Joe Villari’s ambitious overhaul of a spacious Somers Point establishment is a striking addition to the area’s dining and social scene.
“We refer to it as a sort of dog-and-pony show,” says Saunders, the musical director for the Eagles. “It’s just a fun event where we do a lot of fun stuff like show tunes, Mummers music — it’s sort of a cross between the Red Garter [a bygone Wildwoods nightclub that used to host string bands and sing-a-longs] and [virtuoso banjo player] Bela Fleck — kind of rock-and-roll on the banjo and some old sing-along stuff. It’s just a night of good fun. We get different requests and we’ll do ’em whether we know ’em or not. Hey, we’ll try it and butcher it, we don’t care. You’ll have fun watching us suffer, but we’re going to do it anyway.
“We have props and hats with us and do different shtick,” he adds. “Anybody who has a song they want to sing, hey, come on up. It’s kind of a throwback from the days when that’s all it was down the shore. You just expected to laugh and have a good time and I think that’s really missed nowadays down here. We want to help bring it back.”
The Barrel House Boys have a gig as the Eagles Pep Band on Tuesday, Aug. 28, but return the following Tuesday, Sept. 4, and every Tuesday “for as long as they’ll have us,” says Saunders.
Other regularly scheduled live bands at Clancy’s include a five-attorney ensemble called the O’fenders that cover the music of the ’60s through the ’90s, and a six-man band of locals called Thirsty Wilson that performs rock and dance classics every Thursday night at Clancy’s.
Clancy’s by the Bay
Address: 101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Point
Hours: Open seven days from 11am. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 11am-6pm at the main bar.
On the Web: clancysbythebay.com
Once the silver anniversary of the Somers Point Bayfest is in the books, mosey on over to Clancy’s By the Bay, where the live music will be in full swing until 1am.
Few establishments anywhere on the East Coast can match Laguna Grill & Rum Bar’s prime location, where patrons can literally step from the property’s perimeter and onto the beach in Brigantine.
As we all try to get back in the rhythm of life post-Sandy, I decided that instead of waiting until Friday, I would ignore the wet snow being dumped by last night’s storm and head out to one of Somers Point restaurants participating in this week’s Somers Point Restaurant Week.
Margate’s Music Revival
A ‘Haven’ at Golden Nugget
Life in the Laugh Lane
Pat Martino Plays the Point