Welcome to TIME LINE: A record of all Bottom Line shows.

In this section of the website we plan to publish a complete listing of every performance at the club beginning with the opening day party all the way through the new millenium. The list will be broken down year by year and appear in installments as we collate the information, confirm its accuracy, and elicit remembrances and commentary from those who were there.

Our primary sources are Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, the owners of the club, inseparable partners for twenty-nine years in one of the longest running enterprises in the American music business. As you look down the schedule of our first year in operation, you start to feel like you're peering into a quarter century-old photo album....but the photos are all in your own imagination. Maybe you were at some of these shows. Maybe you still have some old vinyl in your collection by these artists, or maybe you were too young to be there, (Allan and Stanley's assistant wasn't born yet!) and you can only imagine what it was like.

One of the striking things about the list is the number of artists who have made appearances in 1974 that have also appeared twenty-eight years later at the club in the 2001-2002 season. They include: Al Stewart, Kenny Rankin, Asleep at the Wheel, Al Kooper, Leon Redbone, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger McGuinn, David Johansen (with the New York Dolls), Tower of Power, Doc Watson and of course, David Bromberg. There are several more, but you get the idea. A twenty-nine year career playing music is an amazing accomplishment in a business that eats its young. If browsing over these shows brings up any memories or thoughts you might like to share with our Bottom Line community, please feel free to email us, and with your permission we'll print some of your comments. The e-mail is BLTmailbox@aol.com. So without further ado....1981.
PERFORMANCE HISTORY OF THE BOTTOM LINE
* with occasional side comments by Allan and Stanley

1981

JAN 2-3,1981
MOSE ALLISON
SIPPIE WALLACE
All seats - $7.50

JAN 8 - 10,1981
An Evening With
HARRY CHAPIN:
Celebrating his 2000 career performance
Seats $10.00
* The shows on Jan 8 broadcast on WNEW F.M.

** This engagement was very special to HARRY because these shows commemorated
over 2000 performances. Little did any us know, at the time, how important this engagement would become to the rest of us. Harry, who was normally very intense and very driven was remarkably calm and relaxed during these three nights. He seemed to really savor every moment. Harry was always very accessible to his fans and really believed that ideas expressed musically could help galvanize social change. Many of us thought that Harry would become even more engaged in politics and eventually seek political office himself.

Side Bar: Stanley is a huge fan of Harry's and listened to his records over and over again. He knew every note and nuance of every song. This fact was not lost on Ed Micone and Mike Piranian, the two agents at ICM, the agency that booked HARRY.

Piranian felt that although Stanley was a very tough negotiator, even he would be vulnerable negotiating a deal when it came to someone he admired. Micone, who had done a lot more business with Stanley and therefore thought he knew him better was skeptical. Micone, a couple of year's Piranian's senior, thought that when push came to shove business would overcome personal desire. Piranian disagreed. So they made a wager, and I was the one who got the phone call.

Little did I know when Mike Pirenian called that Ed Micone was secretly listening on an extension barely able to control his gleeful anticipation.

After the usual exchange of small talk, Piranian casually said,"I think I got a real winner for you."

He began slowly with a touch of excitement in his voice."Harry Chapin was looking to find a place to do an extended engagement to celebrate his 2000th concert performance, and he was leaning toward doing it at The Bottom Line. To make the deal even sweeter the guarantee for the three days would not be excessive."

As Piranian was talking, I was thinking: 'Harry's 2000th performance- lots of press, great business - probably a sell out for all six shows, reasonable fee for Harry so we stood a chance to make money- what's the catch?' I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Piranian shifted his sell and started to subtly dial up the pressure. He began by telling me that there were at least three other places in town that were willing to jump through hoops to close this deal, but because Harry had a relationship with Stanley and myself pre Bottom Line, he would prefer to do it at the club. So we had the edge. He also said that he and Ed knew that Stanley was a huge fan of Harry's which to their thinking meant that date would be personally important to Stanley; therefore, we would do a great job promoting the engagement...

There was only one little detail that still had to be settled. If it was resolved to Harry's manager's satisfaction the date was ours. He paused dramatically to let everything sink in.

"What was the small detail?" I inquired.

" Just a minor matter," he said nonchalantly. "Harry's manager is willing to take a small guarantee versus 85% of the gross box office receipts whichever was greater." That meant, if Harry sold out we would have the glory of six sold out shows, but only 15% of the box office receipts as opposed to 50%, thereby turning a sure winner into a loser.

