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Welcome to Riddleworks Productions!

Glad you found us. Were the directions OK? My name is Dan Palladino and I'll be your humble host during your stay.

The mission here at Riddleworks is to provide a home for my music. That music may take the form of an electronic/symphonic piece, a Beatles-influenced pop tune or an improvised space-jazz exploration. Let's just call it quirky pop/rock, leaning toward experimental space-jazz, drizzled with a funky blues topping. Damn marketing department! You're all fired!

Anyway, feel free to wander around and make yourself at home. Did I mention that I'm available to work on your project? (Click here for details.) If you need anything, just pull on the silk rope and I'll come running with a cup of hot tea.

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Riddleworks News

10/20/14



Fall gigs!

Wednesday, 10/22/14
Duo with Paul Marino at Remington's, Manasquan, NJ. 7 - 10PM. Great food and atmosphere!

Friday, 10/24/14
With The Paul Marino Band at Harpoon Willy's, Manasquan, NJ. Paul Marino, Joel Bennett, Dan Palladino. We hit at 9PM.

Saturday, 10/25/14
With Zaire at The Brass Rail, Phillipsburg, NJ. Classic rock. Music starts at 9PM.

Wednesday, 11/26/14
With The Paul Marino Band at The Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, NJ. Paul Marino, Joel Bennett, Dan Palladino. We hit at 9PM.

Friday, 11/28/14
Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting With Alice Leon, Scott Monetti, Al Greene and Scott Strunk at Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ. We go on around 6PM. Don't go shopping! Come out and bring us hot chocolate!

Saturday, 12/6/14
With The Riddlers at Joe & Joe's Restaurant, Pearl River, NY. Dave Baron: bass, Al Greene: drums/vocs, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM.



7/15/14
Summer Gigs!

Friday, 7/18/14

With The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Scott Strunk, Al Greene, Pat Ruh, Dan Palladino. We hit at 9PM.

Saturday, 7/19/14
With The Paul Marino Band at 9th Ave. Pier, Belmar, NJ. 60's, 70's, country. Music starts at 6PM.

Friday, 7/25/14
Back at the Pier with The Paul Marino Band at 9th Ave. Pier, Belmar, NJ. Paul Marino, Emily Grove, Joel Bennett, Dan Palladino. We hit at 6PM.

Saturday, 7/26/14
With the Riddlers at The Hungry Peddler, Cresskill, NJ. Al Greene: drums, Dave Barron: bass, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar. R&B, funk, blues covers. 9:30 hit.

Wednesday, 7/30/14
Duo with Paul Marino at Remington's, Manasquan, NJ. 7 - 10PM. Great food and atmosphere!

Sunday, 8/3/14
Duo with Scott Monetti at Panther Pub, Allamuchy, NJ. We'll be out on the patio enjoying the great outdoors! 4 - 7PM.

Friday, 8/29/14
Back at the Pier with The Paul Marino Band at 9th Ave. Pier, Belmar, NJ. Paul Marino, Emily Grove, Joel Bennett, Dan Palladino. 6 - 10PM.




2/23/14



Gig on Saturday, 3/8/14
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at Ole Ole Restaurant, Suffern, NY. Alice's tunes and select covers. Music starts at 9:30PM.

Gig on Saturday, 3/15/14
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 3/28/14
With The Paul Marino Band at Rooney's, Long Branch, NJ. 60's, 70's, country. Music starts at 7PM.

Gig on Saturday, 3/29/14
With the Riddlers at The Hungry Peddler, Cresskill, NJ. Dan Palladino: guitar, Al Greene: drums, Dave Barron: bass. R&B, funk, blues covers. 9:30 hit.




6/18/13



Gig on Friday, 6/21/13
Woo Hoo! Another gig with The Waffle Band at Brasserie 513, Califon, NJ. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM.




5/29/13



Gig on Saturday, 6/1/13
Duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! It'll make your big toe shoot up in your boot!

Gig on Saturday, 6/8/13
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Long Valley Fire Co. No. 1 Wetdown, Long Valley, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 5PM.




2/10/13



Gig on Saturday, 2/16/13
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 2/23/13
Trio with The Paul Marino Band at Barnacle Bill's, Rumson, NJ. Music starts at 9PM.

Gig on Saturday, 3/2/13
Duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! I guarantee you'll love it!

101 Guitar Licks
I've added Jazz Lick #1, Jazz Lick #2, Jazz Lick #3, and Jazz Lick #4 in the 101 Guitar Licks series.




1/4/13



Happy New Year!
May 2013 be filled with happiness and music. Don't worry - everything's gonna be OK.

Gig on Saturday, 1/5/13
Another duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.
Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some! I love it!

Gig on Saturday, 1/19/13
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 2/2/13
The Riddlers at O'Donoghues Tavern, Nyack, NY. Al Greene: drums/vocs, Fred Saunders: bass, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9:45PM. No cover.





11/18/12



Gig on Friday, 11/23/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 11/23/12
Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting with Alice Leon, Al Green, Scott Monetti, Scott Strunk, Dan Palladino at Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ. Christmas tunes. 4:45 - 6PM. Photos here.

Gig on Saturday, 12/1/12
Another duo with Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.
Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some!

