When your involved in music every once in a while something wonderful happens when you least expect it. Well we can put Sunday April 12th, 2015 (5-8 PM) on that list. That evening Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock n Roll "Then and Now" live events showcased Creek Creek (reunion) along with Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters at Pensabene's Casa Grande in Syracuse, NY
As the afternoon progressed wonderful things happened even before band soundchecks- first world famous musician Tony Trischka (banjo great) arrived unexpectedly. Tony had just performed in London, England took a flight to New York City and then drove to Syracuse. His first words to me "Ron I just had to be here". He referred to joining on stage his former Cross Creek band mates in a very rare reunion performance.
As the show started Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters filled the room with hot danceable music as always with veterans Dave Liddy, Mark Gibson. Mike Ranger. Sharon Allen, Dave Schneider, Wayne Stevens, George Newton & Sammy Hall of Famer-Skip Murphy.
Then it was time for one of Syracuse's greatest all-time groups Cross Creek to take the stage. Dave Novak, John Cadley, Danny Weiss, John Dancks, Fred Lawrence, George Newton, Jimmy Johns and the great Tony Trischka. A great performance with great voices, and superb musicians. As we took in I remember thinking this is one events that we'll talk about for a long while.
As the evening worn down in walked Sammy hall of Famer David Rezak with friends Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) along with Jeff Alan Ross (of Badfinger) who were in town speaking at Syracuse University classes. Well I thought this was great they came to say hello. Well that was not the case, Peter Asher & Jeff Allen Ross came on stage and preformed many of their hits with Cross Creek.- I Go To Pieces, World Without Love, No Matter What, Take It Easy, 6 Days of the Road and more.
All in attendance were shocked and amazed that these superstars came unannounced and performed with Cross Creek . The full home, stood, danced, and applauded. At the end I stood their amazed at what had just happened, three of the greats (Trischka, Asher & Ross) all came and performed right here in Syracuse. Now that a great piece of Syracuse Music History.
Attending from Dinosaur Radio group were- Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Craig Fox, Melissa Midgely, Tony Fallico and Ron Wray.