2003-02-20 / Front Page

Blues band will serve up tasty helping of tunes

Jackson-based
Blue Plate Special
to play in Millstone
By jeanette M. eng
Staff Writer

Jackson-based
Blue Plate Special
to play in Millstone
By jeanette M. eng
Staff Writer

Do you want to go back to the swing and boogie woogie eras? How do you like those Chicago-style blues? Well, you might be due for a serving of "tasty blues" by Blue Plate Special, a Jackson-based band that "stimulates its audience’s taste buds ... while playing a non-stop barrage of ripping and soulful blues," according to the band’s press release.

The band began two years ago with established musician Vinnie Roslin and his girlfriend Robin Roselle. Both were involved in Red Bank Boogie, a similar band that gave them the vision for Blue Plate Special.

"Red Bank Boogie was the first generation of this type of music," Roselle explained. "Then Vinnie and I decided to put together our own blues band."

After recruiting musicians and selecting the music they wanted to play, the band members were ready to dedicate themselves to the mission of "serving up tasty blues."

Blue Plate Special’s "entrees" include bass player Roslin, who grew up in the Jersey Short music scene. Roslin’s experience boasts a roster of music greats. He has worked with Bruce Springsteen, The Motifs and Waterfront. Roslin has also shared the stage with James Cotton and Charlie Musselwhite and has opened for Chicago, Elvin Bishop, Iron Butterfly, Johnny Winter, The Young Rascals, Bobby Blue Bland and B.B. King.

Harmonica player Roselle has performed at venues such as the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, and the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. She has opened for national acts such as B.B. King, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Bobby Blue Bland.

"Bobby D" DeCotiis, the guitar player and lead vocalist, has been writing and performing his own original productions in Jersey Shore venues for 20 years.

"Mean Dean the Piano Machine" Babajko began his musical career majoring in jazz composition at the Berklee School of Music, Boston. While studying, he played in clubs in the greater Boston area. Later, while in the Navy, Babajko entertained troops during the Gulf War performing at venues throughout France, Spain, Italy and Africa.

Drummer Roger Gorey has backed numerous groups on stage as well as in recording studios. His most recent projects include Bobby Ray Bishop’s Blues Syndicate, Blue Monday and the Barfy Orchestra.

As a group, Blue Plate Special was the winner of the 2002 United Jersey Blues Network Blues Challenge and was awarded the opening act slot in the Muscanetcong Blues Festival.

They are also sponsoring a benefit in conjunction with Crossroads Bar, Asbury Park, for fellow musician Bernie Brausewetter, who has become ill.

"The benefit will hopefully defray his medical costs," Roselle said.

The benefit will take place on March 23 at Crossroads Bar at 2 p.m. and will feature six bands. Blue Plate Special will perform at 5 p.m.

Crossroads Bar is one among the various blues clubs throughout the area where Blue Plate Special can be found. In addition, the band performs at the Triumph Brewery in Princeton, Tommy’s Inn at Millstone, Route 537, Millstone Town-ship, and will appear at the Seafood and Chowder Festival in Keyport this summer. Blue Plate Special will perform at 9 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Tommy’s Inn at Millstone.

"We want everyone to come out and hear some really good blues and enjoy a band that enjoys themselves," Roselle said. "We play Chicago-style blues that no one else does."

For more information visit the Web site http://www.blueplate-special.com.


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