Maxwell’s: Los Straitjackets & Big Sandy

[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: Los Straitjackets & Big Sandy

On August 26, 2007 – Los Straitjackets a phenomenal instrumental band that’s has played Maxwell‘s numerous time over the years, performed with guest Big Sandy who not only provided the vocals but the styling short suit, too. Good times.

Who are Los Straitjackets? Where can I see them next?

Many of you may not have heard of them, but this band from Nashville, Tennessee has been playing since 1988! They have thirteen studio albums, and three live recordings. Hoboken411 even caught them at a old school car show at Raceway Park back in 2009.

Their last show at Maxwell’s was back on October 6, 2012. If you dig their sound, You can catch them at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY on August 9th ($25) or at the big 10-day Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on August 10th (free).

About Maxwell’s Memories

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New CrusadeMaxwell’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Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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