Static Live Magazine March 2019

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Volume 2

Issue 1 - March 2019




March 1st

March 2nd

March 7th

Super Happy Funtime


March 8th

March 9th LUVU

March 15th &


March 16th

March 22nd

Bret Bollinger of

March 23rd

March 29th & 31st

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This month’s Goddess is Liljana; she is actually a singer/songwriter and

plays guitar and performs locally; she is also a business owner. She says

she sort of hopped into modeling and it’s been an absolute blast.

Liljana was born and raised in Florida; she was a competitive gymnast

for 13 years, competing through level 9. Although she sticks mostly to a

Mediterranean diet, her favorite indulgence is pizza. She loves to travel and

has recently returned from a trip to Belgrade, Budapest and Banja Luka; the

highlight of her trip was singing at an open mic in Budapest. She also loves

concerts and has seen everyone from Def Leppard to Sia to Kaleo.

Oh My... Goddess

Photo credit: Mandy Lynn


Thanks to all of our readers, writers

and artists for helping make this

one year anniversary possible.

Thanks to all of our readers, writers

and ~ Static artists Live for helping Magazine make Staff this

one year anniversary possible.

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Live Magazine Staff

5 Message from the Publisher

6 3 Psychedelic Oh My Goddess San Francisco

8 5 A Message Day in the from Life the of Publisher a

6 Gigging Psychedelic Musician San Francisco


Dating A Day Janice in the Life (by of Hank a Harrison)

12 The Gigging VocalMusician

Equivalent of the Elephant

10 in Dating the Room Janice (by Hank Harrison)


Artist The Vocal Feature: Equivalent A Year of in the Review Elephant

18 Spring the



14 Artist Feature: A Year in Review

19 Who Can Name That Sample?

18 Spring Broke

20 Static Live Calendar

19 Who Can Name That Sample?


Behind Static Live the Calendar Mic


Original Behind Music the MicManifesto


She’s Original GotMusic the Look Manifesto


Swamp She’s Got Sistas theArtist Look Feature:

30 Hannah Swamp Harber Sistas Artist Feature:

32 Dance Hannah With Harber The Fear That Brought You


Rocktails Dance With The Fear That Brought You


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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we released Static Live Magazine.

While in the grand scheme of things, a year isn’t a very long time, yet so much has happened in the music world

since we first launched last March.

The list of artists we have lost is far too long to mention here but here’s just a few: Roy Clark, Aretha Franklin,

Mack Miller, Lil Peep, Ed King, Vinnie Paul, XxxTentacion, Avicii, Dave Holland, Jill Janus, Delores O’Roirdan,

Marty Balin and many more. It seems as we grow older, more and more heroes from our musical lives pass on to

the afterlife. While many lived to have a long and illustrious career, several lives were also cut short due to drugs

or suicide. That just seems to be part of the business that we somehow accept, yet never get used to.

There have also been some great new artists that have broken though and made names for

themselves this last year. Acts like Billie Eilish, Jorga Smith, Cupcakke, Greta Van Fleet, Lo

Moon, Maggie Rogers, Superorganism and many others give us the hope that new music is

alive and well all around the world. There’s something about hearing a new great song for

the first time that keeps us all hungry for more. It’s the one medium that joins us all together

- after all, everyone loves music. As the publishers of this little local rag we would like to

thank everyone who has been involved and helped contribute.

We feel that this is only the beginning, being that we are surrounded by such amazing writers

and artists and a wonderful editor. Everyone here at Static Live Magazine takes pride in

being something different than the other local magazines and we can’t wait to get bigger and

better. We all love music and the spirit it shares.

Thanks so much for reading and let’s have a great 2019



San Francisco

Article and Photos (c) Les Kippel

“If you’re going to San Francisco

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

If you’re going to San Francisco

You’re gonna meet some gentle people there”

San Francisco’s Fillmore West and Winterland

Ballroom were the two focal points for the

psychedelic music scene that started in the 1960s.

Almost every Rock band, Blues band, Soul band…

almost everyone … played for Bill Graham at

his Fillmore West, Fillmore East and Winterland

Ballroom. Name the band, and chances are they

played in San Francisco at one of Bill Graham’s


Bill Graham was born in Germany and escaped

the Nazis to end up in The Bronx, NY at the age of

10. He moved to San Francisco in the 1960s and

after attending a concert in Golden Gate Park, he

ended up as the number one promoter of Rock in

the 1960s up to his death in 1991.

He was not a rip-off promoter and was fair not only

to the bands who played in his venues, but also to

concert goers who only paid $3, $4 or $5 for front

row seats to take in Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the

Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, The

Who, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Cream,

Miles Davis, Santana, Frank Zappa and Elton John,

all at or near the prime of their careers.

Was Bill part of the creation of the music scene in

San Francisco, or part of it? San Francisco was

and is an amazing city to visit. A lot of those old

historic places don’t exist anymore. I sometimes

wonder about going to 710 Ashbury , the Grateful

Dead house in the 1960s and ringing the doorbell

and asking the current owners how it feels to know

that Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and others dropped

acid in their house. 2400 Fulton, the Jefferson

Airplane House ... What went on when the front

door was closed?

Postermat was the place to go to buy Bill Graham

posters. Ben Friedman with his cat was a

destination until his death in 2003. He had over 1

million posters!

In San Francisco, a store called “The Psychedelic

Shop” was just another shop. Of course, put that

shop anywhere else in the USA and the cops would

be parked outside busting every person who

walked in or out!

And, the vibe of San Francisco went further than

the music history. It was and is a beautiful place

to visit! From Lombard Street, to Haight Ashbury,

to what everyone called “The Roach Clip” and

Golden Gate Park, you can get lost in the history

and beauty of San Francisco… hmm … maybe

that’s why so many people love the “City By The




Whether slogging it out at your day job or just a bit

stale at your weekday bar gig for consistency, we

musicians need INSPIRATION. Everything else is a

side-note. Good pay and fame are nice but musical

artists have other needs, subtle and profound.

Dedication and consistency are the lynchpins to

any ARTISTIC achievement in music. They make

for a background burn that keeps you churning

when things look bleak. The challenge is to stay

INSPIRED so as to maintain discipline.

I have always looked for this elusive quality. It

seems clear that we perform better as artists when

we are in awe. One thing I find renewing is LIVE

music. What a thrill to hear and see great players

of every genre display their art. Going to giant

concerts or to local-band gigs can have an energy

and vibe that wind me up. When I hear talent, I go

home and practice.

