Longtime Two River Times Music Writer ‘Uncle Mike’ Dies

first_imgBy John Burton |The Two River Times has lost one of its earliest and most influential voices.Michael Lisa, 68, who for many years wrote the rock and roll music column “Night Grooves” under the byline “Uncle Mike,” died on Thursday, Sept. 28, after a lengthy battle with cancer.Lisa’s column, which he wrote until retiring a few years ago, became a must-read for the denizens of the Jersey Shore music scene and those simply interested in live music. Starting not long after the weekly community newspaper was founded in 1990, Lisa began writing his column, detailing who was playing and where, but also offering reviews of recently released recordings by area artists and live performances, in both large and small venues, and sitting down with those singers, songwriters and musicians to provide insight into their creative process and influences on their work.Over the years his work gained attention in the music orbit, with artists seeking out Lisa’s attention for his reviews, sometimes strongly worded but never cruel.“I think what he did was keep live music alive,” said Norman Seldin, a veteran performer and recording artist who said he considered Lisa a friend. “If you were into live music, you knew who Uncle Mikey was.”Pat Guadagno is a singer/musician long on the Jersey Shore scene and noted for his annual “BobFest” tribute show to Bob Dylan. Early in Guadagno’s music career, his work came to the attention of Lisa’s Night Grooves, “at a very crucial time, when I had serious doubts about my musical career,” Guadagno said.“With just one stroke of, what we used to jokingly refer to as his ‘poison pen,’” Guadagno recalled, “Mike assured you that someone was listening and enjoying what you do.”Singer/songwriter and recording artist Karen Mansfield recalled her first mention in Night Grooves, when Lisa offered a tough assessment of her performance at an Asbury Park nightspot in 1993. Mansfield came to realize shortly that Lisa’s review was on the money and the two developed a friendship that lasted until his death. “He had a great passion for the musicians and participants on the scene and helped us in ways that are just immeasurable,” Mansfield said, noting she has kept many of the columns containing references to her. “He made me feel like a million bucks.”“I’ll always remember him. He was a friend. He was a comrade in music,” said Bobby Bandiera, a guitarist who has played with Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Bruce Springsteen during benefit concerts, as well as fronting his own band.Claudia Ansorge, who founded The Two River Times and served as its first publisher, considered Lisa a friend “who had a lot of great qualities,” not the least being his generosity. “He was also the hippest thing about the paper from the time he came on,” she noted.“I feel I lost a member of my family – my TRT family,” said Eileen Moon, former managing editor of The Two River Times.This article was first published in the Oct.5-12, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Legendary Rock Group Foreigner Taps Trinity Hall Choir for Basie Show

