Joe Mahone is a New York based Drummer well versed in Blues, Rock, Funk, and Soul.
He has traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Asia providing the solid backbeats for New York soul legend Carlton J. Smith & The Mighty Magnificents and Funk/Rock band Torpedo Jones, members of New York’s Black Rock Coalition.
He is now providing that solid backbeat for Swiss bands, The Soulmaniacs, Grooveline (Funk & Soul), Blood Sugar Swiss Magik (Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute), The Asep Stone Experience (Jimi Hendrix Tribute), and Spectrum Of Sound (Live “Old School” Hip Hop).
Joe has played on such prestigious and well known stages as B.B.King’s and CBGB’s in New York City, House Of Blues And Jazz, Oriental Art Center, the JZ Club in Shanghai, Brown Sugar in Taipei, and the legendary Casa Bar in Zurich.
At various times throughout his career, he has shared the stage with Soul & Funk legends like Sly & The Family Stone, The Average White Band, and Chaka Khan.
When James Brown unfortunately passed away on Christmas Day in 2006, they were asked to play at B.B.King's on New Year's Eve for "The Godfather Of Soul". A true honor indeed!!! While in Shanghai, Joe Mahone was one of the founding members of the progressive rock band The 88's and a member of Shanghai Funk Incorporated. Both bands were very well known and toured throughout China.
Joe Mahone has many years of live experience, being in the studio, and has been a mentor and educator to many younger musicians. His musical background is drawn from the roots of American music and in his lessons he stresses the importance of African-Americans in it's creation.
Joe Mahone's musical influences are as diverse as his musical tastes, with drummers such as Clyde Stubblefield, John "Jabo" Starks, Melvin Parker (James Brown), Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, Jerome Brailey (P-Funk), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) and Steve Jordan (John Mayer) being among his favorites.
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Terrific drumming and guitarmanship highlight this international power trio whose "You gotta give a damn" delivers an avalanche of straightforward rockisms at a relentless pace. Though singer Pheel Duarte's English is slightly accented, he takes command mid-song and drives it home. The instrumental "Pride" showcases dexterity and beautiful tone, and it promises majesty - even some harpsichord - but ultimately stranded us. The band truly shines on the ambitious "Get me through", prig rock at its finest.
Music Connection Magazine
If "Metallica and System of a down had a child" - this awesome band would be it - production and guitar work and composition is this bands secret weapon - their final blow is the melody and catchy numbers / the crescendos and tempo changes may i dare say are similar to Gogol Bordello and in some weird world- guitar work is similar to Queen/Muse - vocals are exactly as these should be- Infinite- definitely ..
Chris Leyva (Black Cherry Group)
"The 88's have a multi cultural lineup, making music in China, Portugal, France and the US. Joe Mahone brings the hard rock/metal drive through excellent drumming, Pheel Duarte feeds the songs with dynamic vocals, while Luis Coelho enriches The 88's music with Latin guitar influences."
Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine
“Lovers of hard, angry rock with a difference will be completely sold. If you like pop/rock/metal in general, then I guarantee that The 88's will make you sit up at attention.”
Bill Smith, BILLCS Music Blog
“Get Me Through” from rock trio 88’s grinds and grimaces with all the fervor of a blow torch—and yet there’s more to the savvy musicianship of this act, fortified with touches of jazz and acoustic mastery. Surprises abound in the most gratifying way.
Chuck Taylor - Song Critic @ Billboard Magazine