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- Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Bob D's Beat by Bob DeCristoforo NEMPAC SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT The 2 nd Annual North End Music and Performing Arts Center Instructors Benefit Concert will take place on Saturday, Febru- ary 27 at the Old North Church at 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $15 per person. All money raised will help fund the NEMPAC Scholarship Program. Donations may be sent to NEMPAC, P.O. Box 130255, Boston, MA 02113. LAST CALL The Summer Jobs Hopeline for young full- time Boston residents is open February 18, and February 19 from I0:00 am to 2:00 pm at 617-635-4637. If you can't get in you can register online at from February 16 to 11:59 pm on March 15 th. Remember you must be 15 years old on or before July 15 and you cannot turn 18 years old on or before August 13. AURORA VERROCCHI AT NEAD Aurora Verrocchi No words will describe my thanks to Aurora Verrocchi for just being Auroral She was the guest speaker at Monday's North End Against Drugs Family Dinner./Family Talk event funded by a grant from the Mas- sachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), and everyone listened. She was magnificentl You might say Aurora, now a sophomore at the New England College of Pharmacy, is a NEAD/Nazzaro Center graduate. She grew up through these pro- grams. She worked in these programs and continues to "give back" to these programs. An over flow crowd of families listened and responded to her words. She told of how im- portant it is to have people, who she can turn to every time at anytime, how impor- tant family is and how important it is to stay involved in positive activities. Setting goals and go getting them was another one of her messages, heard loud spoken by someone who is what NEAD and the Nazzaro Center is all about. It was great to have City Coun- cilor Sal LaMattina there along with newly elected City Councilor-at-Large Felix Arroyo Jr., but the night was for Aurora Verrocchi, who spoke from her heart. She even brought some of her roommates along to help out, and I believe with the same goals as her. During her semester break Aurora spent time in Morocco just being Aurora helping kids, and that what's she is all about. NAZZARO BAND AT STRAND The "World Famous" Nazzaro Center Band was one of the youth groups that performed on Wednesday's "R.O.C.K. Itl Launch into Summer" program at the Strand Theater in Dorchester. Under the able direction of Jer- emy Sarzano the band is beginning its City Neighborhood Tour, and we know there will be many more stopsl High props to the Nazzaro Center Band and the Boston Youth and Family Centers. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK All Boston City League Basketball Cham- pionships will be played at Madison Park. Girls Semi Finals: February 17 th at 4:00 pm Fenway vs. Burke; 5:30 pm New Mission vs. Latin Academy; Febuary 18 th at 4:00 pm Madison Park vs. Boston English; 5:30 pm New Mission vs. East Boston; Febuary 19 th 5:00 pm Girls Championship; 6:30 pm Boys Championship. In the Boston City League Championships Boys Division the top three were O'Bryant, Latin Academy, and South Boston (Eastie finishing 8). In the Girls Di- vision the top three were O'Bryant, Latin Academy and West Roxbury (Charlestown finished 4th). WEEKLY ROUNDUP On the ice great week for St. John's Prep! The Hawks shutout Xaverian 1-0, and stunned Catholic Memorial defeating the Knights 3-1. MC and Hingham battled to a 2-2 tie. On the basketball court South Boston defeated Brighton 75-71 in overtime. CM stopped LaSalle (RI) 72-58. Arlington Catholic dropped Tewksbury 71-51. Malden Catholic sank Gloucester 64-46. Boston English tipped Durfee 87-85. St. Clement won a pair topping NCC 71-61 and Minute- man 72-57. Winthrop pounded Danvers 68-39. Waltham pounded Boston Latin 56-39. Snowden tipped Latin Academy 67-65 in overtime. South Boston stopped Fenway 67-58. COLLEGE BOARD: HARVARD WINS WOMEN BEANPOT Bright Center at Harvard was the site of the Womens Beanpot, and there is nothing like home cooking, especially when you're cooking beans! In the semifinal Harvard shutout BC 5-0, and Northeastern topped BU in shootout overtime. Harvard won it all, defeating Northeastern 1-0. Liza Ryabkina had the game winner. Liza scored five of Harvard's six goals, and was named Beanpot MVP. In the nets Harvard's Laura Bellamy had both Crimson shutouts earning her the Joe Bertagna Goaltending Award. In the championship game Huskie goal- tender Lech Sulyma had 43 saves. In the consolation game BC and BU battled to a 3-3 tie. THE LIGHT IS ON FOR US St. Leonard's tells us that during Lent ev- ery Wednesday night a priest will be avail- able in Sacred Heart Lower Church to hear Confession from 6:30pro to 8:00pm. This is an Archdiocese of Boston initiative, and will take place in ALL parishes of the Archdio- cese. Bishop Robert Hennessy was instru- mental in formulating this all important program. WANTED 6 to 8 YEAR OLD BOYS AND GIRLS FOR NEAA BASEBALL Registration is now underway for the 6 to 8 year olds (as of April 30) program. It's important to start baseball early, and this is the place to start. Minor League Base- ball was always a big part of the North End, and we want to get it back, said NEAA Baseball Director John Romano. Two games per week, t-shirt and hat, and fun, this is what the 6-8 year old program will be all about. Go to to reg- ister, or pick up an application at the Nazzaro Center. February 28 th is the regis- tration deadline. TIDBITS - Birthday Best to John N. Romano, to John Daley and to President George Washington[ - Congrats to Arlington Catholic Senior Nick Verrocchi, who has been accepted into Suffolk Universityl - East Boston Little League registration is underway. - Celeb Sightings: NEAA Little League