Recordings. I find records singularly uninspiring.

It’s weird to me that a band comes out of a speaker,

but that’s me - most people love them. Use records

if they help you. Use anything if it helps.

Art forms other than music are another great source

of inspiration. Painting and sculpture, absolutely.

Also architecture and leather-work, good wine or

carpentry. Anything finely made can have a smooth

and artistic character.

by Adam Floyd

This can influence how we understand the purpose

of music. The time-dimensional aspect of music

makes plays and literature terrific source material.

From Rambo to Shakespeare, TV to YouTube, all

the interdisciplinary art forms can inspire.

Environment. This is a big one for me. It could

be avoiding chatty or toxic people. Quietude and

peace are good for reflecting. Seek out water.

Oceans and mountain streams, lakes and rivers

will jazz you up. Move to a house with high ceilings

or to a new country. Downsize and get rid of

all your “stuff” which will unburden your creative

force. Change for the better is freeing, but there is

nothing like getting back to nature.

Pressure. When the mood is dark or you are exhausted.

When you need money or time or both.

When love is scarce or you are miserable, now

write songs and make plans. Prepare for positive

changes so you can live an artful life.

Finally, help people with your music. It can be truly



ting Janice

Saturday Morning, April 1967

Janice was hard to get along with unless you knew

her from the inside out. I didn’t know her that well. I

met her at the Fox and Hound on Grant avenue way

back in 1964 when Chet Helm brought her up from

Port Arthur. I ran an art gallery two blocks down the

street in those days and sold some of my collages to

Margo Saint James and Jerry Barrish, the bail bonds

people. Margret Kane, the lady with the Big Eyes

paintings, came by and said she liked my stuff, so did

Benny Bufano. One night in April, Rod and Peter Albin

dropped by for coffee and raved about this new folk

singer named Janice Joplin that Chet was managing.

Naturally, I went over there the next chance I could get,

down in the basement, and heard her at a rehearsal.

She was singing, Hesitation Blues, and Keep Those

Lamps Trimmed and Burnin’ with Jorma Kaukonen

which carried on to Jorma’s house and came out as

The Typewriter Tape with Jorma on 12 string.

The Albins were right, Janice was terrific. Chet had

been to Mexico on a Peyote quest the year before and

dropped over to Texas to cajole Janice to come back

to the city with him. I remember that because he gave

me his Peyote road diary to hold for him. I still have it.

Now its 1967, three years later. The phone rings. It’s

Ron “Pig-Pen” McKernan, of the Grateful Dead and he

sounds sober so I’m encouraged. “Hank you gotta help

me out man.”

“Why, what’s the matter now Ron?”

“Oh, I have a date with Janice and I can’t make it.”

I start to think like Ron’s older brother, the one he

doesn’t have. “Well just tell her you can’t make it.”

“No, no, you don’t understand this date has been set

up for about two weeks now, we’re supposed to go to a

movie and I already put her off once.”

“Ok, so what do you want me to do?”

Ron takes a deep drag off his unfiltered

Pall Mall, I can hear the Wild Turkey gobble

through the phone. “I want you to take her to

the flick.”


© Hank Harrison

Janice and Pig Pen

Photo Credit Ron Rackow

“What? Come on man, I hardly know her.”

“No, its OK. She knows you… I talked to her about you,

you’re a big guy, and she doesn’t like to go anywhere in

the city unescorted anymore.”

My eyes are reeling inside my head. Pig went on: “It’s

just started happening lately, In our case, you know,

the two of us out together, people know us, they think

we are rock stars or something. She’s gotta have a


“Yeah, but I’m not a bodyguard Ron, I’m a shrink, I

bring people down off of bad trips now.”

Pig added, “…and Phil too once in a while, right?” We

both giggled at that.

I made one last attempt to duck out on his request,

“Why don’t ‘you’ just take her out another day Ron?”

“Well, Phil and Jerry want me over at Pacific High studio

tonight until it’s over, were patching some tracks on

Easy Wind and King Bee tonight and I’ve been waiting

for a long time… and they got the Hammond set up. ”

A massive fog begins to form in my brain. Ron

continues, “…so that’s what’s going on, and I have to

be there, period.”

“Oh my God Ron, so you want me to go over to 1090

Page —pick up Janice where she’s rehearsing with

Peter and James Gurley and take her...” I started

stuttering. “…is it set up already?”

Now Ron the undrunk hustler appears on the phone, “

I’m going to set it up right now as long as you say you’ll

take her.”

My reluctant pause was deafening, “Er ah, OK, I’ll take

her, what flick does she want to go to? I’ll have to clear

my schedule and make sure it’s OK with my old lady,

who, by the way, is jealous as hell.”

Ron came on like a band manager making a deal for a

gig, “I think she wants to go out to West Portal, to see

that Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck flick, Arabesque.

She rode by there last week on the N Judah streetcar

on her way out to San Francisco State, with Richie

Olsen, and that put a bug in her butt.

Who is Richie Olsen? Oh you mean the trombone

player with the Charlatans. Pig sort of burps, “unhunh.”

He plays in the State College marching band. Wonders

never cease in my world. I found out 50 years later,

Richie Olsen, who would up running J. Paul Getty’s

house band, was taking Janice out to SF State to use

one of the sound studios.

“Oh that’s an interesting concept, I moaned.”

Like the wind, Ron said, “Ok I’ll call her … I’ll call you

right back.”

Two hours drag by and Ron finally calls me right back.

“OK it’s set up, she knows you, she says it’s ok.”

“Well I hope she knows me, I teach school with Rod

Albin, who is the original Big Brother holding the

stash…and Mike Ferguson and the Charlatans, I hang

out over there a lot.”

“Well she called Chet and Chet thinks your cool.”

“So that’s what took so long.” I answered sarcastically.

“I come highly recommended I guess. I was getting

flighty, “Wait man, it’s just a bodyguard gig isn’t it?

I mean I’m getting a vet check for a flick gig, come

on man. She’s not going to be Staggering Mimi or

Laughing Sal is she?”

“NO she’s cool, she’s been really sober lately.”

“Ooooh Ok.” I finally relented.

Pretty soon the phone rings and its Janice on the

phone. “Hi, Hank are you going to come and pick me

up? That voice is her signature, it was Janice for sure.

Yeah I’ll be over whenever ‘ya want. When you want

to go?

“You don’t have to pay for anything you know I got


“Heck no Janice it’s not that much bread. I’ve got a nice

car, we can manage.”

