If you can’t picture yourself at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, N.J., at 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, it’s time to make an exception.
Tomorrow, Aug. 13, that’s exactly where you should be. If you’re there, you’ll be helping young adults who have aged out of New Jersey’s foster-care system through the Roots & Wings foundation and listening to four great bands in the process: Speed the Plough, Yung Wu (a side project of Feelies percussionist Dave Weckerman), Wild Carnation (which includes Feelies bassist Brenda Sauter) and Charlotte Sometimes.
Of course this is just one of three shows, featuring 12 bands, being staged at the legendary Hoboken club this weekend as part of CamelFest 2011 in support of Roots & Wings. It’s sponsored by Great Meadows, N.J., -based Dromedary Records.
The Bongos at Maxwell's. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)
If you didn’t go see The Bongos at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last night, you missed a magical evening. The band was tight and very much into performing for a (surprisingly light) hometown crowd. You have another chance to see Richard Barone, James Mastro, Rob Norris and Frank Giannini tonight at Hiro Ballroom in Manhattan, where they’re performing a CMJ show.
The Bongos' set list at Maxwell's.
They played two solids sets, performing just about every song in their catalogue — which isn’t huge, since they only recorded two full albums and one EP in their 1980s heyday. But they played every one of them with great joy and energy. Plus, they threw in a couple of covers and a couple of their own songs that were never released.
They were joined by Dennis Kelly, who played synthesizer in the band’s early days, and Nick Celeste, a singer and guitarist who worked with Richard on his first post-Bongos project, Cool Blue Halo, in 1987.
Check out more photos of last night’s show after the jump.
The Bongos’ frontman Richard Barone has announced the dates of the band’s two shows next month: Thursday, Oct. 22, at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, N.J., and Friday, Oct. 23, at Hiro Ballroom in Manhattan.
Although Barone piqued fans’ interest by announcing on Twitter and facebook that the two shows were coming up next month, he slyly announced the dates by replying to a comment in his facebook thread rather than make a separate announcement:
Maxwell’s on Thursday, OCT. 22nd… Hiro Ballroom on Friday, OCT. 23… Hope to see you there!
Yesterday at 5:13pm
Tickets for the 8:30 pm show at Maxwell’s on Oct. 22 are $15 and available on TicketWeb. Tickets for the Hiro Ballroom show the following night are not on sale as of this posting, but should be available soon through TicketWeb as well.
As Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? reported yesterday, The Bongos are coming back with at least two shows in the NYC area next month. Until that happens, enjoy this video of The Bongos performing a Pylon cover last March at City Winery during the afterparty for the R.E.M. tribute at Carnegie Hall.
Meanwhlile, our friends over at Cliffview Pilot scored an interview with The Bongos’ frontman Richard Barone, in which he talks about the reunion shows and a number of other projects he has in the works. Check out the full interview here.