MEET THE BAND
Formed in 2010, the Eastern Hellbenders are a group of professional musicians who came together over their mutual love of alternative and classic rock music. The band plays regularly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at venues including bars, restaurants, clubs and festivals. Influenced by the current popular acoustic/folk/alternative bands that are dominating the radio today - as well as the classic rock hits of the past - Eastern Hellbenders strive to play music in its purest, acoustic form. You'll hear some of the greatest music recorded in the last 40 years during their sets, from classic rock songs of the 70's to the 00's as well as current alternative hits. Some artists include:
- Led Zeppelin
- Elle King
- Ed Sheeran
- The Lumineers
- Jason Mraz
- Neil Young
- Lady Gaga
- Amy Winehouse
- Etta James
- Grace Slick
- and so many more!
Equipped with a high-quality sound system and professional gear, Eastern Hellbenders are able to tailor their performances to suit any occasion big or small.
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Lead vocalists Kara DeLucia & Donna DeLucia are a unique mother/daughter duo whose harmonies have a warmth to them that can only be led back to their familial bond. Kara's soulful and standout contralto voice sets the tone for the band's indie sound; she has been singing professionally since she was 14 years old, and is currently a Senior at Drexel University where she further hones her talents by studying entertainment and arts management.
Donna has sang professionally for tri-state area rock bands since the 1980's. Over a 20-year period, she was a lead singer for the popular, country/rock group "Bandito" and then the classic rock band "Prankster." More recently, she toured with the "Wizards of Winter" as a backup singer for their 2015 season.
Jeff Ganis plays lead and rhythm guitar. Jeff got his professional start playing with a popular original music band in Connecticut called "Batteries Not Included". When he relocated to New Jersey in the late 90's he was one of the founding members of the classic rock band "Prankster."
Alan Tofig brings his unique touch to the band playing mandolin/banjo/dobro and guitar. Alan was a founding member of local favorite PA band "Well Strung" and continues to play with the Well Strung Acoustic Trio.
Zach Romano plays all things percussion. Having played for over 25 years, Zach's influences include Marc Quinones (of the Allman Brothers Band) and Mickey Hart (of The Grateful Dead). He has played with great local artists such as "Walnut Street", "Ten Foot Tall Band" and "What the Funk."
Johanna Miele is a bass player and backing vocalist for the Eastern Hellbenders. She has been performing with classic rock and oldies bands on Long Island and in New Jersey for the last 30 years. She also currently plays bass for "Late Night Kennel Club", "Union Street Jam" and the "Celtic Rebels". Prior to moving to Flemington, NJ from Long Island, she played keyboards for doo-wop groups and oldies bands.