Patty Cakes Gildea Birthday Bash Sidewalk NYC 12-1-20-14

With Alan Merrill, The Anne Husick Trio, Ricky Byrd, Love Pirates, The Cynz and Snake Monster.  A funny thing happened a week before this gig.  Joan Jett And The Blackhearts were announced as 2015 inductees into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and their guitarist, Ricky Byrd as well as the author of The Blackhearts most famous song, I Love Rock And Roll, Alan Merrill, were both on the bill to perform for our friend Patty Cakes Gildea. So we ended up with a historical moment when Ricky joined Alan on stage for a heartwarming rendition of that tune.  Gives me goosebumps thinking about it.   Crazy Mary was joined by Rick Eckerle for our last few numbers who brought color to our set with his lap steal and Gretsch White Falcon.   The night had many great highlights such as when Nick joined Snake Monster on stage to sing wearing the pink tutu he was supposed to have on when he popped out of a cake for Patty, on his head instead.

Emma Belting. Photo: Johan Vipper
Photo: Johan Vipper
Photo: Johan Vipper
Photo: Johan Vipper
Photo: Johan Vipper
Another great "Hair" shot. Photo: Alan Rand

Emma serenading Patty Cakes Gildea. Photo: Alan Rand
Photo: Alan Rand
Crazy Mary jamming with Rick Eckerle. Photo: Alan Rand
Charles Kibel and Rick Eckerle. Photo by Alan Rand
Charles. Photo by Alan Rand
Photo Alan Rand
Walter Steding AKA Sonny Chesterfield. Photo by Alan Rand
The Wizard. Photo by Alan Rand
Nick Raisz. Photo by Alan Rand
Nick didn't need much coaxing from Jimmy Adams to join Snake Monsters on stage with his pink tutu on his head. Didn't matter that the mic was off. You could hear him fine. Photo: Alan Rand

Photo: Michael Albert II

Photo: Michael Albert II
Ricky Byrd guitarist for The Joan Jett And The Blackhearts joins I Love Rock And Roll author Alan Merrill on stage. Photo by Alan Rand
Gass Wild and Joff Wilson of The Love Pirates. Photo: Johan Vipper
Gass joins Cyndi Dawson and THe Cynz on stage. Gass Wild of The Love Pirates. Photo: Johan Vipper