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Tom September 15, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Congrats, Jay! Best of luck.

David Lieberfarb September 15, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Good luck, Jay.

David Lieberfarb September 15, 2014 - 6:55 pm

I had the pleasure of seeing “Wittenberg” Sunday night and heartily concur with this favorable review. One of my favorite silly lines went “The Dane’s pain is mainly in the brain.”

Victor Kaply September 15, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Jay, wishing you the very best with your new venture. Nobody in Jersey knows music and the arts like you. You’ve been a seasoned music veteran for over 25 years. Here is a toast to you for the next 25 years!

Dana September 15, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Congratulations Jay! It looks great!

Matt Mead September 15, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Looks pretty great so far Jay. Congratulations on your exciting new venture! Looking forward to seeing grow with you.

Kate Jacobs September 16, 2014 - 9:19 am

Well done Jay! Wishing you the very best of luck with this new endeavor.

Fran Wood September 16, 2014 - 9:23 am

There may be no one in the state better qualified to do this than you, Jay. I’m rooting for all the support you need to make yours THE go-to site for arts in New Jersey!

Layonne September 16, 2014 - 9:51 am

All the best Jay :)

Scott Sheldon September 16, 2014 - 9:57 am

Already added to my Feedly! Best of success. ________________
Scott Sheldon
The Sanctuary Concerts
240 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ
10.18 GARY WRIGHT “Dreamweaver” Memoir Tour
12.7 DAR WILLIAMS “Honesty Room” Performance

Steve Hedgpeth September 16, 2014 - 10:27 am

I wish you all success in your post-Ledger venture.

Ed Palermo September 16, 2014 - 10:33 am

Congratulations, Jay! Your story about “cover bands” you wrote years ago which included my Frank Zappa tribute big band was one of the most thoughtful and flattering reviews I ever received. I always read and enjoyed your work!

philip thomas September 16, 2014 - 10:36 am

congratulations. An undertaking long overdue and well worth the energy. I wish you much success. Can you entice Michael Redmond and Valerie Sudol to join your effort? :-)

Michael Redmond September 18, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Thanks for the shout-out, Philip! As much as I’m cheering Jay on, I don’t see much role for me at, as earlier this year we moved to Delaware and so I’m no longer involved in any meaningful way with New Jersey’s cultural life. I don’t think one covers an arts scene authentically from a distance — you gotta be there, it’s a physical thing, a people thing, a face-time thing. But I’ll be reading this site faithfully. All best, in all ways! /mr/

Richard Reiter September 16, 2014 - 11:27 am

Hey Jay! You are the man to do this! You’re the expert about NJ arts, and our greatest supporter! Good luck!

Stormin' Norman Seldin September 16, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Glad to see you continue the work that you know and love best. Please keep up the great job you’ve always done, and again, thanks for the wonderful articles you have written both about myself and many other talented Jersey artists. You are always on top of the NJ arts and will encourage others to support you also.

Kelly-Jane Cotter September 16, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Congrats, Jay! You’ve hit the ground running. I’ve long respected your work and am eager to see what you do next.

Elizabeth Sobo September 16, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Excellent! Please include Robert Johnson! We need him desperately!

Mark Packer September 16, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Congrats, Jay! Thank God someone of stature is still writing about the arts in New Jersey.

Saul Hansell September 16, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Jay. Day 1 looks great. I can’t wait to see what’s next. This fills a huge need. Best, Saul

Jeff Friedman September 16, 2014 - 8:27 pm

What will the role of arts in higher education be in this web site? Will professional artists who happen to be faculty in institutions of higher education be relegated to the “non-professional” category and therefore not previewed or reviewed by the web-based press? Will professional guest artists from national and international locations be ignored because they have been commissioned by institutions of higher education? Inquiring minds want to know…

Reply September 16, 2014 - 8:33 pm

“What will the role of arts in higher education be in this web site?” — I’m not really planning to cover that. “Will professional artists who happen to be faculty in institutions of higher education be relegated to the “non-professional” category and therefore not previewed or reviewed by the web-based press?” — I’m open to writing about such artists. Am not looking to relegate anyone. “Will professional guest artists from national and international locations be ignored because they have been commissioned by institutions of higher education?” — No

Deb Cooperman September 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

Bravo, Jay! SO happy to see this; looking forward to reading and sharing.

Wishing you all good things on the project.

Scott September 23, 2014 - 8:27 am

We’ll never forget, though, Nellie’s answer to Ted Chapin’s question about whether she plans to do any more acting. “Only in real life,” she replied. BTW, I seem to recall a mention from the stage that the air dates for these specials will be in January.

NewarkDanceWatcher September 25, 2014 - 1:34 pm

It was an amazing experience, Bravo!

Ouida Ieng September 25, 2014 - 5:56 pm

This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

RutgersAlum September 26, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Another fine entry in the Institute’s Dance Symposium Series! If you want to see amazing dance performances up close and personal, rather than from the 25th row in some huge theater, you’ve got to check this series out!

Gail P. September 26, 2014 - 6:04 pm

My suggestion: Steve Forbert’s “Strange Names (North New Jersey’s Got ‘Em)” from his album “Strange Names & New Sensations”

Reply September 26, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Believe it or not was already planning that as tomorrow’s post!

Gail P. September 26, 2014 - 6:27 pm

I believe it! :-)

Gail P. September 28, 2014 - 11:24 am

John Gorka’s “I’m From New Jersey” is another great one!

scott sheldon September 28, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Jay, kudos for writing exactly what I thought when I read the lyrics to the five proposed state songs in the morning paper: None of them, especially the treacly, badly-rhymed Red Mascara song, could be sung without cringing. Although I can’t imagine “got no time for the corner boys” being recited in public-school classrooms, I have to think that a competition, attracting talented professional songwriters, would produce something subtle, powerful, and inspiring.

Matt Williams October 7, 2014 - 6:38 am

I saw the opening ion Sunday. The second half of the show totally DRAGS.
The Can-Can numbers themselves are both in the first half and the main number stopped the show with a near two minute standing ovation.
The writer of this article may not like this but here is what should happen.
People wanted ANOTHER Can-Can number put in. That’s how good these dancers are.
Put the major Cancan and the final act (where it should be) and Patti Coloumbo should featured a Can-Can near the second half where soloists or twosomes should get a opportunity to show their skills. There are many Can-Can moves Ms. Colombo could still use.
Repetitious? This is why this production is at Paper Mill. To work it out.
Save that standing ovation for at the end of the show. That when yu remember those things…when people are leaving with smiles on their faces.
There were people leaving before the end, and you don’t want that. Not at an opening, too.

If it stays like it is, it will open on Broadway but it will maybe stay open for three months.
Cole Porter and Abe Burrows memories deserve better.

Just for the record–the underwear is cute and sexy as those the costumes!

Florance Suddeth October 9, 2014 - 9:02 am

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Bob Makin October 9, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Have you done Palisades Park by Freddy Cannon yet? That’s a nice one to turn folks onto. Also, (I Wanna) Testify by The Parliaments, and anything by The Misfits. Hope the sight is a smashing success for you, Jay
: )

Jay Lustig October 9, 2014 - 9:10 pm

No, but I’m sure I’ll get to those. Thanks, Bob.

Steve Hedgpeth October 10, 2014 - 5:18 am

“Midnight Train to Georgia” is a well-traveled song, written in Los Angeles by Jim Weatherly, recorded by New Jersey’s Cissy Houston in 1973, then covered shortly after by Gladys Knight and the Pips in a Grammy-winning recording whose instrumental tracks were laid down in New Jersey by arranger-producer (and Somerville native) Tony Camillo. The instrumental track was then sent to Detroit where Knight and the Pips recorded the vocals.

Jay Lustig October 10, 2014 - 7:28 am

Thanks Steve, I didn’t know that. Hope all is well….

Jack Silbert October 18, 2014 - 11:37 am

Haunting shades of the “microbrewery” era. The biggest flaw I see here is charging $10 for the shows. One of the great things about the real Maxwell’s was the low ticket prices: Up until the very end you could see top national and international indie acts for $10 (a quick look at my old stubs shows that even in the last month, Screaming Females, Paul Collins’ Beat, and the Fleshtones were all $10 tix.) If they’re bringing in no-name acts, keep it cheap or pass the hat.

Leah K. October 20, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Elise Testone is not a no-name act…

Stephen Bailey October 18, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Well, to be fair there were plenty of big acts that had $20-$25 covers at Maxwell’s in the past. Admittedly I don’t know who this Elise Testone is but if she’s associated with American Idol and has a fanbase, $10 is not all that outrageous. I am hopeful that the local band nights will be as fun as they were in the past and will expand to more than one night a month. But it is a start and I’m not getting the old “brew-pub” vibe from these guys at all.

albert ross October 18, 2014 - 6:33 pm

There are hundred of original musicial acts in the tri-state area which are always better and preferable to Eric Clapton cover bands, even preferable to Clapton himself.

Baby steps I suppose, but a Clapton tribute band? Ewww.

TJK Haywood October 19, 2014 - 12:23 am

They ruined the back room, stripped it of it’s soul and ‘s a TV yuppie place now. Is there even a stage? I saw the pix on Fb. It was a heartbreak to see.They turned NJ’s premiere rock club into a haughty taughty bland soulless white box for pizza munching yuppies that know nothing about music culture. SHAME On THEM!
I loved Maxwell’s the way it was, the way it was supposed to be.

Heyzus October 22, 2014 - 8:38 am

Yuppie this. Yuppie that. You have such hate and anger in that dark, dead heart of yours.

TJK Haywood May 3, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Obviously My heart is alive and well , which is the reason why I loved the way it was . My criticism is well thought out and formed from 30 plus years of experiencing the venue. I’m talking about love for Rock and Roll culture. You want me to look bad ,your reply is trying to FOX news Spin it like I don’t know what I’m talking about. Obviously I now what I’m talking about, I’m talking about love.

Kevin Cale October 19, 2014 - 9:45 am

Not sure who Elise is, but glad music is coming back.

Sad thing is, is rock and blues is not what the Hoboken Resident is looking for these days as their music of choice.

After plenty of Hoboken music studies, it’s singer/songwriter & indie music that is on top.

Not sure if Maxwells “Tavern” did their research but hope they did…. Would love for it to stick around.

Heyzus October 22, 2014 - 11:46 am

Who conducted these studies? Where can I read them?

WWR October 19, 2014 - 3:08 pm Reply
Harlan October 20, 2014 - 7:54 am

Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

Noah October 20, 2014 - 5:43 pm

i grew up a few blocks from maxwells and went to shows there from when i was 13 until the day it closed. the new owners turned maxwells into an applebees. went once and i had to leave out of disgust.

Chris Dickson October 20, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Jay, thanks for helping to spread the Rent Party gospel! And I look forward to meeting you at our new venue …

Rick October 30, 2014 - 10:20 pm

When you write “Below is The Smithereens’ “Unplugged” version of “Behind the Wall of Sleep” — one of their signature tunes, from their 1986 debut album, “Especially for You” — with Parker handling lead vocals.” do you mean under my monitor? Because there sure isn’t any video on this page anywhere.

Reply October 30, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Sorry, I’m not sure what happened, but it is there now. Thanks for letting me know.

Gerry Mauriello November 10, 2014 - 9:58 am

I’ts great to hear about the album. Where can I get it? I’m very proud of you.

Reply November 10, 2014 - 11:38 am

Ordering info at

ravenstate November 10, 2014 - 3:31 pm

” here’s one you probably haven’t heard before “=really? well if you are into music, this man is certainly a hero to many. super song writer and one that puts movies in your head. best nj musician hands down.

Reply November 10, 2014 - 3:47 pm

No disrespect was intended. The reality is, though, that most people coming across this post would not have heard the song before.

Ken Galipeau November 10, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Here is a song that I wrote and recorded. It was used to make this video

Little Old Prof November 13, 2014 - 8:58 am

Dave Kleiner is a NJ treasure. I vote for “Stuck Inside New Jersey”.

Kara Swisher November 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

here’s a suggestion. the artist is Chris Rockwell. song is Lavalette Business District. it’s about the small shore towns in the off season. hope you enjoy! =)

Reply November 13, 2014 - 11:01 am

Thanks. Will check it out.

Matt November 14, 2014 - 2:54 pm

May I suggest a song from a band called The Delevante’s. Two brothers who originally hailed from Rutherford, NJ and were also in a band called Who’s Your Daddy and played quite a bit in Hoboken. I believe they now reside in Nashville. The song that comes to mind is called “It’s A Living”. The first verse goes: Cold and dark out here on Route 3, Wind from the tunnel traffic cutting through me, Halfway through this graveyard shift, Laying hot tar on the Berry’s Creek bridge. The song is from their CD “Long About That Time”. Thanks and take care, Matt Sadecki

Reply November 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Thanks, that’s a good suggestion. I remember The Delevantes; wrote about them a few times, I guess back in the ’90s.

Robin O'Brien November 15, 2014 - 7:46 am

Hi, Joe..loved your Larry Doby exhibit. I will definitely come to town to see your photos. Great luck with the showing. Hope all is well.

Scott Presty November 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

Hey Joe…Long time and many suns and moons since the last time we shared a concert at the Capital. It looks like your happy and doing something you really love. Lots of luck and hope your family is well!
Catch any trout lately? I would love some of that meat bread!
Be well. I’ll be in NJ for a couple of days around Thanksgiving and if I have a chance I would like to stop by.

Ed Melee November 18, 2014 - 11:18 am

Nice to see chat with you at The Rent Party show

Reply November 18, 2014 - 11:52 am

Thanks, Ed, good to see you too.

Melissa from Hoboken November 24, 2014 - 1:31 am

This list HAS to include John Gorka’s “I’m From New Jersey.” Great selections so far!

Reply November 24, 2014 - 8:01 am

Yes, absolutely.

Big WALLY November 27, 2014 - 10:17 am

heidi winzinger nj song writer belongs in the 350 songs

dave scott December 6, 2014 - 12:53 am

In 100 percent agreement with everything that was said. Absolutely the best jazz station I’ve heard. So happy to have become a member and financial supporter.

