We were looking for some Friday fun. We found some with Ali Spagnola. The multi-talented musical/comedic/ice skating juggernaut who invented the Power Hour drinking game spent a few minutes with us & now we are in an amazingly good mood. We’ll show you where to check her out after you read this brief interview & we bet it will put you in an amazingly good mood too.
Andy: Let’s get straight to the “Power Hour drinking game.” How does that work?
Ali: Basically I do a live show where I perform 60 1-minute songs and do a shot of beer to go along with each song. Of course the people in the audience do the shots along with me which makes for a guaranteed good time (Looks like it; see below)
Andy: I need to know where your next performance is.. And speaking of performance, your videos on Youtube are outstanding and show your vast range of talent; i.e, drumming, guitar playing, organ playing, singing, etc. Where’d this all come from – did you grow up in a musical family?
Ali: Actually I did. My Dad is a bass player and set up a recording studio in the house so it was something I was definitely influenced by. I learned how to play piano when I was 5 which led to the drums which led to the guitar.
Andy: ..which led to doing them all at once really well. I played drums for years but still could never twirl my sticks as good as you do. Your talents go beyond the music and quirky comedy combo; You are a fresh new member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew! How’d that happen and can you relate performing in front of an NHL crowd to one of your normal shows in Vegas or elsewhere?
Ali: My brother was a huge hockey fan growing up and we were always on the ice (The Spagnola family lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area). I was a competitive figure skater and in a dance company.
That background is why I wanted to try out for the team. As far as the differences in performing my regular gig and for the Ice crew is nerves. I’ve been performing on stage for years and it’s pretty much second nature. Skating in front of a packed arena for NHL games is totally new & nerve racking. I’m gonna fall.
Andy: Haha, no you won’t! Thanks for wearing our Retro Brand Pens gear too. You look fantastic in your posts I must say. Your fans on Social Media seem to agree based on all the positive comments. Anything in particular you like about Retro Brand?
Ali: Oh yeah, I love them! The shirts are just very, very, comfortable. Some people pointed out that I wore your shirts an awful lot in my posts. What can I say? I can’t help it…
Andy: We so appreciate the pub and wear away! What would you say is the favorite part of your job?
Ali: My favorite thing is having blogs call me to do interviews for their tee-shirt websites. No, but really it’s getting to do exactly what I want when I want all the time. It’s not lost on me on just how lucky I am. Life is pretty good right now.
Andy: You mean we weren’t the first tee-shirt site to ask for an interview? Well we’re happy it’s one of your favorite things! And Yes, we’d agree your life is pretty dang good right now and thanks for making ours pretty good too.
Now if you want to get into that aforementioned amazingly good mood we were talking about, then you’ll check out her latest video below and then do the following:
1) Get her App!
2) Follow her on Vine – It’s Crazy Good! https://vine.co/alispagnola
3) Go to her website & follow everything HERE