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The Music Club: Memories, April 2022

The Original Music Club, established in 1997!

After a very long time The Music Club convened in person April 22nd, 2022 for a much enjoyed 25th Anniversary meeting. Enthusiastically hosted by Joan Barrett, who picked the theme ‘Memories’, the members – some original, some new – picked these songs to share…

Since it had been such a long time since the group had met, Joan kicked things off with this appropriate song, Etta James’ “At Last”.

Next up was Joel Constantian with his favorite Beatles track, “In My Life” from the ‘Rubber Soul’ album.

Quickly jumping in to segue, first time participant Mike O’Neill dropped a more obscure track by The Cyrkle, “Turn-Down Day”. Released on their album ‘Red Rubber Ball’ in 1966.

A change of era with the next track from Simon Hill, who recalled his past experiences in the Caribbean as inspiration for his pick – the B-52’s “Theme For A Nude Beach” from the ‘Bouncing Off The Satellites’.

Art Coussoulis went long and nobody objected to the nine plus minutes from Peter Gabriel’s epic ‘Secret World Live’ album. We all grooved to “Shaking the Tree”, which also features Paula Cole on vocals along with an all star band.

The Music Club co-founder Rudy Danzinger followed with the classic vocal from Julie London. The opening track on her 1955 debut album, ‘Julie Is Her Name’.

Another first time attendee Peter Klein followed with the epic 1968 track from Frankie Laine, “You Gave Me A Mountain”.

Third generation Music Club member Maura O’Neill kept the nostalgia going by spinning the 1964 Tommy Tucker classic, “Hi-Heeled Sneakers”, which she learned of from her late grandfather (and Music Club co-founder) David Haynes vast music collection.

Original Music Club member Barb Danzinger followed, recounting her experience working as a young blackjack dealer in Lake Tahoe and having Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford all at her table together!

Another first time attendee, Sean O’Neill brought us back towards the present with the Phil Collins classic, “Do You Remember?”

Angelique Hill guided us in an Americana direction with a gorgeous track from New York band Hem and their 2002 album, ‘Rabbit Songs’.

Original Music Club member Lyn Overton was unable to be there in person so Joan played a track for her, the surprising (to anyone who only knows “Midnight at the Oasis”) cover of Dylan’s “Well, Well, Well” by Maria Muldaur.

The we were into open session and Joel led the way with Loudon Wainwright III and the awesome, “Heaven and Mud”.

Both Mike and Simon picked the same track to segue perfectly. John Prine’s, “When I Get To Heaven”, which everyone singing along!

Joan brought a sucker punch to the feels with the late Eva Cassidy’s incredible cover of Sting’s “Fields of Gold”.

Jaimee O’Neill went country for her first contribution offering up the Eric Church tearjerker, “Three Year Old”, from his 2015 album, ‘Mr. Misunderstood’.

Angelique added a second helping of Hem for the crowd – the delicious, “Half An Acre”.

…and Simon played the wistful “Dreamsicle” from the fabulous Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s 2020 album, ‘Reunions’.

Rudy sent us back to the 1950’s with Bobby Darin’s uptempo stomper, “That’s All”.

Joel gave us some more Loudon Wainwright III with the apologetic ‘Mr. Guilty” from 1975.

Mike followed with some 60’s soul in the shape of the dulcet tones of Lenny Welch and his 1963 hit, “Since I Fell For You”.

It was down to the younger O’Neills to close out the evening. First up Sean spun the Beach Boys classic, “God Only Knows”…

…Maura then ended the playlist with Linda Eder’s stunning jazz rendition of “On The Street Where You Live” from her 2003 album, ‘Broadway My Way’.

A great time was had by all! It was quickly decided that in-person meetings were back to stay and we would all work to expand the number of attendees.

Look out for the playlist from our next meeting (as well as Earworms) and follow our daily theme days on our Facebook Group.

Sacramento Republic Roster for 2021 (Updated)

Sacramento Republic GM Todd Dunivant and Head Coach Mark Briggs made their first roster moves this week in preparation for the 2021 season. Their 2020 campaign was cruelly ended when they were punched out of the USL Championship playoff quarter-final by eventual finalists, Phoenix Rising.

