Just Like Prom Night
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Just Like Prom Night

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"We had an amazing time last weekend at the Codo Rooftop Just Like Prom Night show! They are a band determined to bring us back to a more simple time, with awesome 80’s music and authentic 80’s attire (complete with Member’s Only jackets…") - Living York

Posted: 02/02/2010 06:40:40 PM EST

Who we talked to: Hoffheins, 36

How did you get into music? My parents were both musicians, and I started playing drums when I was, like, 4. I started taking (drum) lessons in elementary school. I've been playing for . . . 32 years. It sounds bad when you put a number on it. (Laughs) I did . . . marching band, jazz band, orchestra, played for musicals and all that stuff (at York Suburban Senior High School). I had several really good friends in high school, and we would just get together in my parents' basement and play. I did not have my first actual gig until after I graduated.

Who were your influences? My father was my first big one. Being a kid of the '80s . . . (I was influenced by) stuff on the radio. Some, I'm proud of. Some, I'm not. I was a huge Duran Duran fan. I'm not ashamed of that. I went through a . . . hair metal (phase and listened to) Cinderella . . . and all that stuff. That, I'm not so sure about. Really when I got into high school. . . you either listened to Rush or Pink Floyd. I kind of gravitated to Rush and that kind of opened up a whole new world of musicianship. Listening to that led to fusion and then into jazz and . . . beyond what was just on the radio.

Have you been in other local bands? When I was . . . 19, I started playing a band that . . . is now called Hexbelt. My first gig was at the Gingerbread Man, which is now the WaterWay (Bar & Grill) with this band. I never met them (and) never heard a note of their music. I had no idea what I was doing. I had never been in a bar. I had to play four hours of music I never heard. That was kind of my baptism into the world of rock 'n' roll. I've been doing it ever since, so it wasn't that traumatic I guess.

When did you decide to form Just Like Prom Night? I met the bass player (Mike Passariello) in about 1993 or 1994. We hit it off immediately. We played together in cover bands back then, and then we started up a band called Cole . . . in York that got pretty decent regional success. We did that from like 1995 to 1997. We always wanted to do . . . stuff that everybody could like. The stuff we had done up to that point was really . . . creative . . . but not immediately commercial, so the fan base was kind of limited. I moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 2000 and was down there for almost eight years. (Passariello's) been in this band called Wayne Supergenious. When I came back, the first thing we were talking about was . . . how are we going to make something cool? It took us . . . three years to meet enough other people to make it happen. Our first rehearsal was in August. Our first gig (on New Year's Eve at Roosevelt Tavern) was great.

Your lead singer Katie Robinette has been in a few other local groups. How did you meet her? I met Katie through a studio in Columbia called Right Coast Recording. She had been taking music lessons from a friend of mine. I saw she was in another cover band that was really successful. One day, Mike and I were talking about the idea of doing an actual cover band with the focus being pop mostly from the '80s. I just called (Katie) and she was into it.

How did you come up with the name? I have a group of friends (who) . . . get together once a week and play baseball. A bunch of guys together gets a little juvenile at times. Someone would say something like a double entendre . . . and someone would say, "just like prom night." It's kind of like, "That's what she said" (from the sitcom "The Office"). Then, when it came time to get the band together I thought (Just Like Prom Night) really just said all the things I wanted the band to say. When you think about prom night, you think about a great event, everyone's having fun. Guys don't really dig it, but every girl (who's) heard it is like, "oh my god, that's perfect for an '80s cover band."

Do you have good prom night memories? I didn't go to my junior one, but my senior one was great. I was totally in love with my girlfriend. My prom was in 1991, so it was a little later than most of the stuff we play. My prom was, like, Boyz II Men (and) Bryan Adams.

When is your next gig? We got invited back to the Roosevelt (Tavern) for a big '80s night (March 27). (Dressing up) is optional . . . but people can dress like it's the '80s, act like it's the '80s (and) talk like it's the '80s. We're expecting a really good show. (We're) going to learn a couple new tunes and change it up a bit. - Flipside


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In 2009 the world was missing something. The answer was an amazing eighties band. In the summer of 2009 Just Like Prom Night was born.

Just Like Prom Nights members are each as unique as the band itself. Each member contributes a personality and skill with a world of musical experience to match. No matter how diverse the group may be JLPN was drawn together by a common love and a common goal, the love of great music and the need to create something spectacular. Another bond seals this group together, the love of the eighties. We were the missing link, and New Years Eve of 2010 we introduced ourselves to the world.

Our mission began by creating a totally radical musical experience. JLPN takes you on a nostalgic journey to the fun, eclectic and over-the-top times of the eighties by playing what you love. JLPN covers Michael Jackson to Blondie to The Romantics to Journey and we will keep you dancing all night long.

Katie Robinette brings to the table strong vocal ability and vocal stylings. Her training, years of live experience and diversity is evident in every performance. According to Katie, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Hailing from Baltimore, MD band member Justin Levy rocks the fedora and commands the keys as he acts as the glue of the group. Heavy synth lines, funky vocoder, lead and backing vocals and some gnarly keyboard solos prove that the eighties are back!

Also hailing from the Baltimore is Dave Rogoza, master of eighties guitar. Dave shows of his skills with those wailing eighties guitar solos. By day, Dave teaches at the famed ‘Rock School’ and by night Dave teaches you how to Rock the Casbah.

Drummer Jason Hoffheins was the brainchild of the eighties operation. He offers JLPN tight percussion, electronic drum fills and is the backbone of the band. His musical experience stretches from coast to coast, from rock to jazz and beyond.

Originally from New York bass player Mike Passariello shows off his talents by offering JLPN just what they need; A bit of funk.

Together Just Like Prom Night will take you to the Borderline of eighties insanity. Join the fun and don’t forget your leg warmers and aquanet!