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Hot summer with your Cousin! - July 16, 2014


Well, family members, we have plenty going on throughout the summer this year!  Keep an eye on the calendar for new additions, but here's a few of them. 

The fun one will be at the Westcott Theater, July 25, when we'll be participating in a Summer Battle of the Bands sponsored by Monster drinks.  We'll be shooting video of the show, so come on out and be immortalized on the web!  Tix are only $8, and more details are in the calendar listing. 

If you live south of Syracuse, you'll get to see us do the whole show at Argyle's Easy Street on Rt. 11 in Cortland July 26th, a great joint with great clientele (and quite biker-friendly!). 

The BIG one may well be that we're opening for Dickey Betts & Great Southern at Papermill Island park in Baldwinsville August 7; we know that's going to be a terrific show.  We'll open at 7, be there and have a blast. 

There will be more, of course, heck there already is, but you can keep track with just a click on the calendar page.  See you out there, folk! 

What's happening (is plenty!) - June 10, 2014

Greetings, Family Members! 

Well, top of the list is we're going to be at the early entry date for HARLEY RENDEZVOUS CLASSIC in Pattersonville, NY WEDS. JUNE 18 playing for all the bikers who come early and party hard!  Hope you'll be coming out to the big event - see our CALENDAR page for details.  It's always a big time!

Later this month we'll be playing at a new venue (kinda for them, definitely for us), BUCKET BBQ on Rt. 20 (3193 E. Genessee St.) in Auburn NY.  These folk have great southern style barbeque and we're gonna liven up the joint! 

There will be lots more coming this summer, keep on checking the website and our facebook page for new events - like DIO DAY in Cortland!

We got stuff! - March 5, 2014

We got stuff and it's goin' on! 

Greetings, Family members and sorry not to have been posting much since last fall.  I guess the cold weather has messed up my fingers!  But we're still playing and the calendar is filling up fast as it does most years.  Apart from a gig in Mattydale we had to abort thanks to the Venezuelan Beaver Flu attacking Dave, things have been pretty good so far!  Thanks to all our fans who were applauding at the Super Swap, and down at Easy Street.  Speaking of which, there's good news for our fans south of Syracuse - we're going to be playing several times during summer at Easy Street, so feel free to stop out and rock out! 

We have gigs up north as well, including a new event this fall in Alex Bay, STREET THUNDER.  Apparently Cousin Jake is powerful enough to actually upset local governments, but fear not!  All we wanna do is ROCK!   We'll also be kickin' out the jams at this year's Thunder at the Forge at one of our favorite roadhouses, Slickers.  And closer to home, we'll be rocking in March at Lew's in North Syracuse and we hope to rebook at the Mattydale VFW hall, too (no, really, Dave was running a fever, sick on two chairs, holy mackerel). 

So, saddle up, family members!  It may be a cold winter, but the hot year is coming! 

Fun in Laurens, and more - October 13, 2013

Hey, Family members!  Thanks to everyone who came out to Edgewood Country Club for our show last night.  We had a great time and we're pretty sure you all did, too!  We're looking forward to coming back next season and doing it again.  And thanks, of course to Mike not just for hiring us but telling us the history of the clubhouse.  The barn wood is around 150 years old and the original roadhouse (!) was built in the 1950's.  Had quitre a reputation, it's said.  We're happy to help continue it!

We've got our next gig closer to the home turf - we'll be at JP's Tavern in Baldwinsville on the 19th.  Come on out and we'll have a real good time!

Goings on - September 30, 2013

Hi there, kids!  Yer cousin is still out here rockin'!  Glad to see everyone who came out to the VFW in Mattydale, we got lots of reports about what a great time everyone had.  They're sure to ask us back soon, we hope we'll see more family members there! 

For those just west of Syracuse, we'll be cooking at JP's Tavern in October, just have a look at the calendar section here in the website for details.  There are more gigs on the calendar into November. 

Alas, not all is good news - Dave's mom passed away last week after a long struggle, and anyone who cares to offer up condolences feel free to leave a note in the guestbook, or on the band Facebook page. 

As we head into winter, please be careful on the roads at all times and pay particular attention to all our brothers & sisters on motorcycles.  We want to see 'em all at our bike event gigs!  See you at the next one, kids.

Fun at Super Swap - February 11, 2013

Well, Saturday was definitely a great time on the state fairgrounds, watching the ladies dance and the crowd whoop it up at the 2013 Super Swap.  Thanks to everyone who showed support, and to KOB for the harp solos and once again getting us booked there.  We hope we entertained one and all! 

