Our Story

Crazy Fingers performed their first official show at a private

 

party at Ultimate Farms in Delray Beach FL on Halloween, 10/31/90. A splendid time was had by all. The original lineup was Bubba Newton on bass,Pete Lavezzoli on drums, Mike Greene on rhythm guitar, and Al Zilinsky on lead guitar. In 1993, Corey Dwyer and Rich Friedman joined the band, with Corey on keyboards and guitar, and Rich on guitar. Both Rich and Corey also sang, joining Pete to give Crazy Fingers a three-part vocal sound. Within a year of Rich and Corey's arrival, the band began touring the state of

 

Florida, opening for national acts, and writing original music which has been recorded on two CDs to date. By the mid 90's, keyboardist Josh Foster began joining the band for special events and statewide shows, eventually relocating from Tampa to become a full member in 1998. Throughout these years the band went

through a series of brief changes in the lineup and settled it's longest lineup of  Bubba, Pete, Corey, Rich, and Josh. The band continued to build its fan base by playing weekly shows and expanding their repertoire.

 



Rich took some time off from 2007 to 2011 and Billy Gilmore joined the lineup. In 2014 the band lost Corey to a tragic car accident. It was a huge blow to the band yet even through tough times the band has managed to continue. In 2015 Bubba left and the band was forced to find replacements. Jarrett Aaronson joined the band on Bass and in 2015 the difficult search for a guitar player ended when Johnny Nichols joined the band. Jarrett left in 2016 and Bubba Newton returned to complete the

 

current lineup. Crazy Fingers is Rich, Josh, Pete, Bubba, and Johnny, keeping the band alive and continuing to play on a weekly basis throughout Florida.
 
The band has played over 5000 live shows, allowing Crazy Fingers to sustain a devoted following and a nationwide reputation as one of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands. 





 

  • Rich Friedman - Guitar and Vocals (1993-2007, 2011 - present)
  • Josh Foster- Keyboards and Vocals (1998-2000, 2002 - present)
  • Peter Lavezzoli-Drums and Vocals (1990 - present)
  • Bubba Newton - Bass Guitar (1990 - 2015, 2016-present)
  • Johnny Nichols-Guitar and Vocals (2015 - present)

 


Past Members

  • Corey Dwyer - Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, and Vocals (1993-2013,deceased)
  • Jarrett Aaronson-Bass Guitar (2015-2016)
  • Mike Greene - Guitar and Vocals (1990 - 1993)
  • Al Z - Guitar (1990-1991)
  • Dave Harris - Guitar and Vocals (1991-1992)
  • Craig Woloshin - Guitar and Vocals (1992-1993)
  • Lisa Johnston - Vocals (1991-1993)
  • Alan Martinke - Keyboards (2000 - 2002)
  • Billy Gilmore - Guitar, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Banjo and Vocals (2007 - 2011)
  • Rebel - Roadie

 
Special Guests- Jerry Leeman, Pete Weintraub, Jerry Weber, Larry Dinan, Brian Jones, Adam Lucas, Ben Sparaco, Nico, Wild Bill Maher, Ronnie Brooks, Mike Hill, Craig Stevens, Joe Falconeri, Ricky Mere, Chris Waddell