Music feeds the soul. That’s not a new revelation, it’s just a fact. And there is nothing better than LIVE MUSIC, especially if it’s live music in Asbury Park. I’m not a music critic, nor am I someone who is highly knowledgeable on the subject. But I like music and I like to write, so I’ll write about what I know – my experience.
Last night Max Weinberg did his Jukebox show at the Stone Pony, (for anyone who doesn’t know, Weinberg is the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and also a known television personality as the bandleader on Conan O’Brien on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.) Last night he played with members of The Weeklings: Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, and John Merjave. The Weeklings are a Beatles tribute band and the musicians are Asbury Park locals. Weinberg’s television personality came through during his performance. He was engaging and encouraged audience participation by taking requests and bringing members of the audience on stage, allowing them to sing and play. A bit risky, although I’m sure some of it was planned, like the 15-year-old boy named C.C. who took Weinberg’s spot on the drums and played Back in the USSR with the band. He made it look effortless as if he’d been doing it forever; it was one of the highlights of the evening.
In a combination of creativity and talent, the band played all the requested songs without missing a beat. What I loved most about the evening were all the hit songs they played, and not just from Springsteen and The Beatles. They also played Tom Petty’s American Girl, The Rolling Stones Satisfaction, The Ramones I wanna be Sedated, and Paul Simons Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard…a few of those were the requests. It reminded me of what a great era that was for music; listening to those songs gave me the feel-good vibe. Like I said earlier, music is soul food. Practically everyone around me was either dancing or singing. The band never took a break and ended the evening with Springsteen’s legendary Glory Days, but not before inviting anyone in the audience who wanted, to come up on stage while they played the last song, and they certainly did. Max Weinberg’s Jukebox with The Weeklings is definitely a fun night and a show to see.
*This article was edited on Sunday, 6/17/8 @ 10:59 pm
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