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outonthetownOur February bartender of the month is Rachel Katuran who has a terrific personality. She tends the bar over at the Road House in Newportville Pa and also at Tom Foolery’s on Castor Ave in NE Phila.
When you see her behind the bar – she glows and just creates an awesome atmosphere. She likes to joke with the patrons and can make friends quickly. Rachel stands in at  5′ 5” and has blonde hair and hazel eyes.  Rachel is a resident of Fox Chase.
ON SPORTS: She is a real big Phillies fan and just can’t wait for them to start playing again. She also loves the Flyers and Eagles. When she can, she likes to go out to see live sporting events.” “I really liked going out to the Phillies games last year and the biggest thing was seeing them make it to the World Series” she says….Her prediction for the Phillies  “They will make it back to play in the World Series”
HOBBIES: Rachel likes to hang out with her friends on her time off and she likes to check out area dance clubs. While in school, Rachel loved being a cheerleader and today she is proud to say she is a cheerleading coach in her spare time.  She also loves working on hair and should one day have her on
hairdressing shop , if her dad will buy it for her.   Rachel is people friendly and it shows. She works over at the Road House in Newportville Pa., on  Friday ( Day shift)  and Saturday (Night shift) also she tends bar at Tom Foolery’s on Tuesdays. This month make it a point to stop by the bar and say hello to Rachel.
(See her online at www.ootweb.com )

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LoveFest 2010 is Sunday, FEBRUARY 28th from 2pm to 10pm at Whiskey Tango and is one AMAZING celebration that you do NOT want to miss!

LoveFest is a day for all the people “in the biz” to be together under one roof – Bands could see other bands play.  Bartenders could hang with one another.  And fans of local music and the scene itself, could not only come see several of their favorite, amazing musicians, but also raise a ton of money for responsible and deserving charities at the same time.

The LoveFest concept was formed last year by Lori Stidham, one of the managers at Whiskey Tango.  It started out as being a get-together for Lori and many of her friends in the business over Valentine’s weekend.  Lori wanted to have something where she and all of her friends who work hard as bartenders, musicians, bar staff etc., could be together at one location to celebrate and really enjoy each other’s company.  It was then, in the midst of this celebration of love and friendship that it dawned on Lori…these were all talented, hard working individuals with hearts of gold and it was decided that night, to turn LoveFest into an annual party!  Lori and her friends would make this event something completely different, a party to out-do all other parties.

LoveFest  is the first benefit of its kind.  It’s a totally 100% charitable,”nobody-makes-a-dime-but-the-charities” benefit.  Everyone will be working that day for free- Bands, bartenders, staff, EVERYONE, and all money (tips included) will be donated.   Each band will be playing for a charity of their choice and will be given an equal percentage of money to donate to their cause.  Here is a listing of the bands playing and their chosen charities:

Laura Lea – North Shore Animal League

Modern Bliss – Defeat Diabetes

Monkey Bus – Breastcancer.org and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Shawty Jones –  Phebe’s Helping Hands

Stems & Seeds – PA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Steve n Perry Acoustic – Easter Seals

The Rockets – Breastcancer.org

Kicking things off at 2:00 pm are those amazing kids from The Bucks County School of Rock so get there early!  Tickets (donations) are $30 for adults 21 and over; $20 for anyone under 21 and kids under 5 are free.  Your donation covers a fabulous buffet, a 3 hour open bar consisting of domestic drafts, well drinks, wine, and soda and live music all day long.  The Whiskey Tango is located 14000 Bustleton Avenue, (Corner of Philmont) in Philadelphia.

Please come out for this one ROCKIN’ day to celebrate music, people, and animals! LoveFest is one day to show your love and help so many people and animals while having the time of your life!  Be sure to visit the LoveFest website at www.lovefestrocks.org to see the full story, pictures and all other information about this one of a kind event.  The Out On The Town will be there!

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Many very close friends of mine are in the local radio business as, on-air jocks, radio personalities, producers, sales people or engineers. So, I got to see the behind scenes atmosphere of the radio world from various nightclub appearances, special promotional events, mingling with major celebrities to back stage interviews with huge recording stars. The world of a radio personality is very competitive and always depending on the Arbitron radio ratings. But, to keep things real and also to keep in touch with the public at large, these on-air jocks choose to do nightclub, bar and tavern appearances.

Don’t get things twisted, but, these individuals with the golden voices and quick sense of humor get a very handsome reward for just a 2 hour appearance. I will not reveal their compensation for hitting a night spot for a few hours, meeting sum drunk azz folks, pounding down a few cocktails and then going home. Let’s just say most of us common peeps could live on just the appearance salary.

