terrific Rock 'n' Roll band playing the great oldies from doo wop harmony to Santana
to Michael Jackson sprinkled with standards and swing
The ROCKIN' ROWDIES confiscate a jeep? at the 2012 Prospect Car Show
THANKS TO Joe & Leslee FOR USE OF JEEP
(ours was in the shop)
Ap 9--Jay's Crab Shack--Park St--Hartford--7pm
Ap 10--Jay Crawford/WATR Cancer Survivor Benefit--Am Legion Hall--Bunker Hill Rd--Oakville
Ap 18--The Good Old Boys ?Car Club? Dinner/Dance--St George Greek Church Hall-- 301? W. Main St--New Britain--?7pm?
My 2--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
My 9--RHAM HS Class Reunion--Hebron
My 16--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
My 22/23--Juniper's Rstrnt--Middlebury--8pm
My 29--Winchester Cafe--Rte 66--Portland--8pm
My 30--Lone Oak Campground--Rte 44--East Canaan--7pm
Je 2--Willow/Plaza Community Center--60 Elmwood Ave--Wtrbry--10:30AM?!?!?
Je 4--Painted Pony Rstrnt--Main St South - Bethlehem --7pm
Je 6--T-BIRD Club Car Show/Dance--VFW--Rte 10--Plainville - Car Show @6pm - BAND @8pm
Je 13--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Je 14--Litchfield Road Race--Rte 202(we play at the entrance to White Memorial)--this is our 15th year!?!--ALSO be sure to watch for the ever-youthful Tom Hill III as he prances and dances/runs by and attempts to play cowbell(like a girl) while his trophy wife remains locked in the bar --- oh,wait--- I mean the CAR
Je 16--St Michael's Church--Buck's Hill Rd--Wtrbry--12:30 afternoon show
Je 27--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Jl 3--Juniper's Rstrnt--Middlebury--8pm
Jl 4--Paul & Yvonne WEDDING
Jl 7--First Congregational Church--West Main St--Wtrbry--6pm FREE CONCERT
Jl 11--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Jl 17--Wtrbry Senior Center--12:30
Jl 17/18--Juniper's Rstrnt--Middlebury--8pm
Jl 21--East Mountain Park--Rte 69/E Mtn Rd--Wtrbry--6pm--FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT thanks Lorraine
Jl 24--Westbrook Elks--6:30
Jl 25--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Ag 1--Middletown Elks--44 Maynard St--7pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC* *except for Mike & Lois
Ag 8--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Ag 9--K o C Hall--47 So. 2nd Ave--Taftville--6pm
Ag 14--Jay Crawford/WATR Special Olympics Fundraiser--Prospect VFW--Rte 68--7pm
Ag 16--Wolcott Green Concert Series--6pm
Ag 22--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
Ag 23--Prospect Car Show--Prospect Green--noon-ish?...
Ag 29--Wtrbry Elks Club-W Main St--8pm oPEN TO ALL -- except Mike & Lois
S 3--Painted Pony--Main St So--Bethlehem--7pm
S 5--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
S 6 --Westbrook Elks Club--1pm
S 11--Polish Falcons Hall--Mddltwn-8pm PRIVATE PARTY PRIVATE PARTY
S13--Wolcott VFW Clambake-Rte 69-1pm OPEN TO ALL -- TICKETS AT GATE
S 18--Winchester Cafe--Rte 66-Portland-8pm
S 19--Avon Italian Club
S 25--Wtrbry VFW Post 201Veterans Benefit-- 2205 Baldwin St--7pm Carol says to buy tix in advance cuz it will probably sell out despite us being there w/Jay Crawford 203 695 3840
O 3--Manchester Am Legion--7pm
O 17--Manchester Am Legion--Main St--7pm
O 22--Shoreline Sailing Club--Westbrook
O 24--Canaan VFW--7pm
O 30--Westbrook Elks
O 31--Manchester Am legion-Main St--7pm
N 7--Waterbury Elks--W Main St--8pm OPEN TO ALL -- EXCEPT JARED FROM SUBWAY
N 8--Norwich Singles Dance--KoC Hall--47 So 2nd Ave--Taftville--6pm
N 13--Watertown Am Legion--Bunker Hill Ave--7pm?
N 14--Manchester Am legion--Main St--7pm
N 28--Manchester Am Legion--7pm
ALSO COMING UP THIS SUMMER
Wtrbry VFW Veterans Fundraiser
1st Congo Terrific Tuesday Concert Series
Prospect Car Show
Jay Crawford/WATR Special Olympics Benefit
Waterbury Elks Club
Marge's Clambake @ Wolcott VFW #7790
yes,that's Jay Crawford whispering sweet nothin's in my ear at the WATR/Harold Leever Cancer Center Benefit we did last Fall...he's a big Brenda Lee fan....
here we just announced Julie as the winner in our Young Lawrence Taylor Look-A-Like Contest
Dixie the Bride's Maid for her Uncle Craiggy and Auntie Martha Brady
****THE ROCKIN' HEARTBEATS QUIZ ****
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW
THE ROCKIN' HEARTBEATS??
WHICH BAND MEMBER SAID:
1.I like to hit stuff....I've been that way ever since I was a little girl....
2.Is that show at 8AM or 8PM??
3....don't touch!!--I just got this hair-piece back from the dry-cleaner...
4.give me liberty or give me death!!
5.I'm usually up every day at the crack of 9...
6.I thought the Kentucky Derby was a hat...
ANSWERS WILL APPEAR IN THE MAY ISSUE OF BOY'S LIFE MAGAZINE
A NEW PUBLIC SERVICE FROM THE RH:
***THE RH MESSAGE BOARD***
FOR SALE-Louis XIV beanbag chair $3,150 or BO
DD: come back home -- they paved Minor Rd!!
to the girl w/the Adams apple -- I'm sorry about the mustard -- call me -- peace/out,Draper
FOR SALE: original home video of The Last Supper -- $40,000 or 30 silver coins or best offer-Beta format only-- call Iscariot Productions @ 555 777 7777
TO GARY: thanks for the flowers -- Chinese Dan
Room for Rent in FL measures 8' X 6' $45/week all utilities, Roof extra - call Tim
Madame Rue--please call me--the love potion didn't work--want a refund--Britney
FOR SALE: autographed photo of BigFoot $15
SELLING all of my electronic gear:Radio Shack pager;Beta-max video player;ColecoVision 2000 gameboard--call Tony D -- if you can
<here's our pup Dixie on the inside of our front window -- happily the hornet nest is OUTSIDE the front window....
S 22 2015
PROF SEZ: ...is it just me, or is there a kind of sadness at this time of year despite the terrific weather...? ... sure, football is great, but cold and ice and darkness -- and the end of tomatoes and swimming!! first let me mention that Carole called to tell us that this Friday's Veterans Fundraiser was already sold out by last Thursday!! we'll be there along w/Jay Crawford & Ms Julie starting around 7pm..... Sa we will be back at Juniper's.... we want to thank so many people who have made this such a successful summer........and I will continue as soon as....... Nick fixes this #%@$% computer... . . .ok -- back to thank the fine folks at the Waterbury Elks Club: Wally & Karen & Big Pat & Lou & Carol & Laura .... cheers to Cookie & Dick -who recently beat a bout of pneumonia - for 'coming out' to Juniper's this past Sa night along W/Charlie & Barbara & Jo & Ray & friends.... also this weekend we had a very successful fundraiser/benefit for CT veterans... thanks to Carole & Betty(and their spousal units) for putting so much effort into this event... thanks to Ronnie & Drew and to Ron & Lorraine-- both couples dance ALL NIGHT!! .. we saw lots of familiar faces from the previous week when we played in Wolcott for the Wtrbry VFW clambake... thanks to Marge and also to Tim(who shucks a mean clam) and to Howie -- the best part was when,after eating all afternoon, they had us break at 4pm because the STEAK & LOBSTER was being served!!.. well, needless to say,our little drummer boy(the Patron Prince Of PrimeRib) was delighted!!-- as were we all!!... back on Labor Day Sunday we played a terrific show down on the beach for the Westbrook Elks -- yes,ON the beach!!... thanks to Barry(a wise man who knows when he is wrong--always) & Carol & Jennifer who arranged that great opportunity -- the snack bar & bar & sand & sun & smells made it feel like I was at Misquamicut Beach back in 1965!! -- our friends came from all over CT: Lenny & his babe; Lord & Lady Gaga brought Lt Pete and his babe; Darlene & Linda & Donna brought Cheryl along and they asked me to mention them in my blog -- but I don't think there's any room... special thanks to B-Day boy Mark Fusco and Johnny Saxx for their fine contributions covering for the missing Father-Of-The-Bride, who was elsewhere introducing his new clothing and costume line: 'A Touch Of Trash' -- speaking of food-- had a great time out at the Painted Pony a few weeks back: Chinese Dan (again) brought most of his posse(people who agree to be seen w/him) -- altho Cheryl obviously had a better offer--: including Kurt, Nicole & Wayne, Jameson & Laura Lee, Dan, Kevin & Nancy... Gil was there celebrating his B-Day(for the 7th time)along w/Angel Audrey & Lord and Lady Gaga & Jerry & Mary & Marie & Eric & Charlie & Barbara & Ron and his babe Darlene --I think I spotted Beth Miller w/her gang -- didn't she have a hit w/"Wind Beneath My Wings" back in '89?? ... more B-Day greetings to NewKid, Steve, Alex G, Zak, Edman, Ted and our little drummer boy Tony D(his is on O 31 appropriately enough)... thanks to Caitlyn at TD Bank for her help in honing my banking/tech skills -- retrieving my passwords after 4 years -- and to JJ and Jim who help me get thru life almost on a weekly basis.... see you all Sa night in Manchester...
Ag 28 2015
PROF SEZ: ...having trouble w/my computer-- keeps fading/shutting down.... I'm typing this real fast in hopes of completing it before the computer shuts down again... you'd better read this fast... wanna thank great folks like Mayor Bob over in Prospect who makes me mad cuz he's older than me, but looks lots younger.... Chinese Dan and his gang including recent new recruits Barbara & Shannon who came out to see us @ Wolcott Green in place of the Queen & the little French Girl and Gov Malloy.... thanks go out to Rich Gray & Kellie Lambert from the Rep-Am and to WATR staffers Tom Chute/Larry Rifkin/J B/Barbara Davit/Jay & Julie who all helped spread the word.... thanks to Geno and Mark Nolan for helping w/the speakers and(believe it or not) Tony D (the Emperor Of Etiquette) for getting the PA set up correctly the first time!!... thanks to Scotty K for his musical tutorial DURING the playing of "The Locomotion".... hello to our new friends over on Mad River Rd ... Happy B-Day to my little brother who turns 64, but is reading at a strong 8th grade level and to -- uh-oh m Y co mpu ter is sta R ting to act/////
Ag 4 2015
PROF SEZ: got a call from old friend Billy B last week who wanted to point out the lyrics in Nancy Sinatra's mid-60's gem "These Boots Are Made...." -- he thought they were quite lame,but I love 'em: "...you keep lyin' when you oughta be truthin'", and also(my fave) "...you keep samein' when you oughta be a changin'..." -- pure poetry!!..... then again,I just love it when Chuck Berry sings about Maybelline "... motorvatin' over the hill..." -- pure genius!!... get a minute and go back and hear em again.... also add 'No Time To Live' by Traffic and "Maybe" by the Chantels.... thanks go to Chinese Dan for his latest gang @ Juniper's that included Ms Cheryl/Kurt/Kevin/Nancy/Mary-Grace and Kim & Kandy(which SOUNDS like a porno tag-team of wrestlers but is not).... had a great time (and meal) last Sa night @ Middletown Elks Club -- while Tony D was happy to see lotsa meat--I was happy to see Tony the Cop & Barbara;Darlene & Al; the long-lost Jenny the Excellent Tambourine Queen & Rico the Beard; old Joe; Paul Rogo Sr & MaryAnne;missed Dan and also Mayor/Educator Tom S...thanks to Bob & Frank and the staff for making us feel at home... speaking of home: former RH bassist Carl V & his babe have relocated to sunny Florida-- after several years in Maine where he worked outdoors as a speedbump at the local WalMart... so Happy B-Day to Carl who is now reading at a 7th grade level!! he has truly become an inspiration to under-achievers everywhere!! also B-Day greetings go to Cousin Mike up @ CC....we'll see you in Manchester on Sa & in Taftville(think Norwich) on Su -- both events are open to the public.... on the way home listen to Cat Stevens' "Sad Lisa" or to "Young Girl Blues" by Donovan AFTER you listen to "Theme For An Imaginary Western" by Mountain... then tack on "Lay Down(Candles In The Rain)" by Melanie.... I could go on naming great songs, but I gotta play this weekend.....