There was dead silence on the other end of the phone as the implications registered.

It was my move.

Micone and Piranian could just about contain themselves. I started to say "pass" but caught myself in mid-breath. It would be unfair of me to make a unilateral decision knowing how much Stanley loved Harry and how important those songs were to him. I put Piranian on hold and turned to face Stanley who sat at a desk a few feet from me.

"Stan, good news-bad news. Mike Piranian's on the phone. He's offering three nights on Harry Chapin."

Stanley's entire body language changed. His face beamed like a beacon. "There is just one problem and it's not the guarantee. Here's the bad news. They want 85% of the ticket sales if that turns out to be greater than the guarantee."

In less than a nanosecond, Stanley went from pure joy to consternation. How could anyone so deviously screw up his perfect moment?

From the first days we became involved in the music business, Stanley has always reminded me "remember there are two words - music and business. Without one you can't have the other. When art and commerce are at cross purposes, you can never forget the second word."

I looked over at him. He was totally conflicted, mentally measuring the upside against the downside. It took him 30 seconds. He was no longer smiling.

"Pass," he said.

"Really? Are you sure? This may not come around again. I know how much you love him. How will you feel seeing this someplace else and knowing it could have been here?" he hesitated. I picked up the phone and told Mike that I was talking to Stan and I needed another minute.

While I was telling him this, Stanley said,"No. I am positive. Tell him it's a pass."

Before I could say anything, there was a burst of laughter. Both agents had heard Stanley's difficult decision. All of a sudden, I heard Micone screaming in my ear, "I won! I won! I won the bet! I knew it! I knew it!"

I was dumbfounded.

Luckily, Micone and Piranian were only horsing around when they were negotiating this date and fortunately for all of us Stanley and I never really had to pass on it.

Stanley saw all of Harry's shows. He was a very happy camper. Unfortunately, just six months later it was another phone call from Ed Micone that broke the news to Stanley and myself about Harry's untimely tragic accident.

Those three nights were recorded and released as a double CD on Bottom Line Records so that some 22 years later we can all still be touched by Harry's music and his humanity.


JAN 14-17, 1981
An Evening With TOM SCOTT
With Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Hugh McCracken, Ralph McDonald,
Marcus Miller, Richard Tee and Dr. John
All seats $7.50

JAN 18, 1981
Plays in Progress Series-
The second in a series of staged readings of new plays:
"Slane" a drama by Tom Grainger
Featuring: Patsy Moss, Zeljko Ivanek, William Cain, Jane Cronin
Directed by David Jueire
All seats $3.00

JAN 23-24, 1981
STEVE GOODMAN
RIDERS IN THE SKY
*DAVID AMRAM sits in with STEVE GOODMAN on Jan 24

JAN 29, 1981
UNCLE FLOYD'S
Eighth Birthday party Show
All seats $7.50

JAN 30-31, 1981
An EveningWith
McCOY TYNER
All seats $7.50

FEB 4, 1981
THE BLACKBIRDS
CHARLES EARLAND

FEB 5, 1981
SKY
CHARLES EARLAND

FEB 6-7, 1981
STAN GETZ
NAT ADDERLEY QUINTET

FEB 9, 1981
SAVOY BROWN
SHABOO ALLSTARS
Featuring: Matt "Guitar"Murphy
All seats $7.50

FEB 10-11, 1981
McGUINN - HILLMAN BAND
BOB GIBSON

FEB 12, 1981
The Seventh Annual DAVID BROMBERG
Bottom Line Anniversary Celebration
An Acoustic Evening With
DAVID BROMBERG
All seats $8.00

FEB 13, 1981
An Evening of "Stand Up" featuring the comedy of:
Elayne Boosler, Steve Mittlemen, Chris Rush and Mark Schiff
All seats $7.50

FEB 14, 1981
THE JAMES COTTON BAND
THE PERSUASIONS
All seats $7.50

FEB 20-21, 1981
MONTEITH AND RAND
TOM PAXTON
All seats $8.00

FEB 23,1981
JOHN HALL
JUDY CASTELLI

FEB 26 - 28, 1981
KATE AND ANNA McGARRIGLE
THE SONG PROJECT

MARCH 3, 1981
LARRY CORYELL
DAN SIEGEL

MARCH 6-7,1981
BEAVER BROWN
GARY YUDMAN

MARCH 10,1981
JOHNNY AVERAGE BAND
THE YORKVILLE SAINTS

MARCH 11-12,1981
RANDY MEISNER
ROSEANN CASH
*Randy's show on March 12 broadcast on WNEW F.M.

