Hello from Rochester NY:
PLAY BALL!!! (AND MUSIC)
▲ This is a busy month between playing gigs and getting ready to play organ at the upcoming Rochester Red Wings season. The Wings open up April 11th at Frontier Field and that will be my second home until the season concludes in September. I'll be starting my 43rd season as organist for the team and opening day will be my 3,104th game! I can still recall the thrill of that first game in 1977 when the PA announcer said to the crowd of 10,000 fans; “Ladies & Gentlemen, please rise as organist Fred Costello plays our National Anthem.” I remember saying to myself, “Please…don’t mess this up!” And while we’re talking milestones, it will be my wife Cathie’s 41st season as game night secretary. With my two sons Chris & Terry running the clubhouses a few years ago along with my daughter Jackie also working there during high school, it’s kind of been the “Costello Red Wings!”
▲ The 16th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival will be held June 21-29th. Fred Costello & Co. will be making our 5th appearance at the festival on Monday, June 24th with a 4:30 show at the new M&T Pavillion. This year’s headliners include Patti LaBelle, Jeff Goldblum,, Marc Cohn, The Steve Miller Band, Steve Gadd, George Benson & the Blind Boys of Alabama.
▲ My son Chris, is the Communications Director for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) based In Las Vegas. They’ve announced the first ever event in Rochester on May 18th at the Blue Cross Arena. This is great news as Chris got to spend a week here in March when the tickets went on sale and will return during fight week in May.
▲ Roger Eckers & I will continue our weekend gig at Charley Brown's through June. We'll be there on Fridays & Saturdays except when the Red Wings are in town and on those dates I'll be at Frontier Field.
Quote of the Month: “Why does everybody stand up and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" when they're already there?” ~George Carlin
Bye for now…
Every Friday & Saturday – Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo
Charley Brown’s Restaurant – 1675 Penfield Rd.
June 24th – Rochester International Jazz Festival
(Listen to Fred at all the Rochester Red Wing home games)
This page was last updated on 4/8/19.
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