Gametime gets a Rock Inception, by John Donovan.

November 24, 2011

Music & Entertainment

Rockin the house down

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all thru the bar…never mind. I can’t write like that. Instead, I want to talk about a night of epic proportions at Gametime Bar and…well Gametime Bar. The only “Grill” that I’ve ever seen there are the ones on the cars parked in the mogul-like parking lot. It was a great night to enjoy some rock as we celebrated Rock Ridge’s 25th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Extravaganza. It was also the night we saw Rock Ridge morph into the entity we now know as Inception. It was a dream within a dream to see this seamless transition. From the first chord of “Toys in the Attic” to the last drum strike of “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, the atmosphere in Gametime was like being in a rain forest due to the dripping wet rock emotion oozing from the stage, which by the way was curiously set up on a different side of the room.

Dave Boyce, Mike Robinson and Paul Donovan

A virtual plethora of rock dignitaries was on hand for the event. Names like Graham Branlund, Mike Ciavattieri, Steven Tyler, Chuck Whiffin, Dusty Duffin, David Grohl, Tony Rossi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marcus Silva, Jamie Corbett, Sammy Hagar, Billy Corbett, Mark Torchetti, David Gilmore, Billy Spyke, and Sir Paul McCartney. With an A-list crowd such as this, it would be a no-miss night of riveting rock.

Lead singer and fill-in bass player Dave Boyce led the band with a natural charisma that rivals the bearded guy that sells Mexican beer. John Cuervels and Ed Leland competed for the guitar god title as each spent the night tearing through one song after another. Drummer Mike Robinson evoked images of Keith Moon and John Bonham merged into one fiery entity.

John Cuervels

The crowd in attendance was loving every minute of it, even though the band didn’t play “Loving Every Minute of It”. It even got to the point where some guy with a bass guitar was dancing on a table near the end of the night. All in all, it was a fun night, so much so that I may have mis-remembered some of the details of the night…

Bass player crashing the party

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