Pause… “What kind of car do you have?” It sounded

like I was talking to my daughter on the phone, that’s

when I realized Janice was a child and would probably

never grow up. It was in her voice.

“I have a Mercedes.”

Longer pause, “Oh really?”

“Yeah I got a little Mercedes 190 Roadster, kind of a

cool thing… two seater.”

“Oh I’ve never ridden in a Mercedes before… that will

be fun.

“I’ll be over at 2:30, about an hour.”

3:30 was the next show time. Janice didn’t worry me,

she was just one of the crowd at the time. Looking back

on it, it was a pretty big deal, but her life with Pig-Pen

was way different than any life she led with her LGBT

friends or with Big Brother.

I arrived at 1090 Page Street, the big Victorian mansion,

torn down now, she was wearing a tie-dye but it was

long before the tye-dye days so it must have been a

batik blouse and Levis, light leather jacket over. She

was carrying her smokes in a little crossbody chain


“Ready to go ?”

“Good to see you, she said, “You’re a funny lookin’


I didn’t know what that meant, but I took it as a


I escorted her out to the silver car. She really loved it,

she oohed and aahed about it.

She repeated her earlier phrase, “I’ve never been in a

Mercedes before.”

I said, “That’s cool, I hope all your friends will have

Mercedes cars someday! There’s just too many


We both laughed as we drove off. We made our way

over Masonic and up to Upper Market and over the

hill and down to the West Portal neighborhood, got a

parking spot and made it to the cashier’s window just

in time.

She wanted to stop in the lobby and get some Cherry

Ice cream Bon-Bon thingees. Then we went in and

saw the flick. It was a pretty interesting movie about

spies taking LSD and seeing a goose, singing Goosey

Goosey Gander on microfilm exposed in a rain storm

on the windshield of the car, which was, hilariously and

ironically, a red Mercedes Benz, all the while Mr. Peck

was flashed-out on acid.

On the way back into the Haight-Ashbury we exchanged

a few old Pig-Pen stories. She had to go home right

away and that made both Ron and my girlfriend happy.

I never saw Janice in person again. Monterey Pop hit

that summer and Janice went straight into orbit.

Pig Pen

Photo Credit Ron Rackow

Janice and Jorma

Courtesy Harrison Archives

Janice and Chet

Courtesy Harrison Archives


On the


By Jenny McLain

The Vocal Equivalent of

the Elephant in the Room

I was going to write a (somewhat predictable) column

this month about Bike Week or the one year anniversary

of Static Live Magazine but there is something that just

needs to be said, out loud, to more than just one or two


That “Indie” voice – can we say we’ve have

had enough of it already?

I work in an office 8 hours every day and, since I recently

relocated from Daytona to Jacksonville, I was the last

one to move into the current space. The small group

in this particular work area on a separate floor from the

main clinic is a good mix (important when there are

over 50 women working at a medical practice). When

I asked about the Pandora station choice on our floor,

I was told they chose the Ed Sheeran station because

his music appeals to everyone. While I will concede,

there is a degree of appeal for at least some of his

music to most people, it would not be my personal

choice to listen to with any regularity - especially not

over and over, day after day. That being said, I can

think of other stations/genres that could be worse so I

just tune as much of it out as possible and make snarky

comments to my friend who sits closest to me every

time “Hey There, Delilah” is played (usually once in

the morning and then between 3:00 and 3:30 in the

afternoon - that’s how we know it’s almost time to go


One song that I find particularly annoying is “Little Do

You Know” by Alex and Sierra and it plays often. While

I don’t know them personally, I know of them because

of their connection to the area and their big win on the

X-Factor. While listening to this song (and the entirety

of the Pandora station’s 20-song selection) over and

over, I began thinking about the fact that lately when I’m

sent an audio clip from a female singer I haven’t heard

before, my reaction is usually, “What is up with THAT

VOICE they all try to do?”. I finally made the blanket

statement, “If it sounds like THAT, you can just assume

I don’t like it, so don’t ask my opinion anymore.”

After thinking about it for a while, I Googled “annoying

female singing style” to find out what to call it. The

consensus seems to be: 1) Many people are annoyed

by it; and 2) For the most part, they call it the “Indie”

voice, or something similar. There are YouTube videos

hilariously making fun of it and websites that very

seriously break down the technical, mechanical and

musical aspects of the word formation.

Perhaps it began as a way to stand out, to be interesting,

but it seems to have become just the opposite – a way

to sound trendy and maybe ride the wave of current

popularity (well, relative popularity anyway). I have

not disliked any form of music to this degree since the

deafening squeal of Mariah Carey.

I can only hope there will be a new trend soon and

it will be less grating, to me and consumers of music

in general. Thankfully, there are some very talented

ladies in our area who stand out for their talent to create

music, not imitate it. Maybe it’s time for one of them to

be “discovered”.


Love Kills

The assassination of

Kurt Cobain

About Love Kills:

Love Kills offers the most insightful

explanation as yet offered for the

mysterious death of Kurt Cobain, the

great radical poet, rock star and

alternative social leader.

It does not solve the crime, but

Harrison opens the door to the inner

chamber. The reader is forced to

make the Þnal decision, almost like a

member of a jury.

Hank Harrison’s touching account of

Cobain’s life and death includes

many revealing photographs plus

anecdotes and pictures from his

family archives. 380 Pages, over 100


Paperback: $24.95. Bulk discounts to

libraries and independent bookstores.


Buy your signed copy directly from the publisher:

Arkives Press, P.O.B. 1221, Galt, California, 95632

Email and PayPal: lovekillsbook@gmail.com

Also available from AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Kills-Assassination-Kurt-Cobain/dp/0918501024/



A Year in Review

Volume I, Issue 1, March 2018 - Vaughn Belak

Volume I, Issue 2, April 2018 - Josh Rosen

Photo Credit Stephen Holvik

Volume I, Issue 3, May 2018 - Louie Muni

Volume I, Issue 4, June 2018 - Barry Kite


Volume I, Issue 5, July 2018 - Harold Garde

Volume I, Issue 6, August 2018 - Gary Kroman

Volume I, Issue 7, September 2018 - Ryan Hanly

Volume I, Issue 8, October 2018 - Isabel Badea


Volume I, Issue 9, November 2018 - Mark Hadley

Volume I, Issue 10, December 2018 - Philip Bennett Walker

Volume I, Issue 11, January 2019 - Barbara Simmons

Volume I, Issue 12, February 2019 - Dekker Dreyer



Behind the Myth of Daytona’s Spring Break

by Rick de Yampert

In 1835, British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson penned the

immortal line “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly

turns to thoughts of love.” If Big Al had been alive and

walking the shores of Daytona Beach in March in the

1990s, he would have written: “Holy shit! In spring a

young man’s fancy turns to sand, sex, suds and rock

’n’ roll!”

