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The Bel Airs

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More about the Mad Anthony Microbrewery below.
Also below: the Bel Air's setlists from this event.
See the Bel Airs play the James Dean Fan Appreciation Barbecue Dance
On another page, The Bel Airs at the Amvets


November-December, as of 11-5-98

Well JJ Bel Air married off his last daughter and it's time to get ready
for the Holidays with the sensational sounds of The Bel Airs! Be sure to
join the boys at these November and December shows.

- Saturday November 7, at The Frog on beautiful Lake Wawasee in
Syracuse, IN. 9:30 to 1:00, 219-457-4324 for reservations and

- Friday November 13, at Henry's 536 W. Main, Ft. Wayne 426-0531,10:00
to 1:00

- Saturday November 14, for you Eagles members...join us at The Eagles
in Hicksville, IN (the home of happy feet)

- Friday November 27, the American Legion Post 241, 7605 Bluffton Road,
Ft. Wayne, 9:00 to 12:00, 747-7851

- Saturday December 5, The Crawfish Club (attached to Munchie Emporium
South)424-6883, corner of Broadway and Taylor in Ft. Wayne

- Friday & Saturday December 11 & 12, again for you Eagles members...The
Eagles in New Haven, IN 749-4695

- Saturday December 19, back again at The Frog...see above for show time
and phone number

- New Year's Eve, you better hurry up and join The Eagles in New Haven
if you wanna ring in the New Year Rockabilly style. Call 749-4695 for
membership info (it's insanely inexpensive) and reservations.

Thanks again all you Rockabilly Buddies...if it wasn't for you, we'd
just plain stop. Be seein' ya. Tim Andersen, email

The Bel Airs opened the Mad Anthony Brewing Company, a microbrewery pub in Fort Wayne Indiana, on April 1, 1998, no foolin'!! The grand opening was packed! More pictures are being developed. Here's a hint of the big doings that night. It's about time Fort Wayne had a microbrewery, and this one is a total delight. It's where Finkleman's Almost Kosher Deli used to be, adjacent to Munchies at Broadway and Taylor.

The Bel Airs are who started The Blue Moon Boys on their course to glory, and both bands helped set up The Red Ball Jets. All honor is due The Bel Airs!! You will be a fan for life once you spend a night with them.

Bel Airs on stage at Mad Anthony's

The crowd danced all over the room, on the dance floor and in any corner with a speck of space. The Bel Airs loosened up the folks who had not discovered them yet. The band will be back at Mad Anthony's as often as their schedule permits.

The spectacular food and terrific beer didn't hurt the party either! You can sample each of the brews from a little tray with miniature sample glasses on it. Our own Rosie of the Chronics evaluated the brews with an educated palate.

Tim singing

Call him Tim Bel Air or call him cute.... Just email him to book the band for your event. This is the band that ultimate fan Janice Nunn booked for her birthday party in 1997. It was the coup of the year. Each time you see the Bel Airs you will see their ever-growing loyal group of fans.

There is discussion raging among the fans that this man, Jake Bel Air, is the best guitar player in Fort Wayne. He plays every Friday night at Columbia Street West in the James Baker jazz combo at Happy Hour, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. But I recommend the Bel Airs for a swinging, all out blast of a show. I can never wind down enough to appreciate jazz.

Joe playing bass

Engaged and engaging, Joe Bel Air with his new bass, the successor to the late lamented black and white bass with the giant portrait of the musical giant Buddy Holly.

The bachelors of northeast Indiana can breathe easier once Joe marries Charlene in August. More chance then for the rest of the men on the planet to catch the eye of a lady. Not that Joe ever looked at anyone but Charlene, of course.

band at rest

A good show always ends with the band on the floor, imho. Here they show their versatility and get a second wind.


On a second page, The Bel Airs at the Amvets
Linda and Jake Belair

Check out the Bel Airs at the Amvets in Waynedale. This was the kind of dance all dances should be! April 18, 1997 should go down in history as the ultimate party night. Linda Becker had the greatest 50s outfit you ever did see. Here she shares a laugh with Jake Bel Air.

The Bel Airs Band, pages in Otto
The Bel Airs launch Mad Anthony's Microbrewery
Bel Airs at the AmVets
At the James Dean Barbecue
An intelligent review by Janice Nunn, At RRW 5 in Indianpolis
Scroll down this page to the sad tale of Joe's Buddy Holly bass
Who knows what will pop up next?

Here are a few of Tell-Mama's many music pages

More About Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Blaine Stuckey and co-owner Todd Grantham said The Mad Anthony Microbrewery is the first brew pub in this generation, for our town. Beer started being commercially produced in Fort Wayne in 1862. Fort Wayne has a long successful brewing history.

You can watch the beer being made as you enjoy yourself at Mad Anthony. Hours are Sunday and Monday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 1:00 am.

Reserve space for meetings or small parties at (219) 426-ALES.

Growlers To Go

Here's a new idea: you can take home a half-gallon of any of the brews for $13.00, refills only $9.00. They use a special containter. The beer stays bubbly for up to three days.

The big opening bash featured Pan Head Red, Ol' Woody Pale Ale, Big Daddy Brown, Old Fort Porter, Gabby Blonde and Brewer's Choice. Taste ranged from the lightest to the most British of flavors.

When was the last time you entered an eating establishment and were greeted with a smile instead of a scowl and the bored question "smoking or non-smoking?" A huge plus for Mad Anthony is that the host actually welcomes you and makes you glad you came there. This touch is sadly lacking in so very many places in Fort Wayne. This is a trend that should catch on. For once, the customer is not an intruding annoyance to the restaurant. It's about time!

Don't miss the great food, including fantastic, unique Mexican fare and vegetarian meals and some of the worlds best pizzas.

Do not park across the street at the second (larger) pawn shop. You will be towed by the owner of that property, no matter that it is closed, just out of meanness. (Not Munchie's fault; it isn't their property, and they did try to get permission.) So park in the lot behind Munchies or across Broadway in the huge lot for the shops over there.

Bel Airs Set Lists on April 1, 1998

The band was kind enough to share their setlists with us. The grand opening of Mad Anthony Brewing Company evening included
Set One: 29 Flight Rock, Paralyzed, Maybelline, Rocket 88, Blue Moon, Baby I'm Ready, Tonight's The Night, Dream, Sag Drag & Fall, Oh Carol, Oh Boy, One More Chance, Black Slacks, I'm So Lonesome, Downhearted, La Bamba (sung by Brad.)

Set Two: Jake's Boogie, Mamma Please Mamma, Not Fade Away, This Ol' House, Little Sister, Farmer's Daughter, Moon Twist, Sleepwalk, Route 66, Waitin' In School, Pretty Lil Lights, Matchbox, Act Naturally, Boy Crazy, Treat Her Right, No Strings Attached.

Set Three: Long Gone Daddy, Anna Lee, Bull By The Horns, Hot Rod Man, 30 Days, Rattled, Boppin The Blues, Let It Be Me, Cool Cat, All The Time, Red Hot, Jambalaya, Sugar Bee, Shake Rattle & Roll.

They never miss a beat; they never forget the words. They always seem to be the happiest men in the world. Wow!


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