Maxwell’s: Nick Curran and the Lowlifes
[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: Nick Curran and the Lowlifes
Curran started his career at age 19 to tour with rockabilly legend Ronnie Dawson, and later went on to play with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He also appeared in a band playing four songs for the 2008 HBO series True Blood. This was their first US performance to promote their awesome record “Reform School Girl.” The ever versatile drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, The Hi-Risers, The Neanderthals, JD McPherson) provided the steady beats. Good times.
Early in 2010, Curran had been diagnosed with oral cancer but by June he had been declared cancer free. Sadly, in 2011 the cancer returned and Nick died in October 2012 at the age of 35.
Also – here’s a brief video where he talks about his prognosis and goes off and jams away.
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Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.