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Howie Cohen

Assistant Manager @ Asbury Park
hcohen@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

7

Specialty:

Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Effects Pedals, Gibson Five Star Certified, Taylor Guitars University

First Instrument:

Violin

Favorite Piece of Gear:

Fender TC-90 / Boss DD-20 Giga Delay

Musical History:

Been playing in bands you may have but probably haven't heard of for 15 years. Some were not good.

Fun Fact:

I used to actually be able to read and write music and composed a jazz number or two. I forget how.

Special Talent:

Fooling some in to thinking I'm a mediocre guitar player behind excessive amounts of delay pedals

Favorite Band(s):

The Weakerthans, The New Amsterdams, American Football, Into It Over It, Thrice, Alvvways

Favorite TV Show(s):

Scrubs, Shameless, any awful super hero series, 24

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Current/former bands:

Athletics: Deep Elm Records, intheclouds Records Ghost House: intheclouds Records latewaves: Panic State Records

Record that Changed Your Life:

Clarity - Jimmy Eat World

Favorite Venue:

Saint Vitus

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Billy Madison

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

None of your business

Pre-show ritual:

A shot of something dark and excitedly turning my phone of for 30 minutes, maybe one more shot of something dark

Favorite Record Label:

Polyvinyl

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Trying to find something to do I enjoy that's non-music related

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Eric Collier

Guitar Technician @ Asbury Park
ecollier@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

2

Product Specialty:

All aspects of guitar repair, building, and vintage restoration. custom guitar pickups

Musical History:

been there, rocked that

First Instrument:

Festival short scale bass

Favorite Piece of Gear:

1977 Fender bass , I unscrewed from the wall of a pawn shop in north Carolina

Fun Fact:

chickens are my only pets

Special Talent:

I can name most hair medal songs in 10 seconds or less

First Instrument:

Festival short scale bass

Favorite TV Show(s):

Always Sunny , WWE, Teen Mom 2

Invisibility or Flight?:

invisibility duh

Current/former bands:

Current: B. Christopher Band, Magic Red - Former: Bell Bottom Blues Band, Matt O'Ree Band, Beggars Canyon

Record that Changed Your Life:

Lets Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Favorite Gig:

backing up buddy miles

Favorite Venue:

Flora-Bama

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Waterboy

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

bob #2

Pre-show ritual:

tune up

Favorite Record Label:

Big Bug Records

Preferred non-music related pastime:

being a dad & coaching sports I am terrible at

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Wills Weller

Drum Guy @ Asbury Park
wweller@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

7

Product Specialty:

Drums, Recording, Guitar, Bass

Musical History:

Started drums at 3. Currently in Tooth grinder signed to Spine Farm/ Universal Records

First Instrument:

Drums

Favorite Piece of Gear:

My Signature Vic Firth drums sticks

Fun Fact:

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.

Special Talent:

Napping on the beach

Favorite Band(s):

The Buds Band, Jimi Hendrix

Favorite TV Show(s):

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Current/former bands:

Tooth grinder

Record that Changed Your Life:

Jimi Hendrix 'Electric Lady land'

Favorite Gig:

Playing The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Favorite Venue:

The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Airheads

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

I sway between Ricky Gervais, Kevin, Jim, and maybe Andy

Pre-show ritual:

Stretching!

Favorite Record Label:

SpineFarm / Universal

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Baseball

What else should we know?:

I have Endorsements with Tama Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Vans Shoes.

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Mike Burt

Guitars + Photography @ Asbury Park
mburt@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

3

Product Specialty:

Guitar and Bass

Musical History:

Started playing bass at 14, switched to guitar at 20.

First Instrument:

Crappy Bass which is now covered in stickers

Favorite Piece of Gear:

Gibson Es-335 in Tascam Orange

Fun Fact:

Venus has the longest day of any planet in our solar system

Special Talent:

Loudest voice in the room

Favorite Band(s):

Hot Water Music

Favorite TV Show(s):

What's TV?

Invisibility or Flight?:

Invisibility

Current/former bands:

3 Fingered Jack Empty Handed NJ Take Today The Clampdown The Excitement Gang

Record that Changed Your Life:

Green Day- Dookie

Favorite Venue:

Asbury Lanes (RIP)

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Bulletproof

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

Ricky Gervais, not his character. Just him.

Pre-show ritual:

Usually unpacking the van.

Favorite Record Label:

Epitaph (in the 90s)

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Woodworking

What else should we know?:

My best friend and I found a dead body when we were kids.

