PLATTSBURGH - The city by the lake is attracting some bands with some pretty large followings for a special event this weekend.
Hair of the Dog, a Celtic rock band from the Albany region, and Trench Town Oddities, an acoustic rock band from Cornwall, Ontario, will headline 'Rockin' Out for the Y," a fundraiser for the Plattsburgh YMCA at the Naked Turtle this Sunday, June 5.
Hair of the Dog began as a three-piece Celtic and bluegrass band in 1993, starting with Rick Bedrosian on bass and vocals; Mike DeAngelis on acoustic guitar, bodhran and vocals; and John Haggerty on banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and vocals. The band eventually grew to include Larry Packer on fiddle; Eric Finn on electric guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals; and Scott Apicelli on drums and percussion.
Each of the band members boast impressive resumes. Packer was a member of "Sha Na Na," had a top ten hit with a Jimi Hendrix-produced band called "Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys" and appeared with the band in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz." Packer also had a guest appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live in a sketch that included John Belushi.
During the 1980s, Bedrosian lived in Nashville where he performed and recorded with recording artists Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark of "The Byrds" and John Stewart of "The Kingston Trio." Bedrosian is also an accomplished film critic and fine art photographer; his photo of Paul McCartney of "The Beatles" was featured on the cover of the spring 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine.
DeAngelis and Haggerty have had fame in their own right, having performed together in a popular Irish band called "The Porters." Finn and Apicelli are also both graduates of Boston's Berklee School of Music. Finn is a renowned arranger and Apicelli a much in demand music producer and owner of Blue Sky Music Studios.