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I'm returning to the DOYLESTOWN COMEDY CABARET above Poco's on Rt. 611 on Saturday October 11th at 9 PM.  Love this club! And it always sells out, so get your tickets now by going to http://Comedycabaret.com  for tickets.

TWO FUNNY PHILLY GUYS!

TWO FUNNY PHILLY GUYS starring the amazing Joe Conklin & myself is returning for it's 5th  straight year to the Media Theatre in Media PA on Saturday night November 8.  With special guest MC, Rob Ellis.  This absolutely always sells out!  Go to http://mediatheatre.org  today to get your tix!


BIG DADDY'S CLASSIC ROCK THROWDOWN

throwdown thursIf you are a music lover and you haven't been listening to BIG DADDY'S CLASSIC ROCK THROWDOWN with Spins Nitely, then check it out!

NEW TIME! Every THURSDAY at 8 PM. Watch and listen live at http://wildfireradio.com/big-daddy-graham.

This week? TEN BEST POT SONGS EVER! Plus a ton of discussion and extra goodies.  (Of course it's a podcast so you can listen to any of the previous shows at anytime).   

Up now is THE TEN BEST COWBELL SONGS. BTW, you'll be able to call in to the podcast when you watch or listen live and I encourage you to do so. Don't miss!

Click here to hear Joe Conklin completely nailing Elvis Costello's "Allison" with Spins Nitely on guitar
and some harmony help from the boys of Wildfireradio.

Check out the hilarious Sudsy (as B52 Fred Schneider) take on the Stones "Happy" with Spins on guitar.


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THE TWENTY GREATEST MUSIC CONCERTS I'VE EVER SEEN

OMG, I have seen so many concerts.  Here's what I'm doing.  I go through my IPod in iPod alphabetical order.  When I see a recording artist that I've seen live, I will post that artist.  Remember, this is just the nomination process.  If you see "****" in front of the concert, then that is one I am nominating.  When I can,  I will post the year and venue that I saw that show.  But don't write me and say "BDG, the Knuckleheads NEVER played the Spectrum" or anything like that because I'll admit my memory isn't always sharp..  There will be artists that I have seen in concert MANY times, but if they are getting nominated, I will pick just ONE show.  Here's what we have so far...
 

AC/DC...

Seen them many times, most notable at the Specrum around '90 where I got backstage but never got to meet them.

AL GREEN...

Valley Forge Music Fair.  Never saw women go so mad.

AL STEWART...

Main Point. Year of the Cat tour.

ALAN PRICE...

Bijou Cafe. Touring behind "Between Today and Yesterday" with a band so large they had to sit offstage.

**** ALICE COOPER...

Spectrum.  The "Killer" tour.  Would pay major bucks to relive that one.

ARETHA FRANKLIN...

Greatest female soul singer ever and I've seen her many times.  Usually fantastic, but the last time I saw her she was just awful.

ARGENT...

Saw them open up for somebody at the Spectrum.

ARTHUR BROWN...

Actually opened for him at the Trump Plaza on one of those live Morning Zoo shows (where he was backed by the Flaming Caucasions) and he was completely out of his mind.

THE ASSOCIATION...

VFMF. I have no idea who was in the band, except I know that Terry Kirkman wasn't.  Terry wrote "Cherish" and I got to hang with him for an entire day in LA.

AVERAGE WHITE BAND...

Spectrum. I believe opening for the Beach Boys.

B52'S...

Club Artemis. With about 20 people.

BAD COMPANY...

Spectrum around '76.   Paul Rodgers...  What an underrated singer.

**** THE BAND...

Academy of Music '69.  They were touring in support of their second album entitled "The Band" (one of my favorite albums of all time) and just being in there was so damn exciting.

BARB JUNGR...

Metropolitan Room in NYC... One woman Dylan show~excellent!

BARBRA STRIESAND...

Wells Fargo Center: 2009? Was still in amazing voice...

BEACH BOYS...

Wildwood Beach '91... So cool to see them in the sand!

 

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TUESDAY ~ Tuesday Nights with the PHILS at PJ WHELIHAN’S in Maple Shade... every Tuesday night at 7 PM!

