Band of the Week: The Bobby Bandiera Band

The party outlasts most other clubs in Atlantic City at Luxx Lounge, inside the Diving Horse Club, where patrons often stay until the wee hours of the morning.

Bobby Bandiera has worked with some of the greatest legends in music, and has become quite a legend himself. Being in love with music since a very young age, Bandiera has shaped his life and career around the simple philosophy that music should be fun, and evoke nothing but happiness.

"At our show, people can expect to smile," Bandiera says. "We love to get everyone up and dancing."

Positive energy is the thing that sparked Bandiera's love for music, and drove him to pursue it as a career.

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"I was interested in playing music when I was 10 years old," he says. "I remember seeing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on the Ed Sullivan Show, and I knew I wanted to play music."

Favorite Songs: "Like A Hurricane," "Mustang Sally" and "C'mon Caroline" are just a few of the classic favorites you can expect to hear from the Bobby Bandiera Band.

Albums: The Bobby Bandiera Band has three albums out, entitled "Bandiera," "Dog Loves You" and "Is My Father There?" Bandiera is currently working on his fourth release.

Who's Who: Bobby Bandiera, guitar, vocals; Arne Wendt, keyboards, vocals; Jim Celestino, guitar, vocals; Graham Maby, bass, vocals; Rich Scannella, drums; Tom Labella, saxophone.

Fun Fact: Bandiera has played guitar for Jon Bon Jovi for eight years, and has also performed with greats like Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Stevie Wonder.

Go See Him: The Bobby Bandiera Band performs 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Harbor Pines Golf Club for the fifth annual Fundraiser for the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools. The event includes a one-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres reception, surf-and-turf dinner and a live auction. Tickets are priced at $75 per person. Advanced reservations are required. Call 609-646-8441, ext. 1017



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