|2007 (May - Sep.)
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Sep. 18: Anniversary at Bus Stop open mic
The third Tuesday of September marks one year for Dom as host of Open Mic Night at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, N.J. Dom began his current duties at the weekly event on Sep. 19, 2006, and except for two nights when the store was closed -- a snow day in February and a vacation week in August -- he's been there every Tuesday since then.
The showcase has grown considerably in a year. What used to be a two-hour event has become three full hours, plus some overtime when the performance list warrants. The typical open mic now has about a dozen sign-ups and -- best of all! -- a crowd of non-performers that outnumbers the musicians, putting the store at capacity on a regular basis. Here's to a successful new year!
July 8: Media coverage for military rally
The front page of the Sunday edition of the Delaware State News featured a story about the previous day's Operation America Rising rally in Dover, Del. And the main photograph with the article showed Dom performing an original song "Remember Me" with the flags of various U.S. Armed Services in the foreground.
Dom played two, half-hour sets at the rally, and getting his picture in the newspaper was the last in a trio of media mentions. Within the week, both WSTW (93.7 FM WIlmington, Del.) and WGLS (89.7 FM Glassboro, N.J.) had broadcast Dom's song "Walk Peacefully" in anticipation of the event.
Operation America Rising was a coordinated effort of 34 nationwide rallies, all held on Saturday, July 7, to show support for U.S. military personnel. The Delmarva Chapter of OAR gathered on the Legislative Mall in Delaware's capital city, with live music from noon to 7 p.m. and representatives from veterans' and other military groups on hand to distribute information and accept donations for their causes. About 500 motorcyclists combined from the Maryland-Delaware HOG and.Patriot Guard filed through shortly after noon, all with American flags waving from their bikes. The reigning Miss Delaware arrived on the back of one of the Harleys to punctuate the parade.
Besides "Remember Me" and "Walk Peacefully," which were the opening and closing songs of his first set, Dom dedicated a third original song, "Proud of Him," to the active-duty and veteran military personnel in attendance during his second set. Dom also played harmonica with Kyle Swartzwelder and Kurt Houff in an impromptu jam to close the day.
June 30: Jam with John after Guild picnic
This busy Saturday saw Dom perform at the second annual Cumberland County Songwriters Guild Summer Guildfest, and then cap the day by joining a friend on stage at a show.
A gathering of CCSG members and prospective members, Guildfest was Dom's chance to test a couple of newly written songs, "Proud of Him" and "Remember Me," on stage in a casual setting. A few wrinkles were smoothed and the tunes were declared ready for performance at the following week's Operation America Rising rally that Dom was scheduled to play.
After the picnic, it was off to Coffee Works to see John Shaughnessy perform. At John's request, Dom headed on stage with his harmonicas for a few songs in the second set, including a couple of John's originals.
May 6: Playing twice at MHMA Open House
French Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Glaze. Chocolate and Raspberry Stuffed French Toast.
Such are the perks when you perform at the finest gourmet restaurant for miles around. Dom did exactly that on both days of the weekend's Main Street Spring Open House, sponsored by the Mullica Hill Merchants Association. The semi-annual event (there's one in the fall, too) aims to showcase the many fine craft shops, antique dealers and other small businesses along the easily walkable main road in the historic district.
Visual artists and musicians were permitted to arrange with businesses to display their work outside along the wide sidewalks and any courtyard areas adjacent to stores.
Located between a fine jewelry shop and a handmade pottery studio on the south half of Main Street, the Blueplate served beakfast and lunch inside and an earful of guitar and harmonica outside. Executive chef and owner Jim Malaby sponsored Dom for both days, allowing him to set up Saturday and Sunday in front of the restaurant and use the exterior outlets for his sound equipment.
If you were walking along that end of town from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday, chances are you heard Dom's original music (unless you happened to stop by when he was eating pancakes or french toast).
An extra shout-out goes to Blue Frances and Pitman Tim, who traded music sets with Dom from 1 to 3 p.m. both days. Frances and Tim were set up in the courtyard across Main Street from Blueplate each afternoon, alternating performance time and breaks with Dom during those hours. Their brand of cowboy rock-n-blues kept the south end of the strip hopping!
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