Reviews

Laid Back Festival
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, NY.  Allman, the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and City of the Sun played that day.  In 2016, Laid Back expanded to encompass one-day...
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Paul Weller
Paramount, Huntington, NY
Dubbed, "The Modfather" due to his being one of the principal figures of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, Paul Weller first achieved fame with the punk rock and new wave band The Jam. After The Jam disbanded Weller formed the blue-eyed soul, pop, folk and jazz influenced band...
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Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
Paramount, Huntington, NY
Ace sideman, actor, disc jockey, label chief, social activist, philanthropist, solo superstar.  There really is nothing that Little Steven can't do.  Born Steven Lento in Boston, MA in 1950.  He lived in Watertown, MA until 1957, when his mother remarried...
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Psychedelic Furs with Bash & Pop
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
 The Psychedelic Furs are the voice of a generation. The sound of the 1980’s. They had hit after hit starting with their debut album in 1980, and were one of the most popular and successful bands of the decade. ’Pretty in Pink’ was the soundtrack to the quintessential coming of age movie...     
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Roadcase Royale
Gramercy, NYC
Roadcase Royale is a new supergroup featuring Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Liv Warfield (Prince’s New Power Generation). ‘RR’ kicked off the tour with a gig at New York’s famed Gramercy Theater before hitting the road with Bob Seger.   

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Dweezil Zappa
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
It’s been over 50 years since Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention released their groundbreaking album ‘Freak Out’.  ‘Freak Out’ is still ahead of it’s time and was light years ahead of everyone else when it was released in 1966.   

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Scared in Jersey
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
‘Scared in Jersey’ is based on the legend of the ‘Jersey Devil’, which is local folklore. On a dark and stormy night in October 1735, Mother Leeds gave birth to her 13th child which then morphed into a monster. The child sprouted horns, fangs, hooves, wings, and a tail...

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Robby Krieger
Bergen PAC, Englewood NJ
Robby Krieger is a living legend. The guitarist for one of the greatest bands of all time, The Doors. Robby was integral to the Doors sound. His unique, innovative playing and songwriting were vital to the Doors legend...  

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Ted Nugent
BB King's, NYC
It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Album ‘Cat Scratch Fever’, and what better place to see Uncle Ted than in New York City. BB King’s was packed on this hot August night. They even removed the front tables, so there would be more standing room...

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Sixto Rodriguez
Westbury, NY
On an unseasonably warm fall evening, the enigmatic singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and his band of three took the stage at The Space at Westbury, before a crowd of enthusiastic fans. Having celebrated his 75th birthday this summer, the iconic folk artist ...

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Alison Moyet
Radio City, NY
Alison Moyet is not an artist who resides in the past. Not her's or anyone else's. Many fans feel that her biggest hits were as part of Yazoo with Vince Clarke and then perhaps a few songs some from early in her solo career. These same fans often feel that her concerts...

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Brian Wilson
Radio City, NY
Brian Wilson is a Grammy-winning member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He is considered to be one of the most influential songwriters of all time. Many see him as a tortured genius. His story is well- known. Wilson is known far and wide as the creative force behind... 


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The Pixies
Westbury, NY
On a pleasant Friday evening in Westbury, NY, The Pixies channeled The Beatles by delivering a letter perfect, note-for-notefor-note standout version of "Helter Skelter" during which every aspect of the song, even the scream, was perfectly executed. It was a perfect ending to...

