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 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
Phil 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.