The Keswick Theatre kicks off its 90th year
The Keswick Theatre originally opened its doors Christmas Day 1928. The 1,300-seat Glenside venue will kick off a year’s worth of special performances, beginning Friday night with Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s multi-genre solo project, In the Pocket.
Philly rock supergroup In the Pocket will ring in the Keswick’s 90th birthday
In the Pocket, formed by Hooters drummer and Levittown native David Uosikkinen, plays the Keswick Theatre on Friday as the Glenside venue celebrates its 90th birthday.
LOCAL MUSIC: In the Pocket remake of ‘Frankford El’ expands scope of song
Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen has added quite a curiosity to his living, growing “In the Pocket” playlist of quintessential Philadelphia songs.
Having previously re-recorded the song “I Ain’t Searchin’” by Philly band The American Dream, with his rotating In the Pocket band of all-stars, he returns to The American Dream’s Todd Rundgren-produced 1970 album with a re-imagined version of the raucous, “Louie Louie”-like sing-along “(Can’t Get to Heaven on the) Frankford El.”
Helping Uosikkinen bring it back from obscurity with the new version were The American Dream’s Don Van Winkle on lead vocals (Van Winkle did not sing the lead on the original), Cyndi Lauper’s bassist William Wittman, guitarist Greg Davis of Beru Revue, Wally Smith of Smash Palace on keyboards; and Charlie Ingui of The Soul Survivors, Steve Butler of Smash Palace and singer/songwriters Skip Denenberg and Cliff Hillis on background vocals.
Hooters Drummer’s Rock Revue Covers ‘Frankford El’
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the Pocket, a rock and roll revue led by the drummer for the Hooters, is celebrating the release of its latest “essential song of Philadelphia” with a concert next Saturday night.
“Can’t Get to Heaven on the Frankford El” is neither deep nor beautiful, but it’s a fun, rowdy singalong, recorded around 1970 by Philly-based band The American Dream. David Uosikinnen says this new version features the American Dream’s Don Van Winkle, and a chorus of kids from the School of Rock, who shared the studio with grown-up professionals.
“It was an incredible experience. You could see it in their eyes,” Uosikinnen said. “They were all really excited, and they were a little bit put on the spot because we didn’t give them anything to rehearse. All of them were great.”
Hooters Drummer David Uosikkinen talks In the Pocket Project
Robert Hazard. Todd Rundgren. The A’s. The American Dream. The Hooters. Hall and Oates. These are just some of the many artists whose songs are saluted in David Uosikkinen’s IN THE POCKET ongoing project. Heading into its 9th year, ITP showcases Philadelphia’s rich musical history by recreating songs that span genres and eras from the city’s heritage. You’ve gotta love his enthusiasm for the music and his drive and determination to bring it back into perspective.
Listen to our interview then catch In the Pocket LIVE at Ardmore Music Hall on 4/28 and also at Hoagie Nation Festival 2018 5/26.
SOTD: ESCALATOR OF LIFE
I lived on the outskirts of Philadelphia for a good portion of my life. The best things about the city are not their cool neighborhood bars, not their cheese steaks nor soft pretzels – nope it was their vibrant and passionate local rock music scene.
Cold cuts and Hall & Oates made inaugural Hoagie Nation a hit
…The trio of younger artists kept the soul burner in summer in their sets. It was up to the old heads in In The Pocket, the ad-hoc group of Philly music scene vets led by Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen.
The moving moment came when Charlie Ingui of the Soul Survivors, whose brother Richie died in January, tore through “Expressway To Your Heart.” But the entire set was a blast, with Tommy Conwell bashing out “I’m Not Your Man” in a “Lou Reed Was Right” T-shirt and social protest heard in Ben Arnold’s take on Pennsbury High School grad Jesse Colin Young’s “Get Together.” Jeffrey Gaines led the crew through the Nick Lowe-penned Elvis Costello version of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”