Benefit Show Reviewed!
(from Hal's Cover Up column for the EC Rocker)
Bar Anticipation in Belmar recently hosted a pre-summer bash, with some
of the top bands and musicians on the circuit turning out for the event.
Starting at three o'clock in the afternoon, the music continued well into the
night, which ended, in typical DogVoices fashion, with Monte diving off the
roof of the club into the arms of several cohorts. A touch football game
ensued in the parking lot, with Walter from Big Orange Cone showing his
athletic mettle by throwing two touchdown passes.
The afternoon started with Yasgur's Farm wowing the gathering crowd with
their stellar musicianship, and the extraordinary vocals of new singer Katy.
The group did an intense medley which included the theme from 2001: A Space
Odyssey, and included Pink Floyd, Santana, and Queen classics in the set.
Katy inadvertently added to the entertainment when her top flew open
during her energetic performance. "She'll do anything for a good cause,"
laughed Denise, one of the bands legion of fans, relating the fact that all
the proceeds from the days events were being donated to the Hyland Stark
Memorial Fund. Katy put on such a great performance, both visually and
vocally, that a movie producer working on an Asbury Park based movie about
the '60s has expressed interest in Katy playing the part of Janis Joplin in
DogVoices took the stage next, with the usual craziness supplied by
Monte. He took the opportunity to show off how good a voice he really
possesses, something often overlooked because of his maniacal stage antics.
"That's because I really didn't have a chance to drink much yet," he laughs.
A highlight was Katy joining the group for the Janis Joplin classic "Piece Of
My Heart". As Katy stood there holding her top on, Monte gave her the shirt
off his back, so she could move around the stage again.
The Bobby Bandiera Band, joined by two horn players from Southside
Johnny & The Jukes, played a blues tinged set, ending with an appearance by
Lance Stark, singing Steve Miller's "The Joker". Cheap & Nasty then brought
the crowd back to the '80s, with songs from Twisted Sister, Poison and Motley
Crue. Lead singer Ian worked the crowd as well as any '80s headbanger,
exhorting them to sing along.
Next up, Jim from Up All Nite led a group made up of members of many
different bands. Big Orange Cone, fresh from an afternoon appearance at
Jenkinson's, really got the crowd jumping, putting on a great high energy
The night finished with more jamming, featuring members of all the bands
that performed, as well as Bridget, formerly of Good Girl's Don't, and
presently with The Zoo.
The featured raffle prize, a guitar autographed by Bruce Springsteen,
was won by Tracy, one of the guest vocalists, who proceeded to give it to
Lance, the father of Hyland Stark.
"We did a good thing," remarked Bar A manager Tom Jannarone, a major
contributor to organizing the benefit show. "Like Monte said, we may not have
done enough to get to heaven, but we earned the right to wear a helmet on the
way down to wherever we're going!"