Lekha Nair December 6, 2014 - 4:11 am

Great article!! WBGO has been my university of Jazz, my family and my source of deepest comfort. As a physics graduate student at Rutgers in the late 80’s and early 90’s , I listened to you guys all the time and learned about the music and became a life long jazz fan. Apart from the ‘holy trinity’ mentioned above, my dearest, hippest jazz professor was Mike Anderson, Dr. Bop himself! His overnight program ‘Music for the Serious Set’ was the source of inspiration for countless overnight study sessions as I worked my way through all the crazily challenging problems that are the rite of passage in the training of a physicist. The parallels with the practice that is required of a jazz musician before he or she emerges and blows our minds with a delightful performance was very apparent to me and kept me on track. Mike introduced me to Abbey Lincoln’s music and reminded us listeners how lucky we were to be alive in a place close enough to hear her live at New York’s Fat Tuesday’s and later at The Vanguard. Those performances are unbelievably special experiences that I cherish each day of my life.

At WBGO my husband and I felt that we had found our community- our lives were run by the Jazz Calendar- and the point mentioned by Mr. McBride about the truth of this music was something that you brought to us everyday.

When we left the US to return to India in ’94, the biggest component of the luggage we shipped home was our jazz collection- lps and CDs- and they kept us going until the internet arrived and let us renew that umbilical connection to WBGO again!
So from a pair of old time fans across the globe, thank you for the music!
With love and deepest gratitude to the triumvirate, Dr. Bop (where is he??!!) Ms Kirk and all other wonderful BGO people whose names we don’t know,
Lekha Nair and Nalin Pant

Don Weisman December 11, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Aloha Jay,

I think we met one time at a Springsteen concert that I attended with our mutual friend Wally Stroby during one of my visits back to my home state. I would suggest that you need to include a song by NJ icon Uncle Floyd. If I could, I would recommend his song “Deep In The Heart of Jersey” which is available on his out of print “The Uncle Floyd Show” soundtrack released on vinyl. I have converted my vinyl copy to digital if you need a copy.

Reply December 12, 2014 - 8:18 am

Yes, absolutely, I will be getting to that one. Here’s a video of him doing it at Capitol Theatre.

jay bee December 23, 2014 - 10:06 am

life is a marathon thank u east river pipe

Mike L January 7, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Great list. Never heard the Patty Griffin version of Stolen Car. Really great. I have to include one of my own:

Reply January 7, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Good one! I would have included but I didn’t want to include two of the same song, and I like the Nicole Atkins one a little better.

John M January 7, 2015 - 6:25 pm

It’s haunting. A really different take than the version Bruce does.

Mark Voger January 7, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Your evidence is compelling … I’m convinced. “Rock Around the Clock” is a Jersey song. Hooray!

John M January 7, 2015 - 6:23 pm

If I should behind is one of my favorite Springsteen songs. This one by Catie Curtis is pretty good.

Reply January 7, 2015 - 6:59 pm

One of mine too. So simple and perfect.

Mark January 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

Very good list, some of which are new to me.

Also off that Dead Man’s Town disk, I really like Holly Williams’ No Surrender (she’s the granddaughter of Hank, Jr. too.)

Also version of Save Your Love by the young NJ duo of Nalani & Sarina is really good.

Martin N January 8, 2015 - 10:23 am

My vote would go to someone not mentioned in the article, Mary Chapin Carpenter, who’s covered Springsteen in live shows a number of times

Check out

for a sublime version of Dancing In The Dark, and

for a version of My Love Will Not Let You Down that smokes!

Jessica C January 8, 2015 - 10:33 am

Where’s Patti Smith doing Because the Night? One of my favorites! Check it out.

Reply January 8, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Good question. I didn’t include that because she co-wrote it, so it’s really a collaboration, not a cover.

Dennis S. January 8, 2015 - 11:51 am

Have to say Amy MacDonald’s take on Dancing in the Dark is way, way better than Nicole Atkins

John Massaro January 8, 2015 - 12:24 pm

I also like and would include Ani DeFranco’s “Used Cars” and Jen Chapin’s “Born in the USA.” I love what DiFranco does with the “they can kiss our asses goodbye ” line in “Used Cars”. Chapin’s version of “Born in the USA” captures the heartbreak of this song in a minimalist, unique and haunting way. And yes, Nicole Atkin’s cover of “Dancing in the Dark” finally gets this one right as does Peter Yorn. I don’t know whether Springsteen has ever done a slower version of “Dancing in the Dark” but that would be worth hearing.

Stu Reid January 8, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Y’all need some Canadian content on this list. These are both awesome – Kathleen Edwards’ “Human Touch” and Ruth Moody (of the Wailin’ Jennys)’s “Dancing in the Dark”.

John Massaro January 8, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Thanks, Stu. I like the fun Ruth Moody has with the throwaway line, “Hey Baby.” line in this song.

Ron Boster January 8, 2015 - 5:10 pm

I love Sleater Kinney’s version of “Promised Land”. I think they captured the raw urgency of the song. Almost a Punk version of the song.
(how about that harmonica solo!!!)

They also covered “PL” with Eddie Vedder…

Love Eddie, but I prefer the version with just Sleater Kinney.

Michael Grabois January 8, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Bruce did record “Protection”, but it’s never been released. It’s available on bootlegs and here on YouTube:

Someone took Bruce’s version and Donna Summer’s version and created a “duet” of the two:

gerri January 9, 2015 - 2:21 am

Maria McKee does a wonderful version of Backstreets saying:”And god bless Bruce Springsteen” at the end of the song!(Live Acoustic Tour 2006)

Cowboy Junkies (Margo Timmins) Thunder Road (onesoulnow) and Brothers Under The Bridge (Early 21st century Blues)

Suzi Quatro did Born to run

Morty January 9, 2015 - 3:32 am

You’re only missing two of the best — Serena Ryder’s “Racing in the Street” and Chrissie Hynde’s “Nebraska” — and if the Pointer Sister’s “Fire” can be called a cover, since it was the first recorded version of that song released, then Patty Smyth’s “Because the Night” ought to be in the mix. Come to think of it, Natalie Merchant did a pretty good job on that one too.

Reply January 9, 2015 - 5:56 am

Patti Smith also co-wrote “Because the Night.” That’s why I don’t consider it a cover

Judith March 16, 2015 - 9:08 am

I’d be curious to ask Myers his thguohts as well, since he worked at the Rosemont for a while. I read that Springsteen has done this before, routinely breaking venue curfews, and even costing a promoter an additional $50,000 once. I think there was hubris involved, when you ignore someone signaling from the wings.

Gianni January 9, 2015 - 4:18 am

Badlands cover from a great italian songwriter: bruce’s songs can be fast and furious or sweet like the different versions of thunder road

Reply January 9, 2015 - 9:50 am

I’ve done a follow-up post, compiling videos of all these good suggestions:

David Bernstein January 9, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Jay, what about Melissa Etheridge covering Born to Run at the Kennedy Center Honors?

Reply January 9, 2015 - 1:18 pm Reply
Gail Scrivanich January 10, 2015 - 9:22 pm

Are you familiar with the Porchistas The PBR Song?

It’s a story about The Porchistas Alan’s uncle who was a career criminal and it’s about the old PBR Brewery in Newark, NJ. Its my favorite Porchistas song! it should be in your top 350 jersey songs!

Reply January 11, 2015 - 9:04 am

Thanks, Gail, good idea!

Diane January 11, 2015 - 10:23 am

Awesome list.
The first time I heard a stripped down version of Dancing though was Lelia Broussard….I know there is a lot of Dancing in the Dark on the list but give it a listen….

Robert January 11, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Maybe Helen Schneider’s “Hearts of Stone” qualifies for part 3?

joseph Mostoller January 11, 2015 - 4:40 pm

I loved both Serena Ryder and Emmylou’s version of Racing In The Streets. It was mentioned that Emmylou did several Bruce covers over the years. I would be interested in knowing of the others. I’m a huge Emmylou fan and I’m not familiar with every Bruce Springsteen song out there (so many…).

Jay Lustig January 11, 2015 - 5:43 pm

She’s done “The Price You Pay,” “Tougher Than the Rest,” “Across the Border,” “Mansion on the Hill,” possibly others as well.

Darryl Wallin January 12, 2015 - 3:00 am

I’ve always enjoyed this cover of ‘Meeting Across The River’ by Syd Straw, in fact I think it’s brilliant. She manages to deliver her own unique, haunting, and soulful interpretation.

Dave January 12, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Sara Bareilles, I’m on Fire speaks for itself.

Don Weisman January 12, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Aloha Jay, I would like to recommend a couple of other great Springsteen covers done by women. Lucy Wainwright Roche and Martha Plimpton paired to cover “Hungry Heart” on Roche’s ep “8 More”, and Linda Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris did a great cover of “Across The Border” on their joint album “Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.” Check them out.

pippi H January 13, 2015 - 10:43 pm

Patty Griffin. Very few can do Bruce!

Jason Didner January 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

I submit “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey,” for 350 Jersey songs, which I had written for NPR’s Car Talk. Click and Clack later aired it and included it on a best of Car Talk music compilation. That’s John Raido backing me up on harmonica.

Reply January 15, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Very nice, thanks. Will definitely include and let you know when it’s up. – Jay

kyle shirley January 21, 2015 - 10:39 am

is electric butter or any of your harp cd on cd

Reply January 21, 2015 - 11:00 am

Yes, it’s available on CD. More info here:

Marty Scott January 23, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Jay had Always has been and continues to be be the best arts source in NJ

Nancy M January 23, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Wildwood days. Bobby Rydell
You Can’t Catch Me. chuck Berry
Union City Blue. Blondie
Palisades Park
I’m From NJ. John Gorka
God is FRom NJ. Seamus Kennedy
Never. Going Back. Less than Jake

Reply January 27, 2015 - 8:29 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. Have done “Union City Blue” today: Will probably get to most of the other ones at some point as well.

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carolyn January 31, 2015 - 9:29 am

another great cover is amy ray’s version of “racing in the street”, has not been released officially yet, but lives on in this terrific bootleg video:

Lois DeRitter February 3, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Visited NJARTS for the first time today and was delighted to find Mike Sinatra’s song “Jersey Bound” (one of my favorites) as the New Jersey song of the day.
I saw Mike a few times 20-25 years ago and really enjoyed his performances (even got 2 cassettes which I’ve continued to play) but, despite my being very active in the folk scene, have not come across him since. Plan to contact him (via web address your site provided) and get info about any upcoming gigs, so thanks (and I signed up for your newsletter).

Reply February 3, 2015 - 1:35 pm

That’s great, thanks!

Mike Sinatra September 5, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Hi Lois, You could check out my facebook page Mike Sinatra the Songman and My Youtube channel songmansinatra120 also feel ree to friend request me on facebook, nice to hear from you.

Tam February 8, 2015 - 9:39 am

She should have won the Grammy. This song is OUTSTANDING. The whole album is. Linda is a mega talent.

Diann Bowe February 8, 2015 - 9:58 am

Girls Show feb 7, 2015
I have several friend that would love to see the film! We didn’t know about the date until last night! Will you be showing the film at another time? Bonnie Minery and myself have children who graduated from Rutgers and would also like to see the film!
Thank you so much, Diann

Reply February 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

I don’t know if there are any other showings but there is a web site through which you can stay updated: – Jay

Joe L. February 8, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Nice recap but you left a few out…
1985 – Nominated for album of the year with Born in the USA and loses to Lionel Ritchie’s ‘Can’t Slow Down’
1985 – Nominated for Record of the Year (Dancing in the Dark),and loses to Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do With It

Reply February 8, 2015 - 5:11 pm

I included all wins but not all nominations.

Nicolas Martinez March 31, 2017 - 4:47 am

Great list as a tramp fanatic especially with ANYTHING The River era funny that the album dropped in October 1980 but the title track is not nominated until 1982? I guess since so late in 1980 it counts for 1981 nominations and those are the ones that were announced as winners in 1982? Please clarify. On a side note until he paid it the ultimate respect by calling his 2015-16 World Tour The River 2016 Tour n did the entire album for the whole U.S opening leg, until then I always felt he didn’t give the album it’s due respect. Getting lost as the end of the trilogy of albums that started with Born to Run. Having received a Grammy nomination adds weight to The River album itself. Wish it would be brought up more pretty much everyone thinks his first nominations weren’t til the Album of the Year loss for USA album. The one thing that has eluded him n the Mighty ESB. Way overdue if not for albums #3, 4, 5, USA, The Rising and 2012’s Wrecking Ball them when? Lol, I mean how many albums must he drop to get that one. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has their usual if u dropped 3 classic albums u get in, policy.

Reply March 31, 2017 - 6:41 am

Records released late in the year are not eligible until the following year. So the 1982 Grammys would have covered albums released from something like the last three months of 1980 and first nine months of 1981 (I’m not sure what the exact cutoff date was, but obviously “The River was released after it). The awards ceremony was in early 1982.

Spencer Luckey February 16, 2015 - 3:34 pm

I am wondering why this doesn’t technically qualify as a work of art – what’s a guy got to do?

Mr. Record February 20, 2015 - 4:38 pm

he was good for this era, especially post-911. It will never play in a few years as the political deadlock fever will have to break at some point, leading to other avenues of comedy and parody.

Paige DePoe February 21, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Another great post-Sandy song that raised money for the cause. Lee wrote it based on personal experience and what his family members at the Shore endured. The story behind the song is on this site too.

Max Driver February 21, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Another Amy MacDonald cover to consider…BTR….(several versions on youtube..

Matthew February 23, 2015 - 12:19 pm

This show was snowed out and is now rescheduled for 3/7/15 at 4:30pm! Same venue in Millburn…

tskogg February 23, 2015 - 6:12 pm


Did you ask if he was recording the shows?

Reply February 23, 2015 - 6:46 pm

I didn’t, and probably should have. I’d assume they would, though, to give them the option to release later if they want to

Don Weisman February 24, 2015 - 6:10 pm

He teased us with a hint that there’s material for a new Jukes album ready. Any idea when it will be released? It would be great to have it for summer.

Reply February 24, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Sorry but I really don’t know. My guess would be fall, though, since they haven’t even started recording yet. But I guess summer is possible as well.

Jim Lawrence February 24, 2015 - 9:48 pm

Do you think Bruce will stop by Saturday night? Is he even in town?

Reply February 24, 2015 - 9:51 pm

I honestly don’t know the answer to either question. I’m sure it will be a great show either way.

leon berkowitz February 25, 2015 - 1:50 pm

great interview…im gonna look up that band tuff darts…who are they?

Carol Gerber March 1, 2015 - 11:58 am

Correction – that’s Saturday’s setlist.

Reply March 1, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Right, will correct, thanks

Carol Gerber March 1, 2015 - 12:39 pm

You’re welcome!

