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PLeeko @ Private Show

Ghent, New York, USA

Ghent, New York, USA

PLeeko @ Baconfest VII

Pine Island, New York, USA

Pine Island, New York, USA

PLeeko @ Jamaroo Festival

Layton, New Jersey, USA

Layton, New Jersey, USA

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Okay, so I am going to get a little carried away with some YouTube videos and pictures. But it is completely necessary because this band is awesome. When I went home this past weekend, I heard that this band Pleeko, was going to be playing at one of the bars just 5 minutes from my house. Lakeside Tavern is one of the many very country local bars off route 206 and this was not the first time PLeeko was playing there. They have made their rounds to numerous bars in our area including some places in New York and Pennsylvania. The mood inside the bar was absolutely captivating. Everyone was boogying down up front while the light show was mesmerizing anyone who had their eyes were open. Smiles were everywhere due to the mixture of the funky music and the crazy light show! There were lots of familiar faces and local folks gathered here, but even if you were new in town, you would feel right at home. Overall it was a fantastic night. Great performance PLeeko! Even us country folks know how to have a good time! -

While NJ may not be known for their heady jambands, this band is the definition of a absolute exception. Pleeko is a 4 man power group, that provides the funk, jazz, jams, and electronic addiction the jamband community often finds it self trying to cure. While they may not be headlining their own festivals such as The Disco Biscuits, they still bring just as much heat as the top names in their genre provide. Forming in the spring of 2009, this band is off to a great start after not even a year of performing. They have created a fan base, identified as “Pleekers”, who give the support of this newborn invention of indescribable jams, and electronic craziness beyond anybody’s expectations for some kids from New Jersey.

I first heard about this band when I read who was playing with The Mclovins at Sullivan Hall (NYC) last December. I saw a band called Pleeko was the 3rd band on before the Mclovins who were the fourth to take the stage, and so I decided to check them out. Nonetheless, seeing that they are from New Jersey definitely does not hurt, but, they had this edge to them, that was keeping me back from exploring the electronic side of jambands, they have this authentic sound but still fits into the criteria of the jam genre.

Not only do they bring the clubbing sort of vibe to the atmosphere, but before even seeing them, I saw that their lyrics and songs were very structured which again, I hadn’t find in the electronic section. Seeing that their influences are the Dead, Phish, Disco Biscuits, and Sublime, didn’t hurt either. So, I was very eager to see them open up for the Mclovins. And man did they bring it. Not to get too in depth with my experience but they transformed Sullivan Hall from a Grateful Dead groove atmosphere, to the modern version of what the Dead created. Playing without limits, but using technology to your advantage… Isn’t it great? -

Last night I saw for my second time the rather “new and upcoming” band PLeeko play at Blue Ribbon Bar and Restaurant in Branchville, NJ. Despite the hurricane-like storm going on outside, a large turn-out of people made great use of the establishment’s spacious dance floor, and PLeeko rocked the house for almost a good four hours. Along with jamfunky originals, they covered a multitude of 80s classic rock party songs to go with the theme of the night, which was“80s dance party.”

As it turned out, not that many people embraced the 80s theme, but look at how festive my friends were! Though I’m not in the picture, I used the night as an excuse to finally pair my grey and white tye-dye stretch pants with brown leg warmers and my new (vintage) Snoopy tank top…an outfit I’d just been dying to wear out of the house.

Blue Ribbon was a great place to see PLeeko. Very large and open, there was no charge to get in, and they have incredibly reasonably priced adult beverages. I never had to wait in line for the bathroom and I felt completely comfortable leaving my jacket and bag unattended while I was shaking my hips on the slippery dance floor. (The floor was soaked all night from the rain and peoples’ shoes…and of course plenty of spilled beer and booze.)

I am really, really feeling this band, PLeeko! Originating from Sussex County, NJ, it is comprised of four guys: Josh Nodarse on guitar and vocals, Nick DeLear on drums and vocals, Erin McKenna on keyboards and vocals and Paul Schmidt on bass and vocals. They are self-described to have a sound that blends jazz, funk and electronica rock, and I completely agree. They no doubt in my mind bear a striking resemblance to both Phish and The Disco Biscuits. PLeeko formed in March of 2009 and is not currently signed on a record label, but they are the kind of band I hope to, would love to and expect to see playing late night shows at festivals across the country soon enough! They send out the vibe that says, “GET DOWN, OR GO HOME!” You dig?

Both times I have seen PLeeko I have had so much fun and found it impossible to ever stop dancing. There’s not many “local bar bands” that have the ability to really get me moving and satisfy me as though I had paid anywhere from $25-$100 to see a “real show” at a “music venue.” Granted, I had to drive 40 minutes both there and back to get to this said “local show”, and with daylight savings occurring this weekend I didn’t get home until 4 AM and had to work in the (late) morning, but it was alllll very well worth it!

Basically, PLeeko rocks, and you should probably try to, or at least hope to, check them out live for your self one day. They have upcoming shows scheduled for almost every weekend for the next six weeks in the northwestern New Jersey / lower New York state area. If you feel like dancing and jamming out and letting your brain travel into space for a few hours, and meeting fun and friendly New Jersey party people, then come on and get your groove on! -


PLeeko - EP Sept.2009



Since our inception in the late spring of 2009 we have established a strong reputation for tight, club packing, high energy live performances. We have from gone from playing Sullivan Hall NYC and the Bitter End NYC to playing with such notables as the Zen Tricksters, The McLovins, The John Ginty Band and Swift Technique along with having Todd Schaffer from Railroad Earth as part of our attendance. We've also played the festivals: Jamaroo, Big Bandingo, and Dudefest (hosted by Home Grown Music) in which John Ginty sat in with us. As of late we've started a working closely with Unexplained Bacon and Fikus to get a Best of New Jersey Jamband Festival going in Vernon, NJ - and have been invited to play Baconfest (in Pine Island, NY) and The Big Up Festival (in Ghent, NY). We also have tracks in rotation on WNTI 91.9 Hackettstown, NJ.

Our music is composed to be both epic compositionally and viserally entrancing for the fans. Our philosophy is that the live experience is of central importance and our mastery of that craft is only enabled when it is both inclusive and interactive.

More Influences:
King Crimson
Les Claypool
Umphrey's McGee
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