|(Rockin') Ronny Crawford||Bekka Eaton||Jim Ericson||Jerry Getz||Mike Mennies||and
|Sound: Mr. Bill Coe of Sluggo Audio||Lights, logistics & gourmet food: Greg "D'Lite-man" Weiss|
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Ronny has toured and recorded with Jeffrey Gaines and has played with Philly bands June Rich and Cross-town Traffic. He was last seen as the drummer touring with Lisa Loeb with performances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live. Without question, Ronny is the only drummer who's solos interest me. Most drum solos remind me of a someone who doesn't enjoy foot ball: they don't play football, and don't understand the interest other people have. Well, you don't need to be a drummer to enjoy Ronny's solos. Ronny can be found on Twitter and YouTube.
Ronny/Nine Stories and Lisa Loeb
Bekka Eaton - Lead vocals on most songs, Lyrics, Dancing, Theatrics, Trombone, Tambourine, all-around Daves PersonaPrior to The Daves, Bekka was with The Second City in Chicago, and also landed a part as the Female DJ for the school dance in the movie Sixteen Candles. Her shots then landed on the cutting room floor, but in the dance scene in the school gymnasium, off in the distance a blurry figure can be seen dancing in the DJ stand. The blur moves distinctly like Bekka often danced on stage with The Daves. Which explains why they had to list her in the credits, we presume.
Later, Bekka appeared in the TV movie, Day-O, according to her listing on IMDb. Bekka teaches theatre and performance, and has been doing solo performing and stage acting.Learn more about Bekka on her very own Wikipedia page.
James D. (Jim) Ericson - Guitar, VocalsGuitar player, foil and repair man, to name a few talents. Operator of DavesLabs. Who can forget the guitar solos such as the one in Love, Sweat, Passion? Jim and Mike were responsible for improvising the melodies to effect the convoluted hybrid song styles selected by Bekka and the audience during a song challenge, and it was always fun. Jim's writing news on the Internet these days, as editorial director of Information Management. He can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Jerry Getz - Bass Guitar, VocalsAlthough primarily on bass guitar, Jerry did lead vocals on a number of the earlier songs and covers. Jerry was one of The Daves with local Philadelphia connections. He can be found on LinkedIn and Google+.
Garry LeeGarry, another Philadelphian, replaced Jerry Getz as bass player and was a member of The Daves from 1989-1992. More recently, he was a member of June Rich, which apparently disbanded in December of 1998. He is currently playing with Deb Callahan.
Michael (Mike) Mennies - Keyboards, Vocals, Electronic sound effectsMike is also one of The Daves with local Philly roots. He was the intense Daves keyboard man with a broad range of styles. There's some Theloneous Monk in there I'm sure. And who can forget the fluorescent smoking jackets during the The lunatics have taken over the asylum covers?
Mike is now Director of International Production at Aeroplane Productions. He can also be found on LinkedIn and IMDb for his work on such blockbusters as Species and Johnny Mnemonic.
... and the home, of the, DavesThe North Star Bar at 27th and Poplar streets in Philadelphia was the home base for The Daves, since Ronny and Bekka lived in an apartment above this bar, restaurant, performance venue, art gallery. Their early shows were done with tables pushed aside in the main dining room, and later performances here were done on a real stage in the new addition carved out of the adjoining building. The Daves even helped design the new space, to some degree. At least Greg claimed to have spec'd the stage lighting, and Jim put in the great sound system from used parts.
Their weekly Thursday night performances in the new space were magical events. The space is smaller than some of the larger rooms they played and lends itself to intimate performances. Combine this with a band that "felt at home" there and a crowd of people that might not otherwise be out partying on a weekday but were drawn there and you have some great ingredients. The North Star staff, owners and food helped too.
And now, everyone hold their beer bottles up to the side of their heads, pressing the cold condensation against your hot sweaty temple, and sing in near unison:Hail to thee O'North Star,Thanks to Jim Ericson for providing the lyrics.
hail to thee our bar.
People come from miles around,
to eat and to get down.
Hail, hail Charlie,
hail, hail Pete.
Hail to thee O'North Star,
you truly are a bar.
Thrift Store Music: Unknown Albums (And Tapes) Uncovered And Reviewed ; A collection of images of The Daves paraphernalia and other information.
Oct 24, 1986: "Philadelphia Is The Daves' Kind Of Town" - Chicago Tribune ; An article by Rick Kogan about The Daves' departure from Chicago
July 9, 1987: "Life Imitates Dave" - Philly.com ; A review from one of their shows at The North Star Bar
May 11, 1989: "Music Foundation Honors Philly's Best Artists In Several Categories Get Awards" - The Morning Call (Lehigh Valley); The Daves won Best Unsigned Band
May 4, 1990: "Philly's 'The Daves' No Ordinary Joes" - Savannah News-Press ; from the SavannahNow.com archives
Dec 21, 1990: "The Daves Call It Quits With Final Tour" - The News And Courier, Charleston, SC ; The announcement of the end of The Daves