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.”
Hooters drummer looks back at band’s Bucks County roots
The band is marking the 33rd (and a third) anniversary of its first show in Levittown with a hometown gig in Philly. Drummer David Uosikkinen reflects on the eventful early days.
View video interview here.
You Can’t Sit Down
It’s one thing to undertake a cover song project that’s centered on a particular artist. Here’s one that takes on the classic signature songs of the city of Philadelphia, as performed by a rotating core group of pedigreed Philly musicians with some local legends as guest stars…
VIDEO: Keepin’ It Real Local
David Uosikkinen talks about the playing music festivals with The Who, Santana and The Clash!
See the video!