Dave Feder - Twisted Beginnings for the curious......
The ad in the local Buffalo Evening News Read: "Folk Singer Wanted" I was 17 and still in high school but I may have looked older. When I walked in the door the manager of the club looked skeptical. I proceeded to play a few tunes I knew like Peaceful easy Feeling, Horse with no Name, Don't think twice, etc.
The manager asked me if I was eighteen. I said yes? He said you're hired, and handed me a cassette of songs to learn for the show. It was then I realized I was in a strip club. The songs on the tape were mostly John Valbe and other off color bar songs. I was so innocent and the songs were very graphic, and funny.
On my first night, I arrived with my guitar, microphone, and an old Fender Dual Showman amp. Not the best setup but it was all I had. They set me up in a corner by stage left just far enough downstage that I could watch the show for my cues.
My Job was to distract the "audience" while the girls were dressing for the next undressing dance. The old ladies from the bowling alley next door were very particular about how their favorite songs were performed. They would often yell out things like it's not #$%&#@ it's &^%$*# you $%#&@#!!! They were the only customers that I remember being there for any length of time. They were awesome.
The performers were mostly well road worn women with scars to prove it. One even danced until she was eight months pregnant. This is when I knew for sure that the music biz was for me! Mind you, this was well before the days of rampant cosmetic surgury. remember the Seinfeld episode Good Naked and Bad Naked......
There was also a very tall pretty woman working the door named Patty. Her enlarged Adam’s apple and five o’clock shadow didn't clue me in until I met her in the Bell's market one day shopping. In the daytime, in the market, she was a dude named Tommy. (Still very pretty but much more dudish) Did I tell you I was naive?
I guess in some ways I am still pretty clueless socially. But it probably keeps me out of some trouble. Probably gets me into some too I guess.
Nyan music update: Ny has been working on his Jazz chops on tenor sax! He has cool versions of Charlie Parkers Anthropology, and Duke Ellington's Solitude under his fingers and the feel is happining!
We really had fun on Friday at Pierre's with Ryan Raines, and with Micah and Ryan at Morada Bay on Saturday night. What a fun spot.
Remember the big happining spot in town is the Late Night Thursday Night Jam sessions at The Green Turtle. These parties are the coolest thing that has happened to late night since Ice Cream and Pizza!
Thursday Late Night Jam at The Turtle 10-1
Friday Pierre's 6-9
A big thanks to all who came out to support Jeff Shamon at Coconut Cove!
We love you Jeff!
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Good Night all..I love you each and every one.......Not in a creepy way.........more of a Hippie Flower Child kind of way..with benefits........;-)