The band Mister Roper will perform Thursday at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock.
band Mister Roper will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday 9/4/14 at the Bearsville
Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. Admission is $10. Doors open at 7
p.m. Call 845-679-4406 or visit www.bearsvilletheater.com for
This show is a CD release party for the band's new, self-titled record.
Roper is made up of guitarists and vocalists Rick Schneider of
Phoenicia and Eric Squindo of Woodstock. In addition to being a
musician, Schneider is morning host and music director at WKZE (98.1 FM)
in Red Hook.
Joining Schneider and Squindo Thursday evening will
be Andrew Shober on bass and vocals; Amit Shamir on drums; Aaron "Prof.
Louie" Hurwitz on keyboards and accordion; and Marie Spinosa on vocals.
Schneider and Squindo recently took some time to field some questions
about Mister Roper posed by the Journal. Here are their answers:
1 - What do you like about performing live music?
live music is an incredible experience; a cathartic, powerful release
of energy. It puts me in direct contact with the soul and heart of the
audience. It's an experience that is shared by everyone in the room at
the same time, a feeling of having something in common with everyone.
2 - How would you describe Mister Roper to someone who has never heard your music?
Real. Honest. Great songs. A lot of dynamics. An amalgamation of musical influences.
3 - Where did you get the name for the band?
1973 Bruce Lee film, "Enter The Dragon." Bruce Lee's American
counterpart was Mr. Roper, played by John Saxon. And yes, we are aware
of the TV icon from "Three's Company." There is a bit of Mister Roper in
everyone - hard working individuals, making it through this lifetime.
4 - What do you enjoy about creative expression?
a way to share my gift; a way to share my thoughts and emotions through
my art; another way to make human connections. People always have a
reaction to creative expression. Some people love things that others
dislike. I try my best to leave people with a positive experience after
they have heard my lyrics and songs I have written, or any art I've
5 - What inspires you as a musician?
The learning. I
am always challenged. I find inspiration in so many ways, at all
different times - sorrow, joy. When inspiration strikes, I try to
harness it wherever I may be.
6 - What are your musical influences?
Dead, The Band, Miles Davis, The Clash, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne,
Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones.
7 - Can you describe the dynamic between you and Eric?
and I are great friends. We know each other very well and are very
comfortable discussing anything. When it comes to working together, we
get along very well. One of us can bring something to the table, and the
other can say, "That's great," "Needs this," or, "Dude, what where you
thinking?" And we don't get offended. We encourage each other. It is
great to bounce ideas off a confident songwriting partner I respect. We
always have the "what's best for the band" mindset.
8 - Why does your musical relationship with Eric work?
We share a lot of the same musical influences. We have a lot in common. We work together for a common goal.
9 - Is there something you hope your audience takes home from your live performance?
feeling that they just had an experience; that they were moved;
something they can remember as a great night out; something that would
make someone say, "I can't wait to see them again! That could've been
one of the best live shows I've ever seen."
10 - How is your new record a reflection of that which drives Mister Roper.
We wanted to make an album that will stand the test of time.
1- How would you describe Mister Roper to someone who has never heard your music?
recently described us as "The Band meets the Grateful Dead at a Bob
Dylan concert while sitting next to Townes Van Zandt." I think that
pretty much covers it.
2 - What do you enjoy about creative expression?
a generally quiet person, it's the one simple way to get the thoughts
out of my head. If people can relate, that's an added bonus.
3- What inspires you as a musician?
like to say something poetic like the Catskill Mountains or an ocean
sunrise. But it's mostly love and heartbreak. I've had a lot of
4- What are your musical influences?
I grew up
on 70s AM radio, so the songwriters of that time period were an early
influence. However, as far as what I write, Woody Guthrie and Townes Van
Zandt would have to top my list.
5- Can you describe the dynamic between you and Rick?
Rick's playing tends to be more jamband influenced, which adds a kick in the pants to my folk-rhythm style.
6-Is there something you hope your audience takes home from your live performance?
just hope they have a good time. We appreciate how difficult it can be
to go out and catch a live show these days, so we hope we make it worth