NASTY HABITS is a six-piece band dedicated to recreating and interpreting the best of five decades’ worth of classic rock ‘n’ roll. From Elvis Presley and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, from Bruce Springsteen to David Bowie, NASTY HABITS has it covered.
For the past eight years, the sextet has thrilled and delighted local rock fans with high-energy performances that offer a level of individual and ensemble musicianship seldom heard on the local “cover band” circuit. That they have opened for the likes of Little Feat and Roseanne Barr (at Atlantic City’s famed House of Blues) and Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone (at Pennsauken N.J.’s Cooper River Park) is proof that NASTY HABITS is more than just another bar band.
NASTY HABITS is fronted by singer-guitarist Dave J., whose vocal versatility allows the group to perform cover songs by such disparate artists as The Grateful Dead, Police, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Santana and The Temptations with equal aplomb.
A fixture on the Delaware Valley club scene for many years, Dave has played in a number of bands, and is in demand as a solo act; he has gigged regularly at such venues as the Coffeeworks in Voorhees, the Pontiac Grille on Philadelphia South Street and Harper’s Pub in Clementon.
Dave’s behind-the-scene experience includes being a founding staff member of Philadelphia’s Ruffhouse Records, home of Lauryn Hill and the Fugees.
Helping set NASTY HABITS apart from the clasic-rock cover-band pack is the awesome lead guitar work of Ralph Confredo. A long-time member of the popular Grateful Dead tribute band, Scarlet Fire. Ralph, a manager at Guitar Center in Cherry Hill, counts Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia among his influences. A versatile musician, Ralph also plays keyboards and offers lead and backing vocals.
Bassist Chuck Darrow may be better-known as the casino columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, but as he puts it, “I’m not a reporter who happens to play bass, but a bass player who happens to be a reporter.” Chuck has been playing in local bands, including original groups Fifty/50 and Nytrous, for many years.
Supplying the backbeat for NASTY HABITS is Danny Wagz, whose spectacular drumming propels the group’s sound. Dan comes to the band after stints with various Philly-area groups.
Doug Treen, who plays sax, harmonica and percussion is another long-time fixture on the Delaware Valley music scene. he is especially revered in local blues circles, where he is considered a true superstar instrumentalist. Doug’s soulful, lively sax and wailing harmonica adds yet several dimensions to a group known for wowing audiences with the scope and breadth of its material.
The newest member of NASTY HABITS is keyboardist Vinnie Vescio, who joined the group in 2007 after spending decades playing with numerous Philly-area bands.
Together, the sum of these six parts results in a band that has to be seen and heard to be believed:
Dave J - Vocals/Guitar
Chuck Darrow - Bass
Ralph Confredo - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Danny Wagman- Drums/Vocals
Doug Treen - Sax/Harmonica/Percussion
Vinnie Vescio – Keyboards/Vocals
Club Performances include:
**House of Blues/Atlantic City (open for Little Feat, June
2008; Roseanne Barr, Oct. 2007)
**Trump Plaza Beach Bar/Atlantic City, NJ
**The Deck @TrumpMarina/Atlantic City, NJ
**Corky's Ribs, Tropicana Casino/Atlantic City, NJ
**Catch It Grog &
**Dempster’s Pub/Mt. Holly, NJ
**Jake’s Escape/Vincentown, NJ
**Keegan’s Pub/ Mt. Holly, NJ
**Flying W/Medford NJ
**R Mac's/Haddon Township, NJ
**Josh & Molly's/Edgewater Park, NJ
**Club H2O/Wildwood, NJ
**Town Tavern/Atco, NJ
**Kaminski's/Cherry Hill NJ
**Kathleen's Pub/Philadelphia, PA
**World Lupus Day benefit, LOVE Park, Phila., PA April, ‘08
**EARLFEST 2008, Marlton, NJ (backing Atlantic Records
recording artist Toby Lightman) March 2008
**WOGL-FM concert @ Cooper River Park, Pennsauken NJ
(open for Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits), August 2002
**Atlantic City Beachfest, June 2001
**Atlantic City Beachfest, June 2000
**Pennsylvania State Fair, May 2000
**Private Parties (references upon request)
CONTACT: CHUCK DARROW
609-502-2289; e-mail: email@example.com