Back then, Daytona was the Spring Break Capital of

the Universe. A gazillion college students would flock

to the city from up and down the Eastern Seaboard and

from as far away as the Van Allen radiation belt. For

a time, MTV was taping Spring Break mini-concerts

and some of its goofy shows at the Bandshell for later

broadcast. Some years later BET decided to do the

same thing during Black College Reunion, a singleweekend

spring event that also drew a gazillion young

folks lured by dreams of sand, sex, rap and roll (roll as

in cruising up and down A1A in blinged-out cars).

But here’s the thing: If you hear some guy reminiscing

about how cool and fun and CRAZEE a time they had

during the MTV/BET-era of Daytona Spring Break, then

you can be sure the odds are he spent most of that

time puking his brains out from excessive consumption

of shitty beer while sleeping 10 dudes to a room, and

the closest he got to getting laid was being asses-toelbows

in crowd of frat boys watching a wet T-shirt

contest. Not that that’s a bad time, mind you – but it’s

a far cry from the myth of Spring Break as some sort of

grand Roman bacchanalia.

In those days I was among the greatest freaks at Spring

Break and Black College Reunion because, as the

entertainment writer at the Daytona daily newspaper, I

was actually interested in what cool music acts would

be performing. MTV and BET certainly used their clout

to land some big names: the Black Crowes, Stone

Temple Pilots, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Lenny

Kravtiz, Naughty by Nature, TLC, Living

Colour. Other promoters brought the likes

of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Notorious

B.I.G., Method Man and others to town.


But it was disconcerting to watch MTV production

lackeys herd the college kids into the stockyards . . . er,

the concert viewing area, then see the students react

like trained circus poodles as they took commands

from the TV crew to “Cheer! Cheer! CHEER!” as the

cameras rolled.

Poor kids. They’d stand around for a few hours before

the cameras rolled, with dreams of being famous

ricocheting through their beer-addled gray matter –

“I’m gonna be on MTV!” Then, after about the 20th

time an MTV minion had ordered the kids to rehearse

going ape-shit for the cameras, you could see the

enthusiasm melting from the students’ faces like dog

turds sizzling on the hot concrete of the Boardwalk.

By the time, say, Lenny Kravitz took the stage wearing

just a loin cloth and a guitar, the kids just wanted to

escape the hot sun.

Of course, it was all about image: It was more important

for the MTV and BET crews that the kids LOOKED like

they were having fun, and to hell with them whether

they actually were having a good time. A TV show

depicting cool kids having a cool time in Daytona

would attract million of young viewers who wanted to

day-dream that they had been there, and that would

translate into high ratings and high advertising dollars

Yes, I heard some OK music performances during

Daytona’s Spring Break heyday. But if I or anyone else

tells you the music was great, you call bullshit on them.

Eminem was muzzled by the Daytona Beach mayor

himself and was forced to amp down his language

before BET was allowed to tape – an act of censorship

the mayor was able to get away with because the

performance was happening on city property.

And 10 years later when my wife mentioned the time

she and I saw the Notorious B.I.G. at the Ocean Center,

I called her liar – then she whipped out the review I had

written for the paper. I had forgotten that one of the

world’s most famous rappers had come to the World’s

Most Famous Beach. That’s how memorable Biggie’s

performance was.

Poor guy – I’m sure he was bummed before taking the

stage because the Daytona Spring Break experience

had not lived up to its myth.



by Brandi Shannon

Did you ever hear a song from one of your favorite rappers and think you’re “deja vueing” (is that a word)? It

might not be, but it’s a feeling.

Lately I have had to go to a App called “Who Sampled” because of a familiar tune intertwined in a rap song, or

any song. Recently it was rapper Youngboy NBA, “I am who they say I am.” He sampled R&B Ashanti, “Rain on

me” and when I finally put it all together I was like “WOW!”

This does not only apply to rappers of today; all artists have taken from someone to make their joint sound better,

catchy and a seller. Robin Thicke did it, “Blurred Lines” snatched from Marvin Gaye, “Got to give it up” but he

had to pay. Now I’m told if you use 3 bars of that music, no more, then it’s ok but just think how many artists are

not getting the recognition because others are stealing and kinda making it their own. All music is just rehashed

and the notes are played around with to make it sound different but if you use your 3rd ear, like I do, you will

catch it every time.

Lately I have been beating my brain up listening to music because I know a song has been sampled but I can’t

place it - The app “Who Sampled” helps me every time. And now I’m really listening because if it’s a great song

from the past and it is catchy why else would anyone sample it? I just hope when they win a Grammy for it they

at least give the real artist their props.





Community Events


Behind the Mic: Riggs

Hello again, friends. Very big congratulations to the

staff of Static Live for cranking out this first year of

quality publishing. This magazine is truly a rare and

valuable resource for entertainment and I am proud to

be a small part of this machine and happy to have a

print and digital reference for culture, music and more

in our community. I love writing these entries and hope

that they give you some laughs and insight into my

weird world.

It seems like a good time to let you in on some pit stops

in my writing career.

“The Sports Hogs” - An overly energetic fast talking

host with an obnoxious announcer voice and his gruff,

salty co-host break down sports action with wildly

inaccurate statistics and misguided callers.

“Hot Licks” - A parody of the instructional guitar VHS

tapes that were all the rage. Leather jacket, shades,

a bad British accent and actual inability to play guitar

made these segments authentic and hilarious. And I

busted a tooth using a potato as a slide… don’t ask.

My first job was at a Pizza Inn in Marietta, Georgia. I

was a dishwasher with lofty aspirations of making pizza

one day. My obsession with pizza made the whole

dish thing tolerable until one day opportunity knocked.

There was this contest to come up with a slogan for our

marquee. The winner got $50 and some free pizza. I

nailed it with this beauty… “Our pizza, Our people, Our

pride… A Winning Combination”. BOOM! Those finely

crafted words beamed from the partially lit sign in front

of the restaurant for at least 5 weeks. Business may or

may not have increased but at least those who dined

knew they were eating where WINNERS go. I kept my

ego in check, kept sloshing away with the dishes, and

never got that promotion to cook. I did, however, get a

slotted pizza baking pan that I still use today. Winning.

