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Jonathan Fox 
Jonathan Fox currently lives in Sullivan County. Having written for film and television, he now concentrates his efforts on novels, plays and assorted periodicals, along with his weekly "Humble Opinion" on life in the Catskills.

Jhonathan Writes after seeing the band:

Late for a date with a band named “Rico Suave’s Chimps in Tuxedos” at the Dancing Cat Saloon (www.dancingcatsaloon.com) in Bethel...Although they were not dressed in formal wear, and I was running behind schedule, the musicians were playing (and singing) their hearts out by the time I arrived. Rico Suave (still unsure what’s behind the name), Richard Cottet, Bill Tamburrino and Jeff MacAulay were rocking the house. Having done my homework (www.chimpsintuxedos.com), I already knew that although relatively newly formed, the group is comprised of guys who “grew up listening to, and playing music of the ‘40s and ‘50s,” and have a great love of classic rock and Motown, all of which they perform. I’m not sure what I expected, but their covers of “House Is A Rockin,” “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” “Round Midnight,” and Van Morrison’s “Domino” were (IMHO) beyond fabulous. Incredibly tight harmonies, stellar vocals and amazing mastery of the instruments combined to entertain the crowd throughout two full sets. Couples danced, singing along to the familiar tunes of assorted generations, and I was swept along, glad to be a part of the experience. Unaware of the chimps until now, I’m happy to have made their acquaintance and will go out of my way to hear them again.

Town of Lloyd fireworks celebration packs Town Park
by FRANCES MARION PLATT on Jul 8, 2016 • 6:30 am
The dangerous thunderstorms that rained out New Paltz’s planned fireworks display on Friday ended up doing a favor for the Town of Lloyd by clearing much of the oppressive heat and humidity out of the air in time for its own pre-Independence Day celebration on Sunday evening. Temperatures were verging on cool by the time a salmon-and-purple sunset faded into dusk and the crowds filling Town Park in the Highland hamlet were settling down for the spectacular half-hour sky show.

The partying had been well underway for several hours by the time darkness fell, with motorists being turned away from filled-up parking lots at the Highland Middle School by 7 p.m. From a makeshift stage on the back of a flatbed truck, the six-piece Ulster-Dutchess County-based Americana Oak Band raised the energy level with classic rock tunes like “Piece of My Heart,” “The Shape I’m In,” “The Letter,” “Vehicle” and “Hotel California.” Whenever they took a break, a deejay from Mix 97 took over with recorded hits.
Gregg Woolston
July 20,2016 at 1:36pm wrote: 
  I just wanted to say a Big thanks to Richie and the fabulous Americana Oak Band for doing such a stellar job at our wedding! Everyone had a great time and we had many compliments on the music selection. From start to finish Richie handled the arrangements very professionally and had everything ready before the ceremony. It made our lives easier and we never had to worry about music during any breaks.  Thanks Again, Gregg & Pam