Next Show: Friday - November 28th...
Jordan's Bar & Grill - Ridgway, PA

The Band

 

The Avenue is: 

Billy Burke - Lead Vocals

Michael Martino - Drums, Vocals

Ben Pinchock - Guitars, Vocals

Mike "Fuzzy" Roselli - Guitars

Johnny "Thunder" Rutherford - Bass, Vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 Billy Burke - Lead Vocals

Hometown: Punxsutawney, PA - Place of Birth: Latrobe, PA - Equipment Used: Electro-Voice, Sennheiser, Hohner, and Suzuki - Other Projects: B n' B Acoustic Blend

I've been doing this now for about 26 or 27 years... well maybe 25 in what you might call "real" bands. (Actually if you count my hiatus, it's probably only been about 15 years or so total.) The first of these was "Mean Streak" from which I got educated pretty quickly. I was young and naive and sort of got my feet wet in the music business. After starting a family and taking a few years off... I joined "Broken Heart" (no it wasn't a country band), which later became known as "Hard Time". The longevity of that band was incredible. In fact, those guys stayed together as "Eclectic Radio" until 2009. And what a great bunch of guys! They actually talked me into coming back and now after our keyboard player decided to leave us this past year, "The Avenue" is now the same exact line-up as it was when I left "Hard Time."

I took several years off for  personal reasons before coming back. Actually I never really thought I would get back into this sort of thing again, but you know what they say... "never say never." 

Musically I have many influences... too many to mention here. In my younger days I used to praise the late, great Brad Delp, the original vocalist from "Boston". He had that super high and clear voice. But... now I'd have to say the man that has influenced me the most is Geoff Tate of "Queensryche". Man that guy can sing! He has so much talent and such an unbelievable and incredible (four octave) range! If there were anyone I would want to imitate, it would have to be Mr. Tate... but since that is merely impossible, I guess I'll just have to stick to my own style.

As far as goals go for me musically... I would really like to record some of our own music before I retire from this business (for good). I really think there is plenty of talent in this band to do so.

I would like to thank my parents, sister and brothers for supporting me in everything I do. Also, special thanks to my wife and kids who are the best! I would also like to thank all of my friends and fellow band members, both past and present. Thank you each and every one! 

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 Michael Martino - Drums, Vocals

Once upon a time, I was a happy kid playing my drums in the living-room. Over 30 years later, I am still happy and still playing my drums in the living-room. During that time I have enjoyed playing with many talented people and none more than those I share the stage with today. It seems like just a few years ago I shared the stage with a few much younger long- haired friends. Now, I look across the stage at great memories shared over two decades of fun and friendship. The music is still great and all of our fans (friends) are greatly appreciated. From “The Penn James Extension”, “Feedback”, “Broken Heart”, “Hard Time,” and “Eclectic Radio,” to “The Avenue,” all have contributed to a life-time of entertainment and endless fun. When will it end? I don’t think it will be tomorrow!

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 Ben Pinchock - Guitars, Vocals

Equipment used: Fender Hot Rod Deville Amp, Carvin Bolt Electric Guitar, Takamine EG330 SC Acoustic Guitar. - Other Projects: B n' B Acoustic Blend

I grew up in the musical hotbed of Brockway, PA where me, my cousin Mike, and our good friend Mark started our first band in the James Penn Extension. Thirty years and five bands later, I find myself living in Indiana, PA making the weekly 50 mile journey to practice and it is truly worth every mile. The friends, acquaintances, and times I've experienced playing in these bands have been life changing and I wouldn't trade them for anything. With that being said, I am very lucky and proud to be working with these great guys in The Avenue. So let the music go on...

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 Mike "Fuzzy" Roselli - Guitars

It all started with a phone call 20 years ago. "Hey you wanna audition to be a guitar player for our band"? I said sure. Next thing I know I'm sitting in a parking lot and a big blue bus pulls along side of my car. The door opens and a long haired drummer driving the bus says, "Get in". I got on the bus and buckled up for the next million miles. 20 years later, 475,000 miles, 3 states, 1300 gigs, 19 amps, 13 guitars that I know of, and  hours of therapy... I'm still on the Rock n Roll bus and loving it. 

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 Johnny "Thunder" Rutherford - Bass, Vocals

Equipment Used: Carvin LB40 bass. Trace Elliot rig.

Been playing guitar and bass since I was ten years old. Have met most of my good friends through music. Sure glad Mom and Dad kept insisting that I continue my music lessons as a kid....... Anyway, never made it to the big time, but sure have a blast as a weekend warrior. I always said that playing music is my great equalizer. If you had a bad week, the best tonic was to go out and Jam with your buds on the weekends. So come out and jam with us the next time we're in your town, the fun can be infectious!!!!

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