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Review of Glen Burtnick at the Saint

By Gary Wien


"It's good to be at the CBGBs of Asbury Park," exclaimed Glen Burtnick as he kicked off his first ever performance at the legendary Saint rock club. Performing solo because most of the members of his regular backing band (members of Spiraling) had a gig elsewhere that night, Glen ran through an hour-long set that featured highlights from throughout his career.

The show was billed as "Springsteen Appreciation Night" since the Bruce Springsteen Symposium was taking place at Monmouth University that week. Having a Springsteen crowd in the audience had to give Glen a few flashbacks of his days in Cats On A Smooth Surface when Mr. Springsteen would show up to jam with the band nearly every Sunday. It's not the best way to get people to know your music but it's unfortunately the Jersey musician curse.

After ripping through "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye" from his current record, Welcome to Hollywood, (and on a recent Styx record as well), Burtnick played "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and then commented, "It's Springsteen Appreciation Night... I appreciate Bruce Springsteen... I think Bruce Springsteen would appreciate Buddy Holly." Glen then played a cover of Springsteen's "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".

It was a bit unusual to see Burtnick in the quite confines of the Saint. Although, as Glen pointed out, his son Beau had played there often with the band Dibs, it was as if Glen was somewhat in a strange world. For years, he was a mainstay of the Stone Pony crowd - an audience that finds its way to the Saint, but still a larger alien audience to the club. After years of touring nationally as a solo artist and tours of duty with Styx, Glen now seems more comfortable in smaller settings like the two coffeehouses he played to during the summer.

The setlist was comprised of originals from throughout his career with the exception of "Talking In Code", his debut album. The show included a heavy dose of tunes from "Heroes & Zeroes" including "Abilene", "Here Comes Sally", "Follow You", "Palm Of My Hand" (released on the special later version of "Heroes & Zeroes" and "Replace My Face" and "Roses" - both popular live numbers from that album's tour.

Throughout the night, Glen told little stories about his wife and his kids. He mentioned how it was his daughter Sally's first day at high school before playing "Here Comes Sally". He told the story of how a few lines from "Window Of The World" actually were inspired from watching his son Beau play hockey. And he embarassed his wife a little with a story of how she left a gas station with the hose still attached to the car until discovering it several miles ahead.

Glen dove into his Slaves Of New Brunswick catalog with a rendition of "Exit Number 9", covered "Blackbird" by the Beatles, played a wonderful "Watching The World Go Bye" and scattered in a few other nuggets during the hour set. All in all, it once again showed what a wonderful songwriter Glen Burtnick is and has always been. It's a shame that he never got the recognition he truly deserved. If you ever get the chance to see him in an intimate setting you'll wonder why he isn't a star.



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State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.
NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks'
(NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.
RVCC Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert on December 8th
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.
Classic Stones Live! The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show Comes To SOPAC
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Rolling Stones, the greatest Blues band of all time, couldn’t make it to SOPAC on their 2018 tour. Instead, the acclaimed tribute band Classic Stones Live! makes an appearance on the SOPAC stage December 15 at 8:00pm for those who like to hear their Rolling Stones hits live.
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(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Of a Winter’s Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his CD release of the same name, this concert features Trischka’s considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. He turns his inventiveness loose on bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. This one of a kind concert will take place at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm.


"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
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Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!










Event calendar
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018


MUSIC

New Politics @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

THE REPUTATIONS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

TOTO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


THEATRE

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

ANNIE, The Musical @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 7:30pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm







DANCE

PARSONS DANCE @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


FILM

Crybaby Matinee: March of the Penguins @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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