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Willie Nelson's Outlaw Festival
Jones Beach, NY
The sun blazed overhead on the Saturday afternoon in September as Willie Nelson and Blackbird Presents Outlaw Music Festival Tour landed at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, NY. With an early 4 PM start to accommodate a wealth of talent, the parking...
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Social Distortion
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Social Distortion is Mike Ness (lead vocals, lead guitar); Jonny Wickersham (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), A.K.A. Jonny Two Bags; Brent Harding (bass, backing vocals); David Hidalgo Jr. (drums) and David Kalish (keyboards).  The band was formed in 1978 in Fullerton, CA...
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Chris Stapleton
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
Chris Stapleton first made a name for himself by writing songs for Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Adele and many more.  As a songwriter he has scored six country number-one songs including "Never Wanted Nothing More" ...
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Wallflowers
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Being Bob Dylan's son can't be easy.  If you're also a musician and songwriter, like Jakob Dylan, it has got to be even harder.  The bar is set really high.  It has got to be a challenge. Jakob Dylan has not only accepted that challenge, he has thrived.  He has achieved success...
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Robert Randolph
The Space, Westbury, NY
Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a New Jersey-based funk and soul outfit led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (who has sometimes been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar"). The majority of the Family Band is comprised of Randolph's blood...
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Retro Futura
Katrina, Paul Young, Modern English, The English Beat & More​
Ahhh, the 80’s…let’s harken back to a time when blazers were oversized, hair rose to great heights, denim was acid washed and music stood out.  America’s premiere 80’s concert tour, Retro Futura was just the time machine to transport fans back to the era that made synths so popular. 
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Soul Asylum
The Space, Westbury, NY​​​
The band's original lineup consisted of Dave Pirner on vocals and guitar, Dan Murphy on lead guitar, Karl Mueller on bass, and drummer Pat Morley. Grant Young replaced Morley in 1984. The band's first five albums (three recorded for Twin/Tone Records and two for A&M Records)...
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Nathanial Rateliff
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY​​
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats wer4e formed in Denver, CO in 2013.  The band's genesis occurred when Rateliff, a singer and songwriter who had released Desire and Dissolving Men on Public Service Records in 2007 (as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel), a solo record on Rounder...
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James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt
The Prudential Center - ​​​Newark, NJ - July 6, 2017
On a pleasant Thursday evening just after the 4th of July, when many of the audience members were enjoying an extended Independence Day holiday James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt touched down at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center for the first night of their 2017 summer tour.  
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Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Michael McDonald has had a long and storied career.  In the early days of his career he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group.  Over time he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on 1975's  Katy Lied  (ABC Records),  The Royal Scam (ABC Records, 1976)...
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Southside Johnny
The Space, Westbury, NY
On a sleepy Friday evening at the beginning of a long 4th Of July weekend, Westbury's NYCB Theatre was filled with the sounds of both Woodstock (Big Pink) and the Jersey Shore.   The Weight Band...
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Hall & Oates
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
​On a pleasant Saturday evening in mid-June, the Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears co-headlining tour made its way to NJ's Prudential Center. It was definitely pop and soul night in Newark. The evening began with a dose of Pacific Northwestern soul and R&B as Allen Stone took the stage...
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Nick Lowe
City Winery, NYC
​It's hard to believe but Nick Lowe is now 68 years of age. He has been recording and touring since the early '70s and now in the late 2010s, he shows no signs of slowing down. An English pub rocker who made his name in Power Pop and New Wave as both artist and producer...
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Joe Jackson
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
​Joe Jackson, along with Elvis Costello, was the cream of the crop of the British ‘New Wave’ scene of the late 1970’s-1980’s. I have seen Jackson Live many times, dating as far back as 1980.  The first time was the Dr. Pepper concert series in Central Park, August 1, 1980 ...
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Flogging Molly
Irving Plaza, NYC
​My favorite Irish Punks are back in NYC, and they are throwing the biggest party in town. Flutes, accordions & banjos all make you think of Punk music right? Well they do now thanks to Dave King and his band of Irishmen,  playing their brand of drunken lullabies...
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The Damned
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
​The Stone Pony has always hosted bands of a great variety. Punk, Rock, Indie, Local and a few big named surprises. I've attended shows on the inside and outside on their Summer Stage. They always attract a crowd! Being a fan of The Damned since the early 80's ....
