Thursday, November 3, 2011

At the Phantom Cabaret: A Requiem

We're gathered in the coolest cabaret in least in our opinion! Drinks are served, conversation is flowing. And then the lights dim and the Slomski Brothers take the stage!

I took this myself at a show last fall.

And we spend a fun evening of great musicianship, humor, and sheer enjoyment.

And now for the requiem part:  Phil Slomski, the burly one with the Amish beard, passed away this past Saturday, a few days after his 44th birthday. It's a loss that hit like a ton of bricks, even though he really wasn't a close friend. It was just so sudden (a heart attack followed by a series of strokes), and he was so young. It always seems so damned wrong when someone younger than yourself passes away.

At any rate, he was a great musician and comedian, and an intensely likable person. I know many people who have worked with him, and many who wanted to, and his loss is a blow to the local burlesque/vaudeville community. You are missed, Phil; save us all a seat at the bar....


the bohemian said...

hi vagrarian!
two questions(which are unrelated to the post's topic,so let me start by saying how sorry I am that a popular and entertaining artist is gone)
1. do you write professionally,in magazines or as a reviewer?please don't be offended that I don't know,since I don't live in the US - but if you do, I'll love to read some more of your writing.
2.inspired by you,I'm putting up a series of articles on the horror anthologies and books I own-do give us a look-see,some feedback would be really welcome.

Vagrarian said...

Hi Bohemian;

Sorry I took so long to get back to you. I do some amateur writing for a couple of small magazines, Scarlet and Van Helsing's Journal, where I review books, DVDs, and CDs. I started this blog to flex my writing muscles and I'm glad to see that it seems to be working!

I will gladly look at your site. Thanks for commenting!

Vagrarian said...

Actually, I need your website address...