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About two months ago I was looking on Etsy for a set of wrist cuffs. What strongman doesn't have wrist cuffs, right? Anyway, I stumbled upon Eastern Oregon Leather Co. and seeing as they had quite the selection on Etsy, I jumped on to their website. All I can say is wow! If it's made of leather and looks cool, Shane at Eastern Oregon can make it! I called up and placed an order with Shane. Talk about service!

Another Busy Summer!

This summer has been keeping me quite busy! 

Things kicked off as the always do, with the Mermaid Parade and Ball. It's always a fun and exhausting day and night in Coney Island when the Mermaid Parade is going on. I had the opportunity to meet this year's King Neptune, Judah Friedlander who seems just as wacky in real life as the characters he plays.

The Strongmen Return!

it's the season of the strongman in more ways than one. There's lots of big news in the strongman commmunity. The documentary 'Bending Steel' is set to make it's world priemere at the Tribecca Film Festival on April 20. The film follows strongman Chris Schoeck as he trains for a performance slot at the first annual Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular. I'm thrilled to say that I play a major role in the film as does my co-producer of the Strongman Spectacular, Chris Rider.

Helping a Charity I Love

On March 9, Coney Island USA is holding it's annual Spring Gala at Webster Hall. It's really a party not to be missed...and I should know. I'm emceeing and curating much of the entertainment for the evening. Coney Island USA is Coney Island's resident not for profit atrs organization. If it's cool and happening in Coney Island it's brought to you by Coney Island USA. 

Gearing Up For a Busy 2013

So 2012 is winding down. The Mayan's were wrong. We're still here...and that's a good thing because I've got a lot of things brewing! 2012 saw me working with the New York Variety All-Stars. The All-Stars are Cardone, Kryssy Kocktail and myself. While we've only been together for 7 months, we've already had some amazing bookings, interest in a tv show and we won the 'Act of the Year' award at the Sideshow Gathering in the Poconos.

If the past is any indication, the New York Variety All-Stars are bound for greatness in 2013! Stay tuned...

What a summer...and there's still plenty to go!

Some might call them 'the dog days of summer'...but not me! Summer has traditionally been my busiest time for bookings. And each one is it's own experience. This season has been notable for a number of reasons, the first one being the 12th annual Heavy Rebel Weekender. I've been performing at the weekender for the last 9 years. It's always great to see old friends and meet new ones. The following weekend was the Psychobilly Luau. How's that for back to back rock and roll weekenders! 

Coney Island Strongman Spectacular

It could not have been a nicer day! Temperature in the low 80's, sun shining and plenty of people heading out to see the return of thr strongmen in Coney Island.

The day began with the Baby Soda Jazz Band on the main stage. Complete with horns, banjo and one-string bass, Baby Soda was as refreshing as the salty sea mist spraying up 12th Street.

Olde Time Strongman Spectacular is Just One Week Away

The question I'm asked most about the upcoming Strongman Spectacular is 'what goes on there?' Most folks have never seen a true strongman in the classic sense. I mean, there are dudes at the gym with biceps the size of pumpkins, but are they strong? To answer is to get into a philosophical and physical debate. Yes, they are strong but what they lack is what's called 'functional strength'. A gym rat or body builder's goal is to build muscle...and believe me, that's not easy! A strongman's goal is to literally be strong.

The Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular

The Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Sectacular plans are in full gear!

A display of such magnitude has not been seen on the streets of Coney Island for over 60 years

Not since Coney Island’s golden years have giants such as these performed at the legendary amusement mecca in a free, all-ages event staged right on the street.

Spectacular Schedule:

1:00 Baby Soda Band

1:45 Cardone’s milk can escape

2:00 Car and truck events

2:30 Stage Show Begins

5:00 VIP meet and greet in the Coney Island Museum  for ticket holders

Lamenting the Lower East Side

I heard the news that Ave. B's Lakeside Lounge was closing and that Spanking Charlene's last gig there was last night. Now I have to admit, I was not a regular there but went somewhat often so catch Simon and the Bar Sinisters and Charlene. It was a cozy bar with a really nice feel. But now it will be no more. It's closing down at the end of the month. The owners are selling and from what I understand it's turning into a hipster whiskey bar.

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