Kolby Oakley Band Rocks En-Joie Before Zac Brown
Music fans will be treated to a couple of bonus concerts this Friday at En-Joie in Endicott. 20,000 fans sold out the Zac Brown Band concert in Endicott this Friday. As a bonus, the Kolby Oakley Band will play the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Friday night from 6:00 to 8:30pm right on the greens. Not bad for 3 deserving and hard-working guys from the Greater Binghamton area.
The Kolby Oakley Band is made up of Kolby on guitars and vocals, Harpursville’s Cody Hawkins on drums and vocals and Mark Gentile on bass guitar and vocals. They recently played the Broome County Fair in Kolby’s hometown of Whitney Point. The sound was polished and slick.
At the age of 9, Kolby began drumming for his father’s modern rock band, Interstate. Kolby later drummed in other genres of music including blues, punk rock, country, and classic rock. At the age of 14, Kolby joined his father’s well-known blues band, Smokehouse Blues.
During that time Kolby began teaching himself to play guitar, and discovering yet another talent he possessed. Kolby would soon play guitar with Smokehouse Blues covering songs like Johnny Cash’s, “Folsom Prison Blues”. The response from his family, friends, and fans, convinced Kolby that country was the path he wanted to take.
Kolby lists Johnny, Garth Brooks, and Dwight Yoakam as his big influences. Come out to the show to hear this hard working band in action and you’ll be treated to some music by the influences mentioned and some new music Kolby is especially proud of, including “Mud Bog,” which is scheduled to be released soon from his new album expected in the Fall.
Good luck Kolby, Cody and Mark!