Five Firsts: Ralph Renna of Black John Wayne

April 20th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Ralph Renna

Ralph Renna

NAME: Ralph Renna
BAND AFFILIATION: Black John Wayne
INSTRUMENT: vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Gene Simmons’ solo album

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Journey

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … nylon string acoustic

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Honest Dollar”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Politics of Contraband

Ralph Renna steps up to the microphone at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday night when his band Black John Wayne shares the bill with headliners Volbeat and Hourcast. Showtime is 8pm, and tix are $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

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Capital Underground Live Local Music Concert Series @ the Washington Avenue Armory

October 25th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Ralph Renna

Ralph Renna – local rocker and one of the most tireless promoters of the Nippertown music scene – is thinking big these days.

For some time now, he’s been regularly producing his weekly Capital Underground Live shows at Savannah’s in Albany on Wednesday nights, as well as his weekly acoustic music-meets-comedy Monday Night Madness evenings at the Villa Valenti Pub in Troy.

But this winter Renna is upping the ante considerably by invading a considerably larger venue for some headbanging showcases – the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.

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Capital Underground Radio Battle of the Bands

April 20th, 2010, 9:59 am by Greg

Capital Underground Radio

Didn’t make the final cut of the Garage to Glory Battle of the Bands?

Got lost in the shuffle of more than 100 entries in the SPAC Battle of the Bands?

Well, you and your band have another chance to win big prizes, thanks to Ralph Renna – musician, promoter, disc jockey and all-around promoter of the Nippertown music scene.

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