MARCH 13-14, 1981
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
SHIFFMAN AND VANCE

MARCH 15,1981
TRACY NELSON
ROOMFUL OF BLUES

MARCH 16,1981
BLOTTO
DOUG AND THE SLUGS

MARCH 20-21,1981
JOHN HAMMOND
AL KOOPER

MARCH 25,1981
The Birdland Series
Featuring:
The Pepper Adams Quartet
The Roy Haynes Ensemble
Melba Liston and Company
Hosted by: Ed Williams
All seats $6.00

MARCH 27-28,1981
RAY, GOODMAN AND BROWN
DEFUNCT

MARCH 31, 1981
THE GOOD RATS
All Seats $7.50
*early show broadcast on WNEW F.M.

APRIL 3-4, 1981
THE MINGUS DYNASTY BAND
Featuring Randy Brecker, Sir Roland Hanna, Billy Hart
Clifford Jordan, Mike Richmond
THE ARTHUR BLYTHE QUINTET
All sets $7.50

APRIL 5, 1981
ROOMFUL OF BLUES
CHRIS RUSH

APRIL 6,1981
T.S. MONK
CHRIS RUSH

APRIL 8, 1981
THE BIRDLAND SERIES
Featuring:
Walter Bishop Jr.s 4th Cycle with:
Gary Bartz, Curtis Fuller, Michael Garvin
The Lou Donaldson Quartet
The New York Four featuring:
Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Michael Urbaniak,
Buster Williams
Hosted by Ed Williams
All seats $6.00

APRIL 9.1981
SPIRIT
CHRIS RUSH
All Seats $7.50

APRIL 10-12, 1981
DR JOHN
April 10 - Chris Rush
April 11-12 - 14 Karat Soul

APRIL 13, 1981
CARL WILSON
BOB DUNCAN
*CARL WILSON'S early show broadcast on WNEW F.M.

APRIL 14, 1981
ALIVE!
NANETTE NATAL

APRIL 16, 1981
THE BIRDLAND SERIES
Featuring:
Al Cohn Quartet
David "Fathead" Newman Quartet with special guest Hank Crawford
Dakota Staton and her trio
Hosted by Ed Williams
All seats $6.00

APRIL 17-18,1981
"Bottoms - Up" with GENYA RAVAN
OTTO AND GEORGE
All seats $7.50

APRIL 20-21,1981
An Evening With
BILLY COBHAM'S GLASS MENAGERIE
All seats $10.00

APRIL 23,1981
J.J.CALE

APRIL 24,1981
MONTEITH AND RAND
GEORGE FISHOFF
All seats $8.00

APRIL 25,1981
JOOLS HOLLAND and his MILLIONAIRES
DOC PITTMAN'S INKSPOTS

APRIL 26,1981
THE PLIMSOULS
THE BLASTERS

APRIL 27,1981
CLARK TERRY AND HIS NEW BIG BAND
DAKOTA STATON AND HER TRIO

APRIL 28,1981
LOUIE BELLSON BIG BAND EXPLOSION
SHIFFMAN AND VANCE
All seats $8.00

APRIL 29,1981
THE BIRDLAND SERIES
Featuring:
Slide Hampton Quintet with George Coleman
Bill Hardman-Junior Cook Quintet with Walter Bishop, Jr.
Joe Morello Quintet
Hosted by Ed Williams
All seats$ 6.00

