140529Th Shows - Tommy Rocker celebrates a year hosting Karla’s jam tonight



Tommy Rocker celebrates a year hosting Karla’s jam tonight


It’s hard to believe that the year has flown by so quickly but in truth it must have because tonight Tommy Rocker and his Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Show band celebrates the first year anniversary of hosting the Thursday jam at Karla’s Roadhouse on Kingston Rd. in Scarborough’s West Hill area.

Tommy and the band get the girls dancing on a Thursday -17

Tommy and the band get the girls dancing on a Thursday -17

I’ve only attended this event a couple of times but on both occasions the room had a decent turnout, and, most importantly, a full complement of talented musicians.

I was happy on one of those visits to run into longtime musical buddy Eric Tavitz (aka Ear Ache), whom I hadn’t seen in some time (except once briefly, when he was doing a sub-in gig at another Scarborough bar that has long since gone by the wayside insofar as live music is concerned. (Three Monkeys really blew it when they jerked around a popular band that has a lot of friends and nowadays I think it’s pretty much just a sports hangout.)

With Earl Johnson on guitar and Tommy being his usual over-the-top self, this event has held steady through changes of season and even though the club seems to have given up doing any meaningful promotion of its live shows (though it does often pump this one). I’d expect a huge crowd for tonight’s party, which gets underway around 8.

-Gary 17,


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