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The Boys of Endless Summer Bring the 2017 Boardwalk Concert Series...

All things must pass, as the late George Harrison famously sang. Bittersweetly, this now applies to the 2017 Boardwalk Summer Concert Series at the Music Pier. It will also, one day, apply to the Beach Boys’ annual summer pilgrimage to Ocean City. While the current lineup misses a trio of Wilson brothers, plus others, who helped create earlier musical magic, they remain an outfit worth appreciating while they get around. The 2017 edition of this trek, was billed as the Wild Honey Tour, after their 1967 R&B/soul album, celebrating its 50th anniversary in December. Wild Honey was released months after plans to release an ambitious double-album follow-up to their classic Pet Sounds, called Smile, were scrapped. It was an album that saw producer/leader/co-founder Brian Wilson ceding control, beset by personal problems. Wild Honey was well regarded critically, and displayed more of the band’s range, but was their lowest-selling album to date. Perhaps due to its lack of hits, only one song from it, “Darlin”, which Mike Love cited as a personal favorite when speaking to OCNJ Daily, was performed Tuesday night...

Beach Boy Mike Love Speaks to OCNJ Daily on Family Business,...

With a fifty-plus year career, earning him Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1988, Mike Love has led a charmed life. Conversely, there’s been enough personal travails, coupled with family tragedy and acrimony, along the way to make a mini-series. That dichotomy, has made the famously outspoken Beach Boy co-founder/singer/bandleader Love, a lightning rod for controversy over the past several decades. Love will visit the Ocean City Music Pier stage, with his 2017 incarnation of The Beach Boys, on August 21st and 22nd, for two shows each night. In a wide-ranging conversation with OCNJ Daily beforehand, done while Love was in Indiana, in the midst of another Endless Summer spent touring America, and the world, singing songs about sun, fun, cars and girls, the surprisingly soft-voiced Love is warm and engaging...

Ocean City Fans Get The Led Out on the Music Pier...

The two best cover bands in America are L.A.’s Black Sabbitch, and Philadelphia’s Get the Led Out, for disparate reasons. The former for injecting young, estrogen-infused, Sunset Strip energy to sludgy, gloomy British hard-rock. The latter for their meticulously detailed, hard-working approach, in replicating one of rock’s most celebrated catalogs...

Still Looking For Love, Fifty Summers Later, at the Shore

By Matt Koelling The fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love has been a recurring theme in 2017. Particularly in San Francisco, but also in celebrations, festivals, print publications, and online think-pieces, from across the country, all over the world. The original “Summer of Love” was predated by the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park, in January 1967. It began in earnest in June, near the weekend of the Monterrey Pop Festival, and release of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band...

Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin Keep All Bases Covered at the...

Twenty years ago, Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin were main-stage acts on North America’s first female-only music festival, founded by Sarah McLachlan. The resulting “Lilith Fair” was successful enough in Summer ’97 to warrant an encore in Summer ‘98, again featuring Osborne and Colvin. With their recent show at the Music Pier still fresh, it’s too early to guess if they’ll be back in Ocean City next summer. But if so, much of this week's crowd would welcome their return...

Rock Legend Graham Nash Teaches Ocean City A Few Tricks In...

Graham Nash is rock and roll royalty. He’s one of only 21 musicians inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was a fixture in the famed Laurel Canyon counterculture nexus of late sixties Los Angeles, plus a presence around the overlapping San Francisco scene. His “supergroup” Crosby, Stills & Nash, performed their first official gig at Woodstock. Nash was Joni Mitchell’s live-in lover during her Blue period. In 2010, the same year his original band The Hollies were inducted into the Rock Hall, he was appointed an Officer of the British Empire for his musical and charitable services...

The Hooters Try To Make Time Stand Still In A Marathon...

It’s hard to fathom that Philadelphia’s The Hooters have been together for 37 years. All with essentially the same core group that opened Live Aid in 1985, at a long since demolished stadium in South Philly called JFK. Granted, they lost a few bass players, before settling into a groove with Fran Smith in 1987. Sure, they bolstered their current sound, with a younger guitar maestro in Tommy Williams, at the dawn of this decade. But fundamentally, the band visiting the Ocean City Music Pier, for two sold-out shows in Summer 2017, were the same stellar lineup of multi-instrumentalists long-time fans had first seen play...

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes Let Loose at the Music...

The term “bar band” is often used as a pejorative. When referencing the Jersey shore bar band scene, that birthed Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes, it means something different. It signifies a seasoned unit, raised over countless nights onstage, taking cracks at classic soul, doo-wop, blues and early rock and roll records. Bands with decades of experience, learning how to give the people what they want. Bands that took their lumps in front of demanding, well-lubricated crowds, seeking that Jersey Shore sound in the early seventies. Audiences that were quick to let them know, when they weren’t getting it...