Barnegat Leader

New to the Music Scene: Blue Suede Quartet

Dec 12, 2018
Blue Suede Quartet

For Carlos Colon, there’s plenty of life after the Jersey Shore Roustabouts. Colon was the lead singer and founder for the group billed as New Jersey’s “most exciting retro rock ’n’ roll band.” Their concerts featured doo-wop and pop hits from the late 1950s to early 1960s.

“After we did our farewell concert in Toms River last July, people came up to me hoping that I’d still be performing,” said Colon. “They were really sad to see us go.”

Colon was hoping to get more opportunities to perform; that recently came to fruition with the formation of the Blue Suede Quartet. As with the Roustabouts, Colon is the lead singer. Other members are lead guitarist Jerry Conte, bassist Dan Haase and drummer Jon Grill.

“Jerry once was a member of the Roustabouts, and Dan and Jon are good friends of my son,” he said. “Jerry is very good at the rockabilly-style guitar playing, and Dan and Jon both went to the Berklee School of Music, which is an outstanding school.”

Colon said the group’s repertoire would feature hits of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at the time when they were young musicians starting their careers in the mid-’50s with Sun Records.

“That was the rockabilly capital,” he said. “Many other great musicians came out of those studios over the years.”

Rockabilly is defined as a fusion of country and rhythm-and-blues.

“The Roustabouts did some rockabilly songs,” he said. “What’s different about the Blue Suede Quartet is we won’t being doing doo-wop.”

In the meantime, the group is looking for gigs. Colon said the quartet has been scheduled to play as part of the free summer concerts at the Barnegat dock on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m.

“The Roustabouts played there a few times, so I'm pretty sure the people in Barnegat will like us,” he said.

Colon said anyone wanting information about the quartet can email him at  —E.E.  







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