In college, I worked at a local TV station and gained

experience in virtually every aspect of television

broadcasting. WNGM TV-34 was my launching pad to

becoming a superstar. One of my roles was teleprompter

entry and I wrote copy for the newscasters and show

hosts. Grammar and phonetic spelling were keys to

success and while the creative side was hampered, I

did keep those who read copy on-air from any “Ron

Burgundy” moments. I partnered with a friend to start

a weekly music video show, which turned into music/

comedy program and I wrote sketches and

bits for the weekly entertainment of our

small but loyal audience and, of course,

for ourselves. “Classic” comedy writing

included ….


95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach

“The Gabby Awards” - An awards show parody that

was way too much of an undertaking. Writing hack

jokes for the host to tell, creating fake sitcom dialogue,

acceptance speeches… I struggled but persevered.

And the 11 people that saw it were overcome with the

quality funny.

I wrote a weekly column for the CVC Report, a trade

magazine that followed music videos and the regional

shows that aired those videos. Though it was supposed

to be short column and list of things I played on that

week’s show, I used it as a place to work out some

stand-up routine material and snarky shots at bands.

It wasn’t a launch to my writing career but it earned me

a couple of trips to Los Angeles, so that’s pretty cool.

I went on to a role as Senior Writer/Producer for Cable

Advertising Of Metro Atlanta. This role tasked my

creative writing with initiating ideas for commercials,

corporate video and programming. “The sky’s the limit”

they said, “just follow your creative vision”. Well, within

the confines of the client’s $200 budget. This gig was

sweet for a few months, though. I would meet a client,

get a budget, come up with a concept, hire actors or

models, produce and direct the shoot and then oversee

the edit. Winning! I mean, why write a car commercial

where the dude from the dealership just walks down a

row of cars and shouts prices when you can incorporate

a PIG! And a blender with CASH in it. Or maybe

former NFL great Eric Metcalf is your spokesperson…

well I got what you need! Picture it… Football field,

cars chasing Eric around as I fire tight spirals to him as

he heads toward the end zone. Somehow they bought

it. Create your own dreams, that’s what writing in this

gig brought me. Stuffy, boring bank commercial? I got

it! Let’s have Bankie the Cash-scot pop in and bring

joy to those uptight tellers! They hated it! So they can’t

all be winners. But I was WINNING until they brought

in Gordon, the pint size micro manager. He was the

creative killer. Gordon didn’t like ideas. I had to find a

new outlet.

Then came radio. And while you can sustain a career in

radio simply reading what other sources write, I prefer

to write my own version of whatever twisted reality I

come across. My first morning show gig was rather

unfiltered so I could air most of whatever crossed my

mind within the FCC guidelines. I created “Thespian

Theater”, a weekly distortion of a well-known film and

wrote either for characters on the show or mediocre

celebrity impressions. It was a great outlet and while

most of it was crap, it seemed hilarious and filled that

creative void. And I channeled that into daily bits for

character voices and caller games, etc. The “Theater

of the Mind” concept of radio often escaped me before

I started working in this business. But when you can

use it to alter a listener’s reality and get laughs, it’s

simply the best.

And 20-something years later, it still is. That’s why I

am energized daily on The Morning HOG on 95,7 The

HOG to find a way to give people a laugh on their way

to work or school. The challenge of creating something

funny is what I live for. I hope that you get some payoff

from that when you tune in. And every day is a fresh

canvas for twisted thoughts and witty banter… and fart

jokes. It’s all writing and it is why I appreciate Static

Live for giving me another outlet and appreciate all of

you for reading and supporting this magazine. Here’s

to another year of goodness! Although I may run out of

decent material by mid-August, I’ll be right here typing!



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2 Barbara Streisand’s middle name

5 Nickname of jazzman John Birks Gillespie

7 A purfle is an ornamental border, typically

inlaid on this musical instrument

10 The Monkees took the last train to this place

12 Guest guitarist on Michael Jackson’s

“Dangerous” album

15 She had a hit in 1995 with “Take a Bow”

17 Title of the first album from the Spice Girls

18 “A Whole New World” was the theme from this

Disney movie

21 Name of the land where Puff the Magic Dragon lived


1 The second #1 hit from Mister Mister

3 They had a #1 hit with Wendy

4 This band released the 1974 album

“Crime of the Century

6 Paul McCartney’s real first name

8 “Hey Ya” was a hit in 2003 for this duo

9 First rock band to enter the charts at #1

11 This song was the B side on the Beatle’s #1 hit

“Come Together”


Answers on Page 34


1. Who played the heavy metal guitar on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”?

2. Which European country did Roxette come from?

3. Who took “Venus” to #1 in 1970?

4. Whose autobiography is titled “Laughter in the Rain”?

5. Which band produced the best-selling album “Brothers in Arms”?

6. Felix Cavaliere and Dino Danelli were in which group?

7. Who recorded the album “Stranger in Town”?

8. Which duo began as Caesar and Cleo?

9. What is the title of Bruno Mars’ 2010 debut album?

10. Which jazz pianist, bandleader and composer was backed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

Answers on Page 34


Original Music Manifesto

The All Inclusive Music Venue

by C. August Wenger

Do you have that one place in your town, be it a bar,

a venue, a coffee shop, a record store, where anyone

can come and perform? It’s that place where no matter

the amount of draw the band or act has, the nature or

quality of their music, or the level of their talent, they

have an opportunity to present their creativity. This

place is essential to an original music culture in a town.

There is music any given night of the week, and that

music could be literally any genre. The local hip-hop

guys call the nOg their home just as much as the metal

dudes. The greatest part about it is that everyone

supports everyone. Of course, you are going to have

your haters, but they soon realize they are not welcome

at the nOg.

This place inspires people to get off the couch and

get before an audience with their songs, embolds

those that know they have a message for people. It

encourages the talented artist that may think they have

stage fright. It’s for the most part, and on most nights, a

place without judgement, a place that welcomes those

called, and those brave enough to share themselves

with the masses.

This place has the open mic for budding songwriters,

the open jam for musicians to feel out their talents in a

group setting, and for seasoned musicians to keep up

their chops, and pass on licks, grooves, and beats to

the up and comers.

This place has the band showcase, where bands can

develop their stage presence and work their setlists.

Because of the popularity and built in crowd to a scene

like this there are featured artists and established

touring acts that want to perform to the fervent original

music lovers that frequent it.

In Daytona Beach, this place is Tir na nOg Irish Pub.

