SlingBlade was formed in the late 1990’s when a gathering of lifelong devotees to the genre of Blues/Rock music emerged from the Chicagoland area. SlingBlade consists of the resonant vocals and rhythmic energy of frontman Michael (DiDo) DiDominicis; the crisp and cutting guitar sounds of Dave (Shredder) Bogdan – one of the finest guitar players around; the driving, bluesy beat of drummer extraordinaire, Paul (The Professor) Jacobson; thumpin’ bassman Fred (Mad Dog) Krkoch, whose powerful, gritty vocals will have you beggin’ for more; and Big Boy Len (L.A.) Augustyn’s rockin’ honky tonk guitar sound and blues harp riffs, and Bruce (Hoot) Gibson at Saxophone that will have you dancin’ in the aisle.
“Abraham’s life journey has spanned the globe, which is evident in his sound. At his core, Abraham is a storyteller in the folk tradition with a lyrical breadth that fully encompasses a universal human experience steeped in Liberian roots. Driving bass notes juxtaposed with intricate finger picking establishes an African tinged rhythm that serves as a vehicle for Abraham’s message of oneness, reflection, and peace. His utilization of the full dynamic sound spectrum takes listeners on an enthralling journey culminating with instantly recognizable hooks and melodies placing Abraham in the direct lineage of the great pop musicians of the last 50 years.”
Every 2nd Saturday….Jodi and Dave Walker’s – THIS TIME WE ARE CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF JODI’S NEW CD!
Night of a Thousand Stars…
Every Second Saturday…A night dedicated to our thriving local talent. Come enjoy our community of jazz, blues, rock, and folk musicians as they take over both the bar and showcase rooms at the Friendly Tap for a night of non-stop music. Jodi and Dave Walker have been a part of the local scene since their arrival in the Chicago area in 2009 from New York City. With a basis as a jazz duet, they have continued to form multiple projects, in multiple styles, with various local artists. The Night of a Thousand Stars project focuses on the diversity of our local scene, and the vast amount of original music we have developed within the community. Each month will focus on Jodi and Dave’s collaboration with different combinations of artists including Milk Money (Michael Palmer, Derek Inksetter and Brian Mahoney) and The Significant Others (Robin Bienemann, Naomi Ashley and Jenny Bienemann) as well as a rotating featured performer. Come out and be amazed by the depth of talent residing right here in and around Berwyn!
Hard to see but here is a clip of the wonderful music made on 2nd Saturdays!
You might know Ian Leith as the Friendly Tap’s trusty BoozeDay Tuesday host, but he’s on a mission do more than just play good music. This Berwynite is passionate about the local music scene and hopes to bring attention to the incredible music offerings of the FoOakParkwny area.
How did you get started in music?
I began playing seriously at 13, but there were always guitars in my home. My mother sang mariachi music and she would play a little spanish guitar that I still play to this day. As I got older I would sneak into my brothers room to play his electric guitar and amp. He stopped getting mad at me when he heard me playing songs he liked by Aerosmith and Zep. I played metal with some friends but always made time to practice my acoustic fingerpicking chops.
I play guitar, bass and can keep a couple beats on drums, but give me a minute with any instrument and I’ll give you baa baa black sheep at least.
Who are your influences?
Daily minutiae of life like dreams, movies, books, family history, loss, fortune, sacred geometry, the serenity of balance. Oh, MUSICAL influences. I try not to mimic, but I find myself admiring and trying not to steal from artists like Paul Simon, Jose Gonzales, Norah Jones, Mike Patton, Tool, Rush, Police, Nick Drake, Josh Kauffman, Patrick Kevil, David Byrne, Danny Elfman… I better stop this could go on.
How do you describe your style?
My style….hmm my style. I lived in LA for a few years attempting to be a composer for film and TV, so I was always trying to write completely different songs to fit any scenario. I range from classical to rockabilly to folky to instrumental melancholia. I would say that finger-style guitar is a dominant attribute to my playing style, but I’m on an endless quest of possibilities with that formula.
What is your favorite part of performing?
When you play the exact right song for the exact right moment. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it’s magic.
What is something surprising about you?
People might be surprised to learn that I am half-Scottish and half-Mexican. Or that I was almost an eagle scout.
Do you have a fabulous band that should play the Friendly?
Now booking two rooms (Main Room and Showcase Room)
Let us know where you normally play and send an .mp3 of your stuff.
For booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-749-1932