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New Censation ... Popular band returns to Venice Lounge

April 28, 1999

New CensationBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer




New Censation is playing Hagerstown's Venice Lounge through Saturday night, but that's really nothing new.

The Baltimore-based band has been playing in the hotel's cocktail lounge since 1981 or 1982, according to Roy Wallman, who along with his wife, Cyndi Wallman, founded the group in 1981. This week is the third Venice gig this year.

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Roy Wallman plays guitar and Cyndi Wallman plays keyboard. The other members of New Censation are Will Williams on guitar, drummer Lenny Britz and Dean Andrews on bass and keyboard. Andrews also mixes the band's sound. "Everybody sings," says Roy Wallman.

The Wallmans also write music. It usually begins with an idea and a melody, says Cyndi Wallman. Then they work together to complete the song. "We are a team," Roy Wallman says.

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New Censation released an album in 1979 - "Feel It." "While We Still Have Time," a single from that album, did well and got them a spot on Merv Griffin's television show.

Do Cyndi and Roy Wallman have day jobs? Sort of. For 20 years, they have been writing and singing for television and radio commercials, including those for McDonald's, Wendy's, Colt 45, several airlines, banks and car dealerships. They've worked in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan-area studios.

Studio work years ago had them sitting next to Mary Chapin Carpenter. The group also has been involved with promos for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins. Cyndi Wallman has sung the national anthem at Baltimore's Camden Yards twice. On Sunday, May 16, she will perform "The Faces of Love" at a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis in Baltimore. She wrote the song especially for the event.

The Wallmans have a 24-track, digital recording studio in their home. For the past 15 or 16 years, they have been affiliated with Power Productions, a Salt Lake City company that makes aerobics and step aerobics instruction videos. They produce the music in their studio - recreating the vocals on popular music such as Motown, beach music and tunes from the '50s through today.

Roy Wallman says the group loves the setup at the Venice Lounge. New Sensation's music is billed as variety - pop, '90s, dance, rock, disco, R&B, country and swing.

Theresa Doherty, Venice Lounge manager, has known the members of New Censation for about 12 years. The group is one of the friendliest that performs in the lounge, she says. "They remember people," she adds. And people remember them. They draw return audiences. Reservations have been made a month in advance, Doherty says.

Hagerstown resident Marsha Mauriello says she and her husband, Paul, try to go to Venice Lounge to hear New Censation when the group is in town. They also see the group perform in Ocean City, and New Censation played at Paul Mauriello's 40th birthday party at Venice Inn.

What does Marsha Mauriello like about New Censation's music? "Probably the variety," she says. She also likes the Oldies the group plays. They bring back memories, she adds.

"We've known them for a long time. They're good people," Mauriello says of the members of the group.

Roy Wallman talks about the friends they've made and calls Venice Lounge New Censation's "home away from home."

New Censation

  • When: Tonight, Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
  • Where: Venice Lounge, 431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown
  • Information: No cover. For reservations, call 301-733-0830.
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