Gig on Saturday, 12/15/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.




8/28/12



Gig on Saturday, 9/8/12
With The John Henry Goldman Jazz Trio at Tusk Restaurant, Montgomery, NJ. John Henry Goldman - trumpet, Gary Schaeffer - keys/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar. Music starts at 6:30PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 9/15/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Jersey Shore Tour de Cure, Bradley Park. Corner of Ocean and 5th Aves., Asbury Park, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 11:30AM.

Gig on Saturday, 9/15/12
Duo with the Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM. Monetti makes killer hot sauce: Harvey's Revenge. Buy some!

Gig on Friday, 9/21/12
Another duo with Sauce Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Gig on Saturday, 9/22/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






7/17/12



Gig on Friday, 7/20/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 7/27/12
Duo with the lovely Scott Monetti on Keys and vocs at Panther Pub, Allamuchy, NJ. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 8/4/12
Duo with the Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 7PM.

Gig on Friday, 8/10/12
The Riddlers at O'Donoghues Tavern, Nyack, NY. Al Greene: bass/vocs, Luther Rix: drums, Greg Lykins: guitar, Dan Palladino: guitar/vocs. Music starts at 10PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 8/11/12
Acoustic duo with Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






6/29/12


Gig on Saturday, 6/30/12
Acoustic duo with the always amazing Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Friday, 7/20/12
Jamming with The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.






5/6/12


Gig on Friday, 5/11/12
I'll be playing with my buddies, The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 5/19/12
Acoustic duo with the always fun Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Thursday, 5/24/12
Duo with the lovely and talented Scott Monetti at Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester, NJ. Cover tunes. Music starts at 9PM.

Gig on Friday, 5/25/12
Another duo with the Scott Monetti. Location to be announced.

101 Guitar Licks
I've added Jazz Lick #1 in the 101 Guitar Licks series.





4/1/12


Gig on Saturday, 4/28/12
Acoustic duo with the always fun Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

101 Guitar Licks
I've added audio examples in three tempi for 101 Guitar Licks. There are also two new harmonic minor licks for your listening and dining pleasure. Check it out on the Articles page.



3/4/12

Gig on Friday, 3/9/12
I'll be playing with my buddies, The Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. Scott Strunk - drums, Scott Monetti - keys/vocs, Al Greene - bass/vocs, Dan Palladino - guitar/vocs. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

Gig on Saturday, 3/31/12
Acoustic duo with the mega-talented Alice Leon at The Village Grill, Waldwick, NJ. Come on by and hear a great selection of Alice's original tunes, as well as your favorite covers. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.

101 Guitar Licks
101 Guitar Licks is a new series of guitar instruction material I've been working on. Oddly enough, it'll feature 101 guitar licks in various styles, for all of my fellow guitarists out there. Check it out on the Articles page.



1/2/12
Happy New Year 2012!
Best wishes for a prosperous and music-filled 2012!

Gig on Friday, 1/13/12
I'm not superstitious, so I'll be playing with the Waffle Band at Pheasant's Landing, Hillsborough, NJ. Plenty of soul, R&B, reggae, classic rock and improvised jams. You never know what will happen at a Waffle, but you know it'll be fun. Music starts at 9PM. No cover.




2/25/10

More Mung!
The Mung train keeps crawling along the tracks. Check out "Crime": Click here to listen.

9/12/09

New Mung!
We finished mixing "Speechless" last year, but I'm just getting around to posting it now. Nice word play by the lovely Rich Gantner. Click here to listen.

Gig alert: I'll be playing with The Riddlers on Saturday 10/3/09 at O'Donahue's Pub in Nyack, NY. Great food and drink. Hope to see you there. We hit at 10:15 PM.

I'll also be appearing with My Generation, a new Classic Rock/80's cover band on Friday 10/16/09 at Mike Kirwin's in Dunellen, NJ. Fun band!



3/20/09

New Tune
I'm going into a period of writing a bunch of short instrumental pieces. The first one is called "Big Sky". Click here to listen.



1/18/09

Private Lessons
I've had a couple of private lesson slots open up recently. Click here for more info on studying guitar, music theory, songwriting and recording with me.



1/1/09

Happy New Year!
Here's wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2009. Remember that when things look bleak, music can help you feel better. Crank it!

New on the Riddleworks Player, "Plant A Seed". This was written specifically for a short film by Evan Austin Rosenberg. It stars none other than Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, arranger-extraordinaire and trombonist on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. LaBamba was kind enough to come in as a guest lecturer for my Introduction to Music Business course at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ. Thanks, Rosenbergs! Click here to see the film.
Click here to hear the whole tune.



11/18/08

Dan on YouTube.
Here's some live video of yours truly jamming with my pals, The Waffle Band. Always plenty of improvisation and silliness on a Waffle. Click here to hear us playing Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You".



9/14/08

YouTube Video.
Tamra Hayden has just released the video for her tune "Eden Will Bloom". You can see my handsome self in the band shots. Click here to check it out.




2/28/08

New Tune.
I just finished up a new tune. Well, it's really a re-working of an old tune–I wrote "Uniforms" in 1998, but thought it deserved a new treatment. Some acoustic pop/folk for your listening pleasure. Hope you like it. Click here to listen.


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