Matt Pinfield-era Melody Bar reunion in New Brunswick
Matt Pinfield-era Melody Bar reunion at the New Brunswick Elks Club in New Brunswick on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
Chris Jordan, @ChrisFHJordan
Look for the Easter eggs on the fab new live album “In Their Own Write” from the Beatles-inspired Weeklings.
The eggs are subtle and not so subtle musical and lyrical references built into the songs.
“Obviously we’re doing them on purpose — we call them Easter eggs,” said Weeklings member Bob Burger. “We put little things, really short snippets and references to see how many people can find.”
“Little Tease,” the first track of “In Their Own Write,” has a few, including the guitar riff from “I Saw Her Standing There” to open the song, and the “bop shoo-wop” harmonizing from the Beatles’ version of “Boys.”
Mind you, there’s not just Beatles references in the Weeklings’ songs. A reference to “1956” on “Little Elvis,” also on the album, recalls the Searchers’ “Love Potion No. 9.”
“There’s some in there that only we know about,” Burger said. “People won’t recognize them.”
The Weeklings, also Glen Burtnik, John Merjave and Joe Bellia, have passed the audition. The Asbury Park-based band were founded in 2014 with the mission to play rare, unreleased tracks written by members the Fab Four, and create new, Beatles-inspired music.
And perform Beatles songs, too. The next Jersey show is Nov. 5 at the Gruinn Center for the Arts in Toms River. The guys will be accompanied by a 10-piece strings and horn orchestra, performing later period Beatles.
As for Burger, he’s playing a Tom Petty tribute with his band the Waiting on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, presented by the Asbury Park Press. The Eddie Testa Band, the Pat Roddy Band, Daddy O’Pocketful, the Lasher and the Flashers Pop-Up Party, and Alan Chez and the Brothers of the Funk Big Band are also the bill.
Burger and the Waiting hit the stage at 4:15 p.m. It’s Burger’s first show headlining after suffering a heart attack June 5 on the Vogel stage of the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank during an Elvis Costello tribute show.
He’s on the mend. His first show back was July 16 at the Suneagles Golf Club in Eatontown with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.
“Whatever they gave him it really worked because he’s singing and playing his (blank) off tonight,” said Weinberg of Burger, 67, on the hot and humid evening. “Is he not ladies and gentlemen!”
Burger looked cool on stage.
Yet, “there were some scary moments,” Burger said. “It was hot and I was singing most of the songs. I felt afraid, flushed inside and kind of winded, but then it cooled off a little bit and I was OK. There were a couple of moments there it was a little bit dicey, but it all worked out.”
Bob Burger and the Waiting Tom Petty tribute at the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival presented by the Asbury Park Press, noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, White Street parking lot, Red Bank. $5. 732-829-1104. (Rain date is Oct. 3.)
Friends and family will remember Gerard Robrecht of Asbury Park, aka Arthur Kill, the musician and artist provocateur whose “Stinky Cheese” graffiti tags were ubiquitous in the city, Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Saint in Asbury Park.
Robrecht passed away in his sleep of natural causes in his Asbury Park home on June 28. He was 64. His art will be on display, videos of his band Arthur Kill and the Pollutants will be shown, and music will be played at the Saint.
In Celebration of Art, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, The Saint, 601 Main St., Asbury Park. $5. www.thesaintnj.com.
Ed Wong, the long-time Rutgers University WRSU (88.7 FM) deejay, did not quite have a formal deejay night at the former Melody Bar in New Brunswick.
But if you went to the French Street club during its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, chances are you danced his spins.
“I’d get to the Melody at 10 o’clock and Matt (Pinfield, the club’s famed DJ) would be there unloading (crates of records) from his car and there would be nobody there,” said Wong previously to the USA Today Network New Jersey. “He would disappear to the bar or whatever and I’d go up and spin until it was 11:30 and he’d come back to a packed dance floor.”
Wong makes his return to a New Brunswick deejay booth for the Melody ReFlux dance party, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 25, at the New Brunswick Elks Lodge on Livingston Avenue. Deejays Lisa Uber and Pete Santiago will also spin.
Melody ReFlux, 7 to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 25, New Brunswick Elks Lodge, 324 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. $10. gofundme.com (Seach “melodyreflux”).
Rock the Farm in Seaside Heights
Get set to hear lots of familiar sounds at the seventh annual Rock the Farm Tribute Festival from noon to 10 p.m. on Grant Avenue in Seaside Heights.
It’s the annual benefit for the CFC Loud N Clear Foundation and it’s chock full of tribute bands with Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen), Tusk (Fleetwood Mac), the Traveling Milburys (the Traveling Wilburys), Guns 4 Roses (Guns ‘N Roses), Decade (Neil Young), Walk This Way (Aerosmith), One Fine Tapestry (Carole King) and Coo Coo Cachoo (Simon & Garfunkel) playing on the fest’s two stages.
There will also be food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a KidZone and more.
The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, based in Farmingdale, provides free services to more than 15,000 families battling addiction in the New Jersey. Visit www.healingus.org for more info on the mission.
Rock the Farm Tribute Festival, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights. $35 to $195, $40 at the gate. www.rockthefarmnj.com.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]
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