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David Uosikkinen’s ITP Debuts Punk Rock Girl

Published On: March 10, 2015
|Author: Mark Pontz
|Publication: Fine Living Lancaster Magazine

David Uosikkinen of the Hooters and his band, In The Pocket return to the Ardmore Music Hall  on Saturday, March 28th to celebrate the release of their new song, Punk Rock Girl.

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Philadelphia Supergroup ‘In The Pocket’ Sets Up For Saturday Night Concert At Ardmore Music Hall

Published On: October 21, 2014
|Author: Molly Daly
|Publication: KYW News Radio/CBS 3

In the Pocket, a group made up of some of the area’s best-known rockers and singer/songwriters, celebrates its latest release, a single paying homage to Hall and Oates, with a concert Saturday night at the Ardmore Music Hall.

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Endless Beat of Philadelphia

Published On: August 25, 2014
|Author: Brent Urmey
|Publication: Fine Living Lancaster Magazine

David Uosikkinen is a Philadelphian first and foremost. You can hear it in his voice, feel it in his music, and see it in his down-to-earth, no holds barred personality.

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Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2014″ Best Musical Collaboration

Published On: August 2, 2014

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“IN THE POCKET” HONORS PHILADELPHIA ROCK TRADITION

Published On: May 15, 2014
|Author: Michael Lello
|Publication: Highway81Revisited.com

When Philadelphia is discussed – especially Philadelphia sports – the word “passion” is often thrown around quite freely.  So it is not surprising to hear the passion in David Uosikkinen’s voice when The Hooters drummer talks about his “In The Pocket” project, which spotlights essential Philly tracks, played by Philly musicians.

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HGR CD Review: David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket

Published On: May 13, 2014
|Author: Jim Price
|Publication: Rocky 104.9

Known as the drummer for one of Philadelphia’s most famous rock band exports, The Hooters; David Uosikkinen has assembled an all-star cast of Philadelphia-based musicians to form his project, In The Pocket.

On Sessions: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, Uosikkinen and In The Pocket celebrate Philadelphia’s rich musical heritage by updating ten songs either created by the city’s musicians or recorded in Philadelphia; and a portion of proceeds from the album’s sale benefits Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School.

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Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket celebrates new album

Published On: May 13, 2014
|Author: Andy Vineberg
|Publication: Bucks County Courier Times

When Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen decided in the fall of 2010 to begin revisiting the “essential songs of Philadelphia” with the help of a rotating cast of area musicians, he never envisioned releasing a studio CD.

“On a marketing level, who cares about CDs anymore?” the Bristol Township native told me in a 2012 interview.

A lot of people, apparently.

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IcePack Illustrated

Published On: April 25, 2014
|Author: A.D. Amorosi
|Publication: City Paper's IcePack Illustrated

One of the tidbits I caught wind of at David Uosikkinen and Dallyn Pavey’s In the Pocket project CD release show at Ardmore Music Hall (and man, the place had the grape-ish smell of Aussie hair spritz piercing the club’s air) was that one of the night’s vocalists,Richard Bush, was putting the finishing touches on an EP (Back Together) with The A’s, the band he started with guitarist Rick DiFonzo and keyboardist Rocco Notte, “There’s really nothing at stake, no pressure, no label, no tensions,” says DiFonzo. “Just having fun. We sound like us only better.” When I asked if Bush would still have the white beard that he donned at the In the Pocket show, DiFonzo said with a laugh, “His is, very fortunately, the only beard in the band, and won’t be there long.” Their next gig is at The Social at Revel, July 5, at 8 p.m. Before I get off the topic of In the Pocket’s Ardmore show, the gig had local celeb attendees such as WMMR DJ Pierre Robert, chef Chris Scarduzio, top dog Philly lawyer Nino Tinari, scribe Stephen Fried, and a.kitchen’s David Fields. Watch for this same crew to head to Havana in New Hope on May 17 for the next In the Pocket show after  Uosikkinen and the rest of the Hooters return from Germany.

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The Hooters’ Uosikkinen celebrates Philly with some friends

Published On: April 21, 2014
|Author: A.D. Amorosi
|Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

The premise is simple: David Uosikkinen leads his bandmates in the Hooters, along with a coterie of this city’s finest rock-and-soul players, through a project of his own devising, a catalog of his favorite Philadelphia-rooted songs.

You can argue with Uosikkinen’s choices, but you can’t argue with his enthusiasm or reach (“I Ain’t Searchin’ “, from Philly late-1960s favorite the American Dream is alone worth the price of admission). Under the moniker In the Pocket, Uosikkinen’s shifting collective ensemble released its tracks online (to benefit the Settlement Music School) and now has compiled them on a CD, In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, celebrated with a packed-to-the-rafters concert Friday at Ardmore Music Hall.

This show was more of a 1980s family reunion than record-release gig. The Hooters made their bones at the old 23 East (now the Ardmore Music Hall) as did guitarist Tommy Conwell, who recalled his first gig there 30 years ago after tackling a blistering version of the Dovells’ 1963 hit, “You Can’t Sit Down,” with saxophonist Jay Davidson and Hooters organist Rob Hyman (both doing yeoman work with drummer Uosikkinen throughout the night) rolling soulfully behind him.

Precise versions of In the Pocket‘s tracks were as much of a prickly pleasure (Jeffery Gaines’ sharp-as-a-knife rendition of the Nazz’s “Open My Eyes”) as were their variations (the Hooters’ Eric Bazilian taking the live, nervy vocal duties from Ben Arnold on a jittery version of Robert Hazard’s “Change Reaction”).

Though the A’s vocalist Richard Bush was in full flower throughout his front-man duties (including a smooth, Hooterish take on his “Woman’s Got the Power”), it was most impressive hearing Soul Survivors vocalists Charlie and Richie Ingui lend their silken, smoky pipes to an epically dynamic arrangement of the O’Jays’ “Backstabber” – one of several non-album tracks rendered throughout the evening.

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David Uosikkinen on the Air with KYW NewsRadio

Published On: April 17, 2014
|Author: Molly Daly
|Publication: KYW NewsRadio

Special Concert Celebrates Debut “In the Pocket” CD.

More of my interview with Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen…

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