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Your 2018 NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:15 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 9:16 PM ]
Both Eagles playoff games were well timed so that I could play gigs warming up ahead of the sporting event. AM Radio were in the middle of “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan on Jan. 14 when a Saints win seemed inevitable and the Vikings suddenly came out on top, much to everybody’s surprise. The next night, the Sofa Kings were on break for a surprise birthday party when we got to watch the Eagles’ win over the Falcons and go out to play what had now become a victory party.

AM Radio performs the "Devil with a Blue Dress On"/"Good Golly Miss Molly" medley popularized by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, followed by the Eagles' fight song, at the conclusion of a tailgate party at the Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018.

On Sunday, after an AM Radio tailgate party, I retired to the home of a local musician who was having a birthday party with the Eagles-Vikings NFC championship game on a big screen. I watched as the Eagles' pick-six tied up the game at 7 in the first quarter, but I went downstairs and played a solo piano rendition of the Jimmy Page guitar instrumental “White Summer” in the presence of a guitarist who plays Led Zeppelin songs for a living. Then I marched my way through a gutsy rendition of “Send Me On My Way” accompanied by a drummer who plays Rusted Root songs for a living. An ensemble jam session borrowed my attention for the rest of the night. I did break away in time for the game’s final two minutes. All I knew before I saw the score, thanks to everybody who'd come down bearing good news, was that the Eagles had scored further touchdowns. I wondered how many times the Vikings had scored that weren't being celebrated in the same fashion. But there was a very good reason that no Vikings score updates were happening; they didn’t score anything else the whole time I’d been down there jamming! Final score: 38-7 in favor of your 2018 NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles!

There are three more public gigs on my schedule this month. Next up is this Friday, Jan. 26, at Ardmore Music Hall, with AM Radio opening for Broken Arrow, a tribute to Neil Young. One night later, on Saturday, Jan. 27, you can catch three AM Radio sets at DaVinci’s Pub in Collegeville on Saturday, Jan. 27. Finally, The Flamin’ Caucasians will be at the Molten lounge stage at Sands Casino in Bethlehem next Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Not sure yet where I’ll be during the big game on Sunday, Feb. 4, but I can tell you one place I’ll be on Friday, Feb. 16. I’ll be joining the lineup of Dead Flowers, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, for their show at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA. I just love playing parts originally performed by Ian Stuart, Nicky Hopkins and Ian McLagan. At Sunday night’s party, there was a lot of jamming in the Stones-Faces-Zeppelin vibe, with four other guys from the Dead Flowers show there. I played my fair share of honky tonk piano all night long, including on Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.” Hey, it was a good choice in the moment.