Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: PR pro Woody Graber reveals the music that gets him in his groove.
Hmmm... if you didn't know better, you'd think the Wood Man was a mean
old soul whose only mission in life was to play hardass. Not so! Truth
is, Graber's devotion to the local live music scene finds him working
many an evening guarding access to South Florida's leading concert
venues... from the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm to the Fillmore on
Miami Beach, with Revolution, BankAtlantic, and innumerable sites
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In fact, he's been the go-to guy since the early '80s, when he was director of marketing for the Miami Beach Development Corp. and PR rep for such distinctive nightspots as the Stephen Talkhouse, Stella Blue, and Woody's on the Beach, which was not his namesake but, rather, the South Beach hangout owned and operated by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.
Since Woody recently spent time hanging on the set of Rock of Ages while Tom Cruise and company were shooting their scenes at Revolution, we figured he'd be primed to give us his picks as far as his musical favorites. Of course, we ran the risk we'd get nothing but '80s oldies, per the movie's music.
We're still holding you to five and five only.
If I had to single out the five I would take to heaven with me (or hell if that is where I end up), I guess these are the ones I would choose...
You've always been pretty righteous as far as we're concerned, Mr. Graber, so we'll bet that your ultimate destination is up, not down.
OK then, here goes:
Disguise" to "Hot Burrito #2" and beyond."