They’re calling it the “33 1/3 Show,” and with good reason. It’s a clever pun on the LP and it’s also been that long since The Hooters first played out together as a band. It was a little spot in Levittown called Matti’s Place where Philadelphia music history was launched. Their name comes from the distinct melodica that permeated their music and they combined a thrilling mix of ska and reggae and pop. And they’ve been doing it since those heady days of the ’80s and now return with a rare hometown show.
They all still live locally and work in various musical endeavors, but It’s not often that Philly gets a full-blown Hooters show. They often spend the summers touring Germany and other far-flung countries where they headline arenas. And now, they celebrate their longevity with a show at the Electric Factory on Saturday, April 27. It’s amazing that after all these years, the band has stayed pretty much intact. Eric Bazilian on guitars and vocals, Rob Hyman on keyboards and vocals, John Lilley on guitar, and David Uosikkinen on drums. Fran Smith Jr. on bass is the “newest” member and he’s been with the band since the late ‘80s! Opening the show will be the highly acclaimed and Philadelphia-based band Good Old War.
And great news on the Pennsylvania front: April 30 will be declared The Hooters Day by the Pennsylvania State Senate. A deserving honor for a band that has brought much joy and music to the state and Philadelphia (“the town that rocked the nation – Philadelphia Pa!”).
Relive those Chestnut Cabaret days! Time to dance dance dance. These boys can still do it. Click here to hear my interview with Eric and then get those tickets!
April 27: 8:30 p.m. The Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. Tickets: $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show. Visit Ticketmaster for details.