Friday, May 23rd at 8:00PM The Buchmuller Park Amphitheater
Former Secaucus resident, Jon D’Amore, who returned 2 years ago for a Standing Room Only reading at the Secaucus Public Library of THE BOSS ALWAYS SITS IN THE BACK, his book that chronicles, “…some interesting things that took place in town a few decades ago,” had a conversation with Mayor Michael Gonnelli a couple of months ago about the free concerts Jon put on in Buchmuller Park and Kane Stadium in the early 1970s.
Knowing the town has a complete roster of shows lined up for July and August, Jon asked Mayor Gonnelli and the Town Council if he could put on one more concert, “…just like the good old days.” After going through the proper steps, Jon’s request was accepted and on Friday, May 23rd, at 8:00PM, the Town of Secaucus and Jon D’Amore will present a free concert starring the legendary blues guitarist (and New Jersey native), Bobby Messano.
Jon D’Amore, a former musician, and Bobby Messano met in the 1970s as they played for different bands throughout the great New Jersey and New York club scene of that era. During the 1980s, D’Amore went onto a corporate career, and in 1999 moved to Hollywood, CA, to succeed as a writer. Messano rose in the ranks of the music industry, touring with Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith), Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and a lengthy list of others, plus received 19 First Round Grammy nominations, and in 2012 was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He’s currently touring America and Europe promoting his recent album, WELCOME TO DELTAVILLE.
Jon’s music career started in Secaucus in 1968 when his high school rock band played The Plaza Arena, along with countless CYO and school dances of that era. From 1971 to 1974, D’Amore produced several concerts for Secaucus under the approval of the Town Council and Mayor Paul Amico. Jon says, “I’m looking forward to putting on just one more concert for those who remember the great days and nights we spent at Buchmuller Park listening to the fantastic music and local bands of that era. And thanks to Mayor Gonnelli and the Council, I’ll get to do something for the town that made my life successful and filled with happiness.”
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Jon D’Amore – 323.447.5663