PLATTSBURGH - The city by the lake is attracting some bands with some pretty large followings for a special event this weekend.
Hair of the Dog, a Celtic rock band from the Albany region, and Trench Town Oddities, an acoustic rock band from Cornwall, Ontario, will headline 'Rockin' Out for the Y," a fundraiser for the Plattsburgh YMCA at the Naked Turtle this Sunday, June 5.
Hair of the Dog began as a three-piece Celtic and bluegrass band in 1993, starting with Rick Bedrosian on bass and vocals; Mike DeAngelis on acoustic guitar, bodhran and vocals; and John Haggerty on banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and vocals. The band eventually grew to include Larry Packer on fiddle; Eric Finn on electric guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals; and Scott Apicelli on drums and percussion.
Each of the band members boast impressive resumes. Packer was a member of "Sha Na Na," had a top ten hit with a Jimi Hendrix-produced band called "Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys" and appeared with the band in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz." Packer also had a guest appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live in a sketch that included John Belushi.
During the 1980s, Bedrosian lived in Nashville where he performed and recorded with recording artists Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark of "The Byrds" and John Stewart of "The Kingston Trio." Bedrosian is also an accomplished film critic and fine art photographer; his photo of Paul McCartney of "The Beatles" was featured on the cover of the spring 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine.
DeAngelis and Haggerty have had fame in their own right, having performed together in a popular Irish band called "The Porters." Finn and Apicelli are also both graduates of Boston's Berklee School of Music. Finn is a renowned arranger and Apicelli a much in demand music producer and owner of Blue Sky Music Studios.
Hair Of The Dog has performed in venues across the country, playing several major cities and even across the globe in Ireland, getting in touch with the roots of their Celtic sound. Rockin' Out for the Y will mark the fourth time the band has played at the Naked Turtle, and it's something the band is looking forward to, said Bedrosian.
"We love Plattsburgh. It's a fabulous town filled with fun people," he said, adding Haggerty is an alum of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Trench Town Oddities - a band which has been described as "an eclectic blend of pop, funk, rock, blues and reggae"- is also no stranger to the area, having played before at Olive Ridley's.
The band consists of Sean Harley and Steve Restinetti on guitar and vocals, Todd Harrington and Randy Lalonde on drums and percussion, and Nick Kalil on bass and vocals.
Harley said the band is also looking forward to their gig at the Naked Turtle this Sunday, giving them a chance to connect with their fan base this side of the border and for the chance to expand their following.
"When we play a show a the U.S. side, people are out to have a good time and truly see and appreciate the length we go to entertain them," he said. "And, honestly, it's a great feeling when someone comes up to you at the end of the night and tells you how much they've enjoyed your set."
The band's sound conjures up images of "summer fun, beaches and tropical cocktails," said Harley, with people listening to them likely noticing their influences like the Black Crowes, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Sublime, and even System of a Down.
Trench Town Oddities is all about doing something different, said Harley, picking songs that other people aren't doing if its a cover, changing the arrangement of a song to fit their sound and "just being ourselves."
"I think those qualities are definitely things that bring people back to our shows," he said.
Rockin' Out for the Y will kick off this Sunday at 4 p.m., with tickets available at the door or in advance at the Naked Turtle, 1 Dock St.; Olive Ridley's, 37 Court St.; and the Plattsburgh YMCA, 17 Oak St. The cost of admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door, with children 12 and younger admitted free. Proceeds will benefit Plattsburgh YMCA programs and services.
(Editor's Note: Hair of the Dog is on-line at www.hair-of-the-dog.com and on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Trench Town Oddities can also be found on the Internet at www.trenchtownoddities.com and on Facebook and YouTube.)