Five Firsts: Tony Markellis of the Trey Anastasio Band, etc.

Tony Markellis
Tony Markellis

NAME: Tony Markellis
BAND AFFILIATION: I am currently working with the Trey Anastasio Band, Kilimanjaro, the Unknown Blues Band, the Burns Sisters, No Outlet, Street Corner Holler, the Bob Warren Band, Michael Jerling and the Mississippi Hot Dogs.
INSTRUMENT: I play bass – fretted and fretless electric, acoustic and upright.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Introducing the Beatles.” They had just hit the American airwaves on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and like every kid at that time, I was astounded. Up until then, I had been listening to the standard AM radio mix on KBLL radio in my hometown. Those guys changed everything.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I think it was Roy Orbison, in about 1965. I got to see him again about 20 years later, and he sounded every bit as good as he did the first time.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I took piano lessons from about age four until age seven, but that ended abruptly when the big, nasty dog I had to pass by got loose and chased me down the street. It got hold of my music and tore it all up as I escaped unharmed. (Yes, the dog ate my homework.) It’s funny how that incident made me lose interest in the piano, but not in dogs. I started playing upright bass in the third grade, and I still have the little bass I started on. If it hadn’t been for that dog, who know how my career path might have changed?

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … That’s a long time ago! It was most likely some piano etude.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Ray Bjork Elementary School Orchestra in Helena, Montana.

The second in a series of shows that Tony Markellis is curating at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs will take place at 9pm on Friday (December 30) when Markellis joins dobro-pedal steel-guitar player Kevin Maul and drummer-vocalist Dale Haskell as the acoustic blues power trio No Outlet. Admission is $5.

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