Watershed Plays Last-Minute, Unannounced Columbus Set

The last time I saw Watershed drummer Dave Masica, he was hunched over a cane, shuffling like Willie Wonka at the factory gates. A botched back surgery or three will do that to you. Make it hurt like hell to brush your teeth, let alone play the drum kit. But on Friday, 9/10/10 at the Rumba Cafe, Dave bashed it out like Keith Moon at Leeds, and it was the best thing I’ve seen and heard in a long time.

After the set, I said to Dave, “Christ, man, you’re a fucking rock star.”

“That’s right,” he said smiling. “I almost forgot.”

For photographic evidence of the show, click HERE.

For in-the-flesh evidence of Dave Masica’s rockingness, come to the L.C. on 11/24 for the Andyman-a-Thon Benefit.

Lineup set for Andyman-a-Thon Benefit Show.

The Andyman-a-Thon Benefit at Columbus’s Lifestyles Communities Pavilion on Wednesday, November 24 will feature Earwig, The X-Rated Cowboys, Willie Phoenix, Watershed, The Toll, and Howlin Maggie. Both The Toll and Howlin Maggie are getting back together for one night only. If you’ve lived inside I-270 at some point in the last 20 years, you know this show is a big one. You’d be smart to get tickets in advance. Click HERE.

Forthcoming novel named for Watershed song.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin’s forthcoming novel, Break the Skin, gets its title from a line in Watershed’s “Black Concert T-Shirt:” You gotta break the skin / take the needle just stick it in

Word is that the book will also use Watershed lyrics as an epigram. Look for it to be published by Crown in June 2011.

For more information on Lee Martin and Break the Skin, click HERE.

Watershed to play Andyman-a-Thon Benefit

The details are still being ironed out, but word on the street is that the annual Andyman-a-Thon benefit concert will take place on Wednesday, November 24 at the L.C. in Columbus. Joining Watershed on the bill will be…I’m not sure yet. But if the rumors I’ve heard are true, this could be a big, big show. Stay tuned.

John Andrew “Andyman” Davis, In Memoriam

Columbus lost an institution this weekend when CD101’s Andyman Davis drowned while vacationing with his family in Michigan. Andyman has often been called “The Big Man With The Bigger Heart,” and if his stopped beating too soon, it’s only because he gave of it so freely.

Andyman’s life was cut painfully short, but he didn’t get cheated. He was a devoted husband and father, with a beautiful wife and three sons. He has more friends than anyone I know. He programmed the best radio station in America. He (for years singlehandedly) conducted a radio-a-thon that has raised hundreds of thousands  for children’s charities. If during your short time on earth you can get both a bar and an “a-thon” named after you, you’re doing a whole lot right. I say Columbus should do Andyman one better: rename S. Front St., “Andyman Way.”

Andyman had a laugh that started in his kneecaps.

He had a majestic head of hair.

He was a world-class pitchman. Those damn testimonials for Red Lobster had me dreaming about Cheddar Bay biscuits for months.

He’s the only person I know that could convincingly call someone “Brother.”

His support for local and up-and-coming bands went way beyond the call of duty.

He loved rock and roll and radio more than anyone in the business, but he realized none of it was as important as friends, family, and doing the right thing.

He was a true son of Columbus.

We’ll miss you, brother.

To all my friends

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