Paper Bag #26 ~ June 26, 2003
Mulcahy's ~ Wantagh , LI, NY
~Mr Rogers meets Ozzy
~Rubber Soul ~ Pretzel Logic
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• 238 participants • 63 songs •
Instrumentation: Mike Guido, Tony Rome, 6 Cheese Calzones, 12 vocalists, 11 guitars, 6 keyboards, 2 harmonicas, 8 horns, 7 basses, 16 percussionists, 74 crew members, 59 ladies auxiliary, 33 on the Group W Bench
Highlights: Dawnette signs her little ass off! Rubber Soul, the soft shoe drum solo, The band doesn't fall apart drunk at 2am. Mike Cummings and Joe Anziano sit on their amps for hours. The return of Linda Mackley. Billy O and Scotto as Dueiling Ozzys. The Rookie blows up his amp and is rescued. Guido sings wearing Sponge Bob boxer shorts.

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The Players
Name
Years in the Bag
Bag 26 Name Bag 26 #
Our Founder
Mike Guido
26
GUIDO 51
Tony Rome & the Cheese Calzones
Scott Savitt Sect. Ldr
20
THE MAN Yes, I am the man.
Marianne Barton Sect. Ldr
24
DOUBLE CHEESE 46
Mary Mc Andrews
23
CHZCALZONE 23 YEARS
Judy Davis
22
HEAD CHEESE 1
Beth Jewell
22
FETA 22
Judy Ammar
17
TOMMY’S WIFE 2
Laura French
11
CHEEZZIE 18
Vocalists
Tony Barca Sect. Ldr
14
BARCA POW
Jim Small
23
NOWHERE MAN 7
Peggy Kelly
19
PEG 2
Allen Santoriello
17
I WILL DEFINITELY BE THERE 2000,2001,2003, ?
Pete Scully
11
LOVE MONKEY SR. 9/03
Joan Pollack
10
MRS. FORTIN 140db
Mike Russo
10
MIKE 7
Nancy Kleemann
7
KLEEMANN 3
Dawnette Darden
4
SUN 7
Denise Corazón
3
AMERICAN WOMAN 23
Catherine Oestreicher
3
PIPES 9
Lee Thompson
2
jarvis 68
Guitarland
Joe Anziano Sect. Ldr
25
JOEY <fedora>
Mike Cummings Sect. Ldr
21
M. C. 7b5
Dave Morris
18
DAVE 11
Mark Coffey
15
THE T SHIRT NAZI 44
Mike Flyntz
14
FLYNTZ .010
Patrick Cummings
13
iGUITAR 11b9
Joe Scollo
9
SCOLLO 00
Phil Antonucci
9
FLANT 9 YEARS
Tom Pecoraro
9
PEDAL RACKS 2
Greg Zant
6
FLYING CHIP 8
Gus Karos
1
ROOKIE 12
Keyboard Ghetto
Gary Quenqua Sect. Ldr
25

Q
Larry Ketchell Sect. Ldr
16.5
UN - KOOL 47
Ed Lesco
20
THE PROFESSOR 8
Joe Samuels
17
ROAST BEEF ON A ROLL $8.42
Rich Campbell
9
MARATHON 3:19
Harry Oestreicher
3
ROOT#> 10110100
01010111
10111010
01101011
Horn Section
Val Angrosini Sect. Ldr
19
BEANBAG 5/4
John Boyle
23
BOYLE-ING HOT IN FLORIDA 25
Lenny La Pinta
17
RICO ROYALE 3 1/2
Ron Fox
17
CHOPS 8va
Ron Aprea
6
CRAZY FINGERS 11
Jason Chapman
5
BLOF ISH
Ed Wolstedlund
4
HAPPY AT 41
Frank Rizzo
3
MR. RIZ 7#11
Harp Section
Paul Shields Sect. Ldr
26
PABLO 52
Joe Santino Sect. Ldr
15
RHYTHM & HUES f 5.6
Basses
Jim Myers Sect. Ldr
19
PLUNK 50
Joe Dehler
14
I.M. HIP 1956
Tom Flyntz
14
PHOOT <bass clef symbol>
Mark Cimino
9
CYALAYTA 6
Lester Saldinger
8
the LESTER of 2 EVILS
George Panos
3

