Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor


Joe Duraes, a musician from the Hudson Valley, is proud to announce that his band, “Joe Duraes & The Skills” will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 8pm.

This comes on the heels of Joe’s 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 often books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

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

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

About Joe Duraes: Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley, NY. He released his debut album “Ebb and Flow” on November 26, 2013. Joe released a single on September 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. Joe and his band currently perform live as “Joe Duraes & The Skills”, honoring their home-base in Peekskill, NY. Joe plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow up to “Ebb and Flow”.

Joe Duraes

Joe Duraes

About “The Skills”:

Joe Duraes The Skills (Oct. 2015)

Left to right: Joe Politi, Joe Duraes, Rodman del Castillo, Steve Geller

Steve Geller (bass): A professional touring and recording bass player for over 25 years, Steve Geller is best-known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with include original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

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. After several US tours and disbanding Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend Janice Robinson to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

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

Joe Duraes The Skills - Paramount Hudson Valley (2)-LR

Joe Duraes & The Skills At The Paramount Hudson Valley (photo credit: Steve Malinski)

About Paramount Hudson Valley Theater: Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace, the ‘Peekskill Paramount Theater’ first opened its doors with great fanfare in 1930. Today, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is managed and operated by Red House Entertainment with a goal to making this landmark theater a destination for the very best of live music and performing arts. The theater has been designated a Westchester County Landmark and is on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is located at 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. General Inquiries: 914-739-0039

About Gin Blossoms (source, Paramount Hudson Valley online): For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late 80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fade Away” to “Follow You Down” and the Grammy®-nominated “As Long As It Matters”, earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the US.

Praise about Joe’s Music:

About ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’: “A break from the usual writers that you associate with The Monkees, specifically Neil Diamond.”

Coverville (podcast)

“‘Ebb and Flow’ is a passion project built upon decades of musical exploration and fascination.”

The Journal News (White Plains, NY)

“Joe’s rockin’ version of ‘Images of Heaven’ immediately caught my ear.”

Chris Herrmann, Program Director/On-Air Personality, 107.1 The Peak (White Plains, NY)

About ‘Images of Heaven’: “Joe has an expressive voice! Really rockin’ and muscular version. Glad you made it your own, even varying the melody here and there. Very nicely performed man. Bravo!”

Peter Godwin (‘Images of Heaven’, singer with the 80s band ‘Metro’)

About ‘Love Can Rule The World’: “Its sounds great! The performances, production and sentiment…all really great! Keep on making music and good luck with it!”

– Kevin Haskins (drummer with the legendary 80s bands ‘Bauhaus’, and ‘Love and Rockets’)



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