Photos and article by Reina Peli
I wanted to see what all of the fuss was with this band I heard about, so on Saturday, November 30th I ventured out and made my way to the south side of the city. Station Square is a happening place with shops, restaurants and bars. Smack dab in the middle of it all sits the Hard Rock Cafe. A small, intimate venue that I enjoy going to. There’s close parking, which is pretty cheap. I can go on the patio outback and soak up the view of the city and read about some of the historic artifacts that are set up along the shore highlighting the rich history of Pittsburgh and what made it the city it is today. Inside you can have a seat, eat some dinner and have a few drinks while listening to some good music. Low key at first, watching the bands set up their gear and mingle with their fans. On this particular night, it was a packed house. Standing room only. I thought this has to be a pretty good show. The staff were on top of everything for the entire night making sure no one was thirsty, because making your way to the bar would be a feat all by itself. People were everywhere wall to wall.
So finally the time has come. The announcer goes up on stage and introduces The Fabulous Booze Brothers Show Band and Revue. Immediately the crowd goes wild as the band starts off the night with ‘Can’t Turn You Loose’. Instant energy from 10 o’clock on. Now I will admit that I have never been to a show with this much energy or dancing. Oh the dancing! Lots of that going on. The set list was packed with songs that everyone should know or at least want to get up and move to. Everybody Needs Somebody, Do You Love Me, Soul Man and Jailhouse Rock were a few of the classics that they played. Two singers, Ted Boyko and David Schroeder, head up this 10 piece powerhouse. I think Ted spent more time out engaging with the crowd than he spent on the stage. Brian Solomon on drums kept the beats in check. Kurt Fleckenstein wailing away on lead guitar. Andy Gorsak strumming the bass guitar. The trumpet guys Jeremy Ketter and Brian Dahm. Then there’s the sax men. Marty Herchko and Greg Sloan with the tenors and Dan Rusnak with the bari. The piano man William Roman is leaving the band after this year to pursue another venture. The band is actually seeking a replacement if any of yinz are worthy.
This band is a great night out if you want something to do. Get out there and see these guys! They also do benefit shows exclusively for The Special Olympics. Come on down to the Hard Rock December 13th and take the plunge! The Polar Bear Plunge presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Pa is the event to end the year. Check them out and come down for the weekend. It all starts December 13th at The Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh’s Friday Night Splash. $50 gets you an open bar, hors d’oevres and The Fabulous Booze Brothers Show Band and Revue! Get your bare asses down there and take the plunge for a good cause and a great night! n’at