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The Billy Walton Band’s Jersey Shore Party on the World Famous Steel Pier

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — In response to hundreds of requests, Tony Mart’s Presents is returning to the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, Aug. 3, to present the inaugural Billy Walton Band’s Jersey Shore Party.

1002439_637598976250576_870120187_nThe show is featuring South Jersey’s own emerging guitar hero, Billy Walton (pictured left), a regular performer with Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes.

The free show will take place on the Steel Pier (in front of the Trump Taj Mahal) from 9:30pm to 1am on the Boardwalk. The free show will feature the Jersey Shore sounds of Bruce Springsteen, Eddie and the Cruisers and great rock ‘n’ roll songs written and recorded by the Billy Walton Band.

The Boardwalk Beer Garden will be open with your favorite beverages and food available  For more information, call (609) 653-6069 or e-mail

Jukes in the House

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY – One of New Jersey’s most beloved bands, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, made what seems to be evolving into a regular late-May trek down to Atlantic City on Friday night, May 24, at House of Blues. The band, whose horn-driven sound is rooted in R&B, soul, funk, jazz and blues, has been immensely influential in helping to create what has become known as the Jersey Sound, rooted in the early 1970s Asbury Park music scene that of course also spawned Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Southside Johnny Lyon with John Isley playing baritone sax at House of Blues Friday night, May 24

Southside Johnny Lyon with John Isley playing baritone sax at House of Blues Friday night, May 24

Frontman vocalist and blues harp player Johnny Lyon has a huge legion of fans that still eagerly follows the band around. And while it’s clear that the majority of those who come out to see the shows – which always include a lot of Lyon’s affable banter with the audience between songs – are those that go way back with the Jukes, many are of a younger generation showing an appreciation for the band’s unique take on roots music.

For photos of the show, click here.

Some reasoning behind the showing up of younger faces may be due to who the Jukes have been employing to open their shows. The last two times they were in A.C. it was the Billy Walton Band, which is still on its annual foray performing in Europe through June 1. After his own band opened past shows, Walton would join the Jukes and complement axeman Glenn Alexander with his own guitar expertise. This time in A.C. it was a young shredder named Patrick Droney (pictured below right) who opened the show. Backed by a bassist, drummer and Hammond B-3 player, Droney looks a bit like James Dean and can play guitar with the same sort of star power. He is definitely destined to be a headliner himself some day, having been rated the “Best Young Blues Player” in the nation at the age of 13 (he’s now 20) by the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.patrick droney (167x200)

Backing Lyon and Alexander in the Jukes are longtime keyboardist Jeff Kazee, bassist John Conte, drummer Tom Seguso, and the famed “Miami Horns” section of saxophonist John Isley, trumpeter Chris Anderson and trombonist Neal Pawley. The band played a 23-song set list that included a cover of the Left Banke’s “Walk Away Renée” and “Light My Fire,” which was a tribute to The Doors’ founding member and keyboardist Ray Manzerek who passed away May 20.

Lyon and bass player John Conte

Lyon and bass player John Conte

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
@ Showboat’s House of Blues
Friday, May 24

Set List:

All I Needed Was You
All Night Long
Better Days
I Played the Fool
Strange Strange Feeling
Talk to Me
Walk away Renée
Angel Eyes
Light My Fire
Love on the Wrong Side of Town
Harder Than It Looks
Stagger Lee
This Time It’s for Real
Umbrella in My Drink
Hearts of Stone
Without Love
You’re My Girl
The Fever
Trapped Again
I Don’t Want to Go Home

One More Night to Rock