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Tony Mecca: About

Tony Mecca















A Troubadour That Rocks - Really!

- Philadelphia singer/songwriter Tony Mecca serves wisdom from deep in the inner city via a delicious storytelling based blueprint that inventively incorporates elements of Pop, Blues, Folk and plain old Rock 'n Roll. His stories fuse equal amounts of humor and sympathy to thoughtfully examine life experiences, personalities and real people dealing with ordinary and sometimes surreal circumstances. But plodding and tedious meditation are avoided at all costs, and rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities are injected at every opportunity to keep the proceedings vibrant, fun and quite distant from the music of most other artists residing in the singer/songwriter region.

- Through live performances with his Heavy MeNtal Gypsys, and his steadily growing recorded output:

Purple Monkeys (2003)
Princes of the New Dark Age (2005)
Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between (2007)
Fun (2011)
Heavy Mental Gypsies (2016)


Mecca has developed a loyal following in and around his home town that has gradually infiltrated other regions both nationally and abroad.

- His music has been labeled Classic Rock, Singer-Songwriter and Adult Contemporary among others. He calls it Adventurous Singer/Songwriter and Urban American Heavy MeNtal.

- In reviews his songs and sound has been compared to Springsteen, Petty, Mellencamp, Tom Waits and Cat Stevens. In a poll of his fans he was described as:


“The bastard son of Huey Lewis and Joni Mitchell”
“The Who fronted by John Prine”
“The Working Man’s Wagner”
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Tony Mecca
P.O. Box 11902
Philadelphia, PA 19145
267-242-9276
TonyMecca@TonyMeccaMusic.com
www.TonyMeccaMusic.com


... And a bit more for you history lovers


After playing along side the likes of Cinderella, Britney Fox, The A’s, Robert Hazzard/Heroes, The Hooters and a host of many other wonderful bands on the fertile 1980’s Philadelphia/South Jersey rock scene with his bands HABITS and MECCA, Tony had devoted all of the 1990’s to operating his rehearsal studio - THE OPERA HOUSE - while organizing its eventual resurrection as one of Philadelphia's premier recording facilities. He would go on to become an instrumental force on the Philly music scene as a manager, arranger and producer for several popular area bands including WARNER BROTHERS recording artists TIDEWATER GRAIN before returning to his first love, songwriting.

"Moving forward with new album projects and live performances, it is very important for our friends and fans to know that while we consider ourselves very fortunate for having the opportunity to do something we love, it means very little without their participation."

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The Heavy MeNtal Gypsys

Stephanie Davis-Gonzalez
Vocals - Clarinet




A graduate of the prestigious Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) in Philadelphia, Stephanie is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has a great appreciation for the classics, as well as an open mind to all genres of music. No stranger to the stage, she has performed as a soloist throughout her high school and college years, and is a charter member of The Heavy Mental Gypsys since 2007.



In addition, Steph has recorded and performed with, Milton and the Devils Party, Stop the World, Drive 56, & Ever After.


Joe Pettit
Electric Guitar, Apposite Noise



A lifelong student of the guitar who has studied with several of the worlds most renowned and accomplished virtuosos in the legendary Pat Martino and east coast teaching guru Frank DiBussolo, Philadelphia native Joe Petitt has primarily operated in the more experimental realms of space fusion and improvisational jazz. Joe is a charter member of The Heavy Mental Gypsys since 2007.


A high caliber person guided by deep moral and spiritual beliefs, Joe's is best known for his compassionate disposition. His biggest complaint thus far? “When shirtless, barefoot drunks show-up at our live shows not knowing the lyrics.” Hey, watch Joe shred on YouTube


John Merlino
Keyboards, Theoretical Intrigue



John grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Bensalem, PA. He began his relationship with the piano at just seven years old, and has continued his passion and quest to navigate the 88's ever since. Moving to South Philadelphia in 2001, John has participated in various Classic Rock and Jazz outfits. A member of The Heavy Mental Gypsys since 2009, John also teaches piano.




Jim Drnec
Drums, Legal Council


If you took the time to listen to all the gigs Jim Drnec has played, you'd have one hell of a headache. Jim has played with Hyde Your Daughters, Habits, Cinderella & Network to mention just a few. He's tapped every style of music from classical to progressive rock and everything in between. And according to Jim, "I'll need to draw on all of those influences to color the diverse auditory program that Tony Mecca offers his listeners."


Bill Saltzer
Bass, Northern Exploration


Bill brings many years of experience in live & studio performing. He plays bass, guitar and keyboards. He also sings, writes and produces his own and others material. He has toured with Surrender Dorothy, The Pictures & A Month of Sundays. Bill has played every genre of music, but knows that the thing he loves most about playing with Tony Mecca, "in addition to the quality material" - is that "playing music is FUN again.”



Angelo Esposito
Bass, Farm Equipment


Angelo joined The Heavy Mental Gypsys in the fall of 2015, and has keep things positive and loose from the beginning. Currently, he doesn't have much to say except "I love playing in this band ... and be safe out there!" Until he offers a hint of his busy musical past, The Gypsys are just happy to have him aboard!