News 2009


 

Happy Holidays!!

 

Look at this poster from like, 1999 or something. I put it up every year! I can almost hardly wait to do it!

You’re probably going to see it on the front page a few times between now and Christmas, in various forms with color commentary about upcoming happenings. This poster was also the basis of one of my first home-made Christmas cards that I gave out to practically anyone I saw, which has since become a fun tradition.

Hey, you might want to see some more of the old-school posters (before they were all done with clip-art from PC programs) by going to the FUX site and looking under POSTERS ! Some of them are great!

OK, check my schedule, there is action right through the New Year, but I have to get December up yet. There is the regular jams with the exception of Grumpy’s, which will take place Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve instead of Thursday. I will also be hosting a Christmas Day night jam at Lupo’s in Allentown. So for those without a place to go by the end of the day stay tuned for more details on that.

Also

 

 

 

Radcliff’s Rogues & Renegades

(a.k.a.Roman & The Heard)

Bobby Radcliff – guitar, Jean Carno – drums,
Roman – bass, W. Kiss – guitar

Otto’s Shrunken Head,
NYC

Sunday 11/15/09

I’m sure many in the Lehigh Valley remember Will Kiss, a student of mine from a few years ago. Will made great strides with his playing by frequenting the jam scenes (that would allow him.)

It was a great pleasure to run into him at a jam in New Jersey on my way to New York City and invite him along to meet blues legend Bobby Radcliff.

It took some finagling but I managed to get Will into the club, meet Bobby, and have him on stage with us. Will is now a Bobby Radcliff fan, and even cooler was seeing the real West Side Chicago blues traditions of Bobby’s going to the next generation.

Man, that’s what jams are about! Wow!

 

 

SPOOKY!!

Hope you had a great Halloween!

Roman & Berger Halloween Eve

Revivals in Perkasie 10 30 2009

I had a great time. I played with several different acts at several new places, from performing as a duo to playing bass for Bobby (below.) I’m looking forward to the holidays and meeting some of you at the new places (well, new for me.)

Every Friday this month has me in a different town, so be sure and check the schedule. Some of the dates are with Kind Of Blue, some are with Mad Dog & Blues Night Out.

Every Thursday is a jam at Grumpy’s BBQ with the exception being Thanksgiving. As a result of the holiday we will hold a special Wednesday Night Jam. I’m sure a lot of my students will be attending so I may limit the night to an early student session followed by the adult sessions. Grumpy’s is allowing us to run late that night, and I’m trying to convince them to keep their great kitchen smoking (literally) a little later than 10 pm.

OK, stay tuned to this website for more NEWS!

YouTube of Bobby Radcliff, Roman on bass, Jean Carno drums

Otto’s Shrunken Head, NYC 10 18 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEjh555ggrw

 

 

 

 

 

Oooooowwwwwww!

I guess 20 years of playing on my knees and hauling Marshall stacks with them took its toll. I woke up with a small pain in my knee (a regular occurrence, no cause for alarm) but it grew steadily for weeks so I finally went to the hospital. I’m still looking into it, but surgery is not out of the question. It didn’t stop me from making the Grumpy’s Jam, or playing all night at The Perk two days later, but it sure slowed me down. I felt like one of those “shoegazer” acts, having to stand still up there like a…plant or something. Still, I believe I was able to portray much more attitude. More than a plant anyway! Thanks everyone who helped me unload and carry stuff.

Looking to the future is the next Grumpy’s jam on Thursday October 15th, where you can see me hobble up to the microphone again, put down a crutch and pick my guitar. My brother Jim is on drums that night because the following night he’s drumming also: Mad Dog & Blues Night Out at is there on Friday, October 16th, but I won’t have it so bad then. Mad Dog is really the show, I just back him up, and I always enjoy seeing it from right there at the stage. I hope you can join me.

Don’t forget to vote in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. I was missing from the list the past several years but finally they got the nomination process rolling a little better and thanks to you all again my name is there somewhere under various categories. It’s nice to have that recognition, and it’s important to people like me who rely on music to make a living. It’s not like I’m a blues musician at night and CPA during the day. So in addition to your support carrying my gear, thanks for your support voting. Go ahead, click and follow the instructions, it only takes like two minutes.

Lehigh Valley Music Awards Voting Site

 

Come over to the dark side…one of my jams!!

This is a special announcement about some last minute jammin’ opportunities.

Saturday October 3rd:

I will run a very informal open mic session at a new place called Old Bethlehem Road Hotel (formerly Arianna Miles Bed ‘N Breakfast. I planned on doing it alone and not posting it on my schedule until I got a little more familiar with playing solo, but it’s such a cool vibe there that I had to invite you to see this place. It’s awesome, and you can literally crash there if you don’t want to drive! Check it out by joining me around 8 for some food and improv jammin:

Old Bethlehem Road Hotel

Original Arianna Miles webpage

OBR Facebook

The Old Bethlehem Road Hotel (The OBR)

243 Old Bethlehem Rd, Quakertown, PA, 18951

215 538-2108

Sunday October 4th:

A neighboor/student/NYC traveler Mark Lewis and his lovely wife Beth are having a backyard party & jam, but it was moved from this Saturday Oct 3 to this Sunday Oct 4th. It starts at 1 pm.

You can come and jam as my personal friend (just don’t make me kill you.) More info and invitation are at

Lewis’s Wurst Picnic

104 Misty Meadow

Perkasie, PA

contact me for other details or see me this weekend!!!.

 

Hi gang! Happy Holiday!

Well I guess summer is over, but the party is NOT!!

This month you can get a taste of everything: A Mad Dog show at The Ravens Nest and a benefit (see below), A Kind Of Blue show at The Perk in Perkasie, the monthly NYC bus trip for The Heard and local friends I&I at Otto’s Shrunken Head. There’s even (OMG!) The FUX performing the closing set at… a wedding?!

Wait! Don’t order yet! There’s the new Roman & Berger duo at the Hawkeye Country Inn, not to mention the jams at Grumpy’s and the Washington House! NOW how much would you pay? What? You want more? Benny’s Annual Block Party in Allentown PA! You can jam with us, bring your “axe!”

