As a teenager,
a friend's band needed a bassist. They strapped a tuned down guitar
over my neck and said, "here, play this!"
At that time my only experience was limited
to some early banjo lessons, but I took to it right away; my first
gig was a Brooklyn block party about three weeks later. The large
punk scene in NYC at that time was one of my biggest influences.
The Talking Heads, the Ramones
played in a few dozen rock bands, most of which have bled into obscurity.
Around 1989 I found myself in a band called Gregory's Funhouse.
It was a crazy sick rock band, that had a following that was just
as sick as us! I performed virtually everywhere with that group,
opening for such acts as the Butthole Surfers and Keanu Reeves'
After Funhouse stopped performing, partly
attributed to the death of their guitarist Rex Screamer, I sat around
for a few months. I was home on a Saturday night doing nothing,
so I called a good drummer friend of mine, Joe Filosa, and said
hey man, musicians shouldn't be home on a Saturday night! He told
me that he would do something about that! That moment marked the
beginning of a band called Plastic Beef, a ever-growing and expanding
musical entity. The idea behind Plastic Beef shows is to get as
many friends as we could find onto the bill. The Plastic Beef "family"
is now a conglomeration of many different and varied bands, all
mostly based in Brooklyn. Plastic Beef, Liza & the Wonderwheels,
Paula Carino, Kirsten Williams, The Worlds Fair, Paranoid Larry,
The Spunk Lads, The Doids, The Larch, the list goes on forever.
Along with my Plastic Beef excursions,
I have been featured on over twenty cd's, some of my proudest moments
working with Kirsten Williams, and other songwriters such as Liza
Garelik and Paula Carino. "The Holiest of Trinities' as I calls
The songs here are quite different from
The mp3 with Ross Bonadonna is a journey
into improv. Ya know, just count off, maybe, and just start playing.
I happen to like this type of performing best of all. You open up
and just let the music fall out space through your head.
The other mp3s, Tip Of the Iceberg and
Venus Records are the genius of Paula Carino, one of the best songwriters
around. Listen and you will instantly fall in love with it's brilliance!
And of course you can listen to my work with Kirsten Williams!