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Vol. 2

Issue 7 September 2019

27 is a Lifetime

What’s in a Name?

NEWS FLASH: The Beatles

are Still Bigger than Jesus

The Naked Truth -

Did He or Didn’t He?

















“Love cannot save you

from your own fate.”

~ Jim Morrison

Oh My Goddess

News Flash: The Beatles are Still

Bigger than Jesus

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician

27 is a Lifetime


What’s in a Name

Roy Mayorga’s “Rockin’ Recipe for Autism”

Feature: Last Electric Rodeo

Static Live Event Calendar

An Original Music Manifesto

Frank’s Odd Machines by Hank Harrison

Art Feature: Katty Smith

Behind the Mic: Riggs


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Find Your Flavor at

Oh My...Goddess


In her own words …

“I’m a 21 year old student studying criminal justice and crime scene

investigation, so I love all things horror! My favorite thing to do is try new

restaurants and foods; I actually ate a conch spine recently on my trip to

Turks and Caicos. It tasted like squishy, salty plastic! I also couldn’t live

without fried pickles or Coke icees.”

“Besides modeling, my favorite things to do are binge watch Real

Housewives and do adventurous activities, skydiving being my all time

favorite memory! (Probably not my mom’s, though). Modeling has taught me

how to be myself as well as how to give things my all, and I continue to try

and apply this to every aspect of my life.”

Photo Credit: Mandy Lynn


I draw the line at Beatle farts.

I will never, ever buy a boxed set of Fab

Four flatulence. Not even the cheapo

single-CD version of John, Paul, George

and Ringo’s greatest blows.

But anything else by the Beatles? Yep, sign

me up!

Which is why I’m stoked and jones-in’ to

drop 150 bones or so on a “new” collection

of Fab Four tracks when the mega-uberdeluxe,

expanded and remixed, four-disc

box set of Abbey Road is released Sept.

27 – at exactly 50 years and a day after the


This newest Beatle blast has me wondering:

With Rihanna selling a gazillion downloads

of every time she cuts a fart, just where do

the Fab Four stand these days among the

best-selling music artists of all time?

Sales stats are tricky and byzantine, simply

because these days every artist is tallied by

precise and accurate electronic monitoring,

whereas pre-1991 – the year SoundScan

tracking debuted -- the record industry

relied on a semi-arcane guesstimate


A Google search revealed numerous lists

utilizing various methods, with the Beatles

at the top of each one I checked out. The

Wikipedia entry tallied the Fabs at 278

million in “total certified units” sold and 600

million in “claimed sales.”

The real race is for No. 2. Digital Music

News places the Beatles at No. 1 with 178

million units sold, and country guy Garth

Brooks second with 148 million. Wiki

ranks Elvis Presley second. By the way, a

2013 New Yorker piece by Bill Wyman (not

the Stones’ bassist) calls bullshit on the

Michael Jackson estate’s claim that he sold

a McDonald’s-esque one billion units.

Back in the day when I was the rock/hiphop/pop

music writer at The Tennessean,

the daily newspaper in Nashville, I got

pressed into duty covering a press

conference with Brooks, who was at the

peak of his country music fame. A publicist

spoke and mentioned that his Garthiness

was second in all-time music sales behind,

yep, the Beatles. The press conference was

held to trumpet the release of Garth’s The

Limited Series, a box set that included his

first six CDs with a bonus track added to

each one – and which sold for like a measly

$3.23 . . . OK, I’m exaggerating, but you get

the idea.

Then my inner conspiracy theorist

connected the dots and concluded: Garth,

that sumbitch, isn’t selling his mega-box

at a cut-rate as a thank-you to fans – he’s

doing it to amp up his sales in order to pass

the Beatles!

That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.

There’s no greater boast in music than to

say “XXX is bigger than the Beatles!”

Well, there is one higher boast: “So-and-so

is bigger than Jesus!” But Lennon already

made that claim for the Beatles back in

1966, and he was right: The Beatles had a

very good year in ’66 with the release of

Revolver. As for Jesus, that year’s charts

show he sold doodly-squat.

The Beatles are still bigger than Jesus, by

the way: A check of those various all-time

charts reveals J.C. doesn’t even out-sell

Neil Diamond or Taylor Swift.

For anyone who believes the Beatles can’t

compete in the SoundScan era, recall that 1,

a greatest-hits set released in 2000, was the

worldwide best-selling album of the decade

(2000-2009), with 40 million copies sold.

Hell, I might buy two copies of the uber

Abbey Road set, just to juice the Beatles’

No. 1 ranking. Jesus, you better get on the

stick if you want your Here Comes the Son

CD to out-sell the Fab Four.



y Adam Floyd

EARTH is spinning and we are all along for

the ride. Sometimes it feels like I have no

control and I’m just being flung through

space with no rhyme or reason. Even in the

chaos that can be the life of a musician, I try to find

the order that will make sense of it all. There’s no

way every detail will be under control like in the life

of a computer engineer or brain surgeon. It is an art

form I practice after all, full of random mysteries.

It’s really just an illusion when a more ordinary

professional feels that they have it all under control.

It can all be gone in an instant and when things get

dicey, an artist is better equipped to deal. Musicians

may want the comfort of a steady gig but we crave

the excitement of a new stage. The challenge of a

new crowd to woo or different venue is what keeps

us vibrant. The setbacks that might throw a more

analytical type for a loop are nothing to us. We are

ready to swim in the deep water at any time and are

no stranger to difficulties.

When I select new songs to perform as cover tunes,

I keep in mind the subtle line between pleasing the

audience and keeping them on their toes. I like to

do a little of both. You have to give the people what

they want but I like to have a few tunes ready that

are unexpected. It can be a song or even a genre

out of left field. It keeps everyone paying attention

for one, and it also keeps me on point. The people

will tune out if I’m not right there in the moment with

them. It does not always work but, hey - nothing

ventured, nothing gained.

Even when I feel I have the chaos whipped, it’s

good to introduce some randomality into the mix.

Sometimes it means bringing in a lead player you

have never played with. I will also let the occasional

tipsy patron sing a song or two. I’ll let random

strangers play my instruments at gigs, especially if

they have a big group of people with them. It can

really get the party going! Never underestimate the

power of taking people out of their element. It can

be where the fun starts.


You can have all the money and the stability of a

regular paycheck. Dayshift hours in a satisfying but

boring life are great for most, but musicians are a

different sort. I chuckle when the popular media

speak of the ‘gig economy’. It’s the only one I’ve

ever known so to me it seems normal. Sure, there

are drawbacks to a musician’s life but players would

not trade it for anything. How else can your life be

the greatest show on EARTH?

On the


By Jenny McLain

Between 1969 and 1971 Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix,

Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of

27. The idea of the “27 Club”, however, became public

perception after Kurt Cobain’s death in 1984. In 2011,

the death of Amy Winehouse focused attention on the

27 Club once again.

Perhaps the earliest member of the 27 Club was

Blues musician Robert Johnson, who died in 1938.

The cause of death is not clear; some say poisoning,

some say bad moonshine; his death certificate says

syphilis. Johnson has been called the “King of the

Delta Blues” and the “First

Rock Star”; however, his

early music career was less

than remarkable. As a young

man, he had aspirations

of greatness but mediocre

talent at best. He fell in love

at the age of 18 with a girl

several years his junior. Her

family was Christian and

they considered Blues “the

devil’s music” so he made a

promise and put his guitar

away and he married his

sweetheart. She became

pregnant and went to her

grandparents’ house to have

the baby towards the end of

her pregnancy, with plans for

Robert to follow. He took the

opportunity to bring his guitar

out of retirement and played

some of his old haunts on the

journey to see his new baby.