 
Percussionists
Scott Kistenberger Sect. Ldr
26
beats a flogging 3
Jimmy Varelas
20
JIMMYTHEGREEK 47
Steve Finkelstein
18
JUNGLE JU TOO
Eel Nietsleknif
18
Kumumpás Punukpók 4U
Vin Cimino
15
I’M WITH NITWIT 69
Linda Mackley
13
MACK IS BACK 1/2
Neil Burgett
13
ELECTRIC CIGAR 0
Pete Lazos
11
ZORBA 00
Billy Onesios
10
MR. “O” 7
Shawn Murray
8
GROOVE SLAVE 4/4
Cliff Hackford
7
BONGO BOB  
Brendan O’ Keefe
6
AREA 51
Chris Hart
4
CRISPY 10
Don Larsen
2
FLAWED 18
Keith Lombardozzi
2
DOZZI 420
Steve Krucher
1
STEVERINO 11
Sound, Lights & Video
Phrögk Perlman
25
PHRÖGK /0
Tom Heinisch
16
LI SOUNDGUY 41hz
Lee Gordon
17

 
Scott Hartmann
14
MID FREQ 14
Chip Sciacca
7
CHIPPER 31’
Greg Hebel
23
HEBEL 46
Bill Mason
19
BILBO 3791
Steve Porcelli
4
EKOGUY 39
John Molloy
2
SPECIAL FX 45
Ralph Porcelli
16
MUTHACRISPA 42
Ralph Esposito
16
SPOMAN 911
Mr. Guido's Staff
Jim Mola Sect. Ldr
19
JIMMY 29
Tom Russo Sect. Ldr
17
RUDO 23
Bruce Sautkulis Sect. Ldr
19
TOASTMASTER 1
The Door Crew
Phil Guido Sect. Ldr
20
DONATO RA12307068
Frank Varipapa
23
AIR TUNA 99
Lucy Guido
18
LUCY, I’M HOME 8
Bob Guido
16
GUIDO 48
Bob Murphy
14

 
Vinny Guido
12
GUIDO 44
Jay Genova
3
I’M F.I.N.E. $20
Kathy Genova
3
BLITZEN 21
Tony Graziano
2
YANKEES 7
Construction
George Ranzette Sect. Ldr
14
MISSING IN ACTION 0
Adam Schwab
12
SWIBS 42
Lisa Layton
11
L8ON  
Jim Irwin
10
OIL CAN %
John Parkinson
8
BIG JOHN 96
Larry Showman
3
BONES 5
The Beer Crew
MISSING IN ACTION
Paper Bag Staff
Eddie Parkinson Sect. Ldr
20
BIG ED 33
Paul Yovino
16
1-2-TREE YO-YO
Brian Young
14

 
Walter Symanski
13
WALT 23
John Roxburgh
12
SCUM 00
Gary Troy
12
TROY 24
Billy Leavy
11
TOP OF THE MORNIN <shamrock>
Vinnie Quenqua
11
VINNY Q
Rob Smith
10
ROCKIN’ ROB 243
Pete Volberg
10

 
Kevin West
10
CRANKY BOY 2
James West
10
F’N BAG S#*$
Tom Menkes
9
GUNN 14
Tom West
9

 
Joe Tighe
8

 
Phil Wetenhall
8
CHZDOG 57
Bob Barbini
8
BEGINS WITH A B
John Kleemann
7
PUFF TENTACLE 47
Steven Ianucci
6
NUCCI 7
Joe Gander
6
GOOSE 00
John Wittenborg
6
SALTY 50
Bob Schmidt
5
BOB 9
Gary Schwenker
3

