• Benefit Concert for Brett Hartenbach

    Benefit concert for local musician, producer Brett Hartenbach

    Seacoast Online

    Brett Hartenbach Thursday Posted Apr 22, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    The Rochester Opera House will host a benefit concert featuring The Commander Cody Band, Wooden Eye, Susie Burke and David Surette on May 2, at 2 p.m. The benefit is to help offset surgery and related medical costs for local musician/producer, Brett Hartenbach.

    The Rochester Opera House will host a benefit concert featuring The Commander Cody Band, Wooden Eye, Susie Burke and David Surette on May 2, at 2 p.m. The benefit is to help offset surgery and related medical costs for local musician/producer, Brett Hartenbach.

    The Commander Cody Band was first conceived in 1968, in Ann Arbor, Mich., (the band was known then as "Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen"), and arrived in San Francisco in 1969, just in time to catch the tail end of the Summer of Love. Their repertoire stretched from old time rock 'n' roll, redneck country, boogie-woogie, Cajun, swing/jazz, and self-penned party anthems. Basically, Commander Cody represented the essence of American roots music. Eventually, the band signed to Paramount Records, and had a runaway hit with "Hot Rod Lincoln," which reached the top 10 in 1972. A few more tunes breached the top 40 as Commander Cody hit the concert trail, playing the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and sharing bills with the Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and The Eagles.

    They also backed up legends Gene Vincent, Link Wray and John Lennon. Later, their 1974 album "Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas" was named as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest of All Time. Today the Commander Cody Band is closely knit, and features the legendary George Frayne aka "The Commander" (leader /keyboards/vocals), Steve Barbuto (drums/vocals), Rick Mullen (bass) and Mark Emerick (lead guitar and vocals). This new edition harks back to the instrumental virtuosity and spontaneity of the original band, and the response from critics and crowds has been overwhelmingly positive.

    Wooden Eye (Bob Halperin, Mike Rogers, Dan MacLellan & Joe Rogers) has garnered praise for its seamless blend of blues, rock 'n' roll, folk, and country, and is well known to regional audiences. The chemistry between guitarist Bob Halperin and harp player Mike "Bullfrog" Rogers can light up a room with "magnesium sparks" (The Wire). They are currently working on their second CD with the help of producer Brett Hartenbach.

    What: Benefit Concert featuring The Commander Cody Band, Wooden Eye, Susie Burke & David Surette Where: The Rochester Opera House (City Hall), 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester When: Sunday, May 2, 2 p.m. Cost: $20 Contact: Tickets available at the box office, online at, or by calling 335-1992 Why: To offset medical costs for local uninsured musician Brett Hartenbach

    Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the New England folk scene for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music.

    "Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords - all too rare in these clever and cynical times" (Boston Globe) and multi-instrumentalist Surette's "bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin playing is exemplary" (Folk Roots Magazine).

    Brett Hartenbach is a full-time, self-employed musician known throughout the Seacoast area for the charitable work he does as the bandleader, guitarist and soloist for Rock My Soul (a secular gospel choir), playing music and singing for those in need. In recent months, Brett has been touring throughout the United States and in many countries as the guitarist who accompanies Daniel Johnston, a singer/songwriter whose mental health struggles were documented in the Sony film, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston." Brett is a loyal and steadfast friend, always there to help whenever and however it's needed. Now, his friends would like to help him.

    For information about Brett and his surgery, visit

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  • Official Press Release: Daniel Johnston's SPACE DUCKS Hits in April from BOOM! TOWN

    Official Press Release


    BOOM! Town and Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment bring world-famous underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston to comics this April with his new graphic novel SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS.


A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career that includes over 20 albums -- including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio -- Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" which won the Sundance Film Festival Director's Award. His drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his "Hi, How Are You?" record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana's exploding popularity.

    SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release.

    SPACE DUCKS is more than just a graphic novel, it’s a one-of-a-kind interactive comic book experience, complimented by the Space Ducks album and iOS App. The companion app will virtually take readers through Daniel's Outer-Space world of Ducks and Devils, with games to play, surprising voices from different talents, animations and videos from the comic book, links to exciting new Space Ducks merchandise, and a slew of Easter eggs, including contributions from some of the critically-acclaimed musicians who number amongst Daniel’s biggest fans. The app will also debut Daniel Johnston’s first new album since 2009.

    On March 13th, in Austin Texas, SPACE DUCKS launches at SXSW with a show and invite-only, launch party, including headliners Built to Spill, along with Daniel Johnston and many more.

    "This is another instance of bringing it all back home for me personally because I'm a native of San Antonio and went to school in Austin," says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. "Daniel is a fixture of the central Texas music scene and an international symbol of the unique creativity the region offers. Getting a chance to work with a seminal voice like Daniel is exactly why I got into publishing in the first place."


SPACE DUCKS follows a banner first year of publishing for BOOM! Studios' lit comix imprint, BOOM! Town, which saw Shannon Wheeler win an Eisner Award for his work I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios is enjoying back-to-back "Best Publisher" awards from Diamond Comic Distributors for 2009 and 2010.

    SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS, written and drawn by Daniel Johnston, will ship this April. This title features 96 pages of story and carries a price point of $19.99 and a Diamond code of FEB120868.

    About BOOM! Town
    BOOM! Town is the lit comix imprint of the Eisner, Harvey, and "Best Publisher" Award-winning BOOM! Studios ( BOOM! Town recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, Cartoon Network's ADVENTURE TIME and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL.

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