Monica Bielanko
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A Night Of PHIdelity

I am just bursting with pride (and PMS related bloat but that's another blog). My best New York girls The Shalitas have been hard at work on their debut album. Last night I was finally served a delicious appetizer of what they've been cooking.

I'm so pleased to know creative, talented people who take risks and dare to bare their souls through music. Granted, I feel like the loser of the bunch - every single person is either in a band or is working on an album.. And then there's me... (Cue Violin) Well I write, I tell myself in a small voice.
"Blog? What's a blog?" brother-in-law Dave snorts. "I read books."

Regardless of the fact that I can't carry a tune in a bucket I absolutely love watching my friends get on stage in front of crowds and do their thing. The Surge's dynamic on stage has always made me laugh. He's such a ham, that one. Likes to strut around, tell stories, charm the crowd. Now, to see my cute, silly girlfriends morph into sex pots belting out rock'n'roll ditties that they've written is something to behold. I felt like a mother watching her daughter take her first steps; an enormous grin split my face in half and I was shouting and hooting at the top of my lungs.

Although I'm jealous as hell and wish I was a vampy, leather wearing, stilleto struttin' Shalita, performing is something that's just not in my DNA. Despite what this blog may lead you to believe, I don't like attention. Well, I do like attention, just in small doses.. you know, the one-on-one kind of attention as opposed to screaming crowds and such. I'll opt for syntax over songs any day of the week. Jesus, I spend half my time in dark corners hoping nobody's looking at me - can you imagine me on a stage shaking my moneymaker? It's why I never became a news anchor. Point a camera at me and I immediately develop a little something I like to call RBD or Rapid Blinking Disorder. Looks a bit like my eyelids are having tiny seizures. Suffice it to say it would be rather unpleasant hearing the evening news from a twitchy blonde with a subtle lisp. Wait! I was describing myself but I'll be damned if that description doesn't fit Babs Walters to a tee. Maybe I should've been a news anchor. But I digress...

My best girls rocked the house last night! As I have more photos and videos of Marah then I know what to do with, I spent most of my time photographing The Shalitas. The audio on my camera is for shit, so rather than ruin their soul scratching tunes (think Ronettes or The Supremes with a good measure of funky beats and guitar riffs) with bad audio I'm just gonna upload a snippet of the girls getting ready to take the stage

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Reader Comments (8)

The Shalitas were amazing! Can't wait to see more of them. Marah rocked the house too, as always, of course, goes without saying. Great shows. Fun night. Good times.
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Oh, and p.s. I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting the infamous Xmastime.
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Aw, I wish I could have gone. I would love to see Marah although I think I'd be to shy to introduce myself to you. Great pictures!
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
Man, I'm bummed that I missed that show. Tears.
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B.
The Shalitas were rreally awesome!!!
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Aloha Monica and readers (I'm in Hawaii).

I'm glad that everyone is different.... some luv the spotlight, and others hide from it (I'm a hider, too). Let those ladies entertain us from the stage and then write yourself your blog and entertain us in your unique, wordy way---> the readers love it.

What's the mood in NYC since it's the 5th anni. of the destruction? I'm so far removed from it in the Islands; I'm kind of glad.
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaren D.
Oh hell yeah, the Shalitas were fantastic! I'm also a bit jealous of those kinds of people that have no problem with jumping up onstage and taking the mic. I might be able to shake my ass all night long, but I would be a jittering mess if I had to open my mouth.

Oh, and I saw you at one point Sat. night when you came over to Dave/Christine's side of the stage, but I was a number of rows back.

Great show all around really...I'm so glad Glen included Boat and Round Eye Blues, those were my favorites of the evening.

September 11, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterktphotog
The show was great - so much fun - and the Shalita's rocked! My favourite was that song that Kate sang...I don't know the title...something about 'She loves you' *Monica can you tell me what it is called*...god they were sexy up there - just awesome.

Slo-Mo was really fantastic too. I had never seen him before.

Marah was great - they always are - it pisses me off that I live in the West - the place that they can get to once every five years...

I was sad I didn't win the contest - but VERY happy to be in the top six and VERY happy to hear Boat! All in all it was a great night. Fun to see everyone, drink, sing, dance and be merry! There are some photos in 'my stories' if anyone wants to see them. Thanks for another fantastic weekend in NYC.
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle

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