first_img“We wanted the reaction to be organic. So rather than lead with news of the opportunity, we just played the song and watched the reaction,” Kiernan said. “Ten seconds in we had 250 girls singing, swaying and dancing together.” “When we were presented with the opportunity, obviously I was excited, as was the administration, because we know Foreigner and we’re big fans. But we really didn’t know how relevant the band was to the kids,” Kiernan said. For years the Foreigner stage show had included support from an adult choir, Jones said, but on recent tours, through partnerships with the Grammy Foundation and Shriners International, the band has been coordinating with younger vocalists to help inspire and advance music programming in schools and communities around the world. Tickets for the event are still available at the Count Basie Center for the Arts Box Office or by visiting thebasie.org. To gauge their interest, Kiernan said Trinity Hall administrators called for a community meeting in which faculty, staff and students gather in the school’s common area to keep up with school and student happenings. He shaped the vision as a child in his Portsmouth, England bedroom, losing himself in the records of his heroes; revolutionary songwriters from across the pond like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran. “I listened to these true pioneers playing what my favorite kind of rock ’n’ roll was and I thought maybe it could be possible for me to make this my life, too. It was a dream and I’ve been lucky enough to live it out,” Jones, the band’s cofounder, primary songwriter and lone remaining original member, said. When Foreigner presents its May 7 “Hits on Tour” performance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, Jones said he hopes to nurture the dreams of a group of local vocalists from Trinity Hall who have been tapped to support the band during one of its biggest hits, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Nearly 35 years since the song’s worldwide release, and more than four decades since the band first charted with tunes like “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice” in 1977, Jones said it’s an emotional experience to see today’s youth connecting with music he wrote so long ago. center_img According to Theresa Kiernan, Trinity Hall’s director of advancement and admissions, about 25 members of the all-female Tinton Falls private school’s choir have been training for the last six weeks to back the band on its massive 1984 single, which topped the pop charts both here and in the United Kingdom. RED BANK – The glowof a white hot spotlight anda wall of sound so large itphysically removed fansfrom their assigned arenaseating was a dream forMick Jones, guitarist for theclassic rock band Foreigner. “It’s not just our singers who are excited for the opportunity, but the community at large. There’s definitely a buzz around campus that’s been growing as we’ve been getting closer to the date. It’s a really unique opportunity and so many of our families have already gotten their tickets,” Kiernan said. “We’re ready to rock.” Kiernan said the singers, who learn music under the direction of Andrew Bogdan, are excited to represent their school community and will be buoyed by a large contingent of Trinity Hall students, parents and faculty when they hit the stage May 7. “We’ve been joined by young choir groups quite a bit lately, and even when you look out into the crowd and see young faces singing along with you and pumping their fist, it’s a time warp that very often brings tears to my eyes. I see them and it says that the music has survived. And it’s not only carrying on, but reaching people of all ages and denominations. That’s a powerful thing and it’s very moving,” Jones said. “We want to encourage schools and community groups not to ignore the importance of music opportunities and music education for young people,” Jones said. “And having them up on stage with us is a pretty cool way of demonstrating where your dreams can take you. So often they’re nervous when they get up there. But when the music kicks in, the nerves fade away, because they’re in a dream.” This article originally appeared in the May 2-8 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Red-hot Ice battle Blazers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Bertolucci, who will represent B.C. at the Canada Games next month in Halifax, leads the Kootenay Ice back into action as the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League resumes play following the Christmas break.Bertolucci and the rest of the Ice play host to the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Ice has been on fire of late, undefeated in four games.Leading the Ice is Nelson’s Dryden Hunt and Bertolucci. Hunt leads Kootenay in scoring with nine goals and 19 assists.Bertolucci, scoring for Team B.C. during an exhibition game during the holiday break, is right behind with 10 goals and 17 assists.Kootenay currently sits in tenth spot in the 11-team league with 5-13-6 record, but is only eight points out of six spot.The teams open the two-game set Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes Sunday beginning at 11:15 a.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Slopitch players look to put positive spin on what has been a disastrous season on the diamond

first_imgFlooding on the Nelson waterfront along with the worst June for rain on record has put the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League underwater this season.“It’s been a very trying season,” league spokesperson R.J. Warren told The Nelson Daily.“We played out first game since June 15 on July 3.”“Instead of Lakeside Ball Diamonds we’re calling them Lake Diamonds,” Warren added.The league started the season in May with 17 teams. The season was moving along briskly until June’s rains wiped most of the games.Then came the flooding along the Nelson waterfront, which cost the league even more games.The results forced the league reps to move games to Queen Elizabeth Park — two games are played each evening.Warren said league reps held a meeting to determine when, and where, the playoff tournament would be played — Salmo, Mount Sentinel or Queen Elizabeth Park.The result was an eight-to-eight vote split, which one team already folding for the season due to the cancellations.“We’re going to play the tournament at Queen Elizabeth,” said Warren.The tournament, originally set for July 20-22, begins Sunday, July 15 with preliminary round games.The Final is set for Sunday, July 22.Hopefully it doesn’t rain.last_img read more