WEDNESDAY ~ Champps in KOP from 6 PM to 8:30.  

EAGLES & NFL FOOTBALL

EVERY Birds game at PJ Whelihans in Blue Bell!

AVA QUIZZO

My daughter Ava is running a Quizzo nite every every Monday at 7:30pm at ROCCO'S in Wilmington!   And now at CHICKIE & PETE'S in Drexel Hill every Tuesday at 7 PM! Plus every Wednesday night at 8PM at PJ WHELIHANS in Haddonfield. Don't forget Thursday night at 7pm at CHICKIE & PETE'S in South Philly!.    That's a busy schedule!


RAVINGS FROM A MAN WHO NEVER SLEEPS... 9/14

It's ironic that this was the article I wrote for The September issue of South Jersey magazine since some people have commented that the NFL doesn't care about the female demographic. Here it is...

Big Words: From Heels to Helmets

Although I have worked for Sportsradio 94WIP for 17 years now, I have resisted using this column as a sports forum. In the back of my mind, I always worried I would lose a lot of my female readers who aren’t as passionate about sports as men are. But I don’t think that’s as true as it once was, particularly when you’re talking about football. This is the September issue and last year I wrote my “going back to school” article, which makes sense. But, to be honest, when I think of September, it’s football that comes to mind first.

In the same way that pitchers and catchers reporting to Clearwater, Fla., means spring is on its way, the start of football signals that fall is here.

On that same note, the notion that baseball is our national pastime is long gone. It’s officially football. For decades, nothing could score higher ratings than the final episode of MASH. If you would look at the 10 highest rated shows of all time, it would be MASH followed by nine Super Bowls. Now the last three Super Bowls have beaten it. And a lot of that has to do with the growing amount of women who love the sport.

I don’t have to look any further than my own living room for proof. My wife loves her Eagles. Only a pair of front-row Bruce Springsteen tickets would pry her away from her big screen when the Birds are on.

Armen Ccadillac HhummerOne of my favorite questions when I host trivia nights is, “What once-a-year television event gets the most female viewers?” Most people will yell out the Oscars and some even cling to Miss America, but the correct answer is the Super Bowl.

Now I realize that a lot of that answer has to do with the parties that surround that day. Some men will claim that the women are only interested in the halftime show. But I disagree. When this year’s Super Bowl reaches the fourth quarter (if it’s a close game), take a look around your living room, or the sports bar you may be at. You’ll see a lot of women watching just as intensely as the men.

And it’s not like the World Series or the Stanley Cup didn’t have their chance. They’ve actually been around longer than the Super Bowl. So why didn’t they turn into “the big event?” I simply believe that women like football more.

I started asking around, and women offered various answers to why they liked football more. More action. Every game means something. It’s faster. It’s the only sport where a man as fat as my husband can play. These were just a few of the things women told me regarding their growing interest in the sport.

Maybe it’s simply that more women have grown up watching great football. South Jersey has had some tremendous high school football programs—like Cherokee, Washington Township, Holy Cross, Timber Creek, Williamstown, Florence, Shawnee and West Deptford, to name just a few. Not to mention Rowan University’s football program, which has contended for many a championship. The love between South Jersey women and football begins early. I know a tremendous percentage of Eagles fans come from South Jersey. Just take a look at the Walt Whitman Bridge on game day.

Another interesting fact: Today, 20 percent of fantasy football players are women. And that number grows by leaps and bounds every year. Geez, if you had told me two decades ago that I’d be using the word “fantasy” and “women” in a story about football, you would have won yourself a bottle of MD 20/20 from Roger Wilco.

There was a time, hence the immense popularity of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, when cheerleading was the main connection between football and women, but those days are long over. (Not that I exactly turn the channel when they appear.)

surfboardHere’s another oddity. There are many baseball songs such as John Fogerty’s Centerfield and tunes with baseball references like Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light, but virtually none about football. You have to go way back to 1969 to find a hit record about football.

“Backfield in motion, baby
I’m gonna have to penalize you
Backfield in motion,
You know that’s against the rules”


Those lyrics are from an old song recorded by Mel and Tim, Mississippi’s answer to Memphis’s Sam and Dave. It was titled Backfield In Motion and those lyrics are actually referring to Mel’s (or maybe Tim’s) girlfriend’s derriere, but it’s as close to a song about football as I can get. As lame and old school as that gets, the only hit record ever about football connects the sport to women.

