Junior Brown rocks Maxwell’s in Hoboken
[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell’s Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street – which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]
Maxwell’s Memories: Junior Brown slays guitar on September 26, 2008
“Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer who invented the “guit-steel,” a hybrid electric guitar and lap steel guitar, was among the great mix of genres that Todd would book which made Maxwell‘s the institution that it was. Holy Smokes can this guy play. He played a variety of styles ranging from honky-tonk and Western Swing to some killer blues.”
Rare footage: Junior Brown sans cowboy hat!
“This may be some rare footage because he‘s performing without the signature cowboy he always wears. Some dipshit stole it from right behind his back before the show, but he pressed on and tore the house down. Good times.”
Note that the video below is incredibly exclusive. And despite the seriously decade-old technology (meaning the audio quality could have been WAY better), it’s still quite nice! Listen on a higher end audio system for best effect (or headphones!)
(Total exclusive video time: Almost 19:00 minutes!)
About Maxwell’s Memories
Maxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.
In the mid-90’s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.
Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.
Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.