David Uosikkinen stays true to essential songs of Philly
David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket plays the “Essential songs of Philadelphia” within a concept that often includes the original artists. He’s one of those people you have heard a thousand times but you might not recognize his name. Most notably, Uosikkinen was the drummer for the Hooters. I caught In the Pocket at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival shortly after they started in 2010.
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Stream all of the In The Pocket songs
Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s “Essential Songs of Philadelphia” project continues to revisit classic tracks from the city’s musical history – songs that were either written in Philadelphia, or recorded by Philadelphians – with In The Pocket, an all-star cast of Philly players.
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Brass In Pocket
80s music vet David Uosikkinen gives some Philly originals a second listen.
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Listen to “Disco Inferno” by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring Schoolly D
David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is back again with a newly recorded version of the classic “Disco Inferno,” originally recorded by The Trammps in 1976.
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David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket perform “Change Reaction on The 10! Show!
David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket Blends Sweet Charity and Good Tunes
“I don’t like it,” says producer Phil Nicolo with a wide grin. “I love it. Now, if we could just get David to hit the drums harder …”
The drummer in question is David Uosikkinen, the logistical brains and the organizational brawn behind In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, our Best Local Charity You Can Sing Along to. Uosikkinen is also the muscular rhythmic backbone to beloved Main Line rockers the Hooters. At the moment, he’s already five tunes into his mission of resurrecting an eclectic assortment of classics either recorded in Philly or written and performed by local talent. ITP’s one-off sessions employ a rotating lineup of the region’s most revered musicians, including fellow Hooters Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman and John Lilley, Ben Arnold, Tommy Conwell, Richard Bush (The A’s, the Peace Creeps), Jeffrey Gaines, TJ Tindall (Gamble & Huff), and others. All work for free.
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Philly rockin’ blast from the past at Brownies
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In The Pocket
The Hooters might not make as much noise around these parts as they did in their ’80s heyday, but drummer David Uosikkinen has been making his own racket of late with his In the Pocket project. With a rotating cast of local-hero musicians joining Uosikkinen, ITP’s been on a mission to record and perform some of Philly’s “essential songs”—tracks originally written by Philadelphians and/or recorded here, including well-known ditties from Robert Hazard, the Dovells, Todd Rundgren and, yes, the Hooters. It’s all to benefit Philly’s Settlement Music School, which provides lessons and activities for anyone, regardless of financial circumstances. Along with Uosikkinen, tonight’s ITP lineup includes Tommy Conwell, Ben Arnold, Jeffrey Gaines, members of Beru Revue and Soul Survivors, and others, with proceeds going to SMS. Admission is $20; $45 gets you an early dinner and a meet-and-greet with the band. 9pm. $20-$45. Brownies 23 East, 23 E. Lancaster Ave. 610.649.8389. brownies23east.com
One of your favorite Philadelphia bands of all time (I am, of course, talking about the Hooters) may not be all that active these days, but their drummer, Dave Uosikkinen (no, I have no idea how to pronounce it either) sure has been keeping busy. A while back, he launched Songs In The Pocket, a series of reinterpretations of “essential songs of Philadelphia,” benefitting Settlement Music School, and this Saturday, he and Ben Arnold, Jeffrey Gaines, and Tommy Conwell (to name a few) will play the catalog at Brownie’s in Ardmore. Tickets are $20 to $45, so go here to buy some and support a worthy musical cause.
In the Pocket performs at Brownie’s with the Hooters’ David Uosikkinen
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