There are few performers who leave me gob smacked and slack-jawed in a really fan-boy way. I can usually maintain an intelligent conversation with a singer/songwriter that I admire, but there are some that just leave me babbling like a fool, I’m such a fan. Alex Chilton was one of those performers.
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Patti was the second vocalist for the Targets, a band started by former New Math bassist Robert Slide and guitarist Sue Metro. The Targets reunited at the Scorgies Reunion in 2008 and played a few songs as an adjunct to the New Math set. Patti had been battling cancer for a number of years and had been in and out of hospice for a few months in 2013. Obituary from the Nov. 21 Democrat & Chronicle:
Henrietta: Nov. 16, 2013, age 52. Predeceased by parents & brother. Survived by husband, Chris; step-father, Irv; children, Jennifer (Charles), Catherine, Caleb, Justice & Noah; former husband, Randy; grandchildren; 8 siblings; many nieces & nephews. Trish will be greatly missed & loved by many.
Calling hours, Friday 3-5 PM at Metropolitan, 109 West Ave. Memorial Service, Saturday 11 AM at New Hope Church, 3355 Union St., N. Chili.
We’ve lost another Scorgies veteran, Tony Gerardi AKA Tony Mayhem. Tony was a vital part of the Scorgies scene, working his friend Mike Marchese as a roadie with Personal Effects and provided the lighting design and videos for Absolute Grey’s epic “Uptight Exploding Plastic Inevitable” show. A talented photographer, Tony was a mix of many elements and was truly loved by many folks. He will be missed. There will be a non-denominational service at the Paul W. Harris Funeral Home at 7:00 PM, November 8th, followed by a funeral mass on November 9th at St. St. Kateri at Christ the King Church at 9:00 AM. You can read the full obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=anthony-gerardi&pid=167900988 and visit his memorial page here: http://harrisfuneralhome.com/online-obituary/2013-11-anthony-gerardi/10074294
The Antoinettes were the reigning girl group during the Scorgies era, playing out numerous times before venturing into the wilds of New York City to seek fame & fortune. The band was fronted by keyboardist Meegan Voss, whose Syracuse band the Poptarts made some noise in the CNY music scene. Meegan moved to Rochester with Margie Shears to start the Antoinettes and they were soon joined by Eastman School of Music student Kim Milai on drums and Poptarts veteran Cathy Kensington (aka Cathy VanPatten) on guitar.
Scorgies era Antoinettes, left to right: Margie, Meegan, Kim & Cathy
So, where are they now? Megan continues to make music with her husband Steve Jordan as the Verbs; Kim teaches at an elementary school and has a side career doing children’s music. Cathy Kensington works as an editor and lives in the Chicago area. Margie Shears, according to Cathy’s blog, lives in the Westchester NY area and works as a graphic designer.
According to Cathy, “after we did that demo, I left the band to follow my (then) boyfriend to Boston. The Antoinettes then added a guitarist (Sue Veneer) to replace me and a keyboard player (Magda– I don’t remember her last name) to take over that role so Meegan could devote her efforts to fronting the band. That was the band that ended up going to NYC and becoming the darlings of CBGB’s.” I’ve picked one of the best songs recorded in that demo session, “If I Were To, ” a plaintive lament that captures a contemplative Antoinettes pining for a boy they could not have.
Click on the link below to play the song in a new window, right-click or control click to download the file.
Scorgies was a place for music and community. I wasn’t allowed. Luke Warm hated me and I could see why. No one in that joint gave me the time of day. And none of my buddies ever wanted to venture into downtown at the notorious “Scorgies”. I remember driving my buds around town to every lame ass dance place in the burbs until I got fed up and got the complaining pricks out of my car and into mommies bed just before midnight. Not getting laid at 19 will get a kid a little ornery I guess.
Once in awhile I’d go downtown to Andrews Street and just hang out till last call. Later I hooked up with some WITR guys and eventually did a show at the station. I remember the John Cale show since we drove him to the gig in either an AMC Pacer or a Pinto after an on air interview. Saw the Press Tones a lot and Colorblind James and The Ramones and so many Personal Effects Shows. Caught a few of the earlier gigs like The Cramps and New Math. Was a semi-regular in 84-85 for awhile but most of the crew I hung with wasn’t interested in the downtown scene. Eventually I lost a few friends suffering through pitchers and Donkey Kong one night at The Vineyard at Pittsford Plaza.
I remember lusting after Andi and getting hammered with my WITR partner Mike Baldwin. Later I spent some years working with Uncle Roger at WCMF and watching a high school classmate play drums with bands like The Projectiles (Brian Goodman).
