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Peekskill's Joe Duraes & The Skills Opens For Gin Blossoms At Paramount

Peekskill band Joe Duraes & The Skills.
Peekskill band Joe Duraes & The Skills. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill band Joe Duraes & The Skills will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

This comes on the heels of bandleader Duraes' successful debut performance at the Paramount’s Open-Mic Night last November, which he headlined with a 45-minute set of his original songs.

The historic theater supports local bands like Joe Duraes & The Skills and books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

“I am thrilled that the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater asked us to open for Gin Blossoms," said Duraes. “We’re big fans of their music, and we look forward to supporting them with ours.”

Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley. The guitarist/vocalist released his debut album, "Ebb and Flow," on Nov. 26, 2013. Duraes released a single on Sept. 1, 2015 with The Skills, “Pleasant Valley Sunday," originally written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin in 1966 and made famous by The Monkees in 1967.

He and his band currently perform live as Joe Duraes & The Skills, honoring their home-base in Peekskill. Duraes plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow-up to “Ebb and Flow."

The following are the Skills:

Steve Geller (bass): A professional touring and recording bass player for more than 25 years, Geller is best known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi.

Rodman del Castillo (lead guitar): Rodman got started in the early '90s on the NYC Hardcore scene signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records.

Joe Politi (drums): Politi has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He studied with world-renowned drummer and teacher Mike Johnston. He joined Joe Duraes & The Skills in April of 2015.

Duraes's official band website is at www.joeduraes.com .

Ticket prices are $35 (Tier 2) and $45 (Tier 1). Tickets can be purchased in advance or day-of -show at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s box office and online at http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/gin-blossoms/ .

The show starts at 8 p.m.

The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is at 1008 Brown St, Peekskill.

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