Commissioner Frank ludiciani, City Coun- cilors Sal LaMattina and Felix Arroyo, Police Sergeant Tom Lema and Youth Officer Ted Boyle, along with Eliot School Principal Traci Griffith at the NEAD Family Talk, Family Dinner, photo expert Susan Mika on Hanover Street, writer Sunny Davidson at the North End Library, and "Teen Idol To Be" Mark "Metro Saint" Contrado and his "posse" Zach West, Haley Renda and Ricky Martignetti. - Don't forget, remember Haiti. SMILE! Left to Right: Zach West, Haley Renda, Mark "Metro Saint" Contrado and Ricky Martignetti. F a by bob morello C ax reviewing the best the rest DAILEY & VINCENT SING THE STATLER BROTHERS (CD)/Rounder Talk about "a marriage made in Heaven" -- two time International Bluegrass Mu- sic Association "Entertainers of the Year" Dailey & Vincent, singing a dozen of the legend- ary Statler Brothers' most- loved songs. Nostalgic efforts have, "Flowers on the Wall," "The Class of '57," the pickin' gem "Hello Mary Lou," the pretty "Too Much on My Heart," the upbeat "Susan When She Tried," and the earthy sound of "I'll Go To My Grave Loving You." Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent do the Brothers proud, delivering "Elizabeth," the intimate "Bed of Rose's," the uplifting "Do You Know You Are My Sun- shine?" the spirited "Brave Apostles Twelve," plus the tender "My Only Love," and end with "Thank You World." No one could interpret the Statler Brothers songs betterl UNCLE KRACKER -- HAPPY HOUR (CO) Top Dog-Atlantic Matt Shafer a/k/a/ Uncle Kracker rolls off the Detroit assembly line with an excit- ing album that features a dozen models that will "drive you crazy." Happy Hour is Kracker's latest album and includes 11 tunes he person- ally penned. Opening with his hit single, "Smile," the humor of "Another Love Song," the gender-bender "My Girl- friend," the solitary "Livin' The Dream," the liquid solu- tion of "Comer Bar," and hits the halfway mark via the ro- mantic "Me Again" featuring guest vocalist Jesse Lee. Kracker continues the crisp lyrics with the upbeat "Good To Be Me," taking a shot at an ex with "I Hate California," labeling his current stage as "Hot Mess," modifying the mood with "Hey Hey Hey," the down-and-out "I'm Not Leav- ing," ending with a cover of Bob Seger's "Mainstreet." STARSTRUCK u SOUNDTRACK (CO) Walt Disney StarStruck is a music-filled Disney Channel Original Movie, which premiered on Valentine's Day. Disney's Sterling Knight performs seven of the dozen heart- pounding pop tracks. As Christopher Wilde in the movie, Sterling opens with the title cut "StarStruck," fol- lowed by "Shades" (with Stubby), the super "Hero," the glow of "Something About the Sunshine" a duet with 13- year-old Anna Margaret, the painful "What You Mean to Me," the powerful "Got To Be- lieve," and an unplugged ver- sion of "Hero." That's just the tip of the iceberg, as Stubby raps on via "Party Up," Mar- garet is back with a super solo on "Something About the Sunshine" and "New Boy- friend," winding down with Disney artist Mitchel Musso's "Welcome to Hollywood," and it all ends with "Make a Movie" performed by 15-year- old Jasmine Sagginario, Ra- dio Disney's Next Bit Thing winner. Excellent collections of songs, with outstanding work by some young talent! NEVER SHOUT NEVER WHAT IS LOVE? (CD) Loveway-Sire-WB Never Shout Never is 18- year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist Christofer Drew whose brand-new video, "I Love You 5" hit MySpace Feb- ruary 2 "d. Drew's album What Is Love? contains eight tracks and two "live" tracks -- "Happy" and "Your Biggest Fan" -- accessed by a down- load code. Recorded in LA and London's Abbey Road Studio, Drew opens with the power- packed "Love Is Our Weapon," trailed by the admiration of "Jane Doe," the cutesy "Can't Stand It," and the religiously clever "Sacrilegious." The second half of this interest- ing album contains more clever lyric-laden songs penned by Drew, as he draws us in with the content of "California," the wound-up title track "What Is Love," and the finale is in the form of "The Past." Not your "every day" artist -- for sure[ BIGBANG -- EDENDALE (CD}/Oglio-Grand Sport Norway's BigBang has been dubbed "Norway's Greatest Live Band." The members of BigBang are, Oystein Greni, vocals and guitar; Olaf Olsen on drums; and Nikoli Eilert- sen on bass. Musically they create a "baker's dozen" of tunes with great harmony that has had reviewers every- where comparing them to the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., etc. Anyhow, BigBang prefers to call their music and their style strictly their own. Cuts of note include, "Play LoOder," the pleading "Call Me," tuning in with "Swedish Television," the haunting strains of "Isabel," and hit the halfway mark with the hard-driving rocker "Freeway Flowers." The tasty "Bag of Leaves" continues the roller-coaster ride, moving on with the hand-clapping "To the Max," pointing the sole to the sky on "Head Over Heels," lowering the decibels for "Now Is Not a Good Time," and the cautious "One Step At a Time." The three-pack bonus contains the drum-driven "Something Special," the hands-free "Falling," and end with a "live" version of "Wild Bird." Available on CD and on vinyl. A good listen! THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER TRIO Pianist John Funkhouser, bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Conners per- forms on Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. as part of the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, 30 Brimmer Street, Beacon Hill, Boston. Also performing, following the Funkhouser Trio, is The Vor- tex Ensemble. The John Funkhouser Trio is an ener- getic, accessible blend of mod- em jazz, funk, blues, 204 cen- tury classical, Indian classi- cal, and European and Ameri- can folk music which create a funky, groove oriented, fresh and original sound.