WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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much of the fun and growing reach of the area's "underground music scene" has been fueled by the collegiality among local musicians and their creative "mix and matching" of players for any particular gig – be it a backyard barbeque, local bar, or "Fire Pit Friday" at the Wellesley home of Shira Doron and Don Czerniach. The "fire pit" jams are held outdoors around an open flame during the good weather, but the colder months bring the eclectic group of successful "professionals by day, rockers by night" into the living room where they can simply let loose and make some noise. New players are always welcome, says Shira Doron, the event's host, lead singer, and founder of Off Label, a rip-roaring rock band made up mostly of medical professionals. Off Label plays block parties and house parties throughout Wellesley and, like many in the underground scene, offers live performances as an auction item at school fundraisers. Wellesley resident Bob Bua didn't think he'd know anyone when he showed up at his fire pit session with a second-hand guitar and note- book full of songs. But he recognized fellow guitarist Haig Tellalian, but only tangentially as "Owen's dad" because their boys had been on the same basketball team. Bua says that for many years his social life revolved around his children's activities, be it sports, school functions, or other extra-curricular activities. He'd never imagined such a mild-mannered father on the basketball side- lines like Tellalian (a medical sales professional by day) had an alter ego as "a wild man of rock and roll energy" as the lead guitarist for the Wellesley band Grounds for Divorce aka GFD. 136 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 Music Tino DeLollis (left) and Haig Tellalian play in a number of different Wellesley- based bands that can be booked for local gigs via the underground music scene's new website: www.WellesleyRocks.com

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