2018’s Eastern States Weekend and Hard Clay Finale will feature live music throughout the multi-day racing festival in Middletown, NY. Friday, 10/19 is the first night of ESW dubbed “Nerves of Steel” day with Big block time trials and qualifying, Big block fast dash (4 fastest time trials, dash 4 laps for a winner take all $1,000) and the Big block ESW 200 Race of Champions (20 Lap, $5,000 to win feature consisting of past ESW winners). Friday’s main event is a 50 lap sportsman feature at $5,000 win. After a day of intense racing action, WE PARTY! Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will be performing a very special show just for race fans! Admission is free with your Friday ESW ticket so stop at The 31st lap pavilion and join in on the party, stick around after the show for The 31st Lap Tavern’s annual Halloween Party too!
Friday Live Music Lineup:
Joe D’Urso and The Stone Caravan: 7:30pm
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: 9pm
Free Admission with Friday, 10/19 Eastern States Weekend Tickets
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES
“WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE A JUKE. I STILL WANT TO BE A JUKE” – JON BON JOVI
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home, This Time It’s for Real, and Hearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos), and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics. In 1982 Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.
Joe D’Urso, an Americana/Jersey Shore/Rock & Roll songwriter released his 14th CD on SCR/Schoolhouse Records, titled “Jersey Diner” in January 2018. The CD was recorded in Nyack, Rockland County, NY at OK Records and features 11 D’Urso originals as well as songs written by Rock and Roll’s greatest songwriters (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Harry Chapin). The CD runs from straight-up Americana rock and roll, singer-songwriter offerings, Jersey Shore and Greenwich Villages influences as well as Catskill Mountain country tinged instrumentation. Joe has performed in 25 countries with his band Stone Caravan as well as a solo artist as has just returned from his longest European tour to date which covered 8 countries and 24 concerts in July/August 2018. D’Urso remains true to an ideal inspired by the late Harry Chapin: that it is essential to help the less fortunate. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Light of Day Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Joe is a founding member of Pinkfest, whose sole purpose is to battle Breast Cancer, and sits on the board of WhyHunger and is a founding member of Artists Against Hunger and Poverty. Joe is also the owner of Rockland-Bergen Music Festival and a partner in C.B.G.B.