As most of my listeners know, I am by no means a rock and roll enthusiast. My musical taste revolves around the Great American Songbook, where great artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and more have written their stories in song. However, I do have an affinity for 70's and 80's rock. Bruce Springsteen certainly makes his way onto that list.

That's why when the opportunity was presented to me to see Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Zeiterion Friday night, I was there. Many artists, from Springsteen to Jon Bon Jovi have been influenced by the New Jersey rock that so proudly flows from the amplifiers of Johnny and the Jukes.

These guys have been around for quite some time. The band got its start in 1975, a time where fast-paced rock and roll was not as popular as it became just a few short years later. These performers and talented musicians have been ahead of their time since day one, and they proved their staying power at the Zeiterion Friday night.

I've attended many shows at the Zeiterion, mainly musicals. Never before have I experienced such life and electricity coursing through the theater as when Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes took command of the stage. Though some of the band was younger, they still exuded experience and excitement through the many songs that were performed.

As for John Lyons, better known as Southside Johnny, his voice has developed a seasoned callous from decades of bringing his gift to audiences worldwide. And I've got to tell you, as much as I love the silky smooth tones of Mel Tormé, I'm equally enthralled by a raspy-voiced performer who's more concerned about conveying emotion rather than perfection. Johnny made it look easy, and was lacking no luster as he sang many of the tunes as if he were singing them for the first time.

I can say, after seeing Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, I have cultivated a much deeper appreciation for rock and roll, it's origins, and its future. Thank you to everybody at The Zeiterion for bringing the quality of entertainment that the people of Greater New Bedford deserve. Keep it up!

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