APRIL 30,1981
HARRY JAMES AND HIS SWINGIN' BAND
SHIFFMAN AND VANCE
All seats $8.00

MAY 1,1981
An Evening With
RALPH TOWNER AND JOHN ABERCROMBIE

MAY 2,1981
THE BUDDY RICH BIG BAND
RICK OVERTON
All seats $8.00
* Many musicians consider BUDDY RICH to be the world's greatest jazz drummer. He was quite a character. Totally self taught, he was playing drums since he was four years old. He had a mercurial personality and a very biting wit that equaled the speed he exercised behind the drums. If moved he could verbally slash you to bits in seconds. He was quite a formidable and intimidating personality. At the same time he could be very warm, charming, generous and very, very funny. As a player, very few equalled him. Musicians of all ages would travel for miles to sit in awe, as close to the stage as possible, mouth agape, to watch this legend play.
Stanley and I had an amiable relationship with Buddy, but at the same time, we kept our distance. He was not somebody you wanted to hang out with if he was having a bad day.
Louie Bellson, a friend and contemporary of Buddy's, who also was much admired as a drummer, had played the club with his big band a week before Buddy was scheduled to play. At the end of the gig, as Louie was getting ready to leave, he said, "I see Buddy's coming in next week. Would you give him a message for me." And then he impishly said with a big smile on his face,"Tell him I said, 'Don't bother to unpack, that I've played it all.' We both laughed and he left.
I thought about it for exactly five seconds and decided I was too young to die. That would be a message, not even in jest that would ever see the light of day!
When Buddy arrived for a sound check a week later, he was in a great mood. This particular tour was doing great. He liked the way this band was sounding, business on the road was good and the band was getting standing ovations on a nightly basis. I was also in a good mood. It was always special when he played the club.
There were not only lots of fans who wanted to see him, but many of his contemporaries as well. There was electricity in the air, the box office was busy, the phones were ringing, and it looked as if we would all make a little money.
Buddy never remembered my name. If he knew it he never used it. Instead, he's always called me "Boss."
So when our paths crossed that afternoon, he greeted me very warmly,"Hey Boss, How we gonna do tonight?"
"Great, Buddy. Phones are ringing off the hook."
"Boss, you get the piano tuned?"
"Had it done a couple of hours ago, Buddy."
"How's business been last couple of weeks, boss?"
"Pretty good, Buddy. In fact, Louis Bellson was here last week."
And before I could stop myself, I heard the following come out of my mouth,
"He left a message for you."
Buddy stopped and the big smile on his face suddenly turned to something I cannot quite describe.
"What was the message, Boss?"
My heart stopped. All I could think of was," Does the condemned man have any last words before we put on the blindfold?" I smiled weakly.
He said," Don't bother to unpack. He's played it all.'
And without missing a beat, Buddy shot back,"Yeah but now you're gonna see it played right!"

MAY 5,1981
An Evening With
TONY BENNETT
All Seats $15.00

MAY 7,1981
JOE ELY
BUZZ AND THE FLYERS

MAY 8-9,1981
ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
THE HEATH BROTHERS
All seats $8.00

MAY 13, 1981
THE BIRDLAND SERIES
Featuring: CORNELL DUPREE and THE INSIDERS
ROY HAYNES ENSEMBLE
MIKE LAWRENCE BAND
Hosted by Ed Williams
All seats: $6.00

MAY 15-16,1981
CISSY HOUSTON
MELBA LISTON AND COMPANY

MAY 19,1981
THE BIRDLAND SERIES
Featuring:
JIMMY McGRIFF QUARTET with special guest WILLIS "GATOR TAIL" JACKSON LEON THOMAS QUARTET
REGGIE WORKMAN'S TOP SHELF with NEWMAN BAKER, ONAJE GUMBS, HOWARD JOHNSON and ARTHUR RHAMES
Hosted by Ed Williams
All seats $6.00

MAY 20,1981
THE NEW LIMELIGHTERS
BUSKIN AND BATTEAU

MAY 21,1981
THE PLASTICS
THE NAILS

MAY 22-23,1981
THE PHIL WOODS QUARTET with Hal Galper, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin
GARY BURTON QUARTET

MAY 24,1981
DOC AND MERLE WATSON
ERIK FRANDSEN

MAY 28,1981
TERUO NAKAMURA and THE RISING SUN BAND
JOE LEE WILSON

MAY 29-30, 1981
LARRY CORYELL AND FRIENDS
Featuring: Joe Beck, Warren Bernhart, Mark Egan,
Joe LaBarbara and Dave Liebman
ROY HAYNES ENSEMBLE
*May 29 - MAURICE WHITE sits in with the very hip ROY HAYNES ENSEMBLE

JUNE 5 - 6,1981
ROBERT KRAFT BAND
CHRIS RUSH

JUNE 7 - 8,1981
An Evening With
CAROLE BAYER SAGER AND
BURT BACHARACH
All seats $12.50

