Jo’s Li’l Cupcake update; Jan Fetterly send-off Saturday

— This weekend Smokin’ hosts another send-off for Fetterly with a Sam & The Twisters reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Goodtime Banquet Hall, 526 Teall Ave., in Syracuse.

Fifty years ago the Twisters featured leader-guitarist Sam Amato along with guitarist Mickey Palumbo, bassist Al Wolf and Fetterly. Amato died Feb. 17, 2011, in Florida after a long battle with cancer. On Nov. 24, Fetterly, Wolf and Palumbo will welcome Smokin’ guitarist Frank Rhodes to the stage to fill in for the late bandleader.

During the band’s heyday Sam & The Twisters packed places like the Red Dog Saloon, Hewitt’s, The Brookside, the Holiday Bowl, the Fayetteville Inn and Liverpool’s own Club 320.

In 1963, Sam & The Twisters and the Bigtree Sisters backed up Baron Daemon (Channel 9’s Mike Price) to wax “The Transylvania Twist.” The disc sold 12,000 copies to become the area’s top-selling 45 rpm record ever. Mike Price will appear at the Nov. 24 performance to share recollections of portraying Baron Daemon.

The Nov. 24 dance party is open to the public. Admission costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and that includes a sandwich buffet, antipasto and coffee. Legal beverages will be available for sale at the Goodtime Banquet Hall bar, located on the top floor of Klub Polski, the Polish-American Citizens Club.

For tickets, call Goodtime Banquet Hall owner Mickey Vendetti at 345-1002, or purchase them from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily at Gilligan’s Pub, 3601 James St.; mickeyvendetti.com.

‘Eat & Greet’

Thanksgiving weekend is a swell time for reunions. It’s true for families and it’s true for long-lived rock’n’roll bands.

Sam & The Twisters revive the Sixties Saturday night on Teall Avenue (see above),  while another local rock legend, Todd Hobin, hosts an “Eat & Greet” CD release party at Nov. 24, at Monirae’s (formerly the Red Door North), on County Route 10, in Pennelville.

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