The Z-Boys
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The Z-Boys

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Surf Rock


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"Julie Rhodes + Z Boys @ Nick-a-Nee’s"

On a cold Saturday in the Jewelry District of Providence, Nick-a-Nee’s was hot hot heat.

During the day, folks gathered in an open-mic fashion, celebrating a milestone birthday for Brian Jablonski, the bassist from local band The Low Cards. I’ll refrain from revealing WHICH milestone, and instead tell you that Brian’s wife slyly arranged for some of his old-school friends to fly in from around the country; which made for part reunion, part bday shenanigans, and a whole lot of good music from the Low Cards, Corn Mo, and friends.

Nick-a-Nee’s is the perfect destination for such a formula.

For the nighttime lineup, the Z Boys and Julie Rhodes took over, entertaining stayovers from the daytime soiree, along with newcomers there to see the show and celebrate another birthday man, Mike Panico – one the biggest music enthusiasts/supporters you’ll ever meet.

By the time the Z Boys kicked off, they were playing to a packed house. The trio of guitarist Greg Burgess, bassist Amato Zinno, and drummer Ziggy Coffey put on a killer performance. Surf rock, jazz, latin infusion… whatever you want to call it, it was damn good. I was especially blown away by the drummer. He played solos that boggled minds and seemed effortless in some of the tightest drumming I’ve ever seen live. Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Coming off her Best New Artist win at the Boston Music Awards just 2 nights prior, headliner Julie Rhodes played to an eager crowd. She and her crew tore down the house, as usual. We danced, saluted birthdays, and danced some more. The highlight tracks for me that night were Faith, Holes, Hey Stranger, and her rendition of I Put a Spell on You, but I could make a case for any in the set.

Julie’s insanely rich vocals, backed by her incredible band (with horns, AND an epic wardrobe), command both your attention and your sway. She can make your knees buckle and your soul say goddamn all in one song.

Before closing out the night, she invited Greg Burgess of Z Boys, and Ollie Williams of Smith & Weeden to join her. The power and smoothness of Julie, Greg, and Ollie collaborating on Turtle Blues was icing on the cake, which was the perfect time for an actual cake to be passed around the room, because clearly, there was a lot to celebrate!

I ate cake off the community fork and am still spinning from the epitome of an awesome night of music in PVD.

Congrats to Julie and company on a great night and such well-deserved recognition last week! - Music Savage

"EP Premiere: The Z-Boys bring some of that Newport surf to the front of the stage"

In a local sense, the term “supergroup” can mean a lot of things. But often times it’s an easy term for when a group of musicians who each used to be in different bands come together for a new project where their individual talents assemble for a fresh new sound. You’ll also hear “supergroup” tossed around when three of the best musicians in one particular city or state start a mind blowing music project. That can can be said about Newport jazzy surf-rock act The Z-Boys, and their brand new self-titled EP that’s being premiered on Vanyaland today.

The trio consists of Greg Burgess (ex-guitarist of The Amazing Royal Crowns and Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons), Ziggy Coffey (former drummer of Balam and current sticksman for Sweet Heat) and bassist Amato Zinno (who has played with nearly everyone in the folk and jazz scenes in Rhode Island.) They’re each highly regarded by their peers and to listen to them play music together is truly something special. Burgess continuously shows why he’s one of the best guitarists in the Ocean State by alternating between smooth tones and explosive riffs with ease. Coffey and Zinno are a dream of a rhythm section that solidifies The Z-Boys’ sound.

A great example of Burgess’ smooth explosiveness on his six-string is “Emily”. It’s a track with a romantic vibe and an energetic beat that’s contagious. Another song that got some grit to it is “Boogaloo”, it’s raw and straight up nasty while exuding a plethora of funky notes. The only track on the EP that has Burgess crooning on vocals is “Josephine”. It’s a love story, an ode to a lovely lady and it’s the closest thing to a ballad The Z-Boys have in their repertoire.

The Z-Boys will be celebrating the release of their debut EP tonight (September 23) at the Columbus Theatre nestled within Providence’s west end. Joining them on stage will be blues vagabonds Cannibal Ramblers and alt-funk jam whizkids Northeast Traffic. With a bill like that, it’s a guarantee there will be dancing going on within the seats of the theatre’s upstairs stage. It’ll also be a chance to see some stellar guitar playing because along with Burgess, Mark Milloff from Cannibal Ramblers and Alex Claros from Northeast Traffic got some mean chops as well. Until the show, give a listen to The Z-Boys’ debut at the link below and enjoy. - Vanyaland


Still working on that hot first release.



The Z-Boys are a surf rock power trio hailing from Newport, Rhode Island.

Greg Burgess - Guitar
Zigmond Coffey - Drums
Amato Zinno - Bass

After playing with several successful Rhode Island bands across many genres, including The Amazing (Royal) Crowns, Bälam, Haunt the House, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, MEDS, Vudu Sister, and more, the Z-Boys were formed as a Newport "supergroup" to rock all over the state of Rhode Island. 

After forming in the summer of 2014, The Z-Boys have held down a weekly residency at Perro Salado in Newport while also expanding outward to gigs around the region, performing with national bands like Fishbone, Badfish, and The Dread Crew of Oddwood, as well as locals like the Cannibal Ramblers, Julie Rhodes, Roz and the Rice Cakes, GYMSHORTS, Tallahassee (Boston), P. Everett (NYC), The Quahogs, Beta Motel, and more. 

With the release of their debut EP in September 2016, the Z-Boys have been expanding their reach beyond sunny Newport, with gigs throughout New England and Upstate New York in the spring of 2017.

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