Now the best part…all these great opportunities to jam, rock, dig the blues, see NYC…doesn’t cost anything! How can you turn that down? Shame on you! Support real live music.

All the directions, dates, links and details are on the schedule page, so I’ll see you somewhere soon I hope!

Roman & Co

Mad Dog& Blues Night Out

lends a helping paw

After playing the Ravens Nest the night before, Friday Sept 18, The Dog is up at dawn barking on harmonica for the MDA Plane Pull in Allentown’s ABE Airport!

Mad Dog performs for the event at 9:30 am! Info:

MDA PLANE PULL

 

Want to have some fun for a good cause?  Do you have the muscle to pull a 167,000 pound 727 plane 12 feet?  If yes, sign up for the MDA’s 4th Annual Airplane Pull Challenge at Lehigh Valley International Airport where teams of 15-20 “pull” together to help find a cure for neuromuscular disease.  Don’t miss this day of food, fun, competition, and hope for those living with neuromuscular disease in the Lehigh Valley.  Contact MDA today to get involved!

The event will take place on September, 19 with a rain date of September 20.  Registration starts at 9:30 am and the event runs from 10am-2pm.  The plane pull will take place at Lehigh Valley International Airport at Gate 40 – Near the Fedex Building, 951 Postal Road, Allentown, PA 18109.

 

The cost is $1600 per team and their will be awards for fastest and slowest pulls, top team fundraiser, and top individual fundraiser.  Fore more information contact MDA at 610-391-1977 or email allentowndistrict@mdausa.org

 

Hey kids!!!

The summer has been fun and busy, some great events, new venues, some tragic losses (the great Les Paul.) Mad Dog is releasing a new CD. I’m doing duets with Matt Berger. Trios, Matt on bass, my brother Jim on drums. It’s such a blast. Thank you Lehigh Valley Blues Network, where we met so long ago!!

And of course there’s Grumpy’s Thursday Jam where we have all of this happening and more with no pressure, no attitudes, and good cookin’ !

I’ve barely been able to keep up my web sites. Mad Dog, Kind Of Blue, The Heard…PA, NY, VA, DE…My Space, You Space, This space, yaaaahhhh! Twitter and Facebook?FORGET ABOUT IT! Hey, I don’t have time to tell you when I shower.

September will be extremely busy for me, so have patience and I will keep getting pictures up, but you will have to just check my schedule to find out who, what, and where I’m doing stuff.

October is “Kind Of Light” so far so I’ll talk to you more then (here, in my NEWS section, not on Twissler…or Face…thing!)

November and December is just around the corner, so HEY! Want some REAL, LIVE musicians at your Christmas or Holiday party? You know me, call me and I’ll stick a duo, trio, or more around your Christmas tree, next to your cocktail bowl, or in your foyer.

Impress your friends. Imply aristocratic sophistication when you invite your boss and he sees a jazz trio playing holiday instrumentals by the fireplace. Separate yourself from the proletariat and join the bourgeoisie.

Your neighbors will be jealous (and maybe hire me.) Get YOUR name on my SCHEDULE page.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer, see me in September, and let’s have a Fun Fall!

Thanks!!

You guys are great!!

Rest In Peace Les

Photo: Doc Z

Kind Of Blue Kind Of Tour

August 13-18

PICTURES

July 2009

Ah yes, the Whiskey Dix…

If you have ever been to Philadelphia for an Electric Factory concert you’ve driven by the Dix, at least looking for parking. The Dix was perfect for the fiery FUX show, they encouraged it!

Known for bikes, broads, and general rock ‘n roll suicidal tendencies, The Whiskey Dix was a regular spot for the Fux, and there are a lot of cool pictures from it on the FUX website. Navigate yourself there and look for them.

I want to wish everyone a great Holiday and summer. Already the shows and jams you have all participated in have made all of us involved grateful. Please continue to check my schedule for the next happening.

OK, a favorite 4th Of July story:

I struck a deal with a label in England to tour over there and in return I would set up a tour for their bands here. Well we went over, had a great time, and I arranged for the band PANIC to tour here.

But as it turned out, it was over the 4th Of July holidays. These guys came over, and everywhere they looked they saw parties, fireworks, bikini-clad chicks at pool parties, hot rods cruising, custom bikes…big noisy Harleys. They saw this in NYC to Buffalo, Chicago to Nashville, Atlanta to Philly, and back. They couldn’t believe it. It was JUST LIKE THE MOVIES!!

They were totally faked out. When it was time for them to go home they practically cried. The fact that they could actually buy Marshall amplifiers over here CHEAPER than the UK where they come from didn’t help either. I think they’ve resented the USA ever since. Of course, the added irony: this holiday celebrates our freedom from their soggy, wet and tiny country! Har har! Jamie! Digs! We still love you! Tell me about your next tour over here .

You know, just about every foreign place I played every band just wanted to be in and play in America. Most people I hear complain about the USA have never experienced what the other options were.

Foreign countries were great, exciting, and different, but they were small, limited, and everyone talks funny. Funnier than us in Brooklyn or Georgia! They have one phone company. They have a government with a huge squash on the land. And if you drive in any direction for a good day you’ll be in another country.

Those trips made me really appreciate ourbig ol’ country, how big it is, how different so much of it is from each other, and all the opportunities we have, despite it’s problems.

FACT: you can grow up here, raise a family, own a house, and, not only not even KNOW who is the President…much less be shot for voting “wrong.”

GOD BLESS AMERICA…you fuckers!

Now y’all have a good holiday, y’hear?

 

 

END OF JUNE, 2009

 

Tuesday June 30

Washington House Jam

 

 

Saturday June 27

Brian Airgood, FOX producer, FUX drummer, married!!

 

INTRODUCING MR. & MRS. BRIAN AND ADRIANA AIRGOOD

SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2009

 

Brian with The Fux, 2008

 

Accepting the Weapon Of Freedom, a FUX burner from a European tour, on wedding night.

 

 

Brian Airgood back in the day

 

Thursday June 25 The Last Moondance

Grumpy’s Jam pays tribute to Michael Jackson

We quickly had someone iPhone a chord chart for “Billy Jean” and “Beat it” then jammed off of it for 20 minutes to start the night. What a blast!

