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David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket Blends Sweet Charity and Good Tunes

Published On: July 1, 2012
|Publication: Main Line Today Magazine

“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

Published On: May 11, 2012
|Author: Peter Van Allen
|Publication: Philadelphia Business Journal

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In The Pocket

Published On: May 9, 2012
|Author: Michael Alan Goldberg
|Publication: Philadelphia Weekly

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.

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The Weekender

Published On: May 9, 2012
|Author: Victor Fiorillo
|Publication: Philadelphia Magazine

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.

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Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen

In the Pocket performs at Brownie’s with the Hooters’ David Uosikkinen

Published On: May 8, 2012
|Author: Mary Cantell
|Publication: Main Line Media News: The Ticket

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Steve Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band

Published On: March 29, 2012

David and Dallyn stopped by to say a quick hello to the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt before the Springsteen’s concert in Philly on March 29th, 2012.

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Philly takes center stage in Uosikkinen’s ‘Pocket’ project

Published On: March 9, 2012
|Publication: Courier Post

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Pick Pocket

Published On: March 8, 2012
|Author: Dan Gross
|Publication: Philadelphia Daily News

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Rockers pay homage to one of their own in ‘In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia’

Published On: March 7, 2012
|Author: Joe McAllister
|Publication: News Of Delaware County

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Published On: March 7, 2012
|Author: The Editor
|Publication: Jamsphere

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