Jl 15 2015
PROF SEZ: back to Juniper's this coming weakend--always a delightful experience... gotta thank our good friend Chinese Dan (AGAIN) for his efforts in getting a gang together to join us there... recently he has brought not only his trophy babe Cheryl, but other pals including: Kevin & Nancy & June; Kurt(who has dressed HIMSELF the past 2 times we've seen him!); Mary Grace; Frank(who's life coach is either Mike Tyson or Jared from Subway) & Lucy Devino; the lovely Kelly(Nicole who?) / Steve / Mark / Hubby & Vi & Rick Devino... thanks to so many of our 'regulars' who often come out to see us there: Gil / Ms Debra / Elio /Sandy & MaryAnne & their BoyToy?; Charlie & Barbara; Angel Audrey & partial-celebrity DJ Jay Crawford; Dick & Cookie(J.B.'s Chaffeur Corps)--they also recently showed up in Manchester! along w/our pals Jo & Ray(Norwich&New Britain!!);Rick N & John G(the Marlborough Mafia) and their Babes; Annie(thanks for repairing my clothes even though they shoulda been thrown out!) and her gang; Ron & Lorraine(from Cheshire!)... our thanks to Big Fred & Little Fred & their babes and to Chris -- they all do their best to make us feel comfortable & welcome... Len brought a gang including his babe & Joe & Eileen PLUS 2 other folks whose names I'm forgetting.... had a great time at Paul & Yvonne's big outdoor wedding on July 4th -- with a special appearance from several of New Britski's Good Old Boys who behaved quite well for such a wild bunch of rowdies -- turns out that they ARE housebroken after all!... special thanks go to Pastor Maynar & George @ First Congo/Wtrbry Baptist Churches(or is the plural churchii?) as we kicked off their Terrific Tuesday season... our condolences to Gary D for having tested positive for Fabulous!... B-Day greetings to cousin Sue & Lori F & to Dexter's Auntie Karen(the Evil Flower Princess) and to our old friend(now in FL)Carl V -- hope someone reads this to him... 'Get Well' wishes to the lovely Ms Niole and to our Angel Friends Julie & Audrey... thanks to everone who comes out to see us -- please come up and say 'hello' at any(or all) of our upcoming Summer shows -- yes,WE are what Willis was talkin' about.....
Je 9 2015
PROF SEZ: thanks to Jeanie & Mario out at the Painted Pony for putting up w/us last Th night-- a good time was had by all including Ron & Darlene; Eric & Marie; all 8 of Chinese Dan's friends showed up feeling secure that he would not appear(Dan unable to attend as he was prepping for the upcoming Tony Awards weekend)-- our thanks to Wayne & Nicole; Joe & Mindy; Curt & Kevin & Nancy & Dan along w/their 27 children.... had a great bunch Sa night in Plainville for the T-Bird Car Club car show & dance -- our thanks to Feeno & Roger & those wacky Sinocropo boys(obviously a fake name) & Jonathan & his trophy wife Cathy or Kathy.....we can't forget all of the Good Old Boys who showed up -- altho we tried.... speaking of New Britain, we also had some of the MacDonald's gang stop by: many thanks to Tom & Annie & Donna(and her cousin???) & little Ida the B-Day Girl.... also Happy B-Day greetings to drummer Joe Coscia and my semi-sister-in-law Darlene & my semi-cousin? Lenny.... see you in Manchester this Sa night or the Litchfield Road Race and/or @ St Michael's in Wtrbry next Tu afternoon.......
My 31 2015
PROF SEZ:first off it's best witches for recovery to our friend Big Fred from the Manchester Am Legion -- it's no fun to ridicule/insult you when you're not there.... if you readers have not yet gone up to the Am Legion hall dances,you should check it out --probably built in the 20's or 30's, it's a great place for a dance w/a great DANCING crowd--it's like stepping into 1956 where your Dad's Bowling league holds its meetings... 2 weeks ago we played an afternoon show at the Wtrbry Senior Center to a great bunch of folks including our old friend Annie from the Friar Tuck daze.... Alexis & Danessa were way too nice to us (although they both failed to provide us w/lobster bisque) .... our thanks to Jimmy Briggs for filling in for Tony D who was hospitalized w/an hysterectomy.... that evening we had a tableful of folks at Juniper's thanks to our special PR guy Chinese Dan(he prefers 'Party Planner') & his (somewhat normal?) babe Cheryl-- we already knew Curt & Wayne & Nicole the goatkeeper, but we also had the privelege of ruining the evening of Kevin & Nancy & June & Mary Grace...Frank Devino was on hand and we were all astounded to see that the imaginary wife we'd heard about actually existed!!-- then again,it was hard to believe that there was a female involved with Chinese Dan other than his blow-up doll... also with us that evening were Gil & Audrey & the full-bodied Ms Deborah(talking about her hair)& Elio, along w/Charlie & Barbara & Lurch.... hiding in the corner were the long-lost Linda & Darlene.... we also had the pleasure of Heritage Village BigWig Beth Miller and her gang of Activists, along w/the unofficial Mayor of Middlebury Bob Ford and his babe Alison or Allison... on hand with us the following night at Juni's was Eric & Marie & Jerry & Mary and the newly betrothed Dale & Mary(apparently 1 heart attack wasn't enough)... we did our 'special' arrangement of 'Happy Birthday' for Kim.... we also had Ronnie & Drew.... Ron & Lorraine came over from the mean streets of Cheshire... Mark Fusco(the Pauly Shore of the drums) appeared w/his babe -- so at least we had something to look at while we faked being interested in what he was talking about... but the biggest surprise of the evening is when WATR partial-celebrities Jay Crawford & Julie & Bob came in -- BEFORE 11:40!!! ... by the the way, thanks to Dick & Cookie for being on hand AND for driving WATR Sundy night semi-star JB to his various destinations thereby avoiding those pesky police and their warrants... we ran into our new friend Danessa again last Th when she appeared at the Mt Olive gathering along with G S Regan insurance savant Michael Regan... my guess is that neither of them knew we were playing.... also many thanks to Carleena & Rev Blue who made us feel right at home..... Birthday greetings go out to Billy B, Maxx Garfin,Dixie,and JJ... coming soon it's B-Day #50 for Karen the Evil Flower Princess.... this week we'll be in Waterbury,Bethlehem and Plainville doing what we do best -- making noise and insulting people
Ap 30 2015
PROF SEZ: gotta start by saying how terrific it was playing for The Good Old Boys bash over in New Britski -- here's a bunch of guys who were members of 6 or 7 different NB gangs back in the daze going around beating the hell out of each other until some years back they realized that they all had a common background and were now a bit too old to fight one another and formed this fraternal/civic/social group --- actually very well organized.... they treated us very well -- helped move gear and were very friendly and positive toward us -- plus I warned them that we are tuff-guy musicians and didn't want to have to hurt any of them should they misbehave -- which,of course, scared the hell out of them.... our thanks to John & John and Paul & Feno & Roger (I'm forgetting a few...)and to the McDonald's Girls Anne & Donna & Louise?.. and to the newly-betrothed Paul & Yvonne....our thanks go out to the entire Good Old Boys ?Organization? for having us on board..... the next evening I attended the surprise B-Day party for WATR Saturday night host and semi-celebrity Jay Crawford @ Country Club of Wadbry -- and he appeared to be surprised as he came in!! -- either that or he had just awakened -- I was delighted to be invited(thanks Karina/Steve/Ken) - altho I was half expecting the staff to ask me to leave all night -- and even more delighted that Jay was in men's clothing.... many stories were told ,but my fave line of the evening was "... a cornball in cosmic..." -- perhaps from Angel Vicky???... my thanks to Donna D who not only put up w/me, but actually got some/most of the jokes -- her parents will have to do a better job of getting her tested and/or treated..... we'll be in Manchester this Sa night at a great old venue where the people seriously come to dance... it's bring-your-own food/snacks/deserts and dancing shoes and they provide the drinkage......Tony D has been busy getting into shape for the upcoming lifeguard season and Draper is just finishing his Masters Thesis on the spelling of 'cat' throughout history...
Ap 7 2015
PROF SEZ: so we get to the Jay Crawford/Julie Ferguson/WATR Cancer Survivor Benefit in Watertown on Friday night and there's already a packed house!!! -- apparently no one thought we were playing so it appeared safe... lotsa old friends we have & have not seen in a while...for example we had Mike and his babe Lois -- who we know as Lady Gaga,along with Gil & Audrey & Eric & Marie,Darlene...Tony the Cop and his babe Barbara were on hand --fortunately he brought Terry(sans Art) and Linda... unfortunately he also brought Rosie O'Donnell look-a-like Rich the Polish Prince ...we brought along the delightful Ms Deborah to sing a few and to help us look a whole lot better.... Chinese Dan made a somewhat short appearance(Cheryl says that's more than common) along w/Nicole and her lawyer Wayne... Benny the WATR sports savant was on hand...missed the names of the 2 girls who actually knew how to do the dance steps of all the old 'dance songs' -- pony/hitch-hike/mashed potato, etc.... I'm told that WATR semi-star J.B. was there but I did not see him as he was out 'collecting' hub caps in the parking lot.... got some pictures to put in here from recent shows -- if my brother-in-law Jim can teach me how to..... had a great turn-out @ J's Crab Shack up in Hartford -- both of Draper's friends showed up along w/Deb and ?Paul? who were very complimentary--THANKS!-- she's a grandmother who looks barely 30!!.... thanks to Mark Fusco for filling in for an 'ailing' Tony D a coupla weeks back-- turns out Mr D was posting some shirtless selfies that night on Tumblr.... thanks to the gang who came out to see us at Juniper's last Sa night--Gil/Audrey/Eric/Marie/Charlie/Barbara/Ronnie/Drew/Dale -- the 'handler' who brought Artie M and his sax.... good player and it was nice to see him in men's clothing....Happy B-Day to Draper/Chinese Dan/Deb Driver/Jay Crawford....
Mr 11 2015
PROF SEZ: we've got a St Patrick's Day party coming up this Sa night at the Marlborough Am Legion hall on Rte 66... it is hosted by our friend Keron who we've known for 10 or 15 years and it is open to the public... last week we played for a great group of folks up in MA -- The Red Rock Cruisers Car Club - our thanks to Tom Q and his gang for the kind words -- and great food!! we did the Southington Elks Valentines Dance a couple weeks back and it was a great success despite Tony D showing up... dunno why they call it the Southington Elks function considering that Jeff & Lisa and a couple friends seem to do EVERYTHING!! -- they were cleaning the kitchen when we left at 12:45... we had a great crowd of new & old friends: Charlie & Cindy; Dale/Mary/Steve/Rose/Gary; Tony the Cop/his babe and George from the old New Haven AFM; Jerry & his babe; Barbara Wysocki brought her ski pals; Ron & Darlene; Rico & Jenny(still plays great tambourine); Ron & Lorraine; Gov. Malloy coudn't make it -- hadta tie his shoes which took most of the night-- hope I'm not forgetting anyone...Draper did his best Yoko Ono vocals,and also gave Tony D a new winter hat from his Garanimals collection... see you Sa in Marlborough -- think sunshine from now on.....