Roger Prieto from Philly joins Big Texas John White, Roman

 

Sunday June 21

Kind Of Blue headlines the 2009 Lehigh River Blues Jam

Three horns, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Five songs, one hour. All totally improvised and spontaneous, and outta sight!

Sunday June 21 saw the end of a rain spell and brought out several great bands to conclude a three day festival in Catasauqua, PA. Kind Of Blue has played the last few years in a row, and with this years line up of great players the festival crowd hung on until the bitter end, chanting for “…one more song, one more song…”

We’d like to thank our sponsors who put faith in us having the right guys, the right attitude, and the right stuff, just like them! They are Grumpy’s Roadside BBQ in Mechanicsville, PA, and The Sellersville Theater & Washington House Restaurant in Sellersville, PA

Dan Faga-bass, George Koko-sax,

Matt Roman, Allan Meyerson, Jim Roman-choke holds,

Roger Prieto-trumpet & French horn, Mike Fossa-keys

Mad Dog & Blues Night Out

New Full Length CD this summer!

Wow hey hi!

You guys are so cool! Thanks for getting to this little news site.

The latest OLD NEWS (new link) was a New Mad Dog Show, and a great time at a crazy bar called the Madison Inn with entertainment supplied by the only ones crazy enough to enter the place with half-decent gear: The Hard Lickers!

Matt & The Hard Lickers

Where abouts unknown

The Hard Lickers KILL. I mean no holds barred. Their next show is August 29, for a Harley raffle or some insane cut-throat crap. Details later.

Mad Dog is up and running with a new line-up, and a new CD. Watch for some upcoming dates and witness HARMONICUS COLASSUS. I gotta be honest. I’ve played with lots of blues guys, blues jams, and blues wanabees. Man, I live in PENNSYLVANIA!

But I get around, I get to NYC, and I get to sit in with a few authentic old school blues and jazz cats occassionally…and this guy Mad Dog is so old school he’s a time warp. Like my friend Bobby Radcliff, they are NOT about doing your favorite Allman Bros or SRV song. They are keeping traditional blues, REAL BLUES, alive. It’s an honor to have anything to do with them. watch for any appearance of them and make that damn show. I won’t miss it!

Roman & The Heard

featuring blues legend Bobby Radcliff

Otto’s Shrunken Head

14th & Av B,
New York City

June 14,
7:30 pm

But HEY!

Speaking of jazz cats:

The coolest Kind Of Blue performance will be at the Lehigh River Blues Jam Sunday June 21st. KOB played the last few years there and each year they have more qualified musicians. It’s like a …ART, having guys that can listen and create. I won’t give away the ending (I’m not sure of it myself…it may depend on YOU) but it will be a great closing ceremony, I ASSURE you. And it supports a good cause, it’s outside in a new park with a new public pool (special kids and infant section) and you will se great acts the whole day through. The festival starts on Friday June 19. Look at the details and line-ups: Lehigh River Blues Jam

Be there for the Kind Of Blue Full Fusion band at Sunday 5:45 and we are closing the festival at the wonderful pre-Simpson’s hour of 7 pm. WOW

Kind Of Blue

Sunday June 21st

Lehigh River Blues Festival

May 30 2009 in the hood yo

Funny right? The Hard Lickers

is something I’m doing in my spare time for fun,

and because the people are for real for real. Wow…

 

tell ya more about it later. Matt: THANKS MAN!

Gotta sleep..ahhhhhhh

Later bro’s

Happy Memorial Day

 

Roman Music NEWS

5 23 2009

Lighting BBQ’s with STYLE since 1996

Hi everybody!

It’s an early holiday here in America and nobody is complaining. The weather in the northeastern USA is heating up, and I know a lot of you are ready to start ‘a grillin’ (weather permitting)!!

Thanks for checking up on the Romanmusic stuff. Maybe you’re web surfing on your extra holiday time, or you’re one of my regulars, or a new student, family, or friend. Either way, I’m glad you’re here.

I’m NOT playing anywhere this holiday weekend, I’m visiting friends and family and hitting a few jam parties (of course!)

But when it’s all over what are we going to do? I can HELP 🙂

Tuesday May 26

The Washington House Jazz Jam!

We only do this once a month, and it’s not restricted to jazz, it’s restricted to having fun. Be creative, come and listen or step up to the stage, I’ll accommodate ya brutha’!

Thursday May 28

Two things:

1) Grumpy’s Jam

Grumpy’s Jam:

As per usual, it’s a Grumpy’s happening, the weekly Thursday Night Jam. But OH M G! Wait !! The Host?

THE GRUMPY’S TRIO OF DOOM.

I cannot be there and I personally select these guys (Albert, John, and Keith) because :

a) they are insanely great players

b) they know how to be insanely creative and jam their asses off , and

c)) they insanely don’t care about “blues” or any other categories…they are there to jam their asses off!

Meet them, great them, and join them.

2) Mad Dog & Blues Night Out

McStews in Levittown, Pa

Formerly AJ’s

Mad Dog Moyer has a new drummer who I really really like. They make their debut appearance at the Buck’s County Blues Society’s McStews, formerly AJ’s, at 9 pm. Mad Dog recently was in the studio recording a new CD, and we are out working it out. You’re sure to see some mistakes, AND some great vibes! I mean it! You’ll actually SEE great vibes! Philly area, we are ready to SERVE you.

Saturday May 30

Matt Shelly, Matt Roman, & The Hard Lickers

My great jamming namesake Matt Shelly hosts a party at the Madison Inn,

14th & Turner streets,

Allentown, PA.

It’s a Party, that’s fer shure! Enter at your own risk. Survive, and you are on the way to enlightenment.

Daylight hours only, for your protection! 4 PM start

Thursday June 4

Grumpy’s Jam

Holy Crap! We celebrate my birthday at Grumpy’s! More important is it’s my big brother Jim’s Birthday too. JIM! Thank you so much for your help, support, and guidance all these years. Damn! You are alright bro!! I’m proud to be in this damn family!!!

(
If you come to this jam, you will eat great!!)

