Another ScorcherAugust 1, 2008
I’m stuck in the city over a hot weekend again. Christ- It’s almost like I’m the only one here. On my bike ride to work this week there’s been almost no traffic on the road- it’s almost like a holiday or something. Funny how this town clears out over the summer.
Funny story about Jim:
I haven’t seen him perform since 1982. Yes, 1982. How is that possible? Why, he was just high school-age in 1982 you say.
Jim Boggia went to high school with me in the small town of Fenton, Michigan. He formed a band named Black Velvet (the drummer had, you guessed it, black velvet glued to his drum set). Their first gig was a performance at the Fenton Middle School talent show and then in high school they played a bunch of our Friday night dances. He was a few grades ahead of me so I forgot all about him till one day in 2000 when I was flipping through the Weekly and the name and face caught my eye. I emailed the story to my last remaining high school friends and they verified that yes, it was indeed the same Boggia and they are the ones who refreshed my memory about Black Velvet. In fact my old friend Dave Bosak has kept in touch with him on and off over the years.
Jim must be doing well if he collaborated with Big Al Anderson from NRBQ, Wayne Kramer from MC5, Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s Attractions, Emitt Rhodes, Jill Sobule, Julianna Hatfield, Bernadette Peters(!), David Poe and Tony Asher who co-wrote much of The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds.
I really ought to go see him perform again sometime. Too bad I won’t be in town.
You reckon he’s gotten a bit better after 26 years?