- "What do you mean you don't want to go home? Get the hell out of here!"
If Bruce Springsteen is the expansive, epic romantic poet laureate of New Jersey, Southside Johnny Lyon is its gritty, short-story realist. While Lyon’s lyrical turns were never quite as ethereal as the Boss’ — there are no legs wrapped around velvet rims and hands strapped across engines in Asbury Jukes songs — they possess a basic and undeniable R&B earthiness and accessibility. Springsteen’s just-add-FM-radio success in the mid-’70s briefly and deservedly brought some attention to Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, but most of it was deflected after 1978’s Hearts of Stone, a minor hit that was followed by some near-misses and not-even-closes. Springsteen might have the bigger trophy room, but a Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes show has all the swagger, sweat, and unadulterated passion of any E. Street Band performance. They play the Great American Rib Cook Off & Music Festival at 9 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City. Tickets are $8 to $25. —Brian Baker
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