The GrayRiders Band
Rockaway's Own Good Time Band!

2018 Schedule

* Roger Bar 6/16 Saturday 9 pm
* Sugar Bowl 6/29 Friday 9 pm
* Caracas 7/21 Saturday 6 pm
* Low Tide 8/11 Saturday 6 pm
* Bay House 8/18 Saturday 8 pm
* Thai Rock 9/8 Saturday 9 pm
* Caracas 9/14 Friday 6 pm
Grayriders Band History and Philosophy
Welcome to the Grayriders Website! We play in the Beach Bars of Rockaway for friends & family & neighbors - all looking for a few laughs and a good time. If that sounds like fun to you, come join us - check out the News section of our site for upcoming gigs. If you like the Dead, the Stones, Los Lobos, Wilco - well you just might like the Riders too.

The Grayriders grew out of another organization known as the Graybeards. The Graybeards are a 501-c-3 group based in the Rockaways.

 Since that time almost fifteen years ago the line-up has changed and continues to change, with honorary Grayriders (or Touring members as we like to call them) dropping in and out of the line-up from time to time  - but all with the same spirit and philosophy! To play music and help other people doing it. So you'll catch the Grayriders at events around the beach in that way. The core Riders are Graybeards: Joe, Bugsy and Lou. The real strength comes from the core rhythm section provided by John McNamee on bass and Willie Vargas on drums. Those guys have been providing a solid musical structure for the Grayriders for many years now, allowing the more creative members to jam away. Last year Ed Landi joined the cast and fit right in with his expert guitar playing and timely vocals. Mike Carpenter rounds out the group with a smooth tenor sax that sets the Grayrider music apart from all other beach bands.

Oh and the music, the music - the Grayriders have a musical philosophy rooted in the sixties - we like to take songs rearrange them and jam. We do that for two reasons - we like to jam and we can't play'em like the record anyway.

See you around Rockaway!

To just say hi or inquire about having us play your events please e-mail us at:

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