When he arrived, he learned

that his wife and baby had

both died in childbirth and her

family blamed him and his

music for the tragedy.

Robert never looked back on

his life as a farmhand and

set out to pursue his music. Playing on street corners

brought entertainers pocket change, but the Juke Joints

was where the money was so that was his aspiration.

He would go in and pick up a performer’s guitar while

they were on break to try and prove himself, but was

run out of one Juke Joint in particular by Son House,

who said, “Put that guitar down, boy. You drivin’ people

nuts.” Robert disappeared from the Mississippi Delta

after that, and it is said he went to “The Crossroads”

at the junction of Hwy 61 and Hwy 49

and sold his soul to the devil to become a

better musician. When he returned a year

later, carrying a guitar, Son House saw him


coming and remembered him. Robert asked Son to give

him a chance, which he did. Robert was playing like a

master. He’d added a 7th string on his guitar and he was

doing things the seasoned musicians had never seen

or heard. He was protective of the technique and would

turn his back or stop playing if he knew anyone was

studying his hands. It was inexplicable - how had a poor/

mediocre musician gained such talent in just a year? Had

Robert really sold his soul to the devil that night at The


There are only two known

photos of Robert Johnson

and he left only 29

recordings and no video

footage. But his legend

is big enough and his

recordings unique enough to

have influenced Eric Clapton

(who remade Johnson’s

“Traveling Riverside

Blues” with “Crossroads”).

Crossroads was covered by

Led Zeppelin as well, and

Led Zeppelin’s more famous

“Lemon Song” also samples

lyrics from the same Robert

Johnson song, “You can

squeeze my lemon ‘til the

juice runs down my leg.”

There was a show called

“From Spirituals to Swing”

being organized at Carnegie

Hall at the end of 1938 and

the producers had sent a

representative to find Robert

Johnson to be part of it;

Robert Johnson died at the

age of 27, about six months

before that show. The show

went on, with a Victrola on

the stage with a spotlight

playing Robert Johnson’s

music during the portion that had been meant for him.

Perhaps Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, or

perhaps he worked for that year back in his hometown of

Hazlehurst, Mississippi with a mentor (Ike Zimmerman)

he met while trying to locate his biological father. His

tombstone reads, “Robert L. Johnson May 8, 1911 -

August 16, 1938 ~musician and composer~ he influenced

millions beyond his time”.

Perhaps all of these young masters had demons, secrets,

motivations and their own deals with their own devils. But

“what if” their “27” had not been a lifetime . . .


By the Reluctant Genius

Did he or didn’t he? That will remain

a mystery for fans throughout time.

Perhaps not for the ones that were in the

front row that night and maybe not for the

band members who were on the same

stage (although they were behind him).

Fifty years ago this month Jim Morrison,

a.k.a. The Lizard King supposedly

exposed his genitals during a concert in

Miami and after all these years, it’s still

being debated. Is there real proof?

He was charged with a crime and turned

down a plea deal that would have

required The Doors to perform a free

concert in Miami. He was convicted and

sentenced to six months in jail and was

ordered to pay a $500 fine He never

did any real time, though, for he met

his unfortunate demise in Paris, France

while his appeal was pending. Florida

Governor Charlie Crist announced a

posthumous pardon for Morrison in

2010. There have been debates and

tons of interviews, yet there really isn’t

an answer to the question of whether

the story is true. The bandmates swear

that it never happened. Others swear it

did, but ultimately we may never know.

One thing that’s for sure - Jim Morrison

and his band, The Doors, were one of

the most influential bands of the late

‘60s. Their huge sold out shows were

legendary (both good and bad). It

always depended on how the frontman

was feeling that particular night. Many

nights, he commanded the crowd; other

times, he would piss them off by insulting

them and causing near riots. A few times

he just totally baffled everybody by doing

something crazy and outlandish, such as

whether he actually “whipped it out” or


One can only imagine what might have

been if the band had continued. Like

so many young musicians throughout

history, Jim Morrison died way too early,

leaving many mysteries behind.

Here’s just a little bit more about

the band The Doors and what they


The Doors (Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek,

John Densmore, Robbie Krieger) arrived

on the scene in 1967. Jim Morrison

and Ray Manzarek met unexpectedly

on the beach in Venice, CA during the

summer of 1965 after meeting previously

in UCLA’s film school. Morrison, on

the strength of his poetry, was invited

to join Manzarek’s group “Rick and the

Ravens”. Krieger and Densmore were

recruited soon thereafter. The band

signed with Elektra Records following a

now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-

Go on the Sunset Strip. Their first album

was released in 1967, led off by the song

“Break on Through (To the Other Side)”;

they released their second album before

the end of the same year. The Doors

released six studio albums in all, as well

as a live album and a compilation, before

Morrison’s death in 1971. The remaining

three members of The Doors released

two more original Doors albums, along

with a set of tracks they composed to

accompany some of Morrison’s poetry


On December 9, 1967, Jim Morrison

became the first rock artist arrested on

stage during a concert. Morrison had

been kissing a female fan backstage in

a shower stall before a concert and a

policeman, who didn’t know that Morrison

was the lead singer of the band about

to perform, ordered them to leave. The

incident ended with Morrison being maced

and caused an hour delay of the concert

to allow time for Morrison to recover.

Halfway through the first set, Morrison

started singing an impromptu song about

the run-in, riddled with obscenities and

taunting the police surrounding the stage.

The concert came to an abrupt end with

Morrison being dragged off the stage by

the police. The crowd became unruly

and Morrison was charged with inciting a

riot, indecency and public obscenity. The

charges were dropped a few weeks later

for lack of evidence.

The incident in Miami occurred on March

1, 1967, at the Dinner Key Auditorium in

Coconut Grove. Morrison arrived, drunk,

an hour late for the concert after drinking

all day and missing connecting flights

to Miami. The crowd was restless from

the wait; and there were 12,000 people

packed into a venue designed for 7,000;

it was a converted hangar that had no

air conditioning and the seats had been

removed to allow for more ticket sales.

Morrison was mimicking an “antagonistic”

style of performance, having been inspired

after attending a play by an experimental

theater group. He was taunting the crowd

with messages of both love and hate. At

some point, champagne was poured on

Morrison and he took his shirt off, held it

in front of his groin area and started making

movements behind it, telling the audience

“Let’s get naked”, and the audience started

taking their clothes off. Morrison was

arrested on March 5 by the Dade County

Sheriff’s Office, who claimed (among other

things) that he had exposed his penis on


On March 13, 1971, while free from jail

pending his appeal of the conviction,

Morrison took a leave of absence from The

Doors and moved to Paris. He was found

dead in the bathtub on July 3, 1971, by his

girlfriend, Pamela Courson. There was no

official autopsy and the death certificate

simply listed the cause of death as heart

failure so there are many unanswered

questions about his death. The timing made

him a member of the “27 Club” of famous

rock stars who died at the age of 27; his

girlfriend, Pamela Courson, also died at the

age of 27.

