This Italian-American Americana roots rocker has been a fixture on our island stage with or without his band Stone Caravan for eons. And what’s more, he’s become a friend for life. Growing up on the Jersey Shore this giant of a man let the forever rolling waves of the Atlantic buoy his personality and serve as inspiration for his mind and music. Early on he was a hungry start-up in the burgeoning Greenwich Village club scene and from there went on to be part of the famous Ashbury Park scene, duetting on occasion with that other guy from Jersey known as The Boss. But since then he has taken the road less travelled, true to his roots. His voice has remained raw and raucous, at times high pitched and his music stayed forthright and infectious like few others manage. In style going from garage to straight rock to covers of Bob Dylan, Jack Stewart and Harry Chapin. Songs like «From LaGuardia to Weehawken» have kept him close to his loyal audience.
Joey’s taken another road even fewer travel: He serves on the board of directors of the altruistic org Light of Day, participates in raising funds for WhyHunger and the Sullivan Foundation and runs and curates the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival. Tonight, he most likely will perform what he calls his «Acoustic Excursions». It’s a compilation of all-out rockers but quiet observations as well, ranging from themes like friendship, war, marriage, oil, soul reaching and lost love. Mixing his music and his writing with the wise and the emotional, he’s letting it all hang out with explosive energy. Give the guy from the Jersey shore with the big compassionate heart a hand. He shows us that to do good, try being good.