Jerry Mathers March 1, 2015 - 12:03 pm

One minor correction. Southside didn’t have a ringside seat while Scooter and Big Man were busting the city in half — he was doing a lot of busting too.

lee mrowicki March 2, 2015 - 8:31 am

I would línea to personally thank John and the banda for 2 great nights of spectacular Music. I have seen many many jukes shows, and i think these were 2 of the best ever. Also , i am humbled by all the positive compliments and accolades i received from those in attendance about the Music i provided pre and post show. I give my best to the best fans in the World! Thanks for your participation….see youse all soon! Gahbless! Rock on!

Gary Blanco March 3, 2015 - 6:21 am

Great to see you in your customary spot again, Lee. Your song selections helped make the night(s) complete.

Monique Grimme March 2, 2015 - 6:16 pm

“Ole Toms River” by Gar Francis or “Down at The Ocean Gate”

PB March 5, 2015 - 6:09 pm

RSVP for Saturday’s show on Facebook:

Bob Mellman March 5, 2015 - 10:17 pm

I remember “Rolling Mills” well. Hadn’t thought of it in years until I saw it today.

Song suggestion, that’s not about NJ….it’s about Texas (and about Thelma!)….but it was recorded in Camden: Blue Yodel (T For Texas), by Jimmy Rodgers

Reply March 5, 2015 - 10:34 pm

That’s a great idea. Thanks, Bob!

Bob Mellman March 6, 2015 - 5:22 pm


Reply March 20, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. Have posted:

Wayne Kratzmann March 10, 2015 - 3:33 am

Surely Cowboy Junkies doing “You”re Missing”

Joe March 11, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Great blurb. Nebraska is, by far, my favorite Springsteen album. A great song that always reminds me of New Jersey, especially when I’m not there, is “Lightning Strikes a Raindrop” by Accidental Seabirds. The lyrics take you all around the country, but ultimately sings about the band’s hometown Lakewood, NJ and ruminates on “three little skeleton sisters all nervously laughing,” referencing Lake Carasaljo, supposedly named for three girls who drowned there long ago.

Also I can’t fail to mention “Come On Down To Waretown” by Pete Curry.

Reply March 11, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Thanks, I’ll check those out

Rob Paparozzi March 15, 2015 - 12:43 pm

I have been a fan of Jay’s writings on Rock and Roll and Music for years but now with we have it ALL right on our iPads and computers. Mr. Lustig is one of NJ’s top notch assets to the arts. Here’s to many more years and as they said in the 60’s “Write On!,-)”

B Nolan March 15, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Keep up the good work !

Cindy Almand March 25, 2015 - 11:54 am

Please consider adding The Critters to your list – one of Jersey’s great 60’s groups. “Younger Girl” and “Mr. Dieingly Sad” were fairly big hits, and the latter is still played on oldie stations nationwide.

bg April 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm

ringo is more of an installation rather than an induction….never on the ballot as a solo artist, and rightfully so, never seriously considered as a sideman tho he guested on a few albums, this is a travesty that reeks almost as bad as ahmet inducting his brother neshui….this was for tv rartings when paul said he would induct ringo and a lot of friends would show up and jam…higher ratings = more $$$ and sponsorships

Jason Didner April 8, 2015 - 4:38 pm

From the time my daughter was an infant, I’d sing this to her (in a low register because I’m a baritone and to give it a calming effect) to help calm her crying. Then one night when she was 2, it was playing on the car stereo and she was rocking in her car seat. And she said “That’s my favorite song!” as it was fading out. #JerseyGirl

Jim Fitzgerald April 11, 2015 - 7:58 am

Hi Jay,

I’m a long time reader and fan of your stuff.
I’m sure you already thought of them, but we MUST have at least one Beaver Brown song, maybe Boardwalk Angel (or Tender Years).

Also what about something by Kinderhook? I went with a group of guys to see them EVERY Sunday at the Beach House in Point Pleasant during the summer of 1978.

Reply April 11, 2015 - 8:04 am

Beaver Brown – definitely.

Kinderhook – maybe but you know part of the issue is there needs to be a good YouTube video out there to post along with the item. Let me check on what’s out there.

Henry April 11, 2015 - 9:49 am

A lot of Jersey rock and roll history happened in Cleveland thanks to Kid Leo. Southside was royalty there already in the mid 70’s and of the so many noted performance by Bruce had already taken place. Kid Leo’s moniker for SSJ and the Asbury Jukes was “The Bum and his Chums.”

Jay Jourden April 23, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Hey hey….I want to nominate one of our songs from The Coalition which had Muddy Shews, long time bass player from Southside Johnny, and the indefatigable drummer from Wayne: Charlie Tappan….both of these guys played with Dramarama, The Bongos, with Richard Barone and that crew….as well as yours truly Jay Jourden. We played the Ross Perot rallies at Flemington Speedway with Johnny Maestro and the Cavaliers and Coalition banged it down for a few years with Angel Leah from Rock Kandy repute and Eleni Papanou along with Jersey singster legend Kayron from The Black Widow Band and many others, and who passed on way too early. She sang with me for two years. We also did all the Florio Free in ’93 Radio commercials for the Christine Todd Whitman people as well as the hit song before that: “Florio Has Got To Go”. Hey, we weren’t trying to get/be political but we were all hungry and needed $$..!!.. Muddy Shews is on this song with me: Our latest hit: “WORLD FREEDOM SONG (Together We Are One)”. We’re all from Jersey and that hopefully qualifies this song as it relates to some important Jersey artists still bangin’ it down to this day….you cab find an old Coalition picture on my ReverbNation site. Let us know if we make the cut.!!..

Reply April 23, 2015 - 8:07 pm

I’d consider it but I need a YouTube video to embed

Jay Jourden April 23, 2015 - 8:17 pm

LOL….I forgot to leave the links for the song..!!.. She called me to dinner and rushed me.!!.. Still my bad….not passin’ the…

This song “WORLD FREEDOM SONG (Together We Are One)” was recorded at Blig Blue Meenie Studios in Jersey City, and we shot the video at the same time..!!..

This vid and song has Steve “Muddy Shews” Shuchuk, from “Dramarama” and “Southside Johnny”, & “Coalition” as well as Bruce Gatewood another Jersey great artist. There’s also an all star line up with Gerardo Velez from CHIC and Spyro Gyra, Benny Harrison, the Rascals, the great Tony Beard on drums, and blowing it up on lead guitar virtuoso Kristen Capolino..!!..

Here’s the links Video:

Free download ReverbNation:

Please add us to the list..!!.. Rock on..!!..

Barbara Roehrer April 25, 2015 - 4:20 pm

hey jay, How about Backroad Joe McKay? He was raised in Secaucus when pig farms were numerous there. He’s a real NJ original! You have to go to the Sonicbids link to hear the songs or I’d be happy to send you a CD.

Reply April 25, 2015 - 4:57 pm

I would need to have a YouTube video to embed. I can check if there are any. Were you thinking of any song in particular?

Jim Fitzgerald May 4, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Thanks for including John & Beaver Brown. I’m surprised that you never saw them during their heyday,

BTW, Toughh All Over was not on the soundtrack album.

Jim Fitzgerald

Reply May 4, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Thanks, will change post to correct that.

Eric Greene May 5, 2015 - 1:10 am

“Jersey Girls Don’t Pump Gas” by Slim Chance & The Gamblers (… They will be playing it at Danny’s benefit at Bar A this Saturday)

Bob Mellman May 21, 2015 - 10:41 am

Interesting! For a follow-up, on your 350 NJ songs, how about the wonderful Wizard of Oz medley by NJ mandolin giant, Barry Mitterhoff? Speaking of Oz, it’s interesting that Don’s car breakdown and Pete’s new Lear Jet career were both set in Kansas. I think you’re on to something, Mr. Lustig.

Reply May 21, 2015 - 10:47 am

Good point about Kansas. I hadn’t thought about that.

Can’t find a video for Mitterhoff medley but maybe I can find something else by him.

Bob Mellman May 21, 2015 - 11:01 am

Just found it: It’s from his mid-80’s “Silk City” cd/lp. It’s lovely, and features other NJ musicians, including Danny Weiss, Tony Trischka, and even “I’m From NJ” John Gorka.

Barry also wrote a tune, “Silk City”, that’s online and on the cd. (Silk City is a nickname for Paterson, which was a silk manufacturing center.)

There’s also online videos of Barry with the recently-deceased mathematician/fiddler, Tex Logan.

Reply May 21, 2015 - 11:06 am

Thanks! Will check those out.

Bob Mellman May 21, 2015 - 11:16 am

I hope you enjoy them. They are from long before Barry became widely known through his collaborations with Jorma Kaukonen and his membership in Hot Tuna.

patrick May 22, 2015 - 5:27 pm

There is a Toto, has everyone forgotten Chauncey?

leon berkowite tony la russo May 25, 2015 - 12:11 pm

hi rich…we are from new jersey. we are recording a rock and roll record. we are calling ourselves THE ROCKERS. how or where do we send you our music? maybe you will help jump start us, who knows?

Reply May 25, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Rich can be emailed at

Steven Vargas May 25, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Diana being described as a tornado seemed to suggest a wizard of oz motif running, too.

David June 5, 2015 - 9:08 am

Those old enough to remember when 77 WABC was the most-listened to Top-40 radio station east of the Rockies, may recall that in 1967, The Dirdy Birdies Jug Band won the annual Big Break talent hunt, hosted by Cousin Bruce Morrow. The Big Break was the biggest Battle Of The Bands in America. The finals were held at the New York Hilton, the bill included the 10 best amateur bands on the east coast – and headliners, The Blues Magoos. The Dirdy Birdies won the contest with their rendition of “Duncan & Brady”.

Cathy June 6, 2015 - 1:19 pm

This info is not accurate. The Thursday. Ands are at the Parker Press. Not the community center. At least that’s what the advertising posters say. How are people supposed to know where to go?

Cathy June 6, 2015 - 1:20 pm

I meant the Thursday bands….

Reply June 6, 2015 - 1:32 pm

One of the organizers told me that Thursday location has been changed. It says so here too:

Jack Silbert June 15, 2015 - 5:58 pm

How about “Demarest” by indie supergroup Grenadine?

Reply June 15, 2015 - 6:13 pm

The thing is, I need an embeddable Youtube video for each song. There doesn’t seem to be one for “Demarest”

Robert Quinones June 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

You Can’t Catch Me has always been a favorite:

Reply June 17, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. Have just posted:

Don Weisman June 23, 2015 - 8:47 pm

I think you’re right, that is (Glassboro State College grad) Robert Hegyes on stage, and if I’m not mistaken, NJ’s favorite deejay Vin Scelsa disguised as the Bayonne Bear.

Reply June 24, 2015 - 8:42 am

Scelsa posted on Facebook, saying: “I am relatively sure it is me. But it is New Year’s Eve and I was drinking in those days so I have no actual recollection of this particular moment. It is the BB’s … um … costume … so … and yes, the happy chap dancing with Southside is John Scher.”

Tom Chesek July 2, 2015 - 4:43 am

The Bongos’ Richard Barone did a sublime “Cry Baby Cry” on his “chamber rock” milestone COOL BLUE HALO…

Reply July 2, 2015 - 6:02 am

Excellent suggestion, thanks

Barbara Kukla July 2, 2015 - 9:22 pm

Thanks, Jay. Hope all is well with you and yours. Barbara

Richard Schaffer July 4, 2015 - 4:12 pm

The simulcast is awesome! Great job filming, sound is terrific (not too loud or too soft) and watching it in the comfort of the theater is perfect. I lifted some of the arms and laid down during drums! Get out and join us. You’ll see why they chose Trey!

Richard Schaffer July 4, 2015 - 4:13 pm

PS – I went to the Rockaway theater.

Matt Van Hattem July 5, 2015 - 1:55 pm

This list is awesome! Please consider a song recorded by The Andrews Sisters called “Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.” Thanks.

Reply July 5, 2015 - 2:18 pm

I’d love to but unfortunately, I can’t find an embeddable video, and I need that to do a post.

Ken Shane July 6, 2015 - 8:55 am

I have not so fond memories of the ’72 shows at Roosevelt Stadium. I was working for the promoter that summer. At the July show, the supposedly peaceful Deadheads decided that music should be free and began throwing all sorts of objects at the security guys out front. It was the only time in my concert-working history that I took off my staff t-shirt before heading to my car at the end of the night because I feared for my safety.

By the time the September show rolled around, security was ready. Extra hands were hired including an ex-Israeli commando, and a huge guy who sported a bullwhip. As you might imagine, things were much more peaceful.

I am not in any way suggesting that all Dead fans are violent. Sometimes a handful of bad actors make everyone look bad.

Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr. July 6, 2015 - 10:37 am

Here is another song about the Pine Barrens you might enjoy, and, this is the song that was featured on CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain-Parts Unknown-NEW JERSEY”.

Reply July 6, 2015 - 12:27 pm


Tom Stackhouse July 6, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Suggest “AztecEagle” from my CD Tragedy.Mystery.Hope


Jerry Raymond July 21, 2015 - 10:50 am

The Outpost concerts at Van Vleck and Gardens in Montclair are also superb and highlight how special it is to combine great music with a beautiful setting.

Scott Cumming July 21, 2015 - 9:17 pm

It was an absolutely fantastic weekend that you should not miss next year!
Incredibly affordable ticket & top notch music!

Ken Shane July 25, 2015 - 9:05 am

Small correction. Max’s appearance with the Weeklings was not at Summer Stage. It was at the Asbury Park July 4th festivities in Bradley Park.

Reply July 25, 2015 - 11:15 am

No, it was definitely at Stone Pony Summer Stage, July 3. Unless there was another appearance, too, the next day in Bradley Park. Were you there in Bradley Park?

Bruce Haring July 26, 2015 - 11:14 pm

The NJ music scene of the last 30+ years owes a lot to Jim, who is also a good Rutgers man. Glad you chose it!

Jason Didner July 27, 2015 - 4:06 pm

I think it’s a reaction to Bruce and Jimmy Fallon’s extraordinary move of parodying “Born to Run” together in response to Bridgegate. The gloves were off at that point. Bruce and Bon Jovi are both firmly in the Democrat column, but Bon Jovi hasn’t (yet) parodied his most beloved song to call Christie out on his shenanigans.

Reply July 27, 2015 - 4:29 pm

I don’t think Bon Jovi would. His relationship with Christie seems much more personal. They’re actually friends, I think. Bruce has kept his distance much more. He and Christie did have one cordial exchange, post-Sandy, but I really think that’s about it.

