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Paper Bag #29 ~ June 27, 2006
Mulcahy's ~ Wantagh , LI, NY
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• 266 participants • 47 songs •
Instrumentation: Mike Guido, Tony Rome, 6 Cheese Calzones, 12 vocalists, 14 guitars, 8 keyboards, 5 harmonicas, 7 horns, 6 basses, 12 percussionists, 88 crew members, 76 ladies auxiliary, 19 on the Group W Bench

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Highlights: The return of Sam the Bugler, Definitely Jim Small as Lou Rawls, The Little Buster Tribute with Jim Small, Allen Santoriello, Killer Joe & that old Soul Brother Roast Beef Joe, the 1,000th Bag Song, Thick as a Brick - John Boyle & Gloria Vasco, Tony Saccone kicks butt and takes names on the drum set, the audience sings California Dreamin - split into two-part harmony.

 


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Our Founder   click here for photos of Our Founder   
 Name
Mike Guido
Years in the Bag
29
  2006 Bag Shirt Name & Number
Guido 54
Commendations 
1992 Lowe Life Award
Tony Rome   click here for photos of Tony Rome
 Name
Scott Savitt

Years in the Bag
Section
 23 Leader

  2006 Bag Shirt Name & Number
I WALK THE LINE
Commendations 
1992 Dwight Winther Award
 Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number  Commendations
Marianne Barton Section 27 Leader
DOUBLE CHEESE
14
1997 Dwight Winther Award
Mary McAndrews Section 26 Leader
CD MISTRESS MOM
26 YEARS
2001 Dwight Winther Award
Laura Daddona
28
LAURA
2
 
Judy Davis 25
HEAD CHEESE
1
2000 Dwight Winther Award
Beth Jewell 25
BETTA WITH FETTA
25
2005 Dwight Winther Award
Ali Bardeguez

5

USMC Ali
11 REPORTING FOR DUTY
 
The Vocalists     click here for photos of the vocalists 
 Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number  Commendations
Tony Barca
Section 17 Leader
THE OLDE DUDE
<<graphic>>
1996 Frank Hendricks Award
Jim Small
26
DR DADDY
7
1994 Dwight Winther Award
Allen Santoriello
20
LITTLE WILSON
45
1991 Frank Hendricks Award
Paul Weber
15
THE DENTIST
69
 
Mike Russo
13
LONG ISLANDS ULTIMATE ROCK MUSIC CAMP
BachToRock.com
 
Dawnette Darden
7
SUN
7
 
Denise Corazón
6
GOT MILF?
93
 
Lee Thompson
5
VAGITARIAN
68
 
Paul Esposito
3
JOE ESPOSITO
83
 
Chris Casper
2
CASPER
96 TEARS
 
Killer Joe Ferraro
2
KILLER JOE
66
 
Dave Franklin
2
THE RAVE
13
 
Guitarland  click here for photos of the guitars 
 Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name
Number
 Commendations
Joe Anziano
Section 28 Leader
JOEY
<fedora>
1998 Dwight Winther Award
Mike Cummings
Section 24 Leader
M.C.

7b5

1997 Frank Hendricks Award
Dave Morris
21
MORRIS
11
 
Mark Coffey
18
DR SHOE
  1998 Frank Hendricks Award
Mike Flyntz
17
FLYNTZ
.010
 
Mike Nugent
17


 
Phil Antonucci
12.5
FLANT
Valve Jr.
 
Tom Pecoraro
12
PEDAL RACKS
2
 
Joe Scollo
12
SCOLLO
00
 
Rick Horvath
10
NOODLES
B#
 
Greg Zant
9
FLYING CHIP
8
 
Gus Karras
4
THE REVEREND
12
 
Johnny Cola
3
IPLAYLOUD
:45
 
Brian Hauff
ROOKIE
COACH
42
 
The Keyboard Ghetto  click here for photos of the keyboardists
 Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number  Commendations
Gary Quenqua
Section 28 Leader
 
Q
2001 Frank Hendricks Award
Larry Ketchell
Section 19.5 Leader
OFFCL. OLD DUDE
50
1995 Frank Hendricks Award
Ed Lesco
23
EDDIE
7
Joe Samuels
20
ROAST BEEF
$20.80/lb
 