JUNE 9,1981
SYL SYLVAIN AND THE TEARDROPS
THE A'S

JUNE 10-12,1981
An Evening With
GATO BARBIERI
All seats $9.00

JUNE 13, 1981
An Unusual Evening of
Magic,Mystery, Humor and Illusion
With
ROBINSON'S MYSTERIES
With JACK ADAMS as Merlin
OTTO & GEORGE
All seats $7.50

JUNE 17-18, 1981
An Evening With
McCOY TYNER

JUNE 19-20, 1981
An Evening of Doo Wop
Featurng: FRED PARIS and THE FIVE SATINS, THE DEL VIKINGS,
FOURTEEN KARAT SOUL and THE LADDINS
Hosted by BOBBY JAY

JUNE 22-23,1981
An Evening With
FLORA PURIM and AIRTO
All Seats $8.00

JUNE 24, 1981
THE AKIYOSHI - TABACKIN BIG BAND

JUNE 25, 1981
SUKAY Traditional Music of the Andes
KEVIN BURKE AND MICHAEL O'DONNHNAILL

JUNE 26-27,1981
VASSAR CLEMENTS
ROCKIN' ROB STONER
* LEVON HELM sits in with ROCKIN' ROB on June 26

JUNE 30, 1981
DAVID LINDLEY
ROSIE FLORES
*DAVID'S show on 6/30 broadcast live on WNEW F.M.
JACKSON BROWNE sits in with DAVID on late show 6/30.

JULY 1-2,1981
EARL SCRUGGS
THE DILLARDS
All seats $8.00

JULY 3-4,1981
DR JOHN
July 3 - JOHN HAMMOND
* Besides opening the show for the Good Doctor, JOHN HAMMOND
joins Mack on stage and jams with him during his set.
July 4 -THE NIGHTHAWKS

JULY 6,1981
THE LOUNGE LIZARDS
DEWEY REDMAN

JULY 7-8,1981
JOHN KAY AND STEPENWOLF
SILVERADO
*JOHN KAY show on July 8 broadcast on WPLJ F.M.

JULY 10-11,1981
MONTEITH AND RAND
July 10 - JOSH WHITE, JR
July 11- MAXENE ANDREWS

JULY 14,1981
Lunchtime show and radio broadcast on WNEW F.M.sponsored by Carta Blanca beer
DAVID JOHANSEN BAND

JULY 14,1981
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
THE STEINETTES
All Seats $8.00

JULY 15-16, 1981
DONALD BYRD
CHRIS RUSH

JULY 17,1981
"An Evening in the Mountains"
Featuring the comedy of:
BETTY WALKER, GENE BAYL0S, and MORTY STORM
All seats $8.00

JULY 18,1981
CARL WILSON
DAN DALEY
*CARL WILSON show broadcast on WNEW F.M.

JULY 21-22, 1981
An Evening With
JANIS IAN
All Seats $7.50

JULY 23,1981
DAVE VALENTIN
CISSY HOUSTON

JULY 24, 1981
DOC AND MERLE WATSON
CHRIS RUSH

JULY 25,1981
An Evening With
BEAVER BROWN
All Seats $ 8.00

JULY 29,1981
TRACY NELSON
PAUL CEBAR

JULY 31 - AUG 1,1981
An Evening of Doo Wop
Featuring: THE FLAMINGOS, THE TEENAGERS,
FOURTEEN KARAT SOUL, THE STEINETTES
Hosted by BOBBY JAY
All seats $8.00

AUG 2,1981
ROY BUCHANAN
CHARLIE MIDNIGHT BAND

AUG 6,1981
Lunchtime Show and radio broadcast
Carta Blanca Concert Series
FRANKIE AND THE KNOCKOUTS
* Broadcast on WNEWF.M.

