Port Washington Patch caught up with Only One Joe, the hometown rock band that frequently performs around at nightspots around town – including Friday night at LaMotta's – and even private parties. Singer Patty Atkins and guitarist and singer Keith Bresowsky answered some questions.
Who is Joe, and why is there only one?
KB: The band stated out as a three piece blues band. With Joe Parrott on guitar Frank Lammers on bass and Joe Baco On drums. Then I started playing with them as a four piece. A year later Joe Parrott left the band to move to Rochester, and we were back to three pieces. And nameless.
We talked about names but couldn't come op with anything except that we had one less Joe and thats where the name "Only One Joe" and the logo "OOJ" came from.
How did the band get together?
PA: I saw the band – which at the time was just Joe, Keith and Frank – at a Parent Resource Center spring gala, when I was a board member at the PRC. My friends knew I sang, so they persuaded me to get up on stage with the band. Sherri, Keith's wife, found me later at the bar and asked if I was in a band. She said I should go to their next rehearsal, that they could use me. That was in the spring of 2008.
Just recently – June – Jeremy Michaels was added to the mix on keyboards. Keith met him at a weekend barbecue and asked him to come down.
Where do you practice, and how often?
KB: We practice in the basement of [a band member's business] every Tuesday.
How would you describe your sound?
PA: We are at our core a classic rock band – but as each member contributes song ideas, we have developed a wide variety in our repertoire – "60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today," to borrow from the local radio stations. Someone recently described us as having a good party mix.
Tell me about the ups and downs about being in a band.
KB: We have a good following and it coninues to grow. To get five people together and three one hour sets is not easy. The work is hard and the money stinks! So why do we love it?