Sue Lesco
16
SUZIE-Q
8
Rich Campbell
11


 
Bobby Simons
ROOKIE
BOBBY!
-24db
Greg Warnokowski
ROOKIE
WARNO
59
The Down Wind Horns  click here for photos of the horns
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number

 Commendations
Val Angrosini
Section 22 Leader
Doctor Recommended Val-yum
5/4

2000 Frank Hendricks Award

John Boyle
26
FLUTE SUIT RIOT
25
1999 Dwight Winther Award
Ron Fox
20
POOH
4-9-06
 
Lenny La Pinta
20
THE MAESTRO
=120
2004 Dwight Winther Award
Jason Chapman
8
JASON
40
 
Sam Grossman
2


 
Ed Leone
2
LONESBONES
02
 
Harmonica Section    click here for photos of the harps

Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number  Commendations
Paul Shields Section 29 Leader
PABLO
53
1995 Dwight Winther Award 
Joe Santino Section 18 Leader
RHYTHM & HUES
f 5.6
 
Jim Small
26
DR DADDY
7
1994 Dwight Winther Award
John Boyle
26
FLUTE SUIT RIOT
25
1999 Dwight Winther Award
George Ranzette
17
NORTON
11
 
Killer Joe Ferraro
2
KILLER JOE
66
 

Bass Section      click here for photos of the basses

Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Jim Myers Section 22 Leader
D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.
53
1999 Frank Hendricks Award
Joe Dehler
17
KOKOMO JOE
1956
 
Tom Flyntz
17
HOT BEANS
<bass clef symbol>
 
Mark Cimino
12
MARKO
57
 
Lester Saldinger
11
SOUL BE IT

 
Stephen Minando
ROOKIE
RAMONE
23
 

Percussion Section   click here for photos of the percussionists
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Scott Kistenberger Section 28 Leader
JUNGLE GERMAN
3
1988 Frank Hendricks Award 
Steve Finkelstein
20
JUNGLE JU
2
 
Billy Onesios
13
IN THE GROOVE
11/8
 
Shawn Murray
11
MUR-RAY

 
Cliff Hackford
9
TABLAGI
19
 
Brendan O Keefe
9
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Chris Hart
7
CHRISPY
10
 
Don Larsen
5
SCHLAGZEUG
18
 
Keith Lombardozzi
5
DOZZI
420
 
Ben Greenspan
3
GADGETMAN
00
 
Tony Saccone
2
DRUMIN DUDE

 
Billy Smith
2
DRUM CHEF
13
 
Mr. Guido's Staff    click here for photos of the staff

Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Mr. Guido's Valet        
Jim Mola 22 JIMMY 29 2002 Dwight Winther Award
Mr. Guido's Spiritual Advisor        
Tom Russo 20 RUDO   2004 Frank Hendricks Award 
Toastmaster        
Bruce Sautkulis 22 TOASTMASTER 1 2005 Frank Hendricks Award 
The Kid        
Kenny Teknus
2
K.STILES
420
 

Technical Staff    click here for photos of the staff
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Sound  
Phrögk Perlman Section 28 Leader
PHRÖGK
-1/
1988 Frank Hendricks Award
Tom Heinisch Section 19 Leader
LI SOUNDGUY
42.5hz
2003 Dwight Winther Award
Lee Gordon
20
LEISURE LIMO
47
1986 Frank Hendricks Award
Scott Hartmann
17
MID FREQ
17
 
Willy S K Sound
16
I MIGHT BE WILL
38
 
Chip Sciacca
10
EXPEDITOR

 
Jerry Beck
2


 
Lights  
Greg Hebel Section 26 Leader HEBEL

49

1992 Frank Hendricks Award
Photos        
Bill Mason Section 22 Leader BILBO 3791 1996 Dwight Winther Award
Joe Santino 18 RHYTHM & HUES f 5.6  
Gene Martin 11
NIKON
D2x
 
Video        
Steve Porcelli
7
EKOGUY
39
 
Ralph Esposito
19
SPOMAN
911
 
Ralph Porcelli
19
MUTHACRISPA
45
 
John Molloy
5
SMOKE & SHAKE FX
55
 
Steve Mecca
3
MECCA MAN
2
 
Beer & Construction Crew    click here for photos of the staff 
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Construction  
George Ranzette
Section 17 Leader
NORTON
11
 
