Joe Gallagher Jr. is a frequent visitor to open mike night at a a local Wallingford night and day spot, a coffee shop reminiscent of Greenwich Village 30 years ago, and an awesome place and story in and of itself, called The Dry Dock at 68 Quinnipiac Street. The aside is that The Dry Dock serves no alcohol and great local music is spotlighted frequently, good eats are there to be had at abundant times, the social setting is unique and friendly in the extreme, whether your choice is to simply donate a buck or two for a cup of java or a great breakfast, lunch or dinner cooked on the grill. I spent a good portion of my New Year’s Eve there, and it was a memorable event, indeed. I met many great folks, including some music fans from a local NPR outlet who offered the opportunity for volunteer service at their station and many other like-minded non-drinking people on a night when it seems the world is out to accomplish DUI and DUI only. I’ve since returned on many occasions during the day to stop by for coffee, to chat with the manager and to set up my lap top and do a bit of work in a more social setting than my own living room and each time came away fed in far more ways than in merely the gastro-intestinal sense, and the food’s good too!
Joe is a Wallingford friend, and I recently became acquainted with his music via a single amateur video which I hereby declare to be the Cutest Music Video Ever Produced. Unfortunately, icedjamb.com has a set of instructions for posting Youtube.com videos that does NOT match their own software and I am unable to link it here, but if you go to Youtube.com and plug in JoeJr1234 you’ll find a fine selection of Joe’s music. The song is “My Only Son” a tribute song to his young son Joe, and the tune is awesome and the emotion Joe manifests in his playing is evident. But stealing the show is his little daughter, Savannah Jeanne, who tries her darnedest to distract Dad by repeatedly using the “L” word on him, “I love you Daddy” she says, by playing his guitar while Joe plays guitar, and by dancing in front of the camera Joe set up to work on the writing of this tune. You can’t help but believe that Savannah might just have a bit of sibling rivalry going on with little bro and that this might be one factor in her efforts at distracting father Joe! It’s a riot and a beautiful testimony to the love of a father for both his son and for his daughter, for whom he’d written a song years earlier.
Joe’s individual orientation he describes as:
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About Me: Acoustic
Rock Record Label:none
Occupation:automotive paint sales
Schools:Mark T. Sheehan High School
Interests:creative writing, performance arts
Music: anything acoustic
Joe has branched out and is a member of a band which is less acoustic in orientation which goes by the name “Out of Character” and which is playing gigs frequently throughout the area. They describe themselves on their Facebook fan page as:
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Genres: Alternative / Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Label: Wicked Talent Productions
Members: Mark Andersen-Drums, Pat Mace-Bass, Jonathan Sibrava-Lead Guitar, Joe Gallagher Jr.-Vocal/Guitar Out of Character is a slap in the face, a riot act to replace the free will of mankind. They tear their way on stage as well as off and bring an industrial, hypnotic sound into the world. Formed at a local open mic in a magical place called The Dry Dock, they progressively cut through the scene. By leaps and bounds, Out of Character stormed into their own souls to produce and create fantastic songs. Keep an eye out for these rising stars.
The list of venues the band has played in recent months is impressive and stretches from The Dry Dock in Wallingford; to the Bronx; Manhattan; to Danielson, Hamden, Orange and New Haven, CT. Their music is good on video, although I have to admit that I have neither caught Joes individual nor the group in action onstage yet. That yet will happen very soon, and a review will most certainly follow. That is most certainly a ‘yet’ I’m very much looking forward to, as Joe’s music, Out of Character’s music and Joe’s own character as a Dad and a man are amazing, indeed. Hi Savannah! 5 Stars without a doubt, because 1,000 stars are not provided by icedjamb.com. Peace…