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Friday, November 14, 2008 

A return for Reesa and the Rooters

By TOM WILK • Courier-Post Staff • November 14, 2008

After a recording hiatus of more than a decade, Reesa and the Rooters have reunited to record "Melt The Iceman," a three-song CD.

Led by vocalist/keyboardist Reesa Marchetti, the band will celebrate the release of the CD with a Saturday night performance at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman.

Why just three songs?

"Everybody is busy; everyone's got their own lives," said Marchetti, an Elk Township resident.

Marchetti also has had to make adjustments in her personal life. She sings from a power chair on stage since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

"MS affects my right side. I play keyboards only with my left hand," she said.

While Marchetti is the sole original member in this version of the group, the CD carries on with a new wave spirit that mixes a sense of fun with dance grooves.

Along with such acts as Robert Hazard, the A's, the Hooters, Alan Mann and the Ben Vaughn Combo, Reesa and the Rooters were part of the burgeoning Philadelphia music scene of the 1980s.

Marchetti, who now works as a Web designer, launched a Web site -- relivethe80s.com -- that serves as an online scrapbook of that era with articles, photographs, videos, songs and more.

"Melt The Iceman," includes a version of Mann's song "You Can't Talk To Her" as a tribute to the artist, who died in an apartment fire in 1987.

"My band shared the bill with the Alan Mann Band at quite a few gigs. I loved his song "You Can't Talk to Her,' " she said in a Web site posting.

Reach Tom Wilk at (856) 317-7827 or twilk@courierpostonline.com

Reesa and the Rooters perform at Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman Saturday night.

Reesa and the Rooters with Renata Gordon and Maureen Simmons will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bus Stop Music Cafe, 148 S. Broadway, Pitman. Tickets are $7, which includes a $3 cafe credit. For information, call (856) 582-0009.
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