Tuesday, December 30, 2008
If you can get by the 4-7" of snow and then cold the weather people are forecasting, there are some great shows going on. No, I don't mean "First Night" crap. Save for Huck and The Bees Knees , there isn't too much worth seeing there. Unless you want to chance their "Teen Showcase" which they describe as, Worcester teens rock at their own venue! The First Night Youth Council has been working year-round to make sure that an awesome line-up will showcase emerging talented high school groups from stompers to hip-hoppers. OH BOY!!!
Over at The Sahara on Highland St, Jubilee Gardens are playing. A very large and eclectic group, you will be amazed by their rhythms.
Down at Nicks on Millbury St, The New Years Eve Party starts at 6:00! Live Jazz, Niki Luparelli, Buffet. Definitely the Hottest performer of the night. Wowee!!
And over at The Lucky Dog , It's all cover bands all night long. Surprise, surprise.
And at Ralphs' It's Huck fresh from there gig at "Last Night", where they probably got paid real good.
Happy New Year Wormtown!! The 30th anniversary ends tonight!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
All the wrapping paper is in the trash, all the Christmas Dinners have been digested. Now it's back to business as usual. Tonight at Ralph's you get the punk rock ,or as it's labeled "Xmas ball hangover afterparty" with Hoodrat, Can't Kill Katie, Slitstich, The Pity Whores and more! Wear the new clothes you got for Christmas and be careful not to get beer spat on you.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Between the Ice Storm of last week, and the snow storm coming on Friday, you are going to need to get out and let your punk flag fly. No better place to do that than The Hotel Vernon on Saturday night. Great show on tap, and I'm especially excited to see The McGunks from Boston on the bill. I haven't seen these guy in years. Along with some of Wormtowns' finest, this will be the show to warm the cockles of your heart. No Cover and 1 dollar Gansetts. And it's suppose to be shitty again on Sunday, so this is your chance. Last show before Christmas! See you there!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Last Saturday, when it was 45 degrees in the house,we decided to take refuge in the bars of Wormtown. The Pathetics were hosting their Christmas Party at The Greyhound Pub in Kelly Sq., and the heat was on. The beers are numerous,the host was gracious. Here's their rendition of "Non Addictive Marijuana"
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Well, the power is almost back to the frozen masses, and that sure did seem like some scene out of a sci-fi movie. The Wormstead took a massive hit. Took 3 hours to cut our way out of the driveway. 90% of the trees are damaged. Three days with no juice, cooking on the camp stove. The destruction across Wormtown County is something the old timers were comparing to the tornado of the 50's. I uploaded a video of the trees crashing down, the sound was unbelievable, and constant all night and day. Not much too watch, but listen. Trees that were 60' tall broke like matchsticks. Hats off to WTAG for stepping up , abandoning all regular programing to give info and let people call in, and text reports from the home front on where to go and what to do in this natural disaster.
Forecast for Wednesday, snow and sleet.
Welcome to winter.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Counting the days until Christmas? Well count on this show ! The Pathetics host a Christmas Party at The Greyhound Pub in Kelly Square this Saturday night. You can buy a copy of their brand new Holiday song, "Mistletoe Belt Buckle", destined to join songs like "White Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" as an all time classic. If you've been naughty or nice, it doesn't matter. They probably would prefer you to be naughty, so come on down and celebrate the season. You can preview the song on their page.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Last Friday, December 5th, marked the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. That happy time in the land of the free when booze was illegal. In the basement of The Hotel Vernon is what remains of the "Speakeasy" that served as a oasis, in an otherwise dry city. There were probably many more hidden away in the cellars of other buildings around the city, but as I was told this one was never raided or shut down back then. Giving the fact the the owner at the time's brother was a state trooper, it was somehow overlooked. The entrance used to be through the ladies room upstairs, but no ladies were allowed in. The pictures show the old stairway, front room , bar and the "piss trough" that the tour guide said was used on occasion by none other than baseball legend Babe Ruth, as he was known to frequent the bar. A great glimpse of the past of Worcester, and if you're ever in The Vernon, ask for your own tour.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Finally! Punk rock is back in Wormtown this weekend. Friday Dec. 5, The Pathetics will be playing their new Christmas song at The Lucky Dog. Now you know that means fun. The Bees Knees are headlining, so you get a diverse evening of music for sure.
Earlier this week I mentioned WCUW is looking for cash,and over at Ralph's on Friday, The Blues Dept is holding a benefit for the station featuring Ms Marci and the Lovesick Hounds.I had the opportunity to interview her years ago on WDOA and she was one of the founding members of the Worcester rock n roll scene in the 60's. There was even the rumor that when Jimi Hendrix played Clark University back then, she disappeared with him for few days after the show. And she's also shared the stage with Pinetop Perkins and Muddy Waters, so you see, she's the real deal.
Then on Saturday at The Hotel Vernon , yes it's an honest to good all punk bands- all night long show. With all the bands I have been calling lazy young punks for the past month playing together. Can't Kill Katie, Hoodrat, Slitstich, (found a bass player?)
The Numbskulls, and The Pity Whores. That ought to fill your tank with high octane real rock to keep you going through the holidays.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I was surprised today to put on WCUW 91.3 and hear they are now conducting a "Membership Drive". They just ended their "Fundraising Drive" two weeks ago, and that went for 4-6 weeks. Now, I know the economy sucks, and running that station has always been a challenge, but constantly begging for money will only piss off your audiance, not grow your base. When they raised the basic membership from $25 to $50, what did they expect. Sure, we'll pay more money. And if you join now, it's only $35. I bet that will piss off anyone who paid $50 a few weeks ago. I don't blame them for trying, with all the upgrades they made over the past year, but they could have waited until the new year for a new drive. I just put on the Astro Radio and ignored them.