AUG 6,1981
ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
JOE MORELLO QUARTET

AUG 7-8, 1981
EDDIE PALMIERI AND FRIENDS
PAQUITO D'RIVERA QUINTET

AUG 12,1981
An Evening With
CLAUDE BOLLING with special guests:
RANSOM WILSON on flute
ALEXANDER LA GOYA on guitar
Featuring "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano"
and "Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano"
All seats $8.00

AUG 13,1981
DE DANANN
KEVIN BURKE AND MICHAEL O'DONNHNAILL

AUG 14-15,1981
An Evening With
BILLY COBHAM
All Seats $10.00

AUG 20,1981
An Evening With
CLAUDE BOLLING
Special Guest: RANSOM WILSON, flute
Featuring: "Suite For Flute and Jazz Piano" and
"Celebration 3" (World Premiere) by Frank Becker
A multimedia work for amplified flute, Electronic Tape
and Kaleidoplex Images.
All seats $8.00

AUG 21 - 23, 1981
An Evening With
GIL SCOTT HERON
All Seats$ 9.00

AUG 24-25,1981
An Evening With
PETER HAMILL
All Seats $7.50

AUG 27,1981
BRIAN AUGER AND SEARCH PARTY
GEORGIE FAME

AUG 28-29,1981
An Evening With
McCOY TYNER

AUG 30,1981
ROB GRILL AND THE GRASS ROOTS
THE METROS

AUG 31,1981
An Evening With
DE DANANN

SEPT 1,1981
CRACK THE SKY
ANGELA C. NIGHT
All Seats:$ 7.00

SEPT 3,1981
JIM PHOTOGLO
CHRISTINE LAVIN

SEPT 4,1981
TERUO NAKAMURA AND THE RISING SUN BAND
MICHAEL URBANIAK

SEPT 5,1981
A Special Evening of Folk Music with:
BUSKIN AND BATTEAU
MARY McCASLIN AND JIM RINGER
THE SONG PROJECT
AND DAVE VAN RONK
All Seats $8.00

SEPT 6,1981
FLO AND EDDIE'S
"Raiders of the Lost Rock Band"
OTTO AND GEORGE
All Seats $8.00

SEPT 9 - 10,1981
An Evening of Standup Philosophy with
DR. TIMOTHY LEARY
*Sept 10 was canceled due to a Con Ed blackout.

SEPT 11-12, 1981
THE JOHN HALL BAND
FOURTEEN KARAT SOUL
*There was a special lunchtime concert with The JOHN HALL BAND
which was part of the Carta Blanca lunchtime concert series that was
broadcast on WNEW F.M.

SEPT 17,1981
MOSE ALLISON
CHRIS RUSH

SEPT 18-19,1981
An Evening of Doo Wop Featuring:
THE PERSUASIONS, THE IMPALAS, THE STEINETTES
WILLIE WINFIELD AND THE HARPTONES Sept 18 only
THE CLEFTONES Sept 19 only
Hosted by BOBBY JAY
All Seats $8.00

SEPT 21,1981
TOOTS THIELEMANS
DAVID CHESKY BIG BAND

SEPT 22,1981
The New York Songwriting Contest
Presented by The New York Music Task Force in association
with The American Guild of Authors and Composers
and sponsored by Chappell Music
Co-Hosts: Jonathan Holtzman, Sammy Cahn and Rupert Holmes
New York Song Award presented to John Kander and Fred Ebb

SEPT 23,1981
SADAO WATANABE
BOBBY BROOM

SEPT 25-26,1981
THE ROCHES
FRANKLIN MICARE
*ROBERT FRIPP comes by and sits in with THE ROCHES on 9/26

OCT 2-3,1981
PHIL WOODS QUARTET
JIM HALL TRIO

OCT 4, 1981
JOE PASS
JOE MORELLO QUINTET

OCT 5,1981
THE BUREAU
THE METROS

OCT 6,1981
MAYNARD FERGUSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
RICK OVERTON
All Seats $8.00

OCT 9-10,1981
BETTY CARTER AND HER TRI0
GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
All Seats $8.00

OCT 11,1981
LIONEL HAMPTON AND HIS BIG BAND BASH
All Seats $8.00

AUG 16-17,1981
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT lll
DAVID ROCHE

OCT 20,1981
The Mattell Chess Computer Tournament

OCT 21,1981
INTERPLAY
SRO
*MICHAEL INGRAM sits in and jams with INTERPLAY

OCT 23, 1981
An Evening With
UNCLE FLOYD
All Seats $8.00
* The UNCLE FLOYD shows at THE BOTTOM LINE were a live version of Floyd Vivino's children's show on N.J. cable. The show was an 80's version of Soupy Sales meets the Muppets, a smart-ass, quick paced show, peppered with corny jokes, old burlesque skits, a puppet named OOGIE and a host of double entendre gags and parodies that went over the heads of his young viewers leaving their parents in fits of hysterical laughter.

