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October 28, 2016
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It’s a dog’s life

Jacob Martin, far right, and his eponymous band showing Dharma some love at the ThunderBash Meet and Greet at the Villa Roma.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

As you probably know, I’m pretty popular all over town. As a general rule, I’m not one for tooting my own horn, but lately, people have been making such a fuss about me that I’ve gotten a bit of a swelled (not to mention incredibly cute) head. After all, I have a personal stylist, (Amanda Kille in Long Eddy) a publicist, (HIM) a graphic artist (amanda@riverreporter.com) and my very own radio show (www.thunder102.com). Truth be told, I share the mic with some other people, but that’s not really important. Oopsie, HE just yelled at me and said “to give credit where credit is due,” and that I “owe the nice people at Thunder 102 a shout-out,” so I’ll throw them a bone. Michelle Semerano and Paul Ciliberto (or as HE calls them—“Beauty and the Beast”) have been very nice to me over the years, so when they invited me to the Pre-ThunderBash “meet and greet” in Callicoon (www.villaroma.com) last weekend, I barked my orders at HIM and off we went. I took advantage of the opportunity to wear my super-hero cape (Creative Gifts by Teresa) and made a grand entrance, waving to the fans and sideling up to the bar as soon as HE wasn’t watchin’. I’m not supposed to drink anything but water, but that gets old, so I ordered a greyhound and signed a few pawtographs before the entertainment started. Big John Davis, (www.ironcowboyband.com) Ken Somerville, (www.reverbnation.com/somerville) David Bradley (www.davidbradleymusic.com), Angel Mary (www.tennesseewerewolves.com), Stephanie Grace (www.stephanie-grace.com), and my new BFF Jacob (woof) Martin (www.jacobmartinband.com) all performed little previews for a select group before the main event, which took place the next day at the Monticello Casino and Raceway, with all of the band members and big showy stuff on the main stage. The event was a “foodraiser” for the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (845/794-2604), accepting non-perishable donations at the door to help fill the food pantries throughout the county.