2009 (all)

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Dom performs 'in the round' at P.A.S.A. concert
SEP. 26, 2009 -- The Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance kicked off its 2009-10 season of monthly house concerts on the final Saturday of September. Using its standard format of three featured artists alternating songs "in the round," the P.A.S.A. booked Dom, Sara Tiemogo, and "Electric Man" Steve Perlsweig to headline the event, held in Lafayette Hill, Pa., at the home of P.A.S.A. member Heidi Hoskins.

Sara is a pianist and member of the duo Allegro Star, and performed on her electric piano. Steve in his "Electric Man" set-up uses a battery-powered amplification system to run effects pedals, recorded tracks, his electric guitar and a microphone, all contained in a "suit" that he can wear. Steve also plays acoustic guitar, and used each arrangement over the course of the concert, including an acoustic duet with his wife and bandmate Jeanette.

And then there was Dom, with hat, harmonica and acoustic guitar. The three acts provided a variety of music for the three-hour-plus concert, which also included an "open chair" for audience members who wanted the opportunity to perform a song. Dom's seven songs for the evening were "Blueberry Wine," "The Song with the Cheesy Rhymes," "Proud of Him" and "Cold Pizza" before intermission, and "Not Really," "When I Get Back" and "Lost Along the Way" during the closing half.

The P.A.S.A. is an organization dedicated to the craft of songwriting in the greater Philadelphia region. The group schedules monthly concerts, songwriting and recording workshops, maintains a website with a network of local songwriters and publishes a monthly e-newsletter. Click HERE to visit the P.A.S.A website.

Dom guests on 'Guitar Show'
JUNE 24, 2009 -- This week's episode of "The Guitar Show" features a call-in interview with Dom. The webcast program is a project of guitar instructor and stage performer Niko, who broadcasts from his home in North Carolina. Packed with information on guitar gear, unusual guitars, mini lessons, surveys of Craigslist ads and Niko's personal and professional take on all of it, the shows also have guests talking with Niko about music.

The show is formatted for video and is stored on YouTube, but the easiest way to find it is by clicking HERE for the show's page on Niko's website. Dom appears in Episode 5, with a slideshow of artwork from his CDs comprising the visual portion of the interview. Oh, and while you're there, browse the rest of Niko's website and check out his arena-rock-inspired music, heavily laden with -- you guessed it - guitars!

High school holds telethon
to give grads a safe celebration
MAY 30, 2009 -- Williamstown (N.J.) High School held its first-ever fundraising telethon to benefit Project Graduation. Begun in 1988, Project Graduation provides a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free party for all graduating seniors immediately after commencement exercises. The party lasts through the night into the following morning. Costs for the event have risen steadily in recent years due to growing enrollment, so the Project Graduation committee organized a telethon to replenish the funds in the savings account for this and future years.

Nearly 40 performance acts took turns on stage from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in May, including dance, music, comedy and spoken-word artists. Dom played two sets, starting around 2:30 p.m. and then again at about 7 p.m., and donated copies of Along the Way to be sold for the benefit of the Project Graduation Fund. Dom did six songs -- "Bright, Full Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Geneseo," "Lost Along the Way," "Say Hi to Angelo's" and "When I Get Back" -- in his first, half-hour block, and another four tunes -- "Good Shepherd Sunday," "The Song with the Cheesy Rhymes," "Cold Pizza" and "Not Really" -- during the later, 20-minute set.

Comcast taped the fundraiser, and portions of the day will be broadcast on Comcast's local cable channel in the coming weeks. The live performances had raised about $7,000 even before the first cable airings.

Carnival benefits grade school
MAY 15, 2009 -- Dom performed for the second straight year at St. Michael the Archangel Regional School's annual fundraising carnival, which helps the private elementary school supplement tuition and other income. Dom played for a little more than two hours on the Friday night of the four-day festival, setting up under the large tent that contained the outdoor cafeteria and "beer garden."

Opened in 2008, St. Michael school was formed by combining two previous, smaller schools, St. Catherine of Siena in Clayton, N.J., and St. Bridget in Glassboro, N.J. The new, larger establishment is in Clayton and enrolls more than 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The annual carnival is held on the sprawling fields that serve both the school and neighboring St. Catherine of Siena church, a Roman Catholic worship site.

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