F 10 2015
PROF SEZ: well,it's Valentine Weak ... so plan a late Saturday afternoon stop at your local CVS to get that Special Someone their own Punky Brewster coffee mug or some other loving Family Keepsake... OR -- you can have dinner and dancing and lotsa raffle prizes w/us at the annual Southington Elks Valentine Dance(methinks this is our 12th? year) -- just look for Tony D who will have a heart on.... had a great time w/lots of friends(old & new) last Sa night at the Manchester American Legion Hall despite the crummy/snowy weather: regulars Annie & Ann & Noreen braved the weather: as did Dale & Mary & Steve & Rose who brought their gang out of the Torrington hills: we got to worrying (again) about head honcho Big Fred who was spending some time in the hospital -- but we did have his bride Deb & Little Fred and his trophy wife Janet on hand to operate the heavy equipment: i.e. Tony D... Draper brought his friend Shirley who had no idea of what she was getting into... we met first-timers Coleen & Phil and also the young betrothed Derrick & Elizabeth who took some photos that will appear in this website -- as soon as I can get my bother-in-law Jim to do that kind of tech stuff -- my ineptness is common knowledge to all who.... also on hand was RHAM HS grad John Gregory and his harem of Wanda & Barbara... a new face came up and said she had seen us before -- turns out Sarah is the neice of Joe and Dr Nancy Capella who we work with on the Are You Dense Fundraisers -- small world... and again(2 weeks in a row) we had the young lovebirds Karen and Dave who somehow changed his name from Don to Dave -- must be a split personality -- but he's good people... see you all in Southington Sa night.....
Ja 19 2015
PROF SEZ: another great weekend at Juniper's out there in Middlebury: Gil joined us for BOTH nights; Virginia & Richard stopped by with their Floridian pals; we had Eric & Marie and Mary & Jerry; Artie & Terry; Sean or Shawn & Lainey came back to see us w/their friends; Ronnie & Drew danced it up; those young Zembruski Kids celebrated their Anniversary(#25?); Karen and her gang celebrated her Birthday(#25?);re-met Barbara B from the old Amici's / Gary Lane & Heartbeats daze...; my little brother & his trophy wife brought a gang of 8 -- we'll get "Brown Eyed Girl" in for Al & Barb next time-- my brother actually left his seat a couple times to dance!!!; Big Ray & Little Jo joined us w/their friends(soory we missed a polka--next time for sure)soon-to-be-wed Ms Rachel joined us w/Tricia; we made new friends w/Armando & Nancy; ...on Sunday we did a show out at the Winchester in Portland where the Zooey D look-a-like Ms Donna had just returned from visiting Draper's peeps at a Dominican getaway.... on hand also were Mary & Rob & Joan & Neil...great burgers out there... we did have to correct Tony D who thought that the Winchester used to be Jack Benny's valet....come see us in Manchester this weekend where you can bring your own snackings and have a huge dance floor to prance about -- Dale and his gang will tell you all about it!!.. and don't forget to call Lisa re Valentine Dance tix and Judy for the New Hartford Lions Club 'Evening of Oldies' dance Mr 8
Ja 5 2015
PROF SEZ: off to a ?good? start of 2015: we lost our friend Shel Cooper; car trunk was smashed by a huge truck; got a new pup -- Dexter -- new 'brother' to Dixie; signed a new contract w/RCA Records(I buy 3 records a month then I get 1 free).... got a new amplifier for my wife -- seemed like a fair trade at the time.... Draper got the results of his IQ test -- they came back negative.as predicted... saw a lot of fine folks at our end of the year shows: Jay Crawford & pal Julie; that nice Zembruski lad & his babe; dancers Bob & Donna; Eric & Marie; Mary & Jerry; Atticus Finch; Dr K; Fred & Fred and their babes up in Manchester--here's get well witches to Big Fred; Diane @ Bojo; Esther & gang at the Skool Apts; Barbara and her ski club gang; lovebirds Don & Karen; Dale & his gang of thousands; Charlie & Barbara and their minions; saw the new year come in w/friends: Chinese Dan / Cheryl / Gary/ Kelly/ Amy/ Curt and Mark -- felt bad I had to break Dan & Gary away from the LifeTime TV Special "The Real Housewives Of Nazareth" to watch the ball drop.... make it a point to book your Valentine Dance tickets in advance -- we always have great food and a great crowd and great prizes for this event every year... see you Sa night at the Manchester Am Legion show -- Happy New Year to all
N 26 2014
PROF SEZ: got another batch of (both) CDs done up -- thanks brother Jim..... we hope to record a new one in 2015 if we can keep Draper awake long enough .... had a great crowd down at Doc's couple weeks back -- Paul,the owner of the place also owns a racehorse that was running that night(came in 2nd?) is a great guy and Kaloni(or Kuloni?,who runs the place) and Jennifer and the staff always treat us better than we deserve... Draper's posse came out in force last Wednesday when we played at Jay's Crab Shack up in Hartford -- the food is delightfully light and the fish tanks have some strange creatures -- then again,so did the stage that night.... our thanks to Cliff Davis.... looking for gift ideas as the holidaze approach -- thinking of some Ambien for Draper and one of those NoNo hair trimmers for Tony D and his delicate bikini line... played the Torrington Elks Club last Sa and had a great turnout -- Dale brought a gang of friends(none of whom could say anything nice about him)-- and Ron & Darlene drove up to see us(2 weeks in a row!!! -- obviously some masochistic tendencies going on there)... our thanks to Deb T for bringing us in.... if you like to dance you may wanna join us some Sa in Manchester at the American Legion Hall(it's across from the Armory on Main St).... it's a great old building in the town where I was supposed to grow up, and it's kinda like stepping into 1954... Happy Ganksthiving Day !!!
N 5 2014
PROF SEZ: well, we made it thru the Fright Night weekend at Juniper's -- no, not Halloween -- Tony D's birthday!! he was feted(or fetid?)w/a single candle on a 'special' cake -- due to dietary concerns it was a cheeseburger.... Draper got him some pretzels and thought enough to lick the salt off of each one before presenting them to Tony -- you know how very protective Draper can be....you can read more about it on Tony's Italian social networking sites:Shutuppayoufacebook & Shutuppayoutube.... we were joined F night by Gil & Mary & friends along w/our new friends Virginia(the tambourine player who I ran into M at Harbor Freight) and Richard... I think the newly betrothed Erik & Marie were there w/Mary & Jerry??.... Tony's daughter Rachel & FIANCEE!!! Carlos were 2 of only 4 people to come in costume: she a cutie card and he in a great Incredible Hulk costume -- that Tony D thought was Shrek!!!!... our friend Mark Fusco & his babe had great costumes as well: she a blonde cutie and he doing his very best Johnny Depp as Capt Jack Sparrow... they had just come from dining out where all the other pirates eat -- AAAAAARRRBY'S.... kudos go as usual to head waiter / bartender / operational manager / chief bottle-washer John who has to put up w/an array of dolts every night, and to Karen -- who has to put up w/us.... Sa night we had a packed house from the beginning with Gil & Mary coming back for more along w/Erik & Marie & Jerry & Mary... Charlie & Barbara were on hand(sorry we didn't get your Chuck Berry song in -- we were saving it to include Jay Crawford -- who never did appear!!)... we also had Insurance King Lenny there w/his babe along with our old friends Art & Terry who came out of the Cheshire woods to see us w/ex-Wtrbry's Finest Tony & wife Barbara... Ron & Darlene came over from Bristol... former City Hill student Mark brought his gang and we also saw Naugatucks' own funeral king Mr Zembruski and his trophy wife(both dressesd up!).... little Jo & big Ray brought along their New Britski contingency... now, is it just me or is this Burger King 10-piece for $1.49 a hell of a deal or what!?!?!... and the 'zesty' sauce seems the same as what you get with your Outback bloomin' onion!?!?!....oh,sorry,drifted off a bit there....did I mention that our long lost dancing friends Bob & Donna finally made an appearance? -- notice that he throws her around a lot but she never throws him? ....also dancing up a storm were Ronnie & Drew -- does she ever stop?? ... 42?-year-old Chinese Dan(drinking a pumpkintini) and his 19?-year-old girlfriend Cheryl brought attorney Wayne and his star client Nicole(in a slinky dress!!)... Curt was w/them as well, but was not as attractive.... they stayed in the dining room most of the night due to some sort of court order.... Dan later pointed out that ice cream king Dippy Dave had joined the festivities -- it took me almost 2 hours to figure out which guy in an oversized cowboy hat was him -- that was a tough one,Dan.... off to Portland & Clinton this weekend -- hope you can join us......
O 30 2014
PROF SEZ: sad to mark the passing of Mary Mobilio a true friend of ours -- she always showed me & Tony support & enthusiasm much like her departed husband Bob did all those years(how I was accepted by him I'll never understand).....we also lost Jack Bruce this week -- the bassist & vocalist of Cream --- go back and listen to 'White Room'/'Deserted Cities Of the Heart'/'Sunshine Of Your Love'.... his version of 'Theme For An Imaginary Western' is not as strong as the Mountain version,but he did WRITE the (incredible) song that Felix Pappalardi takes a step even further along.... friends and I were reminiscing recently re the Greater Wadbry Area and came up w: Hatry Electronics / Worth's / Rose Shop / Tower Grill(wife DD's first job)/ Two Guys /Gugie's / Baker's Rstrnt / Bond Radio(we used to get Bond Bread DELIVERED to the house!!).... sadly the railroad car next to the now-defunct Wolcott Hobby Shop has been taken away!!...what's next?they gonna come up w/a phone that's portable??... speaking of things that have gone past-- Little Drummer Boy Tony D hits the Golden Age of Medicare this weakend as he enters into his 66th year!!! we'll be at Juniper's this weekend so stop by F and/or Sa and throw him a fish -- or more preferably a steak....
O 15 2014
PROF SEZ: sorry to report that the Bristol show is off this weakend --our condolences to Arden....condolences also to friends & family of Dr Dave Pugliese who had befriended me at my record shop back in the 80's and always made me feel better and/or comforted me for some 30 years when the pain would set in..... wanna pass on 'get well soon' wishes to Kristen Furzinski and Momma Jannetto while we're on the health issues..... now,regarding mental health issues--let's talk about our little dummer boy Tony D who comes up on Medicare age at the end of this month-- actually on Halloween appropriately enough-- be sure to wish him well and oogle over his recently expanded waistline... OOPS --I mean recently expanded drum set... you'd never know his set is from 1985!!!! then again his haircut is from 1958!!! I'll be on WATR radio(AM1320) this Sa night w/Jay Crawford and the recently vacationed Ms Julie(think she flew to Ansonia)..... last Sa Draper & I were invited to Bethlehem for a goat roast out at band fave Nicole's place -- the food was ok but I hear that I missed out on some titillating dancing that ensued after I had left.... B-Day greetings also go out to NewKid/Steve/Edman and grandson Ted out there in Cleveland where he's taking up Space?.... recent listening has included Tom Waits/U2 and FEVER TREE's self-titled debut LP--remember 'San Francisco Girls' from 1968??... see you at Middletown Elks Club on Sa the 25th -- open to all and everyone w/a great dance floor....
O 4 2014
PROF SEZ: no gig tonight...I will be appearing on Jay Crawford's WATR radio program 'The Music Museum' sometime after 7P w/my usual array of partial truths and lame jokes from Boys Life circa 1952.... Draper will be dancing under a disco ball somewhere in the Naples FL area.... and Tony D will be appearing on his favorite game show: Meal Of Fortune....
S 24 2014
PROF SEZ:hello dear friends--it's been some time since I've taken pen in hand to....oh-- wait--let me type.... rec'd a nice note here from Tom Serra and his MHS Class of '64 classmates thanking us for our part in the class reunion--he and the Bride danced more that night than all the others combined!!!...the 'new' photo to the left shows Dixie inside the window posing w/a huge hornet nest attached outside -- thankfully the post-tornado roofers took care of that..... note that the Juniper's start time has been moved back to 8pm like it used to be....ok,gotta go for now --will continue as soon as ...... ok -- back now--was just thinking about the Brenda Killer memorial 'party' we played at the Matt on Sa...thanks to former Waterbury educator extraordinaire Ken Killer for having us be a part of the event.... thanks also to his son Craig(who actually knows how to play harp) and to Artie M on sax and to Mark Nolan for providing sound...great to see our friend Annie(now a blond)from the old Friar Tuck's daze was on hand-- she looks like she's in her 30's!!!... it's interesting to play events like this and Prospect Car Show back in August -- I told you it's been awhile-- and see folks that we hadn't seen forever i.e: Ed Paige --Waterbury's own Charlie Watts look-a-like;Pete from Skyline Sound;Deb & Elio of Sapphire -- I find she a bit more attractive than he ;long-lost Wolcott Girls Eleanora & Ida;former Wolcott banking typhoon Michelle now a big ass -et at Town Hall;flower boy Jerry DeCarlo and son David;Dave Emmons--the guy who invented mechanics-- was on hand w/lovely bride Jane;Deb the Manor Inn waitress;Donna stopped by but w/o her little friend Linda;Ed Block found his way to Prospect!!;brother Jim & Darlene;several of our Juniper's friends:Gill & Mary;Len & Marybeth; Bob & Allison--hope I'm spelling her name correctly!!!;the freshly-engaged Eric & Marie;how about the girl who took photos of our signs!?!?!....the following week we did the R U DENSE benefit in Wolcott w/the forever young Nancy & Joe Cappella & Wolcott Print Shop executive Scott & Mara Little -- who provided us w/our new (much classier)banner;Eleanora & Ida made it 2 weeks in a row!!; drummer Tony D's hairdresser April & pal Dave stopped by w/a fresh coat of Ron Popiel spray and we saw Rich G & his babe....can you believe the event was catered by Outback!!!...I see we have a new Denny's coming to Waterbury-- you can insert your own joke here________.... our September started off over in my home town of Manchester--the Am Legion Hall has a great crowd and both of Draper's friends showed up---they thought he had been jailed.....Ron and his babe/wife Darlene came over to see us as well....the next day we played St Joe's Church fair thanks to Father C & Lori...the Mac Girls patty & Donna came to dance and the lovely Barbara came up and had some nice words for the band so I told her I'd mention her -- I'm so easy.... by the way--thanks to Chinese Dan for periodically reminding me of where I was... he sent the country girls Nicole & Ms Mindy out to see us at the Painted Pony along w/Wayne & Joe...the delightful Ms Jeanie had given Mario the night off(for suspicious reasons) but we had our friends from Juniper's on hand along w/Bob & Allison & Charlie & Barbara(w/o son Mark who was putting the finishing touches on his 10th grade thesis:"The Socio-Political Ramifications Of Yes VS ELP"...Tara & Jim celebrated 15 years of marital bliss by dancing -- with each other!!...the kicker of the night was the hallowed presence of Tom Hill III (who had earned time out for good behavior at a local 'state institution') and his bride Sandy... his cowbell work did not appear to have improved but he is a fine young citizen nonetheless.....Happy B-Day to brother Jim & Gary Lane!!!& to Karin/Kristin/Zak/and Alex in NYC.... recent listening includes: Tom Waits' 'Anthology' album and 'Into The Labyrinth' by Dead Can Dance and 'NetherLands' by Dan Fogelberg.... thanks to everyone at Junipers this past weekend -- especially Darlene who says we are "great to dance to"-- along with Charlie & Barbara;Gil & Mary(who just does not stop!!);Bob & Allison;the newly-betrothed Eric & Marie;and to Gary and his babes...thanks to all those who bet w/me on the Yankees/BoSox series this season; and to DD, JJ and Edman for helping get me thru the last medical incursion...one last 'thank you' to that member of Wolcott's Finest who allwed me to get to the Manchester show on time despite.....
Ag 16 2014
PROF SEZ: these last 2 nights were certainly worth driving the 40 or 50 miles:Friday night we were up at the Manchester American Legion hall where we had a very appreciative & enthusiastic crowd who danced all night... our hostess Fred and his pal Fred (and their babes) treat us very well--probably better than we deserve...it's a great sounding old hall(no relation to Monty)--that is most likely pre-War--that gives us a great sound...plus it's a little strange to be playing back in my hometown of 50 years ago where I grew up--or or least was SUPPOSED to grow up....Joe Coscia stopped by as well as Ron and his babe...we also had the wacky cat from New Britain Mac's with the cool guitar shirt and the punk rock hair piece!?!?...Sa night we went down to the Clinton shoreline where we were met yet again by big Ron and his babe as well as a surprise visit from old friends Lady Gaga and her husband Mike(or Lord Gaga as many know him)...had lots of fun w/Sheri?Cheri(who sings a mean 'God Bless America')and her gang....the burgers were excellent and the staff was very friendly...thanks to Jennifer for the booking -- hope to get back there in the fall....last weekend Lady Gaga and Lord Gaga also appeared at the WATR/Jay Crawford Special Olympics Beni in Prospect along w/Lt Pete & his babe Barbara;the Junipers Girls:Jean & Claire and Whatsername--thanks to Jean for the photos...Julie,Tony & Benny were right up front--Tony had managed a weekend away due to his current 'work furlough' program ... Tony & Rita from the Wtrbry Elks were on hand w/Mom Nolan...WATR head honcho Tom Chute sang 'Mac the Knife' but he made up for it by bringing wife MaryBeth...other WATR celebrities included Oldies King John Bunnell and a young & vibrant Tom Hill III--don't know if they were 'together' but they looked like they had been in the same accident... Vicky from 7 Angels Theater danced most of the night but the most amazing thing was seeing Ed Block w/a female!!---we'll hafta send her a check for hazardous duty pay... Steve was on hand serving up the Frankies dogs & burgers while his pal Audrey from Pine Manor did crowd control ---was it last year or the previous when the police showed up??.... also stopping by was former City Hill student extroardinaire Linas Balsis?or Balsys?? who turned out to be quite a fine young man despite his association w/me back in the 70's---my best to his brother Rimas as well.... Rob from Waterbury stopped to say hello and talk about esoteric music from the 60's/70's---happy to see he's not getting fooled by rap/hiphop...another fine 'kid' not listening to Jay Z or Mariah was our new friend John Phelan & his babe & his Spinella-oriented 'civic group'-- thanks for your interest and kind words... so many other familiar faces we want to thank.... kudos to the gang at Juniper's on Sa night including Allison & Bob 'Mr Auto' Ford;Fran & his new babe:Gil & Mary--who just does not stop all night, and to Len Margiotta & his babe...we had a(nother)great turnout last Su for the Wolcott Green concert with Charlie & Barbara right up front; Frank Martin and his crew stayed off to the side in case his parole officer came looking for him;we had some of the Mac's gang: i.e. Donna,Patty and John;Lou & Donna said hello--remember DiNunzio's Short Stop over on Meriden Rd??... other Wolcott notables include Rich the Polish prince--whose appearance(thank God)was mitigated by the inclusion of Linda along w/Tony the Cop and Barbara and their gang...WATR celebrities Jay Crawford & Julie showed up again w/Audrey & Vicky...pretty much the entire DelNardo Clan showed up despite Tony D being on stage...thanks to Tony Jr for tech advice and also to Rachel Lynn for her camera/tech work and posting her work on youtube.... see you on Su where I'll be making fun of Mayor Bob at the Prospect Car Show....
Ag 15 2014
PROF SEZ: a quick word re tonight's show at Doc's -- turns out that Doc's is located on Rte 1 right on the Westbrook/Clinton line but is technically in Clinton -- sorry for any cornfusion..... also... go back and listen to your Donovan album 'Mellow Yellow' -- skip the title track but check out the other terrific songs -- especially 'Young Girl Blues'.... and hey, what happened to the BK satisfries?!?!?.... and thanks to the KahnMan for bringing up 'Angel Baby' by Rosie & The Originals -- I dare anyone to sit thru the B side 'Give Me Love' 3 times....
Ag 6 2014
PROF SEZ:hope I'm not intruding on your reading about Kim & Kanye & Sherri Sheperd..... we've got another one of those crazy 3-night weekends coming up,but first lemme tell you about last weekend which started off at the Westbrook Elks where we had Ron & Deb in the front row for the entire show along w/MaryJane & Antonio... they make a great burger down there and Brenda treats us very well..... Sa night we were partially pleasantly? surprised down at the campground when during the first few songs our old ?friend? Richie Hills -who we thought was in FL - suddenly appeared from backstage..... the worst part was that he brought his horn w/him and proceeded to play.... fortunately he also brought along wife Elaine(someone had to drive him)... can't believe he was able to fool me... thanks to Larry & Molly(we thought she was Larry's imaginary wife) for having us on board again this year.... on Sunday we were out in quiet Bethlehem at the Painted Pony for a 4pm ?matinee? show that was anything but sedate: musta been at least 20+ of our friends from Juniper's who came out to see/dance to us along w/Sandy from Torrington; Dale & his babe who brought their friends are also from that area; DebB & BillyB(doing his best Huey Lewis) came from the woods of Woodbury(to the woods of Bethlehem) along w/Ricky & Cindy...; Charlie & Barbara brought their gang of wild punks..;. newcomers were treated to the solid cowbell playing of our long-lost and much-talked-about Lady Gaga(and her less-gay-looking-than-usual) husband Lord Gaga)....; Chinese Dan brought the lovely Cheryl cuz his usual 'longtime companion' had gone to Italy to visit the birthplace of Chef Boyardee; local celebrity/farmer/hottie Nicole(she cleans up real good)brought a gang of reprobates including her attorney Wayne(he usually gets her off for a discount rate) and Joe & Mindy got dressed long enough to attend the party and then join us back at Nicole's mansion on the hill along w/the goats and chickens and Zipper the blue & green dog!!..it was an enjoyable little post-show gathering w/the mosquito breeder going full blast and the welcome mat at the front that reads: WELCOME/HIGH VOLTAGE ... gotta thank our Painted Pony hostess Jeanie and her hubby who are the recently-new owners of the PP... have you met/talked to this little cutie?? --my only complaint is that she may be just as much a wise-ass as me!!!!!! see you this weekend in Prospect or Middlebury or Wolcott or all of the above.....
Jl 30 2014
PROF SEZ: yes,I survived the tornado that rolled up our street around noon on Sunday...thanks to all the folks who phoned to check on me--my texting was down:Edman/Chinese Dan/Karrington Kidz/Kris Krisevensen/Tony D(actually mis-dialed me attempting to order Domino's)/NewKid/the Flower Queen & Cheryl/brother Jim/Kristin/brother Greg/bassist+vocalist extraordinaire Dave 'The Ped' Pedersen -- who put the 'Murder She Wrote' marathon on pause long enough to..... prior to that we played a very successful show w/Cliff Davis in Hartford at Jay's Crab Shack last Th with a few of our 'northern' friends: Champ; Kolsie & her gang;former Gary Lane & Heartbeats keys-man Greg; and the very hospitable Joe & Delilah--nice folks/good chow.... now,is it just me -- or is Denny's food AND 'to go' service just kinda lame? guess I forgot to tell them that I wanted it THAT night... on Friday night we drove up to the Manchester Amer Legion Hall where Fred & Fred and their babes proved to be very friendly & accomodating -- little Fred paid for the pizza!!!...made a bunch of new friends including Ron & his babe and several of Draper's work friends who had the courage to admit knowing him--how about that cowbell girl banging along w/us??...thanks to brother Jim for looking after Dixie (and fixing most everything I own)... thanks to Kris Krisevensen for ressurrecting 'Pretty Boy Floyd" in my memory banks -- I would also recommend readers to re-visit "Avenging Annie" by Andy Pratt.... this past week in my ears: the Joan Baez LP "Farewell Angelina";"Into the Labyrinth" CD by Dead Can Dance;and (always on stand-by in my car) the "Highway Trance" CD by Jimmy Lafave -- "Sad Lady..." is a constant..... welcome ?home? greetings to DeeDee... our very sad condolences go out to our friend Diane Bojo on her loss.... birthday greetings go to Krystna;cousin Mike ; and to partial musician Carl V who celebrates his birthday on Ag 4--if his wife lets him... lotsa activity this F/Sa/Su all over the State -- see you out there.....
Jl 22 2014
PROF SEZ: we made some new friends last Th when we played East Mtn Park... we also had some old friends stop by including: Ms Virginia:Queen of the Flowers & her pals John & Barbara who actually get most of the jokes?-- and then try to explain them to the Queen... also wacky Ed Block found his way to the show-- I suggested he may wanna cut back on the Red Bull for breakfast... we gotta thank friend/bassist/vocalist extroardinaire Scotty K who was on hand to offer support & play one-man stooge--oh,wait--I mean stage manager and help w/the load-out... amazingly Scotty was on hand the very next night to help when we loaded in to a local bistro in Wolcott... this experience was very much like a mythological fairy tale -- the ruling King makes a series of bad decisions that create chaos & despair in the kingdom (despite his more common sense Minister's good advice)then at the end of the story a vicious troll comes out from under the bridge to gently suggest that you never return to the kingdom... our thanks to Ralph for filling in for the missing Tony D (Channel 9 ran a 'Punky Brewster' marathon) several of Ralph's friends stopped in cuz they didn't know he was there... also on hand were Fran,Barbara & Charlie,Rich G and his babe,Johnny Mac, infamous car-jacker Bob Ford(w/o his babe),ex- Waterbury's finest Tony,his babe and a couple of their friends...secret agent JJ and newspaper whiz kid Rich Gray.. and..YES Scotty K was on hand(again) to help w/the load-out -- his meds didn't kick in til he was back at home... we capped off the weekend at the Painter Compound(on a deck larger than the footprint of most homes) out in the woods of East Hampton--great to see old friends Joan & Neil/Mary & Bob or Rob -- the Winchester Zoe DesChannel look-a-like was MIA... our many thanks to Denise and to parking director/supervisor Miranda who helped make Dixie and us feel at home.... get well wishes go out to Cindy out in the wilds of East Hartford.. and Happy B-Day greetings to Lois(our local Lady Gaga) and to Evil Flower Princess Karen F..... thanks(again) to Dr Gary Springmeyer and Dr Mario at Upscale music for keeping my gear functioning...see you this weekend in Hartford or Manchester
Jl 12 2014
PROF SEZ: quite the wacky bunch down at the Westbrook Elks last Friday -- very enthusiastic and lively -- thank you all for the kind words and great time!!! Darlene and her boy toy came all the way down to see us -- also saw friends from Woodbridge and Middletown... thanks also go to Joe & Lesley for their terrific bash in their Wallingford compound last Sa-- great people and food--Ralph Kramden* lookalike Tony D had a field day(hey--I didn't see the jeep!?!?) we'll see them again in August @ Prospect Car Show... on the radio tonite (Sa)w/Jay Crawford & Julie... see you at outdoor concert this Th** @ East Mtn Park (Rte 69) in Waterbury 6pm -- or catch us at Mona Lisa Restaurant Friday night in Wolcott
*RK: "I can't learn to play golf in 2 days --it's gonna take me at least a week..."
**NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM TU
Je 23 2014
PROF SEZ: to start I just want to take a moment and send kudos out to Dr Gary Springmeyer over in Oakville for keeping my guitar in good health for so many years... no kudos at all go to SUBWAY(or SUBWAYS as Geno's wife calls it) for being a very good sandwich -- but just plain ridiculously expensive.... and while we're on 'LAME' -- who the hell re-recorded the Moody Blues classic "Go Now" in 4/4 time???WTF?!?!?... this past Sa night we drove up to Lone Oak Campground where the lovely Carrie did an excellent job covering for regular head honcho Patty... we had lotsa fun w/Dale & his babe who brought along 50-year vets Pinky & Dave... we also enjoyed Jim & Juni and their pals... and what about that dude from Sharon who always wears those perfectly-pressed button-down collar dress shirts... and thanks to our country dancers for their nice words.... last Sa we had a fine group of reprobates out at Juniper's beginning with Karen and her new face and 'newlyweds' Jim and Diane... our pal Burt/Bret or Bart? stopped by along w/(a solo?) Darlene and her new 'do' and the long-lost Ms Linda -- thank you girls for the kind words.... we had Pam and Todd(who knows the correct words to our songs) dance most of the night... nice to see old friends Artie & Terry come down from the hills of Cheshire to see us... Gill & Mary brought the daughter... Rich G & his babe danced most of the night... late-comers Allison & Mr Ford stopped by after celebrating the installation of indoor plumbing in their home ... Joe Met was on hand w/Rick... Chinese Dan was w/o Gary or Nicole but at least brought along the lovely Cheryl?Sheryl -- Gary stayed home to 'fluff up' the pillows... nice to see Wacky Joanne and her handler Mary -- most of Joanne's family is from an island in the Pacific -- it's called Alcatraz... we had WATR radio kingpin Jay Crawford join us after his show where he announced us as part of his Special Olympics Fundraiser again on Ag 8.... almost forgot to mention our friends Charlie & Louise from the yacht club who ventured inland to join us to celebrate a 60th birthday -- seems he has traded in a 60-year old for 2 30-year olds named Donna & Linda -- the old 'cousins' trick... thanks to the folks at the Black Rose for having us at the car show and to Mel & CarrieAnn for dropping in -- unfortunately so did Fred & Fred but thankfully they brought their babes to help soften the blow...Happy B-Day wishes to Lenny/Kitty and Lori F... thanks(as usual) to brother Jim for fixing stuff.... and brother Craig & Martha and Geno & Jen for feeding me periodically....
Je 10 2014
PROF SEZ: once again we probably had more fun at the CT T-Bird Club Car Show/Sock Hop than the folks who pay us to perform ... they are a great bunch of folks who we really enjoy working?/playing with/for... gotta send greetings/thanks out to Jonathan & The Dancing Sinicrope Brothers & Cathy & Feno & to our Mac Friends who came by to support us:John/Lena/Ida/Roseanne/Joan ... next stop is this Thursday the 12th in Newington and then it's back to Juniper's in Middlebury where we hope to catch Gary & Chinese Dan on the dunce floor Vogue-ing -- as long as they bring Nicole all will be forgiven... thanks to Biff & Holly for having us back at the Litchfield Road Race again -- our 15th year!?!?!
My 31 2014
PROF SEZ: no gig tonite. Tony D will be practicing his choreography and Draper will lead a Google Hi-Tech Resolution Seminar in L.A... I will be guesting on WATR radio w/Jay Crawford and his little pal Julie.... greetings and thanks go out to Patty & Carrie at Lone Oak Campground -- they always make us feel comfortable -- and even get most of the jokes....Dale G brought his gang along as well... we also had a fine bunch of ?fans?folks?friends? last F & Sa out at Juniper's... Friday night we saw Mr Ford and his babe Allison along with Gil & Mary...the lovely Ms Debra and Elio...Charlie & Barbara and Mark(recently released from a Prog-Rock Re-Training Camp)... ?Bret or Bart or Burt? also stopped in..... Jay Crawford of The Music Museum on WATR radio came in a bit later and then again on Sa night -- this time he came to dance w/his co-host Julie who hung w/Bill & Leeza and Hot Dog Prince Steve & Audrey... Darlene asked(and rec'd)her favorite song (what else but 'Brick House')... Ron & Lorraine came down from the hills of Cheshire to do some dancing... Jerry brought his gang of Italian Girls and Cheryl or Sheryl came up and introduced herself...ex Waterbury po Tony and wife Barbara brought a fine table-ful of party-ers including the lovely Ms Linda and her Polish Prince--Rich -- talk about your Beauty and the Beast-- picture yourself down at the docks and you see a dreamboat and then a shipwreck side by side...speaking of Waterbury's finest, the Depaulo family was well represented by some dip in a cowboy hat and boots... he musta come from a VILLAGE PEOPLE reunion... policeman or cowboy,I'm sure he was riding high... our good friend Chinese Dan(w/o his little friend Gary -- who stayed home to guard their Alex & Ani collection) was ON THE DANCE FLOOR!! w/the lovely Jayne and her pal -- I hope there is video!!somebody check the temperature in Hell... we thank him for bringing the delightfully-scented flower child Ms Nicole onto the scene...she looked terrific despite her most recent arraignment for goat-herding ... it seems that you can't legally run your flock thru the car wash during peak hours...hopefully her lawyer,Wayne, got her off later... speaking of legal--best wishes to the wife of Atty Tzepos for a speedy recovery.... also our condolences to longtime friend of the band Fran Franco... birthday well-wishes go out to Billy B and JJ and Darlene and BB(wherever he is) and NYC kingpin Maxx Garfin....special thanks go to Edman Furzinski and Draper for helping me get the gear in and out and to wife DD and Dr Phatak(what's with all these fake names?) for getting me thru.....thanks to Geno & Jen for acting as Facebook liason(I can't figure it out) for our Je 12 outdoor show at the Black Rose in Newington ... see you all this weekend in Plainville or at the Litchfield Road Race... back to Juniper's on the 14th.....
Ap 21 2014
PROF SEZ:first off lemme tell you about this Patty girl who takes such good care of our pup Dixie(pictured here somewhere)at PupsInATub in Wolcott: she is a very bright and positive person who we really appreciate caring for Dixie...that said I hope she can groom Draper as well as...thanks to our many friends who came out to see us recently at Juniper's : Big Ray & Jo; all the dancers;and Birthday Boy Chinese Dan and his little friend Nicole who cleaned up really well....thanks also to our friends at the Avon Italian Club(and the cooks): Mark & Tony; Jack & Glory; Mo; Bev; Bob R; and Waterbury's own ex-police Tony and Barb....we also had the exceptional Johnny Saxx w/us to the delight of everyone....the upcoming Bristol Polish Club date is a 'Ladies Night' featuring THE ALL-MALE REVUE 'MEN IN MOTION' at 8 pm-- it IS open to the public/everyone -- my guess is that Chinese Dan and Gary will be there first in line just as soon as the Wine-Tasting is over.....we will be performing in the bar at 9pm -- Ron,that means 'at night'....
Mr 30 2014
PROF SEZ: well -- today is the Big Day for Draper & Chinese Dan -- no, they are not getting married-- today is their BirthDay... we will 'acknowledge' them this weekend when we play at Juniper's in Middlebury -- provided we can pry Dan away from his Jazzercise class... we played for the Elks Club in Middletown a couple weeks back and had a fantastic turnout... our thanks go to Charlie / Dan & Diane / Mike / Nancy /Peter .. thanks to Paul & MaryAnne and to the Cera? or Sera? kids for their words of appreciation & kindness.... gotta take a moment and wish the family of Bob Mobilio our best as they deal w/his passing.... he certainly helped futher Tony & me as musicians just as he had touched hundreds of people during his lifetime... he will certainly be missed....our condolences also go to Mike & Lady Gaga on the loss of his Mom... the good news is that both Rob Queen & Walt at BC Records are doing better in their pursuit of better health -- we wish them both the very best... my pursuit of better health has been switching over from MacDonald's fries to the 'new' Satisfries at Burger King -- just delightful! ... anyone want to send our ailing Little Drummer Boy a get well message(a pole-vaulting accident while performing with the Hezbollah Dancers) can e-mail it here... he recently hired the legal team of Ben & Jerry to represent him in court.....
Mr 3 2014
PROF SEZ:I'm happy to announce that we found Draper(he had ended up in Georgia trying to get to Southington) so now we can take his picture off of the milk cartons..... thanks to all the folks who sent messages/phone calls or came out to see us for birthday weekend at Juniper's.... we saw Bob throwing Donna around as usual... Mark Fusco and his babe -- the one w/the fresh head wounds... Tony & Linda -- JB's driver??... Kristin & Steve -- I was surprised to see them still awake after 8pm... wacky Joanne & Mary & the family/gang (Jo--you might wanna cut down on the RedBull for breakfast)... Charlie & Barbara brought their gang... Ron & Lorraine brought their friends Paul & Eileen? -- and also a B-Day gift for me: a bottle.... of Ensure!!!!....I was gonna beat the hell out of Ron,but then I decided to spare him the embarrassment in front of his friends... thanks to Tony D & Scotty K for the fine culinary experience at the Golden Arch Restaurant... last week we enjoyed the company of the lovely Ms Donna / Ron/ Beverly/ Ronnie & Drew/ Steve & his lovely wife/babe ... and 2 members of the fully- dressed Duke-Ettes!!! out at the Winchester Cafe..... and,yes--the Middletown Elks club gig on Sa is open to the public.....
F 10 2014
PROF SEZ:yes,this is B-Day month for me -- where people go out of their way to take a shot/make fun of/insult ME for a change..... 2 years ago I played all weekend w/o realizing that Kristin & Steve had placed a weighted balloon bouquet on my amp that read: 'Happy Birthday Princess' ..... thanks to Michael Regan for hooking me up w/Medicare stuff.... we will be celebrating this year at Junipers on the 21st & 22nd.... last month at Junipers we were joined by Vic & Beverly / Darlene & Al /WATR Music Museum hosts Jay Crawford(BOTH NIGHTS) & Ms Julie / Ronnie & Drew(who stayed most of the night!) / B-Day Boy Walter & his pals / Lurch / and Bret? or Bart? or Burt???..... special thanks go to Gary Springmeyer who not only is my guitar tech/luthier,but is also a friend and a good musical chat... hey,didya hear Jay Crawford's Music Museum show last Saturday night ?? -- he had Bill D on as guest who is very knowledgeable re The Beatles...they did a nice 5oth -year tribute -- ala Alan Todd re the Everly Brothers a couple years back... when the band is not booked on a Saturday night you can usually find me sitting in on Jay's show adding 'color commentary' (and insipid remarks).... I tuned in on the way to the Southington Elks Valentine Dinner/Dance -- now, we've played this event for apprx 12 years,but I don't remember the food ever being so thoroughly excellent!! our thanks to Lisa & Jeff & Barnie & Tom & Tracy& Denise among others who go out of their way to make this charity event go so well every year... we saw Ron & Lorraine / Charlie & Cindy / Jerry and his babe... thanks to Scotty K for his bass & vocals while Draper was away getting treated at the Phobia Seminar -- he was extremely frightened of speed bumps -- but he is now slowly getting over them.... this Sa night we'll be at the Middletown Elks Club -- it is open to the public -- just come on in.... there is no outstanding warrant for Tony D in Middletown so he should be there with or without his legal team of Ben & Jerry.... that's it for now -- I gotta get down to the bank and help some poor Nigerian prince with my $uperBowl winnings....
Ja 20 2014
PROF SEZ: we are happy to be back at Junipers in Middlebury this F & Sa night -- we've had drummer Tony D checked for a concussion and he should be there -- we've sent him to the best veterinarians in the state.... speaking of concussions -- Jay Crawford of the WATR Music Museum got fooled this past weekend by another band at Junipers with a sound-alike name --we regret anyone else making the same mistake(and several folks have)...talk about cashing in and 'riding the coat-tails'.... and speaking of cashing in,I am happy to announce that I picked the winner in both of this past weekend's football games....'thank you' goes out to Edman/Geno/brother Jim/Jr K/ Chinese Dan/Draper and Tony D.... my wife said that I should set my goals higher -- so I'm dumping her and moving in with a 40-something babe.... happy B-Day in advance to Kris Krisevensen & Scotty K.... I will be hitting the Golden Medicare Age next month so I took my anxiety and went about seeking/enrolling in a 'supplement' plan...I hear this Micheal Regan guy on his show on WATR so I stop by his office and he's incedible!!! ...not only do I know him from my record shop daze--it turns out that he is totally knowledgeable about Medicare --all the finer points,ins & outs,all the caveats(adores Dixie)--he sets me up in 45 minutes ,explains everything in terms I can comprehend and erases all the anxiety -- bright/personable AND knowledgeable!!!!! I left there feeling like I had just scored big at Foxwoods...also thanks from Dixie to Patty & Rick at Pups-In-A-Tub....see you all this weakend at Juniper's....
Ja 6 2014
PROF SEZ: thanks to all who made 2013 so successful for us: lotsa new friends who turned out at our shows ....the great gang at Ms Donna's Winchester Cafe....New Year's Eve was just terrific---gotta thank staffers like Karen/John/Jim/Phil at Junipers who were totally on their game ...we had a great crowd: there was Allison and Mr Ford(looking rather 'dressy') and (the long lost)John & Cathy,and Gloria & her gang,Jay Crawford & Ms Julie from the WATR Music Museum --who recently feted the now- departed Phil Everly... special thanks to Draper's sister Kolsie,who gave the band such wonderful Christmas gifts(as opposed to Tony D who gave me an obviously re-gifted coffee mug that had his name on it)...also on hand were Chinese Dan & Sheryl the B-Day girl,Tony Jr & his lovely bride(who danced together!!!!)...we'll be back at Junipers later in January....and don't foget to get your Valentine Dinner/Dance tickets early cuz they always sell out......
D 8 2013
PROF SEZ:great folks/great food last night at the Pattaconk Yacht Club.. gonna miss working w/ hosts David & Lynn who always treat us better than we deserve...conspicously absent was Gary P--out playing Santa Claus, and Charlie and Louise--probably out playing 'doctor & patient'.... last week we had a great turnout in Middlebury at Junipers---WATR music Museum hosts Jay Crawford& Ms Julie were on hand to show folks how to do the Stroll...Bill & Lisa(pronounced w/a 'z') were joined in a rare appearance by Radio Bob...Jerry & Mary were there w/their gang--I think it was Carol's B-Day....former Watertown Fire Chief danced most of the night w/his babe....Dancing Dave was at it w/his babe.... wacky Joanne was there w/Mary & Anna & family members....I'll take WACKOS for $2000,Alex....Draper came to just in time to help me pack up....as you can probably see,Tony D was able to Jazzercise off the 40 pounds of Snickers he had eaten at Halloween (his Birthday) -- he says he has joined a dance troupe known as The Hezbollah Dancers.....it's Christmas Time: ... o come all ye faithful, faithful and redundant..... we'll see you all out at the Winchester this Friday night.......
N 20 2013
PROF SEZ: just got back from Atlanta and all points North.... hey,when did Red Lobster get so costly??.....cost us $80 for the 2 of us!!!...!whiskey tango foxtrot!!! just added Thanksgiving Eve to our calendar (N 27) at East Street Eatery (Farmingbury Hills Golf Course)here in Wolcott...probly be an early start --7 or 7:30... see you Sa nite in Naugatuck...
N 18 2013
PROF SEZ: a great time at the opening night of the Waterbury Elks Saturday Night Dane season.... lotsa fine folks came out to see us including:Charlie & Cindy/Lady Gaga & Lord Gaga(nice to see him wearing men's clothing) along with Gil & Mary & Al & Lt Pete & Nettie/Ed & Tom-- I hope they're not 'an item'/those nice Polish folks up front were terrific -- she claims she's 50 but looks like she's not even 30!! -- oops forgot to play a polka for them,but we did give em 'Johnny B Good'/Ronnie & Drew dance all night like they're 22!!/naturally our hosts Rita & Tony were there along w/the Other Tony & his bride/the lovely Linda showed up for the last 12 minutes -- no one was surprised... the great night was marked by the return of recent birthday Boy Tony D who had flown to Milford for a quick vacation .... Draper looked elegant as ever -- he recently polished his head in a beautiful burnt umber--so smart for Fall....this Saturday night we head back to Naugatuck and the lovely Miss Jennifer at the Slainte Pub on Rte 63...good food & decent dance floor--it's somewhat classy despite the fact that we're playing there....
O 25 2013
PROF SEZ: this Sa night we will be at the Waterbury Elks Club on W Main St -- if you need to sign in just ask for Rita or maybe Mike-- they are members and will sign you in if....yikes!!! it's been weeks since we last spoke!!! first let me point out that the N 9 Middletown Elks gig has been ?postponed? until they get well and overcome a bad case of Ineptness....that weekend we will be across the river in Portland on Friday the 8th w/ the lovely Ms Donna at the Winchester Cafe... I wanna also mention/thank lots 'o' folks who we've run across/run into in the past few weeks: at the Winchester we had Johnny Swing & the lovely Ms Leah along w/Ronnie & Drew/Rico & Jenny/Tammy & Ron/Ray & Jo/Joan(who recently crafted a RH fanclub sign) & Neil/Mary/Denise/Geno & Jen(noticeably absent was the gracious presence of Ms Donna)...at the newly renovated East St Pub(owner Chris has just added a winterized 'dance hall') we had Dale G & a gang of his pals/Charlie & Barbara/Chris' mom/Lorraine & Ron...the Pattaconk Yacht Club was a great time w/some great folks:hosts David & Lynn and guests(now members) Charlie & Louise?--did I get that right? anyway, she is having a life-calendar birthday coming up soon and may need a band....can't begin to tell you what a delight it was to play for Cliff Davis?Tim Logan and his 'jazz night' scene up in Bloomfield ON A MONDAY NIGHT!!!! that place was more lively on a Monday than some places we play on weekends!!!...thanks to Rick Nowsche for his great gang out in Marlborough at his "Just For the Hell of It" party--the delightful twin Carols were there along w/Johnny G and other RHAM dignitaries... out in New Britain (thanks Father Crowley & Lori)we made lotsa new friends at St Joe's while the Mac Girls (Dotty/Annie X2/Jo cleared the tables so they could have a dancing area)...then there's the almost-celebrity-status folks who come to see us out in Middlebury at Junipers:Jay Crawford/Ms Julie/Gil/super-dancers Bob & Donna along w/the Staff Stars Karen & John....yes--we'll be there for New Year's Eve.....
S 24 2013
PROF SEZ: come on out to Wolcott this Sa night...we'll be at a great restaurant at the Farmingbury Hills Golf Course -- The East Side Eatery -- up the hill fromRte 84( exit 28) right on Rte 322...it's our first time in so be on your best behavior please -- use your best 'grown-up voice (Joanne/Mary/Ron&Lorraine/Ronnie&Drew...note that the O 5 date at the Waterbury Elks has been changed to N 16...recently learned that we will be back at St Joe's Harvest Fair in New Britain on O 26--had a blast playing there a couple weeks ago.... also note that we will be back at Juniper's on O 11/12 as well as NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!.....had a great time playing for Frank & Jennifer's bash out in Beacon Falls...great food -- and the folks helped us move our gear in & out!!!!...great talking to Bob Marek(and his 18 kids)....thanks to Arden at the Bristol Polish Club having us play last Friday after the All-Male Revue show---Annie fron Mac's was not that impressed by the 'show',but she seemed to enjoy us...see you Friday at Donna's Winchester Cafe out in Portland(possible Jay Crawford appearance w/Julie?!?--perhaps a Jenny the Tambourine appearance?!?!?-- maybe a disappearance of Rico the Beard?!?--we can only hope.........)
Ag 27 2013
PROF SEZ: we were certainly happy to have saxman Johnny Sax & percussionist Tony D Jr join us this past Sunday at the Prospect Car Show...and we love our boy Geno doing sound for us w/his little helpers:Jen & John.....and ya gotta love Mayor Bob--who may just be as much a wise-ass as me--he kills poor Tony D every year...also,if you like the 50's/60's oldies you'll love DJ Pete from Skyline Sound--he plays more than just the big hits that you hear over and over--lotsa great lesser-known killers...local musi-celeb Vincent Ingala stopped by to say hello--Dad was absent so I sent him a letter--I think it was an 'R'... thanks go to Winchester Bob for turning off my blinkers that I had left on for over an hour...he was a bit too late, so Tony D and Jr jump-started me after the show(I mean the car!!).... saw Joe LaVigne but not his bride Leslie--they're the owners of the WWII Jeep we are pictured in over here <<on the left...also stopping by were Donna & Linda, who suggested we should add a girl singer!? WTF?!(Q:what's the difference between a girl singer and the Taliban??A: if youhad to,you could reason w/the Taliban);our friend Gil(former Mr CT);Robert & Allison; Charlie & Cindy came down from East Hartford;Doo Wop John & Terry came up from Groton;former Wtrbry booking agent Bill Luth came all the way from Florida to see us--he musta lost a bet; speaking of lost: Frank Devino wandered thru--he was just then getting home from a St Paddy's Day party; and how about Tony Calli?? he's Sicilian,so maybe i shouldn't mention what he was up to--something about an all-night tonsilectomy????;of course the best part was watching young babes like Patty & Jodi dancing all day.....
we had played a car show the day before out in Portland where we ran into Naugy's own Steve Kilmer---I remember when I was bigger than him---not any more--I think he and his pals were coming home from a MENSA meeting... also on hand were several other defendants: the lovely Donna; Bob;Neil & Joan; Mary & some of the Duke-Ettes.....
Friday night we were in Prospect at the VFW for the WATR/Jay Crawford Special Olympics Benefit: Jay brought along Fred Santore and his posse--which is pretty much Benny & Julie Fernandes/z?...several other WATR semi-celebs were on hand including Susie Banda;JB;Judy Rouge;and Tom Chute along w/wife /MaryBeth & friends Phil & Jean...many of our regulars(and irregulars) showed up including Lady Gaga/Lord Gaga & Gil;Ed Block;Waterbury Elks hosts Rita & Tony;Vicki Stemmer;Tony the C0p w/Barbara;Rich the Polish Prince was there,fortunately he brought Linda to offset his looks... happily Steve was there w/the Frankie's hot dog truck...my guess is that we'll see him this weekend at Juniper's---we're happy to be going back there cuz it's been a while since......
Ag 20 2013
PROF SEZ: this past Sa nite we played at the Italian Club on Boyden St in Waterbury: Susie 'the Caretaker' met us for set up and we knew right away this was gonna be a great bunch of people to work/play for/with....our thanks go to Uncle Vinny & TR(the steaks could not have been better),Dan paid us before we even played a note!!...Carol Angelicola knew Tony D but she stayed anyway...Tommy & Joan Thompson gave us kind words--wish you all coulda seen my hair that night--it was totally bitchin'...our thanks to the Julliani(Jim & Dave)Boys for booking us in... the real surprise came when we realized that Tony D had gone thru the food line and there was still food left!!!... and after it was all over, there was Susie doing clean-up.... on Sunday we were worried all day if our Wolcott Green concert was gonna happen--despite the threatening weather & Wolcott Fair we had a pretty good turnout: our thanks to Scotty K(w/o his babe!!)for filling in for Draper--who was off having his head waxed... thanks also to Mark & Joe Nolan for providing sound equipment at the last minute... we all had a nice treat when Lori Fusco stopped by and sang & played tambourine--she looks all of 19 or 22...we had flower child Ginny O"Rourke in attendance along w/her posse of Chinese Dan & Cheryl & Diane & Barb S & hubby....hey did you see Ginny & Ray Coughlin in the paper getting their 50-Year Golden Diploma from Sacred Heart??-- wow!! not bad for two oxygen-deprived non-readers...also on hand for the Sunday concert were the Martin Gang; Charlie & Barbara; Dee Dee & Dixie Dogg came w/brother Jim & Darlene; Tony D's friend Donna Hines came w/her gang of usual reprobates; Mickey from Wolcott Rec stopped by; Wtrbry Elks Club hosts Rita & Tony Danse;we also spotted some of the Maia clan; WATR partial celebrities Jay Crawford & Julie were on hand to pass out flyers for the Special Olympics Benefit this Friday...thanks to WATR staff for on-air plugs and to Kellie McGuire for plugging our shows in her newspaper column...see you all in Prospect Friday and/or Sunday !!!
Ag 13 2013
PROF SEZ: lotsa outdoor shows coming up this month---this Th we'll be at East Mtn Park in Waterbury (right off Rte 69 by the resevoir) then on Su it's back to the Wolcott Green...both shows begin at 6 PM...thanks to Jennifer (owner of Naugatuck's Slainte Pub)for having us play sister Shawna & Larry's wedding last week--it was a wonderful bunch of folks who really appreciated us---I was happily surprised by the number of folks who knew us(and stayed anyway!!!)..got nice words from Joe Sendra & pal Dale, and Karen Lombardi has hired us for her October event in Woodbridge...thanks to Vito's Auto Tech over on Lakewood Rd for revamping my little Honda to where it feels like a new car...meanwhile Sa night we had the pleasure of working at the Pattakonk Yacht Club on the Ct River...our thanks go to David & Lynn for their gracious hosting--"have some more..."--they couldn't do enought for us all night--conspiciously absent was Commodore Gary P--although he did win again in the Rosie O'Donnell Look-A-Like Contest(his 5th year in a row)...and how about that little 50-something girl looking to hubby for a 'surprise' 60th B-Day party???.... she helped us set up and got Draper to put his correct leg into each of his pant-legs...!!!Happy B-Day to Carl V(who may or may not know where he is) and to Cousin Mike!!
Jl 29 2013
PROF SEZ:have you met this wacky Jennifer down at Slainte Pub in Naugatuck..?...yes,she's the owner and she's attractive,but what makes her so much more enjoyable is her welcoming personality--specifically her laugh--you just want to hear it again and again...that's why we had Tony D remove his clothes...we played our debut show there this past Friday and really enjoyed the atmosphere and people...it was great to see many of 'our gang' there: Ronnie & Drew: cowbell specialist Lady Gaga w/Lord Gaga & Gil; Ron & Lorraine came down from the hills of Cheshire--and somehow found the place on the same day; Robert and Allison dined & danced; new friends Greg & Barb along w/another couple in the center of the room had nice things to say re us,even mentioning my occasional appearances on WATR's Saturday night Jay Crawford Show--The Music Museum; ...yes even Mr C himself showed up that night--he heard the place was air-conditioned...it was so hot driving last week that I had our pup Dixie take the wheel so that I could stick my head out the window...our thermometer at home simply read:"DAMN!!!"...Saturday night we played w/Stardust Dance Band out at the Indianfield Camp near Colchester...our thanks to Molly(who we never actually see)and Larry who always makes sure everything gets taken care of....this is not a group where one person has to ask another and then another....last show w/Richie the horn man before he heads back to Florida... thanks to Rob The Drummer for filling in(very well) w/us...it's nice to have bandmates who get the jokes the first time--or at all!!!!...lotsa outdoor concerts/shows coming up in August.....cyathere!!
Jl 22 2013
PROF SEZ: please note that the Slainte Pub(Naugatuck)date has been moved up a week....maybe we'll meet up w/some of the 'old' City Hill gang.....start time is 8:30...
Jl 8 2013
PROF SEZ:so even in 90 degree heat those wacky campers out at IndianField were dancing to us last Th afternoon!!--then again those Hills Brothers have obviously been off their meds for some time---wish I could have told their parents to have used a better form of birth-control... a beautiful setting right on Gardner Lake...last week up in Torrington Dale & Sue & Bruce put on quite a fine dance at the Sons/Italy Club and invited us back in the Fall...the girls at the front table danced all night...Ron & Lorraine were dancing it up..Tony the (ex)Wtrbry Cop was there w/the delightful Ms Barbara--fortunately the Polish Prince was unable to attend due to a previously outstanding warrant in Torrington involving an ice cream truck..at the Gateway in Bristol we were joined by Dottie & both her friends--Jimmy Briggs stopped by but then came to and realized where he was and then left..happy getaway to Ray & Jo...thumbs up to Jennifer out at NAMCO for our new pool pump & filter... and to Eric & Cassie at Big Lots for their help...and sad to see that the Betsy Ross Diner has closed up(AGAIN).?!?!?...of course we must thank Brother Jim for EVERYTHING he does for our family... big week coming up for us so check our schedule....
Je 18 2013
PROF SEZ: we played for the T-BIRD Club last Sa night ---what a great bunch of folks!!!....they always seem to appreciate us and make us feel welcome--despite me making fun of them!!!!! Jonathan & Feno(or Fino??)brothers Dave and Paul (who obviously never read a book between them) all showed us a great time!! Roger the New Britski Autobody Guy not only fixed my rear bumper recently,but handed me a $20 rebate a few daze later cuz of a lesser paint cost!!!! and how about Cathy(w/a 'C') doing up the raffle in record time!!! -- despite her being so shy!PS--nice hat Donna!!also,big Ron & Lorraine finally introduced themselves to us after 3 years---just in time cuz I was thinkin I might hafta beat him severely.....Sunday gave us another great outing (our 13th?!?!?!?) at the Litchfield RoadRace where surprisingly the Kenyans led the way AGAIN!!!..Tom Hill III stopped by just long enough to play some cowbell(like a girl!!) w/us--he claims that's why he narrowly missed placing in the top 5 finishers.... we have been invited back again this year to play outdoor concerts at Masonic Hospital/the R U DENSE Cancer Benefit@Quassy /Manchester BandShell/Prospect Car Show/Jay Crawford's Special Olympics Bash/the Wolcott Green... don't forget this Sa night we'll be w/Dale G and his gang in Torrington at the Sons Of Italy Club on (34)Center St...this dance is open to all---small admission fee,snacks & bar ... they like to dance up there...we may see Rich the Polish Prince--hopefully he will bring Linda the Italian Princess----hopefully she wiil replace him w/a human being-- ... see you all out at the shows!!!
Je 2 2013
PROF SEZ:it's not all that often that someone puts one over on me....I deliver flowers couple daze a week for Ms Ginny(The Queen)O'Rourke's fine flower shop in Waterbury,but I never expected (or had any inkling) that the entire staff would show up to see us play @ Juniper's last Friday--a plot hatched by wife DD and Chinese Dan-- it was actually a farewell dinner for Diane(who I just ran into today at the Riverside Cemetary tour!!!),but was more of a 'surprise party' for me!!!(they fooled me for 2 weeks!)...can't believe that so many women could keep a secret for that long---OR that they would show up KNOWING that we were playing.... happy to report that Karen & Gilda remained awake til after 10PM!!!!! ---altho there is no video to actually prove it...Marlene wore a heavy sweater all night!!!...the gang danced up a storm,but the amazing part was that Bob and Chinese Dan were able to sit upright for more than 20 minutes!!!--Cheryl may have had a stun gun....The Girls made an appearance--probably just to see Gil(former Mr Connecticut in his younger daze)...Charlie & Barbara were on hand as were Big Rich & Linda(whose tag sale I attended on Sa and bought Rich's Punky Brewster video collection) and Tony & Barbara.... partial-celebrity drummer Mark Fusco stopped by w/his babe--?Lucretia?... he has to be home by 11:30 or his ankle bracelet alarm will go off--part of that work-furlough plea bargain deal....Sa night we were joined by Fran & Karen and Rico & Jenny... Linda appeared(w/o her little friend)and we saw the long-lost Wacky Joanne & Mary & Sue & Anna & Frank...and that takes us back full-circle to the Vanessa LoRusso Birthday dinner w/flowers provided by Queen Ginny... got a big weekend coming up for us:3 SHOWS! meanwhile The Little Guy--Lich or is it Litch?-- tries to stump me daily w/his mystery Artist Quiz weekdays at 4:20 on his WJMJ radio show...
My 19 2013
PROF SEZ: after a couple weeks of private shows out of the area,we are back locally this coming weekend at Junipers in Middlebury...last week The Girls--Claire?Jean?Joan?Andy? from Junipers came out to see us in Bristol where they danced and had a great time despite former Gary Lane & The Heartbeats drummer Jimmy Briggs being there...after 'Can't You See' one of The Girls 'complimented' me with "...that was excellent--what happened?"....out in Woodbury I ran into Tom & Jan Gall at Billy B's birthday party for his house -- just turned 300!! years old!!... out at the Winchester last Sunday we saw what appeared to be a 6 foot pile of chewed gum w/a beard--it turned out to be Rico...thank goodness Jenny the Tambourine Girl was w/him...also on hand were Neil & Joan & Denise along w/the long-lost Duke-Ettes!!! --on a Sunday no less!!! my favorite line of the day was when I overheard former PO ace Claudia With A 'C' exclaim to some guy: "we don't care what your name is..."....then there was the RHAM High Skool Reunion last week at the Blackledge Country Club where Robbie & John & Bob & the 2 Carol's always make us feel welcome...last night we were at the Pattaconk Yacht Club on the CT River--we know it as 'Gary's Yacht Club'-- along w/Carol &Mike &Pete &David & Lynn where Mr P was honored as the new Commodore...we also noted that he was (again) selected as the winner in the Rosie O'Donnell Look-A-Like Contest--4th year in a row!!!..a great show of courage!!!...just goes to show you--never be afraid to try something new---remember that the Ark was built by amateurs while the Titanic was built by professionals!!!
Ap 30 2013
PROF SEZ: on behalf of WATR's Jay Crawford & Julie & the Boys -In-The-Band I want to thank all of those who joined us this past Sunday for the WATR / Harold Leever Cancer Survivors Benefit.... some great folks came out for a worthy cause--thankfully no one fed the drummer,Tony D...along w/J & J there was MM regular Benny;Linda (w/o her little friend!!);Jay's brother Steve;Fred Santore brought a monster PA ;Ray C & Louise brought their wedding memories;brother-in-law Jim taped much of the event so you may see yourself in our future video clips on YouTube... there were some excellent strollers--not the baby kind(Draper IS walking now...)--the dance step... Saturday night we had quite a crowd at the Wtrbry Elks Club--not that they came to see us--but because they now have 'celebrity chef' Dan Goggin in their kitchen--Tony D was also in their kitchen but was immediately asked to leave on the end of Mr Goggin's foot...speaking of celebs-- we had Lord & Lady Gaga & Gil in the house as well as hosts Rita & Tony;Rick Dalton and his 'gang' spent the evening w/us and didn't throw anything at us...Tony says Rick used to sing a mean Gene Pitney once upon a time--then,of course,he got a real job...please note that we added a last-minute gig this coming Sunday afternoon out at the Winchester in Portland--is there anyone that does not like Donna the owner??--just lovely...why,if I were an older man I'd certainly.....
Ap 22 2013
PROF SEZ: so I get back from visiting the Girls in Florida to find that the cold&winter have gone.....along with the birthdaze of Draper & Chinese Dan & Jay Crawford--I think either Julie or boyfriend Tony are due soon as well(when I say 'due' I am referring to a birthday).....it might be time for me to take down my Christmas tree..... speaking of Jay & Julie -- mark your calendar for this weekend when we play the Elks Club on Sa and then go to the Watertown American Legion Hall(on Bunker Hill Ave) Sunday afternoon for the WATR / Harold Leever Cancer Survivors Benefit.... it will again be hosted by Music Museum stars J & J...some of you can be seen on our video from last years' show...now the betting and speculation begins as to wether or not we'll see Rico the Beard & Jenny the Tambourine Girl,Lord & Lady Gaga the cowbell girl,Tony the ex-Waterbury cop & Barbara(we can only pray he leaves Rich at home but brings Linda),Ronnie & Drew,Darlene &Earl,Donna & Linda, and where is wacky Joanne??? ...it may be that she's just too shy... hey, the newly slimmed-down Dale G called--looks like we'll be going back toward Torrington in June(probably be at the Litchfield Road Race as well)to the Sons Of Italy Hall-- thanks for thinking of us Dale... hey, I just noticed these photos over <<here of last years' Benefit Show!!!!
Ap 2 2013
PROF SEZ: 'thanks'(again) to Brother Jim who has posted new concert footage of us on youtube--click on the links below....those of you who may have seen the Watertown High Skool performance(s) of "Fiddler On/Roof" already know what a terrific display of talent/group cooperation it was...sure,my grandson Ted starred as Teyve,and Danielle Fusco was superb--despite her lineage--but there were no 'weak links' in the entire cast... no poor/lame singing, acting, speaking... you know how most hs 'productions' have a few weak spots...this one had NONE !! ...and no morons in sneakers or jeans!!!! even the prop/stage hands had it down to a 'choreographed' science!! .... other good news: the Betsy Ross diner has re-opened... a new Taco chain is opening down the street as well...Tony D(and I)will again be in Late-Night Heaven... yes,I was on the WATR Jay Crawford Show this past Sa night where I gave Julie a 'special' snack(manufactered by Purina)---you can tell we just adore her... other band members Tony & Draper The B-Day Boy were unavailable as they got together for Passover to prepare a special Seder Meal of Skittles & stale popcorn... our friends Darlene & Earl joined Donna & Dotty along w/Lord & Lady Gaga & Lt Pete last week at Spice in Southington.... Jo & Ray stopped in(as if Jo actually 'stops') last Friday at the Gateway Cafe in Bristol where Brian Fitzsimmons/patrick/gerald played cowbell for us--nice to see him in men's clothing....owner George and his staff treat us very nicely...we'll be out in Middlebury this F & Sa @ Junipers Restaurant where we always have a great time... see you there,Prof
Mr 19 2013
PROF SEZ: come see us Friday night in Southington at Spice Bar--it's at the corner of Rte 10 at Eden Ave just south of the center--even Draper can find it...great food/good folks...we are off on Saturday so I will be on the radio w/Jay Crawford(AM1320)--- after i watch grandson Ted star in "Fiddler On The Roof" at Watertown HS...last Friday we had a ball making noise and insulting people out at the Winchester Cafe in Portland--Donna the Head Honcho is always very nice to us(and probably everyone)...Steve Kimball was there w/bride & friends,and while Neil,Joan,Ronnie,Mary&Denise were not there,we did have a surprise visit from the long-lost Duke-Ettes--all dressed to kill-- along with Jonny Swing & Lea(?Leah?)...it was St Patrick's Day weekend so Tony D downed 6 'green beers' before he realized that they were bottles of Listerine--so he smelled great for the rest of the night...see you all on Friday in Southington.... best,Prof
Mr 12 2013
PROF SEZ: well,it's a sad day now that Tony D was overlooked as new Pope and a foriegner was named instead...after all the time he spent working and fighting against that fatal dose of mediocrity--better luck next round....hey didya see that the 'Betsy Ross Diner'(as we'll always know it)is re-opening soon---see Tony--there is a God....the Waterbury Elks has got a new chef & crew and has started serving dinners again.. we had a great time there last Sa nite with our cowbell-bangin' little friend Lady Gaga,her husband Lord Gaga & Gil...Ronnie & Drew danced like crazy(again)all nite along w/ their (?newcomers?) friends ... our hosts Rita & Tony sang w/us and we performed our very 'special' rendition /arrangement of Happy Birthday for Dave the B-Day Boy.... on the 'babe' front we had Laura & Linda & the long lost Donna(replete w/lotsa pup photos)... this Friday it's off to Portland--we love playing at the Winchester--except for the guy who is always throwing his underwear at Draper...
Mr 4 2013
PROF SEZ: so now we're getting somewhere...now we're counting down the (bad) days until the cold & grey is gone--scientists say a strange phenomenon known as 'winter' is to blame--Daylight Savings switchover is coming this Sunday!!!!!!!! March 10....Saturday night we'll be back at the Waterbury Elks Club...everyone is welcome,just sign in at the door--- there is no cost...Draper will be back from his trip--he drove the family down to Cuba to pick up some cigars....we had a great time at the Southington Elks Valentine Dance(finally!!)...thanks to Lisa & Jeff and Buddy & Patty...we saw Darlene & Earl and (recently engaged)Jim & Holly along w/old friends Stan & Linda...conspicously absent were Lady Gaga(the Cowbell Banger),Lord Gaga & Gill as well as Rico the Beard & Jenny the Tambourine Girl--maybe we'll see them Sa nite...happy to announce that WATR semi-celebrity/DJ Jay Crawford has asked us back to perform at the Harold Leever Center Cancer Survivors Benefit again this year...it will be held Ap 28 at the Watertown American Legion on Bunker Hill Ave...we will also be on hand for the Are You Dense Cancer Benefit this Ag 25 out at Qaussy----apparently Joe & Nancy took the wrong meds and accidentally put us in the line-up again!!...don't forget to take the RH Quiz posted under the schedule in the left column... coming soon: the RH Message Board and also some new live footage--just as soon as i can bribe my brother-in-law to actually post it...my idea of new technology is to wire my ColecoVision System to my 1978 Pacer to play Pong(at the slowest speed)....Happy B-Day to wife DD and sis-in-law Martha..... best to all,Prof
our own Little Antny on his throne--word has it that he dressed himself that night!!!--NOT LIKELY!!
Tom joined us on sax at the 2011 Prospect Car Show...
...the view from above the stage
TO WATCH SOME LIVE FOOTAGE!!:
"Runaround Sue" from the WATR/Harold Leever Cancer Survivor Benefit, March 2012, American Legion Hall Watertown
"Pretty Woman" from the WATR/Harold Leever Cancer Survivor Benefit, March 2012, American Legion Hall Watertown
"Bo Diddley" from the Prospect Car Show, Aug 2012
"Europa/Evil Ways" from Veteran's Memorial Park, July 11, 2012
(thanks to Brother Jim!!!)