For over 16 years “the nOg” has been a haven for

local original bands, singer/songwriters, and even

comedians and artists. It’s not a big place, the listening

room only fits between 70-100 people at a time, but

generally 200 or more people come wandering in and

out of the space depending on which music catches

their fancy.


I asked owner of Tir na nOg Randall Phillips, “How

did your bar become this original music haven?” He

reflected this.

“Since opening the nOg in 2002 we always knew

it would be a venue for musicians and I guess that

would be from keeping up with tradition. The Allman

brothers played this building as the Almond Joys, the

Irish Rovers played a private party here. As a kid I

remember one of the most awesome ska shows I ever

saw, or a crazy punk show, or even just a couple of my

friends that happened to start a band together. Those

memories always stuck with me even to this day. Out of

respect and love for this scene that kept us all together

in the past and the desire to pass it on, the nOg will

always be an original music haven.”

If your town does not have a “nOg” get to finding

and establishing one. Find a group of like minded

individuals, put your heads together and the concept

will practically develop itself. The only criteria is that

anyone and everyone can be included, can have their

time to perform. The people will flock to this place and

I guarantee you it will be successful. Artists and bands

are longing for it and music lovers want to be in on

the ground floor of a place like this, they want to say

they were there when now famous “so and so” just got

started. You never know who it’s going to be, but you

know when you see them, it’s going to be them.

Next issue I laud the works of the good promoter, an

essential key to a prosperous original music culture

of any town. Thanks for reading and supporting local

original music

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Kiss has their make-up. Steven Tyler has scarves

for days. For a minute Pharrell wore a hat that

would only look better on an anthropomorphic

bear trying to prevent forest fires. Something that

aspiring musicians could learn from mainstays of

the music business is branding and image. When

you’re gigging around town locally, people may

not remember your name. They may, however,

remember “the beachy guy”.

I have a friend named Everette Stephens. He

makes the rounds from Viera and Cocoa Beach

to Daytona and beyond. Everette has a job that

sometimes takes him to military bases here and

abroad where the stress and the security clearance

are both high. You would never know it when he’s

gigging, though. He absolutely oozes laid-back

beachy relaxation. When he walks in to the venue

you immediately know who he is and what he’s all

about. You can see it. Everette has his image down.

He always looks professional, but he also always

looks like he’s on vacation. You know you’re going

to have a good time when you see him on the

stage. Not to mention that along with his sound

system, there are a couple tiki figures and some

beachy decor. Unless I’m mistaken, I think you

even put tips inside one of the tiki dudes’ mouth.

My point is, I’m not sure you would remember his

name the first time you saw him, but you’d sure

ask the manager when the guy with the tiki setup

would be back.

Some of us have an image just based on our look.

Some of us look like rock stars. Some of us look

like Buddy Hackett. That’s me. As artists we need to

play to our strengths with our image and branding.

If someone couldn’t remember your name after

you’ve played a gig, would they remember you

based on your presentation? I know

what you’re thinking, “shouldn’t they

remember me for my music”? Yes, but

they may not. If someone was going

to describe you to a friend or to the

booking agent at a club, would you be




By Matt McKeown

Lately I’ve been doing some live gigs and I’ve had

to come up with an interesting image. OK, it’s a

gimmick. I’m 5’ 7” and look like I come from middle

earth. I’m not talking Frodo here. Sean Astin had to

gain a significant amount of weight to become our

beloved Sam Gamgee; that’s just how I show up

to the party automatically. Being that I’m not Adam

Levine, I’ve had to think of interesting ways to be

memorable. My latest incarnation involves a pair

of Doc Martens that resemble wing tips from the

1940s, a retro style hat, and a waistcoat complete

with a pocket watch and chain. I recently purchased

an Epiphone acoustic that is a reissue of the arch

top acoustic guitars they used to make in the ‘30s.

Since great-looking is not in my bag of tricks, I am

settling for memorable. This is something that I

believe local artists should think more about. Are

you memorable? Should you be? Here’s to hoping

I see you out there. I’ll be the one in the vest.

















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Dance with the Fear

that Brought you

By Candice Beu

Fear and courage go hand in hand. They are two

sides of the same coin. Just like you can’t combat

the darkness without turning on the light, you can’t

conquer fear without turning on your courage.

Fear is actually one of our greatest guides, our

closest allies on the quest of self expansion and

achievement. The things we fear most are the

same things that, once overcome, can build our

confidence like no other. Stage fright, for instance,

is a big fear for many performers. Most of us have

heard the sayings “feel the fear and do it anyway”

or “fake it til you make it” in regards to fear. Well

I’m going to introduce a new dimension to this

perspective. Instead of “getting past fear” or

“fighting the fear” of being in the spotlight, imagine

that fear IS the actual spotlight itself. This can

apply to any “stage” in anyone’s life. Fear casts

a big shadow but it only does so because of the

light behind it. When we fear a thing it’s because

we may doubt our ability to come face to face with

it. We think we are going to have to sneak past it

or go to blows with it (fight or flight) in order to

conquer the fear. But the truth is much gentler and

more subtle than that if we can mentally flip it for

ourselves. Fear shows us the thing that we need

to become in order to grow. My daughter had this

revelation while sparring in karate. She realized

that she needed to become the fear in order to win

the fight and as performers we need to become the

light in order to shine.


Every entertainer and entrepreneur goes through

an initial phase of nervous curiosity where they

wonder if they’ve got what it takes, if others will get

what they’re doing, recognize their gifts, support

their dreams and applaud their efforts. That phase is

usually followed by a tentative step forward where

they either test the waters by engaging an audience

or they end up shutting down their self expression

because of mounting fear. It’s a personal tipping

point in the walk towards any stage of life. You

either dive bravely into the ice water of the abyss

and learn to swim to new lands or you stay safely

hidden on dry familiar land and never get your feet

wet. It’s a simple case of manifest destiny. You

must extend in order to grow. Facing the fear of

growth can be the least fun part of any personal

endeavor but it is truly the most rewarding. The

fear of being judged for your particular brand of self

expression is a very human fear to face but we all

must transcend this base fear in order to reach that

divine element within us (the light) which inspires

others to do the same. Fear can use our own

judgements to surreptitiously build dams which

stop up the creative works with stagnating results.

F-E-A-R (False Evidence Appearing Real) is usually

constructed by assumptions and expectations, two

shady contrivances that come from our shadow

selves and hold no substance under the light. We

assume what others may or may not be thinking

and then we expect certain guarantees from those

assumptions when there really are none in this


As much as we want to be able to pin down a

false sense of safety by predicting outcomes

or making up stories, life just doesn’t work like

that. Sometimes it works out better than that.