Friday June 5

Private

Snap! It’s my actual birthday! I’m…let’s see..I was born in 19588…wait! That’s my zip code…I was born in 1858..Wait!…that makes me…151. Wait! Oh check back in June! Anyway, it’s a private gig…Nestle’s Corporation…don’t tell them I told you!! You can’t come. Sorry. Sob!

May 2009

Punk rock correction!

The BLESSED MUTHA’s LIVE!

I’m sorry about that March news post Joe Jap! Don’t hurt me 🙁

Earlier in this NEWS column I mentioned Freddie from The Viletones and The Blessed Mutha’s but incorrectly implied that those bands were gone. I meant that Freddie is gone from them, and they were a great part of his legacy.

Although Freddie is no longer with them, both bands are still out there playing, spreading good , healthy anarchy, and doing what they do best. .

Check out the BLESSED MUTHA’s for authentic old school punk. They are great live, and totally FUX approved!

We MEAN it MAN!

Your’s truly,

Roman

Happy Memorial Day

 

Roman Music NEWS

5 23 2009

Lighting BBQ’s with STYLE since 1996

Hi everybody!

It’s an early holiday here in America and nobody is complaining. The weather in the northeastern USA is heating up, and I know a lot of you are ready to start ‘a grillin’ (weather permitting)!!

Thanks for checking up on the Romanmusic stuff. Maybe you’re web surfing on your extra holiday time, or you’re one of my regulars, or a new student, family, or friend. Either way, I’m glad you’re here.

I’m NOT playing anywhere this holiday weekend, I’m visiting friends and family and hitting a few jam parties (of course!)

But when it’s all over what are we going to do? I can HELP 🙂

Tuesday May 26

The Washington House Jazz Jam!

We only do this once a month, and it’s not restricted to jazz, it’s restricted to having fun. Be creative, come and listen or step up to the stage, I’ll accommodate ya brutha’!

Thursday May 28

Two things:

1) Grumpy’s Jam

Grumpy’s Jam:

As per usual, it’s a Grumpy’s happening, the weekly Thursday Night Jam. But OH M G! Wait !! The Host?

THE GRUMPY’S TRIO OF DOOM.

I cannot be there and I personally select these guys (Albert, John, and Keith) because :

a) they are insanely great players

b) they know how to be insanely creative and jam their asses off , and

c)) they insanely don’t care about “blues” or any other categories…they are there to jam their asses off!

Meet them, great them, and join them.

2) Mad Dog & Blues Night Out

McStews in Levittown, Pa

Formerly AJ’s

Mad Dog Moyer has a new drummer who I really really like. They make their debut appearance at the Buck’s County Blues Society’s McStews, formerly AJ’s, at 9 pm. Mad Dog recently was in the studio recording a new CD, and we are out working it out. You’re sure to see some mistakes, AND some great vibes! I mean it! You’ll actually SEE great vibes! Philly area, we are ready to SERVE you.

Saturday May 30

Matt Shelly, Matt Roman, & The Hard Lickers

My great jamming namesake Matt Shelly hosts a party at the Madison Inn,

14th & Turner streets,

Allentown, PA.

It’s a Party, that’s fer shure! Enter at your own risk. Survive, and you are on the way to enlightenment.

Daylight hours only, for your protection! 4 PM start

Thursday June 4

Grumpy’s Jam

Holy Crap! We celebrate my birthday at Grumpy’s! More important is it’s my big brother Jim’s Birthday too. JIM! Thank you so much for your help, support, and guidance all these years. Damn! You are alright bro!! I’m proud to be in this damn family!!!

(
If you come to this jam, you will eat great!!)

Friday June 5

Private

Snap! It’s my actual birthday! I’m…let’s see..I was born in 19588…wait! That’s my zip code…I was born in 1858..Wait!…that makes me…151. Wait! Oh check back in June! Anyway, it’s a private gig…Nestle’s Corporation…don’t tell them I told you!! You can’t come. Sorry. Sob!

May 2009

Punk rock correction!

The BLESSED MUTHA’s LIVE!

I’m sorry about that March news post Joe Jap! Don’t hurt me 🙁

Earlier in this NEWS column I mentioned Freddie from The Viletones and The Blessed Mutha’s but incorrectly implied that those bands were gone. I meant that Freddie is gone from them, and they were a great part of his legacy.

Although Freddie is no longer with them, both bands are still out there playing, spreading good , healthy anarchy, and doing what they do best. .

Check out the BLESSED MUTHA’s for authentic old school punk. They are great live, and totally FUX approved!

We MEAN it MAN!

Your’s truly,

Roman

Monday May 11

 

Have a good Mother’s Day? I did! As many of you know, I like to visit my mom in the penitentiary to have her re-ink my tattoos. I hope you all had as greta a time! OK, let’s look at the week!!

 

BIKES, BIKERS, and BURGERS!!

Grumpy’s this Tuesday!!! (and any fair weather Tuesday night)

The best rib joint in town now is ready to “git yer motor running’…”on Tuesday nights. I love this place! If you ride, and it’s a nice Tuesday night, here’s a great trip: Bike night at The Main Gate in Allentown, then Grumpy’s in Mechanicsville, where he is giving out a FREE 1/2 lb. burger as you pull up, then the Leather Corner Post Blues Jam in Orefield. (Tell the owner Al that Roman sent ya.)

Grumpy wants to encourage you to drink responsibly…by riding! Visit grumpy’s on Tuesday on your scoots, Thursday for my jam, and Friday & Saturday for more live music. I say this with love: Get there you f***ers!

Thursday May 7, 2009

Hi everyone ! Last week was a lot of fun, check the pix and links below. The Washington House monthly jam was a great gathering of friends and participants, and you can see the pictures.

Pictures

Roman & The Heard monthly NYC gig at Otto’s Shrunken Head was once again highlighted by the appearance of Bobby Radcliff, who is patiently teaching me the ropes of getting MORE by playing LESS, and there’s an actual You Tube clip of that.

You Tube Clip

Coming up are the regular Thursday Night jams at Grumpy’s BBQ, and I’m happy to welcome back Sauvek on bass. Sauvek just returned from a European tour with the Todd Wolf band.

So come on out. Check the schedule and catch up with us! “…don’t cost nuthin…”

BIKERS!

