* The Archives *
Since the band's formation in 1979, the group changed a few members and
accumulated many memories. Check out some archive group shots and
assorted band memorabilia. Click on thumbnail images to expand image. Check
back as more images will be added to the archive as they are dusted off.
The original "Blues Brother" promo photo taken around 1979
with all original members surrounding the "blues mobile", a
rather large Ford LTD. Kurt later demolished the vehicle in a
freak accident while asleep at the wheel... literally!
The band with some new faces in 1986 including Bassist Joe
Lazar, keyboardist Mike Butzback and trumpet player George
Holobinko... who? Other local bands used this photo as
evidence that all Pieces of Eight members were lawyers and
accountants by day.
The band in 1992 with new sax player Jim Wilson and bassist
Dave Dewalt who replaced Joe Lazar. Drummer Mike Sosic
retired and Joe Blatnik took up his spot behind the kit
returning the band to 8 members once again. Of all the photos
taken during this studio session, this was the only one in
which someone farted.
This promo photo was taken in 1982 in Cleveland against a
cool looking wall with new drummer Mike Sosic. This shot
emulated the attitude of a new band recently making it's way
onto a new cable network called MTV. The band was U-2.
Pieces of Eight promo photo from 1984 shot across the street
from the Rascal House on break during a gig. Notice that
parking only cost 75 cents all day in a downtown lot back then.
The band's early inventory of sound and lighting equipment from
1981. Although their very first actual sound system, a Shure Vocal
Master, was a system brought in with the acquisition of the Kendig
brothers, this gear was an odd collection of homemade and used
sound equipment purchased with the proceeds of the band's first
few gigs at backyard parties. For those in-the-know, the band
owned an antique Echoplex for reverb effects and 3 strobe lights!
An original set list from West Geauga High School Valentines
dance in 1981. Pieces of Eight performed for many high school
dances, proms and events throughout the 1980's. Today, DJ's
have for the most part, taken over the high school dance scene.
Original advertising poster for the band's second public bar
gig at the Flipside in Cleveland Heights back in 1980. Pieces of
Eight billed itself as a Blues Brothers tribute act along with
various other musical extravaganza.
Pieces of Eight in 1987 standing under the Boathouse sign at
Put-In-Bay. This group shot includes saxophonist and vocalist,
Laura Porter who has been the only female member of the
band. With the addition of Laura, the band grew to nine
members. She later went on to record her own music after
leaving the band to pursue a Masters degree.
This impromptu group photo was taken in 1988 backstage at
the Shire, an on-campus bar at Cleveland State University. It
includes the band and crew and signaled the return of Al
Widmer on trumpet.
The original set list from the band's second performance at the
Flipside bar in Cleveland Heights. Proof that the band still plays
some of the material learned in the back of a heating and
cooling shop while downing cases of beer many years ago.
Obituary published in the Plain Dealer announcing the passing of
the band's original lead guitar player Rob Vincent in 1996. Rob
died of complications from AIDS which he contracted during the
treatment of a lifelong struggle with hemophilia. Rob will always
A rider attached to the contract for a performance for the 1988
Homecoming Dance at Saint Edward High School. Due to
problems with rock bands in the past, stipulation #10 states that
the band must keep their shirts on.
In 1997 Pieces of Eight added lead guitarist Ken Cali on a
permanent basis. Ken replaced Rob Vincent who passed away
in 1996. Ken sat in with the band on and off during Rob's
lengthy illness. This group photo was taken in Euclid Memorial
Park before performing at the annual Euclid Home Days Festival.
In 2004 the group celebrated their 25th Anniversary. This band
photo was taken after their performance. The band invited
former members to play a few songs. Drummers Jeff Strauss
and Mike Sosic and Keyboardist Layne Kendig joined the band