I have helped many of these awesome local radio jocks organize special events and contests at local watering holes. When they stand up waving a radio logoed tee-shirt or sum free shit, people just seem to do some crazy azz things. Most of which I am not allowed to talk about because shit got really crazy on many of occasions. Gurlz with tequila in hand love surrounding a microphone to hear their voices being broadcasted throughout Philly or just around the club.

My very good friend Mikey V of this awesome print media named Out On The Town Entertainment Paper has also done his share  of radio gigs from rock to Oldies with stations like(Oldies 94 WILW)which led to many nightclub appearances because of his amazing fame do to his hard work in the local Philadelphia entertainment field. I still attend Mikey V’s very cool happy hours, along with a few wild azz night promotions with games and give-a-ways.

Here are just a few of the on-air jocks that I know and the local spots they attend on a weekly schedule. Just so they all don’t start texting or calling me up, I wrote this in alphabetical order.

  • Bob Pantano (Oldies 98.1) has appearances on Wednesday nights at the The Paddock at Devon in Wayne and on Thursday nights at Adelphia’s Bar & Restaurant in Deptford. Also, the “Saturday Night Dance Party” is alive on Saturday nights at Adelphia’s Bar & Restaurant.
  • Casey (wired 96.5) kicks the weekend off early on Thursday nights at Paddy Whack’s Comly as she offers free cocktails.
  • Frank Lewis (Oldies 98.1) enjoys his Saturday evenings over at the 45th Street Pub in Pennsauken.
  • Frank Cerami (My 106.1) does his awesome “Friday Night Live” show over at the Coastline in Cherry Hill on Friday nights. He also teams up with Richie Rich for the ultimate “Sunday Night Live“ dance party with a live broadcast every Sunday night from Michael’s Café in Bensalem.
  • Andre Gardner (WMGK 102.9) Fridays / selected area locations with his hometown radio broadcast live from various settings -is a classic rock lovers kind of broadcast. When Andre speaks everyone listens because he is the man.
  • Jessie Jordan (Q102.1) brings the crowd at McFadden’s Philadelphia to their knees on Tuesday nights with an all new “Temptation Tuesday”. Plus, she drives the crowd insane on Saturday nights at Club 27 in Philly.
  • Jillian (WXTU 92.5) brings the hottest local country night to Big Head’s Richboro Pub every Saturday night.
  • Joey B (wired 96.5) brings The Funkey Monkey in Wilmington a wild azz party every Friday night. Let’s not forget how crazy it is on Saturday nights at Reeds in Blue Bell with Joey B and the wired 96.5 street team.
  • Kannon with a K (wired 96.5) hits Cherry Hill every Tuesday night for Taylor’s legendary “Rush Tuesday”.
  • London (wired 96.5) entertains the Vango Lounge and Sky Bar in Philly on Thursday nights for “It’s Your Birthday Thursdays”. He also travels over to the Landmark Americana in Glassboro every Saturday night for “wired Up Saturdays”.
  • Richie Rich (Q102.1 & My 106.1) has several personal appearances were he actually spins live. Richie is at The Roxxy in Philly on Friday Nights and at Club 27 in Philly on Saturday night. Richie stays very busy as he joins Frank Cerami on Sunday nights for the ultimate “Sunday Night Live“ dance party with a live broadcast at Michael’s Café.
  • Rocco (Q102.1) enjoys entertaining his huge azz following on Saturday nights in Philly at Club 27.
  • Romeo (Q102.1) has just started taking over the Roxxy in Philly with his own style of humor and personality.

During the past few years, numerous stations organize crazy events that help promote their cause or ratings!! Just recently I have attended the 95.7 BEN FM’s 6th Annual Mile of Meet Party in Manayunk (no smart azz comments please – LoL). I have also been to tons of radio station parties such as the Q102.1 Jingle Ball, wired 96.5 Chio’s Hook Up Party, 102.9 WMGK’s Love Boat Cruise, 93.3 WMMR’s Painfully Single Mixer and Q102.1’s Singles Mingle.

Some special holiday events can be absolutely insane with on-air personality promotions and events. Such as the huge Fat Tuesday Party at Bootlegger’s in Woodlyn with Joey B and Casey both from wired 96.5.  Preston & Steve 93.3 WMMR’s Fat Tuesday Party at Club Risqué in Philly is always very interesting. Danny Bonaduce from 94.1 WYSP loves doing the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Let’s not forget the radio 104.5’s Holiday Bizarre with Wendy and Johnny. Other cool mentions have to go out to stations like: WPST with their weekly live broadcast and also stations like: Power 99 FM and WDAS FM and B103.9 FM. Weekly the music is hot and from locations all over the PHILLY area.

