DC & His Gigs
You’re NEVER TOO OLD to rock and roll. From D.C.: “I was inspired to write this song as Oldies shows began popping up everywhere. Maybe one of the artists still performing can record it, maybe The Pilgrims?”
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WHAT TYPES OF GIGS DOES THIS MUSICAL CHAMELEON LIKE?
Back to Liz Hear: FYI: Dennis Chandler has become VERY selective in what gigs he takes lately. He is NO LONGER doing “The over 165 gigs a year these past few years” (that he had been doing). Now, it has become a real adventure to see his choices i.e. the ”WHERE, WHEN AND WHY” of WHAT Den does. BUT, THANK GOODNESS FOR CHOICES! (It has been a blast from where I sit, so to speak).
How blessed this multi-faceted man must feel: to be working at his first love, making music. Meaningful, too, is that his music performances capture the hearts of audience members and fellow musicians alike. Once they’ve heard him, people can be seen pondering his performance. Then, when they later learn of the height and depth of his musical instruction, it becomes obvious why Dennis has been dubbed, “a master musician”, “a musician’s musician”, “a precision musician”, “one of Cleveland’s premier musicians” and one of the “Local Legends of rock ‘n’ roll” (named by his peers). FYI Dennis is humbled by such comments BUT what he’s really relishing is the increased interest in music like…
MUSIC FOR THAT ENDLESS SUMMER FEELING
Area audiences always ask about him. He’s familiar to folks from either performing in concert as a SOLO artist or as BANDLEADER playing guitar and keyboards with his band, “THE STRATOPHONICS”. It’s always a homecoming, of sorts. Lots of old friendships are rekindled when they play. All in the band are made to feel proud whenever fans fondly recall those early days of Classic Car Cruises; i.e., Eastlake, Solon, Mentor’s Annabelle’s Diner, Garrettsville, etc.
Deep feeling is something Dennis enjoys, in whatever he does musically and at all gigs, big or small. Plus, it pleases him that his living-room-learning-format he utilizes (to give a little history behind some of the hits-from-the-past that he plays)… goes over so well. For example, for over 20 years, he had been doing his “Blues in the Schools” series of concerts from inner-city to outer-suburb, teaching children where the music of today came from: yesterday’s blues. Now “Professor Dennis”, this student-turned-master, gets to pass the music on. Music, that he was taught firsthand in the time-honored oral tradition and by the bluesmasters, themselves. (You can read about Dennis’ first guitar teachers, BO DIDDLEY and B.B. KING in his longer Bio.)
PLAYING IN BANDS AND SITTING IN WITH OTHER BANDS MAKES FOR A BUSY BACKUP BEAVER
Besides being in his “Stratophonics” band and guesting with other bands, and perhaps because he was named one of the “Local Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, (serving as their Music Director at times, too)… had only served to add to demand for Dennis’ musical services. But, again.. Dennis has become selective as to what he does lately.
WHY PLAYING WITH WEB… WEB FLEMING, THAT IS… HAS DEN ENTERTAINING ASIAN CROWDS
Web has Den doin’ more than double-duty as his accompanist. “EAST meets WEST meets SOUTH meets NORTH”, one can call their act. And it all started here on the NORTH COAST… in ASIAN TOWN (thank you, Donna Hom). Look out for where and when Den & Web perform their brand of ROOTS ROCK ’n’ BLUES with more than CHINESE thrown in, too. There’s MANDARIN, CANTONESE, etc. (Check out the page titled WEB FLEMING aka HAK SAN aka BLACK MOUNTAIN and the page titled Detailed Bio for Den to see how that “translates”)
Dennis might be doing another interesting musical project with friend and popular media legend DICK GODDARD. Some past projects included doing telethons together i.e, for M.D.A., etc. Plus for the past many, many years DC, along with his band, “The STRATOPHONICS”, has hosted the meteorologist’s popular Vermilion Woollybear Festival Party. FYI: Don’t look for Den and the guys on the Mainstage. Why? Since the Woollybear Parade has become the longest- parade-on-record; the huge crowds make it impossible to do two gigs. Hence the band only does GODDARD’S PRIVATE POST-PARADE PARTY. (Solution is to get invited by Goddard and go straight there… DO NOT PASS GO.)
Another gig that GODDARD was responsible for and where Dennis was AGAIN THE ONLY MUSICIAN INVITED TO PLAY.. was when Dick got married. Dennis said “Being the musical part of GODDARD’S WEDDING CEREMONY proved to be one of the more interesting of Goddard’s gigs!”)
But, another musical project, Goddard’s C.D., a sort of “Songs for All Seasons” was actually thought of waayyy back, many, many years ago. It began when Dennis and his brother-in-law, Phil Smoluk wrote “THE WOOLLYBEAR SONG” aka “Woolly, Me and You” for their mutual media friend, DALE SOLLY. They all met when Phil aka PHIL PHABEETZ (dubbed by TV8 Horror Movie Hosts BIG CHUCK & HOOLIHAN aka later as BIG CHUCK & Lil JOHN) played on their TV8 CHARITY TEAM. Dale Solly, then a reporter and anchor for TV8 was also a musician who was booked along with Dennis to do a duo act. Dale also played with Dennis’ band, “The Stratophonics”. It was during the early years of Goddard’s Woollybear Festival that the idea of a Woollybear Song was hatched. Dale’s beautiful rendition was captured on a 45 recording and although in limited release, it raised alot of money for one of Dick’s animal charities. DALE SOLLY passed away suddenly in May of ’02; he is sorely missed.
DICK & DENNIS TAKE THE ACT OFF THE ROAD.. OFFROAD.. TO SAVE IT FOR THE PARTY
Now the dynamic duo of Dick & Dennis make some good melodic music together; but only at his private party. Taking tongue out of cheek, Goddard’s fans are bowled over with how well DICK GODDARD can deliver vocally as a singer, too. (Again, ask Goddard for a ticket to the party. Not to worry.. they are free.)
UNTIL THE RECESSION, THIS WAS THE START OF SOMETHING GRAND
Music, Music, Music…Good Melodic Music… is what the owners of “CHESTER’S FINE DINING” wanted. THE TUCKER FAMILY had this spot really happenin’. too. The then-new popular EAST CLEVELAND landmark eatery and their spectacular dining room had Dennis hosting many a musicale with a blended audience. Besides it brought back the day-tripping-lunch-bunch from across the street (G.E.’s NELA PARK) to join in on the salons, musical that is. “Music, Music, Music, Good Melodic Music” was becoming a Mantra of sorts and was shared by not only those making the music but also by those enjoying the music, too, (read: that blended audience).
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