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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Happening at the Artisphere Saturday

Do you remember this Place?

I didn't know what to expect when I went to Jeff Krulik's Ambassador Theater symposium, but I had an amazing time learning, meeting cool  people, and three years later, I'm still talking about it!

Jeff Krulik, local film and scene maker, is doing it again this Saturday from 3-5 p.m. with a gathering which will focus on the  rock n roll memories of Northern Virginia. The forum is being held at a cool new place to check out-the Artisphere (formally the Newseum)which right across Key Bridge and only two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro for all you Virginia phobes.

Here is the scoop:

"Did you see Alice Cooper perform among the lunch tables at NOVA Community College? Did you see Van Morrison or Chuck Berry at The Ark in Alexandria? Did you dance to Sonny and The Shadows or the IGA Heroes at the Elks Club? Share your stories with those who helped launch the rock music industry. 
Invited panelists include 
Bud Becker who booked bands and dances as Domestic Sounds, and helped run the concerts at The Alexandria Roller Rink.
Teddy Bodnar who ran American Star Recording in McLean and the weekly dances at the nearby Elks Club.
Michael Oberman, 'Music Makers' columnist for The Washington Star, manager of Claude Jones 
Mike Schreibman, New Era Follies/New Era Concerts, Emergency, WAMA

If you were in the Battle of the Bands, or at these concerts (The DoorsBlack SabbathThe YardbirdsJanis Joplin at Alexandria Roller Rink), or heard stories from your older brothers and sisters, you won't want to miss it. Part panel discussion, part slide show, part band and scene reunion, it promises to be a fun and nostalgic trip."

This EVENT ( and it will be just that) is free and open to the public.


  1. I remember being at the Black Sabbath show in a field in Gaithersburg, MD. The show was put on by WINX radio and Berry Richards, what ever happened to him?

  2. Barry Richards is still around and he attended a screening of some of his old channel 20 TV shows last October at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring.
    (Another Jeff Krulik night)

  3. Did you ever hear of a band called: "Innocent Color"? They were the Bayou house band in the late 60s/early 70s. Fabulous rock band!