It’s once been said that all roads lead to home…
That’s precisely where this long-time band of brothers & creative soulmates found themselves, when their well-traveled musical roads converged.
It was at this poignant juncture that COLOSSAL STREET JAM was born.
One may define their electrifying synergy as the cosmic melding & explosive concoction of abstract minds, unique talent, inherent soul, and tireless passion for their beloved craft.
Having a deep & mutual admiration for one another, as well as having tremendous respect for their many, and diverse collective influences, who helped shape their gritty, melodic, psychedelically tinged hard rock stylings, each member truly brings their own individuality, and nuance to the mix.
An eclectic potpourri for the senses, CSJ ultimately, and seamlessly fuse their independent ideas to deliver a singular vision & signature sound that can easily be coined as “New Classic Rock” for the ages.
This hard-driving, 70’s inspired, 5-piece ensemble is comprised of Gene Potts (vocals)… Sal Marra (guitar/vocals)… Tony Flora (bass)… Dave Halpern (drums)… and Eric Safka (keys).
With their roots firmly planted and their musical heritage tightly in place, CSJ has long been an integral part the legendary Asbury Park, NJ music scene.
Always proud to honor these roots, and the place that gave them their start, the band forever carries with them that feeling of tradition, and heart that has endeared them to growing audiences both nationally and internationally.
In 2016, the band’s release, “Living Free”, was met with critical acclaim and worldwide press.
The albums single, “Songbird” received extensive radio airplay both locally, and globally.
In 2018, that same record won an award for Australian Indie Album of The Year For Internet Radio.
It subsequently remained on the Indie charts, Down Under, for 6 months.
Later that year, in November of 2018, CSJ released their follow up album, “Just Take Hold”…
Once again, they were greeted with extensive Indie and College radio airplay for that record’s namesake single, “Just Take Hold”, as well as for their cover version of the Sugarloaf classic, “Green Eyed Lady”.
In May and December of 2019, CSJ completed two successful European tours, which journeyed them throughout The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
As the world paused for the next couple years, due to the global pandemic, CSJ was still hard at work on their next creative endeavor.
In 2021, they released a new single, “No Way To Live”…
Just as before, they garnered massive airplay, both locally and overseas.
On March 1st, 2023, the long-awaited full length, 11- song album, which was on hold, due to the state of the world was finally released.
Baring the same name, as that previous single, this record triggered the launch of a full-scale publicity campaign, along with upcoming shows in both the US and Europe.
COLOSSAL STREET JAM has shared stages nationwide with the likes of Mark Farner, of Grand Funk Railroad, Robbie Krieger of The Doors, The Black Crowes, Kings X, Stone Temple Pilots, Rival Suns, Blackberry Smoke, The Drive By Truckers, The Hold Steady, Gov’t Mule, Johnny Winter, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Zebra, Deep Purple, Leslie West, Clarence Clemons, and countless others.
Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) – “Loved Them!!!”
Keith Roth (Sirius XM/95.9 WRAT) – “No Way To Live, Colossal Street Jam’s Quintessential Record!!! The playing, songs, arrangements… Top notch!!! The band brought their A Game to these sessions!!!
Makin’ Waves (Aquarian Weekly, NJ)- “The rich songs not only make for the veteran’s band best album, but also it’s most diverse ranging from straight-up rhythm & blues to psychedelic jams to signature classic-rock sound.”
HeadBangers Lifestyle (Netherlands) – “`No Way to Live’ is their new record and it enhances the band’s sound and leaps forward. Richer song structures and layered texture crafted around great melodies and hooks, drawing together the most wonderful ingredients. Musical craftmanship that baffles, and songs that nest while growing over time also. `No Way to Live’ is an album that needs to be heard, by a band on fire!”
Melodic.Net (Sweden) – “Colossal Street Jam belong just fine in the classic rock revival with bands like Rival Sons, Greta Van Fleet, White Reaper, and The Answer”
Asbury Park Vibes (NJ) – “Colossal Street Jam, “CSJ” is a true American Rock and Roll band.”
Mayhem Rockstar Magazine/Phil’s Picks (NC) – “All things considered, No Way To Live proves itself an early candidate for a spot among this year’s top new independent albums.”