 
Richie Stankiewicz
3
VERMONT RICHIE 23
Terry Middleton
3

 
James Davis
3
BUBBA 7
Kris Symanski
2
KRIS 23
Keith Symanski
2
KEITH 23
Andy Arenth
2
THE NEIGHBOR 33
Steven Joy
1
HAPPINESS IS 13
Anthony Alcamo
1
CHEEZZEGRATER 1
George Bily
1
BILY THE KID 69
Steve Sobstyl
1
COACH STEVE 11
The Ladies Auxilliary
Sue Guido Sect. Ldr
21
DELILAH 24
Laura Daddona
25
LAURA 2
Sue W Guido
18
WILD WEST 82
Patti Small
16
MICHELLE 7
Cathi Reilly
15

 
Dawn Barca
13
DAWN POW
Sue Lesco
13
CAST AWAY 8
Desiree Xefos
13
DEZ MONSTER 44
Susi Cummings
12
SUSI 38D
Lisa Joy
12
THE VOICE 42
Suzan Coffey
11
STRUMR boi 11
Lani Quenqua
11
LANI Q
Amy Hof
10
HIP HOF 10 YEARS
Peggy Irwin
10
MELONMAKER -8%
Karen Sprague
10
BEER TWIN 2 20
Stephanie West
10
WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD BAG 8/25/03
Barbara Dismas
9
BEE DEE 53
Pam Pecoraro
9
PAM DOLL 3
Christine Schwab
9
CHRISSY THE NO SHOW 6
Laura Leavy
8
MAMA LALA 2 BOYS
Dawn Menkes
8
E & B 2
Joyce Saldinger
8
JOYCE 23
Cassie Mernick
8
CASSALITA 38
Cindy Symanski
8
CINDY 23
Betsy Parkinson
8
BETSY  
Dee Antonucci
7
DEEGE 40
Melissa Perlman
6
MOM NO MORE  
Amy Russo
6
TROPHY GIRL 03
Patti Zant
6
MRS. CHIP 7
Emma Guido
6
TWEENGRL 16
Sara Guido
6
SUPER SHORTY 0
Lauren Gander
5
MRS. GOOSE 001
Annie Schmidt
5
CUMMINGS #4 9/11
Maureen Dehler
5
KOKOMO MO  
Louise Kistenberger
5
WEEZY @ BV.ORG  
Maggie Votava
5
MAGGIE XO
Liz Barbini
4
CLOYOBELL  
Yohanna Hart
4

“YO”
Eileen Scott
4
LEEN CUISINE 13
Denise Chapman
4
PSYCH OHH
Patty O’ Brien
4
NITWIT 38
Mary Martini
4
BRIDE TO BE 03
Camille Rizzo
3
MRS. RIZ 3.1416
Kaitlyn Zant
3
“IT WASN’T ME” 99
Megan Zant
3
SUPERSTAR 13
Danielle Guido
3
DANI-GIRL #1
Jessie Galm
2
RUDZIE 77
Marya Ruppert
2
MARYA 21
Christine Liske
2
GREEN THUMB 37
Toni Kearney
1
CUMMINGS 50
Nancy Morris
1
THE REASON WHY AT 41
Colleen Mundy
1
JERSEY GIRL 13
Kathleen Brown
1
LOBSTER CLAWS 39
Toni Cummings
1
CUMMINGS 1
Ann Marie Scarola
1
ANN MARIE 10
Nancy Sobstyl
1
NANCY 10
Kathy Murphy
1
KATHY 10
Marie Crawson
1
BBBUFFY 3
Anna Arenth
1

 
The Group W Bench
Ed Lowe Sect. Ldr
13
THE GUY WHO WRITES THOSE STORIES Part II
Bruce Mc Cullough
19

