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OMG, I have seen so many concerts.  Here's what I'm doing.  I go through my IPod in iPod alphabetical order.  When I see a recording artist that I've seen live, I will post that artist.  Remember, this is just the nomination process.  If you see "****" in front of the concert, then that is one I am nominating.  When I can,  I will post the year and venue that I saw that show.  But don't write me and say "BDG, the Knuckleheads NEVER played the Spectrum" or anything like that because I'll admit my memory isn't always sharp..  There will be artists that I have seen in concert MANY times, but if they are getting nominated, I will pick just ONE show.  Here's what we have so far...
If anyone has a ticket stub to any of the concerts that have been listed so far, scan them and email them to me, and I'll post them...
If you see a number like (3) after the show description, that will tell you how many times I saw that band or artist.



Hot Club... 1980?... The Hot Club!  A Philly punk club!  Dag, I loved this joint and I actually played there myself when I was a drummer with Dewey Street.  Madness was a British ska band and I've always loved ska.


Bijou... 1976?... Wow, they were great in their early days when they were doing big band swing and doo-wop.  Later on they turned into a strictly jazz vocal quartet and that didn't float my boat.  But these Bijou shows were legendary and I ended up working with them on a four night stand at Resorts years later. (6)


VFMF... 1984?... What a voice!


Bijou... 1973?... I know he's more of a comic than a musician and this list does not include comics, but it was a musical comedy show and a great one at that.  Check out his first album, it's terrific on many levels.  A real shame he stopped performing live because he was hilarious.  Saw him many times back in this period. (5)


VFMF... 1975?... One of my musical heroes, but it was a short show and he did a ton of medleys and I can't stand medleys.  And it turned out it was the only time I ever saw this artistic giant.


Cooper River... 1999?... Love this band, but it was outdoor day show and it was blazing hot.


Temple Ambler Campus... 1975?... Saw Steve Miller, ELO,  and others at this cool venue which I can't seem to find any info on.  Maynard could sure play that trumpet! 


Jack's Place, Avalon NJ... August 2000?... They were hired do perform at the Sixer Beach Bash.  Boy, those days were a lot of fun.


Spectrum... 1994?... My daughter Keely was a big fan and I remember she had a great guitar player and that they did YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG.   I had opened up for her in '89 when no one knew she was gay and all my man/women material bombed and I ate it like Jabba the Hutt.


VFMF... 1994?... What a voice.


Bijou... 78?  79?  God, their debut LP is one of my all time favs and I thought they were going to be huge stars...


Spectrum... September 27th, 1970... I used to be a big fan and they were great live, but oddly, I never play their music today. (4)


Main Point... Oct. 16th, 1970... One of my first forays into jazz and he is one cool dude.


EFC... February 28th, 1970... Wow, what a legendary show... And I went by myself because no one would go with me!  First he did an acoustic set by himself and then the legendary original Crazy Horse came out and rocked the house with all those great songs from EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE which was stink in' brand new at the time.  It was the first time he performed in Phily and I've seen him 20 times since. (20)


Brandywine... April 6th, 1982... Good solid show from a great songwriter.


Spectrum... May 6th, 2000... Amazing show from an amazing artist.


Robin Hood Dell... Summer of '69?  Same great show with the Dells and the Intruders.


Kimmell... Sept 29th 2002?     Maybe my favorite piano player of all-time.


Grandma Minnie's... 1976?... I was only there to check out comedians (I was just beginning to think about becoming one) and Benetar was there with a piano player singing Sinatra standards.  She wasn't a rocker yet.


Bijou... December 20, 1975... OMG, she and her band were simply electrifying.  My jaw dropped.  I had never seen anything like her.  Her records have never captured her live explosiveness, balls, humor, and genuine "out there" nature. (10)


Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City... September 29th, 2002... Amazing voice.  Fantastic setlist.  cool venue. (2)


Wells Fargo... October 22, 2013... As great as they were, the set was disjointed and never caught fire. 


Hot Club... April 24, 1979... A very strange avant-garde punk band from Cleveland who accosted the audience all night long and the crowd was more than happy to heap abuse upon them.  Bizarre night.


