The Smokin' Story
What started as a reunion show for this fun-loving party rock n roll band turned into SO much more. After a 24-year break, The Smokin’ Jackets’ packed reunion show reignited their following in 2014. Unexpectedly, the gig offers began to pour in and fans wanted more. So, the band reformed and reorganized to do what they love to do best . . . Entertain fun crowds, fill venues, and create great times!
Right from the start, the Smokin’ Jackets landed all the top rooms due to their large following, amazing set list, fun stage show, talented musicians, smooth harmonies, and laugh out loud party attitude. The Smokin’ Jackets continue to grow and were just named one of the Top Five Cover Bands in New Jersey.
From The Stone Pony to Bar Anticipation, huge festivals to private parties, The Smokin’ Jackets play it all. The great times are guaranteed.
Friends since grade school, Jim Barber and Tom Jannarone played in The Smokin’ Jackets while attending Glassboro State College (Rowan University) together. Two and a half decades after performing their final college gig, Jim and Tom played a sold-out reunion show with original Smokin’ Jackets, Jorge Sandrini and Andy Pappas. The response was so overwhelming, the two life-long friends knew they had something special. However, Jorge and Andy lived many States away. So, Jim and Tom reformed the band and surrounded themselves with amazing and fun musicians to carry on the Smokin’ Jackets’ tradition of entertaining the masses while having a great time.
The Smokin’ Jackets are:
Jimmy Barber - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Tommy Jannarone "Tommy J" - Drums, Confetti Cannon & More Cowbell
Scott "Guitarmacist" Engel - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica & Kazoo
Tommy Carlock - Keyboards, Sound Effects, Vocals, Harmonica & Mandolin
Kel Pilshaw – Bass & Vocals