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‘Flowers Are Red,’ Harry Chapin and Chevy Chase at Capitol Theatre

One of my favorite entries so far in the 350 Jersey Songs series is a clip of John Belushi guesting with The Allman Brothers Band at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic. So here’s something similar: Chevy Chase duetting with Harry Chapin at the Capitol, in 1978. The occasion was a benefit concert for Bill Bradley’s U.S. Senate campaign (which was ultimately successful). The Roches also performed, and Dustin Hoffman spoke about Bradley and read a long poem, Kenneth Koch’s “Some General Instructions.” In the clip below, watch Chase join Chapin for the nonconformity anthem, “Flowers Are Red,” which Chapin included on his 1978 album, Living Room Suite. Continue Reading →

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‘Trapped Again,’ Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Capitol Theatre

As most Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes fans know, the tradition of the group playing a New Year’s Eve concert in New Jersey goes back a long way. And once upon a time, those shows were held at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic. Check out, below, a great black-and-white clip of the band playing a pulse-pounding version of “Trapped Again” at the Capitol on the last night of 1978, with keyboardist and backing vocalist Kevin Kavanaugh really making his presence felt towards the end, trading anguish pleas with Southside. Written by Southside, along with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, “Trapped Again” was a highlight of the 1978 Jukes album, Hearts of Stone, which many Jukes fans consider their favorite. New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday from Sept. Continue Reading →

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