Lawyers and the Arts

Attorneys Who Rock!

What do four members of a Sacramento rock-n-roll band called Betty and the Boomers do as their day jobs? They are attorneys of course-well known in the Sacramento legal community as Lou Anapolsky, Steve Block, Judy Winn, and Joe Winn. What began in 1998 as a weekend jam session sponsored by a local music store became Betty and the Boomers, a cover band that plays a wide variety of music, including rock and roll, blues, Motown, R&B, and funk. The band also includes Block's 25-year-old son, Adam Block, a recent graduate of UC Davis, who plays bass, and drummer Frank Rios, a Project Manager with PG & E.

A partner at Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP, a law firm that provides legal counseling and representation to local, regional, and national businesses, Anapolsky plays guitar. "We enjoy providing hard-charging music for our fans and those in the audience who love to dance." Anapolsky said.

Steve Block, a trial attorney who now serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master, sings, plays guitar (both rhythm and lead) and the harmonica. In addition, Steve uses the band to satisfy a long-held fantasy to play with the WHO at Winterland.

Judy Winn, "Betty" the lead singer in the band, practices family law in Gold River with her husband, Joe, the band's third guitar player. Judy finds playing in the band to be a stress reliever from her family law practice. "I don't think of anything else when I sing," she said. "The day-to-day business part of practicing law goes away."

Rios is one-half of the "rhythm" section of the band. He keeps the beat on track, arranges the music, composes the set lists and is a primary singer on many of the tunes that the band plays. Adam Block, the bass player, also plays lead guitar on several songs and assists in the musical arrangements. He is the most accomplished guitarist in the band. It's tough for the "old guys" to keep up with him. Adam Block and Rios, whom the band heavily relies on for the musical "vibe," privately advise that they have to exercise a tremendous measure of patience in dealing with the lawyers in the band.

The band has played in several local clubs in the Sacramento area, but now concentrates on playing mainly at private parties, weddings, benefits and other functions. For example, Betty and the Boomers recently played at the McGeorge Law School 80th Anniversary Gala for over 300 guests.

"The band brings a lot of energy to each performance that translates through the music to the crowded dance floor," says Anapolsky. A versatile band, they play all kinds of rock (from the 60's to current) and rhythm and blues, such as music from Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Martha and the Vandellas, to classic rock favorites like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Santana, Sheryl Crow, and Eric Clapton. Their shows are fun and entertaining, and they have gained a core of loyal fans that include local judges, law students, court clerks, bailiffs, lawyers, and law enforcement personnel. The band is available for hire. Just call Lou Anapolsky at (916) 498-9911 or Joe and Judy Winn at (916) 631-8585.

Joe Winn says that people who know them, as attorneys are usually surprised to see their "rock and roller" side. "It's just one more way to creatively express yourself. It's fun to turn in the pen and pad for a microphone and Fender guitar a few times a month," says Joe. After you hear the band, you'll agree.

March / April 2005