Adam Schwab
15
SOUTHBOUND
OE800
 
Lisa Layton
14
HORSE DOCTOR
L8-ON
 
Jim Irwin
13
OIL CAN
%
 
John Parkinson
11
BIG JOHN
96
 
Larry Showman
6
BONES
5
 
Beer Crew  
John Christison

Section 23 Leader

BARCREEP
4Q2
1991 Dwight Winther Award
Ed Barcreep

6

 

UNCLE ED
I 8 1 2
 
Peggy Murphy
6
THE ALIEN
69
 
Sue Stein
4
SUE
17
 
The Door Crew     click here for photos of the staff
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number Commendations
Phil Guido
Section 23 Leader
MIKE S BRUDDA
#1
1993/2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Frank Varipapa
26
AIR TUNA
99
2006 Dwight Winther Award
Lucy Guido
21
SACCO DI CARTA
VENTI NOVE
2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Bob Guido
19
GUIDO
51
2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Dan Guido
18
GUIDO
50
2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Vinny Guido
15
GUIDO
47
2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Tony Graziano
5
GOT MELK?
28
2006 Frank Hendricks Award
Paper Bag Staff     click here for photos of the staff 
Name
Years in the Bag
2006 Bag Shirt Name
Number
Eddie Parkinson
23
BIG ED
33
Paul Yovino
19
1-2-TREE
YO-YO
Brian Young
17


J C Johnson
16
WARDOG U.L.M.
90
Walter Symanski
16
WALT
23
Gary Troy
15
TROY
24
Jack Brescia
14
TOW TRUCK JACK
50++
Vinnie Quenqua
14
VINNY

John Roxburgh
14


Rob Smith
13


Pete Volberg
13
QUALITYPETE
15
Kevin West
13
CRANKY BOY
2
Tom Menkes
12
TOMMY GUNN
14
Bob Barbini
11
BEGINS WITH A
B
Joe Tighe
11
BAGMAN
22
Phil Wetenhall
11
DR. DOBRO
57
Pete Xefos
11


Ernie Chea
10
LONG LIVE LITTLE BUSTER
xxx
Steven Ianucci
9
NUCCI
7
John Wittenborg
9
SALTY
50
Bob Schmidt
8
SCHMIDTY

Gary Schwenker
6


Richie Stankiewicz
6
VERMONT RICHIE
23
Keith Symanski
5
KEITH
23
Kris Symanski
5
KRIS
23
John Ziliani
5
SHAKA
7
Anthony Alcamo
4
TONYDRUMS
99
George Bily
4
BilytheKid
69
Doug Raggio
4
DOUG
22
Steve Sobstyl
4
COACH STEVE
11
Bobby Bashian
3
OLD MAN
43
Martin Kennedy
3


Kevin Murphy
3
MURPH
83
Bob Barca
2
NOT SO OLDE DUDE
55
Tom Ruppert
2
RUGHEAD
2
Erik Symanski
2
ERIK
23
Sal Ambrisio
ROOKIE
HEAD OF PROTECTION
00
Frank Catalano
ROOKIE
THE CAT MAN
13
Peter Catalano
ROOKIE
BONGO FURY
69
Ed Judd
ROOKIE
HORSE DOCTOR HELPER
28
Jim Mc Carey
ROOKIE
DAD
7
Ladies Auxilliary    click here for photos of the staff
Name Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number
Sue Guido
Section 24 Leader
SVETLANA
 
Sue W Guido
21
AUNT SUE
29
Patti Small
19
DR STRIPES
7
Pam Sprague
19
BEER TWIN 1

Dawn Barca
16
DAWNBARCA.COM
39
Terry Guido
16
GUIDO
44
Desiree Xefos
16
DEZ MONSTER
44
Suzan Coffey
14
METROBAGGER

Lani Quenqua
14
LANI Q

Amy Hof
13
DR HOF SOUL CYSTER
13
Peggy Irwin
13
MELONMAKER
-8%
Barbara Dismas
12
BEE DEE
53
Pam Pecoraro
12
PAM DOLL
3
Christine Schwab
12
SOUTHBOUND

