A Southern-Fried Rock & Roll ‘Three-For-All’ set at Artie’s in Frenchtown
Pictured Above: Street Survivor, a nine-piece band. Photo Credit: Street Survivor.
Arts News Now contributor T.B. Darini shares with readers a rocking event coming up soon!
By: T.B. Darini
Get ready for a night of classic rock with a southern twist as Artie’s Bar & Grill in Frenchtown, N.J., hosts a thrilling outdoor extravaganza (weather permitting) featuring top tribute bands: Street Survivors (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Remedy (The Black Crowes), and Pure Petty (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers).
On August 12, the region’s leading tribute bands will take the stage for an electrifying show that celebrates the iconic music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Street Survivors, a nine-piece band, will deliver an authentic representation of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic ’70s lineup from Jacksonville, Fla. Jake R. Morgan captures the essence of lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, while Lou Carnation, Jay Mallet, and Pete DiCanto masterfully recreate the three-guitar attack of Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines, and Allen Collins. The band has played at numerous prestigious venues, including Asbury Park’s legendary Stone Pony.
Pictured Above: Street Survivor, playing at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Remedy, a seven-piece unit, channels the sound and swagger of Atlanta’s Black Crowes, fronted by Nick Tantaros as Chris Robinson and Richard Page as Rich Robinson. The band provides an astonishing recreation of the sound (and swagger) of Atlanta’s Black Crowes, who first gained stardom in the 1990s with a blend of sweaty, Rolling Stones-style blues-rock and the free-form aesthetics of “jam bands.” Their energetic performances will leave the audience wanting more.
Pictured Above: Remedy playing tribute to the Black Crowes.
Pure Petty, led by Jimmy Mannix as Tom Petty, is a six-member band that has delighted thousands of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fans in the mid-Atlantic region. Known for their attention to detail and captivating renditions of classic hits like “American Girl” and “Refugee,” Pure Petty’s performances are not to be missed.
Among the elements that make the group a must-see for casual Petty fans and hardcore devotees alike are its dogged attention to detail (for instance, their rendition of “Yer So Bad” even includes the ukulele part
found on the original recording) and the presence of singer-multi-instrumentalist Kathy Mattson, who not only provides key high-harmony parts, but joins Mannix on duets—including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”—Petty recorded with Stevie Nicks.
Pictured Above: Pure Petty playing wildly for the crowd.
This will be the third time the three bands have combined their talents. They christened 2023 with a first-weekend-of- January program at a packed Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa., and in April, they
shared the stage of the 1,200-seat Sherman Theater in the Poconos Mountains town of Stroudsburg, Pa. The combining of forces was the brainchild of Remedy’s Page.
“I’d seen other multi-band shows and they were always a great value for concertgoers,” says Page. “You would get three great bands for the price of one.”
“We had shared a bill with Street Survivors and they put on a great show. So, we knew we definitely wanted to include them in a broader offering. “Seeking a third band was easy; focusing on ‘Southern rock’ and knowing that Tom Petty was from Gainesville, Fla., it all clicked. When you see this show you will see musicians all deeply dedicated to paying tribute to some great bands and really enjoying themselves in the process.”
Pictured Above: Pure Petty. Photo Credit: Phil Leibowitz.
Page added that what audiences see onstage is, at least in part, a result of what they
don’t see behind the scenes. “It’s not just onstage, it’s backstage also. All the bands really enjoy hanging out with each other and seeing each other rip it up for the crowds!”
Show time is 7 p.m. For tickets and info, click here.