Sometimes it doesn’t. Most often, in the long run,

it works in more surprisingly rewarding ways than

we could ever have configured ourselves but only

if we have the courage to let go of trying to control

the uncontrollable. It’s a prerequisite for receiving

the gems of any journey. Stop fighting fear and

start becoming the flip side of that coin. Become

one of the brave. The bravest people in the world

are the ones who are able to flip it for themselves.

They are usually the ones who are the most afraid

but decide instead to go headlong into the raging

fear anyway and transmute it into a source of self

empowerment and inspiration.

I’d like to thank every brave soul at Static Live

Magazine who has made this platform a reality for

the past year by empowering themselves, stepping

into their own personal spotlights, and creating a

vehicle for multiple forms of self expression, with

multiple opportunities for all its creators to face

their personal fears. I’m pretty sure that this joint

effort, this “Static Mag” journey, has brought us

all to points within ourselves where we have had

to face our own capability, self worth, and the fear

of ridicule, judgement and criticism from both the

inner and outer realms. Anytime we do anything for

the first time we’re going to feel a twinge of terror

but the more we do that thing we fear the most, the

more confidence we get to apply for the next round.

Each month this magazine is published we get

another chance to dance with our fears and inspire

ourselves and each other. So keep hopping in that

ring and just start dancing with whatever fear you

face. Take a chance, learn the steps, improvise and

someday soon, you’ll find you’ll be looking to your

greatest fears to show you the next great thing you

are capable of achieving.

Life’s a dance so let’s make some music!



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Crossword Puzzle on Page 24

Trivia Questions on Page 25

1. Who played the heavy metal guitar on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”? Eddie Van Halen

2. Which European country did Roxette come from? Sweden

3. Who took “Venus” to #1 in 1970? Shocking Blue

4. Whose autobiography is titled “Laughter in the Rain”? Neil Sedaka

5. Which band produced the best-selling album “Brothers in Arms”? Dire Straits

6. Felix Cavaliere and Dino Danelli were in which group? The Rascals

7. Who recorded the album “Stranger in Town”? Bob Seger

8. Which duo began as Caesar and Cleo? Sonny and Cher

9. What is the title of Bruno Mars’ 2010 debut album? Doo-Wops and Hooligans

10. Which jazz pianist, bandleader and composer was backed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers?Jelly Roll



Rocktailswith Katie

Nothing goes together quite as well as Live Music,

Rock Icons and Booze. So your friends at Static

Live are here to give y’all loyal readers some

rockin’ cocktail love; from your local Mixtress,

Cocktails with Katie. What’s better than sipping

on an adult beverage while channeling your inner

rock star? Seriously, you tell me. So get ready

to party with some extra boozy musical inspired

cocktail recipes. As always, don’t forget to rock out

with your cocktail out!

Cardi B is a beautiful, wild, loud mouthed,

international sensation who is truly incredibly

talented. She spits hot fire. Every time she flows

you can feel the power and emotion in her music.

I love this bad ass Rap Queen. Ms. Cardi also

happens to be from my hometown borough of NYC,

the Boogie Down Bronx, the actual birthplace of

hip hop music.

Cardi B stripped her way out of hards times and

a life she hated. This woman took the negatives

in her youth as fuel to work her way to the top

of the hip hop game. Now a Grammy winner, she

became first known as an Instagram star thanks to

her outrageous yet memorizing antics. Later Cardi

landed a spot as reality star on TV while trying to

make it in the hip hop world, knocked by haters

from left to right. Then… boom! Cardi B became

the first female rapper with two Billboard Hot 100

number 1 hits with ‘I Like It’ and the infamous

‘Bodak Yellow”. She is a rap powerhouse whose

street name was actually inspired by Bacardi rum.

They refer to Cardi B’s sister as ... Hennessy. I

can’t help but crack a smile and oh man

I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Drink this one up like you’re goin’ to

party with Cardi B “okurrr”!


Party with Cardi

1 1/2 oz Bacardi silver rum

1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur

1/2 oz Rum Chata

2 drops rose water

Raspberry syrup

First, line your favorite chilled cocktail glass

with thick raspberry syrup. Next add 2 drops of

rose water, Bacardi Silver Rum, Godiva White

Chocolate liqueur and Rum Chata in your favorite

cocktail shaker. Pack tin with ice. Then seal the

deal and shake that shaker like you’re on stage

and rent is due tomorrow. Strain without ice into

your raspberry lined glass. Garnish with a sprinkle

of cocoa powder and a pretty lil’ rose. Now it’s time

to party like Cardi.

Check out CocktailswithKatie.com or follow me

for more yummy concoctions on instagram at @

cocktailswithkatie. Drink responsibly and have fun

out there! Xoxo

70,000 Tons of Metal 2019

A metal fest on a cruise ship with 60 bands from all around the globe, Hell Yeah!

January 31st, I had the pleasure of working with the build team aboard the 70,000

Tons of Metal 2019 cruise and helping build the main stage. The experience was

completely amazing, and the crew I worked with was an outstanding group of people.

The line-up consisted of 60 bands of many sub genres of metal music and each

played 2 sets on different days on 4 separate stages. There was, of course, all the

food you could imagine, and the drinks were constantly flowing. There was also tons

of walking on this massive vessel with live shows pretty much from 10:00am through

6:00am and a constant party atmosphere 24 hours a day - not to mention merch as

far as the eye could see. You know there is a lot going on when you can fall asleep

during a Napalm Death set and need to set your alarm to watch the Norway natives

Blood Red Throne at 5 in the morning. Of the huge roster of awesome bands my

personal favorites on the venue were Dark Funeral, Blood Bath, Coroner, Obituary,

Napalm Death, Internal Suffering, Pestilence, Glory Hammer, Accept, Paradise Lost

and finally crushing it completely, Krisiun. To see all these bands and many more that

I didn’t mention while sailing through the ocean was life changing to say the least.

It is my belief that all true metal music fans should experience this metal cruise at

least once in their life. This year’s destination was Labadee, Haiti where I checked

out local shops, swam in the pristine blue water and enjoyed the huge party on the

beach which had been completely taken over by metal heads and was a thing of pure

beauty. No doubt that I will be doing this supreme music cruise again in 2020. Hope

to see you there!