What I’m saying is the days of women losing their husbands on Sunday afternoons are pretty much over. They’re in front of the big screen TV’s right alongside them. I used to judge Eagles tailgate parties for WIP, and you know what? The best parties were the ones with the most women at them.

RAVINGS FROM A MAN WHO NEVER SLEEPS... 9/2

Here's the latest article of the Sea Isle Times

MY HIGHLIGHTS FORM THE SUMMER OF 2014!

1. SILVER LINING
        What’s that silver lining expression that I never get right?  Well, it applies here.  In our last issue, I wrote about the death of a great friend of Sea Isle, Rick Steffa.  This column is usually light in tone and I want to thank this paper for printing it and not changing one word.  And a big shout out to the hundreds of people who approached me since it’s release to tell me how much they wish they would have known Rick.  I know it made me, Rick’s family, and everyone who knew Rick, very happy and that’s cool.

2. THE OCEAN       The ocean this summer was tremendous.   First, let me explain that I have a lifelong love affair going on with the surf.  I’m the dufus who remains on the beach when the rain starts to spit while families start moving enough gear to handle a moon landing.    OK, I admit, that there are days when that light rain turns into a downpour and I’m drenched when I get back to my house.  But who cares about getting soaked when you’re in your bathing suit?  And leaving out two stinkin’ days this summer when the water was legitimately cold, from Memorial Day weekend on the ocean temps were warm and the waves were very powerful and on a couple days pretty high.  As you already know I’m the Greatest Bodysurfer in the World, so I guess Comcast’s John Clark knew that was a lost cause, so on August 10th he came down to 35th St. (being he’s a “T.I.” guy, that must have been hard on him coming down to the ghetto) and challenged me to a Boogie Board match.  We were out there riding the best waves of the summer for hours and I have to admit he whupped my butt.  But c’mon!  He’s like 6’9” or something, and at least twenty years younger, and I have witnesses that say they saw him greasing up his board with Quaker State Motor Oil, which is clearly against the International Rules of Boogie Boarding.  And the results have not come in from his drug test yet!
3.QUIZZO    I host a quizzo night every Monday at the Pour House and this year we had a particularly fun bunch come out.  Angelo Cataldi (who was thrown out for cheating), the great comics Dom Irerra, Joe Conklin and his annoying brother-in-law John,  Sixers P.A. announcer and WMMR jock Matt Cord, Brian Startare from Wildfire Radio, Lou Dog, weatherman John Bolaris with some chick from Russia, former Phil Tommy Greene along with Phillies Director of Fun & Games, John Brazer, Mike LeCompt, and Paul Kurtz from KYW were among the many who played this summer.  I love hosting this night because old friends and new always know where they can find me on a Monday night during the summer.  And a special shout out to the record crowd the “Two Funny Philly Guys Show” drew at the Deauville.

4. JD SALINGER     He’s my favorite writer.  I collect copies of “Catcher In The Rye.”  Twenty-one copies and counting.  All with a different cover.  Some in foreign languages which is strange since I can barely read English.  For some bizarre reason I took my blue SEA ISLE hoodie up to Jamaican Me Crazy and had “JD SALINGER” pressed in big white letters on the back of the jacket.  And then all hell broke loose.  Everywhere I went people wanted to know why JD Salinger’s name was on the back of my sweatshirt.  And I had no satisfactory reason to give them.  I would say “he’s my favorite writer” and this would never appear to be the answer anyone wanted.  “Ok, and he’s on the back of this hoodie and why?” they would say.  “Because I put it there” I would say and not in any mean way.   “Hmmm” the puzzled person would mumble walking away.  Now I’m doing it with other shirts and jackets that I own.  I just put DR. RICHARD KIMBLE (in honor of the first TV drama I remember getting hooked on as a kid)  on the back of a Yuengling hoodie I got at an appearance..  However, I was glad that Salinger apparently hasn’t been forgotten and the day before the deadline for this article I checked the “classic” section of Dalrymple’s books and they had all four copies of every book Salinger has ever written.  How cool is that?  Rock on, Dalrymples!

