing rock ‘n’ roll hits. For someone who has recently undergone open heart surgery,

Joe Tenuto belts out rock songs with surprising strength. He also calls the songs, interacts with the crowd, and introduces the band members.

The Joey Tenuto Band plays a wide range of music from Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man” to Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” However, Joey Tenuto Jr.’s favorite song to sing is “I Know You Rider” by Grateful Dead.

The two Tenutos live up to their Italian name which means “a note or chord held or sustained to the fullest value.”

The band will be touring Chicago and then traveling up to Canada beginning in April. They are regulars at Dock 633 in Lake Placid. For more information about booking the band, email thejoetenutoband@gmail.com.




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