We had an awesome start to Bags Fly Free! with Flight Attendant Mike Guido giving the pre-flight instructions (with much assistance from Annie Morris). Our opening - the Star Trek theme - was also tremendous. We enjoyed excellent vocal harmony all evening. There was a facimile of a hot air balloon with a simulated Guido in the gondola for "Up Up and Away. Rick Horvath singing Highway Star was a highlight of highlights … really loud, even for this band. Big Scotto dumps spaghetti and meatballs on the patrons … and they love it! Song after song featured high quality vocals. Lee Thompson showed off his feminine side, wearing foundation garments that make him feel pretty. Paul Esposito, shirtless, in full Kiss makeup whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The Drum Section takes the "Bags Fly Free" idea a little too far and wear kilts during a foray into the crowd. How many of them actually were "Regimental" in their mode of dress is unknown at his time.
|song #||song title||artist||Paper Bag vocalist|
|1||The Opening - Star Trek||ensemble|
|2||Paper Bag Theme Song||the Paper Bag Band||Guido|
|3||I Don't Wanna Work||Todd Rundgren||Guido|
|4||Magical Mystery Tour||Beatles||ensemble|
|5||Up Up Away||5th Diminsion||ensemble|
|7||Hot Rod Lincoln||Asleep at the Wheel||Jim Small|
|8||Highway Star||Deep Purple||Rick Horvath|
|9||Little Wing||Dererk & the Dominoes||Grannie Annie|
|10||Godfather/Takin' Care of Business||Bachman-Turner Overdrive||Big Scotto|
|11||Long Train Runing||Doobie Bros||Lester|
|12||Tobacco Road||Edgar Winter||Pete Scully|
|13||Choo Choo Cha Boogie||Louis Jordan||Allen Santoriello|
|14||End of the Line||Traveling Wilburys||Tony Barca|
|15||Truckin'||Grateful Dead||Chris Casper|
|16||Locomotive Breath||Jethro Tull||John Boyle|
|17||Goin to California||Led Zeppelin||Lee Thompson|
|18||Ramble On||Led Zeppelin||Dawnette|
|19||According to You||Orianthi||Denise/Lee/Joanie|
|20||Life is a Highway||Rascal Flatts||Leslie Carter/Denise Corazón|
|21||Route 66||Rolling Stones||Harps/Allen Santoriello|
|22||King of the Road||Roger Miller||the Rave|
|23||Thunder Road||Springsteen||Paul Weber|
|24||Hit the Road Jack||Ray Charles||Calzones|
|25||McArthur Park||Donna Summer||Ellen Dumlao|
|26||Home at Last||Steely Dan||Mike Cummings|
|27||Let it Roll||Little Feat||Jim Small|
|Drum Solo/Bag Contest|
|28||Hot Fun in the Summertime||Sly & the Family Stone||ensemble|
|29||Detroit Rock City||Kiss||Paul Esposito|
|30||Worst That Could Happen||Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge||Tom Santoriello|
|31||How High the Moon||Les Paul||Ladies|
|32||Bad Luck||Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes||ensemble|
|33||The Letter||the Boxtops||Allen Santoriello|
|34||Walkin in the Sand||Shangri-Las||Denise Corazón|
|35||The Long Run||Eagles||Joanie Pollack|
|36||Jet Airliner||Steve Miller Band||Ellen / Leslie|
|37||Ride Captain Ride||Blues Image||Gia Cerone|
|38||Travelin Band||CCR||Rick Horvath|
|39||Roadhouse Blues||Doors||the Rave|
|40||Brand New Key||Melanie||Dawnette|
|41||Tie Your Mother Down||Queen||Joanie Pollack|
|42||Journey to the Center of Your Mind||Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes||Chris Casper|
|44||On the Road Again||Willie Nelson||the Rave|
|45||Goin Mobile||Who||Paul Esposito|
|46||Southbound||Allman Bros||John Boyle|
|47||Green River||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Rick Horvath|
|48||Rock and Roll||Led Zeppelin||audience|
|49||Wooly Bully||Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs||audience|
|50||Twist & Shout||the Beatles||John Boyle/audience|
Introducing Paper Bag #33
~ Bags Fly Free!~
also featuring - the Body Bag - music by artists that died this year
Tues June 30, 2010 at Mulcahy' in Wantagh
Paper Bag #33 !
A new Bag season is upon us. You can now become a fan of the Paper Bag on facebook. Send your song requests & keep up with current Bag news.
The Exec Board meetings went as scheduled. We first put the picture of Vinny Cimino's grandmother (encased in a baggie to keep it from being slimed by beer spillage) on the table. Next a green can of Bag Balm goes on the table. No one quite knows why we do this, but the meeting cannot start unless Grandma and the Bag Balm are on the table. We went over the financial records. Personnel issues were discussed next. As you know, we are a full bag (eww É pardon me for that unfortunate metaphor). In order for someone new to come on board, a seat has to open up. We are dealing with this as we go. There will be a few rookies this year. We then went through every email and every facebook post. Spent 2 hours doing it. We discussed our requests and ideas. We talk, we laugh, we talk, we laugh, we listen, we talk, we laugh. Then Jimmy Myers says three words and the crowd goes wild.
Theme: Bagstock - Bags Fly Free! - Traveling Songs. We have a great songlist. I have a feeling this is going to be a monster Bag year. The theme is perfect. The Paper Bag facebook page has over 800 fans, most being audience members. I haven't gotten a com-plete grip on the value of this method of communication but I am working on it. This could bring us new audience members that will sustain us as our fan base rapidly deteriorates along with the musicians and crew.
Please get home safely. Remember, fun is the best thing to have.
See you all soon
artwork by Mr. Pete Scully - Bag vocalist extraordinaire
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 complained, 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 minor 7/ b5-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. H:e was truly the real deal. Gene Gennusa played guitar in the Bag from 1980 through 1985. He photographed the Bag in '86 and '87, went on to become a well respected photographer in the music industry, and then returned to the Bag in 2004. Hundreds of his photos are on the Bagsite. Gene was a friend and a good guy. Barry Ambrosio was the guitarist and singer for the legendary New Day Band. His guitar technique was flashy but clean. At a time when guitarists almost exclusively used Fender and Gibson guitars, Barry was the first guy I know who played a "custom" guitar, with swirly cutaways and a strange headstock. He had a smile that was infectious and indicated that mischief was not far behind.
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, King of the Road by Roger Miller 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.
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; 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
|the 2010 Paper Bag EXECUTIVE BOARD
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 Executive Board 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 • Mary McAndrews, Marianne Barton
Vocalists • Allen Santoriello
Guitarland • Joe Anziano, Mike Cummings
Keyboard Ghetto • Gary Quenqua, Larry Ketchell
the Down WInd Horns • Lenny LaPintai
Harps • Joe Santino, Paul Shields
Basses • Jim Myers
Percussion • Scott Kistenberger, Don Larsen
Sound • Larry Phrögk Perlman
Lights • Greg Hebel
Construction • George Ranzette
Door Crew • Phil GuidoLadies Auxiliary • Sue Guido
Mr. Guido's Valet • Jim Mola
Mr. Guido's Spiritual Advisor • Tom Russo
The Band's Barcreep • John Christison
The Group W Bench • Ed Lowe