Main Point... May 18, 1973... An a Capella group who did clever covers and who I saw at lest five times at the Point.  They would bring  whoever wanted to come out of the audience to sing with them on stage for an encore and I was always happy to oblige.  Still around! (5)


JFK Stadium... September 19th, 1988... It was an Amnesty charity event on a beautiful, memorable night.  On a bill with Springsteen, Sting and Tracy Chapman who sang "Don't Give Up" with Gabriel.


City Lights... Manhattan... February 23, 2015... An acoustic show backed with just a couple guitar players.  He can't help but be great.


EFC... September 26th, 1970... Saw them many, many times, but the first was a mindblower.  Even then, long before DARK SIDE, they had an incredible lights and sound show including the first time I ever heard "surround sound."  And this was live! (7)


Kutztown University... '89... On a bill with a bunch of oldies acts.  No original members unfortunately and they were fighting backstage.


Preservation Hall... New Orleans... March, 27, 2011...    OMG, DO NOT EVEN THINK of going to the Big Easy without going to see this American treasure on St. Peter St.  


Emerald City, Cherry Hill NJ... March 22, 1980... Their first time in town with Honeyman-Scott and Farndon still alive.  What an amazing night and the beginning of a live long love affair with Chrissie Hynde.  What a fantastic venue! (8)


Specturm... October 20, 1988... 8 majestic songs.  It was the "Lovesexy" tour and for the rest of my life I'll see Prince standing at the edge of the stage under a solo spot wailing on his guitar for the finale of "Purple Rain."


Electric Factory... June 19, 1970... The last time I saw them with the great Robin Trower and they opened up with "WhiskeyTrain." (9)


Tower... January 31, 1976... You would think that since this is the only time I saw them, that this would at least be nominated for one of the "Top 20" since I am a major Queen fan.  And they were touring behind "Night At The Opera" no less.  But they were using background vocal tapes to recreate their wall of vocals sound and it just didn't quite work and some people actually booed.

R.E.M. ...

Wachoviaa Center... September 29, 2004... They were part of the Springsteen Kerry tour and they were really dynamic.  I am a mild fan and I wasn't expecting much.


Main Point... October 16, 1971... Pleasant British folk singer (Remember "Street of London?") who was the opening act for Randy Newman and isn't it ironic that one act follows the other on my iPod?


Main Point... October 16, 1971... One of my music heroes.  I've seen him at least a dozen times and I figured I might as well go with the first time I saw him.  Always hilarious live. (12)


The Stone Balloon... Newark DE... December 1987? The first time I ever opened for ANYBODY and image it's Ray stinkin' Charles!  This was the show that convinced my Mother that maybe she should take this "comedy thing" of mine seriously because she loved Ray.   I did two shows on a Tuesday night at this rock club (odd setting) and Ray and his band arrived very late for the first show and I had to stretch in front of a crowd who were not there to see me at all and they were getting pretty restless.  My show went good though and the second show was awesome.  Between shows I got to meet and talk with Ray for a while and it's one of the highlights of my life and I'm serious about that. (4)


Tower     November 21, 2009       Terrific show.  One of my music heroes. (2)


VFMF    July 1989     I was not into country music AT ALL at this point in my life, so I must have got free tickets and she was awesome.  What a great voice.    


Tower   April 7,1989       They were drunk on their ass and Westerberg sat on the drum riser most of the night, but I guess that was the perfect way to see them, right?


Main Point    1971?       Always a big fan.


Keswick    November 6, 2003       great show with a lot of cool covers.


Rajah Theatre, Reading     March 2004       A night I will never forget.  I opened, had a great show, and then the Brothers ripped the roof off in front of an amazing audience.  Afterwards, my wife (because the official cameraman's camera broke) ended up taking photo's of all of us that needed up in Variety Magazine.  Hatfield passes away in November, which makes the entire evening more bittersweet.  (2)


Bijou   July 2, 1980  All instrumental quirky show and an honor to be in the  room with this creative madman.


Emerald City     1981  With the amazing Chris Spedding on guitar.


Cherry Hill Hyatt    1992?    WMMR party and I ended up onstage singing background vocals which is weird because I didn't know him at all.


