By: Krista Doran

jokerswild_promoIt’s been a crazy beginning of summer so far, so my husband and I, with our friends Patty and Shawn, decided to check out a new place that everyone has been talking about called Dean Casmirri’s Colonial Inn, over on Beaver Street in Penndel. It’s an out-of-the-way place along the Neshaminy Creek and just the kind of place we were looking for last Saturday night to beat the heat. We pulled up and heard some live music playing outside and took a walk back onto their private and secluded deck area. The place was hopping! There were a bunch of people back there dancing and having a great time, so we decided to sit and stay a while. The band was Jokers Wild, and I am happy to say we’ve decided to feature them in this month’s issue.

For any of you that read this article every month, you’ve probably noticed that I will go from writing about an original band to a real well-known cover band to a lesser known but up and coming band. I like to keep a good variety going so that it appeals to many people. After hearing this band Jokers Wild and seeing how the people reacted to them, I thought they would be the perfect subject for this month’s In the Spotlight. I spoke to their leader and rhythm guitar player, Mike Hope who explained to me that they are really having a lot of fun just playing all the music they group up listening to on the radio. Jokers Wild plays a nice blend of music from 70’s Classic Rock to heavy Modern Rock and well as some Blues. Mike told me “we’ll go right from playing Hotel California to Metallica. We like to appeal to a broad audience so we’ll play a little of everything.”

Mike was a long time, on-the-scene musician and had been away for a few years when he deiced to put Jokers Wild together. He assembled a band that he felt had the talent to progress into something that everyone will really like and so far so good! They have now been playing the local circuit since January of this year and have been making many people sit up and listen. Although they don’t play more than 2 or 3 times a month, Mike told me they are taking things slow and really working on their sound to get things just right. “We really like playing the heavier stuff; Iron Maiden, Metallica, Ozzy – you’ll never hear us playing any of the sappy stuff.” I liked that saying myself, (I use it in my own marketing!) because too many people ARE playing the same old songs. It’s ALWAYS nice to hear a band that takes the time to learn and play something different for a change. The members of the band are Mike Hope on Rhythm guitar, Harry Phron on Lead Vocals, Joe “Rip Riley” Ellsworth on bass, Shawn Young on Drums and Billy Ba on Lead Guitar. Jokers Wild is a unique blend of talent that gets the job of rocking the crowd done!

Jokers Wild will be playing a benefit for a really great cause on July 25, and I urge everyone to help support it! It’s for the Bensalem School District’s music program and the proceeds raised will be used to help KEEP MUSIC IN SCHOOLS. It’s a family event, so bring the kiddies for a day of fun at The Newportville Fire Company. There will be live music by Joker’s Wild, Wicked Stranger and Tommy Spirk of the Richards Brothers Band. There will also be moon bounces, a dunk tank and a real Army Tank so plan for a very fun day! This event starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm and tickets are just $25. This is a great way to help support local music and a very good cause at the same time!

So if you are looking for a “good-time” band, be sure to go hang out and have some drinks with Jokers Wild. You can view their schedule and take a listen to them now on their Facebook page called Jokers Wild Bucks County.

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By Helene

CAZZ_3208-2Cazz’s Sports Bar & Grille is located at 1560 Haines Ave in Levittown right off of Route 13 and Millcreek Parkway. This place is a great neighborhood hang-out where you can just “chill” with your friends and meet up with some new ones too.  Gina and her two brothers, Chris and Anthony run the place for their dad, Tony, loved by everyone who knows him and retired owner of Casmirri’s on Street Road.  This family operated business has what it takes to keep things running SMOOTH. There is a large front bar that can seat close to 75 people and it’s lined with tables to seat even more! For their live entertainment this summer they got Karaoke which draws a great crowd every Monday and Friday night starting at 9pm-Where you can be the STAR! Paul Kircher has loads of songs for you to choose from too and he makes it so much fun! Every Wednesday night DJ Joey Dee spins his best dance stuff for you and on Thursdays-check out their Open Mic with Dave Vroman. Bring your instrument and plug in, or if you sing just bring it! It’s all good and it starts at 10pm!