 

Speaking of not costin’ nuthin…Grumpys is now sponsoring

Tuesday Bike Nights

If you have a scoot and it’s a nice Tuesday night, there’s a whole circuit you can cruise and Grumpy welcomes you as just one of your stops. He’s eager to have some riding company himself by offering free munchies, possibly some live music, and other treats and gimmicks to follow a constantly changing Tuesday Bike Night theme..now tell them Roman sent ya! .

 

 

Hey it’s MAY

Hi you guys! Well there’s some cool stuff coming up, and I need more time to spell it out, but the links are all on the schedule for now. Ahhh I’m tired….Look!

Bobby Radcliff appears with me on Sunday May 3rd, NYC

 

HEY!!!

I wanted to take time to thank Mike & Eileen at Grumpys for being a major sponsor for Kind Of Blue at this years Lehigh River Blues Jam That’s on Sunday June 21…but LOOK!!!

Mike recently told me he is having a BIKE NIGHT on Tuesdays’ at Grumpy’s.

But he impressed me by saying he’s not trying to be THE Tuesday night place to go. Grumpy’s wants only to be part of your Tuesday night ride this summer.

He wants to go to Maingate Bike Night, the Leather Corner Post (which has a jam night on uesdays also) and have a beer and hear music, and keep moving. In these days of severe DUI penalties, that’s a good idea.

And now Grumpy’s is on your stop list. You come by THIS Tuesday and FREE BURGER! I’m pretty sure…a free burger when you pull up on Grumpy’s!! Tell them Roman told you about it. If I’m wrong, and you want to kill me, please use a clean switchblade. I’m KIDDING! Let’s have some good clean fun: riding, eating, drinking, (in moderation like mom said) and diggin’ some music.

 

Get your motor runnin…

head out on the highway!

April 26, 2009

Editorial

Mad Dog’s internet savvy niece Nikki, in Richmond, VA

“Twitter? Oh! Well! It started as something for grown-ups…”

That’s what I overheard from a young and upcoming rock star teenager. That’s all I had to hear. Crap! Just when I was considering it, I realize it’s the latest TREND.

I don’t “twitter.” I’m SORRY!!!!

I don’t “facebook.”

I website… for the FUX back when that was hard to do. You had to know someone with HTMLP ….ABCDEFG… programming experience or whatever. I never even knew The FUX website was up until Brian Airgood, FUX drummer, Fox TV associate producer, Phila, told me I’m on The Internet! Wow!!! Thank You Brian!!! That was in 1996!!

I finally got serious about MySpace when nobody wanted to know my website address for The FUX, but instead just asked “are you on My Space?” Like it’s the Yellow Pages or something. And, I guess, it pretty much is.

HEY! I was on My Space when it was invented, as a tool for musicians. Fellow touring artists got me “hip” to it. Then it turned into a very accessible instant webpage for anyone with half a brain for internet functioning …which meant KIDS.

Kids are growing up on the internet. It’s the “new math.” Combine that with the fast pace of technology and they will beat you every time as far as assimilation and mastery. Of course, they’re still kids, so they use it for goofy superficial crap, like you used to use a telephone for.

I loved the idea of a musicians network, but it will never truly exist, because your average 12 year old will master the options before any musically educated or experienced individual musician. Then use it as ….a telephone.

I joined myspace when it started, as “ROMAN.” That was my business. Music business.

I hardly look up my original ROMAN My Space anymore. I turned it into my personal site. I have to maintain all the MySpace sites for every band I work with, PLUS the actual REAL websites for many of them. I really don’t know how I can add every new twittering, facebook, sonicbids (add the others here) gimmick that the next teenage kid is going to dance around me with.

I’m a musician. I try to excel in music, not Internet mastery of gossip and gimmicks.

So I am appealing to you all who are reading: I will maintain the MySpace sites I have already started and try to keep official websites along with them, and I aim to keep all of their on the front page of this Romanmusic website page so you can go to the frontpage as a directory more or less.

To follow my dream of being a musician I try to follow advice, and keep up with technology to take advantage of all it can offer. But I found myself at a crossroads: do I stay up until dawn on my computer, or on my guitar? I choose the guitar. It makes me so much happier!

I’m happy playing, and taking pictures of the scenes to try and capture those fleeting moments, as two dimensional as the are, for my memories and yours. Thanks for being here reading this. It means you know me, are part of that scene, and in so doing support me.

I am really, really grateful. I just don’t need to “twitter” to say it.

Thanks,

Roman

 

April 22, 2009

Southern Hospitality at the Richmond, VA gig

He’s a Mad Dog on that harp! We’re back from a great tour playing hard core bars to high class private parties. The tour was a blast but even better is that we came home and went right into the studio. Man, we went through 14 tunes in no time at all. The engineer was amazed. Of course, it has to be mastered and duplicated, but YES, expect a new Mad Dog and Blues Night Out CD to be released soon.

Enjoying some sun on Ocracoke Island, NC with Rick “Mad Dog” Moyer

There’s more changes in the Mad Dog camp too. He is moving or even eliminating his main website, I am establishing a page here at Romanmusic for Mad Dog:

Mad Dog & Blues Night Out!

and there’s a Myspace site:

www.myspace.com/maddogbno

Stay tuned for details on the new CD, when, where, etc.

 

My thanks to Albert, John, and Keith for covering for me at Grumpys on Thursday ( I was in Richcmond, VA.) This Thursday April 23 at Grumpys will feature Mike Fossa on keys/bass (a la Doors) and my bro (literally) Jim Roman on drums. It’s an ORGAN TRIO house band! Wow! Bass guys don’t worry, we have the bass gear there for you bass players to go man, go. Oh man, this is so fun…and FREE!!! Man, get out there with us and play, jam, eat (by 10 pm) or just hang out!

Grumpys Thursday Night Jam

Thursday April 23

 

The Kind Of Blue Trio of Fossa, Roman & Roman appears the very next night, Friday, April 24 at The Union Station Grill, in Phillipsburg, NJ (right across the free bridge from Easton, PA. W start at 8 and end at 11, and hopefully you may have sat in and done a tune with me by then. It’s free, it’s different and damn cool man, so don’t make excuses, come out:

Union Station Grill

Friday April 24

See you soon!!

