Had a great time playing at the Serbian Club.
Brought back a lot of memories. I used to run around
the picnics when I was a kid picking up bottles (pre
plastic era) in return for free "pop" as we say here
in the hills of Pennsylvania. Everyone from the club
was thrilled by the audiences enthusiasm and
generosity. My aunt is going to rush to money down to
the tax office today to pay the bill and keep the club
open. As Chip said, “sort of like the Blues Brothers’s
In a ya shoulda been there moment, overcome by
the spirit of Serbian picnics past, the Houserockers
broke into our very first polka ever, the old chestnut
“Just Because” (covered by Elvis at Sun Studios by the
way.) Of course our resident Funk Brother, Jeffrey AKA
“Joffo” Simmons had no friggin’ idea what a Polka was.
We had to go to the bullpen for some Bernie Herr
Cousin John Naretto (vocals) and good friend
accordion player extradonaire George Klipa (keyboards)
gave us some able bodied help. Loose I think would be
a kind word to describe it. Very loose. In fact, the
whole show was one of our loosest. I mean in a good
way of course.
Thank You so much for your help and
August 2005 Update
Hey We have some video clips on the site from Spain.
Thanks Xavi and Anna. Our Spanish friends just spent a
weekend in Pittsburgh with Maria Maria. They got to
soak up some local color at McKeesport. Can only
imagine what they were thinking!! Show ended with a
near tradgedy as one of the locals fell over the
railing of the stage into the river. Luckily members
of the audience saw it happen and got help because we
were clueless. We were just rockin’ along. I thought
she was a goner when they pulled her out of the river
but soon realized that everything would be all right
when she came to and asked for anothr beer.
Played with my good friend Bruce at the Peterson
Eveents Center. What a great show. Bruce’s genius
really shines in that type of setting. I thought it
was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Speaking of
Bruce. you should check out a book by Jimmy Guterman,
“Runaway American Dream/ Listening to Bruce
Springsteen.” Besides being an entertaining and
intelligent read, Jimmy says some highly complementary
stuff about yours truly. Played with the Clarks in
Ohio and what’s left of Creedence in 7 Springs. Clarks
are a great band and real gentlemen. Creedence
Clearwater Revisited on the other hand........
The live dvd/cd from Spain is almost ready. In fact
we are going to put the cd on the sight as a download.
The dvd was difficult to get finished due to different
US and European video formats. The Hard Rock show we
taped courtesy of our good friends at Screw Devil
Spent Saturday night roadying for Johnny G’s band, A
Fall From Grace. They are turning into a hell of a
band. Roadied at Warped tour last Monday also. If this
playing thing doesn’t workout I can always get a job
tuning guitars. Dug the Starting Line. One of the few
bands beside AFFG that can string a sentence together
without using the F word. A lot of the bands seemed
really pissed of.. The old “angry young man” routine.
Had to wonder how much of it was just schtick. Anyway
made me sort of wish I was 20 and just starting out
Hell I’m only in my 50’s and I got a long long
way to go (I Hope!!) See ya
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