Cazz’s also has a back bar, they call the Game Room-with four pool tables, shuffleboard and lots of other electronic games sure to bring your competitive nature out. This room holds about 100 people with a small bar and tables. WOW! 100 of your favorite people hanging out playing games, drinking a beer sounds like a cool night out!

The kitchen is open Monday thru Thursday, from 3pm to closing and every Friday until Sunday from 11am to closing.  They have one of the best food specials-every Sunday its ½ off the entire food menu! 50% off some of your favorite bar foods, like wings, sandwiches, wraps, Quesadillas, Mini Tacos, and their special Cheeseburgers too! Can’t beat that! Oh and I have got to mention their great drink specials $2.00 U-Call-Its, from 8-10pm Monday thru Friday! Every Saturday you get FREE JUKEBOX and $2.00 bottles starting at 8pm! Cazz’s Happy Hour is Monday thru Saturday from 4-6pm with $1.50 pints and $2 bottles!

Cazz’s also has a Take-Out Store where there is a huge beer selection too and its open 365 days a year, from 11am to 2am-They never close so this is a best bet for when the holidays roll around! Coming soon-Cazz’s is planning a Pool Tournament, on Monday nights! And starting in the fall some of Levittown’s best bands will be making the spotlight at Cazz’s for more information go to their website at www.cazzs.com.  And sign up for their ongoing special promotions! ‘Nuff said or is it?! Find out for yourself!

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Joe1Joe Callari’s radio career spans over three decades in the Delaware Valley. His Night Club Live Broadcasts were known for the best mix of Classic Dance Music in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Virtually unheard in today’s radio, Joe programmed, produced, mixed & edited his own shows resulting in # 1 arbitron ratings for over 17 years on multiple Philadelphia Radio Stations. Through out the years Joe’s ability to adapt to the ever changing radio station formatting reflects his knowledge in many different genres of music.

Joe was also a Billboard Magazine Reporter representing Philadelphia Dance Music. This honor is only asked by Billboard to the most recognized DJ’s working the hottest nightclubs in major cities across the nation. His involvement with Night Club promotions and advertising started in 1990.

Joe quickly found himself promoting many clubs in NJ/Philadelphia and established themes/promotions making his events the top destination for the Delaware Valley. From commercial copy, production, voice imaging, negotiating  radio advertising to nightly themes and promotions. Joe’s experience and idea’s have always been the difference in making his events successful.

His top music charts & entertainment articles appeared in virtually every major music magazine locally and nationally.

Promotions, advertising, radio mixer, air personality and writer/remixer for major record labels all  play a part in his success as well as the many contacts he has established over the years.  Joe is Currently booking entertainment and promotional events for the aloft Hotel Mt. Laurel and spins on Tuesday & Friday Happy Hours.

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By Patty-Pat Kozlowski

With our sincere apologies to the ultimate Parrothead Jimmy Buffet:

“I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer”

giant-burgerThere is something about the summertime that makes you wanna hit the backyard and grill a burger in your Speedo (hey champ, the thong goes in the back!) flip flops and top off your beefcake masterpiece with all the fixings in your fridge. But sometimes, you gotta get out for a beer and a burger and these local places are grillmasters when you’re looking for that two handed, five napkin burger.

It’s summertime and the grillin’ is easy with Celebrity and Iron Chef Bobby Flay opening Bobby’s Burger Palace at 3925 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia. Just in time for summer’s heat wave, the Mulberry Burger is the July Burger of the Month, topped with arugula, basil ketchup, parmesan and mozzarella chesses.

This ain’t your fast food burger thrown together and wrapped up within 60 seconds of ordering. Flay’s beefery is splashed in retro oranges, limes and kitchy-spacey décor and serves above the board burgers of certified angus beef, ground turkey or chicken breast. He accompanies them with sweet potato fries, beer battered onion rings and ten milkshake flavors with an option to spike the thick malty frozen treats with bourbon, rum or vodka. Paradise indeed.

But it might be hard to sing a song about ingredients on Flay’s burger menu with the likes of Queso sauce, avocado relish, watercress, pickled jalapenos and blue corn chips being just some of his choice toppings. And it also might be a tad bit frustrating to warble a tune when your mouth is full.

Bobby’s Burger Palace, 3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-387-0378 www.bobbysburgerpalace.com

Good Dog! Good Burger!