Jason Didner July 27, 2015 - 4:09 pm

If Bon Jovi puts up a YouTube video singing “Livin’ on a Prayer (of Finally Taking a Leak)” Christie will be without a Jersey rock symbol.

Reply July 27, 2015 - 4:32 pm

There’s always 1910 Fruitgum Company.

Clay Konnor July 28, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Co-headliner? Not. The marquee at the Hollywood Bowl made it very clear – Steely Dan is the headliner, Elvis Costello is the “Special Guest” (in much smaller font).

Reply July 28, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Good point, thanks. Have changed.

Jason Didner July 31, 2015 - 7:30 am

Awesomesauce! I had been hoping for the Wellmont, but this is even more personal! I’ve got a gig in Collingswood that day, but may have to make sure I get to MHS that night!

sladd56 August 1, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Went to school with Joe’s younger brother at MHS and am a rabid Eagles fan! Must be there!!

Lee Pollock August 4, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Guess, Walk away was the first of Joe Walsh for Lee. Vietnam left me stone cold, Alcohol , and other substances , were claiming me. But we kept following Joe , Live , county fairs.. you’ll pardon the pun.. Every album and band he pulled together.. Guess you could say, the ( Fidler ) saved his fan base, and unknowingly led us to higher ground… Speaking for Or gang… We’ve been clean & Sober for along time now, Service to others, without strings or obligation, Is how we live Today… Between Clapton, Walsh, Etc. Music has and Is saving people everyday…. We could go on, But we’ve got about 4534 of us Rock Grace wanna be’s.. Living very well because thanks to Mr. Walsh..

Jonathan Hollander August 7, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Robert Johnson has been following Indian dance since the early 1990’s, with a keen eye and a sensitivity for dynamics and palette of emotion and color. This insightful article whets the appetite for Ms. Joglekar’s performance and all of the wonderful dance that is coming up at the Drive East, Battery Dance and Erasing Borders Festivals! The Tri-State area is no longer a back-water when it comes to the fabulous dances of the Subcontinent.

Cris August 12, 2015 - 1:45 pm

“Carousel Season” by The Deafening Colors! The whole album is about growing up in Atlantic City and Ocean City and it just came out three weeks ago!

Nancy Ryan August 16, 2015 - 10:12 pm

I am so very excited to hear this fantastic news. I love the STRAND and see great things for it’s future with new producing artistic Director, Anthony D’ Amato. Looking forward to many of the events.

I would also like to extend an invitation for Mr. D’ Amato to be a special guest on my live talk radio show “RYAN ROCKS IT ASBURY PARK STYLE”.

Hello to my good friends Lori and Fran. I will be in touch.

Peace, Nancy :-)

Lou August 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

Neat! We had a little fun over at with “Born to Run” — including some references to “Night.” We figured out just how long it would take to run to all of the N.J. places mentioned on “Born to Run”

Mary August 25, 2015 - 1:18 pm

This essay is just like its subject matter: concise and perfect! Thanks for the on-point analysis of a song that always gets the motor going.

Reply August 25, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Thanks! Very nice to hear.

Beth August 25, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Awesome analysis! Such a wonderful day to be sharing so many creative souls who are enjoying their decades long conversation (as Bruce says) with Bruce.

Baltimore Jack August 28, 2015 - 2:43 pm

There is at least one cover version of this song, recorded by Graziano Romani. A slower, acoustic, brooding, pounding, emotional, take. Worth seeking out. Included on Graz’s album (a Bruce cover compilation) titled “Soul Crusader”.

Baltimore Jack August 28, 2015 - 2:55 pm

I’ve always loved this song. And loved how it opens the New Year’s Eve show (1980) in Long Island. Wonderful article and analysis. You are so spot on, with all of this, but in particular with your analysis of the sad and free” lyric. Great piece!

Mark September 1, 2015 - 9:09 am

You could include Thursday’s War All the Time…they’re from NJ and the song mentions a bunch of places in NJ.

Less Than Jake has a song called 24 Hours in Paramus and a song called Never Going Back to New Jersey….the drummer (I believe) is originally from NJ

Gary Rostkowski September 1, 2015 - 6:59 pm

350: Land of Hope and Dreams; Springsteen & E-Street Band

Mike Rosenbaum September 2, 2015 - 12:35 am

How about Freddie Cannon Palisades Park

Reply September 2, 2015 - 7:25 am Reply
Eric Anderson September 2, 2015 - 10:00 am

Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

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Mark September 3, 2015 - 5:11 pm

There are half a dozen Bruce songs not yet on the list, not just BTR, but Thunder Road, The River. his versions of Sandy and Jersey Girl; Independence Day, half of the Nebraska album; Spirit in the Night, Bloodbrothers, E St Shuffle, Local Hero just to name a few with clear Jersey connections. My Hometown is my pick for the last one though.

But what’s your beef with Fountains of Wayne? Only one song from one of the Jersey-est bands of all. I love the Smithereens but Fountains of Way e shojld have as many as they do.

Reply September 3, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Well, I have far more Bruce on there than anybody else, but I couldn’t fit it all. “Jersey Girl” is actually on there already (a live version), plus “My Hometown” (the Neil Young version) and of course “Sandy” (the Ben E. King version). I decided not to include multiple versions of the same songs, and to include covers rather than Bruce’s versions in some cases, just for variety.

There are actually three Fountains of Wayne songs on there: “Bright Future in Sales” and “Song of the Passaic” plus the Katy Perry version of “Hackensack” (again, for variety, and because it’s actually pretty good).

ugo bruni September 3, 2015 - 10:02 pm

I can’t wait for my soultime to arrive waiting patiently for uncle south and the jukes

Harry September 4, 2015 - 2:43 am

My copy will arrive in a few days i hope. Looking forard to play it loud, and a lot. And i hope to see the whole bunch on stage in the Netherlands some day again. It’s been way too long…. to be honest a year is already too long, or a month…. :-D

Ian and Jacqui September 4, 2015 - 7:53 am

We have ordered the new CD and are awaiting it’s arrival. We are looking forward to the Niagara Falls show in October and hoping for some shows in Ontario Canada in 2016.

DaVido September 5, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Please consider DaVido and the LiBeatos’ song “Shore House”. If so, I’d be happy to send an updated video. I think it captures summer in New Jersey perfectly. I’d be happy to discuss what inspired it.

Reply September 5, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Thanks but honestly I’ve only got a few songs left in the series at this point and have songs picked out for all of them.

Suzanne Riordan September 6, 2015 - 12:06 am

Great song Mike! Love listening to your music!

Mike Sinatra September 6, 2015 - 5:42 pm

thanks Sue!

Gina mesiano September 6, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Not just saying this because he is my uncle, he is vry talented and this is his absolute passion. He has been doing this for quite some time and if you actually sit and listen he covers songs better than the original artist. You could tell he loves what he does just from watching/ listen to him play!!

Mike Sinatra September 7, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Thanks Gina! that was really sweet.

Jonathan M Isaacs February 27, 2023 - 2:13 pm

His guitar playing is superb and flawless. A pleasure to listen to

Dor September 7, 2015 - 8:21 pm

This is awesome and should be burnt to discs :) I’d buy’em!

paul carpentier September 13, 2015 - 9:36 am

i was a good freind if bills up here in maine and anywhere he played up here , at a small country fair or at a big venue it was packed. pepole from jersy, tennesse, were up. as for the list i would say all of them , but mine would be something for everybody but “when you love somebody” should be dedicaed to terry he wrote the song for her, bill was knowed as the ledged of the north country, and he is and we will never forget him, his son william is going to be the next big thing in a few years he has talent from dad and his grand father the late dick curless…..

Rosemary Conte September 21, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Jay…wonderful review of the show and wedding. I was glad to be there !

Kelly Rahway September 28, 2015 - 6:13 am

It is a very good collection of cover songs by the author. The author came up with a great combination by selecting each song different singer. And also these songs were coming from a very long time. It might be a tough task to accumulate such a collection by him.

Karl Latham October 6, 2015 - 7:19 am

What a pity! WNTI was a bastion of new music in Northwest New Jersey. They often played and spinned local artists in all genres! So sorry to see this station go. Huge thanks to Mel, Bob, Stew, Jeff, Dan and everyone else over there that brought so much new music to my ears. Thanks too for the spins!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry to see it go!

Lisa October 6, 2015 - 7:48 am

This station helped open my eyes to so many talented bands and musicians I would have never known about. I feel privileged to have grown up with it and am so sad for those who will only have mainstream media to guide them. I’m glad it’s NPR and not something vapid.

George Dassinger October 6, 2015 - 9:40 am

I was just informed by a friend of mine Dennis D’Amico, musician/producer/playwright (his play “Marilee And Baby Lamb” – debuts 10/13-18 in Las Cruces, NM) who lives in Andover, a last ggodbye inclusive memorial service is taking place at the Centenary College this Friday. The all-volunteer DJs, area residents and sponsor businesses in Warren County are surprised that the selling of WNTI was “unannounced” by the college’s administration until yesterday. No one was given any notice whatsoever. The memorial service will take place this Friday, the 9th at 7 AM.
Please note that there are efforts to move the station to an online configuration
Join the WNTI memorial service and let everyone know how much WNTI meant to the community. The college has every right to sell the station but not letting anyone know is just plain not fair – it’s a shock.

Rich Weber October 6, 2015 - 11:39 am

I can’t believe it RIP wnti there will never be another like you
BIG CORP has won again
Sad day

Jen Dillman October 6, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I am in shock, upset and gobsmacked. What the hell? I will deeply miss all those I made friends with at WNTI, all the amazing music & concerts. I just want to yell at someone & tell me it’s NOT TRUE.

Aldo October 6, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Watterson says “Centenary College has sold their broadcasting license to NPR,” but this must be incorrect. NPR does not own broadcast licenses or stations.

Loretta Benish October 6, 2015 - 3:01 pm

So unfair for everyone who were listeners and the dj’s. My husband and I looked forward to the weekends listening to wnti and when we drove anywhere in the car. We were always disappointed when we drove out of range of the station. The radio will never be the same unless you all get together and start another station somewhere else if that’s possible. I’ll be listening for that to happen hopefully! We will really miss your station. So sad!!?

Donna October 6, 2015 - 5:08 pm

The way Centenary College handled this is appalling. What a kick in the A$$ to all the dedicated DJs, listeners, donors and sponsors. An almost impossible to find breath of fresh air on the radio has been polluted and killed. The music will never die but finding a platform like WNTI will be very hard to find again.

Wimbo wang November 30, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Check out wprb Princeton 103.3 fm

Adam nelson October 6, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Damn!! That was the best station on the radio, they played so many great types of music. So sad
RIP. Wnti

Terry October 6, 2015 - 5:51 pm

I’m heartbroken. This can’t be true. While we were living in NJ; we couldn’t wait for Mike Watterson’s Dogbites show on Saturday morning. This was my son, Steve’s first experience at great variations of the best rock in roll. Good luck, Mike !

Callum October 6, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Dear God, please give us back 91.9 wnti, you can have 99.9 the Hawk.

Suzanne Jenness Kosta October 6, 2015 - 7:40 pm

How cool is this? Park Ridge was an awesome place to grow up (I lived on Greenbrook Pl., around the corner from Villa Ct.) and I applaud the Roche/Wainwright families for doing this upcoming performance for such a worthy cause!

Larry Schumacher October 6, 2015 - 8:00 pm

This was more than a radio station to this area of NJ. It obvious that some people in Centenary’s administration do not know how many positive vibes came the schools way because of this station and its on air personalities. Saying this, I did always wonder why more college students were not incorporated into on air slots.

Andy Loiacono tsm October 6, 2015 - 10:08 pm


Daryl Forster October 6, 2015 - 10:30 pm

Are you kidding me???? What a shame to end a great station.

Paula October 7, 2015 - 5:27 am

What a shame that WNTI is no longer the great radio station I’ve been listening to for over 20 years. I turned it on yesterday for about 15 minutes and the music was terrible. Went to another station and tried again to hear something good on WNTI and then learned the station was sold and our great DJ’s and music are gone. I will not listen to this radio station again.

dany October 7, 2015 - 4:12 pm

She is terrible and egoistic person !

Ed Circzak & family October 7, 2015 - 9:17 pm

ALL the years of great listening along with intelligent caring staff gone? Just like that? Say it ain’t so Centenary?

Andy October 9, 2015 - 8:16 am

Hearing about John Lennon’s Murder is about the closest emotion that I can think of after learning of WNTI. Another void in life….I will miss them greatly.

Ricky October 9, 2015 - 11:43 am

I haven’t listened to another radio station in the car in over 10 years. Why treat a group of dedicated employees like disposable POS?

Bob Dodge October 9, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Where do I tune mow?I will miss all of you very much I hope you all continue to working in the field for music and make other locations/ people like me happy. again I’ll miss you all and I will aways keep you all in my mind. God bless you all. 91.9 FUCKEN ROCKED!

Rosemary Conte October 9, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Jay, thank you for this beautiful assist in getting word out about my “mission.” :-) Rosemary

Virginia Butler October 12, 2015 - 9:18 am

I have had many emotional blows over the last several months including the simultaneous death of my beloved German Shepherd and my radio station in the same week. My radios have been tuned to this station for about 18 years now. My old fashioned under-counter kitchen radio is known to friends and family alike as perpetually being in broadcast mode. I don’t care what is playing, I listen. I am barely over the departure of dear Al Monroe. This is just too much. I too have been unable to tolerate the station since the change. Terrible. Just terrible.

Dee Billia October 12, 2015 - 11:03 am

This is truly a sad day for NJ music lovers. Those in the western part of our state will be left without place to listen to their favorite music, learn about new music and enjoy a musical “home.” Not only does the public lose a curated music experience by knowledgeable taste-makers, but artists lose outlets for music that is considered out of the mainstream by the “moneymakers”. We all lose by having less diversity, less choices and less listening to artists who are emerging as new and vital voices in the world of “adult alternative” music. Less is not more. It is less.

Joe Scott October 12, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Consolidation of media. Never good.

jim October 12, 2015 - 3:35 pm

After my distain for those responsible and their cowardly methods , I thought of all the dedicated personnel (mel, et al.), then selfishly of myself. What the hell is to become of one of the last best festivals left in the northeast ?
Wxpn is a great station, but there is only one WNTI.