Reel Adventures Fishing Report — Expect June to be better

first_imgMay had some inconsistent weather.  The month had some of the hottest days, where the water would finally warm up to the ideal temperature and our fish would become aggressive.  But, then there was also some of the coldest weather and storms that seemed to set us back again. However, the big fish are biting.  Rainbows over 20 pounds have been caught in the past few weeks, as well as Bull Trout up to 17 pounds. So things are looking good. We’ve had some really good days out there, and some slower days.  Nothing too consistent yet.  Seem to have one or two heavy feeding days each week, and then the rest of the week the fish seem to sit back and relax. But the good days make it all worth while.  Our best day last week saw three Rainbows over 15 pounds, as well as another eight fish between 5 – 8 pounds.  That makes for an exciting day on the water.  Had a great crew that day who appreciated our fishery and released most of their fish.  Thanks guys. We did have a bit of a flying ant hatch that seemed to trigger some feeding.  But the hatch was cut short by the weather change.  So, hopefully some hot weather will help with the hatches and keep the fish feeding. June is one of my favorite months.  The water has finally warmed up and the fish should become more aggressive for the next little while.What are they biting on??? Most fish are being caught on the surface now.  So, the usual bucktail flies have been working well on the choppy days.  And my favorite Lyman plugs have been producing good fish on both the calm days and the windy days. Fly colors are all over the map.  Not one consistent pattern lately.  But some of my best patterns have been:  Black/wht,  grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or some common numbered flies such as:  214, 215, 226, 228. And for my Lymans, the lucky numbers have been:  # 10, 16, 53, 55. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish.  The usual colors at this time of year being:   black/white,  blue/yellow,  blue/green. That should about cover it for this month.  Hopefully this helps everybody catch a big one………….Tight lines………………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Trail Orioles conclude amazing season with State Tournament showing

first_imgThe future is so bright the coaches of the Trail Orioles American Legion Baseball team had better find a pair of shades.The Silver City-based squad, with players from throughout the region, combined a solid season with an amazing performance at the District Tournament to qualify for State Finals.“Every player on the team made a significant contribution to our success,” said Orioles manager, Ron Mace.“The team made great improvements from the start of the year to the end, as can be seen by us getting to the State tournament which has not been done in Trail for some time.”The Orioles finished third in the American Legion Division with a 10-4 record before making a run during Districts to qualify for the elusive State Tournament in Seattle.Trail blasted University High 8-1 to open the Districts before edging Mead 8-7 in a thriller.The Orioles suffered a 9-1 loss to Mount Spokane. However, Trail rebounded to dump Pullman 7-4 to qualify for the State Tournament.The Orioles finished the tournament losing a close one, 9-8 to Asotin.At the State Tournament, the young Orioles, with no less than a player in the eighth grade, three in the ninth, four in the tenth and two in both the 11th and 12th grades, Trail dropped both games 7-2 to Bellingham and 12-4 to Yakima.“We were the youngest team at States and look to improve for next year as we have all but two players eligible to return,” Mace, who along with his son Kyle Mace and Kyle Paulson, form the coaching staff for the for the Orioles.“The coaches are also very proud of some individual accomplishments from our players this year as we have two players heading to college to continue to play baseball.”Mace said Nathan Soukeroff is headed to play in Lethbridge play in the Prairie Baseball Academy while Austin Tambellini has received a scholarship at Hill College in Texas.Two other players are continuing on playing as Brendan Makay is off to the Dominican Republic to represent Canada in a tournament while Daniel Gagnier will get a chance to strut his skills at a fall baseball showcase in Calgary.As for next year, Mace is pumped for the return of pitchers Brendan Makay, Tyler Atkinson, Derek Green and Colton Miracle as well as catchers in Reese Tambellini and Bradly Ross.Austin Cox, Ross St. Jean, Casey Harrison, Atkinson and Gangier will lead the core of the infield.“We will be looking for some strong players to add to this team and hope to see many athletes out for the tryouts next spring,” Mace concluded.last_img read more

Nelson Senior Leafs sweep past competition at Castlegar Novice Tournament

first_imgFresh off a successful performance in the Heritage City, the Nelson Senior Leafs took the show on the road to capture the Castlegar Novice tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The Senior Leafs won all three games by a combined 25-4 scored.Nelson opened the tournament by stopping Greater Trail Snipers 12-0 on goals by Max Jean, Cash Linnen, Griffen Wanhella, Miller Tedesco, two from Larson Proctor and a hatrick from both Jack Boyes and Wyatt Groenhuysen. Shea Anderson registered the shutout.Nelson kept on rolling, blasting Cranbrook Key City Drywall 8-2 Saturday.Jack Boyes had another hat trick with singles going to Kale Gehrmann, Cohen Wolbaum, Sawan Bhabra and Larson Proctor.Goalie Shea Anderson stopped a lot of great shots and pretty much stood on his head.Sunday Nelson completed the sweep edging Creston Valley Chiefs 5-2.Wyatt and Grady Groenhuysen scored along with Miller Tedesco.last_img read more