New School Album of the Month

Perpetual Warfare Earthliens

In 2018 Columbia dished out a few stellar releases and one of the stand out records

is definitely Earthliens from thrash metal outfit Perpetual Warfare. This album has ten

tracks of pure attack mode with tracks such as “Megalodon” and “Humantz” and is

sure to please. For fans of Destruction, Hatchet, and Onslaught be on the lookout for

future endeavors from Perpetual Warfare as they continue to carry the torch of true

thrash metal.

Old School Album of the Month

Flotsam and Jetsam Doomsday For The Deceiver

Before leaving to fill the shoes left by the death of Cliff Burton of Metallica, bassist

Jason Newsted was in Flotsam and Jetsam. Newsted wrote all the lyrics and half of

the music on their classic thrash metal debut Doomsday for the Deceiver. Released

on Metal Blade Records in 1986, these Arizona thrashers put together a masterpiece

loaded with dueling guitars, talented drumming and Eric "A.K." Knutson's high-pitched

power metal vocals. Intro song "Hammerhead" is a true thrash classic, but this album

is full of head banging mastery. Feast your metal cravings on songs "Iron Tears",

"Desecrator”, "Metal Shock" and "Der Fuhrer". Highly Recommend seeing these guys

at the Haven Lounge in May.

Photo Credit Jeff Watson

Photo Credit Jeff Watson

Photo Credit

Christian Giuseppe

Photo Credit

Metal Blade Records


Phantom Foodie

For this month’s review we visited

Corleone’s Famous New York

Pizza and Gyros in Daytona Beach

I had never paid much attention to the little places

tucked away at the end of International Speedway

Blvd. in Daytona where it dead-ends, literally, at the

beach (because who hasn’t been disappointed by the

cardboard pizza or frozen corn dogs they serve at a lot

of places right on the beach). So when we received

a suggestion from one of our readers to drop in on

Corleone’s, I had to get directions.

The place is small; there are two doors that are in an

odd proximity to each other, but I don’t think it matters

which one you enter through. On the first visit (which

was after a race at the Speedway) we had a group of

people, including a 5-year-old who had already been

complaining about how much his legs hurt from all the

walking. There were a few tables of customers seated

when we entered and we were immediately told there

was going to be somewhat of a wait, although it wasn’t

clear how long it might be. We got nervous because

we heard one customer say they had been waiting

for an hour, but we decided to let it play out. There

were plenty of coloring books and crayons and colored

pencils available and they have a television hanging on

the wall. The dining room is a little awkward and it was

a difficult to squeeze in because the seats have arms.

But we managed and made room on the table for our

art project.

Our order was taken quickly and we asked if there was

any possibility of getting chicken fingers and fries out

first in case the thrill of coloring ended too quickly. We

also ordered a Gyro and a large Hawaiian Pizza with

pepperoni added. They don’t have fountain drinks, but

they have bottled beer and water and soft drinks. To our

surprise, the chicken and fries came out fairly quickly

and were hot and tasty. The fries were a big hit with the

whole table. All of the food was delivered in just over

30 minutes, which didn’t seem unusual for

the time of night on a Saturday after a race

in a “touristy” area of Daytona Beach. The

large pizza was really, really large.


The crust was especially tasty and it was hot and fresh,

although the pineapple had a “canned” taste (you can

insert your own discussion about whether pineapple is

an appropriate pizza topping here - I happen to be on

the “yes” side of that debate). The Gyro was given

a 6-7 on a scale of 10 by my friend who ordered it;

he said the meat was good but the tzatziki was not so

great. I don’t care for tzatziki of any description so I

didn’t taste it. The price was very reasonable; 3 adults

and a child with all that food, including tip, was around

$60. And we enjoyed the pizza for a couple of days

after that as well; it was even good leftover, without the


The second visit was on a Thursday night and it was

a little late for dinner, around 8:00. I asked a different

friend to go with me this time. When we walked in,

they asked if we had called in an order for pick up and

seemed surprised when we said we would be eating in.

We were the only people there so we were treated very

well. They gave us the remote control for the television

so we could decide what to watch. We ordered a large

pizza, half with pepperoni and half with sausage. It

was delivered to the table in about 15 minutes. I didn’t

remember this from the first visit, but we were given

paper plates with a metal fork and a serrated knife to

eat the pizza with. Surprisingly, the paper plate didn’t

end up in shreds, but it seemed odd. The pizza was,

again, very good. It was cooked well, hot and fresh

with plenty of cheese and toppings. My friend’s first

comment was how much he liked the crust. Because

we ordered a large pizza, he undoubtedly enjoyed it for

several days, as there is not room in my refrigerator for

a “to go” box that big.

Corleone’s was an unexpected surprise; it was a far

cry from the food you get in many “restaurants” in that

area of town. The food was good, the people were

friendly and the price was reasonable. We appreciated

that they mentioned the wait on our first visit; they

took advantage of the opportunity to exceeded our

expectations with a wait time that didn’t seem out of

the ordinary to us. I got the impression that they do a

lot of carry-out business but the dining experience was

very pleasant as well. I will definitely visit again, to try

the “pinwheels”, which I’ve heard are delicious. Their

menu also includes salads, strombolis, calzones and

wings and their website offers online ordering and free


Gotha Location

March 1 – Diamond Dixie

March 2 – Liza Morales Trio

March 4 – Originals Only Open Mic

March 7 – Brandon “Twitch” Wilson

March 8 – Jordan Foley

March 9 – Mud Rooster

March 11 – Open Mic

March 14 – DWE Showcase

March 15 – Madison Shae

March 16 – TBD

March 21 – Ramona

March 22 – Ramona

March 23 – The Swamp Donkeys

March 25 – Open Mic

March 28 – Ben Torres

March 29 – TBD

March 30 – TBD

1236 Hempel Ave.

Windermere 34786

(407) 296-0609




New Smyrna Location

March 1 – The Evening Muze

March 2 – Stealing Vanity

March 7 – Kelly Jarrard

March 8 – Nate Utley

March 9 – Corey Shenk

March 14 – The Transfers

March 15 – Jim Lord

March 16 – Gina Cuchetti

March 21 – Stephanie Schaffer

March 22 – Eddy Davis

March 23 – Drew Halverson

March 28 – Claire Vandiver

March 29 – Jay Paski and Adam Searan

March 30 – Gina Cuchetti

147 Canal St.

New Smyrna Beach 32168

(386) 410-4824

Open every day at 11am

3/7 Stealing Vanity

3/14 The Click

3/21 Relief

3/28 Joe Santana

3/7 Stealing Vanity

3/14 The Click

3/21 Relief

3/28 Joe Santana

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