MC/ backup and lead vocals/Congas and Percussionist
Always on Time... Ray is the Band's Power Engine!
About Ray Montecalvo
Ray has been involved with music since he was in fourth grade. He began his musical journey as a trumpet player and picked up the drums as a young teen. Following the greats of the 70s and 80s that have inspired him, his musical influences include Van Halen, Whitesnake, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, Kiss, Billy Joel, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Foreigner, AC/DC, Queensryche, The Cult, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Gov't Mule, all the Rocky Movies, :), as well as the greats of jazz, funk and fusion such as Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, and Dennis Chambers.
As an all-around player, Ray has worked with numerous top working bands across the Island, playing such diverse styles as R&B, funk, Motown to rock tributes and Top 40. As the original founder of RadioplayNY in 2011, he has persevered through the ups and downs of life and the challenges of a local working musician. "Get knocked down ten times and get up eleven!"
Since its inception, the RadioPlayNY mission statement is to be a fun and versatile band offering something for everyone! Ray uses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian and Sabian Cybmals, Roland SPX (electronic sampler), Ray also handles backing vocals and is the ringleader for the PARTY!