I love a street party and we’re about to have the granddaddy of them all, a double shot of fun right here in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Fun Sunday and Fun Monday are set for Sept. 19 – 20, and folks around here are gearing up for the kind of laughin’ and singin’ and music swingin’ that would give Martha Reeves goosebumps. This street party extraordinaire is part of the ten-day non-stop party better known as Fall Migration. Main Street in O.D. will once again be overtaken by shaggers and beach music buffs from all over the south- east … and then some. Bring your lawn chairs, your sunscreen and your booty to Ocean Drive and get ready to boogie. You gonna dance!
The Sunday schedule features two of the most innovative musicians in the area: Charleston’s Rick Strickland and Jim Quick from Wilmington, N.C.
Rick Strickland is probably best known for his mega-hit, “Something Smooth,” from the CD of the same name that earned him a Carolina Beach Music Academy (CBMA) award in 2007. “So Do I,” the ballad from his 2008 CD, Island Soul, is still requested at least once during every gig. His current CD, Seven, was released earlier this year and is continues to spit out singles.
Rick, who worked with Todd Rundgren earlier in his career, is a sought-after producer – in addition to writing, singing and performing with his own Rick Strickland Band.
He tells me he’s got two projects in the hopper right now: an album for band member Lesa Hudson and another for Miami artist, Billy Lee. Singles from both CDs are on Sisbro Records’ compilation Carolina Shag 2: “You Make the Good Times Better” and “Living For the Love of You.” The seven-piece Rick Strickland Band rocks with the best. You won’t want to miss it.
Jim Quick & Coastline are also slated for Sunday’s fun.
After opening for Montgomery Gentry last December, filling the house for Delbert McClinton at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues this past Spring and enticing Nashville producer Gary Nicholson to produce a solo effort for Jim Quick, these boys are riding a mighty big wave that shows no signs of stopping.
Quick’s new 14-track CD, titled Down South, is due out in time for Fall Migration, so I imagine the Fun Sunday show will feature some of the disc’s new tunes. Coastline is already performing the title track, and it’s a rockin’ tribute to southern life that drips with those funky bits of the swamp that we’ve come to love.
There are four acts scheduled for day two of the fun: DieDra, the Magnificents, Hip Pocket and Little Isidore & the Inquisitors with our old friend, Angel Rissoff, front and center.
I was lucky enough to see DieDra at the Spanish Galleon during Spring S.O.S. and I’m
here to tell you, this is another high-energy show. This mama rocks from the minute she hits the stage. DieDra’s five piece band is led by husband Keithen Ruff, a powerhouse on the gui- tar. Her single, “Hip-Swingin’ Blues” from the KHP compilation Let’s Dance Again … Can’t Get Enough is currently at No. 15 on the Beach Music 45 chart and her “Ready To Dance the Night Away” from KHP’s Coast To Coast: Let’s Dance the Night Away is at No. 19. Her current CD is Livin the Bluz (Ruff Pro Records).
The Magnificents will take the stage next. Originally formed back in the sixties, this incarnation came together in early 2006, and earned them- selves the 2007 CBMA award for New Artist of the Year. This classic soul group has four strong lead vocalists in Clinton Horton, Kim Todd, Jimmy Matherly and drummer Joey Barnes. The group’s single, “Never Know What’s On a Woman’s Mind” is simmerin’ on Beach Music 45.
Hip Pocket, the CBMA New Artist of the Year for 2009, is one of the best dance bands around. Their variety is their strength, so you can expect to hear soul music that will take you back to the sixties, some sizzlin’ hot country, party rock and everything in between. Their website says, “It’s like New Year’s Eve every night with the Hip Pocket Band! And they’re right!
Headlining Fun Monday this year is Little Isidore & the Inquisitors with blue-eyed soul meister Angel Rissoff featured in the show. Wowie zowie!
There’s so much to say about Little Isidore, I don’t know where to start. David Forman, as he is also known, has been in the biz since the early 70s. He’s currently working on his Off Off Broadway show called “Dollface.”
Forman began his career with Bell Records and signed with Arista Records in 1975, releasing his debut album David Forman in 1976 to inter- national acclaim. The Japanese import of this album still sells on the Internet today for about $95. His ballad from that recording, “If It Takes All Night,” has been covered by The Neville Brothers on their Fiyo On the Bayou CD and again by the Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks on his Vintage ‘78 recording.
In 1977, Forman released a second album, Bacon in the Sun/Moonlight Mayonnaise co- roduced with Jack Nitzsche. After Nitzsche introduced him to lyricist Gerry Goffin (Goffin- King), they worked together until Goffin relocated to Los Angeles.
During the 80s, our hero worked in advertising as a jin- gle writer and singer. He col- laborated with some of the best agencies in the country produc- ing work for McDonalds, Ford, Northwest Airlines, Skippy Peanut Butter and other nation- al brands.
He founded Little Isidore & the Inquisitors in the early 90s with Neil Posner (better known as bass guitarist Johnny Gale) as a classic rock group special- izing in and devoted to what he calls “the forgotten idiom of group harmony rock & roll.” (Inspiration for the name came via Damon Runyon, “Guys & Dolls,” and David’s two Uncle Isidores.)
Little Isidore & the Inquisitors have been on the beach charts since 1994 with their debut No One Gets Hurt. A follow-up album Inquisition of Love included the hit singles “All Night Long,” “You’re So Fine” and “Harlem Hit Parade.”
Speaking of which, Angel Rissoff aka Little Leopold, the original lead singer of “Harlem Hit Parade,” is joining the group for this show, as will femme fatale Kitten Kaboodle. The 12-piece ensemble is going to bring Main Street to its feet – and that’s exactly what David Forman wants.
“I expect dancing!” he told me. “I want to see people dancing in the street. Really!”
For some great insight into the man who is David Forman and Little Isidore, go to his MySpace page (MySpace.com/LittleIsidore) and read all about his me-o-myo- cardial infarction, his early experience in a documentary about Phillip Petit’s high wire stunt between the Wold Trade Center towers in 1974, his paper doll cutouts and his love of 50s rock & roll. Pony tail or no, Little Isidore is like crazy, man.