George Dassinger October 13, 2015 - 10:44 am

John Kennedy, of Kennedy Event Services, has long supported WNTI and has worked closely with the station DJs and PD for years. John approached Centenary College about presenting a 91-minute “Remembering WNTI” concert in the college’s parking lot. The college gave their approval and on Friday, Oct. 30th a show to give WNTI a proper send-off with the listeners and station personnel included. Details are not yet announced but almost all of the DJs will participate and Kennedy has enlisted his buddy Pat DiNizio/Smithereens front man to perform.
As talent is locked in and concert time posted, a news release will be forthcoming.

Phil October 13, 2015 - 7:51 pm

First off, XPN is a good station that plays similar music to that which has brought so much joy to WNTI listeners over the years. Consider trying it after you get over the outrage of this mess.
That said, WNTI was (can’t believe I’m saying “was”) a wonderfully unique oasis of a radio station that will be missed.
I am forever grateful to Melanie in particular who welcomed me with open arms on my three co-host stints with her, especially the first one that was a little rough on my end to say the least.
Remember folks, WNTI was where great music lived, but the station as we knew it lives in our great memories of it.

JohnHerald October 19, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Question is, how did the sale occur without any opportunity for public input. CPB requires open meetings, and the FCC website posts info on pending transfers. Neither happened in this case.

Reply October 19, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Here is the Oct. 12 Centenary press release. They seem to view the FCC approval (which hasn’t taken place yet) as a technicality that they don’t anticipate having any trouble with.

Public Radio Station WNTI/Hackettstown, NJ is purchased by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN

PHILADELPHIA & HACKETTSTOWN, NEW JERSEY (OCTOBER 12, 2015): Today Centenary College of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5, owned by the University of Pennsylvania, jointly announced a sales agreement and transfer of ownership for the broadcasting license of WNTI 91.9 FM, the public radio station owned by Centenary College, to WXPN. WXPN’s award-winning music programming will be broadcast on WNTI starting at noon ET on Thursday, October 15.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with WXPN, which preserves a strong voice for great music in our region and opens new horizons for the WNTI community and for Centenary College,” Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College. “WXPN brings exceptional resources and expertise in public radio and a deep commitment to serving the needs of listeners and supporting local artists. Centenary will continue to operate its own Internet radio station at to enhance our curriculum and involve students and community volunteers in programming. Centenary students will also be afforded opportunities to intern at WXPN at the University of Pennsylvania. We intend to reinvest the proceeds from the license sale in building Centenary’s academic offerings, to support student recruitment and retention and fuel Centenary’s role as an economic engine in Warren County, New Jersey.”

Roger LaMay, WXPN General Manager, said, “WXPN was approached with notification of the proposed sale of WNTI. Although we were not looking to purchase another radio station, we quickly realized that WXPN was the best option to preserve WNTI’s long tradition of musical discovery for listeners in Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We will extend WXPN’s demonstrated commitment to local artists, music and events in the communities we currently serve to the WNTI community, and will apply our deep experience in public music radio management to strengthen its overall operations. In the long term, we expect this transaction to benefit our artists and audiences, and strengthen WXPN’s financial sustainability.”

WXPN produces NPR’s most popular program of popular music, World Cafe, which was heard on WNTI twice daily and will remain part of its music programming.

The Public Service Operating Agreement will start at noon ET on Thursday, October 15, 2015. WXPN programming will begin at 91.9 FM at that time. After the filing, FCC approval is expected to take 60 to 120 days.

Sale price is $1,250,000 in cash and another $500,000 in underwriting value over 10 years. Public Media Company represented WXPN/University of Pennsylvania throughout the transaction. Centenary College was represented by Patrick Communications.

John Lagola October 20, 2015 - 8:08 pm

I would like to thank centinary college for being so short sided. I always thought you were a horrible institution to begin with, but to sell you music station. That is an all time low. It’s great to tune in now and here Philadelphia news and traffic reports. Not sure who I dispise more Philadelphia or centinary college.

Dave October 25, 2015 - 2:05 am

Got my Soultime cd very cool love it, But disappointed there are no liner notes at all
Just track listing and running times

George smith October 25, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Thats B.S. for years I’ve listened, contributed,and attended many events and functions that benefitted local businesses, sponsors, charities, and centenary college themselves. I wonder when then town of hackettstown will weigh in on all this. This is such a disservice to the people, the town, businesses, sponsors, and all supporters of this great station. How long will it take before the asses that made this move feel the repercussions of this? Do they realize that all of their advertising for the school is gone? I can’t say for sure but, you can bet the person behind this is a lazy, self-centered S.O.B. . To not show the respect to the DJ’s , supporters, sponsors, and businesses of this and supporting towns is reprehensible ! I hope who ever was involved eventually gets fired from that college. Another thing, I hate Philadelphia! I don’t what to know what’s going on down there or where the hot spots are. I will undoubtedly miss Mel, my dawn bird, Mike W, from dog bites, cable man Dan, the ten o’clock hour with Trevor, and or course Spider with my daily dose of dead and Zappa ! And I don’t like David Dye cause he’s probably has something to do with it. I’m. Taking 91.9 off my presets and I’m writing a nasty letter to Centanary’s president. I suggest that if you read this you shoul too! F.U. Centenary!

Hank Spicer October 25, 2015 - 7:35 pm

I heard from quite a few people that both nights were great. Congrats to Joe G and the band for rocking The Shore.

Shirley October 26, 2015 - 11:18 pm

The Electric Flag should be in the R&RHOF, they were great

Perry October 29, 2015 - 11:12 am

We have made it our business to attend this benefit concert for many years. It is always a wonderful event. The media and people in general have to… put politely a short memory. The problems in Hati will be there for many years this concert raises awareness and funds for this very worthy cause. It also has a tendency to sell out so get your tickets now.

Paul Derby November 5, 2015 - 10:45 am

I was at a Bruce “Show” in 2009 I think in Mansfield MA, it used to be called “Great Woods”. I screamed out “Lets Road House” and lo and behold Bruce and the E-Street Band broke out in “Ramrod”!!!!!!!!! I was so pumped and as always a great, great SHOW!!!!!!!!!

Montclair grip November 6, 2015 - 12:59 am


Linden NJ baseball November 6, 2015 - 5:28 am

Go baby go

Angie King November 10, 2015 - 2:00 pm

While the festival was certainly nice, there have been many over the past 15 years that were equal if not better.

arlen schumer November 10, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Hey, that’s MY marquee art–and my name is spelled Schumer! :)

Reply November 11, 2015 - 3:06 am

Thanks, have corrected and added link to your page.

Susan Prutzman November 11, 2015 - 10:12 am

Came back from a 2-week absence and couldn’t find the radio station I have listened to every day for years! I figured I must be doing something wrong because I couldn’t even imagine it was gone.

The new station is okay, but Centenary College’s radio station served Northwest NJ and Northeast PA. I don’t need to know about the weather or traffic in Philadelphia. Also, who will promote and advise of the wonderful artists and music events in our area. Seems to me the new station is all about Philly.


Carol Lisa Lozito November 11, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Carol L. Lozito,
“Painter for the Endangered Species” tm

gerry griffin November 11, 2015 - 1:30 pm

rest in peace Andy… thank you for the music!

Jeff Tischler November 15, 2015 - 9:45 am

WNTI was the only station I could listen to on FM that could compete with satellite radio. Thanks alot. I found out it was gone when I switched on the channel on a Sunday morning, the best radio anywhere on a Sunday.

Drew Eckmann November 21, 2015 - 8:38 am

There’s also a WhyHunger benefit TODAY (Sat.) at 6:00 PM, Doors 5:00, in Ringwood at Live @ Drew’s featuring Montclair’s Zara Phillips, British songwriter Adam Masterson, and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan. Info:

Linda Wolf December 3, 2015 - 7:47 pm

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2015

The Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Memory Book
by Linda Wolf

Go back in time and remember through over 150 never before seen photos from the archives of internationally recognized photographer, Linda Wolf. Get into the personal stories and memories of the legendary musicians in this book, through intimate photos and quotes with the alumni, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, Chris Stainton,Bobby Jones, Bobby Torres, Bobby Keys, Pamela Polland, Daniel & Matthew Moore, Jim Keltner, Jim Price, Sandy Konikoff, the band, singers, girlfriends, wives, children, and furry friends.

Bainbridge Island, WA.
Just released: The Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen Memory Book by official photographer, Linda Wolf. JCMD&E is considered one of the top 10 all-time rock n’roll tours. Linda traveled with the band from the first rehearsals at A&M Studio’s soundstage in April, 1970 through the summer after the Tour ended. She amassed over 4,000 B&W 35mm negatives, which have never been published. This book is a labor of love, created specifically for the 2015 Lockn’ Festival’s exclusive tribute concert to Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs & Englishmen, hosted and curated by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and featuring the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, members of the famed original Tour, and special guests. The tribute/reunion concert took place on September 11, 2015, in Arrington, Virginia. The JCMD&E Memory Book contains 64 pages, is softbound, 8.5 x 11, 4-color B&W, and is for sale on Linda’s website.

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Maria December 7, 2015 - 6:43 pm

A hardcore fan here and I can’t wait !!! I love Bruce Springsteen, and all his albums.

tana mullins December 7, 2015 - 9:10 pm

I don’t care what Bruce plays, it’s all good….So excited……….I love the man…..

marge201 December 7, 2015 - 9:54 pm

I’m still going to try for all 3 NY/NJ shows. I’d doubt that the shows are going to be identical.

Reply December 7, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Yes I’m sure there will be a lot of variety in the non-“River” material but that’s only about one third of show

Debby Couture December 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

I am a Jersey girl, and have been waiting a long time to see Bruce. I have always thought of him as a local treasure, even when he went onto become the phenomenon, that he did.
Just the opening bars of his music and I am back home riding the circuit.It just sounds like home. Love our Boss.
From a life long fan and Neptune NJ Girl. See ya in Sunrise.

data analytics December 10, 2015 - 1:27 am

Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this site needs a
lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

tris mccall December 10, 2015 - 12:51 pm

man, i love these guys.

i hear you about the videos.

Marlene December 19, 2015 - 10:12 am

Fifth year of seeing this “Nutcracker” and it was the most brilliant ever! Such joy and sweetness. Will never attend any other company’s performance…especially given the accompaniment by the NJ Symphony Orchestra.

Janis Brenner December 19, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Thank you for that final comment especially, Robert.

Tarkovsky7 December 31, 2015 - 11:08 am

So, let me get this right, Springsteen is not an oldies act because he is performing a 35 year old double album in it’s entirety on this tour? What?!

Reply December 31, 2015 - 11:12 am

Oldies acts don’t perform entire albums. They perform just the hits.

Mike Sammy January 9, 2016 - 10:40 am

Brilliant Disguise actually peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart…not #16.

Reply January 9, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Thanks, have corrected.

Mike Sammy January 9, 2016 - 10:42 am

I think you have Better Days and Brilliant Disguise mixed up.

Better Days was a double A side single with Human Touch — this reached #16 (although Better Days didn’t receive much airplay nationally). Better Days was a hit thanks to the airplay that Human Touch received.

So…swap the chart positions for Better Days and Brilliant Disguise and we’re good to go.

Reply January 9, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Thanks, have corrected. I abbreviated both as BD while doing my calculations and inadvertently mixed them up!

Mark West January 9, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Sabermetrics and Bruce…..Who coulda known?

Pete Jameson January 11, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Garden State Stomp — Dave Van Ronk

Reply January 11, 2016 - 12:18 pm Reply
Bob Moran January 11, 2016 - 3:57 pm

“I’m From New Jersey” by John Gorka

Reply January 11, 2016 - 4:04 pm Reply
Carol January 11, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Palisades Park, Wildwood Days Jersey Girl

Reply January 11, 2016 - 5:19 pm

All done. Here’s the complete list, alphabetized by artist:

Shaun January 12, 2016 - 10:55 am

Saves The Day – Sometimes, New Jersey

Mark January 12, 2016 - 4:44 pm

Queen latifah- jersey from the New Jersey drive soundtrack

Reply January 12, 2016 - 5:26 pm Reply
Jeff January 12, 2016 - 5:53 pm

Have any Good Rats in there…

PiscatawayMike January 25, 2016 - 2:02 pm

John Eddie did a great version of Suffragette City in Asbury Park in 1986. It was an outdoor concert that was broadcast live on WNEW-FM. Southside Johnny and Bricklin also performed. You can find it here:

Reply January 25, 2016 - 2:11 pm

Thanks! Too bad there’s no video but I have embedded audio.

PiscatawayMike January 26, 2016 - 9:48 am

1986… long before everyone carried around their own personal video recording device. :)

Joan January 30, 2016 - 12:56 pm

My husband, me and our two boys would watch the Uncle Floyd show every night Monday thru Friday just before r after dinner. It was hilarious; we’d be rolling on the floor!!!

Tim mcgrath February 3, 2016 - 10:51 am

I lived there in 1983! Seen Edgar Winter there!

John Baumgartner February 3, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Jesus Christ, this sounds like the last thing the world needs.

Linda February 3, 2016 - 10:04 pm

Why does the article assume the ideal candidate is female? “lives her life on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat,” “counts her smartphone as her most important possession” and “enjoys nightlife and being a personality herself.” I’m sure the male hosts on Extra and Entertainment Tonight would take issue with that.

Reply February 3, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Those aren’t my assumptions. Those phrases are taken directly from the job posting.

Ed Colton February 4, 2016 - 8:01 am

Is this the same person who used to be featured in those commercials for cable service a few years ago? You know, the one who’s on the go and doing all of those wonderful things?

David February 4, 2016 - 3:06 pm

I saw the Off Broadway production–excellent play and much less dark than LaBute’s best known work.

Mary Novak February 8, 2016 - 1:30 am

I would like to get on your mailing list for seniors tickets!!
Thank you,
Mary Novak
392C Picardy Court
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Mary Novak February 8, 2016 - 1:39 am

PLS send me some free tickets for seniors. Pls. put me on your mailing list for seniors.
My address is: 392C Picardy Court Lakewood, NJ 08701

Reply February 8, 2016 - 7:30 am

Here’s some info about that from their web site:

How can you attend a performance?

The daytime performances are FREE to seniors. In order to obtain tickets, you must be on the mailing list. To be placed on the mailing list, you must be 55 years of age or older and send proof of age to:

Garden State Arts Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 5013
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-5013

If you do not have a ticket, you may enter the theater at 1 pm on the day of the show, but will not be guaranteed a seat. Please come prepared with a lawn chair and sun block.

For additional information, please call us at (732) 442-9200 Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Kevin John Allen February 9, 2016 - 11:30 am

Thanks Jay.

