Happy New Year!! And I hope you all had wonderful Christmas. The last month was probably the busiest I’d ever been performing in so many different musical projects in such a condensed period of time culminating with the evening service on Christmas Eve service at my church.
“On stage with Jim Bonfant1 & Billy Sullivan”
It all began the night before Thanksgiving, Billy Sullivan, Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries, The Choir) & I performed at The Orchard in Port Clinton, OH. Billy & I always love making music with Jim…and yes, we perform lots of The Raspberries songs.
“Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone’s Christmas Show”
Then a few days after Thanksgiving it was time to take the Elf off the shelf as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone hit the road with our Christmas show. This year there were twelve Christmas shows in Iowa, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, back to Florida, California, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. And, like always, they were a lot of fun.
“Peter clowning with the Elf”
“Eric Sosinski, Jon Darling, Bob Barno, me & Jim Tigue”
But it was when I landed back in Cleveland on the 18th of December that the real insanity began. Once I landed I had about 3 hours to go home, get cleaned up, load my keyboard in the car & head to West Park Station to perform a night of Rolling Stones music with Jim Tigue, Eric Sosinski, Jon Darling & Bob Barno. We do this every year and this time it even happened on Keith Richard’s Birthday. It’s always a blast!!
“Scott Turner, Mike Rice, Mike Kovacs, me & John Zdravecky…Coser 2 Home”
The next evening was the premier of the new band I’m lead singing for called “Closer 2 Home”. It is a tribute to the music of Grand Funk Railroad. The show was at the Winchester Music Tavern. The show was on a Tuesday night, the place was packed, the band was rockin’ and audience was incredible. I couldn’t have hoped for a better debut for a new band. I was running around on stage like I was 25yrs old again…but it sure hurt in the morning!! I can’t wait to perform this show again!
“Frank Amato’s all-star band…way too many to name”
The crazy week of shows continued on Saturday for Frank Amato’s Annual Christmas Jam. The show was sold out for weeks & the band was a revolving door of Cleveland’s finest. The show raised thousands of dollars for the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. There’s no better way to end a year than being able to use our God given talents to support a worthy cause.
“Billy Sullivan, Frank Amato, Steve Jochum, Bill March & me…Jim Bonfanti is hiding behind Frank on drums”
I truly hope the New Year is a healthy, happy and prosperous one for everyone.