The Driftwoods

Based in Johnston RI

A Beach Boys Tribute Band.

Rhode Island's answer to The Beach Boys. Since the mid-1960s they've been making a name for themselves on the East Coast. They opened for Gary Lewis and The Playboys in 1965. They opened for The Rascals in 1999. They are The Driftwoods and keyboardist Tony Guadagno gave us the low down on his group.

THE DRIFTWOODS. Starting out as young teens in the 1960’s the band fell in love with lush harmonies, catchy melodies, and rock n’ roll rhythms of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. They perfected that sound and quickly became a top rock band on the RI music scene performing at high schools, colleges, and radio station promotional events. The Driftwoods have appeared on local tv programs, done studio work, released original recordings and sang the background vocals on John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band’s original 45 release ‘Wild Summer Nights’. Their performance is sure to get you up off your seats singing along to this great high energy tribute to America’s band The Beach Boys!

"The original band started in 1964. We were all in high school. We were together for about three years in Rhode Island primarily, doing a lot of radio station jobs. The AM stations at the time were hosting a lot of events. A lot of the Rock bands at that time basically did those types of shows. We did a lot of contests, jam sessions, private events. We just did what bands did. We were teenagers. Again, the bands at that time weren't playing in clubs unless you were an established R&B artist. Kids like us were playing high schools and colleges." - Tony


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