During the late 1970s, there was a revival

of interest in The Doors as a result of the

release of An American Prayer, one of the

projects done to accompany Morrison’s

poetry, which contained a live version of

Roadhouse Blues. In 1979, The Doors’

song The End was featured in the film

Apocalypse Now and the following year, a

biography about Jim Morrison was released.

In September of 1980 their first album

reappeared on the Billboard 200 album chart;

in response, a compilation album, Greatest

Hits, was released in October of 1980. The

album made it to number 17 and remained

on the Billboard 200 for almost two years.

Another compilation album, The Best of

the Doors, was released in 1987 and was

certified Diamond after selling 10 million

certified units.

The next generation of fans of The Doors

would come about after the 1991 release of

the movie “The Doors”, starring Val Kilmer as

Morrison and directed by Oliver Stone. The

film’s soundtrack reached number 8 on the

Billboard list and Greatest Hits and The Best

of The Doors also re-entered the charts.

The Doors were ranked 41st by Rolling

Stone Magazine on their list of the “100

Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 1993, they

were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of

Fame. Who knows what would have been

next for Morrison and The Doors, if he hadn’t

joined the “27 Club” in Paris in 1971?




To pose the question William Shakespeare

asked with his famous line from Romeo

& Juliet: What’s in a name? We are

known in this world by our names. In

the music industry, we are known by our

band names or our stage names. These

help us to form our musical identities and

announces who we are before anyone

even hears the music we make. A great

band name is like a lure in the water. It’s

the bait. It’s our figurative representative.

The name is what stands out and greets people, inviting them into

the experience. Naming your band is like naming your kid. It’s an

important part of the whole package you’re presenting. The name

is ultimately your brand and has to paint an entire image of who

you are with very few words while still connecting with the public.

It is often the final piece of the puzzle that lights up the star you

are becoming and launches your expression as a group into the


Sometimes groups can go through many place holders before

they stumble on the one that truly clicks and ultimately sticks

with the fans. The Doors for example were once going to

call themselves “Dionysus” after the Greek god of drunken

debauchery. Instead they ended up adopting a more catchy, two

word moniker that spoke to the aesthetic and esoteric nature

of their music rather than just the excessive base desires of

some band mates. Though sex and drugs were part of their

performance art, there’s something much deeper that they were

communicating with their cumulative musical energies. It was

the ritual of initiation into other realms of knowing that was at

the source of their music. That’s why the Aldous Huxley book

“The Doors of Perception” (which was an exploration into the

psychedelic experience) actually inspired them to finally settle on

“The Doors” as their name. Aptly put, listeners of Jim Morrison

and The Doors get exactly that. A secret entryway, led by the

Lizard King, into our most infinite nature, which is sometimes dark,

sometimes as bright as fire. Led Zeppelin is another interesting

example of a successful band name. They often joked that their

career might take off like a lead balloon. By choosing such a

comedic name that spoke to the lighter side of their expectations,

it really resonated with the fans. The message received was,

“These guys don’t take themselves too seriously.” Plus, lead is a

heavy metal. The name works on two levels. The comical word

picture alone stirred intrigue among execs and listeners alike and

put them a step above the rest right out of the gate.

So how do you come up with the perfect name for your band?

Well, the bottom line is you don’t “try” to come up with it.

Brainstorming is a great start but the band really has to name

itself in the end. By just being open to receiving what this new

entity you’ve created is telling you about itself (through its

members, it’s emerging sound and it’s central message) you

will be inspired towards the perfect fit. The creation of a band

is ultimately the meshing of several individual identities who

are emulating similar vibrational energy. Ask yourself what that

core vibe of your group is? What’s your connecting thread?

Your theme? Therein lies a clue! You all bring a piece of the pie

to the table, but it’s the flavor of that pie as a whole from which

the fragrance of your group name arises. My sisters and I have

gone thru several incarnations of our particular pie ourselves. We

named those phases accordingly. Most notably we have been

known as Little Women (when the group consisted of Mom and

her 5 daughters), The Beu Sisters (the 4 of us Disney darlings)

and momentarily B.E.U. (when the group whittled down to 3

people). We quickly boomeranged back to being straight up

Beu Sisters for the completion of our Beu-tiful album because

we couldn’t deny the name works well for us. At the heart of

our group there has always been the family connection and

our audience knows that from the get-go by our name alone.

They may not know what kind of music we will be singing but

they can pretty much assume there’s going to be cool family

harmonies and a sisterly vibe. The core energy that our group

aspires to is that of a fun, familial bond and an otherworldly

sisterhood. Our name, our image and our entire musical

journey reflects that in nearly every aspect of what we’ve put

into our career.

The reason why silly names like Hurricane Beu, Beubonic

Plague and Deja Beu never left the brainstorming page (for

obvious reasons) is that, although these puns made us laugh,

they didn’t encapsulate our essence at all. Some of the terrible

and off-putting names suggested by well meaning folks at our

label didn’t do it either. Daytona4, Mary’s Daughters and The

Girls spoke nothing of our allure and instead brought forth

images of race cars, convents and childlike naivety. Femme,

Sirens and Lady Beu were options that made us sound more

like ladies of the evening rather than wholesome, organic,

family vocalists. Once we started coming up with names like

My Sisters, Gabrielle’s Sisters, and The Sisters Beu...It was

a natural hop skip and a jump to simply calling ourselves The

Beu Sisters. It may not have spoken to our creative side so

much but it painted the broader picture of who we are and

was easily relatable and recognizable for the fans. Beu is

our surname. One that has been mispronounced by most

everyone I’ve encountered in life. I didn’t think it would be a

name that would make us famous by any means but over time

I have grown to see its absolute perfection. The name Beu,

when broken down into syllables, is Be U. It’s pronounced

BE YOU (as in Beu-tiful.) When we went from mainstream to

independent artists and reclaimed our identity as Beu Sisters

we discovered there WAS something in our name after all, and

it was more meaningful to us as a group then ever before. We

had been trying so hard to really find ourselves and yet to truly

know yourself you first have to accept yourself for who you are.

Incidentally, we discovered that our name contained a massive

clue to our true purpose, a hidden message from within and

was something for us to embrace and live by. It had clearly

been speaking to us our whole lives saying: “Candice...Be U,

Christie...Be U, Danielle...Be U, Jilaine...Be U. Don’t TRY to be

anyone or anything other than who you are. Just Be U Sisters

and know yourselves true.”

Shakespeare may have wanted to convey the notion that

it’s the worth of a man that counts more than his name but

I’d have to challenge that when it comes to marketing in the

music industry. The worth of a name, especially concerning

merchandising, is big money, even when the lead singer or the

band is no longer. Look at Sublime. Look at AC/DC. There is

definitely sticking power behind the words we choose to assign

our signature bands and singing groups. Bands can become

iconic and make a great impact over time. Group members

can forever be remembered by the bands they were in, like

the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Once you know how you

want to portray yourselves collaboratively and you discover

your ultimate stage persona then you can build upon your

sound, your platform and sometimes you can even influence

the culture that supports your unique musical expression.

Sure, a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet but

doesn’t “The Doors” just sound so much better than

saying, “Have you listened to Riders on the Storm

by Dionysus yet??” Think about it.

