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Laini’s Little Photo Flashback — Bernie Worrell Plays with Start Making Sense in 2009

Sometimes it’s better to not have any expectations. And to remember that as much as you think you know what you’re walking into, you never really do. Oh, and support our local musicians. They rock.

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There are some nights that have a different quality about them. You know the kind – you don’t know where you’re going, who you’re going with and have few expectations of the night. This was one of those nights. I believe it was June 6, 2009. I walked across the Circle and into Pearly Baker’s just as I have too many times before to count. I walked in to a sea of people, probably the most I’d ever seen there not counting the night before Thanksgiving or the Super Bowl Chili Cookoff.  Then I looked up on the stage. Expecting to see Start Making Sense, the Valley’s own amazing Talking Heads tribute band playing, I was floored when I realized they had someone special with them. The musician up there on keyboards was Bernie Worrell. BERNIE #$%in’ WORRELL! For anyone who doesn’t know Bernie Worrell, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and keyboardist for the Talking Heads (<<< one of my favorite songs) and Parliament /Funkadelic. And he was in EASTON!

So here’s a shot of that night. Even though I could hardly believe it at the time, it was real. And it was electric.

 

Bernie Worrell plays with Start Making Sense at Pearly Baker's in Easton PA.

Bernie Worrell plays with Start Making Sense at Pearly Baker's in Easton PA.

I just decided to add some more photos. So here’s a little gallery for you.

 

 

If you’re reading this and you were there that night, please leave a comment describing what that night felt like to you. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that it was a magical one. Thanks!

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7 Responses

03.07.12

Yay Uncle Bernie!!!! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to see him play.

03.07.12

Celia! I didn’t know he is your uncle! I did hear you were related but I didn’t know how. Very cool.

03.07.12

I had dinner there as they were starting to play. I remember looking at Bernie’s table from across the room and thinking, that dude isn’t from around here. Then he started playing and once I got a closer look I had a “no shit” moment.

03.07.12

Like many others in the audience, I took a picture of the evening on my phone. I sent it to my brother, a musician and music producer and I called him the next day. I said, in all ignorance, “have you ever heard of Bernie Worrell”? and he said “Of course he is in the rock n roll hall of fame as member of Parliament Funkadelic, everyone knows that” (or something to that effect). I told him that I had sent him that picture of Bernie playing in the local Pub Pearly Bakers and he said “bullshit (or something to that effect) why would Bernie Worrell be in Easton of all places”. My answer was “why not? He has to be someplace doesn’t he”, I got him there :). It seemed like Bernie Worrell enjoyed watching Start Making Sense play and he was in a class by himself when he took the keyboards. It was an electric night in that club as the audience began to realize it was more than just an average night in Easton

03.07.12

Thank you, Rob and Jandee, for sharing your memories from that night. That’s so funny that your brother didn’t believe you, Rob. Don’t people understand that Easton isn’t like so many other places? Anything can happen here.

I’m tempted to post a few more photos for people to see. If anyone objects to any of them, just let me know.

03.07.12

That was such a fun night! Bernie and I had met initially through a mutual friend in P-Funk. Then we played a bunch of gigs together with my band Post Junction. Bernie is a great person, one of the nicest and most considerate people you could ever hope to meet, in addition to being a musical genius. I had played Bernie some live recordings of Start Making Sense, and he really liked them. He told me that we really had it down. So it seemed natural to invite him to come and sit in with the band. Hopefully we will be doing more shows with Bernie in the not-too-distant future.

03.07.12

just like jon said. what a fun nite.
in fact, fun is an understatement. this was the second time i had the honor of playing music with Bernie. i honestly had to to pinch myself about 1 minute into the first song when i looked back and saw bernie playing those lines that i’d seen him play 100 times in the movie “Start making sense”. if you look at any photos of the band that nite while bernie was playing, our smiles could not get any bigger.
it couln’t have turned out better. we were on cloud 9.
we will definitely be working with bernie in the not too distant future and it will be with the tri state area. so stay tuned!

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