View Full Version : Self promotion: I got written up in a regional paper!!!

12-07-2005, 03:05 PM
Piano Man
Classic-rock lounge singer skirts the cheese factor.

On a dimly lit stage, keyboardist Dale Hopkins sometimes wonders whether his audience thinks heís a jukebox. "Up here, itís like playing in my living room," he says. "You can talk to me. Iím not a record." Hopkins has played piano since he was eight. After high school, he jammed in local rock bands, including one that toured France. Today, the 38-year-old administrative assistant is back home, blending his "bari-tenor" vocals to improvised chord arrangements of pop classics by Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, and Carole King. "I donít think of myself as a lounge singer, because of the cheese factor involved," says Hopkins. "This is my thing." Hopkins performs from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Apex (11633 Lorain Avenue; 216-476-1970) and from 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays, at Arabica (29325 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe; 440-516-0872). Admission is free. Tue., Dec. 13, 9-11:30 p.m. Apex, 11633 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-476-1970.

LINK (http://listings.clevescene.com/gyrobase/events/results2?date=2005-12-13)

12-08-2005, 08:37 AM
I'm glad that the picture came out better in the actual printed version. I look half-in-the-bag in that on-line picture. Yeesh!!!

12-08-2005, 10:34 AM
And here I thought it was going to be the Cleveland police blotter. lol Nice write up there JP, my one issue is you don't have a leisure suit on in that pic. ;)

12-08-2005, 11:16 AM
...hence, the quote: "I don't think of myself as a lounge-singer." ;)

Darth Cruel
12-08-2005, 08:10 PM
Cool JP...I do wish that I had gotten off the wanted poster joke first though.

12-08-2005, 08:59 PM
Very nice JP. If I am ever in Cleveland, I will stop by, but only if you do some Billy Joel.

12-08-2005, 09:59 PM
Cool, nice write up on you! Very nice! :yes:

12-08-2005, 10:23 PM
Don't ask for "Piano Man", I won't do it. LOL

This was the first time I was written up as a solo performer and that was pretty cool. I performed on a syndicated show about 5 years ago and that was a blast. Ah... I love the simplicity of not being in a band!

12-08-2005, 10:39 PM
I was actually thinking Scenes from an Italian Restaraunt

12-09-2005, 01:51 AM
Thats great JP! I even showed my bro.. hes a big big fleetwood fan- and would like to know what you sing.

12-09-2005, 07:52 AM
I need to get the music for "Scene"... this one drunk guy always asks me for it. LOL

Fleetwood Mac... "Go Your Own Way", "The Chain", "Dreams", "Rhiannon", "Silver Springs", "Landslide". :)

12-09-2005, 12:49 PM
JP, you are SOOOO cute!! :D

your picture put a big smile on my face (see above smiley face).

12-09-2005, 01:43 PM
Awwww... thanks babycakes!! :) You make me smile too!!!

12-11-2005, 09:27 AM
Awesome write up Dale:thumbsup: If I'm ever in Ohio,I'll have to come see you.I'll be the crazy shouting out "Play Silver Springs" :crazed: :crazed:

El Chuxter
12-11-2005, 09:37 AM
Play Free Bird. :mad: :p

12-11-2005, 11:02 AM
Ick no. LOL