Peekskill band to open for Gin Blossoms at The Paramount

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    Joe Duraes & The Skills, based in Peekskill, will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

    This comes on the heels of Duraes’ successful debut performance at the Paramount’s Open-Mic Night last November, which he headlined with a 45-minute set of his original songs. The historic theater supports local bands, such as Joe Duraes & The Skills, and books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

    “I am thrilled that the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater asked us to open for Gin Blossoms,” Duraes said. “We’re big fans of their music and we look forward to supporting them with ours.”

    Ticket prices are $35 (Tier 2) and $45 (Tier 1). Tickets can be purchased, in advance or day-of-show, at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s box office and online at Joe Duraes

    About Joe Duraes
    Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley. He released his debut album “Ebb and Flow” on Nov. 26, 2013. On Sept. 1, 2015, Joe Duraes & The Skills released the single, “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” originally written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin in 1966 and made famous by The Monkees in 1967. Joe and his band currently perform live as “Joe Duraes & The Skills,” honoring their home-base of Peekskill. Duraes plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow up to “Ebb and Flow.”

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    About The Skills
    Steve Geller is a professional touring and recording bass player for the past 25 years. He is best-known for his work with former Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with includes original Beatles drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

    Rodman del Castillo, on lead guitar, got started in the early 90s on the NYC hardcore scene signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records. After several U.S. tours, Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend, Janice Robinson, to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

    Joe Politi has been playing drums for over 30 years. He studied with world-renowned drummer and teacher Mike Johnston. Politi joined “Joe Duraes & The Skills in April of 2015.