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Lodi Musicians Take Talents On Road Show

The Road Show in action.
The Road Show in action. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rich Sabatino

LODI, N.J. — By Day, Lodi musicians Joe Bart, Rich Sabatino, Frank Trent and Matt Nocito work at a car dealership, in personal training, a jewelry company and furniture business, respectively.

By night they jam out as The Road Show.

Though some have left since then, the group met during their time in Lodi. For the past six years The Road Show rocked local venues with cover songs through numerous genres.

"We are the funnest band you'll ever see," bassist and vocalist Sabatino said.

The current members credited Kenny Rocha for the creation of the band. Rocha had to part ways with The Road Show but started them down their path.

The band plays old school country like Hank Williams, Elvin, classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and The Beatles, punk such as The Ramones, and 80s tunes from Bon Jovi and Poison.

Bart and Trent play the guitar and vocals, and Nocito takes the drums.

The band plays two or three times per month on average while trying to balance music with their personal lives.

"We want to spend time with the families because when we were younger we played full time," Bart said. "That was our choice. We wanted to have children and settle down. You can't be married in rock and roll, it's very tough. Elvis said it and it stands today."

To keep their style fresh they mix different instruments like mandolins, violins and banjos into the mix. It works because of their strong friendship, Trent said.

"The best part of the band is there are no egos," he said. "It makes everything so much fun. When we have practice on Friday, I want to come here."

Some upcoming shows for The Road Show include March 25 at Twin Door Tavern in Maywood at 9:30 p.m. and April 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hilltop Tavern in Lodi.

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