 
Richard Degnan
13
I USTA BE DEGS 26
Tom Fischetti
9

 
Ken Tobin
9
KILTY LARKIN’S 1
Gary Francke
5

 
Jim Murphy
4
MURF 7
Ez Bardeguez
2
NIGHT OF THE BROOK 7
Ali Bardeguez
2
BROADWAY BAGETTE 11
Garrett Bardeguez
2
HIGH VIEW MY FIRST LOVE
Marty Ruppert
2
M C’S BIGGEST FAN 50
Pat Scarola
1
PRINCIPAL 32
Matt Guido
1
MATT 4552 days
Linda Lucyguido
1
CHOO CHOO LINDA  
Rusty Lucyguido
1
RUSTY  
Rachel Quenqua
1
RACHEL Q
Chris Brown
1
CHEERLEADER 1
Dan Quenqua
1
DAN Q
Joe Mc Gorry
9
McSTORY  
John Murray
9
JMJR  
Mike Mc Elwee
9
JANIOR  
Billy O’ Sullivan
7
STALE  
Eric Miller
6
E TRAIN  
Michael Dunne
6
DUNNIE  
Diane O’ Keefe
6
DIANE 4
Larry Schumacher
3
POSTINO  
Chris Nicholas
3
CABBAGE PATCH  
Kevin Long
2
ANGER MANAGEMENT  
George Francs
1
OLD MAN  
Tracy Sabel
1
SABEL  
Traci Carubled
1
CARUBLED  
Spider
1
TAKE IT DEEP  
Pat Grass
1
PAT GRASS  

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  Title Artist Bag Vocalist
1 Paper Bag Theme Bag Band Guido
2 I Don't Wanna Work Todd Rundgren Guido/Calzones
3 Mr. Rogers Meets Ozzy - Paranoid Black Sabbath Guido/Savitt
4 Stoned Soul Picnic 5th Dimension Ensemble
5 Southbound Allman Bros. Boyle
6 SK8R Boi Avril Lavigne Kelly
Rubber Soul by the Beatles ~ side 1
7 Drive My Car Beatles Scollo/Lester/Scully
8 Norwegian Wood Beatles Santoriello
9 You Won't See Me Beatles Pollack
10 Nowhere Man Beatles
ensemble
11 Think For Yourself Beatles Thompson
12 The Word Beatles Barca/Boyle/Lester
13 Michelle Beatles Joe Scollo
14 Get it On Bill Chase Santoriello
15 Midnight Hour Commitments Russo
16 Streetlife Crusaders Kelly
17 Landslide Dixie Chicks Pollack/Kelly/Kleemann
18 Angel from Montgomry John Prine Kelly/Barca
19 Ramble On Led Zeppelin Dawnette
20 Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin Thompson
21 Turn Me On Norah Jones Kelly
22 Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar Calzones
23 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon Barca
24 Soak up the Sun Sheryl Crowe Kleemann
25 Proud Mary Tina Turner Dawnette
Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
26 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan Cathy O
27 Night By Night Steely Dan Lester
28 Rikki Don't Lose that Number Steely Dan Ed Wostedlund
29 Bargain Who Lee Thompson
30 Drum Solo/Bag Contest  
31 Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & Family Stone Ensemble
32 Train Kept a Rollin' Aerosmith Scollo
33 Nothing is Easy Jethro Tull Boyle
Rubber Soul by the Beatles ~ side 2
34 What Goes On? Beatles Small
35 Girl Beatles Tony Barca
36 I'm Looking Through You Beatles Anziano
37 In My Life Beatles Scully
38 Wait Beatles Santoriello
39 If I Needed Someone Beatles Barca/Antonucci/Cummings
40 Run For Your Life Beatles Barca
41 Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat & Tears Antonucci
42 I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow Calzones
43 Surrender Cheap Trick Scully
44 I Touch Myself Divinyls Corazon
45 Right Place, Wrong Time Dr John Savitt
The Eagles
46 Heartache Tonight Eagles Pollack
47 Life in the Fast Lane Eagles Boyle
48 One of These Nights Eagles Kelly/
49 Devil with the Blue Dress Mitch Ryder Barca
50 Let Me Roll You Paul McCartney Boyle
51 Do You Feel Like I Do? Peter Frampton Pete Scully
52 Mystery Achievement Pretenders Corazon
53 Work Song Robbin Ford Harps
54 Sympathy for the Devil Rolling Stones
Joe Scollo
  The Wheel    
55 Sex Machine James Brown Pete Scully
56 Before You Accuse Me Eric Clapton Tony Barca
57 Twist & Shout the Beatles
John Boyle
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We intend to play rock 'n' roll for as long as we are physically able …so far, so good.