 

April

Hi kids!! Happy Easter!!

 

 

This week:

Christ rises from the dead

Mad Dog & Blues Night Out heads south on tour

Albert “Modes Master” Lazero hosts Grumpy’s on Thursday

That’s right gang, it’s Easter weekend, kids have even more days off, and Grumpy’s was packed on Thursday night. The students were out for a long night and were they awesome. Colin Wolf (age 15) and Zion Fritzinger (age 13) had everyone’s attention. They really made the crowded conditions worth it. I also want to must mention Dave Zimmerman (15) who played bass on a 12 bar blues number after only two lessons!

This black cat Loyd from NYC came through and killed with some vocals

Also in attendance, Will “The Kid” Kiss with a confident display of chops and stage presence. Not to be outdone, music student Albert came up and tore through some pretty articulate improvisation. I asked him to head up this Thursday night ( 4/16) while I’m on the road, so come and see him do his thing for yourself. On bass will be Jon Bass from the Grumpy’s Trio Of Doom, and Keith McGonigle on drums.

I’ll be on the beach with Rick “Mad Dog” Moyer (when we’re not in a smelly van, or a smelly club) down along the OBX (Outer Banks, NC) until next Tuesday 4/21 when we shake the sand crabs out of our dirty laundry and roll into a studio to finally record a new full length CD. Way overdue, but better late than never.

 

Hello my friends, happy springtime.

Man the last trip to Otto’s in NYC was beautiful. It was a gorgeous day so Ellie and I ran up there early. First stop was McSorely’s Old Ale House , one of the oldest taverns in NYC.

Only beer is served, either light or dark. Women weren’t allowed in until they took it up with the Supreme court in 1970. And glasses of beer are served by the fistful, two glasses for every one you order.

There are wishbones on a chandelier that haven’t ever been touched since soldiers going off to WW I put them there during their last meal. It’s full of great history, check it out.

Next was a walk through St. Marks, by way of the crazy shops, eateries, and historic St Marks Church. The church and it’s courtyard are one of the oldest untouched properties since the Dutch settlement of New Netherlands, or New Amsterdam, or you might know it now as New York City!

Finally it was time to board the pirate ship Wood, Frank Wood’s Wind Down Sunday at Otto’s Shrunken Head with Roman & The Heard, featuring Bobby Radcliff. Man if you haven’t seen this joint, you’re missing a real NYC scene. Not to mention seeing Bobby sit in with us, playing great traditional Chicago blues. Man, he had just played Terra Blues on Bleeker the night before for top dollar, and now he was here showing us how it’s done. What a great experience playing behind him. There’s some sound clips on the Roman & The Heard MySpace site from past sessions.

See ya there May 3rd!

 

MARCH!!!

 

Old PUNK! Oi!!

In a dark club past midnight wearing sunglasses with

Freddie from The Viletones

Here’s the punky news:

Freddie re-emerges from a dark demon infested past to write new material for a new show!

I gotta tell ya, this is a great person and fun guy, full of history and experience in punk. Freddie lives in Philly now, deported from Canada (thank God!) and is putting together his latest act.

I’ll tell you when, what, and where (it’ll be Phila. PA area) as I find out myself, but his last production with The Blessed Muthas is a local (Phila.) success …great f***in’ old school punk sounds. The real thing, classic!

Stay tuned and don’t miss Freddie’s next gig.

On the subject of punk, a FUX update:

Brian Airgood, latest FUX drummer and FOX Phila. sports producer, is getting married! Yikes! Who the hell in punk does that!! (Guilty!) Congratulations Brian!! See you in hell!

Scott Kelly, original FUX drummer, still works with me in Mad Dog & Blues Night Out. We’re doing a small southern tour in April and coming right back into a studio. Watch for Mad Dog’s new CD in the summer and catch him where ever you can. Don’t bring cops.

FUX bass player Tim is currently playing with Power Valve, an industrial-ish band that makes it’s way into movie scores and video game soundtracks. They are doing a local Allentown PA show in April at Crock Rock. Again, don’t take these unique moments for granted. Go see it, support it, and be able to say you were there!

The FUX have been out of the public scene for a while but will be back together on special request for a private show in August or September.

Man, I’m getting old…but at least everyone else is too!!

Thanks! See ya soon! Don’t forget to come out to a Grumpy’s Jam where I hold court and hang out every Thursday night.

Join my mailing list to find out new stuff as it happens: romanuwr@aol.com:

Ahhh…the good old FUX “glory days”

Last minute job: Saturday March 21

I hope you can join me!!!

Stefano’s Sicilian Grill in Bath, PA

5364 Nor Bath Blvd

Northampton, PA 18067

(610) 262-8760

Mike “Man Of All Keys” Fossa will help me entertain as a duo at Stefano’s Sicilian Grill in Bath, PA. We will compliment the fine dining atmosphere with standards and favorites. As is typical of the finer establishments there is no cover and less formal relaxing in the bar area where we will perform, so just come in and have a drink and enjoy. It’s smoke free, hassle-free, and..FREE!

 

 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bobby Radcliff, Roman at
Otto’s Shrunken Head,

NYC

 

HEARD it yet?
Click! Go to “Got The Blues About My Heard”

It was a nice weekend and all of you who were with me know it. And thank you for joining us.

Thursday the jam at Grumpy’s was made unique by Mike Fossa on organ playing the bass lines also. He had an amp suitable for the bass players too so if he does another Grumpy’s jam (April?) don’t miss it. A great bass player, with chord accompaniment! In addition we had my brother, Jim Roman, on drums, supplying the funk beat you need when playing in James Brown cover bands in Philly. What a…FAT set!

Friday we took the Roman, Roman, & Fossa Firm over to Union Station Grill, Phillipsburg, NJ, across the free bridge from Easton, PA. A unique set of super smooth, jazzy blues, covering Miles to Hendrix. Even subtle spacey stereo effects (on Wind Cries Mary for example) seemed to fit the ambience with much appreciated results.

