Ty Mares Trio Lights Up LBI

SHRED THE GNAR: The Ty Mares Trio speedily created them selves known for their limited pocket groove and sweet harmonies. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
On Saturday evening, Very long Beach front Islanders braved 40-degree temps to warm up on the Kubel’s Far too patio with fine food, libations and music.
Building its debut that extremely night, the Ty Mares Trio – consisting of Mares, Tommy Allen Jr. and Matt Hillblom – eased into the night with John Mayer’s heartfelt strike “Daughters.” They created the mood, grooving into a selection of figures, touching into option rock, blues and whole-on jam, ahead of Mares unleashed a warmly gained original, “Still Breathing,” ahead of the viewers.
At first from Colorado but now residing in Small Egg Harbor, Mares will act as the trio’s frontman. Outdoors of the Ty Mares Band, he has been regarded for his work with the Jimmy Brogan Band and numerous duos and trios all about the Jersey Shore. The musician examined at Berklee Faculty of New music and afterwards took his skills to Memphis, in which he attempted his grit towards aged-faculty blues masters. His major influences have been Mayer, Cold Perform, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, created evident via his colourful solos.
Obtaining developed up in a armed service family, Mares has traveled all more than the country, which he has credited for his adaptability and do the job ethic. Those people two characteristics have served him properly in the yr of COVID-19.
In the course of a July interview with The SandPaper, Mares shared that his latest mission is to have his
Let THE Very good Periods ROLL: It’s evident that the Ty Mares Trio jams from the coronary heart. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
individual voice be read. Though his audience appreciates his versatile showmanship, he stated he needs to crack away from becoming pigeon-holed as a likeness to John Mayer or Dave Matthews. He has put in the quieter times of the pandemic refining his overall performance, as perfectly as rehearsing and recording primary perform with the help of his pals.
The trio is a collaborative improvisation between near friendships born out of pandemic limitations, as total band performances were generally not practical or monetarily possible. Ensembles were pared down, forcing new collaborations among the good friends inside of the nearby sector, who have made the most of it by sharing gigs and paying down-time jamming.
New Gretna native Tommy Allen Jr. is pursuing the legacy of his father, Tommy Allen, who fronted the Tommy Allen Band for various decades prior to handing the title off to his son. Allen Jr. founded the 2nd generation’s Tommy Allen Band, a modest trio for which he is an abnormal frontman… singing from atop his cajon with the accompaniment of a guitarist and bassist.
Allen Jr.’s rich harmonies make him a excellent enhance to Mares. He astonished the audience about four quantities in, once they expected to hear only from Mares, throttling into a large-handed harmony on the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree.” He afterwards took lead on “One Way Out” by the Allman Brothers, and in the course of the last set, conjured a tsunami of applause with a roaring overall performance of the Police’s “Message in a Bottle.” As Mares explained, “He’s a organic tenor, and he can hit notes that so several cannot … and he’s bought a killer backbeat.”
Songs was an integral component of Allen Jr.’s household everyday living rising up, currently being at the heart of their religion. “My dad was the worship chief at church,” he explained. “My sisters, mom and dad would sing, and I would enjoy the cajon and back again them up on vocals. That’s how I learned how to harmonize.”
P.B. ‘N’ JAM: K2 patrons warmed up on Saturday night to the toasty jams presented by the Ty Mares Trio. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
His most important musical inspirations are Lowell George of Very little Feat, Gregg Allman, and Doug Gray of the Marshall Tucker Band.
Nevertheless Allen Jr. is only 21 decades previous, he has generally been a pure performer. He was a Pinelands Regional Significant Faculty baseball athlete and thespian. All through his theater days, the young actor won the Governor’s Award for Remarkable Pairs and second-place award for Greatest Comedic Monologue. He played a direct function in the “Rock of Ages” creation, as effectively as Sir Robin in the Monty Python musical, “Spamalot.”
Allen Jr. has only just started his musical career. Final 12 months he returned residence from faculty and volunteered to carry out for Mickey’s Port of Get in touch with Pub through the Pinelands Regional baseball fundraiser. “We form of just threw it together,” he reported. “We were attempting to appear up with a amazing name, but Mickey’s just begun calling us the Tommy Allen Band, and it type of just trapped.”
In addition to the Tommy Allen Band, Allen Jr. has invested the calendar year floating around, sitting down in with many preparations, these types of as Destinee Monroe and Jimmy Brogan. He has also invested time practising guitar and writing primary operate, some of which he is recording with the Ty Mares Trio.
“There’s often consideration about me,” he mentioned, suggesting that, at times, his desire is to sit again and simply jam. “It’s awesome backing Ty up and complementing him as much as doable.” He attempted to explain the instinct of the trio’s bassist: “And Matt’s just, like …” to which Mares accomplished his sentence “He’s silly very good, is not he?!”
