Plymouth, NH. Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools will embark on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon's eclectic version of the Great American Songbook at The Flying Monkey Performance Center on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. Playing a wide range of music pulled from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools will also dive into some of the legendary Asbury Jukes material--revisiting the classics as well as the underperformed deep tracks. Reserved tickets are $29, and $39 for premier seating and can be purchased at www.flyingmonkeynh.com or at 603-536-2551.
For more than 35 years, Southside Johnny, aka John Lyon, has delivered a soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B that has made he and his Juke’s a seminal force as All-American rock n’ roll song-slingers. Now, the affable New Jersey rock icon is setting his sights on a long-desired project that will deliver to music fans some of the singer’s most cherished and under-recognized song nuggets; Original gems as well as what Johnny calls ‘those seldom-played and maybe even forgotten rock ‘covers,’ in an intimate, acoustically-mined live stage throwdown billed as Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools.
Backed by Juke’s musicians John Conte/bass, Tommy Byrnes/guitar, longtime Juke’s collaborator Jeff Kazee/organ and percussion, and premier Springsteen violinist/fiddle player Soozie Tyrell, The Poor Fools’ project looms as a strippeddown ‘up-close-and-personal musical joyfest. Johnny is also quick to point out the ebullient singer will be sharing frontman duties as well – “getting everyone out of their comfort zone” - rotating singing, instrumentation, and percussion roles among fellow-Fools, and even strapping on a guitar himself, for the first time in decades. “I lost the feeling in my fingers many years ago,” he says. “But I promised myself one day I was going to accept the challenge of playing guitar on stage in a live setting and that time is here,” he adds, laughing: “With this great, great group of musicians ready to cover up my mistakes.”
Southside Johnny says "The Poor Fools tour is a chance for me to try out different material and some Jukes standards in an acoustic-ish form. In this incarnation, Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Tommy Byrnes, Soozie Tyrell and I will all be singing, playing, and having some fun on stage. It will be a loose mix of songs, stories and banter between the musicians and-- hopefully--the audience. Just lookin' to have a good time. It'll be a little side trip between the usual Asbury Jukes touring and our next recording."
No rules. No fences. Just a New Jersey legend and his troubadours looking for a little fun on a rare night off.
Tickets for the Southside Johnny concert are on sale now for $29, and $39 for Premier seats. For tickets and more information on concerts and the Flying Monkey Performance Center, visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551.