New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes reach out at "Where Music Lives!"

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Asbury Musical Heritage Foundation "Where Music Lives" is proud to announce "Reach Up and Touch The Sky," an exhibit and follow up reception that celebrates the career of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Southside Johnny (Johnny Lyon) has been an integral force in the music of the Jersey shore since the late 1970s. The event will feature rare photographs and interesting memorabilia that document the bands musical rise and interaction with other famous New Jersey icons.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have been recording albums since 1976, and are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. They have recorded and/or performed several Springsteen songs, including "The Fever" and "Fade Away". Springsteen has also performed with the band on numerous occasions and in 1991 guested on their Better Days album. During the band's formative years Miami Steve Van Zandt acted as the band's co-leader, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer while other E Streeters including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, Ernest Carter, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell have all performed, toured and or recorded with the Jukes.

More than one hundred musicians can claim to have been members of The Asbury Jukes, including Jon Bon Jovi who toured with the band as a special guest during 1990. Bon Jovi has also cited the band as an influence and Jukes' Bobby Bandiera and Jeff Kazee have also toured with Bon Jovi. Other notable band members include Mark Pender and Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg who have played regularly with The Max Weinberg 7 on both Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

The exhibit opens on July 3 with an official reception to follow on July 6 at 7pm. All are open to the public.

"Where Music Lives" is located on 708 Cookman Avenue in downtown Asbury Park. The event is open to the public. For more information, head over to