Neptunes have eyes on Provincials as team prepares for Kootenay Regional Meet in Colville

first_imgThe numbers game doesn’t seem to scare the Nelson Neptunes.Despite being kicked out of home due to renovations to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, which has severely curtailed registration, the Neptunes continue to be a force on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association circuit.And now Neptune swimmers take aim at the grand prize of the season, a berth in the BC Summer Swim Association Championships when the circuit shifts to Colville this weekend for the Regional Meet.“With the Nelson pool closure, the Neptunes have one of the smallest teams, if not the smallest, team in the region, but are still able to finish in the top three rankings at meets,” coach Cynthia Pfeiffer told The Nelson Daily.“Points are based on overall team points (but) if points were divided by points per swimmer, I’m positive the Neptunes would be winning the meets.” Neptunes opened the season by capturing its own meet at its temporary training pool in Salmo.Pfeiffer and Company then posted a third-place finish in Castlegar behind the host Aquanauts and Grand Forks Piranhas before finishing third again in Colville. The host squad again won the meet with Castlegar second.At an out-of-region meet in Golden, with many larger clubs from Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops, Nelson finished fifth overall.“Highlights of these meets include Jaylen Rushton’s 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley meet records, Ella Chouinard completing the 400 individual medley, and Division three girls relay Kallie Badry, Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir and Chloe Malenfant out touching the Castlegar Aquanauts by .01 at their home meet, taking first place,” Pfeiffer explained.Now that the regular season has concluded, Neptune swimmers have been gearing up for this weekend’s Regionals at Colville.“Going into regionals we are hoping for a top two finish,” Pfeiffer said.“We have finished in the top two for the last two season, where last year we were 29 points from first place,” she added.“Unfortunately with our numbers down, it will be a big challenge but these Neptunes have what it takes.”Swimmers who place in the top three individually during the Regionals will qualify for the Provincial Championships held in Coquitlam August 19-21.last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Take Two on the Road

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints return home this weekend riding a three-game winning streak after a pair of victories over the University of Victoria Vikes.Selkirk College sniper Dallas Calvin scored the shootout winner Friday night and rookie goaltender Austin Wells recorded his first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) win on Saturday night to pace the Saints on their island visit.“It was a great outcome and exactly what we needed at this early point of the season,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“The most encouraging aspect of the weekend was that both games were solid team efforts that had every player contributing in important ways.”After a long bus ride to Vancouver Island on Friday, the Saints managed to get off to an impressive opening period start that featured the first goal of the season by Calvin and a powerplay marker by Matt Martin. The teams exchanged goals in the second period and when Saints’ rookie Jack Mills scored early in the third, Selkirk College held a 4-1 lead. Not ready to go down without a fight in front of a home crowd, the Vikes scored three unanswered goals to tie the game by the end of regulation. When overtime solved nothing, a shootout was required to settle the contest. Selkirk College starter Brett Huber stopped all three Victoria shooters and Calvin scored to give the visitors the win.“It was disappointing to let that third period lead slip away, but the guys rallied when it counted and it’s always exciting to win on the last shot of the game,” says Heaven.On Saturday night, Saints’ rookie Wade Johnson scored two minutes into the game to keep the momentum rolling for Selkirk College.The Vikes tied the score five minutes later, but goals by Alex Milligan and Dane Feeney in the middle frame restored the cushion. With five minutes left in the third period, Jordan Rauser provided insurance for the 4-1 victory.“Four different players scored on Saturday night and every line contributed,” says Heaven. “It’s still early, but the guys are starting to find some chemistry and realizing that every player has a role in helping the team win.”After four straight road games, the Saints return home to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex this Friday night for a match-up against the University of Eastern Washington Eagles.The puck drops at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Alexander shines in Owls’ win against Villanova

first_imgThe key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three.  Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line.  Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win.  Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her.  Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team.  Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said.  “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.”  “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. center_img Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses.  The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year.  Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall.  Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.  “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said,  “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.”  The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own. last_img read more