Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will spend New Year’s Eve as they usually do, onstage at a major New Jersey concert venue. Tickets for the band’s 9 p.m. Dec. 31 concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, priced from $39 to $99, will go on sale July 28 at noon. Visit countbasietheatre.org.
The only other New Jersey show currently on the band’s schedule is Oct. 21 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, though they will also be at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Oct. 20; and the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York on Dec. 2. For information and updates, visit southsidejohnny.com.
In a June interview with NJArts.net, Southside said he was in the “last stages” of readying his Billie Holiday tribute album for release.
“A lot of work is being done,” he said. “It’s going to be mastered soon. We’ve done all the sequences … it’s such a complicated thing these days. I’ve got to make vinyl. I’ve got to make a CD. They want some TV mixes. Sirius wants one song. So you’ve got to do all these different things instead of just going, ‘Hey, we made a record.’ But all those processes, John Isley — my saxophone player and the guy who’s producing this record, and whose idea it is — he’s handling all that stuff. I just have to learn the lyrics and the melodies.”