Mike February 10, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Loved the review,, loved the show. Peter Yarrow is a national treasure.

David February 12, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Although I only saw the Off Broadway version, this is a very accurate review of this funny, surprising, touching play.

Michael Wlodarczyk February 13, 2016 - 10:08 am

Unless Bruce and the band have a time machine, last night’s show was at The Wells Fargo Center, not The Spectrum.

Reply February 13, 2016 - 10:12 am

Thanks, will correct

Jerry Maenner February 14, 2016 - 6:11 pm

But back in 2009, it was at the Spectrum that Bruce named him ‘the Philly Elvis’, so the article is correct. Whoever responded did mot read the article carefully enough.

Reply February 14, 2016 - 6:41 pm

No, responder was correct. Article was wrong at first but has since been corrected.

Joe Cifelli February 13, 2016 - 10:32 am

Hi Nicole,
I hope this message gets to you. I just heard your rendition of Bowie’s Heroes on the Spectrum. Not only were your vocals amazing but it brought tears to my eyes.
My sister has been battling cancer for past two years. After having the disease at bay for the past half year, we learned Thursday its back with little hope. Losing my sister is going to be just unfathomable and overwhelming.
Thank you for your song…again your voice was amazing and reached my broken heart. ?

Reply February 13, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Am very sorry to hear about your sister, Joe. Will try to get this message to Nicole.

G . Carlbon February 15, 2016 - 4:00 pm

best radio on planet. gone !

Thomas Mcfadden February 16, 2016 - 7:56 pm

Great job in all aspects

david james February 24, 2016 - 1:20 pm

great post tnx

D. Funk February 26, 2016 - 8:34 am

Every morning I wake up to WNTI, and since last Fall, I almost always become irritated with it. Quite simply, I miss Mel, and the “old NTI”. I was so happy when I first found WNTI a few years ago when I moved to Riegelsville, PA. Particularly Melody in Morning. Her program was crafted, personal, different, varied…just plain cool. It reminded me a bit of WSAN (AM) from Allentown and WMMR from many years ago (certainly not today). Mel talked WITH you in the mornings. She played an eclectic mix of always interesting music, and if she played something you didn’t like, you could call and tell her, and she would play something you did. It felt local, friendly, and inclusive. A great way to wake up.
Now, the WNTI morning program feels corporate, contrived, and something that is broadcast AT me rather than FOR me. Obviously it is simply a mirror of WXPN which I stopped listening to a long time ago for the same reason. The music now is occasionally alright, but it mostly seems to be a prescribed collection of what a bunch of corporate people in some boardroom believe I want to listen to as dictated by the label “Adult Album Alternative” or some other contrived category. It is more harsh, disjointed, over-played, predictable, uninteresting, boring – I don’t know, it is hard to pinpoint, but it is different, and not in a good way. I notice it, and I don’t like it. The two “hosts” of the current morning program (I couldn’t even tell you their names yet after how many months – what does that tell you?) talk to EACH OTHER, and AT me. I find their canned “jokey” bantering irritating. It is nothing against them personally at all. I am sure that they are simply following what they are prescribed to do according to the corporate issued handbook. I feel completely disconnected from them. Mel felt like a neighbor and a friend. I miss her and her wonderful program. One morning she was just GONE. How corporate again! Out with the old, and in with the new. Bam!
So now, I, and I suspect many, many others, are left with another canned station that is indistinguishable from any other “Adult Album Alternative” morning station in any other town/city across the Nation. Sort of like how you always know what you are going to get when you go into a McDonalds anywhere, no matter where. Well, obviously, money talks. WNIT, Where Good Music Lived. I wish I HAD an alternative.

BigBallsWilly February 26, 2016 - 8:01 pm

Prob “So on” not “Soon”

Reply February 26, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Thanks, have fixed

Anthony Jannelli February 26, 2016 - 8:19 pm

I was there, now I’m making a short film about it. Please enjoy our teaser clip here:

Thanks, Tony

Please support us!

michael salomone October 6, 2017 - 12:23 pm

I’m there Tony…

Mike Salomone

Jerry Treacy February 27, 2016 - 1:18 pm

Wow Jay, much appreciated, thanks! Especially from someone who has always been so respected and incredibly supportive of the arts in NJ. Seems to me you were tuned in today?! Again, many thanks…

Reply February 27, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Yes, listened on and off this morning.

Geralyn Gray March 1, 2016 - 5:23 am

It even has a surprise ending. Pretty hard not to tear up. Glad it includes Light of Day and Jake too. Light of day is amazing because it is mostly the audience singing.

Michael March 8, 2016 - 11:04 am

Those were some pretty good choices but it missed probably the three best Bruce covers by female artists.

Molly Johnson:

Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris:

Bat For Lashes:

Bob Rohwer March 8, 2016 - 7:28 pm

Another nice cover is Faith Hill’s “If I Should Fall Behind”

carol ross March 15, 2016 - 9:47 am

how wonderful for you , jay, you are respected and loved in new jersey –

arlen schumer March 15, 2016 - 1:10 pm

WOW, Jay, this is FABULOUS!!! Thank you SO MUCH for doing it!

Jey March 18, 2016 - 9:29 pm

I knew when that david die guy from wxpn started yip yapping on 91.9 the end was near. It’s a sad day for college radio. Get used to them begging for money 4x a year because that’s really all they are about. Just don’t pledge ONE RED CENT! Look into where the money goes.

Charlie Pi March 20, 2016 - 9:25 pm


I enjoy reading your Springsteen articles and comments.

I misconstrued this at first as a list of the best surprises and then I noticed they were your favorite one’s, so of course it’s personal.

Two of the biggest for me….

Opening the show with Incident On 57th Street at the First Union Center on the closing night of the 6 night run in Philly on the Reunion Tour. First time the song had been pulled out in almost 20 years.

Oh, and since we’re still in Philly….The Price You Pay.

The 10th Avenue moment in ’93 at CAA was the loudest crowd I have ever heard at a Springsteen show, and may be at the top of my surprise list.

Rose March 20, 2016 - 10:34 pm

My first & biggest Springsteen surprise was November 11, 2010 at Woody’s Roadside Tavern when Bruce showed up to play with TIMEPIECE.

Second was April 2, 2011 when Bruce showed up for Nicky Addio’s show at the Wonder Bar honoring the Westside music of Asbury Park, NJ. Here’s the playlist of my videos.

Third was July 17, 2011 when Bruce showed up at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park to sing & play with The Sensational Soul Cruisers. Here’s the playlist of my videos.

elle lamb March 20, 2016 - 10:49 pm

Milwaukee 1980, at the end of Crush on You, Bruce said, “Let’s play Midnight Hour”. The band went right into it like they had been rehearsing it all week.

Joe March 21, 2016 - 10:19 am

Boy, having seen over 50 shows there have been a lot of surprises. I’ve seen several of your’s Jay, so will leave them out. I tend to lean towards the unusual opener or encore, and it would take me hours to really dive into this, but here are a few:

8-25-78 New Haven Coliseum: Seeing him open with “Good Rockin Tonight”
11-7-27-80 MSG: Seeing him open with “Born to Run”
9-7-84 Hartford Civic Center: Playing “Rave On” in the Encore (Buddy Holly’s BD)
8-1-99 Brenden Byrn Arena: Seeing him open with “Backstreets”
5-8-00 Hartford Civic Center: Opening with “Roulette” and “Honky Tonk Woman” intro to Darlington County
7-1-00 MSG: “Lost in the Flood”
12-13-2002 Pepsi Arena Albany: Final Encore “Around and Around”
8-31-2003 Giants Stadium: Opening with “Cynthia”, killer “Kitty” on first encore
9-22-12 Meadowlands Arena: Just the fact that they went on after the thunderstorm delay was a surprise!
5-13-14 Times Union Arena Albany: Seeing him Open with “Don’t Change”
5-18-14 Mohegan Sun Arena: “Santa Claus” (to the delight of my Daughters) and “Seven Angles”
2-8-16 Times Union Arena Albany: “Detroit Medely” in the Encores

Probably can list a dozen others, but this was fun!


Andrew March 21, 2016 - 10:44 am

I have been a Springsteen fan ever since I discovered Rock n’ Roll as a young teenager in the early 1980s. As long as I had been a fan, I never had the opportunity to see him live until my 40s and after I had moved to Europe. My wife bought me tickets to his July 31, 2012 show in Helsinki, Finland as a birthday present. Much to my surprise my first Springsteen show turned out to be the longest show of his career, exceeding four hours. I am taking my kids to see him in Denmark this summer and very much looking forward to it.

Don Weisman March 21, 2016 - 4:09 pm

I think the greatest Bruce surprise performance that I have seen was in April 1977, the so called “Chicken Scratch” tour, when Bruce and the E Streeters stepped in to help support Southside Johnny who had been hospitalized with strep throat. Johnny had four shows scheduled over two nights at the then Carlton Theater in Red Bank, NJ (now the Count Basie Theater). The shows were going to have to be cancelled because of Johnny’s illness, but instead radio and newspaper announcements were made that the shows would go on with the Asbury All-Stars (I still have the hand-painted poster promoting the show that appeared on an easel in the lobby of the theater thanks to a friend who worked there then) standing in for Johnny. The first night it was a mystery as to who the Asbury All-Stars were. But by night two (I had a ticket for the second show that night) word had spread that the night before Bruce and his band had joined forces with the Jukes. The theater vibe was electric before the show started. I had a third row center ticket and when the theater lighting went dark the energy level exploded. The stage lights mistakenly flashed on for a second and imprinted in my memory was the image of all the members of both bands, with Bruce and Steve Van Zandt stage front. The crowd erupted even more. The lights went black again for a few seconds and then came up again as the combined bands launched into the Jukes song “This Time Is For Real.” Steven, who managed the Jukes back in that period and either wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s songs with Bruce) took lead vocals, with Bruce singing the songs that he had written (i.e. The Fever). They went through virtually the entirety of the Jukes’ then two album library, with a mini set in the middle when Ronnie Spector joined them to sing several of the Ronnettes’ hits capped off by a duet with Bruce on his song “You Mean So Much To Me (Baby)” which Johnny and Ronnie had recorded together on the Jukes first album. After coming out for encores and ending with the Jukes show topper, Sam Cooke’s “We’re Having a Party,” the audience lights came up and the roadies started shutting off the amps, usually a sign that the show had ended. It was well after midnight, but a about a third of the crowd remained and moved to the front of the orchestra section of the theater chanting for more. After what seemed 15 minutes of chanting, the roadies came back onto the stage and began turning on the music amps again. The energy in the crowd erupted when Bruce and the E Street Band, accompanied by the Jukes horn section, emerged again on stage and launched into another full set of their own songs, ending finally with the Jackie Wilson classic “Higher and Higher.” Bruce was in the middle of his legal issues with former manager Mike Appel during that period and wasn’t able to record, and played publicly only sporadically, so you could feel the pent up energy that he and the band were releasing. I remember finally leaving the theater at about 2:30 a.m., ears ringing, soaked in sweat, exhausted and thinking to myself “I’ve never seen anything like that before, but I want to do that again.” That was what I consider my first E Street Band show (I’d seen Bruce a number of times pop up on stage with other bands at the Stone Pony and the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, but not with his band of brothers backing him. I was converted that night and have been an avid follower ever since.

Clyde August 16, 2016 - 9:22 pm

I was at the early show that night. After the main show ended, we got an encore of Bruce and the E Street Band doing Thunder Road. I met Bruce in the mid-80s and told him I was at that show. He said, “Oh yeah. That was a classic.”

Matt Milius March 22, 2016 - 1:34 am

Ive been fortunate to see so many amazing things when it comes to Bruce, but one night at Cheers in Long Branch my friend Sal and I were there to see Bobby Bandiera and Bruce came in. We said Hi, then left him alone. There weren’t many people at all there and we were sitting at the bar and Bruce and Patti’s Dad were at a booth. Bruce comes walking by my bar stool and I said “Hey Bruce, are you taking off?”, he says, “No, im gonna give Bobby a hand!” so he hops up there with Bobby and they to Mustang Sally and Lucille. Just two songs but that was a big surprise and alot of fun! Ive been fortunate enough to have so many amazing Bruce nights , but that particular one was so much fun!

Dave Drum March 22, 2016 - 11:18 am

My most memorable Springsteen moment came in June of 1981 at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco when Bruce crawled across the top of the table right next to me to join Gary U.S. Bonds on stage. There were only about 300 people at the show, and many of us had bought tickets in the hope that Springsteen would make a surprise appearance. The Boss didn’t disappoint as teamed up with Bonds for several songs including Quarter to Three, Jolé Blon and This Little Girl. Having seen Bruce and the band on the first River Tour just a few months earlier, it was an incredible thrill to be a mere five feet away on this unforgettable night.

Dave March 24, 2016 - 4:49 pm

I was at a Sting show at Madison Square Garden in 1988. The Amnesty tour had been announced but hadn’t started yet. Sting came out for the last encore, where he had always played an acoustic “Message in a Bottle.” Instead, he said, “I want to play a song written by a friend of mine,” and started singing “The River.” Midway through the first verse, Bruce walked out. I think the audience lost their collective minds at once. What a moment.

Also, a few years back April 2008, the Tampa show right after Danny passed away, when they opened with “Backstreets” and the crowd was sobbing from the get go.

Robert O'Donnell March 25, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Michael Moschen is amazing! I saw him many years ago. It was a thoughful and very entertaining performance…

Mark March 27, 2016 - 11:58 pm

The first time Tom Morello came out and played Ghost of Tom Joad in Anaheim/2008. So unexpected. So powerful.

The night he called out “Midnight Hour” in Milwaukee 10/14/80 while improvising at the end of Crush on You. Half the band couldn’t believe it. Sorry, no video.

1ifbyrain2ifbytrain April 6, 2016 - 8:28 am

Next year Renaldo and Clara! (there are 16mm copies out there)

Rosemary Conte April 9, 2016 - 3:14 pm

Leave it to Bruce to always take the high road!

Marty Katz April 11, 2016 - 11:56 am

I wish I had witnessed this and can only hope that more archive material will see release before I am too old to enjoy them. In the meantime I would love to get a copy of this showing.