And then my weekend came to a close in NYC by meeting blues legend Bobby Radcliff for some laughs and riffs at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Bobby is continually coaching me and sidemen (and side woman) EH Otto on bass and Jean Carno on drums on playing blues…REAL blues…the old school no-frills way. Listen to an example on the Roman & The Heard MySpace site, select “Got The Blues About My Heard” and, if it’s loaded yet, you’ll hear us on that Sunday March 8 set.

What the hell, why not stop by the Bitter End All Star Jam afterwards and sit in with Mark Greenburg and Dave Fields, whose special guest included Delmar Brown! After a sitting in on a few songs there I was just too tired to stop by Fat cats, whose jazz jam starts around 1 am. Man, I had to get some sleep.

OK so I’m done sleeping! Let’s jam! Meet me at Grumpy’s on Thursday!!

 

 

 

Yikes!!

Happy Holidays! Snow days that is!!

Here in the I-95 Northeast corridor of the USA it’s a day off because of a blizzard! For me anyway! Regardless, I want to thank you for joining me.

Again, Thank you so much.

I haven’t been able to send out emails for a while now and I am asking for your help in establishing a fresh new email list.

Whether you’re an old friend, student, or jammer, just email me and allow me to include you in the new list. I will send out a notice every once in a while of a jam or job that you may be able to enjoy and quite possibly participate in if you play.

Email me (and tell a friend)

romanuwr@aol.com

and just let me know you’re OK with it by saying ADD ME

If this hyperlink does not work please copy and paste it. Yell at me later. I’m a guitar player, not website genius 🙁

Thank you so much,

Roman

romanuwr@aol.com

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Hi! Still reading? Well I’m still awake!(it’s 2:16 am with snow still coming!) but I’ll talk a little!

First, I’m sorry. This sucks, the whole email list request.

I’ve had a growing email list since I started Uncle Wagon Records (UWR) in 1996. I started it primarily for the punk band The FUX. We had an honest – to – God website and that was quite a trick then. Now any 10 year old can have one with a MySpace or whatever thing but back then you had to have an HTML programming genius or something like that to design one.

And we did. Friends in the know put a FUX website together out of love and anarchy. I’ll never forget you Brian, coming up to me and saying “You know you guys have a website. I made it!” (Brian went on to play drums for The FUX in 2008ish)

We toured and collected thousands of email addresses. I continued to add them as I became involved in other bands: Mad Dog & Blues Night Out, Kind Of Blue, Signal to Noise, Roman & The Heard. And that came from all over the world.

And I did it all with my simple AOL email option. But now it’s too much. There’s email address’ from Chicago to Milan, Philly to Frankfurt. But worse, and what stopped me from sending out those emails (and cute and/or weird pictures) was that someone on the list started repeatedly telling AOL that I was SPAM.

They don’t like that! Their job is hard enough. AOL sent me a notice saying they would close my account. So I stopped using my huge email list with AOL. I researched a free email program and used it for a while (last year) but it went out of business.

Now I’m back to square one. And I have some cool stuff I think you’d like to at least know of. And lots of groups and labels, etc, are in the same boat. All kinds of services are available for a FEE, or free with obnoxious advertising.

I refuse those popular or professional servives…and advertising. I ask your personal invitation of agreement to be contacted.

If you live in the Philly-NYC area I have regular stuff to tell you (but I won’t be obnoxious about it) If you live beyond that in the USA I may be able to inform you of a tour occasionally. If you like to hear OR PLAY rock, punk, jazz, blues, or fusion, you have nothing to lose by getting my harmless occasional notices.

Regardless, I won’t be annoying, and I am NOT spam. I appreciate your interest and respect it. I want to have a smaller list of only those interested (or just curious), no harm done. And I don’t want to invest in a program to do it. I don’t need another monthly bill for an email service.

Join me. I have a few things coming up, not a lot, not too much, just enough that you may enjoy getting out see to when it’s available. So contact me, in the subject box write ADD ME (or something similar) by clicking on:

Roman

romanuwr@aol.com

 

Grumpy’s Jam Feb. 19 2009

A former student Justin Royer got accepted into Music School in Hollywood, California,

so we celebrated at Grumpy’s.

Justin was a regular at Grumpy’s Thursday Night Jam, using the opportunity to work out his originals with friends,
and learn from and play with other jammers.

He always brought supportive friends and family. Good luck little brother, we’ll miss you!!

Remember me if you get on TV!

 

Grumpy’s is the place to be now on Thursday, for jazz, blues, rock, fusion, jamming, learning…anything.

I hope to see you soon!!

NEWS for FEBRUARY

Well lets see…it’s slow… but I had to express my amazement at the last Grumpy’s jam: two little kids, Zion (age 13) and Colin (age 16) doing incredible blues and jazz riffs all over the place. Man, I wanted to cry. Thank God they have the opportunity to be doing that. I envied them. (My life at 16 years old is documented and available from your local authorities.)

 

But Grumpy’s isn’t a “kids jam”, it just so happened that it was a Thursday night in front of a Friday off from school, so those two students were able to attend. It’s a special night for them, so I want to thank their friends and family for bringing them and supporting them, and I want to thank my friends and jamming family for stepping down for a night to support them also.

I also want to thank Todd Wolf for making a very special appearance and really playing some well done originals, and let’s wish Suavek, Todd’s bass player and your temporary house bass player a Happy Birthday. Suavek, you’re getting older, and you just keep getting cooler!

I was happy to let them sit in a little bit extra since it’s a special occasion for them, but now it’s back to business at Grumpy’s with the Adult Swim, let me see you there on every Thursday!!!!!

February is upon us with unpredictable weather, Valentine’s Day, and business as usual: Thursday Night Jams, Tuesday jam at the end of the month at The Washington House.

Nothing extra special for Kind Of Blue this month, but Mad Dog is going into the studio to record new material with his current band. Watch for new music from both acts this coming spring.

March brings a special appearance of Kind Of Blue at The Union Station Grill in NJ as a keyboard trio again, which went over quite well last time. Hope to see you there, it’s a good vibe, believe me. It’s good people, that’s why we’re there.

Hey, in NYC: This was A GREAT TIME! And it’s FREE! With COOL people! I hope you can join us next time, we may have a gang going with us, contact me for details about the next appearance of
Roman & The Heard

at Otto’s, NYC, Sunday March 8.