Karen Sprague
12
BEER TWIN 2

Dawn Menkes
11
TGB
7
Betsy Parkinson
11
BETSY

Joyce Saldinger
11
JOYCE
23
Cindy Symanski
11
CINDY
23
Julie Brennan
10
JULIE B

Joan Guido
10
JANOOTS
?
Ruth Ketchell
10
RUTH
634
Dee Antonucci
9
CHARLETTA
1636
Emma Guido
9
Oh Em G.
52
Sara Guido
9
SHASHA
0 SPINK
Melissa Perlman
9
CLOUD
2
Amy Russo
9
TrophyGirl

Patti Zant
9
MRS. CHIP
7
Maureen Dehler
8
KOKOMO MO
77
Louise Kistenberger
8
WEEZY K

Annie Schmidt
8
SCHMIDTY

Liz Barbini
7
CLOYOBELL

Denise Chapman
7
DEE
65
Lauren Gander
7
MRS. GOOSE
001
Eileen Lombardozzi
7
LEEN CUISINE
13
Ann Martin
7
MARTINI ANYONE?

Yohanna Olsen
7
YO HARTLESS OLSEN

Liz Goodman
6
LIZZY LUV
8
Danielle Guido
6
DANI-GIRL
#1
Jeanne Guido- Sielaff
6
MIKE GUIDO S MOM
10
Maria La Pinta
6
POOKSTER
06
Christine Liske
5
GYPSY SOUL
05
Marya Ruppert
5
MARYA
7
Barbara Schwenker
5


Rachel Quenqua
4
LIL
QT
Nancy Sobstyl
4
NANCY
10
Laurie Giovanneillo
3
TRIPLE G
13
Kristen Grubert
3
ONE GREEN THUMB
4
Barbara Karras
3
STIMPY THE BLIZZARD
13
Marissa Quenqua
3
MARISSA
Q
Adeline Ruiz
3
WFS
2306
Maria Sarro
3
LONG ISLANDS ULTIMATE ROCK MUSIC CAMP
BachToRock.com
Elaine West
3


Julianna Barca
2
LIL ROCKER
8
Kathleen Brown
2
DEAR
39
Theresa Byrne
2
DR CHRISPY
10 1/2
Julie Esposito
2
JAGVOGSTAR
79
Gina Fox
2
MRS POOH
4-9-06
Lisa Franceski
2


Helen Kuch
2
ONE IN A MILLION
13
Patti Radigan
2
PATTIO
10
Mary Ellen Ruppert
2
MARY ELLEN
11
Julie Saldinger
2
JULIE DALE

Gloria Vasco
2
G.T.
2
Lexi Antonucci
ROOKIE
LEXI
96
Reen Antonucci
ROOKIE
REEN
93
Marie Catalano
ROOKIE
NURSE
13 1/2
Wendy Drake
ROOKIE
THE TEMPTRESS
12
Dawn Gund
ROOKIE
NAKED BODY GUITARS
1
Melissa Ingermann
ROOKIE
SWEET MELISSA
11
Dina Lazarow
ROOKIE
DINA-MITE
THAT S WHAT I M SAYIN
Stephanie Mackey
ROOKIE
JULIET
20
Leonora Nelson
ROOKIE
FACE
210
Loren Roye
ROOKIE
LOREN
28
Lynetta Stone
ROOKIE
KILLERETTE LYNETTA
55
Ann Wiemer
ROOKIE
HAIRDRESSER EXTROADINAIRE
13
The Group W Bench  click here for photos of the staff
Name
Years in the Bag 2006 Bag Shirt Name Number
Ed Lowe
Section 16 Leader
DOE BOY
60
Richard Degnan
16
DR DEGS PhD
26
Tom Fischetti
12
FISH
33
Ken Tobin
12
KT

Gary Francke
8


Larry Goodman
6
LARRY LUV
66
Jim Murphy
6
MURF
7
Ez Bardeguez
5
EZ-E
7
Garrett Bardeguez
5
ROMIO
4
Marty Ruppert
5
MARTY
53
Doug Dattoma
4
DATTS
2
Matt Guido
4
GUIDO
15
Larry Lupo
4
OD
20/20
Ken Pick
4
KYLE S DAD
41
Pat Scarola
4
PRINCIPAL
32
Dan Quenqua
3
DANNY Q

Chris Brown
2
YES DEAR!
0
Jay Caputo
2
GREETINGS
69
Charlie Costello
2
& SALUTATIONS

