Sunday, January 15, 2006
Musical Benefit For Overseas Troops
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 01/15/06



KEYPORT — Jon Barone has played his fair share of shows in the New York metro area but the borough-based musician will
be bringing it all back home for a special benefit later this month.

Barone's Jonny B & The Blues Blazers are set to perform with The Jon Caspi Band to help raise money for American troops
overseas during a benefit beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at McDonagh's, 2 W. Front St., Keyport.

The suggested donation to attend the event, which also will feature door prizes, is $10.

Barone said 100 percent of the show's proceeds will go to the American Recreational Military Services, a Red Bank-based
group that helps to purchase troops supplies and telephone cards, among other items for troops.

Since being founded in 2003, the American Recreational Military Services has shipped more than 51,500 pounds of toiletries
to troops overseas, has served troops some 75,700 meals and provided 12,000 presents for the children of mobilized
soldiers, according to the group's Web site.

Barone said the motivation behind the Jan. 22 fund-raiser is clear.

"I want it to be successful for the troops," he said. "It's a great cause. I can't see anybody not putting their weight behind this."

For more information on the event, please visit or call McDonagh's at (732) 264-0999.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Keyport Concert To Aid
Troops, Local Families
Posted by the Independent on 01/18/06

Staff Writer, Keyport Bureau

KEYPORT — What is it about the Board of Health that makes Jon Barone want to rock?

The self-described “high-energy blues” musician, and most recent addition to the Keyport Board of Health, is hosting a
benefit concert this weekend for soldiers in need of protective sandstorm hoods.

The benefit, to be held Sunday at McDonagh’s Bar and Grill on West Front Street, will feature Barone’s own band, Jonny B
and The Blues Blazers, as well as the Jon Caspi Band, also of Keyport.

The nurse practitioner is an unlikely spokesman for the military. What drew him to the cause?   “What I wanted to do originally
before Christmas was to raise money for phone cards so troops could call home,” Barone said. “But phone cards aren’t really
relevant anymore because now they give them satellite phones.”

Barone still wanted to help out, so he contacted American Recreation Military Services (ARMS), a Red Bank nonprofit agency
that focuses on helping deployed troops and their families, providing services, food and products to those families in need.   
“Oftentimes the breadwinner is gone, so there is a need there,” said Barone.

All proceeds from Sunday’s concert will benefit ARMS. The organization will use the money for protective sandstorm hoods
and other supplies requested by the families of military personnel.   The protective hoods are in high demand, explained
Barone, because the military does not provide them.   “It’s a cloth hood,” said Barone. “Without it, the sand gets in their eyes
and goes down their back. … They’re always asking for them.”

Barone is a poster child for lending a hand when it counts. An employee at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City at the time,
Barone spent much of his time following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, working with the coroner to identify the
remains of victims.

Amid the chaos on 9/11, a photo was snapped by a member of the media showing Barone dressed in his hospital scrubs, his
back to the camera as he leaned over a victim. Barone’s employers saw the photo and had it magnified and hung at the
hospital. Later, the photo became known as a makeshift symbol of the role health care professionals played in the aftermath
of the attacks.

While proud of his past accomplishments, Barone is more interested in promoting the future health of borough residents. He
hopes the concert is a success, enabling him to organize future health-related events such as a Keyport Health Fair.

The benefit for ARMS will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at McDonagh’s Bar and Grill, West Front Street, Keyport.

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Musician Jonny B (Jon Barone,
Keyport), holds up a poster for
the benefit concert he  
organized to raise funds for  
troops and their families.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
Keyport Harbor Draws A Crowd
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 07/2/06


KEYPORT — You've read this story before, but the repetition of the scenery doesn't seem to water down the thrill of the
Sailboats parading along a bay lined with pedestrians and fishing poles. The vendors hawking Italian ices, ice-cold lemonade
and hot dogs with all the fixings. Children riding ponies or romping on inflatable rides as a stilt-walker jaunts along to the rock-
n-roll swagger emanating from the festival's stage.

It's the setting that draws you to county fairs and carnivals in church parking lots, to flag-waving Fourth of July parades,
summer weekend cookouts and the Shore's tourist-clogged boards. It's a sensory invitation and, like Jersey's beaches, a
warm-weather institution.

