Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday August 25, 2012 7:30 PM
$28 in advance / $35 day of concert

While often viewed in the shadow of another well-known New Jersey shore band, Southside Johnny Lyon is near royalty to New Jerseyans and has created a legacy of great soul influenced rock spanning three decades.

In the mid 70s, Johnny teamed up with friend Steve Van Zandt to form the Asbury Jukes, creating a talented R&B group that included both killer rhythm and horn sections, and which has had countless members and musical partners during its long tenure.

E Street members Springsteen and Van Zandt provided the songs for the Asbury Jukes' debut, I Don't Wanna Go Home, in 1976. It was the first of a series of modestly successful albums on Epic Records that helped introduce the world to the great blend of rock and roll and Southern-influenced soul that was the foundation for New Jersey rock.

While they rarely charted highly with their albums, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes became known internationally as a great live band and had a special following among soul and blues fans, as the Jukes showed a clearer influence by and reverence for soul music (especially Memphis soul) than did the other Jersey bands.

The Jukes released the critically acclaimed Messin' With The Blues in 2000, followed by the excellent Going to Jukesville in 2002 and Missing Pieces, a compilation of previously unreleased early 80s material, in 2004.

In late 2005, Southside Johnny and a reconstituted Asbury Jukes released Into the Harbour, containing a rousing cover of the Stones "Happy", as well as the great rock cuts "Tear Stained Letter" and "Nothing But a Heartache". Into the Harbour is a fun celebration of soul and rock recalling the great rock 'n soul blend of Southside Johnny's best music.

The band only occasionally returns to the studio these days, opting instead to tour constantly. Widely regarded as "The World's Greatest Bar Band", they continue to attract star guests including Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

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Opening Bank - Dirigo

Dirigo is Luke Patchen Montgomery (Strangefolk), bassist Erik Glockler (Strangefolk), guitarist Steve Jones (The Boneheads) and drummer Russ Lawton (Strangefolk & Trey Anastasio Band). These guys have been playing together on and off over the past 10 years under various names and decided on the name Dirigo in 2010. This Latin word was chosen because it's the Maine State Motto (meaning "I Lead").

Dirigo's sound was aptly described by one writer as "The Stones jamming with The Allman Brothers at Willie Nelson's barbecue."

Dirigo was voted Best Jam Band in Portland Phoenix's Best Music Poll 2012, and were featured in the December 2011 Relix Magazine as one of "Five Bands You Should Know About" and in Relix's "On The Verge" Dec 23, 2011. Dirigo's inaugural album Jamericana was reviewed in The Portland Press Herald Jan 2012, Vermont 7 Days in November 2011, and the Portland Phoenix in September 2011. The band has been featured on radio interviews with Mark Curdo of WCYY (Maine), Charlie Gaylord of WBLM (Maine) and Arty LaVigne of WDEV (Vermont), and on the TV program 207 and Private Stage.

Read interviews by Maine's renowned journalists Emily Burnham: The Bangor Daily News and Aimsel Ponti: The Portland Press Herald

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67 Kirk Stret
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