Sunday, October 7, 2012

Perry's Photos Through The Years - New 2013 Dates Announced!

Good news for all our friends that remember the "good old days" at Perry's Restaurant in Odenton Maryland.  We're pleased to announce that we have now confirmed several dates for the band to perform at Perry's Restaurant for 2013.

Due to a number of scheduling conflicts we weren't able to perform at Perry's as much as we would have liked this past year, so we've jumped early at the chance to schedule our dates well in advance to avoid conflicts.

Our dates for 2013 are as follows:

Friday, January 18th
Friday, March 1st
Friday, May 3rd
Friday, July 19th
Friday, September 20th
Friday, November 15th

In addition to these new dates, we'll be having one final performance in 2012 on Friday, November 9th.
Perry's Restaurant was one of the earliest clubs Oracle ever performed in. A large part of our initial fan base received their first taste of Oracle at Perry's.  Even now, many years after our first performances there, we still have folks come up to us who remember us from those earliest performances.

We have so many wonderful memories from Perry's.  In anticipation of another year of memorable shows there, we thought we'd take a look back, hop into Mr. Peabody's "Way-Back" machine, (for those that understand the reference), and relive "those thrilling days of yesteryear, (yet another archaic reference to a long gone TV show).  We've put together a collection of photos that are sure to bring back memories for those that have visited Perry's before.

We've focused on our friends and the staff at Perry's spanning the years 2001 through 2005, and yes, there are photos of the band as well, beginning with the early days with Mike, Veronne, Steve, and Jeff Baxter.  Jeff was a member of the "starting lineup" of Oracle, one of the original trio.  We still run into him on occasion, (although not nearly often enough...hint hint)!

Jeff Baxter at Perry's Restaurant
 Then we jump forward to our year with Glenn Jones, who joined the group following Jeff's departure.  Glenn brought a crystal clear voice and impeccable skills as a bassist to the band, and during his tenure the band's popularity continued to grow.

When Glenn departed veteran performer Charlie Rundlett took over bass player duties, and brought a wealth of experience to the band for several years.  Charlie's southern drawl, coupled with a Boston accent that popped though every now and then, made him a fan favorite.

Somewhere along the line a little girl named Nikki started showing up at performances, claiming her parents were actually in the band!  It didn't matter back then though, she still had to leave after the first set because she was too young to be in a bar after hours.  Of course everyone knows that all good musicians were playing bars while still's one of the requirements for becoming a certified performer!

Perry's back then was a lot different than it is today.  The stage was situated on the opposite side of the room, the bar was just opposite the stage, and most of the seating was in the far back corner of the room where you couldn't even see the stage.  How times have changed!!!

In addition to the band members, we've focused the majority of the photos on the FANS of Oracle, many of whom continue to grace us with their appearance at our performances.  Some of our fans have moved away from the area, although we still hear from them every now and then, and once in a while one of them pops up out of the blue at a performance, much to our delight.  Others, sadly are no longer with us, yet we feel their presence each time we perform.

We hope that you enjoy this little photo retrospective back in time as much as we did.

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