A Beruvian Benefit for the Homeless
My sister and I are longtime fans of Beru Revue — a band born out of a 1980s’ Philadelphia rock ‘n’ roll scene that was so much fun to be part of, your appreciation for having shared in that era became bolstered by the passage of time. There were so many clubs in and around Philly then that featured live bands producing unique, original sounds, and Beru was at the heart of it all with others like Tommy Conwell’s Young Rumblers, Robert Hazard and the Heroes, John Eddie and the Front Street Runners, the A’s, the Daves, the Hooters and lots of others. Each was armed with some staggeringly talented musical ability and personal panache.
Beru really stood out in that it was fronted by a charismatic singer/songwriter named Bob “Beru” McCafferty whose lyrics laced comedy with current events and political issues, and the band incorporated a cache of props and costumes during each performance. The
audience was always made to feel like part of the show, and the band sometimes emerged between sets as its alter ego — the Angry Young Judges. Beru also gained a reputation for being philanthropic, hosting numerous unique and often off-the-wall charity events, particularly around the holidays.
Beru disbanded in the late 1980s but, to the delight of many, reemerged in 2006 sounding better than ever. Its sense of benevolence remained intact too, and last Saturday night, Dec. 26, hosted its 14th Miracle of Christmas show in West Chester, Pa., which raised funds for a homeless shelter called Safe Harbor. Opening the show was eccentric singer/ songwriter/guitarist Kenn Kweder (who will
play the Blackfish Café in Stone Harbor on New Year’s Eve, and is a regular fixture at the Jersey Shore during the summertime along with John Eddie and Beru guitarist Greg Davis). Others who performed during the sold-out show were comedian/impersonator Joe Conklin and the Brandwine Christmas Minstrels.