Check out this Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen cover!
It’s finally done. We had been talking about doing a new wedding & private event promo video for over a year. But our busy schedules both with the band and our own personal lives and careers always seem to get in the way. Eventually it became clear that it was an absolute must as we felt that our old promo video just did not accurately represent what the band has grown into.
We researched several options for doing the video but one name kept coming up – EKO Productions. We pulled the trigger, booked the date, and recorded the footage for the video on January 4th, 2015. It took a bit longer than expected to go through all the footage and pick out the parts that would ultimately make it into the final cut. But the wait was well worth it.
We’re super proud of the way the video came out. We hope you enjoy it too.
Take a look for yourself:
Please visit the band’s wedding page for more info:
Busy, busy! It’s been a while since we posted a blog. Over the last 6 months or so, we’ve been super busy playing a whole bunch of private parties and events along with our usual bar & club gigs. Some highlights include:
- A classy 50th birthday party at the eloquent Englewood Field Club in Englewood, NJ.
- A beautiful holiday party on a private farm in Oakland, NJ
- New Years Eve at the Somerset Crown Plaza Hotel which was a joint venture with The Wisenheimers and Majestic Entertainment.
- An amazing surprise 40th Birthday party at the Mansion on the campus of Fairly Dickinson University.
- A family friendly 40th Birthday celebration at the Madison Hotel in Madison, NJ
|The Englewood Field Club|
Along with these fun gigs, we’ve been back at our usual spots such as The Mohawk House in Sparta and the Famished Frog in Morristown. Our St. Patrick’s day party at The Famished Frog was particularly rowdy. We kept the standing room only crowd dancing the whole night long.
The Wisenheimers are always busy playing music out, but not always with other Wisenheimers.
On Friday, July 29th our drummer was sitting in with “The Elevators” they were Tearing It Up at Rhodes North Tavern.
Last Friday, Steve was performing a duo gig with Frank Alfano at 54 Main in Madison. Frank Plays with our good friends in “Lurker Park”. That same night I was playing bass with Denny Tilton up in Sparta N.J. We were opening up for Patrick Fitzsimmons who also plays drums in “From Good Homes”. Also playing with us that night was Dan Myers , also in “From Good Homes” and Tom Delaney who plays with “The Blue Emerald Band”, My sister Loni Bach on the cello and Tom Askin formally of “The Samples“. Here is a picture from that night.
This was a email to my bandmates that metamorphosed into a blog.
Hey Guys and Gal,
Here are my notes and and transcribed background vocals for “Rolling in the Deep”
-tempo 104 bpm
-We must incorporate the hand claps, people react to hand clapping. Claps are crucial
– I am thinking falsetto background vocals, here is the main part.
-when the background voice is just one voice it is just the top part
-Here is that great “Wo ho ho ho” part
Side note: My music notation software was a pencil, a piece of music paper, a iPhone, and I added the text with Microsoft photo editor…getto!
All Hits Kids!
2 gigs this weekend, last night we were at the Famished Frog in Morristown. Our buddy Shawn from Rhodes North stopped in to catch a set. Shawn is a bouncer up at Rhodes and always protects Shuli and breaks up fights. Now I am off to “Smoke Rise” lake to play at their fireworks.
All hits kids!
I play bass because I have to, because I love doing it, because I want share it with people, because if I do it right, then I make people feel, make them dance. I’m a musician.
When it comes to “rock bands”, there are two camps, “original bands” and “cover bands”, the latter can also include “tribute bands”. There are “original bands” who feel they are above playing cover tunes because there is no “creativity” in it, on the other hand there are cover bands who get full of themselves because they are making $$ and 900 people “like” them on face book.
Now I play in both an original band, image of io and a cover band, The Wisenheimers, so I am in the unique position to shed some light on the subject. For the “original artists”, original music can suck and not be creative, you aren’t above playing someone else’s music. To the conceited/egoitistical “cover band”, the people don’t really like you, they like the Killers, Tom Petty, U2, and so on, they love you until you play a song they don’t like and say..”I’m not having a good time.”
This is a Wisenheimer blog so I am going to blog about how playing covers can make you a better player and a better musician. The best “cover” I ever saw in my life was Yo Yo Ma, playing a Stradivarius cello, performing The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. In classical music the art is the ability to interpret, perform, and resurrect a composition that was written centuries ago.
The art in playing cover songs is pretty much the same concept. As a bass player I always want to serve the song, keep the rest of the band together, be tasteful, but also imitate the bass line as close as possible. What is fun and a musical challenge is playing all the different styles of Bass at a gig. I might play motown, Flea, John Paul Jones, Sting, cover a keyboard part bass and so one. So Flea has a “slappy bright sound” that I wouldn’t use that same sound on a 70’s smooth rock song. If you have any questions hit me up here or on facebook. All hits kids, All the time!
What a slammin’ night we had this past Saturday night at the Mohawk House! What can we say – we LOVE playing the Mohawk House. If you’ve never been there, you owe it to yourself to check this place out. From the word go, the place was packed with people ready to dance and have a good time. We mixed up the set list a bit for this show and pushed the pedal to the floor from the first song. Shortly after we started, people began to hit the dance floor. Before long, the whole place was hopping.
We added a few new tunes that made their debut for this show; Abbe’s Dancing Queen as well as You’re the One That I Want from the Grease soundtrack both went over HUGE! People were dancing and singing along to every word. Both these tunes will definitely be staples for us going forward.
We’ll be back at the Mohawk House on May 20th. We hope you’ll come and join the party.
First off, welcome to The Wisenheimers official blog. This is our first post with, hopefully, many more to come about the life & times in a NJ cover band.
So, we played The Famished Frog in Morristown, NJ for the first time this past Saturday (2/26/11). It was definitely an awesome night. The place was packed with everyone from newly turned 21-year-olds to 30 & 40-somethingers. Everyone in the band had people come out. It was just one of those nights where everything came together and a great time was had by all.
Load in for the night was a breeze as there’s an ally around the back which allows you to bypass people sitting at the bar. The band set up along the back wall, directly back from the front door. We had plenty of room to spread out. The set up allowed for a good view of the whole bar. It was great seeing even the people way in the back singing and dancing along. We only had a minor glitch with setup – we initially had no sound coming out of the mains. This ALWAYS makes my heart stop. It turned out to be only a few bad cables *sigh of relief*.
Speaking of which, a few people came up to the front to dance, but not as many as we expected. This was more of a watch-and-enjoy crowd. We’re definitely going to work on this for next time. We want that whole area in front of the band packed with dancing feet. Our new light show, which is in the works, should help with that. Did someone say disco ball?
We managed the time for the night almost perfectly and managed to get in almost 3 full sets. The last one was a bit short, but not too bad. This was definitely a late night crowd as the place had a solid crowd up until last call.
Load out was even easier than load in as we could go straight through the front doors after the crowd had dissipated. The whole staff was very complimentary as we were leaving, which was a great feeling. We’ve already booked more dates there with the first one being in April. We’re really looking forward to it.
Thanks Famished Frog!