Dr Donn5. FILE UNDER YOU NEVER KNOW     My wife loves “The Glenside Pub” sandwich at McGowans.  I rode my bike over to pick it up and while I was waiting I noticed a signed color photo of former Phil Johnny Callison.  It was inscribed “To John & Angela, Good Luck, Johnny Callison.   Now Johnny was my favorite Phillie from back in the day and I ended up doing the last interview with Mr. Callison before he passed away.    I asked Angie “where did this come from?” and she informed me that her husband John had a nephew named Tim was married to Johnny’s daughter, Laurie.  Now that in itself is a “small world” kind of thing, but that was just the beginning.  The owner, John, said “wait a minute” and disappeared into a back room and came out with a framed black and white photo.  It was Johnny stepping on home plate after hitting a game winning home run in the ’64 All-Star game.  In that signed photo are five Baseball Hall of Famers.  Roberto Clemente, Red Schoendienst, Walter Alston, Juan Marichal, and WILLIE MAYS!  Every picture tells a story, eh?

6. MIKE’S CRAB BALLS    Mid-July.  I dropped my last crab ball of approximately two dozen on the ground.  I looked around and noticed nobody saw it happen.  So I picked it up, smothered it in tartar sauce,  and woofed it down and I’m telling you it’s the single greatest crab ball I ever ate.

7. STEVE SILICATO  I first heard Steve sing at the “Sea Isle’s Got Talent” show.  (Which I judged again this year.  So much talent and heart!)  The show is usually made up of kids and teenagers with an occasional oldhead mixed in.  Steve is, I’m guessing, is in his forties, early fifties and he sings in the Sinatra, Tony Bennett style.  He has a tremendous voice.  I mean this cat can sing.  He then started singing around the island at spots like the Commodore Club.  He knows how to work a crowd too.  He’s very good.  But I would always get on his case because he sings with pre-recorded backing tracks.  I get it, that’s what many clubs down here use, particularly at the Happy Hours.  “I want to hear you sing with a band” I would tell him.  Then one afternoon I bump into him during a Juliano Brothers break at the Springfield.  Now in case there’s one poor soul reading this who are not familiar with the Juliano Brothers, they are a REAL BAND.  Three brothers who play guitar, bass, and drums who do all their own singing.  Imagine.  It’s so refreshing.  They are mega-talented and I swear on a stack of Playboys there’s not a song they can’t play.  During their break Steve tells me he’s gonna sing with them next set.  So I stick around.  Then a disaster hits.  This dynamic chick by the name Susan Viesti gets up and just destroys the house with an full blast version of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”  I mean she tears the packed room apart!  She’s barely off the stage when Greg Juliano introduces Steve Silicato.  Now look, I once had to follow Rodney Dangerfield AT DANGERFIELDS and I’m standing at the bar saying to myself  “Uh, Steve, this is a really bad idea.”  Wait a song or two or even a set and then come on.  You don’t want to try to follow her.  The room was still buzzing.  But the band hit the intro of Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You” and out comes Steve and in thirty seconds he had the crowd in the palm of his hands.  I was sincerely, legitimately blown away by his grace and calmness in an extremely tough situation.  Go catch him, he’s a lot of fun.  And big-time props to the Juliano brothers.  Who else can transition from AC/DC to Frankie Valli in the matter of seconds.  What a fun afternoon.  We are so blessed in this town with the level of musicianship.  It’s like living in Key West, only for most of us, only an hour and a half or so away.

8. THE WOMAN IN THE BLACK BIKINI    July 26th.  A date, that for me and my fellow loser dudes of 35th St., will burn in our memory forever.  We were all at the beach on a gorgeous late afternoon and our wives decided to go to the LaCosta Deck Happy Hour.  Out of sheer laziness the husbands just continued to sit on the beach when it happened.  The most stunning woman OF ALL TIME walked by us in a black bikini talking on her cell.  She was in her thirties and I’m telling you someone should have a picture of six middle aged men with their jaws dropped.  We never saw her again.  We’ll never know her name.  BUT THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE SUMMER OF 2014 A SUMMER WE’LL NEVER FORGET.


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