But like I said I wasn’t a regular. I watched bands all over town in all sorts of different venues, often with an eye towards getting laid. Scorgies wasn’t about scoring, although I probably stumbled out of the place taking a girl home a few times. For a time I lived pretty close to the place. Often I’d find a place to park (very hard at times) go in for last call and walk the couple of blocks home.
You’d always find a friend in that place and very often some good music. And you’d also find someone in there who’d like to cut you or spit in your drink. I loved it.
Ever so slightly off-topic, but who besides me fondly remembers WSAY? 1370AM? It was the radio-station that was so bad it was good; so awful it was great? If there ever was such a thing as “underground” radio in Rochester, this was it! You’d be rocking out to, say, anything from Talking Heads to Van Halen, and suddenly a priest and two nuns would start reciting Rosary! Good times!
WSAY: By the 1970s, WSAY had become, in effect, a free-form radio station. Brown had little input into the music played on the station, leaving the choices in the hands of the DJs, who played everything from blues to country to heavy metal, interrupted promptly every night at six for the daily reading of the rosary (one of several paid blocks of time on WSAY).
In the spirit of the Little Rascals, as in, “Hey, let’s put on a show!” now comes your chance to turn that frown upside down, and start cashing in on the baby boomer nostalgia. Instead of just moping to your friends that, “hey, I used to play there,” you can now say, “Hey, I own it!” That’s right, the original temple of it all is up for sale. Anyone want to go in halves?
The last poster was kind enough to post a couple pics. In the post, it was mentioned that they weren’t sure when Scorgies closed. For the record, it was July 9th, 1994. Technically it was about 4:30AM July 10th.
I Was, sadly, the last person to exit the place and lock the doors for the last time. I was the last Manager of the vaunted Rochester social landmark known as Scorgies. Don walked out ahead of me, and I turned the key for the very last time. It was an extremely sad day for me, and this is really tough. I don’t really feel like getting in to it right now, but sometime soon when I am in better spirits, and have more time…I’ll return and post some thoughts and stories.
I was deeply saddened, when on November 21st at a dinner for my current job… that old Rochester bars came up. It started with a Wayne County fellow mentioning the old Dolphin out in Sodus Point. When I mentioned the good-old days of Scorgies, I was told of the big article in the paper and the upcoming reunion. That was Friday Nov. 21st at 9pm. That weekend I went online, and much to my chagrin…I found this site.
This pained me beyond words. My wife and some close friends witnessed me moping for days. You see, every 6 months for the past decade, I do a Google search for “Scorgies”. And you rarely find anything of substance related to our old haunt. I do it b/c there is one period of my life I reallllly wish I had more connection to. More old pics, old memoribilia, etc. For some reason, I collected little, and took even fewer pics. A lesson I learned that following year in 95. And from 95 on, I am a total picture nut. You usually won’t find me far away from at the very least, a disposable camera or my cell camera.
Anyways, somehow, in between the last time I had searched, and the weekend of NOV 21st….ALL OF THIS HAPPENED!!! And it pains me tremendously, that I missed this reunion. Was Tommy there? Did Don and Eileen attend? Did Shaff or Big Pat come out of the woodwork? How bout Charlie? Last I heard, he was in Atlanta. UGGGGGGGGGGGGH!!
Anyway, I’ll be back. Just typing this much has made me terribly melancholy. I miss Luke like you wouldn’t believe, it was hard seeing his pic and reading your rememberances. I’ll share a bunch of Luke memories, some Don stories, etc…at a later date.
How bout the infamous Elvis Costello story?!?! Has that made it’s way on to the site anywhere? How about a copy of the famous Rolling Stone Article, from what, 1983? As part of my Google searches over the years I have attempted on multiple occasions to contact Rolling Stone to find the article, with no response. Hell, I’ve even contacted Freetime about 3 times in the hopes of getting copies of Old Scorgies ads…and no one ever gets back to me.
Anyway, please comment, and I will return!
I was up there for a holiday visit & went by Scorgies to take a photo for posterity. I don’t know how long it’s been since it closed for the last time, but the 2nd floor windows are broken out. I shot a couple of panoramic photos & decided to post them as a bookend to the reunion show. Sort of a reality check. I’m sure everyone will recall that the further door on the left was the original entrance to the upstairs bar, and the nearer door on the right led to the restaurant side as well as the stairs down to the live room. Those who were in bands will also recognize the alleyway side entrance where they would load in.