Dana Gaynor Band 'End of World Gala' takes a page from the Mayan calendar
If the Mayan calendar is to be believed, the end of days will be Dec. 21.
The Dana Gaynor Band is commemorating the prediction with an "End of the World Gala," 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Rd Bethlehem.
Dana Gaynor, a legendary guitar player is well-known throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as on both coasts and internationally. Gaynor regularly performs as guitarist for the James Supra Blues Band, which recently swept the 14th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards.
Gaynor is not one to be content working on one project. She frequently can be found performing jam sessions with area musicians and fronts her own band, The Dana Gaynor Band (DGB), a three-piece ensemble featuring Tony Mancino on bass and Frank Zelasny on drums. All three musicians share vocals. Gaynor worked with Mancino and Zelasny on other projects prior to forming DGB.
"Tony Mancino and I have been playing together since around 2006. He was the former bass player for The Blissters and he worked for various record companies doing session work. He's a great bass player," says Gaynor.
Mancino worked for Warner Brothers and recording studios, including Electric Ladyland, Bearsville, The Record Plant and Sigma Sound.
"I worked with Frank Zelasny in Notorious Groove when we put that band together. Before that, he worked in a variety of bands. He's a great drummer and writer."
Zelasny toured with the Classics IV, recorded as Kid Trouzers, producing "Bedful of Metaphysicians," which received rave reviews in Spin magazine and now writes songs and records as Joggyn Smyler.
Gaynor has performed with Buddy Miles, Vassar Clements, Dan Hicks, John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Keith and Donna Godcheaux of The Grateful Dead, and Don Preston of the Leon Russell Band.
"We [DGB] got together about 2011. We had been playing on and off, but I started doing the jams over at Godfrey Daniels and, as a result, I needed to have a band. So, I called those guys [Mancino and Zelasny]."
Gaynor hosts the monthly Blues Jam at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The next Blues Jam is 8 p.m. Dec. 26.
"We [DGB] started to do original material and finally toward the end of last year we were just about finished with this album. The album's about 10-months-old, but this is the first chance we've had to actually make copies of it and release it."
The CD, "Laughing at Armageddon," was recorded at Euphoric Rebel Studios, Bath, which is owned by Gaynor. The album is released under Gaynor's independent label, Euphoric Rebel Productions. Gaynor produced and engineered the 16-track album.
"It was all recorded in one or two takes. I recorded it to get a live type of sound. You can feel the energy," says Gaynor.
"We're excited," she says of the CD. "It's been a long time coming. We feel real good about the material. It's all original with lots of jamming, rock and roll, and blues influences."
The CD will be available for purchase at the Illick's Mill event and will be available through iTunes, as well as on the band's website.
In addition to her work with the Dana Gaynor Band, Gaynor will continue to perform with the James Supra Blues Band. "Jimmy's a great guy and it's an honor to be working with him.
"We're excited about the 2012 'End of the World' party. What could be better than that? The theme for the 2012 party is 'To Armageddon and Beyond' because we are going to get to midnight and then make it to the next day."