With unveiling of our new website, we now have the opportunity to communicate more effectively with our fans and friends through this blog.
Each of the band members looks forward to sharing our accounts of our shows and adventures on the road, and we encourage comments and feedback from audience members and fans.
2016 was a fun year for the band, capped off with flurry of activity, including the Malt Shop Memories Cruise shows and trips to Texas and the Midwest. This year is lining up just as well, starting with a trip back to Vegas in early April. Mike and I will be kicking off our 2017 acoustic duo version of our “Rock ‘n’ Roll History Show” in March. We’ll be making a video of that one for a promo.
In this initial blog, I’d like to thank all of our supporters over the past six years, with a very special shout out to Kevin Burk, who from the very beginning has encouraged and supported the band and provided us with a place to practice — first in his motorcycle shop, East 11 Motorcycle Exchange, and now in the basement of his Jeffersonville, PA home which just happens to be next door to a home once owned by the original Comet and partner Billy Williamson. Small world.
Along with being the talent coordinator and musical director at the Bridgeport Ribhouse in Bridgeport, PA, Kevin is a lifelong musician and fabulous singer and bandleader in his own right, spearheading a variety of musical ensembles over the years, tapping into his vast network of musician friends.
Kevin was a great friend of the late Jack Pastorius, a music legend and friend of my father. Jack’s son was the jazz legend Jaco Pastorius, bass player in Weather Report. It was Jack who gave Kevin the idea of presenting live music on Sundays at the Ribby, and he created a monster!
Kevin was also a close friend of world-famous Comet guitarist Franny Beecher. Franny, lived in nearby Norristown, and he played in Kevin’s band, Heart and Soul in the 1980s, before rejoining the Original Comets.
Kevin has teamed up with the extraordinarily talented vocalist Su Teears, and the dynamic and versatile Ribby house band members for his latest project —AM Radio, rapidly gaining popularity throughout the Delaware Valley, specializing in recreating the hits of the 1960s.
Thanks again to Kevin and Su, Wayne Young, Rose Manteghian, JoAnne DeSimone, and all of our amazing fans and friends. We appreciate your support, and look forward to great things to come in 2017 and beyond!