Velveteen Playboys
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Velveteen Playboys

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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"Velveteen Playboys escape from New York;"

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 Contact: Warren Scott, Boston Eventworks

781-395-3976 x217

Velveteen Playboys escape from New York;

On tap for Johnny D’s February 11

BOSTON – Fresh off their Madison Square Garden debut, Boston supergroup Velveteen Playboys will return to their hometown, appearing for one night – Feb. 11 – at Johnny D’s in Somerville’s Davis Square. The show will two sets of the band’s best material, include all tracks from their newly released CD, “Shakin’ Not Stirred”.

For tickets to the February 11 show call 617-776-7450 or visit

Velveteen Playboys’ seven-man lineup includes some of Boston’s best-known musicians, including lead guitarist Robert Holmes (‘Til Tuesday), saxophone player Bob Gay (New Man), bassist Lenny Bradford (Entrain) and lead singer Paul Souza (Beat Surrender).

The band was the featured live performer January 28 at 104th Millrose Games, held at Madison Square Garden. The Millrose Games annually draws 10,000 to 15,000 fans and is the world’s most historic indoor track and field meet and the longest continually held sporting event in the Garden. Velveteen Playboys’ performance clearly made an impression on The New York Times, which made the band its focus in their story on the event. ( ). The band was also featured in ESPN2’s live national television broadcast of the Millrose Games

Velveteen Playboys in November released their second album, “Shakin’ Not Stirred”, which combines rock, funk, swing and 80s pop sensibility into a genre-defying record. Produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Bob St. John, the CD and clips of tracks are available at

Visit Velveteen Playboys on Facebook:!/pages/Velveteen-Playboys/130410533672477?v=wall

Velveteen Playboys are:

PAUL SOUZA – lead vocals, formerly of Beat Surrender

ROBERT HOLMES – lead guitar, formerly of chart-topping ‘til Tuesday

BOB GAY – saxophone, formerly of New Man

LENNY BRADFORD – bass guitar, formerly of Entrain

BEN ZECKER – keyboards, formerly with Jordan Knight of NKOTB and Gary Cherone of Extreme

MIKE NULL – rhythm guitar, formerly of Soulcasters

ANTHONY STEELE – drums, formerly with Wynton Marsalis and the Gershwin Orchestra
- Boston Event Works

"Mile Run Delivers Upset Amid Twists at Millrose"

Published: January 28, 2011
The tone of the 104th Millrose Games was established early Friday night at Madison Square Garden, when the Velveteen Playboys, a shimmying, sharply dressed rock band, took the stage — or, in this case, the track — to jam their way through a multi-song set.

After more than a century, the Millrose Games maintain their position as a singular event in track and field.

- New York Times

"Velveteen Playboys Debut New CD at Foxboro Venue"

Showcase Live audience rocks out to Mansfield's Paul Souza and his band
FOXBORO - The Velveteen Playboys and their part-Energizer Bunny, part-David Lee Roth frontman Paul Souza made it a compelling CD release party at Showcase Live Friday with the debut of their latest CD "Shakin' Not Stirred" produced by three-time Grammy winner Bob St. John.

Mansfield resident and music industry veteran Souza and his band had the audience rocking early with their hybrid of swinging rock and danceable pop, characterized by a driving beat and virtuosic instrumentals featuring guitarist Robert Holmes and all-world sax man Bob Gay.

Souza, sporting a shaved head and a hipster's uniform of sunglasses sparkle shirt and black pants and vest, made a strong bid to challenge legendary frontmen Roth and Steven Tyler in the charisma department, dancing and gyrating about the stage. At one point he waded into the audience and mounted a low wall to lead the audience in the chorus to the band's "Lucky Day."

The audience's response to the band's music was clear early on as the crowd filled the large dance floor and bopped enthusiastically to beat despite the fact that none had previously heard any of the tunes.

The 10 original tunes on "Shakin Not Stirred" brought forth recollections of MTV's 80s heyday - rocking hard and partying all the way. From the opening number "(Nobody Loves Me) The Way You Do" to the uplifting "Big Rock Wall," the band's music is filled with energy and danceable grooves. With the added sophistication of the band's musicianship - especially Holmes (Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann) on guitar, Gay (David Bowie, Chaka Kahn, Bee Gees) on sax, former Wynton Marsalis drummer Anthony Steele and Entrain bassist Lenny Bradford - The Velveteen Playboys seem to have the muscle to back up their considerable musical audacity.

Nuf Said, a talented jazz-funk-pop quartet of youngsters from southeastern Massachusetts did themselves credit opening the evening, followed by the Jamie Lynn Hart Band.

RICK FOSTER can be reached at 508-236-0360 or at - The Sun Chronicle


Velveteen Playboys- "Cosmic Lounge" CD

Velveteen Playboys- "Live at the Orpheum Theatre"

Velveteen Playboys-"Shakin' Not Stirred" CD

Singles-"The Way You Do" and "Big Rock Wall"



Velveteen Playboys are a band for the world. A multi-racial, multi-dimensional, transcontinental juggernaut of musical talent. The band’s members are American, Caribbean, and Mexican and their musical influences are as diverse as their lineup. Their infectious combination of rock, pop and swing keeps audiences moving in their seats or dancing in the streets. They are a modern day presentation of a retro sound that is both unique, yet familiar. The band’s strength lies in their dynamic live shows which are both energetic and fun. Their latest CD, “Shakin’ Not Stirred,” produced by 3-time Grammy Award winner Bob St. John, is garnering both national and international attention. Velveteen Playboys are a musical tornado and they’re ready to tear the roof off!

A “super group” of musical talent including bassist Lenny Bradford formerly of "Entrain," and saxophonist Bob Gay who played and recorded with such greats as David Bowie and Chaka Khan, Velveteen Playboys' musical styles range from 80's New Wave to Swing to the Beatles to Burlesque to Led Zeppelin to Cabaret. All these influences combine with the guiding force of their own, brilliant originality to create a lush, melodic and powerful sound that can only be described as Velveteen Playboys.

Velveteen Playboys were the featured musical guest at the 104th Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 28th. Their performance was lauded as one of the highlights of the Games on the ESPN2 live television broadcast and in the opening paragraph of the New York Times coverage of the Games the next morning.Their 2009 Cosmic Lounge Tour was highlighted by shows at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, The Metropolitan Room in NYC, Showcase Live in Boston, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Twin River Casino in Rhode Island.

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For bookings contact Ed Keane @ Ed Keane Associates or call 617-846-0067