music


6
Apr 11

Troy Campbell, drummer, builder, creator


Troy Campbell, photographed in Times Square ©Tony Gale

Troy Campbell, photographed in Times Square ©Tony Gale

Troy Campbell

I met Troy in 2001 when we were both working at a small theatre in Maine.  Not only does he craft properties for theatrical productions, but he is also a talented visual artist, a successful drummer/percussionist (he most recently played for Julia Haltigan and Hooligans, but in college he turned down playing with his fraternity brothers–who went on to be Hootie and The Blowfish,) is a former member of the Big Apple Circus and at the age of 40-something he  graduated from Army boot camp last year.

He is a gentle soul who meanders across the country drumming, building and creating, but that is part of Troy’s allure. You never know where he will turn up next, or who he will be hanging out with or what cool things he is up to.  I haven’t actually seen him in 6 years, but we still manage to keep in touch and I look forward to when our paths cross again.  I know that when they do, we will share some beers, he will tell me some excellent stories and we will talk about art, music and the curious state of being.

Nominated and described by Lori Lynn Bollinger

 

 


18
Nov 09

Meryl Finger, Glamazon

Meryl Finger © Tony Gale

Meryl Finger © Tony Gale

Meryl Finger,  Glamazon

I’ve known Meryl Finger, the creator and mastermind behind the plus size burlesque-pop girl group the Glamazons, for about a decade.  She’s a Jewish native New Yorker, she loves leopard print and hot pink,
she married her husband on a reality show, they both work in the Gay community which can make
dating hard…so it’s amazing that they found each other!  Meryl is one of those unassuming people who knows everyone,
who’s family members are famous (her cousin is the lead guitarist of the Bravery, her other cousin is the keyboard player
for Fountains of Wayne, and her other cousin is a comedian, and her other cousin is a gay pop star)

Nominated and described by Natalie Ferraro


5
Aug 09

Darren Korb, Musician

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb
I knew Darren Korb when he was a wee lad.  We did summer musicals together back in California.  He went to an all boys Jesuit school and he was a counselor at Space Camp! Now he’s in New York, playing in a band and growing impressive facial hair. I just found out he and his brother have written a musical called Marry Me! about two best buddies who get married for financial reasons…the ultimate bro-mance-sical.

Nominated and described by Natalie Ferraro


22
Jul 09

Natalie Ferraro, singer and writer

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro

She is an amazing singer, role model, she’s a great writer, and
she recently adopted a school near her house and has decided
to help all the girls get makeovers for their prom. Natalie was in
the first bunch of people who I met when I first started practicing
Buddhism and her infectious enthusiasm for life has always
inspired me personally. She wrote a blog at plushus.com, and now writes at lovenati.com, and she runs with a group of girls called the Drunken Classy Ladies.
She’s mom to a very cute little dog, too.

Nominated and described by Diane Kolack.


1
Jul 09

David Gibbs, Publicist

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs

David used to be a rock drummer and was in that famous “Friends” video that accompanied the song “I’ll be there for you”. He played in the big NY clubs, including CBGB’s and the Limelight.
About seven years ago he started his own publicity company called DARR Publicity and is now a successful and well-respected theater publicist, working on shows throughout Manhattan. He’s passionate about what he does and has a reputation for being super friendly.

He’s also an animal lover who has helped publicize several animal causes.

Nominated and described by Andrea Reese