15 songs Instrumentation:
9 Cheese Calzones, 3 vocalists, 8 guitars, 2 keyboards, 1 harmonica, 2
horns, 3 basses, 3 percussionists, 10 crew members Tell
us your Paper Bag #5 highlights
The last Tuesday in June for the first time, Partners is our opening act
once again, Kim Strongin smashes a guitar, we wear football jerseys and
drink tap beer. There is no Tony Rome. Phrögk wore a cowboy hat and
boots and spent the whole evening pouring tap beer for the band. We got
stewed. I found Mike Lawshé squatting in the middle of the guitar
section leaning against the wall. The band along with 7 other guitar players
are cranking away. His head is back, his mouth is open, his eyes are closed.
Sleeping like a baby. Admission was free with a paper bag. People were
fishing bags out of the dumpster. At the close of the evening we collected
$30 at the door and our bar tab was $300. A successful night!
This was the first
Bag with official shirts. We were resplendent in white football jerseys.
Stripes on the sleeves were blue trimmed in red. Names and numbers were
blue. They are 100% polyester and unless you wear a t shirt, or something,
They scratch your nipples when you wear them.
Back row: Gary Q, Bruce McCullough, Mike Lawshé, Scott Kistenberger, Bob D'Andrade, Lee Gordon, Phil Reilly, Bill Grillo, Jim Rutzler, Doug Baldwin Front row: Paul Shields, Larry "Boom Boom" Ports, John Martin, Phrögk, Mike Guido (in Ed Lowe mustache glasses holding beer pitcher that he used as a mug), Ed "Polecat" Caricci (wearing backwards shirt)
Our Founder Mike Guido
Tony Rome Jim Small The Cheese Calzones Judy Davis
Mary Mc Andrews
Maureen Hurley Vocalists Chuck Cobb
Mike Flynn Guitars Bruce Mc Cullough
Ted Rispoli Keyboards Gary Quenqua
John Martin Down Wind Horns Joe Anziano
John Boyle Harp Paul Shields Basses Bob D' Andrade
Larry Boom Boom Ports Percussion Scott Kistenberger
Bill Grillo Sound Phrögk Perlman
James Burgett Lighting Chuck Evans
Jim Maniattis Photography Neil Burgett Staff Frank Varipapa Group W Bench Dan Guido
1 House of the Rising Sun
2 Good Lovin'
3 In the Still of the Night
4 Shake Rattle & Roll
5 That Cat is High
6 I Feel Good
8 Hang on Sloopy
9 Room to Move
10 I Got My Mojo Workin'
Bill Haley & the Comets
John Lee Hooker
The Cheese Calzones
Chuck Cobb, Mike Flynn
Larry "Boom Boom" Ports
Paper Bag #5 ~ The Ticket
1982 was the first year that we had printed tickets for advance sale. Tickets were $3 in advance and at the door. Admission was free with a paper bag. We collected $30 at the door and the band drank $300 worth of tap beer
1982 was also the first year that we had shirts. They are football style jersies. All letters, front and back, were placed by hand. The clerk in the store where we got them caused a rukus when he held up a sample shirt in the crowded store. It was Peggy Kelly's. The back read "FROMUNDA CHEESE."
This is also the first year we had a program for the Paper Bag. It was created by Doug Baldwin. Not only did Doug and I play together in the Kim Strongin Band, I lived in his house on Via Continental in Huntington Station. That house, owned by Doug's beloved mom Wilma, should have landmark status. Through Wilma's generosity, many musicians could afford to live on, well, on musicians' wages. Anyway, in addition to being an extremely talenty musician, Doug is a very talented graphic artist. His work is all over this website. He is also the principal influence on my efforts in graphics and the art of making music-related documents. As you look through this bagsite, you will find the influence of K. Douglas Baldwin on almost every page.
After I began using a computer to generate text for documents (you will see that my lettering leaves much to be desired) I scanned the drawing of a paper bag that appears above and used it in many Paper Bag programs.
The funny thing about this program is that the audience never saw it. On the night of the performance, we realized that Doug's sister forgot to pick the programs up from the printer. I still have all 500 of them in a box in the back room.
Here is the paper bag (naturally) on which Phrögk and I planned the PA system for Bag #5. On the side of the bag we listed all the inputs we would need - 26 plus Echo return and an input to play the Disappearing Band tape. At the top are the vocal mics for me, Tony Rome and 3 mics for the Calzones. Then 2 mics for harmonicas and direct inputs for keyboard & bass. 5 mics on each drum set - kick drum, snare, roto-toms, rack tom & floor tom, and 2 mics for the timbales. There are only 4 channels for guitar amps but there were 8 guitar players. We did this by putting pairs of amps facing each other only a few inches apart. There was one mic in between them. If one guy soloed, the other was supposed to lay out so that the mic could be used to boost the solo. We really did stuff like this. We ran a mic wire from the dressing room to the sound board. This "Back Room" mic was used for the Mystery Guitar Solo. Eddie Wright played a solo in the dressing room while all the guitarists on stage raised thier arms over their heads. Tricky, huh?
On the bottom of the bag we listed where these inputs would go. On the left are the inputs to Phrögk's 8 channel Tascam board that fed the 8 track 1/2" tape machine. The center are inputs to a Yamaha board owned by the Jim Small Band. The drums listed at right (Drum set Left, Drum set Right) were plugged into a Soundcraft board, the house board at the Silver Dollar.