On Saturday, it would have drawn you to Keyport as the borough's business alliance launched its two-day Festival Americana
near where American Legion Drive meets West Front Street.

It's where Kyle Kameika, 11, of Holmdel trekked to have a black bar code — numbered 2 132 773 2 — airbrushed on his shin
as a temporary tattoo.

It's where Brian Mohan, 45, of Somerville taught curious onlookers about the Clearwater, the 108-foot-long ship docking at
high tide at William A. Ralph Municipal Pier.

And it was enough of a reason to pull John Storrow and his family up from Jackson to watch a family member perform live with

Jonny B and The Blue Blazers

"Usually, I'm working," said Storrow, 40, smiling. "This is much better than work."

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MUSIC: Blues crews
by Rich Davis
Thursday February 07, 2008, 1:00 AM

John Barone of Jonny B and the Blues Blazers and some of the borough's other best do their things in St. George.
St. George Theatre has been a haven for eclectic sounds -- from doo-wop and hair-metal to kid shows and orchestrated
pieces -- on Staten Island. This Saturday (Feb. 9), however, the historic venue will offer something old, something new. A
night of blends, a night of blues.

Billed as "The Best of Blues in S.I.," this concoction features Big Frank and the Healers, Eric Garcia and the Secret Recipe,
Jonny B and the Blues Blazers, and Queen Tipsy. This volley of musicians offer distinct sounds that too often makes only
blue moon appearances on the Island.

Eric Garcia and the Secret RecipeCurrently, the ever-expanding music industry has been spewing out pop bands with every
ability to crack. Many bands take years and sometimes even decades until they are picked up by a credible label or even
build an audience.
build an audience.

"You need to be aggressive in getting gigs -- in this business, only the stong survive" says Jon Barone, frontman for Jonny B
and the Blues Blazers, a mix of high-intensity contemporary blues and good ol' American rock. Each of this five-piece band's
( diverse performers combine to create a layered and driven medley.

Frank Mirra of Big Frank and the HealersNext up, Eric Garcia and the Secret Recipe's ingredients -- jazz, latin, and blues --
have been brewing for the past two years. Still, many Islanders are not yet familiar with the band, which usually plays in
Manhattan and Brooklyn. And while the group is hoping that this show will give them home turf exposure, lead singer and
guitarist Garcia is no stranger to any of the boroughs.

Garcia has been strumming away on his guitar since he was 5 years old. The first album he purchased, Cream's "The
Sunshine of Your Love," was the catalyst of his passion for blues. With an extensive knowledge of all that is guitar, Garcia
has made a name for himself in at least 20 separate bands and working with entertainment icons like Tina Turner and
Michael Brecker. In his decades of studying blues and other genres of music, he's developed a very distinct vibrato, a style
developed by pushing or wiggling strings while playing.

"It's like your calling card as a musician" explains Garcia, whose personal vibrato is played using wide and slow strains, a
"slowhand" style made famous by classic artists such as Eric Clapton.

Queen TipsyQueen Tipsy ( has been an S.I. favorite for the past seven years. Their style has a
distinct soulful spin to it. Imagine blues in a buzzed stupor; that's what the vivacious singer Phyllis Forman serves up hot. But
while this sweetly sensual take on blues might be bringing back memories of Janis Joplin or Bonnie Raitt, another band on
the roster is bringing back the swagger that the blues emmitted long, long ago.

From his early acoustic days at St. Michael's Church in Mariners Harbor to a headlining gig at the 2004 Lake George Blues
Festival, Big Frank and the Healers ( have offered Chicago-style blues fanatics a
distinct sound reminiscent of the Gut-Bucket grooves that spawned some of classic rock's finest.

"I'm doing what I love, and I love doing it," said Mirra, adding that after decades of traveling and performing for others, it's
great to finally be playing for himself.

Many others, including music critics, agree. The band's most recent album, "1040 Vintage," was produced by bassist Margey
Peters on her very own record label: ManHatTone. Blues Revue Magazine dubbed it the epitome of blues from a much
different era in music.

Rich Davis is a reporter for the Advance. He may be reached at

'Best of Blues'
Big Frank and the Healers, Eric Garcia and the Secret Recipe, Jonny B and the Blues Blazers, and Queen Tipsy

St. George Theatre,
35 Hyatt Ave.

8 p.m. Feb. 9

How much
Tix are $25 at
or 718-442-2900

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