INSIDE THE BUMMER TENT   Aug 2, 2002

 

Musicians love their job. The old joke about musicians going to work and "playing" is true. They play for a living.

Part of that is certainly the reality that music is generally presented as some form of entertainment for an audience. Entertainment whether at a concert hall, dance club or tiny corner bar, is for human enjoyment. The audience is playing after their day of work. The musicians because of the intimate interaction of music with the human psyche, are playing with the audience.

Of course, the trade-off for all this fun is that musicians in the "not quite famous" category usually get paid weekly……..very weakly…….ba-dum

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Futures

Bruce Kapler, sax player with the Late Show with David Letterman Band, will be joining Zen For Primates for their August 23 date at the Deer Head Inn (www.deerheadinn.com) Delaware Water Gap's famed jazz club. Bruce has performed with the band on several occasions and brings a very different sound to the ensemble. And, by the way, congratulations to Shelagh Maloney who had a fantastic debut violin performance with Zen at Godfrey's a few weeks ago. The crowd for the two packed shows cheered her all night long.

We are into the final recording phase for the 2002 Christmas CD. We will be tracking the 9 piece R&B horn band Lucky 7 at Amoeba Audio in Fleetwood, PA and the jazz band Collection of 3 at Bummer Tent.

Bev Conklin (BC & the Blues Crew) will be teaming up with Jake Kaligis for a vocal duet recording in the near future.

James Supra (The Craig Thatcher Band) will be recording a solo harmonica and vocal track in mid-August.

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Out and About (Hanging in Allentown)

Went to a screening of the new edit of an independent film by "Space Ship Brain Films" in the courtyard of The Silkworks located on N. 4th Street in Allentown. The evening was hosted by Silkwork's Patrick Gray and was helped along by new Musikfest photographer, Ryan Hulvat who also concocted a delicious spicy Tilapia Curry.

The film "Leaving Hollywood" is a very funny look at life, friendship and aspirations from the viewpoint of some crazed video store employees. Written and directed by Allentown residents Kevin Kiernan and Johnny Philapavage, the movie featured memorable performances by what appears to be a close-knit group of co-conspirators.

The team is currently filming a second feature, which will also include actor Steve Wilk, known to many as one of the staff at Cannon's.

Cannon's is still the coolest bar in Allentown, although Greg Gutfeld and Stuff Magazine say it's one of the best in the country. Please don't tell anyone.

Went to The Owl's Nest in Emmaus for the first time. Interesting little scene. It's a classic fraternal club type situation, of which there are many in the Lehigh Valley. The big plus is a fantastic Art Deco-like high stage area with multi-layered curtains, which do a lot for the acoustics of the place. We saw Steve Ricker of Crosscut Saw and Tom Walz with a great band playing a powerful set.

Al Wannamaker (drummer for Crosscut Saw) tells us they will be hosting an open mic jam on Wednesday nights at the Bluetone Café, 683 Walnut Street in Easton. Bring your guitar and stop out!

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Trackings

Channel 69 newscaster, Rob Vaughn and his family were in to record their contribution to this year's Christmas collection on July 6. They are great acappella singers, collectively called The Vaughn 5. They made their debut on last year's CD with a quite intricate arrangment of "Joy To The World." After the session, they took our recommendation and we all ended up at Hack's on 59 E. Broad Street in Bethlehem for a late breakfast. Stay tuned for news on the return of Hack's Fest coming September 8.

Darlene Finelli (hostess of the infamous Corn Fest) was in from the farm on July 11 doing another beautiful vocal on "The Christmas Alphabet" and we did a remote session with ACCO (A Chorus Celebrating Women) at the Unitarian Church in Bethlehem. They recorded an interesting piece entitled "The Gentle Storke."

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Recommendations

Support the Downtown Allentown Farmer's Market that happens around the circle at 7th and Hamilton every Wednesday during the summer between 11AM and 2PM. The market features area vendors selling their fruits and vegetables, as well as some local craftsmen presenting their wares. Local ethnic restaurant will feed you and you can also hear some great music.

Check out the goings-on at First Fridays on the South Side of Bethlehem. It's a street fair type environment with music happening in a lot of the great shops that are popping up around 3rd Street. Cleo's of the C. Leslie Smith jewelry tradition and Home and Planet furnishings are good places to start. Also check out Marla Duran's original clothes and the Classic guitars and Harps at Silva Vocat.

 

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