Many of the local radio station also attend and sponsor local charity events where most of the on-air personalities will show up on their own time with-out being paid. Pierre Robert does the 93.3 WMMR’s Coat Drive that helps Project H.O.M.E. and Goodwill. Chio from wired 96.5 always attends the Phila Police Survivors Benefit at Finnigan’s Wake in Philly. There are so many more events that I have not mentioned, but I ran out of room in this page.

So, the next time you are surfing the radio dial and you hear a sexy voice that you would love to meet, just tell your local tavern or nightclub manager. They can get in touch with these on-air jocks and bring them to you for a personal live appearance.

If you ever want my crazy Jack Daniels azz to write a special article on your event, party, bar, tavern, nightclub, restaurant or whatever you can think of, just contact Roundhouse Ron @ 1 215 696 3841.

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By Rob Nagy


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While he is not a household name and is known predominantly as a musician’s musician, Philadelphia based guitarist Jef Lee Johnson has quietly managed to build an impressive track record as a studio musician, producer and solo artist. His guitar prowess and skill has found him working with the likes of Jeff Beck, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Mariah Carey and McCoy Tyner as well as a brief stint in the eighties as a member of Paul Schaffer’s “World’s Most Dangerous Band” of The David Letterman Show.

The product of a musical family, Johnson’s earliest influences included Herb Albert, Eric Dolphy and the Vanilla Fudge. As a young teenager Johnson discovered jazz-fusion and Chicago blues. His committed pursuit of mastering the guitar initially found him in local garage bands with friends and ultimately graduating to the ranks of accomplished studio musician, routinely doing sessions in New York and touring throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Having produced an impressive catalog of independent albums dating back to 1996, when he made his debut “Blue”, Johnson most recently released his eleventh album entitled “Longing Belonging Ongoing”, a two-disc collection of thirty tracks featuring a wide array of songs showcasing Johnson’s vocal abilities with a few instrumental tunes thrown in for good measure. Released under the moniker “aka rainbow crow”, Johnson covers a cross section of musical influences and styles that range from Jimi Hendrix to the Grateful Dead. He has again maintained his individuality and artistry, offering flawless guitar complimented by a vocal style that is engaging, deep and passionate. It is equally impressive to note that Johnson played all the instruments and did all the vocal tracks himself in the confines of his home studio. “It is my second double CD”, says Johnson. “Both were done out of spite to show people I can do a bunch of junk by myself. I don’t think people believe it. They say, ‘Well who’s the engineer? Who’s playing bass?’ They are not getting it. It’s me messing around in the house. Half of the tunes were just sitting around. Half of the tunes were kind of old – stuff that just fell out of my head.” Standout songs include the sultry “Gods Gone By”, the Hendrix style of “Silicone or Saline” and “The Moon Keeps Telling Me Things”, the funk laden “What’s In A Name”, the jazz-fusion of “Imposter” and the groovy pop sound of “The Gift”.

As an artist of substance and depth, Johnson is a true poet, a visionary, a musical voice expressing the essence of life and the day-to-day struggle that we all experience. This is the foundation of the passion and the continued awareness that Johnson pours into his music. While Johnson is anything but a failure – having achieved success on levels that most can only dream of – he admittedly is disappointed by his lack of notoriety as an artist in his own right. “I think it’s incredible on my part that I wasn’t more of an arrogant, aggressive bastard”, says Johnson. “I think I’m too humble. I should be more out there. I’m the guy. I’m the greatest this. It’s weird having these people calling me the greatest this and the greatest that, and I grew up idolizing these people, and now I’m getting a chance to play with them. If I’m so good how come I’m not more popular?” added Johnson.  “It doesn’t work that way. It’s not about ‘if we’re that good or we’re that talented’, especially now. It’s about hype.”  Johnson looks at his music from a very real perspective.  “One of the best things I heard is somebody said,  ‘It’s like real roots music.’ It’s real organic music because it’s coming out of that dirt. Out of that raw thing. It’s just got a bunch of other stuff happening. Sometimes it’s very little. It’s definitely out of a blues thing.  It’s just coming from so many other things. Sometimes it’s a soul thing. Sometimes it’s a psychedelic thing. I mean that’s the core. That’s the similarity. We’re inventing and reinventing and embellishing.”

