|8/7/69 issue. A.J. Weberman was also discussed in that week's "Scenes" column.|
Reviews, articles, etc.:
7/3/69 "Riffs" review for Savoy Brown.
9/4/69 "Riffs" review for Mountain and Colosseum (nearest link was to the "Scenes" column a couple of pages afterwards).
10/16/69 "Riffs" review for Dr. John and Tony Williams' Lifetime (links to nearby ad).
11/13/69 "Riffs" review for Elvin Bishop and other blues shows that had taken place there in previous weeks (links to nearby ad).
My original post on Ungano's from 2005..
My earlier posts on '69 Ungano's ads. (Click on the Ungano's label below or on the right for more posts about the club.)
Billboard articles on Ungano's.
The only Ungano's clips I could find on YT feature the Stooges in Nineteen-Seventy, O.K?
Reader Bill Fitzgerald kindly sent along some info about Ungano's Ritz Theatre:
The Ritz Theatre on Staten Island, also known as Ungano's Ritz (I heard that the Unganos were brothers who worked for Con-Ed), opened in early 1970 and had shows until August '72 (as far as I can tell).
Below is a partial listing of shows there. I also attached some pics of a ticket stub and some ads in the local paper (the Staten Island Advance).
|1/25/1971||Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band|
|8/14/1971||Black Sabbath/Sweathog||Master of Reality tour|
|10/xx/1971||Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band|
|10/23/1971||Edgar Winter's White Trash|
|11/26/1971||Allman Brothers||Originally Scheduled for 10/23/71, 2 shows|
|12/6/1971||Humble Pie/King Crimson|
|3/xx/1972||J. Geils Band|
|8/15/1972||The Doors||W/o Jim Morrisson|
|Delaney and Bonnie|
|Grand Funk Railroad|
|Three Dog Night|
A reprint of an Staten Island Advance article from 12/28/69 mentions a Staten Islander named Paul Margarella as being the prime force behind its transformation from an abandoned movie theater to a Fillmore East style concert hall. It operated as a movie theater from 1931 to June 1968.
It also was used as a vaudeville theater and hosted such stars as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Mae West, Jack Benny, George Jessel, etc.
BTW - there was a rock club called The Factory on Staten Island in the late 70's. It was part of the old S.S. White Factory in the Princes Bay section of Staten Island. SS White moved to NJ and the building was used a mini-mall and had the club called The Factory. It had some mid-level acts; I saw The Ramones and Johnny Winter there in 1979. It was open from 1977 to 1980.