NAME?By Candice Beu 15




Oddly enough, the kitchen is where

multi-talented musician and drummer

Roy Mayorga of the three-time

Grammy Award-nominated band

Stone Sour recalls first honing his

craft when he would pound away

on his mother’s pots and pans as a

child. In recent years, Mayorga has

left his drumming for making music

and the pots and pans for making

one-of-a-kind creations like Ki-Lua

Hash, which he proudly refers to as,

“a quick yummy dinner perfect for

hangovers. ” For the perfect dessert

pairing, he and his wife Cazzie

recommend a decadent serving of

their signature Hedgehog Slice.


Combine and cook onion and beef until nearly browned then

add tomato sauce, spaghetti and olives. Stir ingredients

together until well blended and pour into a 9 x 13 inch

casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake uncovered at 350

degrees for 20 minutes.


Melt butter in saucepan with sugar until dissolved. Stir in

cocoa and place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes. Crush

bickies (or graham crackers) roughly and place into mixing

bowl with walnuts. Blend together and pour into glass pan.

Top with chocolate icing, cut into small squares, refrigerate

for two hours and then, as Roy puts it, “It’s full on!”


1 pound ground beef

1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce I medium onion, chopped

½ cup pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced

16 ounce package of spaghetti

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)


2 eggs (lightly beaten)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

4 tablespoon good cocoa

[Dutch cocoa if available]

1 cup butter

3/4 cup crushed walnuts

1½ cup crushed Australian bickies (or sub graham crackers)


This recipe has been added to the “Rockin Recipes for Autism” cookbook to benefit an amazing charitable

cause, ‘We Rock for Autism, an officially recognized non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

For more information about “Rockin’ Recipes for Autism”, or to order the book, visit


Original music organization, SSA (Songwriters Showcases

of America), knew that Last Electric Rodeo was something

different when they awarded the new act Most Unique

Style in their 2016 ceremonies. Since then, Last Electric

Rodeo has gone on to impress crowds throughout the

Southeast, leaving them wondering and wanting more.

And LER has PLENTY more.

LER, or “The Rodeo” as their fans call them, draws on the

themes of the “Endtimes” and the “Post-apocalypse.” From

the onset of their endeavor, they proposed a concept story

in 3 parts. They produced the middle part first with their

album, Last Electric Rodeo Part II - “Last Show On Earth,”

depicting a post-fallen world and the surviving characters

still struggling to inhabit it. Their next release was Last

Electric Rodeo Part I - “Prequela,” describing the events

leading up to their imagined version of “The End,” while

giving the origin to some of the characters from

Part II. Currently in the works is Last Electric

Rodeo Part III - “Retro Futurum,” which will

finish the story arc of Volume I, due to be

released in January of 2020.


LER has been described as an alt western rock band and

performance troupe that takes its audience on a musical

journey to an uncertain future. Story writer, lyricist, and

singer for the group, August Wenger, labels LER as the

“New Original.” Definitely sounds intriguing, so “what is the

new original?” we asked. Wenger goes on to say, “With

every musical idea already explored, it is impossible to be

truly original. What we call the ‘New Original’ is a blending

of genres, themes, and concepts in a new way that has

never been done. The result is a sound and experience that

is unique, yet strangely familiar.”

The Rodeo is certainly unique. For starters, LER is not just

a band. It is a multimedia stage show featuring live music,

visuals, set pieces and props, with actors and performers

in full costumes and make-up. Performers in character

include dancers, yogis, hoopers, flow artists, comedians,

illusionists, and femme fatale burlesque girls in gasmasks,

all filling the stage with color and spectacle - some of them

even glowing in the dark. In addition, they have their own

brand of merchandise and original artwork on display at

every show. Some participating venues even offer signature

cocktails themed after LER characters.

LER represents a prophetic warning and an essential

question: “Do we need everything to go wrong before

we will set our world right?” Some of their songs that

engage this question include Last Show on Earth, about

the scenario that everything that could go wrong did

go wrong; Radioactive Gal, describing an untouchable

radioactive beauty; Fallout Blues, an ironic description of

all the unnecessary things that would be lost if there were

an end to the world; Girls N Gasmasks, a post-apocalyptic

jingle championing the fictional Jurassic brand of gasmask;

Black Rose, a tragic tale of lost love returning from the

dead; and Atomic Beach Bash, an innuendo about the

atomic age.

Last Electric Rodeo’s show begins with the character,

Ringmaster, calling forth the “end-timers,” (the audience),

asking them to join him in Revelry. “Rejoice,” he

commands, “for if you are here, you are alive!” He goes

on to explain that “The Rodeo” is all that’s left of the world

that was, that it is the last bastion of hope for the remaining

survivors of the apocalypse. “Tonight! Let us live live like

Kings and Queens,” he implores, “for this is not our first

rodeo, but it just might be our last!”

So where can you see this amazing stage show? There

are several opportunities in the coming months. But be

sure to catch one or all of them, for each show is different

and LER only plays select dates and venues. Soon, Last

Electric Rodeo returns to 3 prominent events you won’t

want to miss. First up, the truly unique Sing Out Loud

Festival taking place in St. Augustine every weekend in

September, with LER headlining the Sunday, September

15th showcase at the Colonial Oak Music Park, in the

Historic Quarter, at 9pm. Next up, LER performs Ancient

City Con, a comic, fantasy, sci-fi, entertainment convention

going on its 11th year, taking place at the World Golf Village

Convention Hall, September 20-22. LER performs on the

eve of Saturday the 21st. Following that, LER will headline

the 2nd Annual Ormond Beach Live, Original Music and Art

Festival, Saturday October 5th at the Rockefeller Gardens

in Ormond Beach. This will be a special all-ages show

where fans of the Rodeo will be showing up in their own

post-apocalyptic attire and joining in the fun.

Keep on the lookout for added fall and winter dates and

check out Last Electric Rodeo’s schedule, browse their

works and merchandise, and find out more about the

story and the cast on their website:

Be sure to like and follow them on Facebook, Instagram,

Twitter, YouTube, Pandora, and the like @

lastelectricrodeo. And in the words of LER’s

character Jurassic Jack, “Keep Breathing You

Stone-Agers!” 19




Bounty Bar - Jimmy Z 7pm

Delta Marriott - DJ Tom 11am

Delta Marriott - Danny Dread 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Randy Williams 5pm

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski 6pm

Oceanside - Warren Beck 10am

Oceanside - Jason Longoria 4pm

Outriggers - Ian Opalinski 1pm

Outriggers - Warren Beck and Billy Dean 6pm

Traders - JW Gilmore


Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm


Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm


31 Supper Club - Christie Beu 6pm

Bounty Bar - Savannah Savino 7pm

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones Unplugged 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - The Click 7:30pm

Outriggers - The Vibe 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Transfers 6pm


31 Supper Club - Project Coast 7pm

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm

Delta Marriott - The Vibe 5pm

Grind/Kona - The Strange Seasons 7pm

NSB Brewing - Seth Pause 6pm

Oceanside - Love Bomb 5:30pm

Outriggers - Smyrna Erb 6pm

Traders - David Dequasie 6pm

Traders - Redline 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Evening Muze 6pm


31 Supper Club - Warren Beck 7pm

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm

Delta Marriott - Down River Duo 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - JW Gilmore 7pm

NSB Brewing - Brent Clowers 6pm

Oceanside - Jay Paski 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Evening Muze 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - The Vibe 9pm

Tortugas - Cain 6pm

Traders - Etc 6pm

Traders - Redline 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Gina Cuchetti 6pm


Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff Risinger 9pm

Oceanside - Splash 10am


Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm


Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm


31 Supper Club - The Transfers 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jason Longoria 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Joseph Harrison 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - Smyrna Erb 7:30pm

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - David Dequasie 6pm


31 Supper Club - Stevie Greer:

A Tribute to the British Invasion

Bounty Bar - Kenny Roy 7pm

Delta Marriott - Drew Halverson 5pm

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers 7pm

NSB Brewing - Blue Dream 6pm

Oceanside - The Vibe 5:30pm

Outriggers - Musical Charis 6pm

Traders - Boomers 9pm

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Bradford Buckley 6pm


31 Supper Club - Neil Diamond Tribute 7pm

Bounty Bar - Jason;Gote; Vandemaat 7pm

Delta Marriott - Mark Moore 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Are Friends Electric 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Warren Beck and Billy Dean 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Vibe 6pm

Oceanside - Marty McCarrick 5:30pm

Outriggers - Brent Clowers 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Strumstick 9pm

Tortugas - 5 Time Shag 6pm

Traders - Acoustic Inferno 6pm

Traders - Boomers 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Down River Duo 6pm


Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 7pm

Flagler Tavern - PT Mack 9pm

Oceanside - Warren Beck 10am



Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm

Wednesday, September 18

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm


31 Supper Club - Comedy Night 6pm

Bounty Bar - Kaci Jo Hibbard 7pm

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones Unplugged 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - Humans in Disguise 7:30pn

Outriggers - The Vibe 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel 6pm


31 Supper Club - Christie Beu 7pm

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski 7pm

Delta Marriott - Marty McCarrick 5pm

Grind/Kona - Love Bomb 7pm

NSB Brewing - Kaci Jo Hibbard 6pm

Oceanside - Shaker Jones 5:30pm

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley 6pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Traders - Warren Beck 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Project Coast 6pm


31 Supper Club - Brent Clowers 7pm

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm

Delta Marriott - The Vibe 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Splash 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Evening Muze 6pm

Oceanside - Davey Leatherwood 5:30pm

Outriggers - Jimmy Z 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm

Tortugas - Smyrna Erb 6pm

Traders - Etc 6:30pm

Traders - Marty McCarrick 2:30pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Jay Paski 6pm


Bounty Bar - Savannah Savino 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Shawn Kelley 9pm

Oceanside - Splash 10am


9/24/2019 Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm


Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm

Thursday, September 26

31 Supper Club - Jonny Odis 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Music Matt 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - Outeredge 7:30pm

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Kaci Jo Hibbard 6pm


31 Supper Club - Warren Beck and Billy Dean 7pm

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Delta Marriott - Love Bomb 5pm

Grind/Kona - Musical Charis 7pm

NSB Brewing - Drew Halverson 6pm

Oceanside - Jimmy Z 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Cyclones 6pm

Traders - TBD

Traders - Outeredge 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Brent Clowers 6pm


31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm

Delta Marriott - Faith Hannon Duo 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm

NSB Brewing - Marty McCarrick 6pm

Oceanside - Strange Seasons 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Transfers 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Dustin Seymour 9pm

Tortugas - Outeredge 6pm

Traders - TBD

Traders - Randy Williams 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Jason Gote Vandemaat 6pm


Bounty Bar - Jason Gote Vandemaat 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff Risinger 9pm

Oceanside - Marty Mccarrick 10am

Community Events




Music Manifesto

By C. August Wenger

Art accompanying music is as old as time. Those favorite

albums of yours not only have the songs you love on them,

they also have an album cover that is equally engraved in

your consciousness. Just seeing some imagery can invoke

the music; Nirvana’s Nevermind, Beastie Boys’ Licensed to

Ill, and Sublime’s 40oz. To Freedom come to mind. Some

art has transcended the music itself- the Rolling Stones’

mouth, or the Ramones’ logo, for example. Music art can

be as simple as Pink Floyd’s The Wall, or as intricate as

The Grateful Dead’s Aoxomoxoa. It doesn’t matter; both are

equally iconic.

Music art really comes in many forms, can be traditionally

illustrated, hand drawn or painted, photographic, digitally

graphic, or it could be collaged combining any or all of the

above. Each has its own impact on the reception of the

music it is representing.

Music art is applied in many facets as well. It is the logo or

logos of the band, the album cover, the website art, poster

art, t-shirt art; really any physical advertising, marketing, or

product of the band that has a visual component.

The Original Music Manifesto is primarily for you - the

upstarting original band. So this article will continue with a

focus on considering artwork that represents your band and

your music, and that will help you get noticed.

First off, don’t just choose your buddy’s or your girlfriend’s

art, just to have something, or because they asked you

to do it. Hey, if it’s really good, more power to you - but

oftentimes, it’s not. Also, have a good idea of what you


want, particularly the media. Is it going to be illustrated,

or is it photography? Is it just one piece, or is it a series?

When commissioning an artist, don’t be afraid to tell them

what you want. When asking an artist to create art for your

band or project, try to give them as much general direction

as possible, while still allowing them to express themselves

artistically. That way, the artist becomes invested, and

becomes a promoter of your music as well.

In my personal opinion, I think it’s good to have a theme

to your art that canvases your entire visual presence. The

art on the album cover flows to the website, to the poster

art, to the t-shirt art, to your social media. You’re building

a brand, after all, and that visual continuity will make more

of a lasting impression in the long run. That being said,

don’t paste the album cover over everything - think ahead,

and have a variety of pieces in your theme so that each

platform has its own personality within your greater design.

This also lets your audience see an evolution in your


I asked one of my favorite local Florida artists, Nick

Dunkenstein, her opinion on music art, and what has

intrigued her about creating art for bands. She had this to

say: “Visual art and music are perfect partners, so when

both are strong pieces, they become memorable. This is

what the band/musician will inevitably use to represent

themselves - people will tattoo this image to their bodies - it

can even become a religion within itself. To have someone

come to you to help them create the symbol of what it is

they’re trying to say, and to trust you to birth their physical

image, is quite the compliment. Album art can have as

much power as any fine art piece found in a museum by

the great masters, which is why when creating it, you have

to really take time to think about what it is you’re trying to

say and represent. After all, Picasso’s Guernica wasn’t

created in a day on a whim.”

As always, thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned for

next month’s installment of An Original Music Manifesto,

where I’ll be touching on original music itself and the “New

Original”- what it means to be original in the modern times.















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Odd Machines

By Hank Harrison

Phil Lesh looks pretty much like his dad. Pale, blondish, with

kind eyes. I met Frank Lesh several times when Phil and I were

roommates in San Mateo; he even came down to the Fireside Club

on El Camino Real the first night the Warlocks played there. That

was about June 1965. I didn’t get to hang out with him very much

that night because I was too busy trying to get Weir a fake ID, going

back and forth begging Bobby’s mom to write him a permission

letter to allow him to play at a club that served drinks. Nobody

remembers the stuff I did for the Warlocks, the hassles with the

union and the club owners, but at the time I was just doing my job.

I managed to wangle that deal by promising that the band would

be set up in the restaurant area were only food was served so the

cops, in case they came in, would be at least punked off a bit, but it

was a thin excuse since the Fireside didn’t serve food…oh, maybe

Beer Nuts, from the back bar, but that’s all. Luckily, nobody spotted

Weir’s innocent face beaming out from the lights, so it went ok.

