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 Like a band who takes a hiatus, so have my articles…but I’m back to close out the summer. Live music has also been back this summer and with a vengeance. I wish I had more time to capitalize but being a dad has taken priorities and I can’t complain. Shoutout to my beautiful daughter Marigrace, she rocks and is currently obsessed with The Frozen soundtrack! I’ve heard “Let It Go” so many times that it may be permanently stuck in my head! 

If you skim through The Rockaway Times you will see an array of events with Live Music on the horizon each week. Almost every place on the peninsula has some sort of live act Thursday-Sunday, the only issue you may have is deciding where to go. On the professional stage, music has returned as well. Dead and Company just played a show at Citi field last week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend this year, but a bunch of my friends went and without a doubt I’m sure they all had a great night.

I also want to give a shoutout to The Bogmen who have a 20th anniversary memorial show planned for Webster Hall on Saturday 9/11. The Bogmen were an Indie rock band from Huntington, Long Island, New York. The band was formed in 1993 by Billy Campion, Bill Ryan, Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O'Connor and Clive Tucker. Though they were signed by major label Arista Records in 1995, they fell just short of mainstream success.

My friend Charlie Heeran, who was killed on 9/11 introduced me to The Bogmen while we were at Xavier. They played at several venues including The Tap & Grill, Blackwater and even a gig on the beach! Fun fact, they also used to play smaller shows with the alias The Subway Chickens!  I remember seeing the Bogmen with Charlie our freshman year in Scranton and us yelling at the band until they acknowledged the Rockaway crew in attendance.  They have always been one of my favorite bands, and like the Dead are best seen in a live environment as the band can be unpredictable. I am really looking forward to the show and will be thinking of Charlie as I often do.

I can’t fathom that it’s been 20 years since that tragic and somber day. I was working in midtown on 9/11 and I remember it like it was yesterday.  I guess it’s a wound that will never heal and maybe it’s not meant to. Out of respect for 9/11 there will be no financial write-up this time. God Bless Rockaway, Breezy Point and all the first responders who gave their lives trying to save others. You may be gone but you are not forgotten.

 By JP Stathis

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