DRIVE has dedicated their Talents to producing Accurate Recreations of Classic Songs from the 80’s decade.
Highlighting a Special Tribute to “The Cars”, Lead Singer, Mary Beth Cronin, thrills audiences with her transformation to the persona of Ric Ocasek, while Darren Gallagher on Guitar & Vocals, Cosmo LoCricchio on Keyboards & Vocals, Lou F Kennedy on Guitar & Vocals, Billy Reutlinger on Bass Guitar and Jay Sharkey on Drums & Vocals produce an Authentic Recreation of The Music of "The Cars".
Enjoy the sounds of timeless music.
Mary Beth Cronin - Lead Vocals and Percussion
Mary Beth was originally inspired to perform watching the Partridge Family TV shows. Her singing career started at the Cherry Avenue Elementary School in Sayville, N.Y., where as a fifth grader, she sang music from "Godspell" in the school chorus. Her natural love of music led her to dabble in playing violin, tympani, keyboards, and guitar in her search for self-expression, but the stage was where she would find her niche. By the time she was in high school, Mary Beth was studying acting with Lillian Pape. She also played multiple parts as a nurse, a reporter, and a screaming teenage fan in a school production of "Bye-Bye Birdie". After graduation in 1979, she continued her acting with the Ivy Lane Repertory Group in a production of "Strange Bedfellows".
In 1982 she met a band called the Insane Element, while at a friend’s party. She asked if she could audition for them as a singer. She auditioned and joined her first band, playing clubs in New York City and Long Island, and gaining her first recording experience until the group disbanded a year later.
By 1986 she had formed Grand Passion and embarked on a vigorous campaign of work. The group began recording and performing at clubs like CBGB's, My Father's Place, The Limelight, Kenny's Castaways, and a series of public TV appearances. Mary Beth also appeared at IMAC (Huntington, NY) in a Sam Ash sponsored tribute to Elvis Presley, as well as numerous appearances on The Joe Franklin TV show.
In 2000, Mary Beth renamed the band “Talk of the Town” and started performing a tribute to “The Pretenders”.
In 2007, with the addition of a keyboardist, the band incorporated a tribute to“The Cars”.
In 2011, the band's name changed to DRIVE, and became one of the premier Cars Tribute bands in the northeast in addition to performing a Tribute to The 80’s and The Pretenders.
Mary Beth has performed/recorded with: Felix Hanemann (ZEBRA), Billy Pascali (Vanilla Fudge/New Rascals), Mike Score (Flock of Seagulls), Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) and Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel)
Influences: The Pretenders, The Cars, U2, David Bowie among many others.
Billy Reutlinger - Bass Guitar
Billy is a multi - talented musician who has been with the group since 1996. He learned his first guitar chords from his uncle at the age of eight, and took it from there, playing guitar in bands for many years before switching to bass.
After playing a P-Bass for six months, he switched to a 5-string because it was "more flexible". "Flexible" is a good word to describe Billy, who is equally at home on guitar or bass. His musical influences include Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and Chris Squire. His experience playing in R&B, Funk, and Soul bands add plenty of feeling to the group's sound.
His loyalty and commitment to the band over the past 20 years remains one of DRIVE’S great strengths.
Cosmo LoCricchio - Keyboards and Vocals
Multi-talented keyboardist Cosmo LoCricchio's interest in music started in elementary school with clarinet lessons, leading to playing drums in many rock 'n' roll bands including a band that backed rock legend Chuck Berry at a benefit at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York.
With a keen interest in synthesizers, Cosmo switched to electronic keyboards.
In addition, he is quite adept as a bass guitarist, working with several artists, including Award Winning Country Music Singer/Songwriter Mary Lamont.
With his enthusiasm, wide range of experience, and love of harmonies, Cosmo was a welcomed addition to DRIVE and has been a member of the band for over 10 years.
Quote: "I will keep on playing 'til the end."
Darren Gallagher- Lead Guitar and Vocals
Darren is a 30 year veteran of the Long Island Music scene. From his early Days of Playing with the Robert Thomas Band to his founding of Net Prophets, a highly respected & versatile area rock band, Darren has stayed true to his passion for guitar playing and performing live music. Net Prophets evolved into Badlands: A Tribute to the Music of Bruce Springsteen, one of the most respected Springsteen Tribute bands around, and it is here that Darren gets to show off his passionate guitar playing, along with his heartfelt vocals.
His incredible talent, dynamic personality and love of the music of The Cars and The 80’s Decade, made him a perfect addition to the band. Elliot Easton (Guitarist for The Cars) is one of Darren’s musical Influences, so he is thrilled to “assume the role” of Elliot in the band and to play some of his favorite guitar parts of all time.
Lou F Kennedy – Lead/Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Lou joined DRIVE in August of 2017.
He is a veteran of the Long Island / Tri-State area cover band scene for over 30 years.
With his powerful vocals and stage presence, Lou adds another dimension to the band.
He is both happy and excited to continue on with DRIVE and is a welcomed new addition.
His musical influences include The Rolling Stones, The Police, Cheap Trick, The Killers and U2.
Jay Sharkey – Drums and Vocals
Jay is a New York drummer who has appeared in clubs throughout the tri-state area.
Known as both a drummer and a lead/backup vocalist, Jay has graced the stages with numerous Long Island and New York rock and blues bands.
His repertoire covers such diverse music as Blues, Reggae, Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Latin, Funk and Soul.
In 1973 Jay performed in a band called “Spontaneous Combustion”. He replaced drummer Tony Brock. Tony went on to perform with John Waite (The Babys), Rod Stewart and Elton John. Jay has also shared a stage with Cyndi Lauper and Billy Idol before they were famous. From 1983-2007, Jay was a fill in drummer for Johnnie Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, performing with them many times.
Jay has been performing with DRIVE over 11 years.