Joey D, Johnny B. Keep Popular Oldies Band Alive

NOW THERE ARE TWO: Joey D. Schrull (remaining) and John Bishop are local crowd pleasers that includes their energetic choices of doo-wop, soul, R&B, pop, disco and additional. (Supplied Picture)
The threesome that produced up Joey D’s Rockin’ Oldies Band is now a twosome. But that has not at all stopped the band from enjoying neighborhood gigs with their bash-design and style repertoire of doo-wop, Motown, R&B, pop, disco and more.
At the stop of past 12 months, guitarist Bobby Warren departed from the group, leaving drummer Joey D. (Joseph D. Schrull) and guide vocalist John Bishop to carry on. Hence the group’s new name: Joey D – Johnny B – Rockin’ Oldies Band. In between the two of them, they have far more than 100 a long time of performing expertise.
“We’re chaotic as at any time,” mentioned Bishop. “We have far more than 100 bookings by now.”
Two of their preferred spots are the American Legion Put up in Little Egg Harbor, where they complete Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and the Gateway in Ship Bottom, in which their appearances will increase after the weather conditions starts warming up.
“You can see us at Beach front Haven Moose (in Manahawkin), the American Legion in Toms River and Barnegat, the summer season concert events at the Barnegat docks and the Knights of Columbus in Delran,” claimed Bishop. “We’ve also absent to numerous 55-and-up communities, non-public get-togethers and marriage anniversaries.”
Schrull claimed the group has an stock of 300 tracks, with several of them remaining doo-wop era favorites produced common by Dion and the Belmonts, the Drifters, the Duprees, the 5 Satins, the Crests and the Del-Vikings, to name just a couple.
“But we have expanded to include Motown favorites by the Spinners, Temptations, Chi-Lites, Stylistics and Earth Wind and Hearth,” he mentioned. “There are also some disco hits by this sort of groups as KC and the Sunshine Band and the Trammps. It is tunes individuals appreciate to dance to. That’s what we’re all about, obtaining exciting.”
He extra, “Last year, it was specifically fun to accomplish because in 2020, bands could not do everything because of the strict pandemic suggestions. We only did a couple of out of doors demonstrates that yr.”
One particular additional the latest strike that became a group-pleaser is “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.
“A ton of the more mature persons exercising to that a person, so they know the tune,” reported Bishop. “They seriously like that one. That genuinely receives them shifting.”
They even have their very own first music, “Take It Household.”
“We’ve even additional a tiny state,” stated Bishop. “As a band, it’s always fantastic to update the track list, knowing what the men and women want to hear when they occur out to one of our exhibits.”
To check the band’s agenda, go to its Facebook website page at Joey D – Johnny B – Rockin’ Oldies Band.  —E.E.

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