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In this show, K-Bo and Duke (both professional drummers) hang with a Amy (a professional singer) along with big-name musicians, entertainment industry pros, celebrities, athletes and more. K-Bo, Duke and Amy share laughs with their guests as they dig deep, uncovering the true stories of the human being behind the high-profile name.

In this show, K-Bo and Duke (both professional drummers) hang with a Amy (a professional singer) along with big-name musicians, entertainment industry pros, celebrities, athletes and more. K-Bo, Duke and Amy share laughs with their guests as they dig deep, uncovering the true stories of the human being behind the high-profile name.


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In this show, K-Bo and Duke (both professional drummers) hang with a Amy (a professional singer) along with big-name musicians, entertainment industry pros, celebrities, athletes and more. K-Bo, Duke and Amy share laughs with their guests as they dig deep, uncovering the true stories of the human being behind the high-profile name.






Remembering "The Professor" Neil Peart - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 35

In Episode 35 of The Upbeat Hang, K Bo and Duke reflect back on the year that passed since the legendary timekeeper of the band Rush, Neil Peart, had died. Peart, a household name to musicians and particularly drummers, left an impressive legacy that spans many iconic records and tours and today, that legacy is building and expanding more than ever. However, in this episode Duke introduces some pretty obscure (and interesting) facts about “The Professor” which are a bit off the beaten path....


Tris Imboden UNCUT - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 34

Earlier this year, (in Episode 25, if you want the shortened version) we spoke with Tris, who was candid about many aspects of his career and his life. This talented and humble human being has toured, performed, and recorded with countless hit artists, all over the globe. In this episode, you get to see the full, unedited interview, where he talks about singing, playing the harmonica, Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, overcoming cancer, heartbreaks, playing memorable gigs, finding his life...


When Musicians Play For Free - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 33

If “free” ever good? In this 33rd episode of The Upbeat Hang, K Bo, Duke, and Amy examine that very premise vis-à-vis performing as a musician in the Jersey Shore cover band circuit. More specifically, is it acceptable (or even desirable) for musicians to offer their services for free to venues or, does playing for free dilute the market? Does it open doors to musicians to find “paying” work? These and similar arguments are bantered about in this engaging episode which any working musician...


Actor, Filmmaker Brian Pollock - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 32

“Cut!” This popular filmmaking expression has been uttered by directors for decades in the movie business and in Episode 32 of The Upbeat Hang, we visit with an up and coming director and former NYPD member, Brian Pollock. Brian is the proud recipient of the Manhattan Film Festival’s 2020 Junior Lifetime Achievement Award and in this segment, we delve into Brian’s interesting journey which began when he was a first-responder on 9/11 all the way up to his contemporary status as a filmmaker,...


NY Jets Cheerleader & Host of Monster Jam: Kimberly Cantoni-DiRoma - The Upbeat Hang Ep.31

In Episode 31 of The Upbeat Hang, we welcome former NFL cheerleader, fitness and beauty guru, and current commentator for Monster Jam, Kimberly Cantoni-DiRoma. Having concluded a successful career as a “Jets Flight Crew” member for the N.Y. Jets, Kimberly talks about her experiences professionally cheering (including working a Pro Bowl event), moving on to being a sports entertainment host, and, starting a family. Always an engaging and effervescent personality, Kimberly shares her thoughts...


What If They Lived? - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 30

Did you ever wonder what it would be like if one of your musical idols had never died and he or she was still alive today? What would they be doing? In Episode 30 of The Upbeat Hang, we examine this very question. After soliciting suggestions from our audience, K Bo, Duke, and Amy ponder what some of your favorite artists might be doing today. Indeed, it is an interesting proposition to debate and an even more interesting proposition to put to the imagination and in this episode, we try to...


IP Attorney Richard Liebowitz - The Upbeat Hang Ep.29

In this fast-paced world, technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace. Indeed, that fact makes protecting your creative works a priority now, more than ever before. Enter Richard Liebowitz. In Episode 29, listeners will get to hear from Mr. Liebowitz, who is one of the nation’s preeminent copyright attorneys, as to how to go about protecting their intellectual property in this torrid landscape. As an added bonus, The Upbeat Hang solicited questions from subscribers as to what their...


Magician Steven Brundage - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 28

For centuries, few things have captivated our imagination as much as magic and illusion and in Episode 28, K Bo, Duke, and Amy sit down the magician/comedian phenom Steven Brundage. Steven became a household name after he captured the attention of the nation on America’s Got Talent when he amazed the judges with his Rubik's cube magic tricks. Since then Steven has gone on to dazzle and perplex audiences all around the world with his wit, illusionary craftwork, and steel-trap mind techniques....


Bonham vs. Peart - The Upbeat Hang Ep.27

In Episode 27, K Bo, Duke, and Amy attempt to answer the age-old question which has been asked in entertainment circles since the beginning of time; who is the all-time greatest at their particular craft or instrument? In this instance, the debate centers around Led Zeppelin’s thunderous percussionist, John Bonham, and Rush’s “Professor” of the drum kit, Neil Peart. Both artists come with their own legendary status however, for as many parallels that can be seen between the two, there are...