Joe Mc Gorry
12
McGOO
16
John Murray
12
CASH
83
Billy O Sullivan
10
STALE
21
Michael Dunne
9
DUNNAY
1/2
Eric Miller
9
E TRAIN
13
Diane O Keefe
9
DIANE
1
Larry Schumacher
6
POSTY
666
Pat Gavin
4
GRASS
420
Luis Umanzor
3
BIG LOU
69
Chris Harkins
2
TWEETY
0
John Murray Iii
2
THE III
243
Joe Wynn
2
JOESTER
00
Mike Zwart
2
ZWARTY
86

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Title
Artist
Vocalists
1
Opening - Lara's Theme from Dr Zhivago Opening  
2
Paper Bag Theme Phil Gagliano Band
Mike Guido
3
I Don't Wanna Work Todd Rundgren
Mike Guido/Calzones
4
The Game of Love Carlos Santana & Michelle Branche
Corazon
5
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
Big Scotto aka the Man in Black
6
Why Don't We Do It in the Road? Beatles
Big Scotto
7
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) Billy Joel
Esposito
8
Car Wash Rose Royce
Calzones
9
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Beatles
Dawnette
10
Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull
Boyle
 
The Doctor Bag
Traditional Medicine
 
11
Good Lovin Young Rascals
Antonucci
12
Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne
Weber
13
"Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" Robert Palmer
Casper
14
The Doctor Doobie Bros
Angrosini
15
I Want A New Drug Huey Lewis & the News
Jim Small
16
Soul Vaccination Tower of Power
Lester
17
I Don't Need No Doctor Humble Pie
Thompson
18
California Dreamin Mamas & Papas
Audience
 
The Body Bag
   
19
Hair Cowsills
Scollo
20
You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine Lou Rawls
Jim Small
21
Nothin from Nothin Billy Preston
Casper
 
Tribute to Little Buster
   
22
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett Jim Small, Allen Santoriello, Killer Joe
 
The 1,000th Bag Song
   
23
Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett
Allen Santoriello
24
The Song Remains the Same Led Zeppelin
Thompson
25
Cissy Strut the Meters
Harps
26
I'm a Bitch Meridith Brooks
Corazon
27
Free Ride Edgar Winter Group
Angrosini
  Drum Solo/Bag Contest    
28
Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & Family Stone
Ensemble
29
Do You Want to Touch Joan Jet
Calzones
30
Try Janis Joplin
Dawnette
31
Spirit in the Night Bruce Springsteen
Weber
 
The Doctor Bag
Alternative Medicine
 
32
Witch Doctor David Seville
Barca/Guido
33
Manic Depression Jimi Hendrix
Lester
34
Doctor Wu Steely Dan
Cummings
35
Voodoo Neville Bros
Barca
36
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee Zappa
Barca / Allen
37
Standing in the Shadows of Love Four Tops
Dave the Rave
38
Funky Broadway Wilson Pckett
Killer Joe
39
634-5789 Wilson Pickett
Barca
40
Killing Floor Mike Bloomfield
Killer Joe
41
Can't You Hear Me Knocking Rolling Stones
Dave the Rave
42
Eminence Front Who
Espo/Thompson
43
Swlabr Cream
Anziano
44
Trouble No More Allman Brothers
Boyle
 
The Wheel
   
45
Love Potion #9 Searchers
Barca, Tony
46
All Right Now Free
47
Twist & Shout The Beatles
Boyle, John
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The Opening Letter

 

Hello Boys and Girls

A tip of the Paper Bag hat to Pete Scully for his inventive Doctor Bag artwork

March 13, 2006

Bag meeting #2 was tonight. Phrogk did his best to imitate Shields (who was not in attendance, he is off cooking somone's books) and just sat silently sporting some bloodshot eyes. Several members were mia, but we did have a pleasant visit with Mr. Bill Mason. Marianne behaved well for a change. Q was the only one who really focused on the task at hand. He spent much of the meeting shouting information to me while everyone else yakked. We selected 42 songs and put them into order. We selected a date and venue for the movie. However, we still need a good idea for an opening. you know, the beginning with the whole band onstage and we play something really really loud. If you have any suggestions, email me at mike@paperbagmusic.com

The calendar is as follows:

March 12 - Executive Board meeting in the War Room

April 23 - Paper Bag #28 the movie 6pm start. Huntington Village Pub

June 19 - Executive Board meeting - the al fresco meeting

June 26 - The Day Before

June 27 - Paper Bag #29

June 28 - Bag Lag

 

The theme of Bag #29 is appropriately enough . . . (drum roll please) THE DOCTOR BAG!

