Jersey Shore rock and roll icons Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes will play two shows at the Dakota on April 8 and 9. Details and tickets are available HERE.
Southside Johnny has a well earned the reputation as being a stellar live band. They helped define the Jersey sound, along with friends and contemporaries Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. Much of their early life featured extensive collaboration with and music written by Little Steven Van Zandt, The Boss’ long time running mate.
Springsteen, himself, has often cited the band as a major influence. Hall of Famers, like Jon Bon Jovi have credited the band with being the inspiration to become a singer. “When I grew up I wanted to be a Juke. I still want to be a Juke!”
The New York Times christened Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes as “The greatest bar room band in the world!”
There is something sonically identifiable with certain areas of the country. There’s that Nashville sound, the blues of Chicago, the Midwest punk scene of the Twin Cities, the grunge sound of the Pacific Northwest. And there’s that potent blend of piano rolling rock, imbued with a big Stax type R&B/soul sound that springs directly from the south Jersey Shore and northern environs of Philadelphia. A bit of that ego driven, over the top, blue collar man who would be king thing. Where would the likes of current sensation Adam Weiner and his band Low Cut Connie be without the road map laid out by the likes of The Boss or The Asbury Jukes?
Southside Johnny is being supported by troboudor Adam Ezra. Ezra’s mantra has always been about community. About directly connecting his story tales with an audience. The intimate confines of The Dakota should prove a wonderful back drop to what he’s cooking up.