Native Roman and new band finalists in song contest

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Former Rome resident Ken Zeszutko is in the Florida Rockabilly band Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus, and they are finalists in The Rockabilly Rumble, an original song contest that awards the winner a recording contract for their song.

Voting is going on now for their song “Wrecking Ball” until Thursday afternoon. You may vote once per day.

Zeszutko is a graduate of Rome Catholic High School Class of 1982 and graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, former member of The Joe Angerosa Band, the band Magic and Central New York legends S.I.V. Neighbors, family and old friends can support Zeszutko and Professor Pennygoode and The Mighty Flea Circus, by casting their “best original song” vote for their tune, Wrecking Ball, in the Rockabilly Rumble at: https://www.therockabillyrumble.com/rumble/.

Zeszutko, a bass player, joined Professor Pennygoode and The Mighty Flea Circus back in 2015. The band is noted for offering a unique blend of swing, rockabilly and jump blues.

The bassist has been down in Florida for about 20 years and joined Professor Pennygoode and The Mighty Flea Circus after answering an ad.

“Growing up in Rome, we did the typical garage bands and drove the neighbors crazy,” Zeszutko laughed. “Even as I got older, I played in country bands and probably in every club you could have played in Utica-Rome. I even played with Joe Angerosa when he did his tribute to Elvis show. Utica-Rome is a music community where if you play long enough, you get to know everyone and it’s a good environment.”

After Zeszutko answered Professor Pennygoode’s ad looking for a bass player they “really hit it off,” the musician said.

“It’s a special group, and we really have something special happening,” he said. “And I get to play the big upright bass.”

Members of Professor Pennygoode and The Mighty Flea Circus enjoy writing a lot of original music and just so happened to stumble upon the Rockabilly Rumble contest.

“This contest had some celebrity judges and there were hundreds of entries” from around the world, Zeszutko said. “We made the top 16 and we were totally shocked. The contest goes round-by-round, so they pair you up with a song versus a song, and then the public votes for their favorite. We kept winning each round and then it got more real.”

He said, “Now we’re in the championship. It’s our song versus another song, and the voting ends Thursday. To be able to record sessions produced by Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom would be amazing. He was even one of the celebrity judges. We just want to pinch ourselves.”

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