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Otto Visits New Bands At Columbia Street West

Columbia Street West showcases bands many nights a week.

neon sign  Here are some pictures Otto took, with some of his peculiar comments, as he is not well versed in music terminology.

Columbia Street West, at the corner of Harrison and Columbia streets, is on the Landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There is parking at hand, and their menu is outstanding and reasonable priced, perhaps half the price of nearby eateries. The same owner owns Henry's, where good bands and food also light up our nights.

A few of the bands Our Tentative Times Enjoyed at CSW


The Deans

Each of The Deans is an accomplished musician, personable, cheerful, pleasant and great to listen to. The played a great set for us, and the next night played Docs in Muncie, Indiana. Touring is exhausting, and the Deans put out for us despite their gruelling schedule. Michigan is lucky to have the Deans, but they are re-forming the band and all is up in the air right now.

Take a peek at the Deans logo Deans sweet faces.


The Red Ball Jets

You know these home-town honeys who have shot to the top after a brief apprenticeship on the local scene. The whole crowd was on its feet screaming from the first chord to the last encore. Few bands have caused the fervor that RBJ caused the night Tell-Mama caught them at CSW.

Here, see for yourselves! Also be sure to visit the Red Ball Jets amazing, perfect, terrific Red Ball Jets Home Page.


James Bond Goes Surfing

Oh how Otto wondered what this band would be like. Another surf band? Somehow it didn't seem likely... not once you see the band and its core fans. Well, not to worry, not surf but original talent blasting life into the crowd. The fans used a lot of bubble soap, blowing bubbles onto the stage, making the lowest cost special effects in the business. But beyond the theatrics, check out this band at your first opportunity. They are original, fresh, entertaining, and worth your time. I wish they played more often.

A kissey-kiss of death Otto-style comment: this band is cathartic yet literate. The lyrics matter. Make the effort to listen to the words. Have you heard "Letting In the Sunshine"? But bring some silly string too. It's not homework. In the audience: Skaavosa's lead singer Todd, Chad from Senator Dilwilly, Jamie Simon of the Blue Moon Boys, several other musicians I don't yet know.

J R    Let's give James Bond Goes Surfing its own picture page, 'cause Otto will see them again!


The Chronics

Too cool! Wild women and the men who drum for them! Unique, original, and absolutely mesmerizing to the rapt crowd. Rosey Lazoff writes the songs that make the whole room sing. Rosey writes the songs of love and everything. Good interplay between Rosey and Jane Palajac, and with their drummer (Jerry Miller) too, and great visuals... He's a pirate, she's a hot chick in a gold halter top, and Jane is the denim rocker with keyboard and guitar. Rosey is so tiny, but she gets a heck of a lot out of that guitar. I was surprised to note that I could make out the words to these songs, and they were fine. Rosey also gives gifts to her fans during the show. See it and believe it. Todd (Skaavosa) got up there and sang with them, as well as "a big group of guys Otto doesn't know."

JaneThe Chronics photos! I'm in serious need of more pictures. When can I hear them again?


Cornfed Johnson

Clif and Stacy Surely Cornfed Johnson has played here at CSW. I met Stacy Reed with Clif Gaither at the House of Jazz & Blues, where we were enjoying the Kelly Joy Orchestra. Clif told me to come to the Sportsman on Friday the 13th to hear his duo, Cornfed Johnson.

So I set out for the Sportsman at 9:20. About 9:28 I realized I had forgotten to use my prescription eyedrops, so I decided to pull into a church off Highway 1 to do the eyedrop thing.

Strangely enough, the church had only one driveway. I assumed it had an inny and an outtie. But no. What I saw as the second driveway wasn't.

I waited two hours for a tow truck. The State Policeman probably had never met a sober person stuck in a ditch, and he didn't have much to say as we sat in the police car waiting, and waiting, and waiting. The tow truck cost me $60.00. I considered that enough punishment for one evening, so I headed back home. On the way home I remembered that it really was Friday the 13th, and that was the day the prescription said to switch to twice a day eyedrops instead of four times a day. I needn't have tried to stop for my drops.

And that's my review of Cornfed Johnson.

Until next time, kiddies, keep following those local bands until they go national. We're all they've got for now.

Senator Dillwilly

There is a picture page for this band, to share our regret that we will no longer be enjoying the Senator and friends. Toodle-oo, and come back to visit if you ever can. You will be missed.


Links Out
Some MUSIC PAGES
A new section on coffeehouses!
Legends Sports Bar
(typo fixed) Wednesdays at Pierre's
Rockabilly Rebel Weekend #6, 1998
Acid Bath
Two pages of Misfit Toys
Those Legendary Shack Shakers
Blue Moon Boys
Columbia Street West
Red Ball Jets
One Nighters
Typo fixed: Gigs Away
Cowslingers
Photos were prohibited: Bo Diddley at Pierres?????
James Bond Goes Surfing
JBGS at Tempel Recording Studio
The Chronics
The Deans
The Twistin' Tarantulas
Mad Anthony's opening,
The Bel Airs!
The Bel Airs at Amvets
At James Dean's
Birthday Party,
The Atomics
House of Jazz & Blues
From RRW 5, cute couples
Buy Obscure Music
Wild Wild Women
Lollipop Factory
Favorite Songs List
2 pages
Big Bad Bass Players
2 pages
Dang Good Drummers
3 pages
Guitar Stars
Bill Smoker reviews the weekender, Viva Las Vegas '98 Josie Kreuzer
New: Farewell,
Senator Dillwilly

Here's the cover of Our Tentative Times

Here's the Tell-Mama's music index which will always have the most up-to-date table of Music Pages.



Here's the table for just the main 1997 Rockabilly Rebel Weekend pages only:
1997 RRW
1997 RRW 5
Photo Album

1997 Gossip
by Tony O'Bryan
'97 Thursday bands
'97 Friday bands
'97 Saturday
A list of all my
1997 RRW pages

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