THE MOON WITH MOONEY
I am certain that when America’s newest astronaut Richard Bransen went
into orbit the energy generated by Mooney and Friends was easily spotted as it
pierced the atmosphere over Kismet - be it the Inn or Dive's courtyard-
which the band ignites whenever they take the stage.
While each member of this boisterous bunch twinkles terrifically
as they generously generate their own considerable wattage they give new
meaning to " blow the roof off (or tent in this case)” when they combine
In their legendary endless final set.
Credit drummer Mike Regal who provides the booster shot with
his persistent pulsating searing solo - cardiacs take care as it will effect
your heart rate (I myself have levitated off my scooter in an earthly version
I first saw Tim was "auditioning" with a small combo at the end of
the Out bar on a weekday night and thinking "wow! the owner of the
ferries plays the guitar!"
seemed all very tentative, Mooney a little uncomfortable and humble in the mini
excellence is its own press agent and
Mooney's music was instantly accessible and kind of homey while being intensely
sensual and still contemporary. Who knew????
Mooney's band is greater than the sum of its parts who shine
mightily as each is generously given star turns:
this from Tim Mooney, comments by Jeannie
"The band is Jen Corpuz (awesome singer),I remember when
she was an occasional add on now like the guest who came to dinner and mercifully
stayed a cherished staple.
Dave Goldman (guitar/trumpet/vocals), Whom I remember
sitting nervously on the sidelines nursing his drink while awaiting/hoping for
the chance to sit in. Now he frequently takes over with his muti-instrument
versatility and congenial personality
Mike Regal (drummer) see above
Kurt Rasmussen (guitar/vocals) whose seductive base guitar provides the
underpinning from which the others jump off,
Bobby Sarnowski (keyboard/vocals) who supports and enhances
Tim is the glue that keeps it together and adds his own
We have a very eclectic song list, difficult to categorize. Everyone in
the band has a different music appreciation and we bring that to the songs we
choose. We do cover a lot of ground musically. There is something
for everyone (we hope).
The band came together over years of "open mic nights". Our
late friend John "Big Daddy" Struck started the whole thing.
Through the years I joined John (2003), then Kurt, then Mike (who owns The
Homestead restaurant in Oyster Bay) started open mic night on
Wednesday's. That is where we found Jen, Bobby and Dave. The rest
is 3 to 4 years of playing and practicing together.
I hope you had a good time Saturday night. We had a blast.
Kismet has no need to import cover bands when we have our own
Keep it local!!!
What more can one say than "THANK YOU"
the pictures tell it all: