Thursday, December 30, 2010

Late Breaking News, NYE Party at the Studio

I left the sound-stage up tonight for a rare Friday edition of Studio 12 to ring in 2011....
We'll get started around 9:00...
A less formal performing format as we play in the New Year!

Bonus Round:
Some more great pics from Michael Reitman!
Tonight he ran a slide show on his iPad of pics from 2010.... Wow!

Andrew, Ellen, Carrie

Charlie Potters & Malcolm Marsden

Greg, Rocky, Tim, Chuck, John & Charley

Monday, December 27, 2010



Poor Kids....
They got stuck shoveling but, bummer, no snow day!

There are no snow days at Studio 12......  See you Wednesday!

Heads up for next week.....
"From the King to Ziggy in 16 Short Years"
1/5/11 we will be commemorating the birthdays of Elvis Presley & David Bowie.

Consider this fair warning to dust off a few tunes.... Let's coordinate repertoire this week so we don't get 8 versions of  Moonage Daydream.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Three Wise Men

Frank Zappa, born December 21, 1940

Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, RIP December 17, 2010

Santa Claus, born January 3, 1863

Three American originals for your holiday inspiration......

Monday, December 13, 2010

Back Story, Part 4: Lawyers, Guns & Finnegan

Haven't said a word about John Finnegan's music yet....

John started his gig at 12 Church Street in winter 2005 with Mike & Kenny.  We had live music prior to that but, when Finnegan started playing, all of a sudden people started showing up for the music.

In the local music scene John Finnegan is Montclair's answer to Reggie Jackson, the straw that stirs the drink. When Finnegan plays you know that a whole cast of characters too numerous to name will be invited onto the stage to play.

Finnegan is a masterful performer but, more so, he has an off hand seemingly effortless ability to stage manage on the fly and bring the best out of the players around him.

As my coach once said, "I'm glad he's on our team".

John can be seen & heard at Studio 12, various other open mics and with the f c band at Fitzgerald's and other fine area venues.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We Came Together

Come Together
Charlie, Tim, Carrie, Greg, Ilsa, Bru, Ed, Brett & Larry
Tomorrow Never Knows
Bob, Andrew & Brett

Photos by Michael Reitman

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Where Were You Thirty Years Ago?

Hard to imagine that it has been thirty years since the rebel Beatle was taken from us on December 8.

It was a Monday night.  Tom Frasso & I were at The Phyrst, a favorite student watering hole in State College, Pa.  Red Rose Cotillion was performing their set of Grateful Dead and Neil Young covers.

The TV behind the bar was on with the sound off.  The 11:00 news was on.... At some point I noticed pictures of John on the tube.  With no sound & no graphics screaming the news it was not clear why they were running the photos.

About 10 minutes later, the band announced that John had been murdered.

Studio 12 performers - please be prepared with a song or two by John Lennon.