Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Word From the Mac

Too Bad $arah Couldn't Visit Spirits



or someone should have at least had her sit in the electric chair at Swaby's for that perfect Bride Of Frankenstein photo shot.


well i'm deeply sorry that i can't be there to have shared this tragi-comic event w/ you all. and to greet and perhaps to have been able to spontaneously serenade the Palin Posse streetside w/ anyone who'd care to join me. {'trouble ahead, oh lady in red...' Casey Jones, Mean Woman Blues, Hey Sarah [where ya goin w/ that gun in yer hand], etc etc}


and yeah i gotta say it's something for the auburn area...the hatred out there for her is just foolish....what's the proverb about hate blinding you to your 'enemies'. tho she sure is easy to disagree w/, and amusing and befuddling, there are certainly much worse people in the world.


so it just makes me shake my head and grin from across the miles here. i don't know why, it really cracks me up.


the auburn guys in this piece seem to be on the right track to get some some things goin' it seems [?]. you know better than i but it's good to see someone at least tryin to do something.

alright for now, s
(Steve McAvoy)

this is for you, Steve:


Friday, May 8, 2009

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Deauville Ramble On!



LOCATION: Go to the traffic circle at the foot of the lake, there is a gas station/store, right next to it is a "driveway" to the bridge to deauville island. Park near the bridge. Cross the bridge and look over to your left, toward the back of the store and you will see a shelter surrounded by trees. There are lots of picnic tables, a fireplace, and a charcoal cooker. The shelter is for rent, but it would seem that as long as no one has it reserved, we can use it.

BRING: Beverage, flashlight, chair if you don't like picnic tables, food if you want to eat, plastic bag to take your trash with you, something to put your cigarette butts in if you smoke, and of course your instruments. (There is no electricity for shelter squatters.) We will bring firewood, candles, corkscrew, and cups.

TONIGHT 7 PM

see map below.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Deauville Ramble: Thursdays, 7 pm, Deauville Island Conservation Shelter


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So, last night we had our first Deauville Ramble on the shores of beautiful Owasco Lake, and it was so much fun!! We built a fire in the fireplace, and jammed from 7:00 - 11:30 pm... with a few breaks here and there... Levon Helm would be proud. If you missed it, do not despair-- it was so much fun, we want to do it again next Thursday. If you did not already get this information, here it is again:


LOCATION: Go to the traffic circle at the foot of the lake, there is a gas station/store, right next to it is a "driveway" to the bridge to deauville island. Park near the bridge. Cross the bridge and look over to your left, toward the back of the store and you will see a shelter surrounded by trees. There are lots of picnic tables, a fireplace, and a charcoal cooker. The shelter is for rent, but it would seem that as long as no one has it reserved, we can use it.


BRING: Beverage, flashlight, chair if you don't like picnic tables, food if you want to eat, plastic bag to take your trash with you, something to put your cigarette butts in if you smoke, and of course your instruments. (There is no electricity for shelter squatters.) We will bring firewood, candles, corkscrew, and cups. SEE YOU NEXT THURSDAY!!


note: we will attempt this every thursday, 7 pm, from now until it gets too frikkin' cold.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Two Great Bands for Free!

Teenager at Hoopes Park
Teenager takes the Hoopes Park stage at 6:30pm on Tuesday evening. Teenager first album "Entitled" was named one of the Top 10 albums of 2007 by the Post- Standard. In addition to being a great band, more importantly they are some amazing friends of mine. You owe it to yourself to check them out! After they finish they are showing the movie "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium".

DATE: Tuesday August 12th
TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm
LOCATION: Hoopes Park
Teenager Website

Kevin Dorsey Collective in downtown Auburn!
Dan Schuster and the Auburn BID have done an amazing job of bringing a wide variety of music back to downtown this summer. On Wednesday, we will be performing at the Market Street Stage. I hope you will join us!
Date: Wednesday August 13th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Market Street Stage
Kevin Dorsey website


(special thankx to KDC email reminders!)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Teenager @ Swifty's Tavern, Sunday June 29th, 6-9pm

jr_teenager_poster

painting by Jessie Reich

Swifty's
45 Perrine St
Auburn, NY
13021
(315) 252-6309

Monday, May 19, 2008

Memorial Weekend Music Festival @ Auburn Public Theater



You gotta come down and check this out - it's sure to be a blast.

The music goes all day, starting at 1 pm with The Tease (featuring members of Teenager) doing strip-down, lo-fi drum and bass madness, continuing with some of Auburn's most talented musicians, outside in the Exchange Street Mall right next to the APT, all day long. People like John Reilly, Erin Brown, Peterson and Dennihy and Jenny Chamberlain are going to be playing music back to back right up until 7 pm! Outside!

Then, the party continues inside with a whole other line up of Auburn's best rockers including Eric Brown and the Scapegoats as well as The Infrared Radiation Orchestra (featuring members of Static Cling), The Curtis Berry Project playing smokin' blues and swing and of course, The APT House Band.

