52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival heads for the rock – and rolls local, too
Givin’ a Hoot
When not sitting behind the drum seat for the Hooters, David Uosikkinen has unofficially taken on the job of curator for Philadelphia pop and rock history, though he laughs at a suggestion that he’s the modern, local answer to field collectors like Lomax or Francis James Childs, the folklorist whose cataloging of old English and Scottish ballads would inspire everyone from Joan Baez to the Dead and Decemberists.
Every three months or so, Uosikkinen gathers a bunch of veteran Philly talents in a recording studio and cuts a new version of a classic rock or soul song spawned in these parts, mostly from the flush-with-success 1960s and ’70s, when his own musical consciousness was awakening. He releases the recording as a 99-cent MP3 download at songsinthepocket.org (Settlement Music School shares in the profits) and gathers the clan for a celebratory concert at a local club or theater. There will be 17 people on hand for the Folk Fest appearance!
Album Review: David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket – Live
The brainchild of The Hooters’ drummer David Uosikkinen, In the Pocket started as a way to honor some of the essential tunes that are part of this area’s musical history. In the Pocket shows always include a ton of well-known songs, along with a few whose Philadelphia roots may surprise listeners.
Last-minute music gifts for Father’s Day
STILL HAVEN’T bought the old man something special for Father’s Day this Sunday? Lucky for you, most dads are still into compact discs for their home and car sound rigs. And the music biz keeps courting this clientele with new CD releases by “catalog artists” boasting a long history and heritage. Herewith some primo examples, affordably available at a store near you.
* “David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket Live” (songsinthepocket.org) celebrates “back in the day” Philly rock and soul hits, oft-performed by original artists like the Soul Survivors, Hooters, Tommy Conwell and the A’s Richard Bush. Recorded well at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.
Tonight’s Concert Picks: In the Pocket at 23 East
In the Pocket sing their essential songs of Philadelphia at Ardmore’s 23 East tonight. Revisiting the old stomping ground of his band The Hooters, David Uosikkinen and his Philly-centric supergroup are celebrating the release of a 10-track CD featuring songs they’ve recorded since the project’s beginnings. Tonight’s show will feature appearances by Tommy Conwell, Richard Bush, John Lilley and several surprises. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.
David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket to release new CD
For a couple of years now, Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen has been gathering Philadelphia area music stars to record some of the greatest songs ever performed by their fellow Philly artists.
David Uosikkinen’s “In the Pocket Live” Record Release
Since David Uosikkinen first began assembling a supergroup of local musicians three years ago to begin recording new versions of the city’s most classic rock and pop songs, he says, “I’ve had a lot of former Philly musicians living out of town tell me over the phone, ‘Sure, just send me your track, and I’ll lay my stuff down [over it].’ And I’ll say, ‘You know, that’s just not how we’re doing it.’” Uosikkinen, best known as the Hooters’ drummer before launching this new project, dubbed In the Pocket, isn’t being a luddite; to the contrary—in the late ‘90s, he was a key member of the team at MP3.com, helping to pioneer the digital music revolution. He’s just eager to capture the particular ephemeral magic that only comes from musicians bouncing sounds off each other face-to-face in real time.
David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket With Legendary Philly Musicians
Friday, May 31 8:00p; 23 East; Ardmore, PA
More than anything, the Philly music scene could use a little celebrating. And who better than the man behind one of Philly’s most beloved groups in history?
ALBUM REVIEW: In the Pocket dives into Philly music scene
Philadelphia’s music scene has accounted for some of the most influential and memorable moments in the entire popular music vernacular. Philly is where rock ‘n’ roll took its baby steps with American Bandstand in the 1950s, felt the smooth soul power of Gambale and Huff’s “The Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s, and rocked the MTV-soaked 1980s with The Hooters – just a smattering of Philly’s contributions to the national spotlight. Drummer David Uosikkinen of The Hooters has assembled some of that city’s best musicians for his “In the Pocket” project, a living, breathing celebration of Philly’s esteemed musical past.
In the Pocket, with new live CD, plays 23 East
Rob Hyman of the Hooters has a lot of good things to say about his band mate in the Hooters — namely, the drummer David Uosikkinen.
“I’m so happy for David. It was launched at my studio — sort of a home base. It’s his take on Philly influences and he’s the drummer; now he’s stepped out as a band leader. It’s a labor of love and some of the money goes to Settlement Music School.”
FMQB: Quick Hits
Fans of Philadelphia’s The Hooters take note, drummer David Uosikkinen and his band, In The Pocket are set to release their new CD, David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket Live. Recorded at the Colonial Theatre just outside of Philly in January of 2013, Live features 11 live tracks and three bonus tracks. The ambitious and always musically tasty In The Pocket project, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes such as “Open My Eyes (The Nazz), “Change Reaction” (Robert Hazard), “Disco Inferno” (The Trammps) and “You Can’t Sit Down” (The Dovells). David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket Live CD is available for purchase atsongsinthepocket.org now. A portion of the proceeds benefit Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School. With six branches in PA and NJ, it is the largest community school of the arts in the United States serving 15,000 students each year regardless of age, race, or financial means.