Marshall Crenshaw, Syd Straw, Jounce Duo Join The Adventures of Pete & Pete
New York’s Bowery Ballroom hosted the cast and crew of the ’90s Nickelodeon cult show The Adventures of Pete & Pete on Friday. During both the ensemble’s early and late reunion performances, the show’s creators, actors and extended family members participated in something of an oral history that included numerous clips from the show’s heyday as well as an extended Q & A. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was known for its many celebrity appearances, including musicians like Iggy Pop and Michael Stipe.
Child star Danny Tamberelli—who played Little Pete on the show—went on to become a professional musician and currently plays bass in the indie-jam group—and Relix On the Verge subject—Jounce. He also performs with the funk group Midnight Spaghetti and has toured with Television’s Richard Lloyd. Tamberelli opened both of Friday’s Bowery shows by running through The Adventures of Pete & Pete‘s theme song, Polaris’ “Hey Sandy,” and “Waiting for October” with the help of jangle rock pioneer/Stipe collaborator Syd Straw and singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw. Both musicians actually performed with Tamberelli on the show when he was a pre-teen in 1995 as part of the imaginary band The Blowholes.
At the end of the night, The Blowholes returned for two more songs, “Water Please” and “Summer Baby.” Since the actor who played drums with the Blowholes was not an actual musician, Jounce drummer Joe Ciarallo played on all three selections. Though some of the show’s cast and crew participated in a West Coast reunion last year, this was the ensemble’s first East Coast appearance since the mid ’90s.