"It's been three years," said Jon Radice, "but we're just about where we want to be." Radice is talking about the River Rock Cafe, 2081 Niagara St., which he manages. "We're not finished remodeling -- new floor, bigger stage. The sound system's already in, and the digital light show. Now it's time to let everybody know where we're at. We're known for all-ages shows. But we're more than that. We're trying to cover all styles. So it's time, and we're ready to go with the nationals."
True to his word, Radice starts with Sweet F.A., a band that has caused the rock press to run to its superlative file, Monday evening at 8:30 (doors open at 8). The band is now out on MCA Records after blitzing record company executives with its Midwestern brand of hard rock blues. In Los Angeles, rock writers enthused that nothing like lead vocalist Steve Delong's frenetic energy had been seen since David Lee Roth at his peak. With Delong are drummer Tricky Lane, guitarists Jon Lightning, J.T. Thunder and Jim Quick. Radice sees his River Rock Cafe bringing groups like Sweet F.A. periodically through the summer months, with a fuller schedule anticipated for fall.