Long Live The Nerds at Joe Pop’s Shore Bar 



GEEK GODS: The group’s signature audio consists of stringing collectively unalike music to build funky mash-ups all their possess. ‘We never ever enjoy at the viewers – we play with the viewers,’ entrance man Jim ‘Spaz’ Garcia said. (Pictures by Ryan Morrill)
Fail to remember almost everything you uncovered in substantial school. Currently being a nerd thoroughly rocks.
The group geeked out when The Nerds, a beloved Jersey Shore rock deal with band, took the stage previous Wednesday night time at Joe Pop’s Shore Bar in Ship Base, as it has for many many years.
The Nerds’ famous lineup is Jim “Spaz” Garcia, vocals and bass Peter “Stretch” Oltmanns, guitar and vocals Mike “Mongo” Spiro, keyboard and vocals and Jack “Biff” Yocum, drums. Spiro signed on immediately after the band’s authentic keyboardist, Ed Casanovas, handed away in 1995, and the foursome has been with each other at any time because.
Garcia admitted he originally considered the band would final only for a couple several years at most, but soon after 36 a long time, he couldn’t be additional grateful to be executing, in particular through these unparalleled times.
“During the height of the pandemic, we were being feeling fairly hopeless about the long term of our band. We had to do all the things we could to continue to keep the band obvious and appropriate – a whole lot of Facebook submitting, e-mails, designing a new web-site. A bunch of bands disappeared, but we were being intelligent about it. We saved ourselves afloat until Might, but it was a long summer and winter season,” Garcia reported.
“We didn’t know how lots of golf equipment have been going to be open. So, during the winter season when we weren’t operating at all, we were being reserving like hellfire. Guess what? Each and every single a person of them opened back again up. We now have about 100 displays this summer months with just a handful of days off. It was type of like one of these previous Bugs Bunny commercials, ‘What are we undertaking?!”
Aside from reserving activities, the Nerds concentrated on staying balanced, because “Quarantine, Netflix and cupcakes can go a very long way,” Garcia joked.
Spiro described the band performed a number of digital demonstrates, but it was “horrible” in comparison to rocking out on stage.
“It was fundamentally rehearsing in entrance of cameras. And awful in the feeling that this isn’t the comprehensive circus, this is only a photograph of the circus. I have an applause track on just one of my keyboards, and we performed that at the end of tracks to fake there was an viewers with us,” he explained.
The band’s trademark search is made up of plaid shirts and mismatched plaid shorts, black-rimmed eyeglasses and worn-out sneakers in accurate, nerd-like manner. The presentation, the effectiveness and the new music make The Nerds just one of the most coveted functions in New Jersey.
The group’s signature seem requires stringing alongside one another unalike songs to make funky mash-ups all their have. Unexpected transitions hold the crowd entertained and guessing. The band normally takes inspiration from all artists and is generally listening and wanting for far more hit tunes to insert to its substantial repertoire.
“We under no circumstances enjoy at the audience – we perform with the audience, and how they are reacting. If we see they are genuinely into this emo groove, we will strike them with much more of this! Then we will move onto Neil Diamond or Barry White and keep them guessing. I imagine that is what persons like about us, the diversity,” Garcia reported.
With above 500 music in their at any time-escalating track financial institution, Garcia and Spiro defined, it is extremely hard to pick out which music is their preferred to play night time soon after evening.
“It relies upon on how the band is feeling, which method or temper we’re in. Often, we engage in ‘Mustang Sally,’ and the team is so dang great, and it is our favourite song of the night time. Then, we enjoy that similar track the subsequent night, and it is awful – but only to us,” Garcia explained.
When they are not undertaking, Garcia and Spiro have great hobbies to retain them occupied. In their spare time, Garcia enjoys riding his motorcycle and Spiro loves boating and focus on shooting.
Spiro has been dubbed  “the passionate one” of the band. He enjoys enjoy and shelling out time with his young ones.
“He’s the father of the 12 months. It’s disgusting,” Garcia joked.
Just about every of the men has a family members, and some have small children, also, but the band is its have minimal loved ones, as nicely.
“As a band, we regard absolutely everyone. I have a large amount of regard for Mike as a real relatives male. We are pretty fortunate for the reason that of the hours we get to do this, then commit the entire working day with our families. It’s a great equilibrium,” Garcia explained.
Wednesday nights at Joe Pop’s Shore Bar will be poppin’ for the rest of the summertime as The Nerds individual the stage each and every 7 days. Be there or be sq..
For a whole agenda of forthcoming reveals, visit the-nerds.com.
“We’re just incredibly energized to function once again this summertime. We’re happy to get back out there and complete, instead of being cooped up at residence. These to start with couple exhibits ended up like ‘WOW, there are persons dancing, seem at that,’” Spiro said.
— Sandra Weyant
 
Set Listing Snippet:
“Talk Filthy to Me,” Poison
“The Final Countdown,” Europe
“I Really like Rock n’ Roll,” Joan Jett
“My Very own Worst Enemy,” Lit
“The Anthem,” Great Charlotte
“Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night time),” Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
“In Da Club,” 50 Cent
“Play That Funky Tunes,” Wild Cherry

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