By the way, we should mention that we have a DVD now with parts of our live show at the Westcott Theater available for sale at gigs and online - we gave our all at one of the finest showcases in Central New York, and it can be yours direct from COUSIN JAKE. 

OOOOoooohh, the secret gig! - February 7, 2013

OH YEAH kids, we're biting our tounges trying not to let out what we've booked for you in March!  Stay tuned for the big announcement! 

Meanwhile, we're lining up a nice array of gigs for the next couple of months, have a look at the Calendar link to see what's coming up. 

We had a great time playing for the folk in West Seneca, just this side of Buffalo, for the ABATE dinner.  Even the people who thought we were too loud came around by the end of the day (us??  too LOUD?  Whoda thunk it??) and we all had a real good time!  Thanks to Buffalo/Erie ABATE for inviting us!  Hope we can track down a few of the photos that were shot while we played! 


Hey, the world didn't end! Time to party! - January 12, 2013

Hey, kids!  Yer Cousin is happy to announce the planet is still here and so are all the cool places we're playing!  Come on out to Lew's Sports Bar Jan. 19; Stop into the 2013 SuperSwap on Saturday for our set; if you're south of Syracuse, come to the Cabin Fever Party at Easy Street in Cortland, or even further south at Seeber's in March!  Our year is once again booking up, so if you'd like us to play your party or favorite watering hole, tell the manager there to visit the website or call Dave!  Get a look at our calendar for all the details on gigs. 

Cousin Jake brings attitude to Jordan - September 20, 2012

Cousin Jake brings attitude to Jordan

2012-09-20T03:05:00Z 2012-09-20T05:37:29Z Cousin Jake brings attitude to JordanNathan Baker The Citizen Auburn Citizen
September 20, 2012 3:05 am  • 

If you go:

What: Cousin Jake

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Keg's Canal Side Event Center, 7 Hamilton St., Jordan

Cost: No cover

Nobody knows what made Cousin Jake so irate — maybe it's because none of the members are actually named Jake — but whatever the reason, it's clear that the effects of the madness have reached a boiling point.

The three-piece Syracuse-based band has been raging on the stage for at least 18 years, but its current iteration has been locked in for the last six.

"We're a high-energy band that like to play for the audience," founding member and lead guitarist Dave Cook said. "We try to play as many shows as we can and just make sure everybody's having a good time."

Along with Cook's guitar skills, Cousin Jake whips local and nationwide audiences into frenzies with bassist Bob Volk's growling vocals and the beats of Don "the Angry Drummer" Gillette.

Cook said attendees to the band's Saturday night show at Keg's Canal Side Event Center in Jordan can expect a fine mixture of classic rock mainstays and the band's original songs.

That fundamental inspiration is clear in Cousin Jake's playing, which features a blues-leaning mixture of smoothly sliding guitar licks and smoky voices that at times reach classic Allman Brothers levels.

With its cruising, down-and-dirty style, it's no surprise that the band is a hit with the biker scene, and over the years has played some of the bigger motorcycle festivals.

In 2001, Cousin Jake released its first CD, "Rock and Roll That Relates," followed by "Upstate Boogie" and "Flying Machine." A live recording is also available for purchase on the band's website.

Got camera? - June 2, 2012

Hey, folks, if you're out with the smartphone (or if you're like me a dimwit phone), or a camera of any sort and you shoot photos of us at gigs, we want 'em!  Send them to and we'll immortalize your work on the web! 

Big Thunder - June 2, 2012

We have to thank all the fine folk and family members who came to Thunder In Old Forge this year and had the joint jumping with us at Slickers last night.  Bikers from New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and of course all over New York were in town to rock out and have great rides thruout the Adirondacks, and we had a terrific time playing for you all!  The walls was shakin', the earth was quakin', my mind was achin' but we weren't fakin'!!!  Thanks again to Gary and Sandy, Cindy & Woody, all the people who stopped and said hello and thanked us for the tunes, and of course the staff at Slickers, who work hard to keep the party rockin'!  THANK YOU !!! 

More gigs a'comin'!! - June 2, 2012

Hey, kids, we have more stuff going onto the calendar all the time, so stop by often and have a look!  We're going to play an evening show at the Cross Lake Inn the 1st Wednesday of June, July and August; we have a happyhour gig at MJ's Chill & Grill, and let's not forget our annual parties, like the Blackhawks' spring blast!  Yer Cousin is going to be working it all summer long and you can rock along with us! 

