The PPDRDG Ministry of Amusements
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2009 (at least)
|The Girls||The Boys|
|Kurt, Joanne, Richard
||Jimmy, George, Richiard
So, who says there isn't any Rock & Roll on Dodge? Not me!
Here's some Band info: Born approximately in May 1989 (too many beers since then have burned out the memories of some of the info providers for this report!). The original name of Band was MEGAHERTZ, and the original members were Jimmy Austral, Ed Asuncion, George Gesner, and Vitoy Astrera and others. George changed the name to 7 Degrees South in 1995-96 at the suggestion of Scott Carman, who was an Air Traffic Controller on DG at the time.
Typical Playlist: Classic Rock, Alternative, Reggae, Pop Rock, Country.
The band became an island institution with its "Island Tour '97" playing at all the hot spots in the Provisional Peoples' Democratic Republic: The DG Yacht Club, United Seamans' Club, Expat Club, Brit Club, 61 Club, Tropical Park, Fil-Mau Club and various other places. For the 1999-2000 concert season, the band has been playing (most) Friday nights at the Seamans' Center.
Guest vocalists often appear with the band such as Diane Logan with the Brit Customs, and Joanne, who works at the Seamans' Center. Matt (keyboard) was on DG with VP-1 on deployment. Richard Chase of DG21 plays Lead Guitar.
Jimmy Austral plays base guitar and works at Air Cargo with George. "BJ" is the drummer, and is the only elevator technician on the island - and since there's only one elevator, he must have plenty of time to practice with the band!
And here they are at the DG Yacht Club (John Huber Photo)
|Pineapple George Gessner, Lead Guitar; Jimmy Austral, Base; Joanne, vocals; Diane Logan, vocals.|
|2006 - STILL ALIVE AND KICKING!
Thanks to George Gessner for the pics!
7 Degrees South hams it up at "Jake's Place" (formerly the Beach House)
7 Degrees South Band at the Blue Laggoon Patio at the Seaman's Club.
Rey Chew-Lead Singer, Jonathan Dela Cruz-Lead Guitar, Tong Salamatin-Drums, Victor-Bass.
Band is still pounding them out in 2014!
Go see them the next time you are on DG!
The Band was so good, it even had its own Lead-In crowd warmer-upper, "Twin Palms"! TP consists of Danny Catalan, Vitoy Astrera, and my buddy Russ Smothers. I like them best, actually, because all they do isget drunk and sing Jimmy Buffet songs. Here's Russ trying to sing with Richard and George. Russ is now retired & selling speed boats in Norfolk, so look him up and buy the boat of your dreams!
a famous Disk Jockey on DG in 1995: "Some of
the worse music I ever listened to was in DG.
Megahurts a lot of people with their destruction of
the classics. The only reason anyone ever listened
to them was, well, there wasn't another band within
1000 miles! If even I, Mr. Tone-deaf can tell when a
guitar is out of key, you know they had to be bad.
And it was out of tune, every song, every week.
Maybe they were just having an off year!
From a Current Resident (March 2000) - clearly the music has improved! "There was a guy that left recently, that played with 7 degrees south, big blond haired kid, well, younger than me at least. He plays electric guitar and was pretty good. He will be playing in the bars in San Diego area as soon as he can be, you oughta ask George about him, last name was Rosenbaum."
DG for the first time in 1989. I loved that
sacred rock so much that I went again in 1996.
I got to know George the first time around. We
used to party together and sing Buffett tunes at the
O-Club. You can imagine how thrilled I was to
get back there in '96 to discover the band jamming
at the Seaman's club. As soon as George saw
me, he invited me up to sing Margaritaville, an
invitation I couldn't refuse! I made it a
regular point to attend rehearsals and share a
"shot" with Jimmy or sit in for Eddie on the drums
during the bands version of Takin Care of
Business!! The music was tight, and the boys
were always well received, no matter where or when
they played! I miss those days and welcome any
comments from anyone who was there...or still is!!!"
degrees south was the best band on the island, hands
down. Unfortunately, that really isn't saying
much, since the ranking is based on the fact that
the other bands (including the band I played guitar
for at the time, "Heritage") miraculously managed to
be even more off-key than them! Sure, they
were out of tune, out of time and even sang some old
classics with a ridiculous accent in some cases, but
I sure as hell enjoyed them! And with 90% of
the things to do in Dodge being pointless without a
VAT of beer, they always seemed tuned up by the end
of the night, anyway. Jimmy is great, and I
really liked him. Wish I knew how to get ahold
of him, actually. And they always seem to
latch onto the best talent on the island before
someone else snagged them into a competitive
band! In fact, there was a LT from medical
(unfortunately I can't remember his name...too many
cups of moo) that helped me in my own amateur guitar
playing so much that I don't know what I would have
done without him! Then of course Mad Max
Ellison, the best drummer on the island, who
twilighted with ALL the bands (including mine) and
couldn't decide who he wanted to play with, as long
he was playing!
April, 2001. From S. J. Collins C/E <email@example.com>
What ever happened to that part time singer they named a ship after....? "Big Red" I think. Jimmy tried to teach him bass guitar but he was hope-less.
Give my best to Jimmy, Ed, George and "Toy".
Red C. , C/E (Retired....?)
P.S. My new bass has pegs that move to change the pitch of each string. Jimmy never told me about that.....!
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