A blast from the Washington DC Disco scene!
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About the Album
Three songs total. Two songs on Arthur Lisi’s 2021 release, “Old Rhodes”, “Bob’s Berimbau” and “John’s Vibe”, were recorded in the 70’s Disco era in Washington DC! They were unearthed and restored. The sound you will hear would have been heard at such dance clubs as the Harambe House, the historic and iconic “The Clubhouse”, and many more places in the late 70’s and 80s.
The third song is recently composed. Using the same Fender Rhodes that he played in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Arthur added the 2021 title track “Old Rhodes” to round the release out to three tracks.
Arthur had put together this band for the purpose of touring the world with Van McCoy, and tour they did, from Japan to Mexico…even playing Carter’s inaugural ball! Later, upon Van’s untimely death, playing the clubs in the District of Columbia area.
Players on Bob’s Berimbau and John’s Vibe were Dennis Richie guitar, James Funches bass, John Wares Cungas and Vibes, Arthur Lisi Keyboards.
Recordings were restored and mastered by Ben Green of Ivakota Studios, Washington DC.
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About Arthur Lisi:
Arthur tells all in this new interview with DJ Wayne Kahn of WOWD Takoma Park Radio. Aired live on his DC Roots Of Music show on May 26th, 4-6pm. Now up on Mixcloud. Listen to it here on the web, or in the app!
A Graduate of Catholic University with post grad studies at American University in Music Education, Arthur Lisi toured the world as Van McCoy’s music director at the dawn of the disco age in the early 70’s, One of the highlights of his time with Van McCoy was playing president Carter‘s inaugural ball. Upon Van’s untimely death in 1979, Arthur and the band that was originally put together to tour with Van played local gigs around town at popular disco dance halls in the District of Columbia area. During this time he’d arrange, copyright and record music for many colorful amateur performers, one notable Alexandria local singer songwriter, dancer and comedian Sam Lipton. After several years of free lance work and gigging, Arthur was contacted and engaged by Stu Gardner to co-direct multiple BMI award winning top Television shows, including Little Bill, The Cosby Show, and A Different World. Stu and Art later worked on the music for a production starring Melba Moore, “Four Little Golden Girls”, that looked back at the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. Article “Melba Moore adds her Tony-winning talent to Miles College’s ‘Four Little Golden Girls”
Arthur is a proud member of the Mason Neck Lions Club, and a piano Instructor at Music & Arts in Springfield, Va. He is currently the musical director for country star Doctor Cleve Francis, and directs Cleve’s annual show at the Birchmere Music Hall, having played on Dr Francis’ most recent 2007 album, “Storytime, live from from the Birchmere” streaming on all platforms. Arthur provides sound, records and plays about town for various performers, and as Keyboardist in local bands Jazz Trotters and the Surf Jaguars. Arthur produced the 2020 Stroke Of Luck album for the King Street Bluegrass band. Arthur Lisi is a father of four children and grandfather of one! Arthur has raised funds for human and animal charities, most recently for the homeless affected by COVID. Arthur is a harness racehorse owner, and helps to promote the sport, along with Racehorse aftercare.