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Local brewery marks 15 years
JULY 27, 2010 -- Dom helped Stewart's Brewing Co. celebrate its 15th Anniversary at a special Tuesday-night party. The band Chapel Street Junction was slated to provide music for the four-hour event at this landmark restaurant and microbrew in Bear, Del. They invited Dom to be the supporting act and play during their intermissions. The turnout was heavy for a weeknight, and with Dom filling the band's gaps, the music went straight through until midnight.

It was also another anniversary of sorts. Three years ago this month, Dom met Scott, Dave, Ron and Paul of Chapel Street Junction at a rally for military families in Dover, Del. They later worked together a few times at Home Grown Cafe in Newark, Del., and it was the kindness of Chapel Street Junction that helped get Dom his own bookings there. Since 2007, the band added a fifth member, Mark, and also had a fiddler named Mike helping to celebrate at Stewart's.

Thanks -- again -- to the kind fellas in Chapel Street Junction, and congratulations on 15 years to all the folks at Stewart's!

Dom plays at John Eddie's Birthday Bash
JULY 11, 2010 -- An unexpected Saturday night phone call led to a Sunday afternoon trip to New Hope, Pa., for an unusual birthday party. Rocker John Eddie marked his birthday with an all-ages concert at a regular touring stop, Havana Restaurant and Bar. When one of the acts canceled abruptly, the promoters had to find a substitute less than 24 hours before the midday show. A lucky break and a "friend of a friend" connection led to Dom filling the gap between songstress Camille Peruto and John Eddie's band.

Fans of 1980's pop-rock might remember John Eddie from his MTV hit video "Jungle Boy." But he's spent the years since then in the americana format, touring the country regularly (especially the northeast) with loads of original music to fit his contemporary sound. Kid Rock and Sammy Hagar have released some of John's post-1980s work, and John has stayed in radio rotation himself with his most recent full-length album Who the Hell Is John Eddie?

John's annual birthday bash was a stone's throw across the river from New Jersey, where John lived when he earned his national recording contract in the 1980s. Many of his longtime fans in this area -- known affectionately as "the faithful" -- turn out when John rolls into town. And at an event like this Sunday's show, some of "the faithful" can bring their kids for a primer in live rock-'n'-roll.

Special thanks to John and his management for the opportunity to join them on the bill, and to Kris Noyes for brokering the deal.

Rock-n-Bowlin' with Trio in Hammonton
MAR. 19, 2010 -- Dom ventured to a new venue to serve as the supporting act for friends Kris, Bob and Rink, collectively known as the Kris Noyes Trio. Appearing in the bar/lounge of DiDonato's Bowling Center as part of their occasional Friday-night live music offerings, Dom performed a half-hour opening set and then an impromtu half-hour set during the band's intermission.

DiDonato's has been a fixture in Hammonton, N.J., for decades, and Dom made sure to play "Blueberry Wine" in the town known as the Blueberry Capital of the World. The bowling alley has periodically used the large lounge area to host entertainment from the corner stage. The Kris Noyes Trio, featuring acoustic and electric guitars and hand percussion, was also making its debut performance there and played two long sets of classic rock.

Thanks to all at DiDonato's for the hospitality, and thanks to Kris for the invitation to join the fun!

Widener Radio welcomes Dom as studio guest
FEB. 19, 2010 -- In a very last-minute booking, Dom traveled to Chester, Pa., on this Friday afternoon for a visit to Widener University's radio station WDNR (89.5 FM, wdnr.com), where he appeared live on the "D.J. & Katie Show."

Hosted by a pair of Widener freshmen appropriately named D.J. and Katie, the program features a broad format of pop/rock music every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Dom was the "surprise guest" for the second hour, answering questions from the hosts during three short segments in between blocks of music. The listeners were introduced to a pair of Dom's songs: the album cut of "Hugs and Kisses" after the first segment and a live performance of "When I Get Back" (complete with harmonica) in the third segment.

Add another one to the list of radio stations that have played Dom's music AND hosted him as a guest on a broadcast. Thanks to D.J. and Katie and WDNR!

Hosting event turns nostalgic in Bridgeton
JAN. 4, 2010 -- Dom served as the guest host for the year's initial First Monday Acoustic Open Mic at Brenner's Brew in Bridgeton, N.J. Owned and operated by Barbara Brenner, this coffeehouse and arts venue holds a variety of music, poetry/spoken word and creative writing events. The First Monday series is an open showcase for anyone who wants to perform musical or spoken pieces, and with no permanent host, is always led by a guest artist.

The venue had some historic significance for Dom, who played his first South Jersey booked show at Brenner's Brew in December of 2002. When asked back in October of 2009 if he wanted to serve as the guest host for an upcoming First Monday, Dom jumped at the chance! To mark the occasion, Dom played a handful of songs that were on the setlist for that show more than seven years earlier, and then turned to the task of welcoming a few other brave souls to the microphone throughout the night.

Thanks to Barbara Brenner for opening her store for this monthly program and for inviting Dom back to a truly special place in his musical development!

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