Esther Kashkin April 13, 2016 - 11:28 am

Great story about WQXR’s successful initiative to make a difference in a young person’s life and how we can help! Thank you NJ ARTS.NET

Enrique A. Callejas April 13, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Sooo…what bathrooms are they supposed to use..?

monique April 17, 2016 - 2:18 pm

If these easy decisions are REALLY SO DIFFICULT I recommend staying home. Sheesh. How about Just pee where you always peed. Quit letting fear inform your life. No one is going to hurt anyone OMG. Take a buddy with you if you seriously feel so “threatened”. ASK A COP TO MAN THE DOOR OUTSIDE THE RESTROOM if the threat is SOOOOO scary. I am sure they would just LOVE that.
I am a heterosexul woman. I have been in the bathroom with transexuals. NEVER A PROBLEM. Honestly, rude stuck-up white Mommys with their unruly children disrupt public restrooms more than anyone.


Severely Dissapointed April 16, 2016 - 12:15 am

This was quite simply the biggest load of self indulgent bullshit I have witnessed on a stage for MANY years. God alone knows what this reviewer saw or thought he did. He should be ashamed of promoting such mind numbing, ill conceived, poorly executed and spectacularly BORING (so called) theatre. There was no point of view, it was devoid of anything approaching a narrative thru-line, and it exuded an artistic arrogance that was beyond compare. I hope Miss Chipaumire does the honorable thing and retires from an already overcrowded industry and spares us, a paying audience, any future torment. I am done with Montclair and their misguided, obscure programming – this was my third and last visit there, ever.

Jim Testa April 17, 2016 - 4:36 pm

My first professional writing gig was at The Aquarian too (before it morphed into East Coast Rocker), writing film and theater features. I got to interview a bunch of b-list movie stars (including a young Harrison Ford and the hilarious Dom DeLuise, the Wizard of Oz’s Ray Bolger, and sex kitten Pia Zadora.) When that fizzled out, I started writing for my best friend’s fanzine, and when that folded, I started my own zine (and kept writing – for free – for other zines with bigger circulations, like The Bob and Matter.) The exposure I received got me noticed and eventually led to freelancing opportunities at places like Request (Sam Goody’s house magazine, and 2nd largest music mag in the country back in the 90’s,) Guitar World, Rolling Stone, and – thanks to Jay – the Star-Ledger, as well as a weekly music column in the Jersey Journal. So my advice to young writers today is to just start publishing yourself, even if it’s online (which is WAY easier than publishing a print fanzine was back in the days before personal computers and hi-quality copiers.)

Reply April 17, 2016 - 5:27 pm

Yes, it’s much easier to start publishing yourself these days. Not necessarily easier to get paid, though. It cost me virtually nothing to start A year and a half later, though, I’m still making very little money from it.

Cindy April 17, 2016 - 10:36 pm

Thank you for posting, Jay! I just shared this with my friend Lucas, an aspiring journalist in Scotland.

Reply April 17, 2016 - 10:41 pm


Susan Lenz April 19, 2016 - 10:27 am

Thanks so much for including my work in this news coverage!
Susan Lenz

Nancy McLain April 19, 2016 - 1:10 pm

” Uncle Floyd ” , great ” Homage ” to you from another ” Great ” ! Like you , he is ” One of a kind ” & will be missed always .
I remember , with much fondness , our days at ” Catch ” together & will
try to get in touch , for my next visit to my ” Home State ” , New Jersey !!!

Joe Green March 13, 2022 - 1:12 pm

Uncle Floyd is still alive. He still does his act. You can hire him, he loves performing. Just had diner with him last week. Don’t count him out, yet. Still with us.

Nancy McLain April 19, 2016 - 1:22 pm

I fully support the decision to cancel the concert ! That law affects more then bathroom rights , it takes away many other rights . What ever happened to the “Separation of Church & State “? No one is trying to take away your religion , but when it interferes with job performance , you need to change jobs ! Practice your religion in Church & in your home , when you are in the public , not every one is a believer & shouldn’t be subjected to your predjudices !!!

Rosemary Conte April 20, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Jay, your story on becoming a rock critic was interesting, beautifully written, and peppered with enough humor to sustain my attention for the more serious lines about the decline of the newspaper biz, and the challenge you faced.

I appreciate this!

Michael Redmond April 21, 2016 - 12:30 am

Wonderful piece, Jay. I remember that 20-something!

Tracey Cee April 22, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I love Mint Condition and I knew if they were scheduled to be on stage the same day Prince passed, there would be no way they were leaving that stage without a tribute to such a major inspiration of theirs. I love you, MC. Keep putting out that good shit in memory of Prince. And Prince, fly high, Purple Warrior….. This is what it sounds like when doves cry.

Cindy April 26, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Mark Erelli did ‘Purple Rain” on Friday night 4/22 at the Jeff Raspe birthday bash Strand Theater in Lakewood. Seems to be the song to cover!

Ron Bishop April 28, 2016 - 7:13 pm

Hi Jay – I interned at the famed Ridgewood News in 1985-86. Call it the John Breunig/Evan St. Lifer Period. I tell my students not to have too much of a plan, to be open to unexpected paths. Give my regards to my home state – I hope we can touch base at some point.

Ron Bishop, Drexel University

Elfira Item April 30, 2016 - 6:36 am

Elton John in Vegas, one week tribute to Prince

Elfira Item April 30, 2016 - 6:47 am Please Make this tribute internationally if possible, thank you so much for doing this from the beginning, you rock, long live Prince

Jason Didner May 2, 2016 - 2:15 pm

Smart move. A cold soggy day like that would have been no fun for a festival.

wander richardson May 5, 2016 - 5:38 pm

My son inquired to purchase a ticket for $129 (lower seating) to which the ticket agent at the box office said was available. ,I (mother) went to purchase within 1/2 hour and was told none was left but only the extreme upper and far side seating. Disappointed, I left without purchasing. 4:25 I always enjoy the competition and supported the fest even when it was in another theater in Newark.

Currouse, I went online and viewed tickets available on the lower seating area. (5:20 pm (same day)) No, I did not purchase the ticket online and decided not to attend and will tell my experience to others.

Where can I purchase the DVD of this and other prior gospel fests events. Thank you.

Reply May 5, 2016 - 6:42 pm

Sorry to hear you had problems. As far as I know there are no commercially available DVDs.

Michael Serrano May 9, 2016 - 10:30 am

You mean to tell me that my daughter sang and there are no dvd recordings I am the father or Mikayla Serrano one of the teen soloist that competed Are they going to broadcast it on TV?

Reply May 9, 2016 - 10:33 am

Not sure about TV broadcast. Will try to find that out.

Reply May 9, 2016 - 11:06 am

Am told it will air on Fox (channel 5) at some point this summer. Date not confirmed yet.

Bob Eirons May 6, 2016 - 9:14 am

Is the exhibit still in NY? Today is 5-6-26?

Reply May 6, 2016 - 9:22 am

No, it has closed. Hoboken Historical Museum still has a Sinatra exhibit up, though:

Lizzie Eddwards May 6, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Blonde on Blonde 40th Anniversary tribute
at Hifi on June 7th!

Reply May 6, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Thanks! Will add.

Gene Caprioglio May 6, 2016 - 3:58 pm


We do an annual Dylan Tribute for 18 years now. We’re running late this year. Here’s the info –

The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

June 25, 2016 8 to 10 PM (no cover or minimum)

Here’s info about us –

The Zimmymen and the Wimmymen are a merry band of Dylanologists who congregate annually to celebrate and perform the work of the Bard, Hibbing Minnesota’s own Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan. The Way Station show will mark the 18th year for these annual get-togethers. The Zimmys will roam through Bob’s extensive catalog, picking tunes from all decades – the 1960’s into the 21st Century. So Zimmy fans should set “their boot heels to be wanderin’” to Prospect Heights on 6/25 for an evening of wall-to-wall Dylan. Bring your thought-dreams for analysis, and we’ll make “attempts to shovel a glimpse into the ditch of what each one means”.

Reply May 6, 2016 - 4:42 pm

Thanks, will add item.

Larry Germack May 7, 2016 - 8:07 am

Great. Look forward to the City Winery. On the Dylan/Greenwich Village walking tours, we at Rock Junket do those at 11 AM Sunday. If you could, please mention Thanks ! How does it feel…to be 75 years old? Happy Birthday Bob!

Reply May 7, 2016 - 8:43 am


Amy May 10, 2016 - 6:48 pm

Sorry it was cancelled according to TM

Reply May 10, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Show was last year.

Dan May 15, 2016 - 11:46 am

RRE for free. Sign me up.

aLgProduction May 15, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Thanks for posting

Doug May 16, 2016 - 2:36 pm

The mystery is solved. I was in the audience on August 26, 1990. I knew there had been a warm-up band. For 26 years I’ve not been able to find the name of that band. I found this article on 5/16/2016. Finally I know who that band was. I do remember liking the set they played. But I wasn’t able to hear the name of the band when they announced it.

Reply May 16, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Here’s a video of them at a different show:

Helen Cammarata May 20, 2016 - 11:41 am


paul biniek May 21, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Why am I unable to find a schedule of events for this year?

Reply May 21, 2016 - 2:19 pm Reply
Andrea Orlandi May 22, 2016 - 2:34 am

Highway 61 revisited
With Dylan and the E St Band in NYC Shea Stadium 10.04.2003
And Knocking on heaven’s door 02.06.2015 La.

Jason Didner May 25, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Wow! That’s even 2 months early for Crazy Eddie’s Christmas in July Sale! My “Summertime Santa” tune might be a little more seasonal (and was inspired by Bruce’s ‘Santa’) >

Anita Daugherty June 6, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Does anyone know of a concert in Avenel June 10 at Avenel park 7:30? I have it on my calendar and now can’t find any info. Thanks.

Reply June 6, 2016 - 5:47 pm

There’s a concert at Pelzman Park, which is in Avenel, by the Dalton Gang:

Steven Tye Culbert June 8, 2016 - 3:40 am

I just wanted to say thanks for publishing the words about Thelonius Monk’s “Hackensack.” I dig Monk immensely and play “Hackensack” alot. The Englewood Cliffs studio and it people must have contributed to the great music recorded there. Adios, Steven Tye Culbert

Kathy Anderson June 13, 2016 - 10:00 am

Love it!!

Karen Remy June 17, 2016 - 10:46 am

Hey. Just decided to search on Janata and came across this article. Mike, amazingly written article. Not sure if you remember, this is Karen. I lived across the street from Danny in Midland Park. Always went to see you play whenever I was able. Hope all you guys are doing well.

tris mccall June 19, 2016 - 8:01 pm

very very sad news. he was one of my absolute favorites. terrific songwriter, beatmaker, and a beautiful singer, too.

Jim Testa June 22, 2016 - 9:56 am

Because Prince Be grew up (and still lived) in Jersey City, he was always eager to be interviewed by me for the Jersey Journal. “Rolling Stone is okay,” he told me, “but my mom reads the Jersey Journal.” So I got to interview him several times, every time a new record came out, and he was always warm, gracious, forthcoming, and a real delight. I also loved those records, and I agree, his gentle soul ran counter to the prevailing wave of gangster rap and he was never properly appreciated in his time. But I think people will listen to those records in the future and appreciate them.

Jim Testa June 26, 2016 - 10:45 am

Bernie Worrell played with the final iteration of Hoboken’s Bongos when they toured their “Beat Hotel” album in the mid-Eighties.

acapellaluv July 9, 2016 - 8:22 pm

1) Great review on HOME FREE! Thx!..Can’t wait to see World’s 1st All Vocal Country Band/Sing Off 4 Winners (songwriters, arrangers, multi-instrumentalists) again!!
Their “GOD BLESS THE USA” went VIRAL! 1+Mill. vws in 3 days & rocked Justin Timberlake cover “CAN’T STOP
THE FEELING”, but our fav.: beautiful orig. “I’VE SEEN” (…rain on the Mississippi Delta, I’ve seen the sunrise in Baton Rouge…), beautiful!
Need no reply..Share their awesome music!!Thx again!! :)

acapellaluv July 9, 2016 - 8:27 pm

Forgot to add, we’re seeing them again on ‘A Country
Christmas’ Dec. 20 (which may have sold out & they may be adding Dec. 21)!! :)

Jen Braun July 19, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Exciting! I love that album. “Almost Blue” — that’s what I got all emo too back in school, well before emo was a thing. :-)

Kevin Kennedy July 29, 2016 - 7:20 pm

Cynthia Robinson passed of The Family Stone passed away last year her daughter by Sly Stone is singing now with the band.

Reply July 29, 2016 - 7:23 pm

Thanks very much, will correct.

Sinadorm August 2, 2016 - 10:50 am

I preface this by saying I’m not a Trump supporter, but rather hate the media. First of all any author who attempts to write an article about a subject should do a little research, Trump hasn’t had any ownership in the Taj in about 14 years. Most importantly anyone who has half a brain knows that the Atlantic City city council causes more damage to Atlantic City on a weekly bases than Trump ever did. Atlantic city is not a cautionary tale about Donald Trump it is a cautionary tale about too much government involvement in free enterprise. Also no one from this band is from Atlantic City or Absecon Island.

GET IT RITE August 2, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Opening graph: What kind of “cane” did Adam raise? Candy, perhaps?

Scott August 5, 2016 - 8:29 am

Jay, thank God you are still informing us about NJ arts (rather than Facebook or Twitter, I read the blog through Feedly); but, I’m not 100% with you on this one.

First, I do think that a petition (or even better, calls and letters) will make a difference at the NYT. Historically, news and entertainment companies are keenly aware of and responsive to audience feedback. After all, the gist is that readers value the content and want to read it, which is the major goal of the paper.

Second, although print revenues are reduced everywhere, it is not correct to say that the NYT is suffering economically and that this is a budgetary axe. The Times has been consistently and increasingly profitable even in these digital days, and employs more than 2000 reporters and editors in the newsroom, and hundreds more to create digital products (disclaimer: my wife is a Creative Director in the digital area).

Dean Baquet August 7, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Actually this is quite wrong. The Times does not have 2000 journalists and hundreds more creating digital products. The Times has fewer than 1300 journalists and this is indeed a budget issue. We are now covering wars around the world, a close presidential election, and building new kinds of journalism for the digital age. These stories are part of our mission and if we do not cover them, no one else will. So we have to make choices and cutting back regional arts coverage is a painful one. But covering wars and a tense world are more important right now. And I believe most of our readers get that.
Dean Baquet
Executive Editor

Marcia Atcheson August 8, 2016 - 11:08 am

This is indeed a blow to arts groups outside the city proper. Wars and elections are of course prime concerns, but the arts are important to the lives of your readers. The Times is one publication that remains a major source of information about the arts for those of us living in the regions around the city. Does maintaining a calendar site require a journalist?