We are also introducing what will become a very popular feature. The Body Bag - featuring songs by artists who have recently gone to that big recording studio in the sky. This year's honorees include: Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Johnny Cash and of course - the Cowsills (Billy and Barry, tough year). We tried to include all our usual bands. Because we have not made it to the wheel during the past 2 Bags, we limited the songlist to 42 songs. Now we will have more time to play around.

To download a pdf of the current tentative songlist click here

Check with your section leader about songs and stuff.

www.paperbagmusic.com

See you all soon

Mike

Say Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

 

 

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#29
2006


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2006


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2006


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2006


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#29
2006


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The artwork for the 2006 Program was created by Mark Coffey, the wonderful man who designs our bag shirts. On the shirt, the feet, at the right, are pointed toward the sky, and are sporting a toe-tag. For the program, we have flipped the patient over, added a hint of butt, and in the word balloon identified the patient. Anyone who knows Mike Cummings knows that he was very pleased with himself for inspiring this piece of art. Several people did complain that there was no enough body hair on the patient.

We intend to play rock 'n' roll for as long as we are physically able
…so far, so good.

Paper Bag #29! (cue Sam the Bugler da da da dadadat da da-dadat da da da daaaaaaaa) It is now post time! Today, we celebrate the beginning of the new Bag season. Since we are all a year better, I am looking forward to the usual nonsense that takes place on stage. I must say that Mike Cummings has been very well behaved lately. He and Joe the Hat actually stood up to play last year.

Theme - In honor of our advancing age we present to you the Doctor Bag. Sometimes this theme thing is just too obvious and too easy. At a Section Leader meeting where we decide where songs should be placed in the songlist, we usually call out the song title, the board decides whether it belongs in the 1st or 2nd set and on we go. We have 13 songs for the Doctor Bag. The question goes out “how do we split these up?” In a moment of pure Paper Bag brilliance, Tony Barca says “traditional medicine, and alternative medicine.” And there you go. The songs easily found their way into one discipline or other. As you are aware, when a recording artist who resides in the Paper Bag oeuf passes on to the great recording studio in the sky, we have been in the practice of performing songs of theirs in tribute to them. We have now formalized that practice in the Body Bag. This year the Body Bag features Billy Preston, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, and the Cowsills (who are dropping like flies). We also would like to celebrate the life of Little Buster. We are going to get “Busterized” tonight. The Body Bag will be a regular feature of the Bag.

The Paper Bag Military Update - We are proud to announce that for the first time we have on the Paper Bag roster an active member of our country's armed forces. Now, simple common sense tells us that this person can't be one of the 50 year old fat guys that populate the Paper Bag stage. No no . . . this brave woman is also the first child of a Paper Bagger to become a Paper Bagger herself - ladies and gentlemen I intro-duce to you Unites States Marine PFC Alison Bardeguez (aka little cheese) currently back from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina. PFC Bardeguez is going to be doing some Marine push-ups for us tonight. I kinda think her Mom, Mary Cheese should drop and give us 20 also.

Well, I am looking forward to standing in my spot on the stage while my friends play this music at killer volume, all wearing huge smiles. I thank you for your participation and your enthusiasm. Don't forget the rule, if it gets dark out, we will have to have fun.

It's a rule. Really.

The 1,000th Bag Song

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is true. The 23rd song performed tonight will be the 1,000th song to be performed at a Paper Bag. We started out with 4 songs, in the woods at Whitehall, went as high as 56 during Bag #26 and will play at least 46 tonight. One thousand songs, played by all these players … that’s a lot of music. Much of it unrehearsed. We have recordings of most of it. Bag #1 is on a cassette tape, Bag #2 is on 4 track, #3 and #4 are on 8 track 1/2 inch tape. From Bag #5 on we have videotape, and now I walk away from the show with a completed DVD in my hands. Hundreds and hundreds of hours of tape. The strange thing is that it is all different, but it is all exactly the same. When you think about it, it really is not that strange. On the bagsite, you can download an mp3 of Paper Bag #2, at the Silver Dollar in 1979. Of the 22 people on that recording, 10 are still active participants in the Bag. 16 of the 36 from Bag#3, 20 from the 41 who participated in Bag #4. Even though it has been all these years and all these songs, it is still the same group of musicians. I have seen the Bag band and it is us.

