|School of rockers jam out|
on Father's Day at Pratt Pier.
First off, the Artist on the Wall. Besides the annual painting of the wall along the pier by neighbors to kick off summer, a stage has been set up for bands to play. When I heard that School of Rock was performing, I wanted to see them, as I liked the movie so much.
It's a great premise, whereas kids learn to be in a band and ultimately perform before a rowdy audience. Heady stuff when you're dealing with a dirty/nasty career choice like Rock & Roll.
Which brings me to Friday night at the Mayne Stage. I saw the marquee on Friday morning saying Pat Travers was playing, and did nothing but drool all day; waiting to see the show that night.
I hadn't enjoyed a good Rogers Park Rock & Roll concert in a long time. I think the last show was Jefferson Airplane at the Heartland. Or Foghat at Biddy Mulligan's. Or was it Journey and REO Speedwagon at the Granada Theatre?
Even if the show was sold out, I was going to find a way in.
Seeing the stage door of the Mayne Stage is so close to my back door, I was thinking of setting up a lawn chair in the alley and ask someone to prop the door open.
All that wasn't necessary. Sean McCown and the entire staff of the Mayne Stage/Act One were very accommodating. I surely don't believe I've got enough clout to deserve the treatment I received. (Thank you, Mayne Stage staff!)
|Reserved booth tag waiting for me.|
|Customized my Crash & Burn album|
with a personal autograph from Pat Travers
Not to mention the sound of a 60 something Jack Daniel's drinking singer who screams songs like "Snorting whiskey and drinking cocaine" at the top of his lungs!
I can't wait to see what classic rock act they book next. What better place to listen than in your own back yard. Or alley.