L-R, Angela Licari, the late great Tom Dundee,
Jim Teolis, Rich Koc,
Eric Kinkel, Matt Teolis, L.J. Slavin
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On July 16th,
2004, I put on what was to be the third benefit concert for my sister
Dr. Linda Kinkel.
And oh what a night it was..... The evening started promptly at 8:00 p.m.,
as my sister Nancy Gamss came out on stage just prior to my opening song
and read a brief statement from Linda, as she could not be there. Nancy
looked stunning as she read Linda's words, I was so proud of her showing
off what good Kinkel genes can look like...... then she introduced
me ha, ha... .
I took the stage in a flurry of long haired, fringe coat manic acoustic
rockdom, pumping out my rendition of uncle Ted's...
" I just wanna go huntin". Thought I would start things off by,
gettin people wondering what they were in for, only to turn it around and
bring the house down with some real guit down, heart string tuggin
guit-fiddlin. I introduced my new band Jim Teolis, Matt Teolis,
Angela Licari, Rich Koc and L.J. Slavin. Eric Kinkel & Friends were
off and runnin. We mixed it up with a song set, which included our
own renditions of; Dream River, Demon Lover, I just keep falling in
love, Antique Spirits, The Dutchman, How much Tequila did I drink last
night, Elvis imitators, Joanne, by Michael Nesmith (remember that one?)
and an E.K original instrumental called Jayna's Dance. I am telling you,
this new band really kicked some serious string bending butt, I was so
proud of them, I either wanted to drop to my knee's, or just out right cry
with tears of joy. You really had to be there, and I hope you were. When
the band left the stage, I rounded out our set with a solo rendition of
Michael Smiths' "We become birds", as a telling tribute to
Linda's love of ornithology. This song brings to light the native American
belief that when we die, our souls become birds. Afterwards,
there was a brief 15 minute
Next up, was
my special guest Tom Dundee. Mere words cannot express the heartfelt
songs Tom performed, again you had to be there. Tom shared songs from his
two albums, starting his set with; Would you like to
learn to dance, Three legged man, A Delicate Balance, and Jennifer
Clandrid, he even graced us with some additional Stevie Goodman
tunes. I was quickly reminded that Tom Dundee is a consummate performer
doling out quips and witticisms like they were all so natural to him. A
humor that is indicative of a long life on the road, a man who understands
life in the greater sense. When Tom finished his set, me and my band
joined him on stage for a finale rendition of Steve Goodman's "City
of New Orleans", with Tom still at the helm, the house demanded a
second tune, we all joined in as he lead us through a version of the old
time standard, " Walking to Jerusalem". All in all it was quite
extended thanks goes out all to all those who helped in other ways too,
such as: My nephew Ryan Gamss, for helping me out through out the day,
setting up guitars and amps, and hustling around the theatre helping his
Uncle Eric stay focused, and generally putting up with your off beat
uncle...your the best Ryan !. My sister Nancy Gamss for helping out on
stage, and Brad Gamms for his sponsorship, Lou Stavroplous and Allstate,
for their sponsorship, John Denbroeder and Gerard Printing for printing
the programs and posters, Kevin Donovan and Signal Graphics, for printing
the invitations, tickets etc.., Brian Quick, Matt, and Mark for helping out with various sundry of
things, Gary Lingner for his enduring and dedicated support with my web
site, before during and after the show, and for taking photos, along
with Jim Horst, Chris Hanson, Scot Stadalsky, Keith Dadey, Debbie Schaefer, Jackie Hanson and
Jennifer Hanson for taking care of tickets at the door. And of course my
entire band for their selfless enthusiasm and dedication.. lets do
this again boy's ... and girls. A
hardy Thanks from the "Kink" to all of you!!!
11/15/2015 06:02 PM
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