INSIDE THE BUMMER TENT June 6, 2003
Our friend Rich passed away last week. When I say friend, I mean we knew him from Cannon's bar and you could always count on having an interesting conversation with him. But you also knew there was more there and I figured that someday I would get to know him better. Well sadly, I missed that chance. At the funeral we were quite aware that we really didn't know anyone from the other side of his life - family, brothers and sisters, work associates, golf buddys, etc..... However in their testimonials and shared memories they all so succinctly spoke of the same spirit. We felt heartened that even in the small slice of a life that we got in fleeting bits and pieces in a corner tavern, the strength of that being was able to touch us and others. That in itself is a admirable legacy.
And as all his friends toasted to Richie in the bar that evening, I think we all realized, that the longer you're in the game the more you start to notice the missed chances.
Hanging Out and About
Even though Café Aaron is no longer, MCS Art Gallery (1110 Northampton Street, Easton) continues to showcase great local artists. We were out last Saturday to see Jett Ulaner Sarachek's most recent works, including some from her hand painted vellum series. "Cheryl's Garden" and another entitled "P-town Beach" were among our favorites. The show continues through July 5 - definitely go check it out! After the show, we hooked up with Maureen Clarke, editor of Lehigh Valley (formerly LV Magazine) and photograher Larry Fink at another great Easton venue, Jac & Company. After a great dinner, and solving the political problems of the world, we went below to the basement bar, where Sarah Ayers Rhythm Recipe was performing to an enthusiastic crowd in an intimate, "cave" setting. Maybe it was the humidity and being right on the Bushkill Creek, but we don't know many other places with this unique feel.
Hanging out has recently taken on a new meaning as we pay our respects to friends who are no longer with us. Recently Second Avenue hosted a memorial evening of music and memories to honor bass player Jim Nastasee, who had a long career in some of the most important area bands, especially in the 70s and 80s. Frankie & The Tonebenders, fronted by brother Frank Nastasee performed and paid tribute, along with other area musicians, including Gary Rissmiller, Steve Brosky, Joey Colarusso, Rich Kerecz, Rocky Bayer, among others.
Recording for A Lehigh Valley Christmas - 2003" CD has already begun with tracks from newcomers The joEs introducing their version of "Jingle Bells" and The Difference, an Air Products band of professional engineers, accountants and the like, doing a great rendition of "Please Come Home For Christmas." Tracking was also completed by the Jake Kaligis Band, Blackwater and Todd Wolfe. More holiday tracks throughout the summer.
Zen For Primates' two performances of In The Wrong Place at the Main Street Theatre in Quaketown were a huge success. At Friday's performance, David Letterman Band sax player, Bruce Kapler performed with Zen and producer/engineer extraordinaire, Eddie Kramer was in the audience. Kramer, whose credits include everything from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones and a recent Grammy Award winning CD for Buddy Guy, is interested in working with Zen For Primates. For Christopher Barnes' review of the sold-out concerts, check www.bummertent.com/MST review.htm. The bad boys (and girls) of Cabaret Rock will be at Godfrey's on Saturday, June 14 before leaving for their 3rd Inter-Galactic Tour.
Singer/Songwriter Danielle Lubené took one of the greatest risks of her life by quitting her job of twelve years to write, produce and record her first full-length CD. Two years, a fair amount of blood, sweat and tears, and "a great deal of joy" later, Danielle is set to release her new CD entitled Slink. The CD release show (celebration!) will be held at The Funhouse in Bethlehem on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 10:00 PM. The show will feature an opening set by Doug Ashby formerly of Hurry Down Sunshine and The Sue Foley Band, who will also join Danielle for her set. Featuring Dave Ferrara of The Creatures, The Original Sins, Herman's Hermits on drums, Bill Melcher of Brother JT3, The Kites on bass, Kathleen Warren of The Eaves and Hali Heiser on backing vocals, the CD release concert will also be a celebration of all the hard work it took to make this CD. For more information, call the Funhouse at 610-868-5311, or contact Danielle directly at 610-432- 8439 or email@example.com.
There's Blues In The Valley, Part Two, the CD release concert for the Bummer Tent Blues, Volume Two CD will be held on Sunday, June 22 from 7-10PM at the beautiful Roxy Theatre in Northampton. This year's CD and concert features newcomers Illinois Slim & The Maxwell Street Band, Mary Hawkins, Doug Ashby, Sarah Ayers, Tom Walz, The WilyGoats, Bryant Brothers Blues Brew and Chicago Carl Snyder & Jimmy Lawrence. Also included this year are Todd Wolfe, Craig Thatcher & James Supra, Thom Palmer Band, Shades of Blues, Eric Steckel Band and Crosscut Saw. Tickets are $15 ($12 for LVBN members) and the doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets are available at Hack's and the Compact Disc Center in Bethlehem and Speedy's and 19th Street Records in Allentown. For more information and to purchase tickets on-line contact us at www.bummertent.com/Events.htm or call 610-433-4436.
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