The Rockin45s are a unique, exciting entertaining band different from what you may be used to. The band features marathon sets of high energy renditions of classic party material spanning the entire history of rock and roll, through to current pop hits. Mixing a blend of infectious originals and time-tested covers, the band appeals to audiences of all ages and has been packing clubs and dance floors for 11 years.
The band evolved from a rock-a-billy band called The Houndogs, founded in the wake of the 911 tragedy, in October of 2001, by a group of middle aged guys who were high school chums. Current front man Mike Shane and guitarist Matt Nappo, who recently left the band, were the founding members, although Matt was the band’s drummer at the start. Bassist Bill Capozzi joined in the Summer of 2002, when the band started gigging regularly under the name CA3, (The Carlos Allende’ Trio)
In June of 2003, the band played it’s first gig on the Freeport Nautical Mile at venue called Water Lilly’s. That night the band never took a break and ended up playing 5 1/2 hours. The energy that came from the non-stop set resulted in the club owners asking for an exclusive long-term commitment from the band. From that night on the band played the Nautical Mile and average of 2-3 times every week and built a loyal fan base in the area
Drummer Mike Barone joined the band in late July of 2004, appearing as a substitute for Bullet Bob. Barone added a solid back beat to the band and an intense energy and immediately became the permanent steady drummer with the band.
The band has gone through a lot of growing pains and changes over the years and has matured and refined their show to become one of the most unique acts in entertainment in the world.
On October 31,2014 Mike Viggiani joined the band as the guitarist. Mike has been playing on Long Island and around the country for the past 40 years. Mike has been friends with The Rockin’ 45s since they started, showing up at many gigs as a fan. He is a perfect fit for the band and now gets rock with the band as it’s newest member! We are excited about the future as Mike brings his heart ,soul and energy to the music!
Drummer Mike Barone and Bassist Bill Capozzi spoke of the 45’s records they had as a kid and the selection of songs the band played. Some of the tunes such as “I Saw Her standing There”, by the Beatles I still have up in the closet in my blue carrying case as part of my 45 collection. In the green carrying case I have the original 45 “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. With this conversation the name “Rockin45’s” stuck.
Be sure to take notice of the show within the show as the boys start rockin. The crowd participation is usually well handled a the group plays their wide variety of past and present hits. Look for original songs to become part of the mix as the boys resume rehearsals in the fall months. So come on turn off the TV and get out for a night that you will be talking about for years to come. Rock with the Rockin45’s tonight.