The cable show quickly built an underground following among local musicians, including The Ramones who actually made a guest appearance on the show.

THE UNCLE FLOYD shows at The Bottom Line were always fun. The audience was totally into it and could be as colorful as the performers.

One of the best Uncle Floyd stories at The Bottom Line could be titled "The Great Potato Stampede."

It was a big night at the club. Both Floyd shows were sold out and we were expecting heavy standing room for each show as well. The doors were open for a little more than an hour when Stanley and I were quickly summoned to the kitchen.

Our chef, John Hargrove, was in a state of controlled panic. There was an enormous pile of orders that needed to be filled and an equally huge amount of orders that were cooked and ready to be picked up by the waitresses.

"What's up?" we wondered. John, who had been a chef in the navy where he served thousands of sailors at one sitting as well as also having extensive experience as a short order cook was never, ever one to panic.

"What's up?" John never stopped what he was doing while he shouted to us over his shoulder, his chef's white jacket soaked in sweat, "POTATOES," he answered. "We're running out of potatoes." We looked around. We were drowning in a sea of French Fries in different states of preparedness.

It became quickly apparent that in a little more than an hour we would run out of a quantity of potatoes that was supposed to last us four days. Stanley and I were flabbergasted. We hadn't even been open for two hours. It seemed that every single individual attending the show wanted their own special order of French Fries. We had close to 300 people in attendance with more streaming in and another 400 tickets already sold for the late show.

What in the world was happening? Our potatoes were good, but not that good.

Stanley quickly rounded up three members of our staff and sent them to 9th Avenue and 38th Street where there were still produce stores open that could supply a large quantity of potatoes instructing them to buy every potato in sight.

At the end of the evening when we had a minute to tell Floyd that we went through a weeks worth of potatoes in one night, he smiled, and enthusiastically said, " I guess my record's still intact!"

Stanley and I looked at each other,"What record? What are you talking about?"

Floyd started to laugh. He had a mischievous twinkle in his eyes as he started to tell us the following story:

One day Floyd found himself booked on the Tom Snyder show. Snyder, a late night televsion show host who was very opionated and cynical, had very definitive likes and dislikes. If he wasn't already a fan he wasn't necessarily gracious and could be very argumentative. Unfortunately, on the night Floyd was booked, Tom was not having a good day and was not particularly cheerful!

For starters, Tom hated the hat that Floyd always wore, a type of porkpie hat which is very much a part of the Uncle Floyd persona. Tom insisted that he couldn't wear the hat on the show. So the interview began with Floyd literally hat in hand, which pretty much defined what cable's relationship was to network shows in the 80s - how things have changed!

Snyder, never one for small talk, was aggressive immediately." What makes your show so special? Nothing new about what you're doing. Why are you any better than Soupy, who actually broke new ground?"

Floyd, who was a huge fan of Soupy Sales never felt that he was better than anyone else. If anything Floyd felt proud that he was continuing a tradition of old time show business, of humor popular in vaudeville and burlesque and extended on T.V. by Uncle Miltie and of course Soupy Sales.

Floyd was not only feeling uncomfortable, he was getting angry. Although he knew Snyder wasn't easy he never expected to get attacked on the show.

Floyd, who was holding his own, tried to deal with Snyder's questions good naturedly and always with humor. Tom asked him what else he was doing other than the cable show?

Floyd, proudly said he had just sold out The Bottom Line and was rebooked for a return engagement. Snyder was not impressed, "Why was that special? Lots of acts have sold out The Bottom Line."

Floyd, who was now really irritated, immediately shot back," It's special because I set the French fry record."

Snyder smiled. He softened, and for the first time during the interview he seemed interested. "Who held the previous record?" he asked.

Floyd, who was making the whole thing up as he went along, started to riff with Snyder, who was taking him seriously.

"I think Billy Joel held the previous record which he took from Springsteen. But I actually sold the most because after Billy Joel the club started using a much bigger potato." Whatever the reason this moment seemed to turn the interview around. Snyder became relaxed and seemed to enjoy Floyd. It was also a great commercial for Bottom Line fries.

Floyd's fans never knew that Floyd made the whole thing up. Like Snyder, they thought the incident was real and wanted to make sure that no one else would ever sell more French fries at The Bottom Line than Floyd, and to this day no one has!

