June 23, 2021
By Eric Englund
TWANGING AT THE GAZEBO: (From still left) Maria and Paul Petrone and Joe Zavacki will carry out classic bluegrass and region tunes as Custom made Mix just about every Thursday evening. (Image by Ryan Morrill)
If you like your audio unplugged and rootsy, cease by the downtown gazebo in Barnegat Township on Thursday evenings to listen to Personalized Mix complete bluegrass and country tunes.
The group, which plays from 7 to 9 p.m., is composed of a Barnegat couple, Paul and Maria Petrone, and Joe Zavacki of Brick Township. Paul plays guitar, banjo and fiddle his wife and Zavacki enjoy mandolin and guitar, respectively.
Customized Blend’s in depth repertoire includes “Folsom Prison Blues,” “16 Tons,” “Four Walls,” “Wagon Wheel” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” They also like putting a region twist on pop hits which includes “Can’t Aid Slipping in Really like,” “King of the Road,” “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Wonderful Tonight.”
Team customers once in a while relate the stories at the rear of the tracks.
“The 3 of us are retired, so we have a good deal of time to follow and operate on new songs,” reported Maria Petrone. “At our concerts, we like to be more casual and interact with the viewers. We choose requests. The 3 of us found that we play effectively collectively, and we want to share that exciting with some others.”
Custom made Mix also performs after a thirty day period at the Albert Music Hall in Waretown. In reality, the a few achieved jamming alongside one another at the audio venue’s pickin’ lose.
“In Barnegat, they can pull up a lawn chair, kick back and listen to us,” explained Paul Petrone. “People are also welcome to sing together with us, and some people like to get up and dance. Most of all, we want to have fun participating in and also want the viewers to have exciting with us.” —E.E.