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New Order
Radio City, NYC
​​A month after sharing the stage of Carnegie Hall with the legendary likes of Iggy Pop for the Tibet House Benefit Concert, iconic greats New Order kicked off a handful of US dates with a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall before heading west for some Coachella...
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Ann Wilson
The Space, Westbury, NY
​​​Ann Wilson is best-known as the lead singer and songwriter of the classic rock band Heart.  Many consider her as one of the greatest female vocalists in the history of rock music.  Heart was formed in the early '70 by Wilson and her guitarist sister Nancy...
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Steve Winwood
The Space, Westbury, NY
​Fifty-one years after a teenaged Steve Winwood sang "Gimme Some Lovin'" with the Spencer Davis Group, the rock, pop and rhythm and blues legend can still nail the vocal and hit all the notes on the '60s anthem.  On a cool, late April Thursday evening in Westbury...
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Olivia Newton John
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​​Olivia took us on a musical journey throughout her amazing career. ‘Xanadu’, ‘Lets Get Physical’ , and a medley of country hits. ‘Please Mr. Please’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Jolene’ and ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’.  Olivia performed ‘The Dolphin Song’ and of course there was  ‘Grease’...
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Peter Frampton
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​​​It was a special treat to hear the classic songs we grew up with played acoustically in an intimate setting. ‘Show Me The Way’ , ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, ‘Lines On My Face’, ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’’ , were all played, and mixed in with Buddy Holly and Beatles classics...
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Ann Wilson
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
​Ann Wilson, the legendary singer of the band Heart, has embarked on a solo tour, and I was lucky enough to catch her at The Mayo Performing Arts Center in NJ. The Mayo is located in beautiful downtown Morristown NJ, and is a superb old theater originally built in 1937...
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Dropkick Murphys
Paramount, Huntington, NY
​​Over 20 years ago, in Quincy, MA the founding members of the Dropkick Murphys decided to have a jam session in the basement of a barbership. What started out as an opportunity to have some fun and play a little music has, since 1996, evolved into a movement...
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Colin Hay
New York, NY
Had Colin Hay not made his mark as a musician with Men At Work and as a solo performer, he'd surely have gained fame as a stand-up comedian.  Hay has a wickedly funny sense of humor.  This sense of the absurd was very much in evidence during his performance at the Concert Hall...
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Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo invited us into their living room for a very intimate acoustic evening. It wasn’t really their living room, it was the beautiful St. George Theater in Staten Island. The St. George is so inviting, and the acoustics are so warm, you felt like ...​
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David Duchovny
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
​​Don’t think for a minute that this is just another actor that wants to be a Rock Star. David Duchovny is so good, it appears as if he is a Rock Star who just happens to act. I showed up to the Stone Pony to see David Duchovney, and walked into a sea of people. Are the Beatles playing...
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Adam Ant
Keswick Theater, Philadelphia, PA
​The show was billed as…Adam Ant performs the iconic album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ in it’s entirety, and much more. A dream come true for any punk new wave fan of the 80’s. ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ was ground breaking when it was released in 1980. A sound we never...
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Michael Bolton
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​​Michael Bolton hit the stage with his 8 piece band on this warm February night amidst catcalls from the ladies in this packed house. The ladies love Michael Bolton. Bolton was charming and took the admiration in stride with good humor. With calls of “turn around Michael”, ...
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Tommy Stinson Bash & Pop
The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
​Tommy Stinson, Bash & Pop, and The Saint, are a perfect combination. Stinson, Bassist for the Replacements, formed Bash & Pop in 1992 after the ‘Mats broke up. The Replacements were a Minnesota punk band considered by many to be the pioneers of alternative rock...
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Melissa Etheridge
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​​Melissa Etheridge is the real deal. As was evident at her concert on Friday the 13th, she says what she means, and means what she says. Melissa leaves it all out there on the stage. As one of the few men in attendance, I felt honored to get a glimpse into a secret world...
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Rev. Horton Heat
House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ
​​It was a night of Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Country, and Rock and Roll as The Reverend Horton Heat hit Asbury Park NJ.
The Reverend Horton Heat is of course, Jim Heath, aka the Godfather of Psychobilly. 
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L.A.M.F
Bowery Electric, NYC
​L.A.M.F is an acronym for “Like A MotherFucker”, and that sums up Johnny Thunders, The Heartbreakers, and this show, perfectly. L.A.M.F is the 1977 Legendary Punk Album by Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. The album is a collection of songs about dope...

