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Bathtub Gin with special guests Band of Dwellers
Thursday, June 28 2018
$10 Cover at the Door / 21+
Artist Bio

A tribute band based out of Long Island, heavily focused on improvisation and performing the works of the band Phish.
Jim Swatko – Guitar and Vocals
Mitch Marcus – Keyboards and Vocals
Bruce Raskin – Bass and Vocals
Daniel Spampinato – Drums and Vocals
BATHTUB GIN (BtG) got its first spark of life when in 1993 Jim Swatko was in a Grateful Dead cover band. On this Wetlands Preserve set list were the Phish tunes “Mike’s Song” and “Weekapaug Groove.” Impressed by the quality of the music, Jim became a fan of Phish, and began listening to and learning their catalogue.
The band first took shape in 1997 This incarnation of BtG lasted around five years and played over 75 gigs throughout the tri-state area, including more performances at the Wetlands. They got as far north as Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT where they played to a packed house.
A highlight of the Wetlands gigs was a show with The Dude of Life band where both groups remained setup and played without a break by jamming together during the crossovers between the 4 sets. This resulted in a songwriting collaboration between the Dude and Jim, and several guest appearances by the Dude with BtG.
In 2004 when Phish took its second hiatus, BATHTUB GIN took one as well. BtG’s members, however, went off to pursue other musical interests. While Phish re-grouped in 2009, it would be several more years (2012 to be exact) when BtG would start playing again informally.
In June of 2013, when word got out that BATHTUB GIN was back in business, Beau Carino invited the band to play a monthly slot at his eponymously named jam-based bar in Greenlawn, NY.
Bruce Raskin joined the band in October 2014 and filled the need for a bass guitarist most awesome. He brings many years of melodic and jam experience, as well as strong vocal capabilities to the BtG mix.
Daniel Spampinato joined late in 2015 with a really eclectic mix of musical roots, but most importantly, a great love and knowledge of the Phish repertoire.
Matt Herzog was a huge fan of Phish and joined Bathtub Gin early in 2017 to perform on keys and vocals. He has passed on to a better place and now is dancing with the angels. He was loved and is missed.
Mitch Marcus joined us in Oct. of 2017 and as an accomplished musician, has filled the roll on keys and vocals. He also brings to the table some awesome sax skills, so keep an eye on him as we progress.
BATHTUB GIN has currently been working in venues throughout the metropolitan New York area - the ever expanding list includes gigs at KJ Farrell’s, Brickhouse Brewery, Left Field, XO, Katie’s, The Delancey, Lenora’s, Beau’s, Still Partners, The Homestead, Amityville Music Hall, The Space, Desmond’s Tavern and Don Pedro. BATHTUB GIN has also performed on the show RUA Star on the cable channel Manhattan Neighborhood Network. These performances are streamed for viewing beyond the NYC area.
BTW, if you don’t know the origins of the name BtG, you’re probably not yet a FAN of PHISH. But that’s OK, we’ll help get you there...

Based out of the Long Island/NYC area, Band Of Dwellers are original, memorable and full of heart. A four-piece band with a sound that could fill a stadium, they produce an unexpected energy rarely seen in groups of their genre. The band consists of Ryan Duffy (lead guitar, vocals), James Metzler (drums, vocals), Neil Forman (bass, vocals) and Tim Homkow (guitar).
Drawing on their influences from artists such as Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, Jon Scofield and The Meters, they are able to combine rock, blues, funk, and jazz to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their original songs are carefully and soulfully crafted with danceable melodies and meaningful lyrics.
Each live show proves to be a unique experience with original songs as well as fresh takes on old classics. Tightly executed song structures are followed by experiments in collective improvisation that are heartfelt, energetic and interesting. They can go from subtle, colorful, psychedelic atmospheres to all out raucously rockin’ jams with a thunderous rhythm section and soaring guitar.
Ryan formed the current band in 2011. Before that he honed his skills leading his funk band through multiple clubs and festivals across the Northeast. Some venues include Lion’s Den (NYC), Mercury Lounge (NYC), Knitting Factory (NYC), Patchogue Theater (Long Island, NY) Dogfish Head Brewery (Delaware), and The Oasis (New Paltz, NY). He has shared the bill with Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead and Company) and Leo Nocentelli (The Meters); as well as members of Parliament Funkadelic, Deep Bananna Blackout and Greyboy All-Stars.
You can catch Band Of Dwellers currently performing at live music venues all across Long Island and Manhattan including Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Still Partners, Mr Beery’s, The Delancy and Desmond’s Tavern, to name a few. As the band continues to churn out new original songs, they are gearing up to record a full length album in the near future. At the same time, they are excited to be focused on delivering energetic live performances and collective improvisations…It’s all about the jam!
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