With the club’s entry into Major League Soccer pushed back to the 2023 season, management seems to be looking for youth in hopes of developing players for MLS duty. We will be updating this page through the off-season as changes happen.

January 2021 Update:

  • Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez joins the club from Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The 27-year-old Mexican native has five seasons of experience.
  • Irish youth international defender, Dan Casey, joins from Irish League runners-up Bohemians.
  • Matt Glaeser was hired as an assistant coach for 2021, after a season with the MLS Real Salt Lake organization. He previously worked with Head Coach Mark Briggs in Wilmington.
  • 24-year-old attacking midfielder Tucker Bone joins Republic FC following a season with Reno 1868 FC. He attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael and played for local area youth clubs, Placer United and Sacramento United.
  • Defensive midfielder Luis Felipe joins Republic FC following three seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes. He also has played for Reno 1868 FC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.

December 17th 2020 Update:

  • The club’s leading goalscorer in 2020, Polish attacking midfielder Dariusz Formella signed a new contract for 2021.
  • After a season with San Antonio, defender Mitch Taintor has returned to Sacramento.
  • Forward Kharlton Belmar has signed a new contract for 2021.

December 10th 2020 Update:

  • Finnish veteran midfielder Petteri Pennanen signed with the Republic, pending Federation and visa approval. Pennanen was voted “Midfielder of the Year” in 2018 and 2019 by his fellow Finnish league players.
  • New Jersey native Markhus ‘Duke’ Lacroix joined the club from USL Eastern Conference side Charlotte Independence. The defender had previously played for Reno 1868 FC.
  • Jamaican international midfielder Maalique Foster signed a contract with Sacramento after a season in the Israeli Premier League.

November 30th 2020 Update:

  • Sacramento native and Academy product Rafael Jauregui signed a professional contract

November 17th 2020 Update:

  • Young Player of the Year Finalist Hayden Sargis and fellow Republic FC Academy product Mario Penagos as well as club captain Cameron Iwasa are already under multiyear contracts.
  • Contract extensions have been exercised on Rafael Diaz, Shannon Gomez, Jordan McCrary, Jaime Villarreal, and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu.
  • Contract negotiations continue with Kharlton Belmar and Dariusz Formella.
  • Contract extensions were not offered to Ashkanov Apollon, Villyan Bijev, Adam Grinwis, Rodrigo Lopez and Drew Skundrich.
  • Contracts with Juan Barahona and Matt Mahoney will expire at the end of the league year.
  • On loan players Brady Scott and Frank Lopez will return to their respective clubs.
  • Sam Werner and Tomas Hilliard-Arce have retired from professional soccer.

Here’s what the roster now looks like:

No. Position Player
18Goalkeeper Rafael Díaz (DOM)
27GoalkeeperTomás Gómez (MEX)
49Goalkeeper Diego Ramos (USA) Academy Player
2 Defender Shannon Gomez (TTO)
3 Defender Hayden Sargis (USA)
4Defender Mitch Taintor (USA)
5DefenderDan Casey (IRL)
14DefenderMarkhus “Duke” Lacroix (USA)
15Defender Juan Barahona (SLV)
21Defender Dekel Keinan (ISR)
30Defender Jordan McCrary (USA)
7MidfielderTucker Bone (USA)
8Midfielder Petteri “Pete” Pennanen (FIN)
10 Midfielder Dariusz Formella (POL)
22Midfielder Julian Chavez (USA) Academy Contract
23Midfielder Mario Penagos (USA)
24Midfielder Jaime Villarreal (USA)
28Midfielder Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (USA)
34Midfielder Rafael Jauregui (USA)
96Midfielder Luis Felipe (USA)
99MidfielderMaalique Foster (JAM)
7Forward Frank Lopez (CUB)
9 Forward Kharlton Benmar (USA)
31 Forward Cameron Iwasa (USA) [CAPTAIN]

BOLD = Signed for 2021 season
“Academy Contract” = Retains NCAA Amateur Status