The Musical Standouts VO or Director’s Note from IDOBD

We can all make a quick list of great guitarists from the area but we should all thank the predecessors to most of the bands we talk about in the film. For example, those from other musical genres like TJ Wheeler or Ed Gerhard who were amazing examples of local musicians who make a living at playing music.

Guitarists like Rick Twombly and Jon Nolan created the styles that define their bands, but I was always amazed at how Jon McCormack’s guitar filled the sound spectrum. Like many of the other virtuoso guitar greats here in Portsmouth like Bryan Killough and Tim Therriault, whose electrifying leads and chord progressions are amazing journeys into a story told in tones, Jon’s guitar filled every gap left by the other instruments around him. With 2 singers, 3 horns and the rock-solid rhythm section of Dan McGary and Chris Hall there wasn’t always much to fill – but that wall of sound helped Fly become the “must see” live act.

Mark Damon is my current favorite bass player because he is on stage and having a ton of fun just like I had once dreamed for myself. As a bass player I was in awe of Jon Lesesse and Drew Wyman and how they could walk the whole damn neck of the bass in just one song and make something so complicated sound more soothing than confusing. Chip Brindamour would play the funk out of his bass and Tim McCoy would dive into a riff that just made you pop up and dance.

I remember Scott Kinison’s thundering drums. I was more in awe of him because of his size, unlike Mike McNeil who was a wild man tearing up those skins while his hair bounced around like like a thousand drumsticks ready to make a crash. But it was Sean Daniels and Steve Ruhm that showed you didn’t need to go be Swiss to have amazing timing. They each had styles that helped congure up their bands’ unique sounds.

The vocalists were the physical embodiment of each band: from the double – and sometimes trio – of vocalists in Fly Spinach Fly, Percy Hill and Heavens to Murgatroid to the screams of a man known as Iron Lung, each frontman brought their own personality to the stage. It was Jeff Bibbo who lived the life of many other tortured artists and who brought that out in his lyrics and it was how he followed it up that created one of the most unique singing styles ever heard. And of course there were many people that could sing and rock the tambourine or the occasional egg shaker.

It was Andy Happel’s classically infused rock and roll violin with Thanks to Gravity that stood out in the crowd and helped to show how diverse and talented the musicians are around Portsmouth.

I would be remis if I didn’t give the lifetime of fun-loving music award to Tom Colleta for adding that Star Trek sounding instrument that, like Nigel Tufnels guitar, you can’t touch. The Theremin is the most unique instrument for the most unique man and his legendary support for the music of this area should never go unsung. Other supporters – and some of them rockers as well – like Kevin Guyer, Jim Teirney, Hank Decon, Chris Decato, Gary Fox all supported and continue to support area musicians in many ways and thank goodness for our first lady of music Denise Wheeler for helping to keep sexy in style when so many others lost that battle.

As usual you don’t know what you have ’til it’s gone, and I am thankful for all the music that has filled our lives and excited to see many others that feel the same and hopefully these musicians we loved can make another go at it. Whether it’s reuniting or forming new bands lets all be thankful for their talents and support them as they bring joy to our lives.

In Danger of Being Discovered Benefit Evening

Hatchling Studios and Two Twentytwo Films announce a night of music, film and fundraising for feature documentary In Danger of Being Discovered.
PORTSMOUTH, NH -Producers Marc Dole, Michael Venn, Karlina Lyons and Jon McCormack announce a standout music and film event at The Music Hall on January 27, 2012. If you saw the short film at the New Hampshire Film Festival and wanted more, or if you missed it – this is your chance to be part of local music history with this benefit to raise the funds necessary to bring this film to life.If you thought the feature length film was enough reason to come out, think again!
Groovechild and Thanks to Gravity will be performing in a line-up we haven’t seen since the 90’s. This will be a rare treat for local music fans who haven’t heard their favorite bands play together in over a decade. Gather together in support of your local music scene and local film, participate in the Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle, get your hands on first edition film merchandise, and meet members of the bands.
Silent Auction items include private concerts, jam sessions with some of the bands, special messages, limited edition music releases and more. A full list of Silent Auction items will be released on the website and Facebook page in January.  There will also be additional perks for our high level donors which will be revealed before the event. This is a can’t miss occasion!

Funds from the benefit will go toward festival submissions and related expenses, film production costs, marketing costs and finding distribution for the film. Invest in your local music and film family and help the Portsmouth Music Scene finally see the spotlight it so richly deserves.

Find out  more about the film by following @IDoBDMovie on Twitter, “liking” the film page on Facebook or visiting the website.

Purchase your tickets at The Music Hall box office or on their web site
Marketing and Media Contact:
Leslie Poston, Magnitude Media, 603-766-1970 (email)
Film and Technical Contact:
Michael Venn, TwoTwentytwo Films (email)
Marc Dole, Hatchling Studios (email)