Saying Goodbye to Summer 2020 - The Upbeat Hang Ep.26

In Episode 26, K Bo, Duke, and Amy bid goodbye to Summer 2020. In what has been nothing short of an unusual time for us all, the trio remembers best what they each took out of the recent past warm summer months. The gang also offer their first annual pre-season NFL Superbowl picks. With professional sports being slightly unpredictable this year, The Upbeat Hang weighs in on their odds-on favorite to win it all. And last but certainly not least, The Hang’s own Duke Clement has announced that...


Tris Imboden - The Upbeat Hang Ep.25

Every great record has a “B” side which is simply another way of looking at the same artist. In Episode 25, K Bo, Duke, and Amy explore the “B” side of one of the most iconic and well-known drummers in the music business; Tris Imboden. Tris’s resume is vast and well documented and most know him for his long-standing runs with the Hall of Fame band Chicago as well multi-Grammy winner Kenny Loggins. However, there is a “B” side to Tris which is equally as good as the “A” side. That “other”...


Freddie Mercury - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 24

In Episode 24, K Bo, Duke, and Amy explore the inner workings of one of the most iconic musical artists of all time; the vocal, instrumental, and performing paradigm commonly known as Freddie Mercury. Mercury was the long-time frontman and most-instantly recognizable voice of the legendary English rock band, Queen. Formed in 1970, Queen went on to become one of the world’s greatest rock n’ roll bands in history and that continued all the way up to Mercury’s death in 1991. In this episode,...


Jerry Gaskill of King's X - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 23

In Episode 23, K Bo, Duke, and Amy visit with New Jersey’s own homegrown monster talent, the venerated Jerry Gaskill, whom many know as the longtime drummer of the ever-popular band, King’s X. For decades, the band has been revered by its loyal following which in large part comes as a byproduct of the trio’s consistent display of excellence in performing and recording. Here, Gaskill himself talks about his contributions not only as the drummer for the band but also as a writer and an...


Jason Aldean's Rich Redmond - The Upbeat Hang Ep.22

In Episode 22, K Bo, Amy, and Duke enjoy an energetic sit down with the ever so busy and dynamic drummer/motivational speaker/actor/author/producer, Rich Redmond. Redmond is largely known for being the journeyman timekeeper behind mega-country artist, Jason Aldean, however, listeners soon learn that Redmond’s other exploits also make him a must-see commodity well beyond the drum kit. Thus, although Redmond has performed and/or recorded with so many marque artists like Aldean, Garth Brooks,...


Hockey's Billy McCreary - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 21

Professional ice hockey is one of the most demanding sports on the planet. It is a game of skill that requires one to perform with speed, precision, and toughness regardless of whether the player is in the NHL or in the minor leagues. The evolution of players’ abilities and advances in equipment have also increased the demands on not only the athletes themselves but also those who are responsible for coaching and preparing the player for the next level. Enter Coach Billy McCreary. The name...


Broadway's Jarvis B. Manning Jr. - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 20

There are few measuring sticks of talent greater than the “Lights on Broadway” and in Episode 20, K-Bo, Amy and Duke sit down with the uber-talented actor/singer/writer/artist Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. Manning currently plays the part of Al Bryant, an original member and co-founder of the epic Motown group, The Temptations, in the Broadway smash hit Ain’t Too Proud. The show chronicles the history of the legendary group and in addition to playing Bryant, Manning also plays the part of Norman...


Noble & Cooley's Nick Jones - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 19

In this Episode, Duke gets the opportunity to have an exclusive sit down with Nick Jones, the Vice President of well-known custom drum maker, Noble & Cooley. Although there are many boutique and custom drum companies in existence today, virtually none can rival the rich and illustrious history of Noble & Cooley which dates all the way back to January 1854. Since then, the famed Massachusetts company has been developing its craft first by creating musical drums (some of which were used by...


Olympian, Mariah Toussaint - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 18

In Episode 18, K Bo, Amy, and Duke spend some time chatting with a guest of a different kind—Olympic athlete and Virginia native, Marie Toussaint. Toussaint, a longtime New Jersey resident and graduate of the prestigious Monmouth University, takes time to talk about her preparations for the now-canceled 2020 Olympics (Tokyo) as well as the accompanying disappointment surrounding its cancellation. However, not one to be bested easily, Toussaint sheds light on her resilient mindset and...


Mark Schulman, Van Romaine & Todd Sucherman: Heavy Hitters Hanging - The Upbeat Hang Ep.17

Be sure to check out the video of this podcast at In Episode 17, K Bo, Amy, and Duke take advantage of a special opportunity to sit down with three of the hottest in-demand drummers in the business; Todd Sucherman (Styx), Van Romaine (Enrique Iglesias), and, Mark Schulman (Pink). Cumulatively, these three household names have performed in many of the world’s largest arenas, recorded on hundreds of records, and, worked with many international acts. Additionally,...


Todd Sucherman - The Upbeat Hang Ep. 16

In this 16th episode of The Upbeat Hang, join Duke and Amy (K-Bo was unavailable at the time of the interview) as they welcome one of the pre-eminent drummers in the music business, Todd Sucherman. In 1995, Sucherman burst on to the scene when he replaced former Styx drummer John Panozzo. Since then he has continued to tour, perform, and record with the legendary band as a permanent member. Besides being a master technician at his percussive trade, Sucherman has also excelled as one of the...