THIS IS A BYO BEVERAGE EVENT!!!!

SEE YOU THERE!

Monday, February 18, 2008

TEEANAGER and Its Last Fling with Spirits


The night was clear for the most part. At about 9:30pm, Teenager took the stage for the last time ever. It was a strange, surreal feeling that still has yet to set in - in less than two weeks this place will be gone.

It means different things to different people.

Steve McAvoy, Auburn's own beat-punk poet laureate-in-exile, cabled in this little eulogy-poem from Portland, OR when he heard about Spirits closing.


TO THE LAST LAST CALL

on a good night at spirits the moon was always full.
and jim morrison was on the jukebox baby.
we sang along to the songs we've always known...
to each other, to whoever was at the bar and to the new girl in town who's here
for the season
with the merry-go-round theatre.


so here's to summer girlfriends
and snowed in winters with restless friends
hard goodbyes and sweet hellos
the state street blues
and my midnight walking shoes


to open mikes and next round hikes
spontaneous jazz and blue excursions
rock n' roll bluegrass folk punk explosions
to the dean martin in all of us
and our rasta hearts and illegal smiles


i saw john stevens behind the bar
doing the werewolves of london
and suddenly it was 1969
and i'm ordering a cherry coke at poolos
and about to go across the street to the pool hall
"wild world" comes on and it's 1970
and i'm hanging outfront of Jokers on a school night
watching them change the marquee
of the Palace Theatre


one thanksgiving eve
i could have sworn
that half the crowd use to be at Sour Grapes


this was home away from home
on countless vacations, crash landings
and passings thru


Spirits was aptly named
as it was the last holdout of a time and place
and spirit,
of a downtown auburn
now that has only left Hunters Diner-
left precariously standing on it's one stilt,
deep in the ancient mud
of the eternal owasco outlet


and i'm sorry i can't be here tonight
and whenever is the last last call


so for me, and as jimi hendrix said,
for our friends that can't be here tonite,
drink and party for us too


and dance critters dance!!!

And that's how the evening began.

Teenager would like to sincerely thank everyone who came out to see us. You made the night. The value of any band comes down to its audience, the energy and satisfaction of which in turn feed the band, who in turn give back to the crowd, "infinitely". Speaking for myself, from beginning to end, it was the kinda night where I could lean my head back and smile, filled with gratitude for all the wonderful people in the room and for the opportunity to play music on that very stage for all these 15+ years.

It swelled my heart right up, it did.

Tell ya a story: I was in a band in high school called Stubby Duk. We were like the Velvet Undergroung meets Captain and Tenille. We played music because it was fun.

And so we heard about this open mic at the Polish Home (remember that place), upstairs in the bar, which was called Upper Limits, or something. And there were these two crazy guys who ran the open mic, Mike Doyle and Donny Alger, who were in a band called Ladybug, which was one of the best Auburn bands ever, if you like good rock and roll music. And these guys got the biggest kick out of us. This was winter '91, maybe early '92. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was only a few months old.

Anyway, we only played that place one time. It closed down soon after. But Donny and Mike had moved the open-mic to Spirits. So we followed and the rest is history.

Twas there that I met Mr. Terry Cuddy who was, in fact, the very first person I had ever met in my life who said he actually liked Auburn. I was getting turned on to a lot of Far Out ideas at that time but that one just blew my mind.

Spirits Open-Mic lasted roughly 15 years.

Basically, Teenager formed directly out of the maelstrom that was the Spirits Sunday night Open-Mic scene. I used to back up Terry on bass doing his originals or the occasional Springsteen cover. Donny I knew since the beginning. Sometimes it's all about having a place to engage. And that was Spirits.

And it is to that that we say goodbye but not for long. Some other place will come along. There's the Theater. That place has already spawned a bunch of different creative entities. And Suzy's out on the west end has bands booked through the summer I have heard.

Personally, I vote for Teddy's. That place is great. It's just that Teddy would rather not be the place where everyone hangs out, which is exactly what makes it so cool. But there's a decent juke box and that cool bowling game. Maybe not the place to have a big art opening or CD release party but definitely a good place to get together with your closest friends and plot the next cultural renaissance for this sleepy little beatnik-utopia.

Will there ever be any place like Spirits?

Well, that remains to be seen.

Peace,
rev




Monday, January 28, 2008

TEENAGER LIVES


You may be asking yourself, does this guy only write about Teenager?

And the answer to that is, no. I write 80-90% about Teenager. But hopefully that will change.

Today I wanted to let you know that you can listen to three new/old Teenager recordings from when we were ten years closer to actually being teenagers. This is Teenager verite, the original, primal gurglings of new inspiration, summer '98.

Check Droppin' Out, especially, to hear the difference from the current version Teenager does. If you haven't heard that, go here.

And if you like that, go here.

And in case you didn't know, Teenager is now on itunes.