The Times Hereald Record did a quick interview with Mickity Mack last week on our 10 year Anniversary. Nice little article. You can read the whole thing here:
Party band Nuts in a Blender was only supposed to exist for four nights.
It was only supposed to plug the hole in Gully’s entertainment schedule after bassist and singer Mike Mack’s band, Punky B, broke up, leaving four musicless nights during the summer of 2002.
It was only supposed to be those four nights in 2002. But tell that to the members of Nuts in a Blender.
Friday, the party band best known for covering Rihanna, the Beastie Boys and everything in between will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a two-set bash slated for Billy Joe’s Ribworks on the Newburgh waterfront.
“We’re expecting a huge turnout. We’ve made a lot of friends over the years,” Mack said. “This is celebrating everyone who comes out to see us. Without them, we’re zero. We’re nothing.”
Nuts in a Blender began a decade ago as a rock cover band, replicating the sounds of Bon Jovi, Journey and Guns ‘N Roses.
“Our motto from day one: If you can’t sing along or dance along to it, we won’t play it,” Mack said, “and we’ve stuck to that.”
The music has changed over the years. A typical Nuts in a Blender show these days features the soulful crooning of Adele and the hip-hop techno of LMFAO. But on Friday, as party rock is in the house, don’t be shocked if you hear old faves thrown in.
Back in 2002, with gigs lined up at Gully’s and no band to perform, Mack asked his friends if they’d be willing to form a band for the summer, and then they’d be done. But as the summer of 2002 ended, band members decided to keep Nuts in a Blender around for just a little while longer.
Nearly 1,000 shows, more than 300 songs, 15,000 photos and 100 videos later, the band is not even close to slowing down. Band members have come and gone. Each has kept Nuts in a Blender going.
“We’re a family,” Mack said. “It’s a great feeling to realize that we’re still together, that we’re as close as we always were. Us having fun is what makes people have a lot of fun. We hope we have another 10 years together.”
With band manager Steve Hansen at the helm, Mack hopes that Nuts in a Blender can share the sound that made them a Hudson Valley mainstay to the tri-state area.
“We would like to play in new markets,” he said, “and make new friends in other states.”