Bottom Line NY    2003?   This legendary venue was closing and the Roches hadn't been together in a while and those two subplots combined to create a truly awesome show from one of my favorite trio's ever.  Their brother showed up for the memorable encore of Van Morrison's "Irish Heartbeat."   (5)


Tower      July 13, 1979       Opened up for Blondie and blew them off the stage. (2)


Borgata     August 23, 2008     It was the first time I ever saw him live after being a huge fan since the beginning of his career and he did not disappoint!


Spectrum   November 25, 1969     I was so young and hadn't been that excited since I got my hands underneath Rita DiMucci's bra.  One of those shows that changes your life.  Have seen them at least 20 times since and they never let you down.  (25)


Ocean Drive   1989?      Guess what song they did?


City Lights, Manhattan        February 2015     Underrated low key singer-songwriter.


The Five Spot    1998?   Ronnie had a tight little swing band and this was a happening Bank St. club back in the nineties, early oughts.


VFMF   1995    She was majestic!


Chestnut Cabaret    October 6, 1989   God, I loved this horn based blues band.  (3)


Main Point  9274   September 2, 1974   Unforgettable night from this amazing guitarist and top 5 loudest shows I was ever at.


Shubert   February 15. 1975    One of my all-time favorite bands and were they ever on this night.  (7)


VFMF  October 22, 1987     With Carl Perkins!  Roy's stunning comeback was complete and he sang all his classics that night in their original key.  Unfortunately, he passes a little over a year later.


Carnegie Hall    June 14, 2007     He completely recreated Judy Garlands legendary Carnegie Hall Show of 1961.


Resorts   1980-1985    Pick a night.  Pick a set.  My wife and I used to sit for hours and listen to Louis Prima's former band leader.  One of the great saxophonists of all time.   (75 sets?)


Convention Hall  November 1, 1969       Well, you can't go wrong with a lineup of Chicago, The youngbloods, and Canned Heat.  Plus saving this ticket stub gave you the right to buy '69 Stones tix before anyone else.  Santana was a smoking' band back then!  (5)


EFC  Early 70's     With one of the great blues guitarists of all time, Kim Simmonds    (2)     


Belmont Plateau, Fairmount Park       April 1970      Earth Day!


Doc Watsons     1998?       Chuck Penza, one of the leaders of this Jersey based pop band,  is a fantastic singer-songwriter.


Aquarama     1968?       The Aquarama was South Philly's version of a "Sea World" type attraction.  I loved it and we used to ride our bikes do to it because we knew a way to sneak in.  Ed Hurst ran a dance/TV show there and one day I saw Sir Doug.


May 24, 2010     A very talented Philly singer songwriter who accompanied me on "Subterranean Homesick Blues" at a Dylan birthday party that Kenn Kweeder organized.  Then Skip did a terrific set of his own.


Spectrum         May 1971?       An hour and a half late and I would wait a day and an hour and a half to see this show again.  One of the most influential bands of all time.    (5)


Keswick     April 20, 2005      Opened up for him and he was one of the coolest most together cats I ever met.  Hung and talked to him for 40 minutes which considering he's in the Top Ten Songwriters of All Time was a tremendous honor for me.   (3)     


Willow Grove Air Force Base   June 23. 1989       Same show I did with Hall & Oates,  I went on after the Survivors and I always thought they were a good blue-eyed should band.  (2)


Spectrum    April 27, 1988     Southside was part of that WMMR 20th anniversary party that I worked with so many cool acts.  (2)



My latest article from South Jersey Magazine...

Happy Thanksgiving

“Thank You.”
“Hey man, thanks a lot!”

Dr DonnThose short phrases are so easy to say, yet it’s incredible how many people fail to say any of them. 

I get the meaning of Thanksgiving.  The idea is to put aside a day to remember how so many of us reading this article right now have an amazing life compared to others in America and around the world.  I was reading a recent issue of Time magazine and the photos they published of the refugee situation in Syria were heartbreaking.

Yet sometimes I find myself myself getting angry when something petty and idiotic like my DVR isn’t working properly and I must admit I now see how foolish that is.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve become much more adept at staying cool and realizing that there are no impoverished people on this planet complaining about their shower water not getting hot quick enough.  There are millions of people struggling to get water period.

However, that’s the meaning of Thanksgiving in the larger sense of the word and I always think it’s better in the long run to start small.

