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The Bronx Warriors, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Published July 31, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1778The Bronx Warriors

Last night was another gorgeous New Jersey night (we’re having a ton of them, all in a row!) so Dennis and I head out with our good friends Mike and Diane to see another outdoor concert, The Bronx Warriors, who did a ton of cover tunes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, featuring a medley of Frankie Vali hits. As I mentioned before when reviewing other oldies shows, it is always disappointing to hear medleys because I like to hear the entire song, especially since they did my favorite “Opus 17.” I’d rather hear less songs, and more quality of the song.

However, my favorite part of the show was their surf segment with these hits, “Walk Don’t Run” and “Theme from Hawaii-Five-O.” What a treat – perfect songs for summer!

I also loved their version of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”

At the end of the show, Diane and I did a little dancing. And the best part of the shows are always hanging out with Mike and Diane!

SAM_1776Me and Dennis enjoying the show!

SAM_1779Me and Diane enjoying the show!

Happy Birthday Dick Dale!

Published May 4, 2013 by Maryanne

dick-dale-mary-anne-and-dennis-surf-clubDick Dale, Me, Dennis (2007 or 2008?)

At the Surf Club (now demolished thanks to Hurricane Sandy)

Happy Birthday to legendary Dick Dale!

My husband and I make it a point to see him perform whenever he comes to New Jersey. For a few years he was struggling with cancer so he wasn’t touring, but last summer we saw him again. I posted about it on my Maryanne’s Jukebox page: There are pictures and some video footage, from The Surf Club that no longer exists¬† thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Here’s his best song ever, “Misirlou” from 1963

Here’s another goodie:

I think Dick is coming around again in August — I can’t wait!

Highlights from Resintopia, Saturday, March 23, 2013

Published March 24, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0427Model by Vincent Bordogna, Resintopia CEO and Founder

All weekend long the Resintopia extravaganza was held at the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield, New Jersey.

My husband Dennis and I got there just as they were closing shop for the evening, but with well enough time to hit the lounge, have a beer and some snack food and see the amazing New York surf band, The Octomen, with our friends Nick Conti and Ed O’Brien; as well as Vincent Bordogna. And we got to meet actor, Jeff Yager (see photos below) who also makes models and sculptures. He came from California to be a part of this fabulous event put on by Vincent Bordogna.

A good time was had by all, as The Octomen performed two great sets and people mingled.

This was the second year for Resintopia. Next year will be even bigger! We had a BLAST!

SAM_0428Model by Vincent Bordogna

SAM_0430Model by Vincent Bordogna

SAM_0419“Six Feet Under” and “Seinfeld” actor, Jeff Yagher and Resintopia CEO Vincent Bordogna

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_0426Me and my husband, Dennis (Photo by Ed O’Brien)


The Octomen drum kit — how cool is that?

And from another show, but just to illustrate how great the Octomen are, check out this video I found on You Tube:

Come on Christmas! (Songs from Tom Corea’s Studio!)

Published November 29, 2012 by Maryanne

(Left to right – Ric Pink, Dennis and Me, 2011)

Every year our good friend Tom Corea puts out an amazing Christmas project via his Babyfishmouth Studio.

My husband, Dennis, often plays bass (and some guitar) on many of the tunes, along with Tom DiPaolo on guitar.

Sometimes I’ll join them in the studio and once in awhile participate.

“Come on Christmas” was a really fun song that was recorded over the summer. (Vocals: Ric Pink, guitar: Tom DiPaolo, bass: Dennis Mistretta, Drums: Tom Corea). And I got to help by singing the back-up vocals! What an honor to be working amongst such great talents!

If you click on the following “Come On Christmas” you will see there are some great shots of all of us having fun in the studio. The album cover photo of Tom DiPaolo and Tom Corea was beautifully done by my very good friend, Darlene Foster ( It’s worth it to check out the song just to see her fabulous work!

Check out the song and photos by clicking here:

Come On Christmas!

And here’s another one from a few years back, 2006, it’s a surf song featuring Dennis on bass guitar and rhythm, Tom DiPaolo on guitar, Tom Corea on drums, and I’m the opening spoken word vocal, “Hey, Santa, Surf’s Up!”


And finally, a surf take on this Nutcracker classic. Tom DiPaolo on guitars, Dennis Mistretta on bass and Tom Corea on drums: Dance of the Sugar Plum Scary

I always love going to the studio with Dennis. I adore music and watching a tune be put together step-by-step. Or sometimes I’ll go upstairs and hang out with Tom Corea’s wife, Carol, and have a fantastic time drinking wine and having great conversation. They also have two beautiful kids, Jessie and T.J.

We are so blessed to have such great friends and so many wonderful memories!

Tom Corea, of Babyfishmouth Studio and his son, Jessie

Me, Carol Corea and Darlene Foster (Ric Pink in background)

Happy Birthday Dick!

Published May 4, 2012 by Maryanne

Dick Dale, Me, and my husband Dennis, Surf Club, circa 2007 or 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the surf guitar legend, Dick Dale! Today he is 75-years-old and still touring!

One of the traditions in our household is to see Dick Dale when he comes to New Jersey every year, which is usually at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club down the shore. For a few years, we missed him because Dick had some struggles with cancer and wasn’t touring. But now he is all well and touring all over the USA!

Dick is a legend. For those old enough, you may remember him in the 1960s surf movies. And for you youngsters, you may best know him for his music being featured in “Pulp Fiction.”

Even in his 70s, Dick is still a hit with the ladies. The first time I saw Dick, I was absolutely shocked at all the young girls in the front row, SCREAMING for him! It was just so damn cute. Some even wore buttons that read, “I love Dick!”

I am always one of the girls in the front (but not young and not screaming). The first time I saw him perform, Dick pat me on the head and gave me his guitar pick.

My husband said, “Pat on the head by a legend!”

Dick is very accessible to his fans. Anyone can meet him, get his autograph and chat with him. Who knows — maybe even hang out with him. (I once overheard him giving out his phone number to a fan. And another time, the day after he performed, I found his card on the boardwalk with his phone number on it).

Well, finding out Dick is returning to the Surf Club this summer just made my day even happier! The Surf Club is a fabulous place to see a show. The back of the club is gutted out, so you can go on the beach and dance and drink, while you are listening to great music. And after a few drinks, you may even feel like you are in one of Dick Dale’s beach movies!