After his friend and ex-bandmate Sean "Evil" Gerovitz passed away on Aug. 23, Joel DaSilva, former frontman of the hard-rocking, surf-pounding Hep Cat Boo Daddies, made a pilgrimage the two had been planning for years: visiting the statue of late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas.
On a humid afternoon in late August, the singer and guitarist stuffed a picture of a smiling Gerovitz into Vaughan's outstretched bronze fist, a moment DaSilva says Gerovitz, who was 46 when he died, would have "definitely appreciated." So, too, would he have enjoyed Sunday night's tribute show at Fort Lauderdale's Poorhouse Bar, a night of family, conviviality and live music honoring the Boo Daddies' longtime bassist.
"I just felt like it was the right thing to do. He loved the Boo Daddies so much, and I was thinking that I didn't want to wait for anyone else to organize something. It wouldn't be right. It's, like, part of the healing process," DaSilva says by phone, his voice cracking. "Sorry, I'm still just so emotional. He was my friend, mentor, like a big brother, a combination of all those things. He was the first guy to teach me the rock 'n' roll stance."
At the Poorhouse, which the Boo Daddies frequented during their late-1990s and early-2000s heyday, DaSilva, bassist Robert Cleary and drummer George Anderson will perform the band's albums "Long Time Comin'" and "Hotrodsexgod" in their entirety. The event will also include acoustic sets from Rich Pierce and Pat Terranova of the Southern rock act Rambler.
Gerovitz, DaSilva and drummer Randy Blitz formed the Hep Cat Boo Daddies from the ashes of the Underbellys, a psychobilly band that consisted of Gerovitz, Steve Gibb, son of the Bee Gees' Barry, a then-20-year-old DaSilva and two other members. Until they disbanded in 2010, the Boo Daddies played every Monday and weekends at the Poorhouse, eventually competing in the International Blues Challenge and opening for the Reverend Horton Heat, the White Stripes, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy and B.B. King, among others.
"He played better than [ex-Guns N' Roses bassist] Duff McKagan, and he wanted all of the stardom. I felt he deserved it, but there were just a lot of obstacles, like day jobs," DaSilva says. "I'm just regretful that we never made it big, and I just miss him, and this is the last thing I could try to do."
A Musical Tribute to Sean "Evil" Gerovitz will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Poorhouse, 110 SW Third Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-522-5145 or go to PoorhouseBar.com.