Ladies played and sang like the dudes

From left: Sara Leketa, Rachel Clayton, and Lisa Addario of Aerochix performing at Olivers. From left: Sara Leketa, Rachel Clayton, and Lisa Addario of Aerochix performing at Olivers. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 10, 2010

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Couldn’t swing a ticket to this weekend’s Aerosmith/J. Geils extravaganza at Fenway? You should have been at Olivers the other night. Neither Steven Tyler nor Peter Wolf were on the bill, but reasonable facsimiles of their bands were. The all-female cover band Aerochix blasted all your Aerosmith faves, while Blow Your Face Out, led by Dave Tree, rocked it Geils-style.

In tune with Patrick
Governor Deval Patrick’s reelection campaign is getting some major star power. Haitian hip-hopper Wyclef Jean and soul singer John Legend plan to perform at a fund-raiser tonight for Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray at a private residence outside Boston. Legend was a big draw for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Jean — who’s been taking classes at the Berklee College of Music — is popular in Boston, which has a sizable Haitian-American community. Maybe Jean’s appearance is a political warm-up; last week he announced he’s running for president of his earthquake-ravaged homeland.

Bundchen backer
Don’t dismiss what Gisele Bundchen has to say about breast-feeding just because she’s beautiful. That’s according to Dr. Jay Gordon, a renowned pediatrician who’s a frequent contributor to “20/20’’ and “Larry King Live.’’ Writing on, Gordon said Bundchen’s “lack of credentials’’ does not negate the wisdom of her words. (To refresh, Tom Brady’s supermodel spouse told Harper’s Bazaar UK “there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breast-feed their babies for six months.’’) Right on, says Gordon. “Lost in the fabricated drama and controversy is the fact that we must listen if [Bundchen’s] advice and high profile can save babies’ lives,’’ he writes. “I’m sure that this one famous mother’s words will be heard and heeded by more mothers than we pediatricians can possibly reach. . . . I certainly wish that this legal proposal/metaphor had been issued by the government, health insurers, or the American Academy of Pediatrics. In lieu of those recommendations, the very intelligent suggestion of a really smart mom will have to do.’’

Guster & the gonzo Gloucester artist
He’s an artist, poet, and medical man of mystery. Now you can add video star. Gloucester’s gonzo artist Jon Sarkin recently spent two days working with his new favorite band, Guster, on a video for its new single. Not surprisingly, Sarkin brought his art supplies along for the shoot at Gordon College in Wenham. “He literally painted [singer] Adam [Gardner]’s face with a brush, and Adam was like, ‘Somebody wipe my eye,’ ’’ said drummer Brian Rosenworcel. The band of Tufts grads met Sarkin through a friend, Chad Carlberg, the video’s Gloucester-based director. After falling in love with the prolific artist’s work, they commissioned him to create the liner notes and cover of their new album, “Easy Wonderful.’’ “My first phone call with him, I was so intimidated because I was such a fan,’’ Rosenworcel says. “When I met him, I realized he’s just this kind of Obi-Wan Kenobi-type guy who you can give noogies to.’’

JoJo joins in
Foxborough-bred pop star JoJo stopped backstage at Staples’s Do Something 101 event following the Teen Choice Awards in LA. The singer, sporting black hair these days, was among several celebs — Nikki Blonsky, “Chuck’’ star Zac Levi, Lucy Hale, to name a few — who joined teen volunteers in donating 500 gift bags of school supplies to needy kids in LA. JoJo was greeted backstage by Staples’s Boston-based publicist Karen Pevenstein.

Great bloodlines
Winthrop Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, was at the Steiff Gallery at the Atrium Mall the other day, where he chatted with Caroline Schwarz Schastny, the great-great-granddaughter of FAO Schwarz. Why, you say? The world’s most priceless teddy bear is on display at the gallery, and the teddy, of course, is named for the former president. Also there was Friedrich Lohr, Germany’s consul general in Boston.

Puzzling victory
The World Cube Association’s 2010 US National tournament at MIT this weekend ended with defending champion Rowe Hessler triumphant, with an average time of just 10.93 seconds, in the speedsolving of the classic three-by-three puzzle cube. The tournament, which event organizers said was the biggest of its kind yet held in the United States and one of the largest in the world, brought about 250 competitors to Cambridge. Solving the classic cube was just one event in which cubers used their minds, hands, and even their feet to wrestle with Rubik’s Cubes of various configurations as well as similar puzzles.

Reshuffling the rock
Two of the artists in “Boston’s 25 All-Time Best Pop Music Acts,’’ a list published in Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine, say they would rearrange the ranking. Told that Aerosmith landed at the top spot, guitarist Joe Perry heaped praise on the group that came in at No. 6 — the J. Geils Band, Aerosmith’s partners in rhyme at Fenway Saturday. “I always thought J. Geils was the best live band on the planet, probably next to Sly and the Family Stone; they were unstoppable.’’ He added with a smile, “I probably would’ve picked them, but I’m glad to be No. 1.’’ Donnie Wahlberg, member of the No. 9 New Kids on the Block, also would have slotted a different group at No. 1. His choice? “I would’ve put New Edition at No. 1 and Aerosmith at No. 2,’’ he said of NKOTB’s boy band predecessors, who came in just ahead of New Kids at No. 8.

Watch for Go
Keep an eye out for the boys in the band OK Go, who are shooting a video in Cambridge for their song “Last Leaf.’’ We’d like to tell you more, but word is everyone signed a confidentiality agreement. The band, which was born in Chicago and relocated to LA, places a heavy emphasis on video. The vid for its song “Here It Goes Again,’’ featuring band members Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross, and Damian Kulash on treadmills, has registered more than 52 million hits on YouTube.

Brunner marries
WCVB-TV (Channel 5) anchor and reporter Liz Brunner married Boston businessman Craig Stockmal last week in a private ceremony in New York.

Geoff Edgers of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Taylor Adams contributed to this report. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.