The songs are mostly my music. Almost 100 of the 1,000 are Beatles songs. The Rolling Stones, Sly & the Family Stone, Allman Bros. Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Cream, the Who, Santana, Frank Zappa, Credence Clearwater Revival, the Temptations, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, the Eagles … these are the bands we play and the music we love. Most of it can be played really loud, in fact, it sounds better that way. I am lucky in that I have enjoyed most of the music I have listened to while standing on the other side of the stage monitors. I am a bass player. I stand next to the drums. I have stood there all my adult life. I like it there. Music sounds best to me when there is a big fat bass amp behind me, a nice loud guitar amp on each side, vocals coming from wedge monitors and of course, that crash cymbal 6 inches from my right ear. I am a very lucky boy.

So what is the 1,000th Bag song you ask? It could only be “Land of 1,000 Dances.” This is so appropriate in so many ways. First, it is by Wilson Pickett, who we are honoring tonight on his induction to the Body Bag. Second, it will be sung by Allen Santoriello, Little Wilson himself. He is one of those 16 current Baggers who were at Bag #3 He whipped a funky hat out of his pocket and did his James Brown thing. The primary reason that “Land of 1,000 Dances” is the 1,000th Bag song is because it is the perfect Bag song, Driving dance-able beat, familiar to the audience, and perfect for the audience to sing along. I have heard my friend Allen sing this song many times, and he be knowin' how to work the crowd. I know you all will sing along, and dance along, and have fun. And remember, it is my job to have fun, and I am a professional.

Na-NaNaNaNa-NaNaNaNa-NaNaNa-NaNaNa

The Door Crew

It costs a lot to stage the Paper Bag in the new millennium. While the musicians do not get paid, there is the matter of sound (big sound), lights, video, shirts, beer for the Executive Board meetings, beer for the band (60 cases last year), food, staging, equipment rental, cd’s, trophys, printing, fees for the Bag website, etc. The Door Crew are the ones who make paying the bills possible. You know them, you see them every year at the “Tell Your Story Here” booth. They happen to be my brothers and sisters: Phil, Sue, Bobby, Joanie, Danny, Terry, Vinny, Lucy and Tony. Along with Frankie Varipapa (Air Tuna) they have been running the operation at the door to the Bag for over 20 years. They don’t get to come in and watch the Bag until well after 1 am. Now, the door can be a funny place. Each year a video camera captures the scene outside the TYSH booth. I watch the whole 4 hours every year. I see you all coming in. I see who pays, and who sneaks in. There are always people who tell their story to the camera. One woman tried to tell my brother that she was my cousin and became irate when he didn’t believe her. My sister, who is among the planet’s nicest people, ripped into this inebriated fellow once, seemingly for her own amusement. Anyway, without the door crew, the bills don’t get paid and there is no Bag. There is no way I could properly thank my siblings for what they have done at the Bag these many years. Please thank them for me and while you’re at it, stop at the TYSH booth and tell the camera a story. I’m gonna watch it as soon as I recover from Bag Lag. I promise.

Peas & carrots, peas & carrots, peas & carrots …

Brian Mulhern was one of 4 guitarists to participate in Paper Bag #1 at The People’s Picnic in Whitehall, NY. 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 Mulhern 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. Bruce Rogers had perfect pitch and keyboard skills that brought that physical marvel to life. Standing in Canterbury Ales while Jim Pin was cranking away (I think Rob Barraco was playing a way-outside solo) Bruce was able to quote to me the chord changes to “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (which are very #7/ b11-ish) out of his head. He played the grand piano on stage at Paper Bag #2 and played the Tonight Show theme at the very end of the show. He also had the good fortune to be singing “Low Spark of High Heel Boys” at Bag #9 when Scotty K came onstage as the Energizer Bunny. Little Buster never played in the Bag but he was a tremendous influence on many of us who do. I was Busterized many times. Boy was he fun to watch and listen to. He was the real deal.

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, Free Ride by Edgar Winter 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

Thi 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; Dawn Barca - the sign girl; Lisa Layton for her wonderful work collecting and distributing food; the faculty and staff at all the Island Trees Schools; 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 is the Bag’s home for life, 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

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