At 15th and Locust, you’ll definitely come, sit and stay for the Good Dog Bar’s infamous burgers.

With the décor of framed pics of man and woman’s best friend, chances are you will not be taking a doggie bag home when the Good Dog Burger comes to your table. It’s ½ lb of house ground sirloin, stuffed with Roquefort cheese, topped with carmelized onions and served on a toasted brioche bun for only $11.

All burgers are served with their signature mix of hand-cut shoestring potatoes and the addictive homemade aioli dipping sauce. The applewood smoked bacon is as thick as a belt and ordering medium rare is the epitome of what a burger should be.

For those of you who are like salty Quint, the crusty captain from “Jaws” (remember his best drinking shots line-“Here’s to swimming with bow legged women!”) there is a Salmon Burger grounded with eggs, panko, horseradish, dill, scallions, onions and mustard served with lettuce, tomato and malt vinegar mayo on a seeded challah roll that is worthy for landlubbers too.

Good Dog staff and bartenders know their craft and brews and the menu as well, so don’t be afraid to ask them what’s good or what they like. Awesome appetizers as well as daily pizzas and quiches round out this bar in Center City.

Good Dog Bar, 224 S.15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-985-9600

Up in the Great Northeast

Where’s the Beef? At The Burger Bar, the newest addition to Gallo’s Seafood Restaurant on Roosevelt Boulevard.

For $11.95 you can get something called the “5 Napkin Burger” that is double the beef, double the cheese, lots of bacon and topped with a fried egg. In about an hour or so, you’ll call this the “5 Rolls of Toilet Tissue Burger” but its worth it.

For those of you not competing for a slot at the next competitive eaters event, the regular burgers of fresh ground certified angus chuck with lettuce, tomato and pickle go for $5.95. Try the Burger Bar Special for $7.95 and you’ll get roasted baby bella mushrooms, carmelized onions and gruyee cheese or the Smokehouse Burger with smoked bacon, crispy onion straws, house BBQ sauce topped with cheddar.

With Caesar and chopped salads as well as wings and fries.onion rings, there is plenty of choices on this menu. Even giving a nod to Gallo’s bread and butter of under the sea dishes, The Burger Barn has Flash Fried Calamari and Lump Crab Cake Sandwiches. Did I mention a full beer bar and cocktails? And a spiked milkshake called the Knight Rider of chocolate ice cream, kahula chocolate liquer and crushed Oreo cookies. Yep, somewhere, David Hasselhoff lost his pants and can’t find the keys to the KITT car………

The Burger Bar, 8101 Roosevelt Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19152 (215) 333-0484

The Epitome of a Beer and a Burger

Memphis Tap Room makes their $9 cheeseburger very simple. The menu states: Pick your cheese, lettuce, tomato.

What comes out to your table is one of the best bar burgers in the city with juices dripping out of the center and cheese melting into the palm of your hand. Go ahead, lick your fingers.

Chef Jesse Kimball is known for the menu items like fried pickles, crawdad doughnuts, pilsner brined wings and the chicken fried chicken but his burgers are one of the best kept secrets around. Biting into the burger, your mouth is treated to ground beef so tender and flavorful, you might wonder if you’re eating filet mignon. Hand formed and not packed so dense that you get the hockey puck effect, Memphis Tap Room wait staff will perfectly pair up your burger with the right brew to wash it down. Can’t decide? The  beer sampler is always a winner and assists you in knowing what tastes you like and favor.

Memphis Tap Room, 2331 E. Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125, www.memphistaproom.com

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Jimmie Lee will be at the Showboat Casino on JULY 23rd as he will open for George Thorogood and The Destroyers…Jimmie Lee is the local country recording artist who just completed a Video shot at Whiskey Tango back in June, produced bylocal film maker George Manny, the video is on his song LET’s GO…which is the new single by Jimmie Lee. On a real local level…JIMMIE LEE’S DRUMMER for the show, at the house of Blues, is Richie Di Carlo. Word has it that the band has been in the practice studios of WYLD STUDIOS, NE Philly,  in prep for the July 23rd date in AC town. FIND OUT MORE IN THE LATEST OOT!  www.ootonline.com and or www.ootweb.com

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