Johnson most recently played at Phoenixville’s Steel City Coffee House to a modest but adoring audience of fellow musicians and guitar aficionados that were riveted by every note. While Johnson was visibly disappointed by the light attendance of the show, he did not disappoint – playing a solid seventy-five minute set. Fronting a three-piece band, which included the impressive skills of bassist Chico Huff, and drummer Charlie Patierno, the threesome was impeccable and often mesmerizing.  If there was a negative, it was the fact that the room should have been packed. Anyone that missed this show was deprived of one of the finest guitar players I have seen in a long time. Johnson heads to Paris, France this month to perform at “Sons d’Hiver” Music Festival, which has deservedly been sold out for two months.  For more info on Jef Lee Johnson go to www.myspace.com/jefleejohnsonmusic

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By Patty-Pat Kozlowski

blavat Jerry Blavat, known to millions as “The Geator with the Heator” and “The Boss with the Hot Sauce”, is the man many credit with having invented the oldies craze. A broadcasting pioneer, Blavat was the first disc jockey in the early ’60s to play music from the ’50s. He took risks, introducing audiences to songs no one else played, which became local and national hits all over again.

During a career spanning nearly five decades, Blavat has done it all. He’s been a dancer, a record producer, and nightclub owner. He’s launched television shows, made guest appearances in movies, and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And what drives him first and foremost is his passion for music and the listeners he’s always put first.

50 Years of Being the Daddio on the Radio

Snow and Geators just don’t mix. A geator bakes in the hot sun and mud and doesn’t bother no one unless you get close and then he opens up his mouth and snatches you up.

But that’s the alli-geator, not Philly’s own Geator with the Heator, Jerry Blavat who welcomed the snow on Saturday night, January 30th to a sell out crowd at the Kimmel Center as he celebrated 50 years on the radio with a concert featuring The Skyliners, Jay Black, and Darlene Love.

It was déjà vu for Blavat who 50 years ago took to the airwaves in a blizzard to broadcast what was first booked as hour of radio time at WCAM in Camden, New Jersey. When the overnight guy didn’t show up in the whiteout, Blavat stayed the night and jibber jabbered, spinned the platters that mattered and had a captive audience on the airwaves as the Delaware Valley was blanketed with a snowstorm that closed cities and all major roads. With his rat-tat-tat banter and his selection of songs that came from his heart, not a research chart, the phonelines at WCAM were burning up with kids calling in to this new DJ. And the rest was history.

So when Darlene Love, yes that Darlene Love took the stage at the Kimmel Center and belted out that famous first line of “He’s Sure The Boy I Love”, “I always knew the boy I loved would come along, and he’d be tall and handsome, rich and strong” she had people on her feet dancing and swaying and then ended the song saying that, “Man, people in the east, like New York and Philly, they don’t stay in cause of the snow! They come out for Jerry!”

Sing it again, Darlene. Blavat is more than just a DJ. He’ll tell you himself, anyone can push the play button and cue the music, and I can testify that most DJs, myself included, can spin the music but can’t get out there on the dance floor and shake the tail feather, but Geator is an entertainer. One so much that case in point, the last time Cher had a concert at the Wachovia Center, the queen of over the top eye candy performances changed her outfit 13 times during her show. On Saturday night in January, Blavat changed clothes 9 times, including a black velvet suit and a shiny red pant ensemble with the boots to match and a white zoo suit jacket. (What more do you want from an Italian-Jewish kid from McKean Street?)

It’s the epitome of a following and Blavat has had it for the past five decades. His dance parties are legendary, he has a following that that would make an evangelistic preacher hawking prayers on late night television sell his soul to the devil (yet again) for Blavat’s groupies.

Once, Blavat was playing a local bar and restaurant in Philly’s riverwards and the dancefloor was packed-and it was a Tuesday night. One of the dancers was Mary Karcher, formerly Mary Stubeno of South Philly who remembered when Blavat played the dances at St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls when she was a teenager. And Blavat, with his trademark jeffcap, tassled shiny loafers and signature dance move that mimicks a hopscotch game called her out by name, “Mary, Mary from Maria Goretti!” four decades after her dances.

For Blavat was only a teenager himself at age 13 when he became one of the original dancers on bandstand in 1953 when Bob Horn was the host. Blavat’s popularity, dance moves and motor mouth made him a crowd favorite and he headed the the coveted “Committee”-the group of teenagers that told Horn what was hot and happening with his audiences. When Horn was fired and Dick Clark came on the scene, it was Blavat who performed the definition of loyalty and left the show in support of his mentor, Horn.

After graduating high school, Blavat was promoting records for the Cameo-Parkway label, became comedian Don Rickles valet and the road manager for Danny and the Juniors.

