Friday, April 30, 2010

Hi Neighbor!

Narragansett Beer was in town last night at The Boynton on Highland St. to celebrate the 120th year of brewing our favorite beer. Much fun was had, many Gansetts were consumed. What a great bunch of guys and gals these people are. They really care about their customers, and go out of their way to make you happy. Can you say that about your beer? Here are some pictures and a video to show you why I love Narragansett Beer.

Joe O'Neil, Mark Hellendrung, and Paul Fioretti

Jason Grimes and Bill Heslam

Gansett Girls Jess G and Jamie

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wormtown Weekend

Slow this week, but that's OK. It's going to be wicked nice out, with summer like weather.
Start tonight with a non rock n roll event at The Boynton on Highland St where our favorite beer, Narragansett will be on hand to celebrate their 120th anniversary with specials and prizes! Yes, Clammie and Tall Boy will be there. Starts at 8pm.
Friday Sasquatch invades Green St. with a gig at The Lucky Dog. It's his "King Sickabilly One Man Band" performance, which I have never seen, but imagine it's as good as it gets with this wild man. He's getting ready for the gig next week at Club Hell in Providence opening for DEADBOLT! More on that next week.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Twisted Tuesday

Here is one of the reasons I grew up so twisted.
Mad Magazine was a must read for my adolescent brain. Their "usual gang of idiots" helped me to see what the real world was all about. One of my favorite features was "The Lighter Side of.." by Dave Berg. He would draw and write about everyday life in the USA. You can still pick up a copy at your favorite comic book store, this one comes from the mid 60's.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mack The Knife

One of the newer bands on the Wormtown scene. They play great punk/ska with a vengeance.
Here's a video from Ralph's last Friday. I'd advise you to go see them whenever they play.

and a few more can be seen here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wormtown Weekend

I've been slow with posts lately here, busy with other stuff. Losing interest? The weather has been so nice, who wants to sit in front of a computer?
All of the action this week is at Ralph's, and it's all punk rock action, with a touch of Ska.
Friday, it's Slitstich, The Numbskulls, Mack the Knife, Black Noise Scam,from New Haven CT, and The Tenafly Vipers from the Boston area. An evening chock full of rock.
Saturday, still at the Diner, Murphy's Law bring their punk rock from NYC to Wormtown with Bovachevo, Antietam, a band that features my cousin Jeff, and The Commandos! It's time to jump in the pit and go mental. Now I'm going back outside.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's Record Store Day!

Get to a record shop and buy some vinyl!!!
Lot's of special releases today including Ramones, Joe Strummer, Devo and Hendrix live at Clark University.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wormtown Weekend

Time to go!
Friday, head over to Vincents for the roots rock sounds of Jason James and the Baystate Houserockers. They will tear up the mailbox and rip out the floors.
Over at the Hotel Vernon, there is a punk show with bands I'm not familiar with. It's cheap though, so you should go. Check the poster.
Saturday, there's more fun than you can shake your stick at starting over on Highland Street at The Sahara where The Amoebas, Artie Sneiderman and friends, opening up for The Red Riders. If you missed them last time they played, now's your chance.
Beatniks, the site of last weeks shindig for Wormtown, hosts Guns of Navarone and The Stress from RI. This will be the "Ska's not Dead" party, go see why.
And back over to the Ship Room at The Hotel Vernon, The Numbskulls host "Big F'in 7" part two with a bunch of bands I have heard of, but am to lazy to type now. Look at the flyer. You'll see them.
The weather is going to be lousy this weekend, so stay inside the clubs of Wormtown, keep warm and have fun!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wormtown Rocks Videos

All the videos that were shot at the after party are now up on my Youtube page.
If you were there, relive the experience. If you were not there, see what you missed!!
Start here

the rest are here!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010


To The Worcester Art Museum, Beatniks, The Performers, The Numbkulls, Musclecah and all who turned out. Great night of Wormtown Rock n Roll. I got all the audio, lots of video, will upload it in the coming days, and will feature the bands on the next Worm Bros Show. Make sure you stop by the Museum and check it out over the next couple weeks.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wormtown Weekend

