My Story

I’ve been at this a long time.  I’ll start with Arthurs Museum.  We were a rock band in the mid to late 80’s playing covers while writing and recording our first record.  We toured extensively throughout the northeast playing all the major venues (Empire, Galaxy, Dobbs, Hammerjacks to name a few) and opening for many major label artists of the day (Gregg Allman, Fabulous Thunderbirds among others).  The band sold more than 10,000 copies of our EP in our hometown alone which attracted much interest from several major labels.  We all know how tough this business can be, just wasn’t in the cards so...

Next came the Phebe & Brian Duo.  We began by writing and recording new original material.  Eventually we got the bug to perform again which turned into a full-time job.  We were playing all the A-List clubs of the day and were packing house’s every night.  We were mainstays at Club Maui in Philly and The OD in Sea Isle for years.  Sadly, Phebe was killed in a horrible traffic accident.  I continued on for a short period but needed time so I temporarily retired from music.

It was during this period I started my own audio design & build firm.  Quite successful and still going today but after a couple years I wanted to get back to performing and recording.

That’s when Brian & the Coconutz was formed.  Put together with some of the area’s most talented musician’s we booked our first summer at Cesears Beach Bar in AC just for fun.  Well, here we are many years later still going strong.  The band has had more success than I could’ve dreamed of.  Playing everywhere from high profile event’s to beach gigs up and down the Jersey shoreline.  The best always happens when you least expect it!

In 2016 I was recognized by Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for my work with Arthurs Museum and again in 2017 for my musicianship. © Brian Varhelyi 2022