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E-4 E-4 E-4 TOE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Thursday, May 19, 1977 Trumps Adds 'High Energy9 Live Music To Disco Sounds By CLIFF RADEL Enquirer Pop Music Critic "The portrait depleting Liza Mlnelli leaning voluptuously on the footboard of a brass bed still greets visitors to Trumps. But there are drastic changes going on beneath her visage. Trumps, the disco that in Its early advertisements, "Jumped," has turned reactionary. Disco Is passe. Live music Is In. PHIL BLOCK, Trumps' manager, rhapsodized about discomanla to this writer In January. He did express, express, however, a reservation about the craze: "If more and more live clubs become discos, where are bands going to get a chance to develop?" Tuesday evening while seated directly directly under Mlnelll's gaze, Block answered that question. "We want Trumps to be Cincinnati's most lively nightclub," he declared. "For people that are Into nightclubs, we want them to know we are going to be the best" BLOCK BEGAN to have a change of heart toward live versus recorded music In his establishment "after the first of the year. The Cincinnati disco scene has become saturated and too fragmented. . "Business Is good, don't get me wrong," he quickly added. "But I realized that Is It was not going to get any better. The other clubs were copying what I had originated here ladles' nights, spinning a wheel of fortune for drinks, 25-cent 25-cent 25-cent drinks for ladles. There were too many discotheques, too many good sound systems. What's novel about that? I wanna have something new. If I can't create some excitement, some high energy, then I should be out of the business." "HIGH ENERGY" was the evening's catchphrase. Block talked about maintaining "Trumps' reputation reputation for high-energy high-energy high-energy entertainment" entertainment" Babe Bellagamba, the club's booking agent, spoke of hiring, "high-energy "high-energy "high-energy acta" and "high-energy "high-energy "high-energy "high-energy talent" Bellagamba should know about "high energy." He is intimately associated associated with one of show business' most highly energized acts, the Van-Dells. Van-Dells. Van-Dells. Besides being the group's business manager, he has two of Its members, Moose and Chumley, as sons-in-law. sons-in-law. sons-in-law. sons-in-law. sons-in-law. Lest a disco devotee feel forsaken by Trumps, Block wants "to make the point that we still are a disco. We will have disco the nights we dont have a band. How often that will be will depend on the reaction to the bands we bring In. "I mean to tell you that we are shooting the big bullet here. We are going to be firing all of the big guns. If other clubs think they can match our firepower, let them try." TRUMPS' FIRST barrage will be unleashed May 30 through June 6 when the club features Warner-Spector Warner-Spector Warner-Spector recording artists Calhoon. Fun Daze, which in another life was the Stage Nine Revue, follows from June 13 to June 25. j t Sr,.a& - ; Block brings the Andrea True Connection to Trumps for six nights starting June 27. He plans to "bring Vlckl Sue Robinson In In August, August, and we are also talking about booking the Silver Convention, Barbie Benton, and the Crusaders." The manager of the 1200-person 1200-person 1200-person capacity club has a ready reply for anyone who feels that the move from disco to live music has been prompted by Trumps being down on its luck. "If I was In real trouble," be said, "I'd have to borrow money to pay for the bands I plan to book." THE UC Film Society will show "Monterey Pop" midnight Friday, May 20, In the Great Hall of the Tangeman University Center. The movie was filmed during the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival which witnessed witnessed the initial mass acclaim for r, m c Pop Music participants Janls Joplin and Jlml Hendrix. THE COMMODORES' agency has confirmed that the Motown record ing group will be making a July 2 stop at Riverfront Coliseum. ; PROVIDING HE completes his follow-up follow-up follow-up album to the million-seller million-seller million-seller million-seller Silk Degrees on time, Boz Scaggs will be able to make a Coliseum concert tentatively scheduled for July 0. Tentatlvlty also surrounds the June 17 Coliseum appearance of the Marshall Tucker Band. 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