Gary U.S. Bonds 85th Birthday Party Concert

JUNE 6 • 7:30PM

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Tickets: $39.50 - $79.50 + fees | Limit 8 tickets per mailing address

The Vogel • Basie Center Campus • 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

The hits of Gary U.S. Bonds were and remain an irresistible invitation to an instant party!

As America’s baby boomers moved into their mid-teens and real rock ‘n roll was in dwindling supply, Gary came roaring out of Norfolk, Virginia in 1960 with the relentless pounder “New Orleans”. Attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed “Buy U.S. Bonds” – hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

The follow-up was the now legendary ‘party’ record, “Quarter to Three,” a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.

Over the next three years, Gary co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit; ”School is Out,” “School is In,” “Dear Lady Twist,” “Twist, Twist Senora,” “Seven Day Weekend” and more.

A rare distinction for Gary is that he managed to transcend the decades with hits. His inspiration on Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, who had grown up on Bonds’ music, led to a musical collaboration resulting in Bonds’ “Dedication” and “On the Line” LPs and hit singles: “This Little Girl Is Mine,” “Out of Work,” “Jolé Blon” and “Daddy’s Come Home”. In 2004, Gary released his critically acclaimed CD, “Back in 20”. That album went on to win The Blues Foundation’s WC Handy Award for “Comeback Album of the Year”.

A true music icon and survivor in the entertainment business, Gary continues to keep the party going. He is as vibrant today as he was when he first started out. Music critics know Gary U.S. Bonds as… “A wonderful performer…” and, as Rolling Stone magazine writes, “…with a unique and expressive voice…”, “… rock combo raunch with impassioned, scorched soul singing…”, “… some of America’s best rock and roll…”

Presented by Count Basie Center for the Arts