Summer's over, back to Spring.
I don't need to tell you what's going on tonight, do I??
Worcester Art Museum at 6pm, Beatniks at 9pm. Be there.
Friday, at The Hotel Vernon, another FREE show featuring Mack the Knife, quickly becoming the hardest working band in Wormtown, along with Leech Eater, and The Terribles. I really dig Mack the Knife and hope they release a full length disc soon.
Over at Ralph's, a competing Ska/Reggae/Punk show Wrighteous L, Satellite Rockers, The Wendels, Flatout Jones, Dub Sack Dynasty. I know nothing about those bands, so can't report anything. But it sounds like fun.
Saturday, there is a special benefit show at Ralph's for Team Siart, featuring Huck, Angry Johnny and the Killbillies, Black Helicopter and more! It starts early so plan accordingly. Angry says he's going on at 5:30 pm. You can read all about the cause in Worcester Mag. Do something nice for someone this weekend.
Rock on Wormtown!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wormtown Rocks Opens Thursday

The wait will soon be over. The Worcester Art Museum's Who Shot Rock and Roll exhibit presents Wormtown Rocks!! A showing of photographs by local artists shooting bands in the clubs of Worcester. I stopped by yesterday and got a sneak peak of the exhibit and all my favorites are in it. The Odds, The Commandos, The Pathetics to name just a few. It starts at 6pm in the Higgins Education Wing and is free to enter.
After that, the party moves to Beatniks on Park Ave. for Real Wormtown Rock n Roll with The Numbskulls, Worcester's #1 Punk Band for years running, Musclecah, featuring one of the founders of the scene, Cathy Cah, and The Performers, who played tirelessly throughout the late 70's and 80's and are reuniting for this event. Not to be missed. Beatniks is a great new bar that opened last June and also serves food if you're hungry after all this excitement. Parking available on the street and in their lot behind the bar. Admission is $7, with $1 going back to the museum for the Art School.
This is the first time any major organization in the city has embraced the scene we started 32 years ago, and you need to be part of it. So, please do stop by and become part of history.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hi Neighbor!

Can your beer do this??

Monday, April 5, 2010

Wormtown Rocks, Ethan

It stood for years on Main Street in Worcester on the face of a defunct high end furniture store as you entered downtown from the north side. A four story proclamation that you were in a city that rocked. For years, I was accused of creating this monument to local music, only to answer, "yeah, I wish."
In actuality, It was created by Spider Hanson, former sound man and part time percussionist for legendary local outfit known as Zonkeraz, along with Keri Casso, who was the booking agent for Rick's Cafe American, the bar the sign pointed to at 286 Main St. One night they borrowed a ladder from another local musician named Nick Martinelli, who played in a cover band called Killer Queen, climbed upon a ledge overhanging Main Street and etched the facade with the words "Wormtown Rocks!!!" Everyone saw it, Everyone knew about it. It lasted a long time until eventually falling to the wrecking ball in the name of progress. They should have just left it there, because for years no progress was made and the spot was no more than a vacant parking lot until recently becoming home to the new Courthouse. Local politicians hated it, local music fans reveled in it. The photo you see here was commissioned by Carol Moberley to hang at Ralph's Diner. That, too, hung in the upstairs bar for years and is now unaccounted for. The legend lives on.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Loft 266

Last Thursday, Worcester Mag held their "On Tap" monthly get together at the new Loft 266 on Park Ave. Many of you will remember this was The Above Club when it was run by Paul Walker. He had many great punk and rock shows there, and I spent lots of time drinkin' and partying with some of our favorite Wormtown Bands. I just had to post some pictures so you could see the transformation that took place when they renovated the club. They are billing themselves as a sports bar now, so don't expect the rock to return any time soon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wormtown Weekend

No Fooling, it's time to rock!
Hey, why not start today with Worcester Mag on Tap at Club 266 on Park Ave at 5:30 and meet ME! I was asked to participate this month, and if there's beer, I'm there.
It's at the old Above Club and I can't wait to see the renovation.
Friday it starts at Ralph's Diner with Cramps inspired music by The Egos, Myra's new outfit,The Evil Streaks, Evil Bill, from Northampton, and The Creetons from New Jersey.
This looks like a Real Rock N Roll extravaganza that should not be missed. The weather is going to be summer like. A great night to sweat and dance.
Saturday, it's a Fuck N Rock Party at Beatniks on Park Ave with Wrighteous L, Satellite Rockers and Mack The Knife, who will be playing last this time, so you don't have to worry about missing them. Sounds more like a Rockin' Dub Party, but who am I to say?
Get out and enjoy the fine weather they are promising, we need it after all the flooding rains we had this week.