When Pat Croce took over the Sixers in 1996 he did a very smart thing.  The Sixers were a real mess and he asked many of his friends one simple question.  “What would be the first thing you would do to fix them?”  When he got around to me I figured he got enough answers about the player personnel and the coach and actual basketball related matters, so this is how I answered.

I told him to make sure that the people who worked in the parking lot booths were polite.  And I wasn’t kidding.  First of all, everyone despises to have to pay to park to begin with, but to be treated rudely at the same time?  When this happens you have many of your own ticket-buying fans in a bad mood before they have even entered the arena.  Remember, these parking booth attendants are the very first people that your own supporters are going to come into contact with. Seriously, how hard is it for someone to take your twenty bucks and say “Thank you.  Go Sixers!”

Apparently, it is difficult for some folks.  I am always amazed at how many companies have the rudest receptionists, whether they’re answering the phone or sitting at a desk in a lobby.  And this is with companies that even bother to have a receptionist these days to begin with.   There’s nothing more discourteous than voice menus, which are basically designed to get you to give up and hang up.  We have become so accustomed to “push three blah blah blah” that we are now shocked and so grateful to get a live person to begin that we no longer even notice how impolite that person answering the phone may be.  Isn’t that something?

bdg armen pink caddy smallI have four dry cleaners in my Mullica Hill neighborhood and take a wild guess which one I go to?  The one that says “thank you” the most.  But it’s much more than that.  Show me any business that never forgets to say “thank you” and it permeates the way they do all their business.

At one establishment the owner has a recliner that he reads in and I always feel like I’m hassling him by making him get up.  I don’t think he speaks English, and without sounding like the late Joey Vento here, it wouldn’t kill him to learn “thank you,” would it?  The owner of the second cleaners was friendly enough, but his staff wasn’t.  How did this happen?  Well, he hired awesome looking young women for his own viewing pleasure (which as a man I get), but they were dumber than dishwater and not all that friendly, and he closed recently.  The third dry cleaners opened not all that long ago and they were actually the closest to me, so I really gave them a shot.  But the woman who ran the place was frankly, out of her mind.  She had her elderly Mother working for her and one day she couldn’t find my pants and the owner was freaking out on her.  I felt completely uncomfortable and muttered a weak “hey that’s ok, don’t worry about it” and the owner glared at me and screamed  “mind your own business!”  Needless to say getting a “thank you” was completely out of the question.

So I go to Sparkle on Rt. 45 in Mantua and I love the fact that I am able to highly recommend them.  (For the record, in case you’re wondering, I pay for every transaction and have for years.)  They do good work and always greet their customers with a cheery “hello” and “thank you so much” when you leave.  Seriously, how hard is that?  Doesn’t it just kill you when you pay for something and then it’s you and not them who say “thanks?” 

Then you have TD Bank or the “Disneyland” of commerce as I call them.  When you walk in a South Jersey TD Bank, three tellers and managers might say, “how are you doing today, sir?”  at the same time.  This may seem like overkill, but the truth is I laugh whenever it happens and yell “groovy!” to all the directions the greetings come from.  I get that this greeting thing has probably been mandated from the TD suits up above, but it sure beats the grumpy alternative, doesn’t it?

It always starts at the top and for me the CEO of my house growing up was my Mother.  My Mother was a free spirit and frankly there weren’t a ton of rules that I had to follow.  But if I had a million dollars for every time my Mother said, “what do you say?” to me when someone was nice to me, I’d be as rich as Ryan Howard today.  (Well, maybe)

The day before I wrote this article I was at the AMC Deptford 8 seeing the excellent “Bridge of Spies.”  As my wife and I were exiting the theatre there was a kid hanging at the back of the theatre waiting to clean up the mess moviegoers leave behind.  You know what this kid said to everyone as they were leaving?  “Thank you for coming.”  Can you believe that?  A big chain like AMC and here’s this kid making whatever an hour thanking everyone.  I guarantee you that kid has polite parents. It’s not hard!

So join me as I start a new movement this season to keep the “thanks” in “Thanksgiving.”  We'll all be the merrier for it.


Here's my latest article to run in the Sea Isle Times


Let’s just get right into it!