The Fireside sessions went white-hot for the band. I managed

to get bookers and club owners from all California and the Far

West to come to those sessions. A few weeks after the Magoo’s

gig in Menlo Park we had several paying gigs lined up including

the intense shows down the road at the In-Room in Belmont

and a series of dates at the Batman club in a converted bank in

Sunnyvale. That club was named after a type of LSD that was

going around which was coincidental to the popularity of the camp

Batman flick. KAPOW ! TV series.

For some reason, all of the families, the moms and the dads -

even my sister Kathy - showed up at the Fireside…that’s when I

knew the word was out. In and amongst this mixed crowd, Phil’s

mom and dad showed up. Two real fish out of water, but still very

intrigued by the destiny their son had chosen for himself - like any

of us had a choice in those days. They even tried to

dance to Wooly Bully.

My sister and I were extremely accomplished dancers

because our dad, in spite of his other faults, was

a terrific dance instructor as part of his Physical

Education work and we learned early, all of the dances,

even cha-cha…so we danced a lot. I remember Garcia

coming up to me between sets with envy in his eye,

saying “Hey Harrison what are you doing?” Like maybe

I should not be dancing with my sister.

I said, “Dancing.” and, as if he had the answer ready,

Jerry said, “Oh man is that what you call that shit?” My

sister, a probation officer at the time, thought his non

sequitur was rude and that he was very smarmy…but

her wee opinion didn’t resonate in Garcia’s egocentric

brain. Little did he know she was the namesake for the

Chatty Kathy baby doll, invented by my uncle. You know

the one that talks when you pull the string. We figured

Garcia was mad because our dancing drew attention

away from his solo, Yes we were that good.

Envy and jealousy turned out to be two of Jerry’s

intrinsic problems. His stardom did very little to smooth

out his pain. He did paintings about his cardinal sins

later in life, I guess he used art to help him explore

his inner workings, but outside of the music world, he

rarely gave anybody any credit for doing something he

could not do. Jerry was a born cynic, that’s probably

one reason why he got kicked out of the Army. But in

civilian life, being mean to people was hip, especially in

those days before Vietnam.

Later that night I remember walking Phil’s dad out to

his car for the long drive home to Yountville near Napa,

like about 80 miles North. For some reason, Frank

was drinking to overflow and Phil’s mom was going to

drive. I only found out years later that Frank had a few

problems of his own.

This sadness I felt coming from Phil’s dad that night

at the Fireside Club came from the fact that he had

just been arrested for Grand Larceny. Frank Lesh was

a business machine repair instructor at Laney Trade

School (Oakland Tech) in Oakland, and he supplied

many of the adding machines and typewriters

for the school. Frank had a small retail and

repair shop, in a faux rococo building near the

Oakland Auditorium a short walk from Lake

Merritt. I went there with Phil on at least two

occasions, mainly because I had a car and

my driving was always better than Phil taking

a bus. Phil would put the tap on his dad for

gas money, maybe the rent check and some

lunch. I remember the strong smell of typewriter

cleaning fluid circulating in the place; there was

an old black fan, but no air purifiers around.

The fixed-up machines stood proudly in the

window with price tags on them, while the

interior shelves were stacked to the ceilings

with Underwoods and Smith-Coronas and an

occasional Portable Hermes. I was amazed to

hear that a lot of those machines were stolen

and that Frank had to do some small jail time for

them. Phil said later that the bust broke his dad

emotionally and I did not see him around much

once Phil moved to Marin County. But Phil loved

him just the same.

I was living with Phil in 1972, at 144 Toyon Drive

in Fairfax when we got the word that Frank died.

The shock from carbon tetrachloride fumes, and

smoking a pack of Viceroys every day, finally

gave him cancer. Phil was very upset for a long

time. Suffice it to say that Frank died with Phil

at his bedside and the last thing he said was

prophetic, “Don’t trust the Russians.”

I guess he was worried about Phil going over to

the Soviets. After all, both Bobby Petersen and

Garcia were card-carrying WOBBLies, Phil and

me Not so much. It was as if the Grateful Dead

had become part of the “One Big Union,” and

somehow, Phil’s dad knew it. After that Phil took

care of his mom who moved to a really clean

house in an elder park in Livermore.

But I can assure you Phil was raised on Love. It

is in his music and his work ethic.


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There are many factors when it comes to reviewing

a restaurant - atmosphere, service, quality of food,

pricing, and overall ambiance. This month’s eatery

pretty much scores well with all of the above, and then


What was once called PJ’s Sea Shack is now NSB

Sea Shack and with the name change also came

overall enhancement with all the little things that make

a place worth visiting. When you enter the building,

the first thing you notice is the relaxed atmosphere of

natural wood and knick-knacks throughout the place.

Most times, there is a line out the door during the

early to mid-dinner hours but when there isn’t,

you find your way to the hostess stand and are

greeted right away in an extremely friendly manner.

Basically, there are four choices of seating: indoor

air-conditioning, indoor dining, bar dining, and

outdoor dining. While it tends to be a little hot in the

summertime, the fact that it is an open air dining room

a cool breeze off the Intracoastal of keeps it rather

comfortable. The wait staff all seem confident and

there isn’t a lot of standing around being done as you

tend to see in some places.

The menu has several different types of food to select

from. Everything from brick oven pizzas, which come

highly recommended all the way, to buckets of some

of your steamed seafood favorites. When starting off

you can’t go wrong with the crabcakes or the calamari

as both have a delicious flavor. In fact, there are

about 15 different appetizers to choose from. A nice

surprise is that the entire menu has such a variety of

different foods that you could literally eat there every

night for several weeks and try something different

each time. A couple of stand-out pasta dishes on the

menu are the Crazy Alfredo and the Swamp Chicken

and Shrimp. Both are very filling and taste amazing.

Even the kids’ menu has a nice selection which can

definitely come in handy.

Of course when a place calls itself a “seafood shack”,

they better back it up with good seafood and one

thing is for sure - NSB Sea Shack does just that.

With fresh catches almost every day, you can’t go

wrong ordering whatever the special happens to

be. Triggerfish and grouper seem to be the locals’


Overall NSB Sea Shack has just about everything

one could want in a place to eat; including reasonable

pricing, a full bar, a great view, and fantastic staff. So

the next time you’re in New Smyrna Beach, be sure to

stop by and enjoy a solid place to eat and drink.

1. What popular 80s heavy metal band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019?

2. What is the name of the first musician to be arrested while performing on stage?

3. What artist was on the first commercially sold CD in the US?

4. What is the title of the Culture Club’s breakthrough hit song?

5. What rapper features on R.E.M.’s song titled “Radio Song”?

6. What do Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin all have in common?

7. What popular song by Sia does actor Shia LaBeouf feature in the music video for?

8. Donald Glover and Beyoncé are featured voices in which 2019 Disney remake?


9. What 60s/70s pop group wrote Barbra Streisand’s song, “Woman in Love”?

10. Who is the lead singer of the 80s rock group, Culture Club?




By Bartholemew Betelguese III

Using sculpture as an art form is perhaps the second

oldest way to display a vision to others, with cave

paintings being first. The Löwenmensch figurine from

the Swabian Alps in Germany is the oldest known

statuette in the world (it is just over a foot tall), and

dates to 30,000-40,000 years ago. This long-lasting

medium is a way of expression that continues today

and has almost limitless possibilities. This month’s

artist has a way of creating unique and inspiring works

of art in ways that show off different cultures with

brilliant colors and precise craftsmanship. Here’s a

little more about Katty Smith and what makes her work


Never in her first sixty-five years did Katty Smith

ever dream of becoming an artist! Growing up in

the small community of Halifax, Virginia, there were

no opportunities for exposure to art. However, in

the many moves with her husband and two children

around the country, the love of working with her hands

translated into basket weaving, sewing and creative

floral arranging.