New photos and videos - April 13, 2012

Well, kids, there is a new photo "album" on the photo page, shots from the Westcott Theater - if you have more, email them to Dave!  And there's already footage posted on YouTube from our Family Member, Amanda.  ALL this stuff is also available if you friend the band on Facebook!  THANK YOU to everybody who bought tickets from us and came to the show, you made our night and we hope we returned the favor! 

BIG SHOW AT WESTCOTT - March 25, 2012

COUSIN JAKE IS OPENING FOR MARSHALL TUCKER BAND APRIL 6th!! Contact us for tickets $25 no tax or fees! 

This is going to be really big, folks.  A fine venue, great sound, in-house bar, and COUSIN JAKE.  AND we can get you a discount on your ticket purchase, just like we were family!  Come on out!  Can't wait to see you there - and bring your camera, we'll post photos on our website, video too! 

Feel the Winter Heat! - January 27, 2012

Well, Family members, winter ain't so bad - especially when you have events like we're going to have!  Get a look at the calendar page for our next gigs, starting with Winter Heat courtesy of CNY Bikers United, and don't forget the Super Swap on the NYS Fairgrounds!  We're also going to give Cindy another excuse to wag her inestimable tail out at Back On Track Again.  Come on out and rock with us!! 

BUT there's even bigger news for when the weather warms!  We are going to open for rock legend RONNIE MONTROSE on MAY 19 at the Westcott Theater!  AND we are offering tickets at discount prices - $22 versus $30 at the door!  If you've read the recent article in the Syracuse New Times, you know what a great venue the Westcott has become.  We've rocked out there before, and this one will be even better.  Buy tickets now, contact Dave at or Bob at and we'll happily give you the discount on a ridiculously good time! 

Winding into winter - November 10, 2011

Greetings, Family members!  As we come into the holiday season, we thank you all for another great year, but don't think it's over yet.  We still have gigs coming up and you'll have the chance to boogie with us yet again.  Come December, we'll be rocking out the Anchor Bar & Grill in Brewerton for the Iron Horsemen party, then we'll be heading south to the authentic roadhouse that is Seebers.  But we also have another announcement on behalf of Deb Tafel and Bikers United.  Her email:

From: Deb Tafel []
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:04 AM
Subject: EXTERNAL: Fundraiser for Bikers United
Bikers United  is holding a fund raiser, comedy show at Wise Guys Comedy Club on Sunday, November 20th at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $15.00 per person
We  will have advance tickets starting tonight... come out and have fun, a few laughs and support a good cause.  If you know anyone that would be interested, please feel free to forward this info.  If you have any question, please email me back or call Neil at 315-447-7064.

Thanks, Deb & Neil 


So there you have it!  If you have any places you'd like to see us rock out, feel free to contact Dave.  And don't forget that COUSIN JAKE t-shirts and CD's can make great holiday gifts! 

Check out the new video! - September 1, 2011

Hey, folk, we have NEW video from our show in Alexandria Bay posted on our LINKS TO OTHERS page.  Thanks to Bill Bulger we have fine footage - go take a look! 

And new on 10/3/11: We expect to do final mixdowns and editing for the Westcott Theater footage and have that posted on YouTube and burned to DVD very soon!  We hope to have both a new promotional tool AND a DVD you can sit on the sofa and enjoy - or better yet, roll up the rug and boogie around to!  We'll keep everyone in the Family posted! 

THREE BANGER WEEKEND - August 30, 2011

Hiya, Family members!  We have a dynamic end-of-summer batch of shows about to happen.  This coming weekend will be huge, which, if you've already read the calendar list like the good doobies you are, you well know.  But just in case, and no I don't mean Paul Case's son, here's the quick rundown. 

Friday 9/2 we're playing a-way-up-north in Sandy Pond at the renowned Sandy Pond Steakhouse, on the lake just west of Sandy Creek.  Man, that's a lot of sand, but also great steak and hot rox from Yours Truly.  Saturday we'll be in Elbridge rocking out a party for Mr. Wilkinson, our pal.  And Sunday we'll be headin' down South (but not still runnin' today) to one of our favorite roadhouses, Seeber's in Smithville Flats. 

So, we hope that no matter where you are, we'll be playing for you somewhere this weekend!  It'll be full-tilt-bozo rock all weekend long, so drag it on out to see us! 


