Jokers Wild…An Up and Coming Band with Lots of Versatility

Jul 14, 2010

By: Krista Doran

jokerswild_promoIt’s been a crazy beginning of summer so far, so my husband and I, with our friends Patty and Shawn, decided to check out a new place that everyone has been talking about called Dean Casmirri’s Colonial Inn, over on Beaver Street in Penndel. It’s an out-of-the-way place along the Neshaminy Creek and just the kind of place we were looking for last Saturday night to beat the heat. We pulled up and heard some live music playing outside and took a walk back onto their private and secluded deck area. The place was hopping! There were a bunch of people back there dancing and having a great time, so we decided to sit and stay a while. The band was Jokers Wild, and I am happy to say we’ve decided to feature them in this month’s issue.

For any of you that read this article every month, you’ve probably noticed that I will go from writing about an original band to a real well-known cover band to a lesser known but up and coming band. I like to keep a good variety going so that it appeals to many people. After hearing this band Jokers Wild and seeing how the people reacted to them, I thought they would be the perfect subject for this month’s In the Spotlight. I spoke to their leader and rhythm guitar player, Mike Hope who explained to me that they are really having a lot of fun just playing all the music they group up listening to on the radio. Jokers Wild plays a nice blend of music from 70’s Classic Rock to heavy Modern Rock and well as some Blues. Mike told me “we’ll go right from playing Hotel California to Metallica. We like to appeal to a broad audience so we’ll play a little of everything.”

Mike was a long time, on-the-scene musician and had been away for a few years when he deiced to put Jokers Wild together. He assembled a band that he felt had the talent to progress into something that everyone will really like and so far so good! They have now been playing the local circuit since January of this year and have been making many people sit up and listen. Although they don’t play more than 2 or 3 times a month, Mike told me they are taking things slow and really working on their sound to get things just right. “We really like playing the heavier stuff; Iron Maiden, Metallica, Ozzy – you’ll never hear us playing any of the sappy stuff.” I liked that saying myself, (I use it in my own marketing!) because too many people ARE playing the same old songs. It’s ALWAYS nice to hear a band that takes the time to learn and play something different for a change. The members of the band are Mike Hope on Rhythm guitar, Harry Phron on Lead Vocals, Joe “Rip Riley” Ellsworth on bass, Shawn Young on Drums and Billy Ba on Lead Guitar. Jokers Wild is a unique blend of talent that gets the job of rocking the crowd done!

Jokers Wild will be playing a benefit for a really great cause on July 25, and I urge everyone to help support it! It’s for the Bensalem School District’s music program and the proceeds raised will be used to help KEEP MUSIC IN SCHOOLS. It’s a family event, so bring the kiddies for a day of fun at The Newportville Fire Company. There will be live music by Joker’s Wild, Wicked Stranger and Tommy Spirk of the Richards Brothers Band. There will also be moon bounces, a dunk tank and a real Army Tank so plan for a very fun day! This event starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm and tickets are just $25. This is a great way to help support local music and a very good cause at the same time!

So if you are looking for a “good-time” band, be sure to go hang out and have some drinks with Jokers Wild. You can view their schedule and take a listen to them now on their Facebook page called Jokers Wild Bucks County.

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