Here’s a few pictures and links:

Roman & The Heard

Featuring Joy Ryder

http://www.joyryderband.com

Super-Shrunken Head-Bowl Sunday

Otto’s Shrunken Head
14th & Av B,
NYC

See more pictures and get more info on more cool Shrunken Head fun!

Frank Wood

Super Shrunken Head Bowl Sunday February 1st

Roman & The Heard, NYC

 

Super Bowl Sunday I’ll be in NYC tossing a shrunken head for a long drive. That’s right, it’s Roman & The Heard at Otto’s Shrunken Head where music mixes with blues, rock, total anarchy, creativity, and non-stop entertainment during America’s most sacred day of football, beer drinking, chips, and expensive commercials. The Heard’s single 7:30 set will feature Jean “Acid Rays” Carno on drums, Otto “Electro Harmonix” on bass, and often we have Bobby Radcliff showing up to tear into a solo like a chainsaw. Rick “Mad Dog” Moyer on harp has been showing up lately too.

 

Tuesday January 27-Wash House Jam

I host the jam at The Washington House Restaurant next to the Sellersville Theater. It will be in honor of Fat Tuesday, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, beads, drinking, music, food, fun, who knows what will happen. But you can come and jam, that’s a given.

Thursday January 29-Grumpy’s BBQ Jam

The weekly Thursday Night Jam at Grumpy’s BBQ from 9-12ish. You can jam on anything you want, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. This week will feature the stoic Suavek on bass and Keith McGonigle on drums.

 

 

Speaking of Mad Dog Moyer: he has recently scheduled a recording session for February/March. Finally a new MAD DOG & BLUES NIGHT OUT album! I’ll be sure to leak out the details

 

Wednesday January 21

I’m not into politics.

In fact, when I was on tour in Germany with The FUX, I was shocked to be asked on a regular basis “Is your music Fascist, or Antifascist?”

I didn’t even know what that meant!

I was glad I lived in country where I didn’t even have to. Where I lived you weren’t targeted for your political opinion. You didn’t even have to have one!

But I watched THIS Inauguration. The only one ever in my life. I feel it was one of the most significant things to happen in my lifetime. For other generations, it was the invention of the PC, or the TV, or the car, …whatever. I witnessed this, and you did too: a black family in the White House.

This, from a country that sent black people to fight Hitler’s racism in WWII and then made them use the kitchen entrance to a restaurant when they came home!

I love America. I learned that when I saw other countries, and actually had the option of living there.

I learned then that we had the best so far. Anyone bitching about the USA obviously was never stuck in those countries I saw.

I’m sorry for the commentary. But now we have even cooler hope. It’s encouraging. America is free thought, which translates into MUSIC for me, and MUSIC that the rest of the world envies, copies, and wants, like jazz, blues , and rock.

YEAH!! God Bless America, and GOD BLESS ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Thanks… I feel stupid now. I’ll stick to playing guitar…

 

All of this is FREE!! Just GO!!

Thursday!! January 22

ROMAN’s JAM!!

Grumpy’s BBQ

Mechanicsville, PA

9 pm – 12 am

FRIDAY!!! January 23rd

Kind Of Blue Trio

does

jazzy fusion freaky cool stuff you should know but will at least totally dig with

Matt Roman-guitar, Jim Roman-drums,

and

Mike Fossa-super-keyboards! (OMG!!)

Union Station Grill Phillipsburg NJ (right across the free bridge)

8pm – 11 pm

http://www.myspace.com/Michael

Saturday January 10

Hello Northeastern USA!

Thanks for checking in. I’m snowed in right now, so it’s a good time to tell y’all what’s scheduled for the upcoming week.

Of course there’s a jam every Thursday night at Grumpy’s (above). EVERY THURSDAY I will try to accommodate ANY request by ANYBODY to do what THEY want to see happen. Just PLEASE tell me clearly if you have plan. Meanwhile…

Kind Of Blue goes low-key with some restaurant jobs on the next two Fridays: Friday Jan 16 in Kutztown, at Season’s Grill, and Friday Jan 23 at the Union Station Grill in Phillipsburg, NJ.

You may be interested in these two nights because it’s good players at low volume, starts and stops early, is in a nice atmosphere, and doesn’t even cost anything to walk in and check it out. You have nothing to lose, not even sleep.

Each of the nights may feature different players, so most likely you will hear different out-of-town guests performing different material or different takes various standards.

Friday the 16 in Kutztown will be a four piece of Allan Meyerson-sax, myself-guitar, Suavek Inside and my brother Jim Roman-drums.

http://www.myspace.com/Michael

Friday the 23 in Pburg, NJ will be a trio of myself-guitar, my brother Jim-drums, and special guest Mike Fossa on keys, laying down the chords and bass line, Doors style. I like to include guest musicians and friends, so come on out and join us.

Well time to shovel out…hope to see YOU…SOON!!!

January 8, 2009

 

Hey it’s time to jam! Let’s do it! If you live near me in the Allentown or ABE area you can DO IT with me every Thursday night!!

Grumpy’s Info

That’s right, the holidays are over and the Grumpy’s Thursday Night Jams are back!!

Grumpy’s Info

Join me and guest celebrities and play with us! Anyone can play! Any style! Any format! NO format! I I I never know what I’ll do next…it depends on the first chord I hear you play.

Grumpy’s Info

Every Thursday night at Grumpy’s BBQ!! The best ribs and greens within 50 miles! Look it up, it’s true! Find your way to Grumpy’s! Or don’t! Watch TV or somethin’!! We’ll play anyway!! We all meet EVERY RIB SMOKIN’ THURSDAY!!! !

Grumpy’s Info

Band pages on Romanmusic

 

Roman & The Heard

Kind Of Blue

Hi everyone. Well I’m using a new website program, learning it slowly, and trying to transfer four bands and countless jams worth of information on to the Romanmusic.net site.

Eventually it will be more efficient, with each band having a website accessible from this single domain. Myspace links are available now.

Some info for the Romanmusic band pages just may not be there yet, but it will be eventually. . .meanwhile thank you for many years of support and patience!!