Greetings, Family!  We have quite the set of gigs coming up and we hope you'll indulge yourselves and attend what will be memorable events.  Full details are on our Calendar page, but here's the quick and dirty: We are opening for KASHMIR, the most acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band at Budweiser Amphitheater, Papermill Island in Baldwinsville on July 30; AND we will be opening for LES DUDEK, renowned guitar master who stepped in to replace no other than Duane Allman after his tragic death, playing the Westcott Theater August 4.  These will be terrific shows and we're really pumped to play in these great venues.  Don't let your summer go without seeing these performances - you'll be weeping to your grandchildren how you missed out!  Check out the rest of our calendar while you're there, we have more where these came from! 

Oh, and in the gossip column: how come no one has said anything about Bob and his hat?  Not to mention the spiffy black duds.  Come on, folks, somebody's got to blow the dust off the guestbook every so often.  :) 

Having a great time - wish you were here! - June 29, 2011

Well, folk, our last few gigs have been terrific thanks to all of our audience members.  Your enthusiasm is what makes this all worthwhile.  The Works, the still-being-renovated former Jordan Grill is shaping up into a fine biker hangout, with plenty of parking and a beautiful hostess, Margaret, who works the bar with a friendly smile for everyone who stops in.  We were packed in pretty tight but managed to rock the house (without annoying the village police)!  We'll be back out there July 8th, and hope you'll stop by to have some fun. 

Of course, we had a real blast rockin' out on the big stage in A-Bay for the 1000 Islands River Run, and from the reactions we got from the crowd there, they were having quite a party, too.  We were happy to hear Mary Compeau - the gorgeous engineer of most of the big bike events in A-Bay - announce that next year the NY HOG rally will be held there, two weeks after next year's River Run, making two giant events for the Bay that you can take that fine ride up I-81 to attend.  WAY COOL, and kudos to Mary.  And hey, not only Mary but Sharon Tuttle and Lisa Morrill were featured in this month's Fast Lane Biker!  Our own pinup girls, not bad! 

Stay tuned, folk, because all the great parties are happening where COUSIN JAKE is playing! 

Big Doings for Summer - May 19, 2011

Hey there, folk, we're going to rock out like mad starting this weekend!  Check the calendar page (like you know you should) for the upcoming gigs, and you'll find we're playing Taudy's Daughter's benefit AND the traveling Fallen Bikers' Memorial Wall run Saturday and Sunday, and we'll be at the upcoming 1000 Islands River Run, Thunder In The Forge, and papermill Island just to name a few!  WooHOO!  You know it's time to get out and party, so come on out and rock with us! 


Spring is... springing! - March 15, 2011

Hey, there, Family members!  Bet you can smell that change in the weather and you're getting the astroshield onto the wheels!  Can't wait to see everybody out at our next gig! 

Summer is booking up like crazy, but if you want to have us play YOUR shindig, just call Dave and let us know.  We'll rock out for you.  And hey, if anyone took pictures OR VIDEOS of us WITH BLACKFOOT, email them to Dave and we'll put them up on the website, and credit your graphic talents.  And thanks to everyone who came out for the Jean Benedict memorial party, that was great. 

Shake that Cabin Fever! - February 21, 2011

Well, family members, we're gonna knock the snow off ya if you come on down to the Easy Street Tavern in Cortland - we'll be blasting away at the Cabin Fever Party sponsored by Iron Breed RC, at 185 Homer Ave., from 1 to 5.  Come on down! 

Warmer weather is coming - January 26, 2011

Greetings, Family members!  Yer Cousin is already booking up the coming summer and we'll be rocking out for you as hard as ever!  We'll have the 1000 Islands getting HOT for the Blessing of the Bikes, and again for the TIRR; already a couple of times up at the Wander Inn, and we'll be burning up local joints in Syracuse as well.  If you'd like us to come and play YOUR event, party, or watering hole just call Dave and we'll do some smokin'!  Meantime, keep an eye on the Calendar page for our upcoming gigs. 

Happy 2011! - January 11, 2011

Hello, Family members, we're still rockin' and we hope you'll join us!

Just in case you happen to be one of those who lives on Facebook, first I have to tell you to go outside and get some sun.  You look pale.  But right after that, look us up and friend us!  While THIS website is where most of the info, music and photos are, you never know who's going to do what on Facebook.  We'll accept most friend requests, we only take exception to those of you who stampede the women and rape the cattle.  You have to have some standards... 

We've got gigs booking up as usual, so stop by often, smart off in the guestbook, and look around.  Thanks! 

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