Veteran band set to shake up Somerville’s Sunday

August 18, 2013 by  

A concert featuring the Smithereens will provide residents in this area with evening entertainment from a group that took its name from the cartoon ‘Bugs Bunny’, using Yosemite Sam’s favorite phrase “I’m goinna blow you to smithereens”.

The band was formed in 1980 as a rock group that hailed from the Scotch Plains around Carteret, and has been influenced by such performers and groups as Elvis Costello, The Clash, The Who, and Buddy Holly. Some of its music has been used in films and advertising, and has been a feature on the TV show ‘Miami Vice’.

The Smithereens first appeared live in 1980 in Englander’s, which is a place located in Hillside, NJ, and in 1988 the Smithereens delivered a smash record release called ‘Green Thoughts’ recorded by Capital Records. This was followed by many other album and single releases. Some of the group’s songs include ‘Down in My Own Tears’, ‘House We Used to Live in’, and ‘Only a Memory’. Now some 30 years later, this group has an amazing following and continues to rock the house down with every performance, no doubt needing poster printing services to satisfy demands for merchandise after shows.

This is a free summer concert, and it takes place next Sunday, August 25, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Duke Island Park located at 189 Old York Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey, just a short drive from Somerville. To learn more about the performance, please visit the official Smithereens website or call the Somerset Country Park Commission.