Wow, the 25th Paper Bag was a blast, wasn’t it. We are a hell of a good product and we certainly give good weight. There were so many highlights last year, including the marriage pro-posal for Bag rookie Sue Weiss and received at Paper Bag central through email. The following note was passed up to the stage and found 2 months later crumpled in my tuxedo pocket:

"Dearest Dawnette, Could you please do "Me and Bobby McGee" again this year. I missed it last year because my wife made me go home early. This year I can stay late. Since you don’t have a heavy schedule tonight, I don’t think I’m asking too much. Respectfully and with love, ~~~~~~~~

No folks you can’t make this stuff up. At our 1st section leader meeting last January, Scotty K spoke eloquently regarding the aesthetic value of having a specific record album as a focal point for the Bag. Several options were discussed and we decided on Rubber Soul by the Beatles. Looking up the discography in a Beatles history book we ran into a snag. The book lists "I’ve Just Seen a Face" as the first cut. Tony Barca insisted that his record started with "Drive My Car." We finally figured out that his was the British release on Parlophone records from 1965. So we went with that. These section leader meetings happen monthly from January through May and then several times in June. They are held in my basement in a war room constructed specifically for this purpose. We set up highly ineffective exhaust fans to direct the voluminous clouds of smoke to the outdoors. There is a long table and the guys who come late have to bring their own chairs from upstairs. Naturally we have a cooler of beer and lots of pencils. A photo of Vinny Cimino’s grandmother seated at a drum set in his garage must be on the table before the meeting can begin. (the photo is kept in a plastic bag to protect it from the aforementioned beer) We can play music on a computer, cd player, cassette tape or lp record. The room also functions as a default Paper Bag museum and art gallery. Anyway, these meetings have developed their own protocol over the years. Old Dude comes late & gets to sit in a rocking chair with his name on it. Joey the Hat, Q, Scotty K, Shields & Larry Ketchel sit in the back and crack jokes all night. Phrögk sits next to me, barely conscious. The vivacious Marianne makes up for Phrögk. Val, Myers and Santino sit in the front and attempt to maintain some level of decorum while Scotto is just on his own planet. Rudy, Mola, my brother Phil & Bill Mason occupy the perimeter. Robert’s Rules are followed at all times. We talk about the rest of you and boy are we funny! This year we got a kick out of Phil Antonucci’s ad for LIPA that appeared in Newsday. This is where the big decisions about the Paper Bag are made. The meetings are side-splitting hilarous. You should all be very proud. Have fun this year.

Itinerary
MONDAY June 23 - 8pm Section Leaders Meeting
WEDNESDAY June 25 - Bag EVE at Mulcahy's
1pm - Sound & Lights load in
3pm - Construction crew call- Stage, sound, light & video area construction needs to be done. We always need help. Contact the Construction Section Leader for info
6pm - Stage gear load-in All Bag musicians are expected to participate in the Bag eve run-through.
7-9pm - Run-through. We will rehearse as much of the show as we can get to in 2 hours. We must use our time efficiently. Be on time.
THURSDAY June 26 - 3pm - General Call, Be there.
5pm - Stage gear load-in
6pm - Drum sound check We always spend extra time on the drums. We just do
7pm - Band sound check
9pm - House opens
10pm - Musicians to the Courtyard- it's SHOWTIME
FRIDAY June 27 - Bag Lag ~ sleep ‘till the pain goes away
Mulcahy’s is gracious enough to provide food for the crew on both Wednesday & Thursday. Please be appreciative.
Only people wearing 2003 Bag shirts are permitted in the stage and backstage areas. Please cooperate. DO NOT bring unauthorized individuals to the areas reserved for the band.

