the old Seagrape is now a bakery on west Montrose in Da City O'
(The second Seagrape is presently a studio called "Hot Ham &
But back in 1983, we cut lots of dance and house music, (Harvey
Mandel, The Hot Mix Five, Danny Alias) heavy metal, (Iron
Cross, Genocide, Lynch, Motorhead) rockabilly, (Big Daddy Sun
& Hi-Fi) blues, rock, and comedy too. The now deceased Second
City renagade director Del Close cut with Close, Lemming, &
Coven at the Old Grape. Tom Tom Washington cut horns here after
his big "No Jacket
Collins status was cemented on FM radio. I also cut my first drum
machine tracks on an early Linn here too.
My former partner Tom Haban (from Wilderness Road) and I made
so many friends at this joint. Mickey Oliver, Mark Springer, Eddy
Ulm, Ray Kasper, Brian Foster, Rick & Mary Stang, Dayna Calderon,
and my trusty general contractor Ron (Big Daddy) Cannon to name
only a few. Loyal patrons were issued flyswatters to swat at the
myriad of cockroaches that seem to come out late at night from
the upstairs tenants. And now it's a bakery.