Maxwell’s Memories: The Blasters

[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: The Blasters

On March 12, 2011 – The Blasters, a self-described “American Music” band, played a blend of blues, rockabilly, early rock, punk, mountain music and R&B – and put on a marathon two and a half hour show that had everyone at Maxwell’s who could stay that late “tearing up the dance floor.”

Originally formed in Downey, CA, in 1979, three original members Phil Alvin (guitar, vocals), John Bazz (bass) and Bill Bateman (drums) along with long time guitarist Keith Wyatt put on a wailer of a show. Good times.

Below is The Blasters performing “Rock Boppin’ Baby.”

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Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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