By Susie Davidson
“JustUs’ debut was playing for a December, 2012 Norfolk County Bar Association holiday party,” said bassist Andy Fischer, a Brookline town meeting member who is involved in town politics, Democratic and environmental politics, and practices law at his downtown firm, primarily representing bicyclists. The band played several outdoor concerts over the past two summers, and have been special guests at senior talent shows at the Sussman House apartments on Pleasant Street in Brookline, produced by dance and entertainment promoter Dan Ben- Dror Marshall.
Think that this is a good-vibes benefit for good causes bound to be laden with bumbled intros, off-course musical chartings, and songs begun over and over? Think again. “Stan [Helinski] is a criminal lawyer who played in a rock and roll band as a teen,” said Fischer, pridefully touting his bandmates’ chops. “Frank [Riccio] also has played in rock bands since growing up in Somerville, and Art [Zack] has drummed with lots of other groups over the years.”
This is his own first rock band; however he is also no musical slouch. “It’s something I have always wanted to do, but I have been playing folk and blues guitar for 50 years now, and electric bass guitar since the 70s,” said Fischer, who has played bass in Latin jazz ensembles, and in a Klezmer and Jewish music band.
“Basically we are all having the time of our lives,” he said, fulfilling the oft-heard credo that deep down, every doctor and lawyer really just wants to be a rock star.“We are billing the JALSA benefit show as the kickoff of our 2015 ‘World’ Tour, which may include playing for MATA functions and other benefit concerts for worthy causes like JALSA.”
A benefit concert for the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA) featuring all-trial- lawyers rock group JustUs, Sunday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the Stephan F. Rutledge VFW Post, 386 Washington St, Brookline. Advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. RSVP or information: 617-227-3000 or email@example.com.