Five Firsts: Deni Bonet of the Deni Bonet Band

Deni Bonet
Deni Bonet

NAME: Deni Bonet
INSTRUMENTS: violin (electric & acoustic), viola, accordion, uke, piano, guitar and vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Eagles. I was a little kid studying classical piano. I hadn’t even started playing violin yet! I remember hearing those harmonies, and I couldn’t help but sing along. I learned all the parts and would take turns singing different harmony lines with my sister. I think we drove our parents crazy singing those tunes over and over!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … It was most definitely a symphony concert. I’m sure it was. (Does that count? You still need a ticket!) I was one of those little kids who could play Grieg’s Piano Concerto when I was eight. But, of course, I moved away from the piano when I discovered the violin. It was just so much easier to carry around and more fun at campfires!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A small baby grand that my parents owned from the time I was born. We moved to Virginia when I went into fourth grade, and we had to sell this piano to buy a smaller and better one. There were little baby teeth marks on the piano from where I’d bit into the wood when I got angry at it!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I was in an elementary school talent show. I entered with a little girlfriend. The two of us sang “Close to You” by the Carpenters. Complete with dance moves and hand motions! I truly hope nobody was videotaping that one!

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … My first real band was called the Catfish Bullet Band. We played Texas swing and old rock & roll. During the week, I would be studying classical violin, and every weekend I would play in clubs, and I’d get off watching people dance to our music. I was hooked!

OK, my first not real band was in junior high. A few high school boys asked me to come over and jam because I had the keyboard and they didn’t! The lead singer thought he was Mick Jagger. When he would sing “Angie,” he’d make wide-mouthed faces and take himself wayyyy too seriously. I had to quit that band because every time I watched him I would get the giggles. Not cool!

Singer, songwriter and electric violinist Deni Bonet brings her band back to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, September 16, for a CD completion party. The new Richard Barone-produced disc, “It’s All Good,” won’t be released until next year, but she’ll have them for sale at the Caffe for the first time anywhere. Tix for the show are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

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