This is what we used in the 90s for our bios and story, it is somewhat dated information but, at the request of the survivors, the names have remained unchanged. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.
Gus Gelpi and Marc Belloni teamed up as A Dollar Short faded away due to the incubation and eventual emergence of Niki Collins into this world via Tracey and adopted Beau Gelpi, Gus’s brother to plant the seed that would eventually flower into CL10. Augmenting an amazing array of alternative, classic, folk and country rock with a few Broadway tunes and a few original works, they first performed at what would become their annual “Holiday Scream” Christmas Party in December 1992, at Bill Walker’s warehouse. Subsequent performances at The G Spot, a bar run by Gus, lead to Beau’s then co-worker, Jim Bercaw (a veteran of the Tuscaloosa rock and roll scene), joining on bass and Gus’ co-worker, Jason Brettel, joining on drums. The band played at local venues such as World Famous Mid-City Lanes (Rock & Bowl) and Muddy Waters, as well as the annual- for-a-while-but-now-discontinued Mardi Gras Porch Jam. When Jason moved to San Francisco, Bill Walker dusted off his drum kit and entered the fray. The band performed at venues such as Pitchers, the Rugby Club, the Sunset Grill, and Lucy’s in New Orleans and Mallini’s in Bay St. Louis. Numerous private parties also kept the band busy throughout the next few years. Gus departed CL10 in December 1996, while Beau, Marc, Jim and Bill have continued to perform, most recently at Wit’s Inn and The Parkway Tavern. In addition to its originals, CL10 has earned a reputation for performing off- the-wall, dug-from-a-12-foot-grave cover songs and surprising medleys, mixing musical periods and styles, which result in such combinations as For Your Love/Don’t Fear the Reaper and Someone to Love/White Wedding, not to mention Stoneilfloyd, a mix of the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond and Pink Floyd. The latest crowd pleaser seems to be the reggae version of Steve Miller’s The Joker, with Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe sung at the same time. The band’s evolution has progressed toward a comedic edge, relying in large part on what can be described best as “cheap theatrics.” The range of cover songs has expanded with today’s growing field of what was once called “alternative music,” resulting in the addition of songs by groups such as Counting Crows, Pearl Jam and The Refreshments to a stable already well stocked with the likes of The Beatles, Johnny Cash, The Yardbirds and even Styx. The list of original works has also expanded to include such topics as Natalie Wood (Natalie Would), Winona Ryder (In a Perfect World), breakfast foods (Cereal Killers), The X Files (Apartment 42) and even a small South Sea island (Vanuatu).
CL10 is a traditional New Orleans mispronunciation of one of the streets in the lower Garden District named after the nine Greek muses. Specifically, Clio Street is named after the muse of History. Translated directly from the Greek, Clio, or CL10, means “To make famous.”
A lawyer by day, Marc is a graduate of Jesuit High School(1983) and Loyola University (B.A. 1986, J.D. 1990). He has performed, directed and produced theatre in New Orleans for the past 15 years, including shows at Le Petit, True Brew Theatre, the CAC and other venues. Marc’s first rock experience was in 1984, when he played for six months with Pirates’ Alley. Since that time, Marc has taught himself guitar and began song writing, influenced by the likes of James Taylor and Paul Simon. In law school, Marc and some friends formed Bad Faith, a seven piece, all law student band featuring Marc’s original songs lampooning the law school experience. Upon graduation, Marc teamed with Gus Gelpi (guitarist from Where the Girls Were) and Tracy Collins (local musical theater and comedy actress) to form A Dollar Short, performing folk-rock and comedy-rock, again showcasing Marc’s original works. Then came CL10. With CL10, Marc continued to perform his folk rock and original works with Gus Gelpi in White Toast Dry. Marc also re-teamed with Brian Gilbert from Bad Faith and Bill Walker to form Vlad and the Impalers. Marc continues to write songs that inspire a puzzled look, if not a grin, on the faces of the audience.
A lawyer by day, Jim is a graduate of Carmel High School (Indiana, 1983) and the University of Alabama(B.A. 1987, J.D. 1990). A self-taught guitarist, he first played and sang in 1983 with the trio Trial Run. Jim, an accomplished lead guitarist, plays bass guitar in CL10, because in his youth, he heard that “Bass players get all the chicks.” The bass also provided Jim the opportunity to join Western Decadence, a Tuscaloosa-based band, which toured the Southeast. Besides headlining its own shows, the group opened for college radio favorites such as 10,000 Maniacs, the Georgia Satellites and the White Animals. In 1986, Western Decadence released a cassette of original music entitled From a Town that Don’t Dance. . . Jim later played guitar in Cyborg Jungle, and bass guitar in Murmur and the Peace Frogs, in addition to recording sessions with Tuscaloosa musicians. Jim’s first appearance with CL10 was at one of the early Porch Jams. His loopy bass lines have provided the foundation upon which numerous CL10 original works have been built. As a songwriter, Jim is known for seizing an obscure idea from an even more obscure source and running it into the ground.
Another lawyer by day, Beau is a graduate of Jesuit High School (1980), the University of Virginia (1984) and Tulane Law (1987). The elder statesman of the band, Beau learned to play guitar at an early age. He and his brother Gus quickly learned to cater to their father’s love of classic country music. Beau’s first public performance was on a floating bar in the British Virgin Islands, where he and Gus, playing under the name L7, wowed the locals and tourists alike. Beau and Gus share the distinction of being the first live music at Rock & Bowl. Unfortunately, the name L7 was soon co-opted by a lesbian thrashmetal band out of Los Angeles. Beau began playing impromptu porch- jams in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi with Marc and Gus. One thing led to another, and CL10 was born. Beau dug out some original songs written years before and dipped into his repertoire of rock/alternative rock standards to form the early songlist for CL10. Beau’s current songwriting trends lean toward the (what he would call) clever turn of a phrase. He is a partner in the law firm of Gelpi, Sullivan, Carroll & Gibbens.
Bill Walker is not a lawyer. Bill Walker never wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, Bill Walker hates lawyers. So, what is he doing in a band in which all the other members are lawyers? Playing drums.
Bill originates from Slidell, Louisiana (“slide 11” in the parlance), where he began his musical career in the Slidell High School marching band. His interest in performing followed Bill to New Orleans, where he began working in the theater community as an actor, carpenter, set designer and yes, as a drummer. For many years, Bill filled many shoes at the Rose Dinner Theater at night, while working days at Martin Marietta as a rocket scientist. Bill’s love of theater and his design talent prompted him to open his own business, New Orleans Scenic Enterprises (NOSE), specializing in scenery for conventions, television, film and commercials. Bill has moved on to Le Petit since then and currently is the Technical Director of the theater and was also the set designer of all but one of the productions during his rookie season.