Wow!  Right from early June the water was clean and the warmest I remember it in years.  And it stayed that way the whole summer.  Nothing frustrates me more that sitting on the beach staring at waves that are rocking and the water is just too icy to go in, but that rarely occurred this season.  Even Mary Lee couldn’t stop me! 
However, there was a downside to all this.  My days of claiming I am the World’s Greatest Body Surfer are over.  Kaput.  I’m washed up.  First, in the waning days of last summer, Comcast’s Jon Clark came down to me beach and beat me rather soundly at boogie-boarding.  Now I never claimed to wear that particular title belt, but it turned out to be the beginning of the end.   In June of this summer,  out of the blue,  my daughter Ava challenged me to body surfing one tragic day and crushed me.  Crushed me!  The little tyke that I taught how to bodysurf.  Humiliating.  It’s all over for me.  What’s next?  A hearing aid?!

Last summer this paper was kind of enough to allow me to salute my good friend, Rick Steffa, who passed away on Father’s Day of 2014.  “The King of 35th St.” was the name of the article and I was stunned by how much those words moved fellow Islanders who never even knew him.  This Father’s Day we decided to honor Rick with a ceremony on the beach.  It started back at his house in the middle of 35th St below Landis.  About fifty of us, and I mean fifty, met in his legendary garage at and 5PM we headed for the beach.
One of the little tidbits about Sea Isle I get a kick out is when you have to cross streets on the way to the surf.  Cars will stop and let you by.  It’s very polite.  Well, except this afternoon, a VW Bug topped to allow our fearless leaders, Diane and Joe to cross.  Because of a condo building at the edge of 35th St, the polite car who stopped couldn’t see there were approximately forty-eight more of us right behind Diane and Joe.  48!  It was literally being stuck in a car while a long walking procession line went by.  No doubt Rick Steffa was looking down on this scene and laughing his butt off. 

Lou Dogs is this really cool hot dog joint on 38th St that serves up a terrific wiener.  There’s a wild history to the hot dog cart that is inside the establishment that it’s owner Christian will be more than happy to talk to you about.  (Just make sure you have an hour or two)  Lou Dog’s has an impressive photo collection of celebrity types who have eaten there on the wall.  Why I am up there is beyond me, but for the longest time he’s had my very first 94WIP glossy hanging up and in that photo I must admit I look like I’m 15 years old.  The photo was a carryover from a previous station that I worked at and it’s over 25 years old. No grey hair.  No glasses.  Over many summers I have received many “humorous” texts from folks cutting me up over that photo.  After much begging it’s finally down with my current photo in its place.  Thank God!

Occasionally I have to use a tiebreaker to decide who’s the winner at my Quizzo nights at O’Donnell’s Pour House.  The tiebreaker is usually guessing my weight.  However, this summer, the beautiful Gretchen who bar-tends at O’Donnells is pregnant with her first child.  She mentioned to me one night that I could use her due date as a tiebreaker and there were even some nights when I needed two tiebreakers and she would allow me to use her weight.   How many pregnant women would allow you to do that?  Thats way cool.  By the way, the due date is September 13 and she and her husband Tim (who works next door at the OD) are expecting a baby boy.  Now there's a  kid who's gonna be born a beach bum for sure.  Good luck to all!

It’s soooo much fun when a sporting event captures the entire island.  You can here the cheering pouring out of the living rooms, garages, outdoor bars and beach radio’s from Townsend’s Inlet down to the Dead Dog and beyond.  And this summer we had two such sporting events.  Congrats to Delran’s Carli Lloyd.

This town gets the occasional big time athlete, but how wild was it when standup comic and “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey hung at the Sand Bar?  He posed for pictures, was very accessible and friendly to all.   Now next time bring a refrigerator or new car to give away!

Speaking of standups, I’ve been judging the very entertaining “Sea Isle’s Got Talent” shows since their inception.  I’ve enjoyed singers, magicians, bands, dancers, jugglers, and dancing bears.  But never a standup.  Until this summer when 17-year-old Bailey stepped out on the stage.  Now listen, I’ve been doing standup for over thirty years, and performing comedy in front of that crowd is very difficult because there are a lot of kids there with their parents.  No comic likes to perform in front of kids.   
And he was terrific.  He was poised and did his very well thought out and funny material.  He even took some shots at Avalon, which will always get laughs on this island.  I talked to him afterwards and was told it was the first time he ever performed in front of strangers.  He’s originally from Bucks County and has spent every summer of his life in Sea Isle.  He’s off to Arizona State to study law or some stupid thing.  But remember that name, Bailey Raysik.  You just might be watching Comedy Central some night and say, “hey, isn’t that the kid we saw performing in Sea Isle?”