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Christian Seaman

Gear Nerd @ Asbury Park
cseaman@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

2

Product Specialty:

Electric guitars and amplifiers, pedals, accessories and everything related.

Musical History:

Various original and cover bands since age 16, current guitarist for the cover band Undisputed

First Instrument:

1/2 scale Epiphone Les Paul

Favorite Piece of Gear:

Martin Custom Shop OM-28

Special Talent:

Semi-decent cook

Favorite Band(s):

Kiss, Tom Petty, Sex Pistols

Favorite TV Show(s):

SpongeBob Squarepants but only the old episodes

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Current/former bands:

Independent guitarist, Undisputed (cover band), Matthew Stephen and the Sweet Action

Record that Changed Your Life:

Queen Live Killers

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Happy Gilmore

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

Pretty solid mix of Michael and Dwight

Pre-show ritual:

Lately, finding parking

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Continuing the search for the best German beer

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Matthew Caponegro

Sales (Gibson Nerd) @ Asbury Park
Mcaponegro@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

3

Product Specialty:

Electric guitars, effect pedals, amplifiers

Musical History:

5+ years experience touring across the U.S playing Lead guitar in the Indie Rock band “Toy Cars”

First Instrument:

Guitar

Favorite Piece of Gear:

64’ Es-345 Seafoam Green

Fun Fact:

Michael J. Fox played a cherry red Gibson ES-345 TDC in the hit film "Back to the Future.

Special Talent:

Eagle eyes

Most Embarrassing Moment:

Ripping my shorts in gym class

Favorite Band(s):

Local Natives, Manchester Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix

Favorite TV Show(s):

That 70's Show

Current/former bands:

Toy Cars

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Favorite Gig:

A great Big Piles of Leaves @ Asbury Lanes

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

The Wedding Singer

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Running

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

None of your business

Pre-show ritual:

Brushing my teeth

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Cody Nierstedt

Asbury Park Sales
Codyn@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

2

Product Specialty::

Guitars and Effects

Musical History:

Bachelors of Science in Music Performance from Adelphi University: Classical and Jazz Guitar.

First Instrument:

Guitar

Favorite Instrument/Piece of Gear:

Suhr Koko Boost + Sano 300R

Special Talent:

I can make grilled cheese in a toaster.

Most Embarrassing Moment:

Singing and doing the dance to “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys in my Kindergarten talent show.

Favorite Band(s):

Miles Davis, Circa Survive, Chet Baker, Armor for Sleep, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Favorite TV Show(s):

Dexter, It’s Always Sunny, Hunter X Hunter, Adventure Time, Trailer Park Boys, Yu Yu Hakusho

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight but low key want to say invisibility

Current/former bands:

I currently play guitar and sing in a band called Shot. Check us out on the gram, it’s “thebandshot”.

Record that Changed Your Life:

Chet Baker Sings

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Super Smash Bros

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Patrick Griffin

Guitar Technician @ Asbury Park
pgriffin@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

1

First Instrument:

Guitar

Favorite Instrument/Piece of Gear:

Gibson Les Paul

Fun Fact:

I have a set of bagpipes and I intend on learning to play them on my off time.

Special Talent:

I can lick my elbow.

Favorite Band(s):

Grateful dead, Twiddle

Invisibility or Flight?:

Invisibility

Current/former bands:

They were all pretty terrible , I’d like to start my own project soon

Record that Changed Your Life:

Long live rock and roll-rainbow

Favorite Gig:

Anything that pays

Favorite Venue:

Jones beach

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

Dwight

Pre-show ritual:

Figure out how I'm going to fake my way through the songs that I don't know

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Nascar

What else should we know? Tell us anything!:

English bulldogs are the best dogs.

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Bill Ahearn

Guitar Technician @ Asbury Park
Bahearn@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

3

Specialty:

Fender, Gibson, Martin, Taylor

First Instrument:

RockAxe

Favorite Piece of Gear:

1993 Fender Stratocaster Plus

Special Talent:

Able to spend an entire day off from work, at work working

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Most Embarrassing Moment:

Too many to mention

Favorite Band(s):

Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Pantera, Tool

Favorite TV Show(s):

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Record that Changed Your Life:

Led Zeppelin- Houses of the Holy

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Happy Gilmore

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Pre-show ritual:

Smoke a cigarette

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Basketball

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Scott Engel

Director of Marketing
Scottengel@russomusic.com
Specialty:

Guitars, Amps, Effects, Excel, Slack

First Instrument:

Epiphone FT-140 bolt on acoustic (currently collapsed on itself in a closet. “Mechanic’s Car” Syndrome)

Favorite Piece of Gear:

'52 Tele RI from 2006

Special Talent:

Able to spend an entire day off from work, at work working

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight. Duh. Don’t be a creep.