OCT 24, 1981
DAVID LINDLEY AND EL RAYO X
14 KARAT SOUL
All seats $ 8.00

OCT 28,1981
MAX ROMEO
JOHN MACANDOE

OCT 30,1981
An Evening With
TERUO NAKAMURA AND THE RISING SUN BAND
All seats $ 7.50

OCT 31,1981
An Evening of Magic, Mystery and Illusion
with
ROBINSON'S MYSTERIES
All seats $8.00

NOV 5,1981
DR.JOHN
CISSY HOUSTON

NOV 6-7,1981
An Evening With
SONNY ROLLINS
All Seats $9.00

NOV 11,1981
NRBQ
DANNY KALB BAND

NOV 12,1981
An Evening With
CRYSTAL SHIP

NOV 13-14,1981
An Evening With
RALPH TOWNER AND JOHN ABERCROMBIE

NOV 15,1981
BUDDY RICH BIG BAND
JOHN MENDOZA
All seats $8.00
*Comedian CHARLIE CALLAS sits in on drums showing BUDDY how it's done.

NOV 16,1981
THE TONY RICE UNIT
ERIK FRANDSEN

NOV 17,1981
MIKE MANIERI BAND
UBX Featuring:
LARRY CORYELL & MICHAEL URBANIAK
All seats $8.00

NOV 18, 1981
JONATHAN RICHMAN and THE MODERN LOVERS
GARY YUDMAN

NOV 19,1981
ALABAMA
EARL THOMAS CONLEY

NOV 20 - 21,1981
LEON REDBONE
CHRIS RUSH

NOV 23,1981
An Evening With
BRUCE COCKBURN

NOV 25,1981
KARLA DeVITO
RUFF RIDER

NOV 27-28,1981
An Evening of Doo Wop
Featuring:
JIMMY BEAUMONT AND THE SKYLINERS
EARL LEWIS AND THE CHANNELS
THE SILHOUETTES
FOURTEEN KARAT SOUL
Hosted by BOBBY JAY
All seats $8.00

NOV 29,1981
SVT
THE METROS

NOV 30,1981
An Evening With
GEORGE BENSON and FRIENDS
Featuring:
KENNY BARRON, TOM BROWN, OMAR HAKIM,
RALPH McDONALD, MARCUS MILLER and EARL KLUGH
All Seats$12.50

DEC 4-5,1981
ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
DAVE VALENTIN

DEC 6,1981
JOHN MAXWELL in a new One Man Show
"Oh, Mr. Faulkner Do You Write?"
Based on the life and words of one of America's greatest literary masters
Written by John Maxwell with Tom Dupree
Directed by William Partlan
3:00PM show - seats $5.50
8:30PM show -seats $6.50

DEC 9-10,1981
JOHN HARTFORD
STAMPFEL AND WEBER

DEC 11,1981
DOC AND MERLE WATSON
FIDDLE FEVER
All Seats $8.00

DEC 12,1981
JOHN HERALD BAND
FIDDLE FEVER

DEC 16,1981
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
CHRIS RUSH

DEC 17, 1981
ELVIN JONES
JON HENDRICKS and CO.

DEC 18-19, 1981
JOHN HALL BAND
THE SONG PROJECT

DEC 20,1981
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
CAROL SISKIND
All Seats $6.00

DEC 21,1981
PHIL WOODS QUARTET
JON HENDRICKS and CO.

DEC 22,1981
TOM RUSH
MONTEITH AND RAND
All Seats $8.00

DEC 23,1981
ELVIN JONES AND THE JAZZ MACHINE
LARRY CORYELL with Brian Keane

DEC 26-27,1981
JONATHAN RICHMAN and THE MODERN LOVERS
FOURTEEN KARAT SOUL

DEC 28,1981
RONEE BLAKELY
BUSKIN AND BATTEAU
TOM CHAPIN

DEC 29-30,1981
An Evening With
McCOY TYNER
All Seats $8.00

DEC 31 1981 - JAN 2,1982
FLO AND EDDIE and THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ROCK BAND
KARLA DeVITO
*LOU CHRISTIE sits in with KARLA on Jan 1-2.
New years Eve All Seats $20.00
Includes party hats noise makers, horns and a glass of champagne
Early Show 9:30

Late Show 1:30 AM
All Seats $20.00
Includes choice of plain or cheese omlet with sausage, French fries,
a breakfast roll and a glass of champagne.

JAN 1&2 all Seats $10.00