You all know Jimmy, right?  The owner of LaCosta, the Lobster Loft, he might have sold you the tires on your car.  I think Jimmy’s the reason the Pope is coming to Philly.  Jimmy loves a good joke and one evening I told him a real dandy. 
For the rest of the summer I had approximately forty different people tell me that joke and when I asked them where they heard it, they all gave the credit to Jimmy.  Owe up, Mr. Bennett!  (Sorry, it’s a family paper and I cannot print out that joke.)  But ask Jimmy, he’ll be more than happy to tell you.

My nephew Lee got married in August.  That's the good part.  The bad?  It was over three hours from Sea Isle in upstate Pennsylvania in a town so small that it made the nearby Hazleton come off like it was Vegas.  It was a beautiful ceremony and the reception was a blast.  But don’t you just love weddings in the summer that are not at the shore?  NOT!  Small town upstate PA?  Well, it’s just not my cup of tea, to say the least.  The silver lining of this story?  The following day when my car arrived at the top of the bridge and saw that ocean and the basketball courts and the VFW club, I was never happier in my life.  I was home.

I sincerely hope you had a great summer and don’t forget there are plenty of cool events in September and October.  The Summer of 2016 will be here before you know it.  Thanks for reading!




You can take an inexpensive tour  of RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL that's well worth it.

Check out MASH ARMY & NAVY on 8th Ave between 45 & 46th streets.  A blast from the past!

Folks are always asking me about piano bars in Manhattan.  There's two I would recommend and they couldn't be any bit different.  DON'T TELL MAMA is on 46th St between 8 & 9th Avenues.  It's a comfortable narrow long bar where you either sit at thee bar or at a table.  They have a singing piano player and every fourth song or so a member of the bar or serving staff will get up and sing a three song set.  And sometimes a member of the audience will get up at the mic and sing. And they have awesome food also. It's a really fun joint, but completely different from MARIE'S CRISIS CAFE which is at 59 Grove St in the Village.  (Make sure you have the address handy before you get in the cab.)  MARIE'S is a tiny hole in the wall basement club where there is a piano player but no professional singer.  YOU are the singer.  It's insane.  People (like my nutty wife) go there TO sing.  There's no microphone and literally 150 people or so will be singing at the top of their lungs to some Broadway tune  Which, by the way, IS ALL Marie's does.  They don't mix in pop tunes like MAMA does.  The two couldn't be any different from each other and any more fun if a piano bar is your bag.

tunes logoA HOTEL TO STAY AT?   We always use some hotel site and often stay at one of these two hotels which I would both recommend.  THE BELVEDERE on West 48th St is clean with a nice lobby and it's very convenient to Broadway and many clubs and bars.  THE WARWICK is pricier, but still affordable when you go through Expedia.  It's at 54th & 6th and many famous folks (like the Beatles and Liz Taylor have stayed there.

IT'S ONLY A PLAY is hilarious with an amazing cast.

As obvious as this sounds, you can spend a couple hours exploring Central Park and never get bored.

Lincoln Center has a free SINATRA exhibit running till September 4th which has some pretty neat artifacts from his Hoboken days.

LEXINGTON CANDY SHOP on Lexington between 82 & 83rd St. has been opened since 1925 and is a don't miss trip.

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM on 22nd St is a very cool, classic NY cabaret room where we have seen many cool acts at a very affordable price.

BIG ONION WALKING TOURS are a lot of fun and reasonably priced.  I have taken many of them and they never disappoint.

54 BELOW on 54th St. is literally the basement of the famous Studio 54 disco. It's a terrific place to see anybody. Top notch club.

Finally made it to BIRDLAND for one of those CAST PARTY shows. What a great time and the sight lines are excellent.  Legendary jazz artists perform there and if you ever thought about seeing one of them at BIRDLAND, do it.





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