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CONTRIBUTED PHOTODave Goddess Group, 9 p.m.-midnight May 25, The Shanty on 19th, Allentown CONTRIBUTED PHOTODave Goddess Group, 9 p.m.-midnight May 25, The Shanty on 19th, Allentown

Night on the Town: Dave Goddess back on ‘West Side’ at The Shanty

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

Dave Goddess is still rocking and recording.

The Dave Goddess Group performs 9 p.m.-midnight May 25, The Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Goddess will preview songs from an upcoming CD, plus songs from Daddy Licks, the popular rock band he founded with his brother Kevin Goddess.

Joining Dave Goddess, guitar, lead vocals, are Mark Buschi, bass, vocals; Tom Brobst, sax, flute, keyboards; Gary Gipson, guitar, vocals, and Chris Cummings, drums.

“I have a really great band now. I really feel privileged they want to play my songs,” says Goddess.

Brobst was with the original Daddy Licks lineup going back to the group’s founding in the 1970s. Buschi played with the band toward the end of its run in the 1990s.

If you have a copy of The Daddy Licks Band 10-in. vinyl, seven-track EP, “I Got Wheels” (1981), the collector’s price range is from $31 to $120 on Amazon, where a review posted in 2016 states of Daddy Licks:

“The quintessential early ‘80’s undiscovered band. Arguably the greatest combination of New Wave ethos and R&B foundation in the history of music. The Goddess brothers and the dearly departed Scott Hott’s virtuosity combined with Scott Brobst’s better-than-Clarence-Clemens dirty saxophone and the great Blaine McWilliams’ bass line rigor. This was the essence of Punk meant to be more than fad. Some heard. Many disregarded. All should now pause. This is the real deal.”

The Media Five Entertainment Archive states: “Daddy Licks was one of the most popular bands in the Lehigh Valley during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Their high-energy shows and musical talent were unmatched!”

Says Dave Goddess, a Lehigh Valley native living in New York City, “After Daddy Licks was over, I don’t think I played for a decade.”

Dave and Kevin Goddess founded Spark, a commercial and corporate video production company in Manhattan. After the company grew from three to 30 employees in 15 years, they sold the company.

Dave Goddess got the band back together in 2006 for a concert at the Sterling Hotel, Allentown, for Scott Hott, who was to perform. “When Scott was sick, we ended up doing a benefit for him. He died right before the benefit,” says Goddess.

“With Daddy Licks, we got very, very close to getting record deals a number of times. Things didn’t work out, or fell through. I felt that Daddy Licks was great. We certainly gave it everything we got.

“The fun thing about it is writing songs and playing them. Creating. I really wanted to move on. And that’s what we did,” says Goddess.

Goddess was back in the studio for the album, “Something New” (2012), mixed by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads, the Smithereens, Living Colour) and produced by Konrad Carelli, who has produced subsequent releases by the Dave Goddess Band, including, “Blown Away” (2014), a four-song EP, and “Beautiful World” (2016) and “Last of the West Side Cowboys” (2018), the latter two recorded at Jim McGee’s former Spectra Sound Recording, LLC, Nazareth, and McGee’s new facility in Quakertown, respectively.

“Right now, I’m in the studio, making an album recorded at Spectra Sound. I’m finishing it up in New York,” Goddess says.

“We’re productive. We’re creative. And we’ve had a lot of success.

“‘Last of the West Side Cowboys’ got international airplay throughout many countries in Europe, Australia and the United States, where we are on 60 radio stations.

“We got internatonal press, many, many reviews, from newspapers to blogs.”

“Last of the West Side Cowboys” has almost 50,000 listens on Spotify. There’s a music video for the song on YouTube.

The Dave Goddess Band has played the Sellersville Theater, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Musikfest, SteelStacks venues, Penn’s Peak, and will be at the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1 “Valley Over The Edge,” Two City Center, Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown, in a Lehigh Conference of Churches benefit for those living in poverty.

The new album by the Dave Goddess Band will have 10 songs, some of which will be previewed at The Shanty.

“We’re going to play some new songs from it, as well as some Daddy Licks songs,” says Goddess.

“We hope to see people who love Daddy Licks and a new crowd.

“At this time, rock ‘n’ roll is almost a niche thing. It’s like jazz.

“We still feel it and we still believe in it and we want to share that with people. We’re playing out own music. Our roots are in the Lehigh Valley.

“You do it because you love it. We’re a bunch of guys who won’t give it up. And we’re doing our best.”

“Night on the Town” is a column about popular music. Information: pwillistein@tnonline.com