Current/former bands:

The Holy Mess, The Ruining ,The Beatles, The Cryptkeeper Fiv

Record that Changed Your Life:

Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Jade Tree Split '02

Favorite Gig:

Some warehouse in Philly with Menzingers and The Loved Ones. Anyone remember what that place was called?

Favorite Venue:

Asbury Lanes (RIP Dawg)

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Happy Gilmore

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

No

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

Never watched that

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Matt Bernard

Guitar Technician @ Hamilton
MBernard@Russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

6

Product Specialty:

Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, and Bass Guitar, Repair & Maintenance

Musical History:

Started playing in gigging bands when I was 15. Started working on guitars professionally 6 years ago

First Instrument:

Drums

Favorite Piece of Gear:

My 78’ Fender Mustang and Music Master Bass Guitars

Special Talent:

Fret Work, Guitar Electronic Work, Guitar Playability Enhancement

Favorite Band(s):

The Bronx, MF DOOM, Baroness

Favorite TV Show(s):

The Office

Invisibility or Flight?:

Invisibility

Current/former bands:

Current: Coach’s Son Former: The Ruining, The Checkers NJ

Record that Changed Your Life:

Rancid’s And Out Come the Wolves

Favorite Venue:

Millhill Basement

Favorite Adam Sandler Flick:

Happy Gilmore

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

Yes

Which Character from “The Office” are you?:

Creed

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Hanging out with good friends

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Chandler Scales

Band & Orchestra @ Hamilton
cscales@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

1

Product Specialty:

Woodwinds/Brass/Orchestral Strings

Musical History:

Playing saxophone since 9-years-old. Gigging with various funk bands since 2010

First Instrument:

Saxophone

Favorite Band(s):

Michael Jackson, Queen, TWRP, KISS, Dio

Favorite TV Show(s):

The Simpsons, Scrubs

Current/former bands:

Charles Laurita and the Mischief, The Do Rights, DaddyGreenJeans

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

None of your business

Pre-show ritual:

Blasting Black Sabbath in the car on the way to the gig

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Zach Miller

Drum Guy @ Hamilton
zmiller@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

2

Musical History:

Started drums in 4th grade, started my first band 2 years later and haven't thought about stopping.

First Instrument:

Drum Set

Favorite Piece of Gear:

1972 Ludwig Vistalite

Favorite Band(s):

Podcasts

Favorite TV Show(s):

The Office

Invisibility or Flight?:

Invisibility

Current/former bands:

Former The Great Explainer, Neur, Roy Orbitron, Fond Han, Hot Fang, Free Yon, Con Leche Current: Sick Sh*t, Brackish

Record that Changed Your Life:

"Calculating Infinity" - The Dillinger Escape Plan

Favorite Gig:

Opening for Choking Victim @ Union Transfer

Favorite Venue:

New Brunswick Basements

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Jimi Duran

Shredder @ Hamilton
jduran@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

2

Musical History:

Played with Marilyn Manson, Blondie, NOFX, My Chemical Romance, Killswitch Engage

First Instrument:

Squier Strat

Favorite Piece of Gear:

Jackson RRXMG

Fun Fact:

I grew up in the Bronx, two blocks from Yankee Stadium.

Favorite Band(s):

Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, Yngwie Malmsteen

Favorite TV Show(s):

Dragonball Z

Invisibility or Flight?:

Flight

Current/former bands:

Fire Made Flesh, The Only September Mourning, This Bitter End

Record that Changed Your Life:

Yngwie Malmsteen: Marching Out

Favorite Venue:

Irving Plaza, NYC

Pre-show ritual:

Shred

Preferred non-music related pastime:

Comic books

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Lou Borcsik

Guitars & Pedals @ Hamilton
lborcsik@russomusic.com
Years with Russo Music:

1

Product Specialty:

Guitars, Pedals, Amps

First Instrument:

Guitar

Favorite Piece of Gear:

All of it

Favorite Band(s):

Umphrey's Mcgee

Favorite TV Show(s):

The Wonder Years

Current/former bands:

DaddyGreenJeans

Record that Changed Your Life:

"Launchpad" by Particle

Do you ever play air guitar/drums in the mirror?:

None of your business

Pre-show ritual:

Punch dancing to Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

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