BREWSTER – This is the kind of thing that happens at the Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless: two minutes of the classic Christmas song, “Sleigh Bells” played by the Spampinato Brothers, featuring the surf guitar magic of the great Johnny Spampinato.
It was as if Santa Claus came to Brewster on Sunday night and delivered two minutes of a 1960s summer (or maybe the 1980s at the Beachcomber) in the form of a Christmas song.
Johnny Spampinato, of course, was a member of Cape Cod Wave’s favorite Cape band, the Incredible Casuals, and now has a popular band, The Spampinato Brothers, with his brother, legendary bass player Joey Spampinato, formerly of NRBQ.
Joey has been absent from the band in recent months while battling cancer. This version of the Spampinato Brothers included Johnny, Jay Cournoyer on bass, Mark Usher on rhythm guitar, and Sam Wood on drums.
The Christmas Cavalcade For the Homeless raises money for the Housing Assistance Corporation and their work with homeless individuals and families. This year, it was held at the Ocean Edge in Brewster.
This is the first of several videos we plan to put up from the show. We might put up a slide show too. Be on the lookout.
What can we say… we love the Cavalcade.
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