There is no WILL CALL window at the Paper Bag (unless someone wants to volunteer to sit at the door and argue with people who should have gotten their tickets in advance from you). Bag tickets are $15 this year. Each bagger is responsible for the sale of 3 tickets in advance. Please remit your $45 asap. Tickets will be $20 the day of the show. Contact your section leader today. Get shirt names and #’s in TODAY. Thank you


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the Night before the Bag . . .

26 Paper Bags. You would think I would have a handle on this but here we are, Sunday night - 2 am, the program has to be dropped off at the printers in the morning and I am writing. I suddenly wish that earlier, I had not doubled up on my anti-anxiety medication.

Frist - the people. An ancient Social Workers proverb states “May you live in interesting times.” Well the past two weeks have been a trip. Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to work for the past 10 years in a school building poplulated by loyal, dediated, supportive teachers. It has been difficult to prepare for the Bag but that is ok too. I am also lucky enough to have a network of friends in the musician community who are equally as loyal, dedicated and supportive. Many of the key people have been in the Bag for over 20 years now. The vocalists have been rehearsing, the shirt guru has designed, ordered and had names printed on them. The sound, light and video guys will just show up on time to set- up. The only contact we will have had was to get shirt names and numbers. These people know their role, and just carry it out. Then there is my family. I have the coolest wife on the planet. Along with my 2 daughters, Emma & Sara, the tone of our home is not exactly male oriented. My mom spends her days with her husband, galavanting about the country and just basically partying and hanging with her grandkids. (When I grow up and mature, I want to be just like her.) My brothers and sister, cousin and spouses will spend hours tonight at the front door working like crazed rhinos collecting tickets and money and handing out shirts and manning the “Tell Your Story Here Booth.”

Speaking of the TYSH Booth. There is a video camera rolling that shoots from the booth through the entrance lobby of Mulcahy’s. There are 4 hours of tape from last year. It is hysterical. I see many of you enter, some of you sneak in. Many people take the opportunity to tell the camera a story. like the guy who claimed to by my cousin’s/ wifes’s/ sister’s/ cleaning lady’s/ mechanic. He paid anyway. Another poor guy shows up bombed out of his bananas and tries to claim that he only has $5 but wants to enter. My sister, show is normally the nicest,sweetest person, rips the guy to shreds and strips him of all vestiges of dignity until some girl who doesn’t know him pays for him to enter out of sympathy.

The Wheel When we run out of songs, we go to the wheel. (you know, spin the wheel, win a valuable prize - that kind of wheel) We spin the wheel, and whatever comes up, we play. We try to populate the wheel with songs that should make the list but were left off the list for some reason. This year’s wheel should include among others: Reggae, the Temptations, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Zappa, James Brown, J. Feils, the Rolling Stones, and finally, the band’s favorite: Mike Cummings, naked to the waist, sings Alice Cooper. We will play tonight until 4:01 am. Long live the wheel. Get home safely.

There are 259 people involved in the Paper Bag this year. They have a combined 2,421.5 years experience and average 9.4 years experience. The 73 musicians have a total of 950.5 years in the bag, for an average of 13 years experience. There are 25 members of the executive board who enjoy a total of 489.5 years in the bag and average over 20 years experience. In case you’re wondering, the 1/2 year is credited to Larry Ketchell who was able to sneak onstage for half of Bag #10

This is the spot where I get to thank… Dick at Supreme Trophy in Huntington Station; Eko Video; S-K Sound; Lightcraft; Mark Coffey and the crew at Goldman Bros.; Minuteman Printing in East Northport; The Maker of the Melon Peggy Irwin; Jill Silberberg- the sign girl; Lisa Layton for her wonderful work collecting and distributing food; the faculty and staff at Garden City MS; my brothers and sisters working at the front door missing the show; my three girls, Emma, Sara & Sue for making me the happy boy you see here tonight. As you can see, I live a charmed existence.