An undergraduate degree in business from the

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, followed

by an MBA at age fifty-nine from the University of

Toledo, formulated a love of learning throughout

life. It only seemed logical that at age sixty-five she

enrolled in a college class for ceramic sculpture. The

bells and whistles were heard and she found her

passion in life.

Katty studied ceramic sculpting for two years at

Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah,

moved to Florida and studied for three years at

Crealde School of Art. For six years, Katty has been

a studio artist in New Smyrna Beach; she shows her

work at The Hub on Canal and teaches occasional

classes at Artists Workshop Inc. She belongs to

numerous artist organizations, including the Florida

Artist Group and Beaux Arts of Central Florida.


In her ten years as an artist, Katty has shown her

work in both Florida and South Carolina juried shows.

She has won numerous awards, including seven

Best in Show Awards. She has been recognized

by Women in the Arts Inc. in Orlando, and she

was published in Spotlight Contemporary

Art Magazine. Katty will be published by

Contempo Art of Dallas in their inaugural

book in December 2019.





3. What is the name of the popular 80s hip hop/rap group that

consists of members: Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre?

5. August 16 marks 42 years since which iconic rock and roll

singer passed away?

7. Nicki Minaj samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” on which

one of her popular songs?

8. Which rock group does Michael Stipe belong to?

12. A Tribe Called Quest is credited with shaping what subgenre of

hip hop?

13. What is the name of a pop star who featured 27 different

instruments on their debut album?

15. Blink-182’s song, Josie is named after what type of animal?

16. The supergroup, Band Aid created in 1984 was formed to raise

money for what country?

17. What is the title of Rachel Platten 2015 hit song: “____ Song”?

Answers on page 37


1. What type of bird did Ozzy Osbourne bite the head off of at a

record label meeting in 1981?

2. What is Snoop Dogg’s real first name?

3. What crime tv show does rapper LL Cool J star in

4. What 70s rock band does rapper, Vanilla Ice sample from on his

hit song, “Ice Ice Baby”?

6. ABBA originated from which European country?

7. The rock band, AC/DC was originally from what country?

9. Last name of the music icon that began his career in The


10. What song was the most popular ringtone in the U.S. during


11. Netflix’s biopic film about Mötley Crüe is called “The ____”

12. What rock and roll group sang “Walk This Way”?

14. Avril Lavigne was signed to a record label at what age?


Behind the Mic:


95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach


In my world, life has two

constants…. Music and Sports.

And since there is no off-season

in music, September is special

as it brings back the gift of

football. Whether you follow a high

school, college or NFL team, this

is the time of renewed hopes and

dreams. Every squad has a shot at

the title, even my beloved Cleveland

Browns! I’ll get back to them later.

But I wanted to use my forum here

this time to reaffirm my love and

addiction to the sport of football.

And my love/hate relationship with

Fantasy Football begins again this


Because of geography and learned

affiliations as a kid, football has

been a source of much frustration

and sadness. I grew up in Ohio so it

was all Ohio State and the Cleveland

Browns. The Buckeyes would win

up to Michigan then wet the bed.

The Browns were loveable losers

and even when they made the leap

to an AFC title game, John Fucking

Elway (his given name) would ruin

the fun. That, and Earnest Byner’s

lubed palms en route to a TD run

to tie the game that has become so

iconically heartbreaking that it’s

called “THE Fumble”, made the pent

up football excitement melt down

to ash. I remember my dad walking

into our garage at moments like that

and the reverberating thuds against

the wall that would soon follow.

It’s a behavior that I have not-soproudly

inherited but I have learned

to balance by stuffing all of the

sadness deep down into my pigskin

pancreas… or wherever it goes.

These examples may help you to see

why game days can be a stomachchurning

ride of potential and let


I paid my 5-plus years of tuition

to the University of Georgia for 5

seasons of football that had some

amazing highs and some brutal gut

punches. And all the remaining

Saturdays for this year will be a

mix of torturous anticipation and

exhilarating thrills for me as a

Bulldog fan. I have somewhat

“matured” and found ways to NOT

let a Saturday UGA loss ruin the

following 6 days, though that is NOT

a sure thing and it’s still a muscle I

am working to develop. The intensity

of 92,000+ Sanford Stadium fans

screaming and chanting after a big

play is an unmatched rush. Just

being in that atmosphere is electric

and the 150 plus times I’ve been in

the midst of it all, it just never gets

old. I did 6 years of sports talk radio

on an ESPN affiliate in Athens, GA

and the toughest part of attending

those games as a media member

is the etiquette stipulation that

mandates no cheering or negative

outbursts. I like the highs a lot more

than the lows but again, another

need to stuff it all down inside. And

lately, the Dogs all-but-locked-up

wins not-to-be against Alabama have

taken that ulcer-stirring feeling to a

new level of acceptance. Yet the joy

of watching Todd Gurley, A.J. Green,

Nick Chubb and more make their

magic and take over a game tops all

the former sore feelings.

The Walter Payton era made me a

Chicago Bears fan. Payton is the

single most compelling player I’ve

ever watched and he is the reason

I fell in love with football. Payton

came to Athens, Georgia as an

honorary captain and I had to meet

my hero. A friend of mine was a

Georgia Basketball assistant coach

and got me into the game on-field

as a “recruit”. I had hair like a

glory days Michael Bolton and had

graduated several years prior, but

whatever. He extended his hand

and introduced himself and in a

very Chris Farley manner, I just

stammered “Hi, Sweetness”. He

smiled and said a few more things

but I was already checked out,

running NFL Film clips in my head

of him soaring over a D-line into the

end zone. It was one of those forever

moments. Football makes me happy.

But football also taketh away. The

Atlanta Falcons stole my attention

from the ‘80s forward and their

19-point 4th quarter lead in Super

Bowl 51 had me contemplating

unchartered territory. How will I

handle the ultimate success for a

team I have emotional investment?

What will be my victory celebration?

Will I ever stop periodically shouting

“What the shit?!?!”.

Well that last one is the most

accurate as the historically epic

fail to the Patriots left bruises and

internal bleeding that I still wear

today. Brutal. I hate you, football.

It took me a while to enjoy it all

again. But here comes the healing

power of Fantasy Football. It’s not

about the team, it’s all about the

individual. It’s a me sport where

success is washed away week to

week. It required minimal loyalty. I

mean, if a dude has a lousy point

week, put that bitch on waivers and

grab another. It allows me to watch a

game without the excessive emotion

and stress. It’s also therapeutic as

it teaches me to be able to root for

people who are Steelers and Patriots

and Packers and the like. Fantasy

Football lets you enjoy the ride

without gastrointestinal punishment.

I have found ways, though, to make

it suck, like having a lousy draft.

