Who is The Black Cross Band? Or better yet, why are the Black Cross Band? ... Black Cross are 6 Hunterdon County NJ musicians with a common love for Southern Rock n Roll and a boarder line obsession with performing live. They feed off of crowd response which is never for wanting at a Black Cross show.
The Black Cross Band first came together as a jam band for a private event many moons ago. The high end guest list of whose who from the local music scene at that event were very impressed and they made their satisfaction known to the host as well as the band members. The response was so overwhelming that the band decided to give it a go as it were ... Black Cross has morphed a few times over the years. With each version the band only got better and better finally resting on it's current line up which consists of:
Don Miller - Lead Guitar/ Vocals / Band Leader / Co-Founder
Kenny Horvath - Lead Guitar / Co-Founder
Lenny DePiano - Keyboards
Tommy Lunger - Lead Vocals
Jamie Tiger - Drums / Vocals / Percussion
Glen Dlugosz - Bass Guitar
* Talent is the answer that first comes to mind. All six members of The Black Cross Band are seasoned professionals with years of experience in the music business and performing live in concert.
**Commitment to the music they recreate is second. This band will not settle for a just 'OK' performance. Every single performance is approached and presented with the same veracity. Whether they're in front of 100 or 1000, the commitment to the music does not waver.
*** Dedication to bringing you the best version of every song they cover comes in third. If you could be a 'fly on the wall' at a BCB rehearsal you would see for yourself the focus aka dedication these guys have to bringing you the best version of every song they play... But in essence, all three of these facts are what separate The Black Cross Band from the others.
To summarize. The Black Cross Band are 6 friends who came together over 10 years ago to form a band that would pay homage to what they consider one of the best genres in music. Then and now.
If you attend a Black Cross Band concert you can look at any member of the band and see the close relationships they all have with each other as well as the fun they have onstage at every show.. The Black Cross Band is family. They are friends on and off the stage. From holiday gatherings to summertime BBQ's this band sticks together. That closeness can be seen and felt at every performance. The brotherly love they hold for each other is matched only by their love for the music they make.
If you haven't been to a Black Cross Band show, or maybe you've seen other Southern Rock Tributes but you weren't bowled over ... check this band out next time they come to town. You will see the difference from the first note played. But be forewarned, The Black Cross Band means to adopt you into their family. That family goes by the name 'The Black Cross Nation" and as they say "We're coming for ya"
The Black Cross Band is ready willing and busting at the seams to play for you. Whether it be a backyard shit kicker or a sunny day music festival ... 50 people or 5000 ... We'll bring it every time. Just message us here or on our Facebook page @ 'The Black Cross Band' and get your quote today.
It's now 2021. As of this update we are still caught in the jaws of the local government as we watch some of our favorite venues close their doors. We will keep this site current. We will rotate videos and give you guys a peek at what we're doing while we wait it out. Hang in there. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
COMING TO A VENUE NEAR YOU ~ SOUTHERN ROCK SPECIALISTS ~ THE BLACK CROSS BAND
WELL WELL WELL ... THINGS ARE SLOWLY COMING BACK LITTLE BY LITTLE. AT THE TIME OF THIS UPDATE WE ARE AT %50 CAPACITY FOR INDOOR DINING ... BUT AS WE'VE ALL SEEN, OUR LOCAL MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS LEARNED TO ADAPT AND OVERCOME DURING THIS CRAZINESS. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. WE'VE SEEN MANY LIVE MUSIC VENUES TURN THEIR PARKING LOTS AND BACKYARDS INTO OUTDOOR CONCERT STAGES .. WE STAND AND APPLAUD EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM
PLEASE CHECK OUR SCHEDULE AS MORE DATES ARE STARTING TO COME IN. PLEASE GET OUT THERE AND SUPPORT US AND THE VENUES THAT ARE STILL HAVING LIVE MUSIC .. LETS NOT LET THEM TAKE THAT AWAY TOO !!
TELL US THIS ISN'T A BAZAARO WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN RIGHT NOW ..... AS WE SLOWLY RETURN TO LIVE PERFORMANCES, ALL OF US WITHIN THE BLACK CROSS BAND ORGANIZATION WANT ALL OF OUR EXTENDED BLACK CROSS NATION FAMILY TO STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW ALL THE PROPER PROTOCOLS WHEN GOING OUT TO SEE A BAND ... IT MAY TAKE A LITTLE WHILE TO GET BACK TO %100 BUT JUST THINK OF THE PARTY WE'RE GONNA HAVE WHEN WE DO ... WE TRULY LOVE YOU GUYS AND WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO PLAY LIVE AND IN PERSON FOR YOU .. ...HAVE PATIENCE. STAY SAFE AND STAY ALIVE. . . IT DON'T WORK ANY OTHER WAY. PeAcE LoVe & SoUtHeRn RoCk
IF WE WANNA REACH THAT %100 MARK WE WILL ALL NEED TO CONTINUE TO TAKE HEED . . YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT THEY SAY WEARING YOUR MASK HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN HELPING SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 .. SO MASK UP WHEN IN PUBLIC AND MIND YOUR P's & Q's . . LETS STOMP THIS MOTHER DOWN. LETS CHOKE IT OUT AND GET OUR COUNTRY HEALTHY AND OUR LIVE MUSIC BACK UP AND RUNNING FULL THROTTLE .. GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT.
WE'LL GET BACK TO THIS .. JUST BE PATIENT AND HAVE FAITH IN THE MUSIC GODS.
THIS VIDEO WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 13TH AT KERWINS TAVERN IN MIDDLESEX NJ DURING THE COVID 19 PHASE !! OF REOPENING NEW JERSEY.
WE GATHERED AT KERWINS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR FRONT LINE WORKERS AT ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SOMERSET.
THIS WAS THE SHOW ... ENJOY.
A LITTLE ZZ TOP FROM A GIG AT THE BRIDGEWATER EAGLES RIDERS IN THE FALL OF 2020.
Video captured by Donna Rubinetti at Jambeque 2018
Video captured by Penny Marshall
Video captured by Marcy Collins at Maggie Murray's. November 3rd 2018
VIDEO CAPTURED BY ONE OF NEW JERSEYS BIGGEST LIVE MUSIC FANS ... PENNY CHARLES ... THEY SAY YOU HAVEN'T MADE IT TILL PENNY GETS YOU ON VIDEO ... LOL
Another one caught by Penny Marshall .. Thanks Penny !!
John Thompson strikes again .. Our version of Freeborn Man by The Outlaws. Great tune.
Penny Marshall strikes again with this great capture of us performing 'I KNOW A LITTLE' by Lynyrd Skynyrd with our former front man JOHN KASPER .. Tons of fun.