Marcia Atcheson August 8, 2016 - 11:11 am

This is indeed a blow to arts groups outside the city proper. Wars and elections are of course prime concerns, but the arts are important to the lives of your readers. The Times is one publication that remains a major source of information about the arts for those of us living in the regions around the city. Does maintaining a calendar site require a journalist?

Reply August 28, 2016 - 3:20 pm

Well, you’ve got to pay someone to compile and edit the listings, so that’s an expense. And that’s what this is about: cutting expenses.

BroadwayBill August 9, 2016 - 7:34 am

Where can I find a 12 year old with a $100?

Kevin John Allen August 13, 2016 - 9:29 am

what is the date? Nowhere is that mentioned!

Reply August 15, 2016 - 6:38 pm

Sept. 1. It’s in first paragraph.

Nancy Moore August 15, 2016 - 5:35 pm

PLEASE….for the fans……I hope ya’ll can work out your differences and tour again. I turned 62 Aug. 13 and have loved CSN since I was 15. It took me til the age of 58 to see you for the first time and 60 to see you again…….I am not done with you yet.

Fred Fix August 21, 2016 - 11:04 am


Michael Vendetti August 21, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Being that it was 1979 they were touring for the “Enlightened Roughes” album…my guess would be Jim Essery on Harp. According to Wickipedia he played on 4 tracks for the album, but I’m not 100% positive that he toured with them. Just my guess.

Reply August 21, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Yes, I think you’re right. Thanks!

John Scher August 22, 2016 - 9:01 pm

The list seems to be missing the 4/1/80 show at the Capitol Theatre in Pissoff, NJ

Reply August 22, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Thanks! Have added that one.

Bill Shechtman September 13, 2019 - 1:39 am

The greatest most intense know you rider I have ever seen Was in the 2nd set April 1 1980. Go to for any set list you want. I followed Jerry and the dead shows where ever he played from 69 to 95.:I still don’t understand how I survived those 30 years ‼️☮️🍄☯️🦷🌹💚☮️ Ps. Put on a pair of good head phones and Go listen to the China rider from that 4.1.80 show. Awesomely intense and Jerry very animated on stage.

richard August 27, 2016 - 10:19 pm

An amazing article Mike… I feel your love, pain , loss and compassion. Thanks for sharing.

Patrick Longworth August 29, 2020 - 12:44 am

Thank you for writing this. I never got to see Stevie Ray live in concert. Thank you for your perspective.

Starvin Marvin Clark August 28, 2016 - 3:19 pm

Absolutely awesome. I was a kid playing air guitar eventually leading me to learning to play. I always remember how much my brother looked like Stevie and played too. Lost him 41 years ago in car crash. Thank for the memories

Mic X August 30, 2016 - 11:31 am

I’m ny born and NJ raised r&b/pop artist. how do I get my name on that list of New Jersey artists on your website?
I can email any materials you may need :)

Reply August 30, 2016 - 11:39 am

Please email info at Thanks.

Aram Anthony September 1, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Actually, downloads are expected on September 12. CDs are supposed to ship on October 1.

Reply September 1, 2016 - 3:55 pm

Thanks, will correct

Rosemary Conte September 2, 2016 - 1:31 pm

Jay, keep doing what you’re doing for your readers and yourself. It’s all fine! (And if you plan to publish a list of Bruce fans who have never been to a Bruce concert — count me in! Though he jumped onstage and performed with a band I was with in the 70’s, and we’d be at the same gym and PT place, the Dunphy’s, Red Bank, I’ve never been to a concert. It’s on my bucket list!)

Dorothea L Killian September 3, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Thanks to Facebook we found you again. We’d lost you, Jay, for a few years because we live in Venice Fla not Jerz anymore. I always appreciate your talent, and how you give facts in your style. So, this time it’s “songs for girls” being the key that opened the door for Brucie’s commercial successes; a key supplied by Kal. Who knew? Wow. -Fifi.

Rosemary Conte September 5, 2016 - 1:54 am

Oh…this is great! Thanks for writing about this and providing King’s demo. I love it. For sure…’67 was a very good year!

Laurie Jordan September 9, 2016 - 7:34 pm

Next time tell us if its cancelled/changed. Ty

Don Jay Smith September 15, 2016 - 8:49 am

We can attest to the success of advertising on and will recommend it to any and all Arts Organizations, not just in New Jersey, but in the entire tri-state region. It works because people are getting their entertainment information on-line and not in print. Keep up the great work, Jay!

Reply September 15, 2016 - 9:14 am

Thanks, Don!

Ted Lyons September 17, 2016 - 8:53 am

Would you like me to mention on my radio show? Not sure how “intimate you want to keep it.

Reply September 17, 2016 - 9:04 am

Am not involved with producing concert but I don’t see why anyone would have a problem with that.

bill September 18, 2016 - 11:58 am

Great list on an important topic – glad the boss is talkin’ about it. He’s a stud. You’re on point as usual Jay. Hey, have you ever heard Black Ladder from Patti Scialfa. I think it’s pretty much about her facing his depression and what it’s like for her – it’s a powerful, beautiful song all the more so cause it’s so short – it really stands out and makes you think – this must be a special song.

Reply September 18, 2016 - 12:49 pm

Thanks. Haven’t listened to that album for a while but will go back and check out that song.

Kathy peirson September 18, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Party in Peace woman, Thanks for being a friend who cared.

Thomas Cope September 18, 2016 - 6:08 pm

This was a really fun listen, thanks for putting it out there.

Linda November 8, 2016 - 8:59 am

I was there! An amazing, intimate concert. Bruce rocks at every concert he performs. He also stayed after the show to let the audience take pictures. A concert I’ll never forget.

Gerri September 23, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Well if he is going to get into name calling..if Trump is a moron then Hilary has to be an lying idiot

Ash September 24, 2016 - 9:32 am

That would be “a” lying idiot, idiot.

mike doyne September 25, 2016 - 3:32 am

I take it that some like the idea the future president of the united states of america would have professional wrestling experience. I also wonder why that a business man with bankruptcies and many failed ventures is able to defeat a group that was once the party of Lincoln and was once for equality and fair practice. Not saying they are not for it now, but from the do nothing congress to the government shutdown and the ben-got-me fiasco it seems that politics as usual has not been that case and the GOP nominee is the result.

Clive Ettia September 25, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Thank you for your passion and dedication to Rock and Roll. You have put into words how we all feel, without slashing at our next gen and giving to them as intended lol!

Gotta say I didn’t realise the next gen liked the rock and roll yet, but you said it man they do love it :D

Andy sanchez September 27, 2016 - 10:18 am

Do you what you love and you never have to work a day in your life …… prime example….Mr. Van Zandt…..thank you for sharing your passion.

MaryAnne September 27, 2016 - 6:36 pm

Congratulations to Steven and Maureen Van Zandt!
And “Thank You”. To Bruce Gallipani for his vision, his passion and his commitment to children and Rock and Roll! You had a dream to teach kids music and that dream is a reality with “Rockit!” From what I saw at the Gala, you have done much more!
You have helped your students in music and life!
“Rockit!” Is amazing and so are you!

marcy dawson September 27, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Hello stevie thanks for all you do and have done for Cass and brett and Russell keep going ! Your almost on Broadway11 praying for us all Auintie marcy

marcy dawson September 27, 2016 - 9:39 pm

this speech was wonderful marcy

Linda Gross-Giorgianni September 28, 2016 - 8:04 am

Great to see you, even if not in person. Love the song. Sign me up.

Dani October 2, 2016 - 2:49 pm

Awesome. Thats me with the crutches

René October 8, 2016 - 4:39 pm

…..not south……

Brett M Thrasher October 13, 2016 - 11:50 pm

While I don’t know you or your dear departed spouse; I’m a huge fan of the Smithereens, almost as far back as it’s inception! I was in high school in the early 80s and literally remember where I was, what time of the year, time of day etc when I heard the band for the first time. You were playing “Cigarette” live for the first time on MTV. So I rushed out to buy your records and even covered 3-4 songs in my band at college! I’ve seen the band several times and one of my dreams came through when I was able to have Pat do a “living room gig” for my Birthday and in my own home studio/garage space; incredible!!
Anyway, I’m very sorry for your loss. I lost my first wife to a terrible disease as well. My two boys and I had no idea how complicated and lengthy the grieving process would take? Even now after 8 years; but having an outlet like music or art and architecture in my case can help channel those feelings in a positive creative way. So please take care of yourself and your family and hopefully we can expect more great music from the band? The return of your original Bass Player sounds very cool! I wish I had the funds to check out the gig; perhaps your planning to roll tape? Maybe video? Hopefully you guys can find your way to Indy or other midwestern town so I can catch you in my neck of the woods? God bless Betty and best wishes for the Babjak Fund!

Gary Norton October 15, 2016 - 4:34 am

Been there dude ! So funny how all my life been jealous of guys who got to be in a good band like you’re in But we all love our woman who was always there Music is the hardest profession but the best relief from the world Time will help your loss Don’t give up!

Tom Cucchiara October 15, 2016 - 8:33 am

I understand why this is Gaudio’s favorite song! SIMPLY, BRILLIANT & the horn arrangement is, sublime!!!

Bob Mellman October 17, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Robin and Linda Williams do a wonderful rendition of the song. There are several performances of it online. I chose this one because in it Linda is playing a Martin backpacker guitar, invented by NJ’s Bob McNally.

Laura October 17, 2016 - 10:50 pm

Valentine’s Day by Hem is my favorite ever. And I adore Swati’s version of I’m On Fire.

Julie Jorstad October 19, 2016 - 12:11 am

Love Hem’s version of Valentine’s Day!!!!!

Jacqueline Donnelly October 17, 2016 - 11:10 pm

I didn’t see parts 1 and 2, so I don’t know if you included Patty Griffin singing “Stolen Car.” Amazing rendition!

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Michael Shepherd October 18, 2016 - 10:17 am

Indeed – I prefer it to Bruce’s own

Brett Levy October 18, 2016 - 12:22 am

Shawn Colvin, “Tougher Than The Rest” ( from her album ” Uncovered” is great. So is “Atlantic City” performed by The Watkins Family Hour at the Newport Folk Festival 2014 ( with Sean & Sara Watkins, Langhorne Slim, and Aoife O’Donovan on lead vocals (

Tina C. October 18, 2016 - 8:33 am

Because the Night – by Patti Smith

Reply October 18, 2016 - 8:45 am

I really consider that a collaboration, not a cover, since they wrote the song together, so didn’t include it. – Jay

Christine Dugas October 18, 2016 - 8:43 am

Dear Jimmy,
So honored and proud to be among those attending Betty’s Memorial on the 29th. I will be proudly wearing my signed Buzzed Meg tee that you sent me! You are one class act, my friend!❤️

David October 18, 2016 - 10:27 pm

An insightful review on all counts.

The Shakespeare Theatre is consistently excellent, although I wish their nonShakesperean selections included more recent American plays

Julie Jorstad October 19, 2016 - 12:15 am

Julianna Hatfield does a great version of Cover me, Cowboy Junkies do lots of Springsteen covers and State Trooper is one of my faves. Also 10,000 Maniacs had probably their biggest hit with their take on Because the Night from their Unplugged show.

Åsa October 19, 2016 - 9:11 am Reply October 19, 2016 - 9:16 am

Yes, I’ve been remiss in not including that one. Will do so in the upcoming part 4!

marklan fleshman October 20, 2016 - 4:31 am

Emmylou Harris’s cover of “Tougher than the Rest” is nothing short of haunting.

Donna October 23, 2016 - 11:12 am

I saw many concerts thei it was is Awsome venue. I also didn’t have to drive for hours to get there. Can’t wait for them to come back to Waterloo!

Joe Biglin October 24, 2016 - 7:17 am

Please bring back Waterloo concerts… North Jersey has so many great musicians and bands… We should have a concert venue too!!

Debra Brey October 24, 2016 - 1:53 pm

This is Debra Brey Band Manager for Iron Bridge Band… we r interested in submitting our Band info to be part of festival …. can you please let us know where to send info

Cheryl Schwartz October 24, 2016 - 4:14 pm

I also saw Met Opera stars, Peter, Paul and Mary, Harry Chapin, Roy Orbison and many others under the tent. Hoping the choices will be many and varied.(I understand I have really dated myself here, but they were great performers…☺)

YHP October 24, 2016 - 10:12 pm

They have to manage traffic and security, first. Those are two major issues they faced in 1990s to 2000s.

Janine Ayres October 25, 2016 - 9:43 am

Saw Bonnie,moody, Dylan ,good homes. Love it there!

Betty October 26, 2016 - 8:27 pm

Bon Jovi has been a extreme success these past 30 some years. They drserve to be in that Hall of Fame. For the people who have been blind they need to really open up their eyes already and see Jon and this amazing band for who they are. People love them and follow them to every concert they have. I’m going to the one in Sunrise, Florida Feb. 12, 2017 with great up front seats like I always get year after year. Bon Jovi is the best band out there ! They should be recognized !

Betty October 26, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Bon Jovi , the best band there is !
A big thank you to Jon who I adore since 1988. Thank you for all you do and congratulations for all you have achieved in life.
This is the best band in the world and should be recognized.

Paul Stanton October 27, 2016 - 11:53 am

Best week of the year always.

David October 28, 2016 - 10:05 am

Excellent review. I have always thought Richard Barone should be a much bigger star.

Michael Mitsch October 30, 2016 - 10:06 am

Well written Jay! My wife Trina and I were entertained in our ears and souls . So glad we were there for this special night.

Greg Makris October 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Nicely done, Jay. If that show does indeed become an annual event, my buddies and I are coming down from NH next year. I still see them here every November (the 19th this year), and I get chills sometimes thinking about seeing them at the Orpheum in Boston in’88 and ’90. God, there wasn’t a better live band than them! Thank you and see you guys in a few weeks. And all the best to Mike Mesaros!!

Andrew October 30, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Please tell me it was filmed! If it wasn’t 500 miles away, we’d have gladly paid the $200 tickets to she there. If they do it again during the summer when it’s easier to get away, I’ll drive there for the occasion!

Michael Mitsch October 31, 2016 - 9:08 am

Thanks for the original version. I think Dino D’s drums are a difference for sure.

Michael Mitsch October 31, 2016 - 9:10 am

Blue-eyed Soul? ;)

Michael Mitsch October 31, 2016 - 9:15 am Reply
Karen Gavini November 1, 2016 - 11:56 am

Yay! I hope it continues.

Reply November 1, 2016 - 11:59 am