One team gets loaded up with

Mahomes and Gurley and Thomas

and you’re screwed. Somehow that

dude learned how to cheat in a snake

draft. I’m sure of it. I am a relatively

green fantasy player. Last season I

played in a league with the Publisher

of a very successful local magazine

that you’re reading right now. I

drafted Zeke. He gets a 6-week

suspension. My team tanks. I mean,

that’s personal, right? See, even

Fantasy Football can’t overpower my

prickly pigskin feelings.

So here we are kicking off another

beautiful season of football. My

hopes are high, my expectations

are tenuous, my patience is at a

respectable level. I’m ready. And if

I get to ride a wave of success with

my Dogs or Falcons or Browns or

maybe the Jags, I’ll be a gracious

winner. And if I can squeeze some

luck outta Fantasy Football, maybe

I will have a few extra bucks to

toss around if you catch me at a

beachside bar. But just know that

if you too are a football diehard and

you live for the weekends for the rest

of the year and you mood hinges

on the performance of your favorite

team, you ain’t alone. And you can

feel better about yourself ‘cuz you

ain’t me!

Hell, if it all goes to shit, there’s

always the XFL ready to roll in

February, 2020!



The Morning HOG / Weekdays 5-10a

Saturday Night Loud /


WHOG 95.7 The HOG



with Chez Rocker


Named by Rolling Stone Magazine

as one of the 10 best lead singers

of all time, activist and sound of

Seattle’s grunge explosion Eddy

Vedder has put his name on rock

and roll history that will transcend

and never be duplicated!

Born 1964 Edward Severson III in Evanston IL,

his family fostered 7 children. Eddy took his

stepfather’s name became Eddy Mueller . By

the ‘70s the family moved to San Diego County

where his mom got him a guitar; along with

music, surfing became a big part of Vedder’s

life. When the call came from the soon-to-be

bandmates Stone Gossard and Mike McCready

to fill the vacancy left due to the death of Mother

Love Bone’s frontman Andrew Wood. The band’s

name was planned to become Mookie Blaylock

but became Pearl Jam due to discord with Epic

Records. In 1990 Pearl Jam’s first album, Ten,

was an instant success with songs like Jeremy

and Alive receiving numerous awards and was

named as one of the top 500 albums of all time.

The band fought conglomerate Ticketmaster over

fees for ticket sales in 1994. After a long losing

battle, Pearl Jam powered on to become one of

rock and roll’s most accomplished acts.

As an activist, Eddy Vedder supports a bevy of

charities and causes, including abortion rights,

environmental issues and he defended and raised

money for the West Memphis Three, wrongly

convicted of murder and facing the death penalty

in Arkansas. Controversy and staying true to his

beliefs has etched a notch in music and modern

history as we know it … when you see Eddy on

stage, you may find a bottle of red wine in hand.

You won’t see a label - he asks the wineries not to

label the bottles; although he gravitates towards

Australian wine. Here’s my tribute to Pearl Jam

and Eddy Vedder.

Grunge Sangria

12 oz pinot noir

3 each freshly squeezed lemons,

limes , and oranges

3 oz Grand Marnier or Cointreau

2 oz simple syrup (boil half sugar

and half water)


Let infuse 12 hours serve over ice;

garnish with the fresh fruit of your


Gotha Location

September 5 - Brandon Twitch Wilson

September 6 - Stonewall Duo

September 7 - Madison Shae Trio

September 12 - Scott Davidson

September 13 - Tanner Johnson

September 14 - Swamp Donkey

September 19 - Rheanna Rhowley

September 20 - Layla Brisbois

September 21 - J. Young Trio

September 26 - Zack Meadows

September 27 - Zack Maruniak Band

September 28 - Daniel Heitz - Blues Night

1236 Hempel Ave.

Windermere 34786

(407) 296-0609


Open every day at 11am


New Smyrna Location

September 5 - The Transfers

September 6 - The Evening Muze

September 7 - Gina Cuchetti

September 12 - David Dequasie

September 13 - Bradford Buckley

September 14 - Down River Duo

September 19 - Chuck Morel

September 20 - Project Coast

September 21 - Jay Paski

September 26 - Kaci Jo Hibbard

September 27 - Brent Clowers

September 28 Jason “Gote” Vandemaat

147 Canal St.

New Smyrna Beach 32168

(386) 410-4824


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1. What popular 80s heavy metal band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in


Def Leppard

2. What is the name of the first musician to be arrested while performing on stage?

Jim Morrison

3. What artist was on the first commercially sold CD in the US?

Bruce Springsteen

4. What is the title of the Culture Club’s breakthrough hit song?

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

5. What rapper features on R.E.M.’s song titled “Radio Song”?


6. What do Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin all

have in common?

They all tragically died at the age of 27 making them apart of the 27 club.

7. What popular song by Sia does actor Shia LaBeouf feature in the music video for?

Elastic Heart

8. Donald Glover and Beyoncé are featured voices in which 2019 Disney remake?

The Lion King

9. What 60s/70s pop group wrote Barbra Streisand’s song, “Woman in Love”?

The Bee Gees

10. Who is the lead singer of the 80s rock group, Culture Club?

Boy George



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Photo Credit: Reprise Records

Daytona Thrash Fest

Thrash metal mayhem was among us all on Friday night August 16th

at the old Tir Na Nog Irish Bar in Daytona Beach. With a surprisingly

large crowd in their wake and the extremely overrun lone bartender,

Jacksonville’s Corrupted Saint opened the night with a set of brutal

death metal cuts. Second was Miami’s Violated Right throwing down

some South Beach hardcore. Next up, Daytona Beach’s Graveview

pounded some punishing death metal to get the crowd moshing into

an epileptic trance. Never to be outdone, Daytona’s Fortitude were

ready to ambush the late-night listeners with their version of beach

hardcore. Closing out the evening was Jacksonville’s Rhythm of Fear

with their take on some crossover/thrash metal putting everyone’s

necks in full swing. Overall, it was great to see a show like this in the

Daytona area again. Indeed, a Metal mission accomplished!

New School Album of the Month

The debut album To Venomous Depths from Atlanta’s own Cloak

features a unique style of blackened doom metal. In the dwelling

twilight where fires burn is where this album was probably conceived

and recorded, for it contains 9 tracks brilliant evil music that just rips.

Stand out tracks on this release include the opener To Venomous

Depths, Where No Light Shines, In the Darkness and The Pat and

Departure. Released on Seasons of the Mist records this is definitely

a masterpiece for fans of Dissection, Satyricon, and Nachtmystium.

This great band also has a new album to be released soon.

Old School Album of the Month

One of the early ‘90s best and most unappreciated albums

undoubtedly was Life Sex & Death’s The Silent Majority. Mostly

unheard of, LSD’s crack at alternative metal at a time when grunge

was making history was as refreshingly different as frontman tanley’s

body odor. What made the band so different from others was a

gimmick that the lead singer was a homeless schizophrenic from the

streets of Los Angeles (he dressed, looked and acted the part during

shows). Using some creative yet rebellious, dirty lyrics with catchy

guitar work, this 1992 gem released on Reprise Records schools the

listener with songs “Jawohl Asshole”, “Schools for Fools “, “Train”,

and “Tank”. The highlight of the album has got to be the hilarious

“Fuckin’ Shit Ass “. Unfortunately, this would be LSD’s only offering as

rumors be told, Stanley finally took a bath and got a real job.

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