Mulcahy’s… is some great place to enjoy the Bag. From John Murray, right across to the bar backs, every one of the seemingly endless number of employees of this club is unfailingly helpful. These people understand the the Paper Bag at its purest essence. Mul’s now holds the record, with 9 bags, in no small part due to the support provided by these fine people. Please thank the Mulcahy’s staff when you see them. Patronize this fine establishment all year. Get home safely

Peas & carrots, peas & carrots, peas & carrots … Brian Mulhurn was one of 4 guitarists to participate in Paper Bag #1. During the late 70’s, Brian played in several bands in and around the Huntington area often teaming up with his brother Kevin as (what else?) the Mulhurn Brothers. I mixed sound for them several times at Chelsea’s. Sally Scudder played keyboards and sang in many bands with numerous bag members. Sally was great to have in the band. Perfect pitch, big smile, never conplained, always had fun. Every time the Jim Small Band plays, I look over to the other side of the stage and I can see her, boppin’ and tappin’ her bare feet. Adam Calaci played bass and sang in some of the most successful bands to ever play on Long Island. On stage, Adam was a solid presence. His bass playing was strong and yes, it was loud. Backstage, he was a very, very funny man.

We are musicians. We live a different life, in bars and diners and clubs and catering halls and come home as the sun comes up and put off joining the “real world “ as long as possible. It is a great life, rich and rewarding and so so so much fun. We look after each other and are loyal to each other. Sometime during the night tonight, remember someone missing from your life, smile and have some fun for them. We all can live on in the memory of our friends, family and colleagues. Take care of each other, be loyal to each other, and most of all, have fun.

The Savannah Joe Kommnick “Are these donuts fresh?” Moment Many of you in the Paper Bag community knew Joe Kommnick simply as “Savannah.” I had the privilege working with this gentle man in the clubs on the South Shore for over 10 years. Savannah Joe was a bright ray of happiness that cut through the smoky air and shined into your heart. He was always ready with a joke, your favorite libation, or an absurd movie quote . There was never anything harsh about Savannah Joe…none of the rough edges many of us who live the night life develop. I miss his company. In 1996 we inaugurated the tradition of performing a song each year that connects us with Joe, so that we may have a vehicle to help us remember this fine man. This year, Right Place, Wrong Time, by Dr. John the Night Tripper, is dedicated to Savannah Joe. In keeping with Joe’s sense of humor, and to ease the melancholy of the moment, before we begin the song, We ask all of you to place an index finger, held horizontally, just below your nose and all together ask in a falsetto voice …“Are these donuts fresh?

THE BROWN PAPER BAG is the only thing civilized man has produced that does not seem out of place in nature. Crumpled into a wad of wrinkles, like the fossilized brain of a dryad; looking weathered; seemingly slow and rough enough to be a product of natural evolution; its brownness the low key brown of potato skin and peanut shell, dirty but pure; its kinship to tree unobstructed by the cruel crush of industry; absorbing the elements like any other organic entity a No. 8 Kraft brown paper bag lay discarded in the hills of Huntington and it appears to live where it lay.

by Tom Robbins
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Thanks and a tip of the old Paper Bag hat to Naomi Margolin for discovering the origin of this quote

2003 SECTION LEADERS
Many people wonder how this crazy, complicated show, with all its myriad details, ever comes together at all. Most of the credit goes to the Section Leaders who work many hours so that we can all enjoy the Bag. Thank them when you see them go by.

Tony Rome ~ Scott Savitt
Cheese Calzones ~ Marianne Barton
Vocalists ~ Tony Barca
Guitarland ~ Joe Anziano, Mike Cummings
Keyboard Ghetto ~ Gary Quenqua, Larry Ketchell
Horns ~ Val Angrosini
Harps ~ Joe Santino, Paul Shields
Basses ~ Jim Myers
Percussion ~ Scott Kistenberger
Sound~ Larry Phrögk Perlman
Lights ~ Greg Hebel
Construction ~ George Ranzette
Door Crew ~ Phil Guido
Ladies Auxiliary ~ Sue Guido
Mr. Guido's Valet~ Jim Mola
Mr. Guido's Spiritual Advisor ~ Tom Russo
Vice President in charge of Fun ~ Ken Tobin
The Group W Bench ~ Ed Lowe

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