By 1963, Blavat was on the radiowaves and making appearances at nightclubs and dances reaching 5,000 teenagers a week who would flock to his shows in droves. Two years later, he was on television with his newly launched “The Discophonic Scene” which was aired in 40 markets across the country with Blavat’s bank account of contacts, he booked live performances of Fats Domino, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas. His ironclad rule was it had to be live performances, “none of that lip syncing crap”.

But radio and dance shows was and still is Blavat’s forte as he’s become a Philadelphia icon up there with the salt on the soft pretzel, the crack in the Liberty Bell and the sweet peppers on the hoagie.

Every weekday you can listen to the Geator with the Heater from 5-7 p.m. on Crusin’ 92.1 FM and on Saturdays at 6pm on WXPN 88.5 FM or go see one of his appearances. He’s spread out weekly at the Buck Hotel, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Parx Casino and on weekends in the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, his nightclub memories in Margate where you can listen live on NJ KOOL 98.3.

And again, anyone can be a DJ and push the play button and cue the next song but only an entertainer could single-handedly unofficially rewrite the first 27 seconds of Martha and the Vandellas hit song, “Heatwave”.

While the rest of the world thinks the first lyrics are, “Whenever I’m with him, something inside, keeps burning and I’m filled with desire…” we Philadelphians know much better. We know it goes something like this:

According to! The big, tick-tock, on the, tower power, clock correct! It’s time-time, for the ,Big Boss, with the, Hot Sauce! And it’s got to be, the Geator with the Heator, Heator beater on the records, a swing-a-ling, a loop-a bop-a choo!”

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By:  Krista Doran


Some people have asked me why I don’t always write about the bands that play the bigger rooms.  I have done so in the past, but in my opinion those are not the bands that really need a story written about them.  I mean let’s face it; these bands get to play the bigger rooms and don’t have to do too much to get people out to see them because the club itself usually has a built-in crowd or they have an agency working with them that does most of their advertising for them.  I would rather write about the bands that aren’t so corporate; the ones that work hard and without the help of an agency, simply for the love of playing music.  I like to pick out those bands that truly are “diamonds in the rough” so that I can share them with our readers and let them know how much talent there really is out there and that you don’t have to settle for the “same old, same old”.  One of the bands that I would really like you to go see is The Great Scott Band.

I first met these guys at a small, neighborhood bar in Port Richmond called My Blue Heaven and I was really blown away by how talented they all were.  Their lead singer, Noel Diaz is definitely one of the best front men in this entire area, in my opinion.  He has such an impressive vocal range and can hit notes most guys can’t even come close to.  Not only is he an extremely gifted vocalist, Noel plays just about every instrument there is!  I have seen him play rhythm guitar, bass guitar, drums, horn, flute, keyboards, all in one night!  Hell, I have a feeling he can play just about anything!  But what I really love about The Great Scott Band is their ability to ignore set lists and just play music the crowd wants to hear.  I chatted with their drummer Frank Marchiano, and he explained how the whole band really feeds off of the crowd.  “We love to take requests” says Frank, “it’s so much more challenging to figure out songs on the spot sometimes and it really makes our show fun and spontaneous for the people that come to see us.”  Well, that’s a fact Jack!  I am one of their fans and I can tell you the crowds that come to see this band again and again come because of the diversity of what they play and their uniqueness.

A usual night for The Great Scott Band begins on the softer side as Frank told me, “we like to start off with some acoustic music earlier in the night because at many of the places we play, people are still enjoying their dinner and we want to keep them there as long as possible. Then we work in some dance tunes and start to move to classic rock.  By the middle of the night it starts to get crazy with everyone enjoying themselves and this is when we like to start taking requests”  You don’t usually see too many people leave during one of their shows.  Everyone sticks around because quite honestly, you just want to see what this band is going to do next!  But don’t let their originality and spontaneity take away from the fact that this is a professional group of musicians.  The Great Scott Band can stand up with any band out there on the circuit talent-wise, and their love for playing music sets them above just about any band I know.  As Frank put it, “we just want to please all ages and cover as much music as possible, play requests and play them well.”

The members of The Great Scott band are: Noel Diaz, Frontman and rhythm guitar, Steve Dreisbach, lead guitar and vocals, Frank Marchiano, drums and vocals and Crohan DeLamar on bass guitar and vocals.  Take my advice and go see this band.  Even if it’s just once – do it.  These guys are amazing. Bar and club owners – if you want a band that is going to do a great job at your establishment, bring people in and keep everyone entertained all night, this is the band for you.  You can go to their website right now at www.myspace.com/thegreatscottband to see where they are playing next and to hear some samples, as well as contact the band.  See you there!

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