Surf music - the final frontier,
These are the voyages of Strange But Surf,
Their never-ending mission,
To explore strange new music,
To seek out new fans and new civilizations,
To boldy go where no band has gone before...
Strange But Surf has been an established surf-rock band on Long Island since 2003. They play at venues across New York and appear regularly at Otto’s Shrunken Head - a renowned surf & tiki club in NYC.
On January 30, 2015 at The Space in Westbury, NY - Strange But Surf opened for the world's greatest party band - The B-52s!
That was an incredible night - but was topped the following night, when they opened for them again at the legendary Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.
Just some of the of incredible musicians that have graced that stage, include The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
They have released 2 albums, “Making Treble” and “Swimming in Reverb”, and appear on the surf compilation CD “Off the Deep End” by Deep Eddy Records. These talented musicians make every gig an event, surprising their fans with a constantly inventive and evolving repertoire.
Barry Simon - Guitar & Drums
Barry started his musical career playing the accordion at 6 years old. After failing to gain the groupies he desired, he took up the drums at the age of 7. He played drums in various bands throughout the 60’s and 70’s. His early influences were The Ventures, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix. In the 80’s he started to study guitar and learned the styles of blues masters like BB, Albert & Freddy King and Mike Bloomfield. His band, The Midnight Blues Band played gigs in the New York area, including The Elbow Room in NYC. In
addition to his musical interests, Barry has been an Art Director for "National Lampoon", "Relix" and "Trump Magazine".
Angelo Liguori (Marbles Mahoney)
Drums & Guitar
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Angelo started playing guitar at age 13 and eventually taught himself how to play the bass guitar. In 1982, he started playing drums with the renowned Punk band, The Chiselers, playing New York venues like CBGB’s and The Continental. Angelo has written several original compositions for Strange But Surf, including “Hey Ho” and “The Martians Are Pissed”. Angelo is the executive producer of Strange But Surf
Internet Radio on live365.com. In addition, he is the founder of “The Hornets Long Island Scooter Club”. He has written for many international scooter magazines under the pseudonym “Marbles Mahoney”.
Greg Timm - Guitar
Greg comes from a musical family and started playing guitar at an early age. He received the “Virtuoso Award” from the Long Island Music Teachers Association at the age of 17. He has played in many bands with many different styles of music. He always strives to improve his playing, trying to learn something by jamming with new players. Greg's studio work includes working with Richard "Marley" Booker (Bob Marley's brother) on his CD entitled “Medicine Man”, playing lead guitar on the song “Station Revelation”. Greg has added a new dimension to the sounds of Strange But Surf.
Joel Levine - Bass & Keyboards
The third generation of a musical family, Joel started playing piano and violin at age 5. A traumatic experience during a kindergarten recital led to him playing trumpet, as his father and grandfather had before him. He started on drums at age 16, guitar at age 18, and bass at age 20. A former member of The Blackouts and The Outcasts in the early 1990s, Joel jammed with Danny Kalb of the Blues Project and played such famous haunts as the Greenhouse Café, Lauterbachs, and the Red Lion. Joel is a psychologist, working in a school district, trying to cure
people of their “strangeness”.
Strange But Surf was formed in March of 2003 after a meeting of minds on the Long Beach boardwalk. Barry and Angelo were riding their motor scooters with the Long Island scooter club, "The Hornets". They started talking and found out they had much in common, including the desire to form and play in a surf band!
Soon after, they joined with, David Rosenberg on guitar, and Colin Turner on keyboards. They forged their unique sound in Angelo's garage in Levitown - thereafter known as "The Ranch".
Later Andrea Ragone joined up on bass. She was formerly in the popular group Commando, a Ramones cover band. In September of 2005, Strange But Surf recorded its first album, “Making Treble”. Soon after, Colin and Dave left the group to pursue solo interests.
In June of 2006 Strange But Surf appeared at the famous Mulcahy's Pub in Wantaugh, NY with Ed Kern on bass. Ed was known as a superb bass player with "Shecky and the Twangtones".
From 2007 to 2011 we had a number of rotating players including Joe Source and Tom Vidal on guitar and Jimi Durso on bass.
Vince Giovonantonio eventually took over on bass and provided a hard driving thump on bass that kept us rocking.
In 2009, they released their second album "Swimming in Reverb"
In 2012, Joel Levine (Dr. J) joined the band and took us to a new level. In addition to playing superb bass, he plays keyboards, guitar, and drums and sings - adding a whole new dimension to the Strange But Surf sound.
Long Island is home to a thriving surf scene from Coney Island to Montauk Point and provides the perfect inspiration for the renaissance of surf music!
In our shows we love to combine blues, oldies, tv themes and rockabilly into our eclectic set lists.
We have played places like Mulcahy’s, Mr. Beery’s, the Coney Island boardwalk, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the City of Water Day festival on Govenor's Island. Our regular schedule takes us to Unsteady Freddie’s “Surf Rock Shindig” at Otto’s Shrunken Head in NYC as well as libraries, beaches and private parties. Once a year we invite bands to play "Twangstock" - our very own surf music festival in Levittown.
We have also performed live on Stony Brook’s radio station WUSB and WOR’s Joey Reynolds Show.
We have released two CD's - "Making Treble", "Swimming in Reverb" and are currently working on our third.
We are ardent supporters of surf music and are proud members of NESMA, The North East Surf Music Association.
Our music is suitable for many occasions. Let us know if you’d like some great live music for your next party! Check our tour schedule and come on down for some cool live music and a fun time! We hope to see you soon!