Matt Hillblom, a Southern Regional graduate now residing in Minimal Egg Harbor, is the finishing element to the ensemble, laying down the foundation on bass. Numerous locals don’t forget being taught by his mom, Kathy Hillblom, who “taught basically every little thing at Southern.” Hillblom could not proceed interviewing without the need of also acknowledging his father and Vietnam War veteran, Jerrol Hillblom. “My mom and dad were being pretty supportive of my songs,” he said. “They often attended any celebration they could.”
Hillblom began his songs job in 2003 as a baritone for Southern Regional. “Mr. (Tom) Murphy recommended me to be part of jazz band,” he spelled out. “So I played baritone in jazz, which is the most uncommon, hilarious matter.”
When in jazz band, Hillblom was exposed to Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia,” which opens with a solo bass line. “When I listened to my pal Pete Machotka participate in that bass line, I realized I wanted to choose up the bass.” Serendipitously, he before long soon after purchased a Squire bass, mistaking it for a guitar. It was a error he did not regret.
Hillblom cited Scott Lafaro, Cream, Jethro Tull and the Purple Incredibly hot Chili Peppers as major resources of inspiration. “I would participate in the Chili Peppers’ unique album. No a person ever listens to the self-titled album. I played to the album around and over again. Which is how I realized to slap bass.”
Nonetheless, the inimitable bassist has transcended the simplistic, stereotypical slapping design involved with bass. He has an intuitive ear and not only lays the groundwork, but also riffs off his counterparts, producing sophisticated, jazzy melodies to fill the negative room. This can be attributed to his teaching in classical, jazz and medieval new music.
For yrs, Hillblom studied beneath Tim Cotov, who examined medieval audio. “His classes were being remarkable,” he claimed. Cotov would transcribe solos from Product, Jethro Tull, Van Halen, Iron Maiden “and other definitely out-there bands,” explained Hillblom, who would utilize his sight examining ability and participate in to the albums. He experienced the one of a kind opportunity to enjoy with Tim and Nick Cotov, opening generally for Blackmore’s Evening, which was the Renaissance people rock group of Ritchie Blackmore, who is recognised for his work with Deep Purple.
When pal and schoolmate Matt McAndrew debuted Other People today, Hillblom obtained a duplicate of his album, took it house and recorded bass on it. “I gave it back to him and mentioned, ‘This is what your album need to audio like with bass on it.’” He laughed. “I left him a information the evening right before to notify him what I was executing and I was so nervous, I was stuttering.”
Hillblom would vacation from William Paterson University, in which he examined sound engineering and jazz effectiveness, down to LBI every single solitary weekend to rehearse with McAndrew and Richard Alden in what they termed “The Pink Home.” (Significant Pink arrives to thoughts, which was the dwelling in Woodstock where lots of affluent folk and jam artists in the ’60s recorded). The trio termed them selves Hollow Shoulder, which was a nod to Jim Morrison of The Doorways. After McAndrew concluded as runner-up with Adam Levine’s staff on NBC’s “The Voice,” Hillblom toured nationally with McAndrew’s band.
Hillblom recalled enduring a hard melancholy for the subsequent few several years. “When you go from opening up for Maroon 5 to operating seem for a seashore dive, you ponder if you have presently peaked.” He had not played music for about a few yrs when he fulfilled Mares and, soon right after, joined his band. “Ty sparked a resurgence in me with tunes,” he said gratefully.
For the last several many years, Hillblom has produced his dwelling as a experienced seem engineer for the Tricky Rock On line casino in Atlantic City. On the other hand, he and quite a few many others keep on being on hiatus, waiting for the day when it is risk-free for venues to reopen at comprehensive capability. Right until then, he is biding his time and keeping imaginative with Mares and Allen Jr., equally on phase and in the studio.
“I like the trio. It would make feeling to me, and it is a wonderful mix,” reported Hillblom. He has played in trios his whole life, explaining it gives him the chance to fill the gaps with intricacies. “I like Tommy’s perception of groove. He has a pretty excellent pocket truly feel.” He ongoing, “I like that both Tommy and Ty do their have detail outside this trio, so they have their individual style and a good deal of encounter. And now we have two individuals who sing, and I’m not a person of them, so that’s wonderful,” he joked.
Every band member’s distinctive affect and knowledge arrived into participate in as they traversed almost just about every style, having a new twist on each and every hit. For instance, John Mayer’s “Good Adore On the Way” took a funky segue into the Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain.” They carried out a bass-heavy “Dreams,” by Fleetwood Mac, which was so tight in the groove and harmonies, Mares’ guitar was simply a melodic embellishment. Their performance of Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as with so several other numbers, took on a complete new lifestyle with Hillblom’s deep, dim bass crack.
“We’re all just heading with the move ideal now,” reported Allen Jr. when asked about his greatest purpose. “My lifelong aspiration? I really don’t know what it is, but regardless of what it is, I want to be delighted.” His bandmates nodded in agreement.
Patrons held fast to their large tops right until the very last note, and even begged for an encore irrespective of the frigid really feel in the air. Most likely new music definitely is medication, just after all.
— Monique M. Demopoulos

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