Who’s Your Favorite Pirate?
Growing up in Pittsburgh and loving baseball, I idolized our hometown Pirates. Roberto Clemente was and is still my favorite. The game would benefit from his leadership today; if only he wasn’t lost in a plane crash doing earthquake relief work! It broke my nine-year old heart!
I like movie pirates: Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush were brilliant scallywags in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Tim Curry vamped it up brilliantly as Long John Silver in The Muppets’ Treasure Island, a must-see. David Warner was a ruthless degenerate pirate in a 1980 movie apparently only I saw and loved, The Island. Peter Benchley (Jaws) wrote the novel and screenplay and Michael Caine starred. It is great, honest and just re-released on DVD.
Who is my favorite pirate today (with a nod and smile to the above)? Pirate Rob! Never heard of him? Pirate Rob, aka Rob Bryan, is owner/partner of DNL Entertainment, One Koast Productions and a plethora of other music-related ventures. When Pirate Rob says it’s a party, he makes Capt. Morgan look like Donald Duck. When he brings his band of merry bands to play, it’s “…a festival of conviviality” to quote Long John Silver.
I first met Rob at The Legendary Dobbs in Philly one cold November night. I had gone to check out my friends Lovebettie’s show and he had several bands on the bill. He is a blunt yet easy-going guy with a ready laugh and great taste in music. He is too busy to waste words or time. It’s always the next horizon, the next adventure, the next show. He handed me some cd’s and said, “Stay in touch.”
Soon I was noticing the bands Pasadena and Bond and Bentley sharing shows with Lovebettie in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Buffalo and Philly. These two distinctive, powerful, professional bands belong to what I call Rob’s fleet. I had no idea what a large and vibrant music scene existed in the Baltimore-Annapolis region or that it connected to OCMD, Dewey and Rehoboth Beaches. This guy could summon up thirty bands with a lopsided grin, it seemed.
I felt the full force of his fleet at Pirate Rob’s Birthday Bash on February 18, 2012. He sold out the 1,500 capacity Rams Head Live in Inner Harbor and fifteen bands played their asses off, each ending their set with, “Thanks a lot everyone and ‘F&*k you, Pirate Rob’!” as is apparently tradition. It’s obviously a true sign of love and respect in this crew. You should hear 1,500 people scream it sometime. You’ll know.
Talk to any of the bands who work with him; he makes stuff happen. Go to any show he’s part of and you’ll get it. These people are believers and they stick together. Best of all, you can join in on it! One Pasadena or Bond and Bentley show will be all it takes, but take my word for it: you need to check out Sweet Leda, The Grilled Lincolns, Bumpin’ Uglies, Fresh Competition and the whole fleet.
I just spent the weekend with this crew at Jam @ the Dam. It was like a family reunion for 400 people and the best party. With thirty years of party experience under my belt, you can take my word for it. Or not. But if you have any thoughts of a weekend trip to OCMD, make it the weekend of July 28-29 and request Monday off. Pirate Rob and Jayslow Entertainment are throwing Blockstock IV in The Party Block that Sunday. If you can make it, you will be there very late. If you miss it, just drop anchor on the couch because you are not sea-worthy.
F&*k you, Pirate Rob! And sail on, brother!
You land-lubbers can see videos from Jam at the Dam at this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC43C3D4C10B5FA32&feature=plcp
If you were there: great partying with you!!