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Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! 
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​My Mama used to say “It ain’t Christmas until someone cries!”, but I say “It ain’t Christmas until I see the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Christmas Rocks! Tour.” This is the 13th Annual tour and I have seen 10 of them. Not only does it not get old, but it gets better every year...

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The Monkees
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​It’s hard to believe it was 50 years ago that Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz were picked to star in the new TV show The Monkees! Millions of albums sold, and millions of miles later, here we are again partying with our old friends for what may be...

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Green Day
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
​I was taken back when I heard the rumor that Green Day would be playing Starland Ballroom. How could it be that one of my all-time favorite bands -- last watched with an audience of 60,000 at Giants Stadium -- is possibly going to play at such an intimate venue...

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Catfish & The Bottlemen
Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
​Catfish and the Bottlemen have renewed my hope in music. Being an old punk, the last band I really got behind was BuckCherry. I long ago gave in that Rock Music was dead. My 15 year old daughter and her friend convinced me to take them to the concert, but I did not have...

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Three Dog Night
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​​Three Dog Night. What a band. From 1969 to 1974, no band was bigger, or sold more records than Three Dog Night.  They had 21 consecutive top 40 hits, including 3 #1 Singles, 11 top 10’s, 18 straight top 20’s, 7 million selling singles, and 12 straight Gold LP’s...

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Crank County Daredevils
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​Opening bands are usually background music while you wait for the headliner. But every so often you get a Band that grabs you and demands your attention. I had the opportunity to see Crank County Daredevils open for Cheetah Chrome at the Brighton Bar...
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Cheetah Chrome
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​“Ain’t it fun when you’re always on the run.” Hell yeah. Especially when you’re running to a concert and ex-Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome is playing. Cleveland Ohio’s Dead Boys were a legendary punk rock band who were most active between 1976 and 1979...
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Ian Lloyd Stories
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​Ian Lloyd singer and songwriter of the 1970’s band ‘Stories’ made his only area appearance Friday Night. Ian Lloyd’s Stories Live on the Jersey Shore  was a perfect event, for an end of summer blowout. Ian Lloyd, from NYC, formed the band Stories in 1971...
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Stanley Clarke
Highline Ballroom, NYC
​Stanley Clarke made his only area appearance and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. This NYC stop was just one of a handful of US tour dates before Stanley embarked on a European tour. Stanley Clarke is the premier Bass Guitarist of our time...
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Tiffany
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
​I am not what you would think of as the average Tiffany fan. Back in 1987 when Tiffany was at her peak of fame, I was listening to Punk Rock such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Dead Kennedy’s. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tiffany and in doing research...
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Al DiMeola
BB Kings, NYC
​Al Dimeola the virtuoso jazz fusion guitarist extraordinaire, brought his Electric Tour 2016 to New York City. The show was billed as “Elegant Gypsy” meets “Romantic Warrior”.  Al Dimeola was born on the other side of the River in NJ, where he studied the guitar...
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Dramarama
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
​Jerseys favorite boys returned home. Just like the Salmon to Capistrano, Dramarama made their annual pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore for their summer show at the Wonderbar. It was a hot steamy summer night, and the bar was packed as the band hit the stage...
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Eric Burdon
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​On the night of July 20, Edgar Winter and Eric Burden performed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing them.  I have a strong love for old time rock and roll, but I am 16 so when I walked into the concert....
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Edgar Winter
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​On the night of July 20, Edgar Winter and Eric Burden performed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing them.  I have a strong love for old time rock and roll, but I am 16 so when I walked into the concert....
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David Cassidy
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​David Cassidy “Up Close & Personal” at the NJPAC theater in Newark was a homecoming for the NJ boy.  David grew up close by, in the town of West Orange, where he lived with his grandparents. However, it was much more than a homecoming, it was a family....
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Alice Cooper
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​​The “Spend the Night with Alice Cooper” tour rolled into NJ Tuesday and delivered big time. Chock full of smoke, pyrotechnics, electric chairs, snakes, blood, guillotines, Frankenstein and raw Rock n Roll power...     
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Peter Murphy
le Poisson Rouge - NYC
Peter John Joseph Murphy aka The godfather of goth is a legend. Whether it was with Bauhaus or his celebrated solo career, Peter Murphy has had audiences in the palm of his hands for the last 30 odd years with his deep baritone voice , eerie melodies and dark lyrics...
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Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
The Rascals were formed in New Jersey during the height of the British Invasion. They stood out as the inventors of good time, blue eyed soul music. With 18 top 40 hits, 5 top 10 hits, and 3 number 1 hits they were the biggest band in the world.  50 years and many trials...
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