(LAKE COMO, NJ) — Live music is back and The Stormin’ Norman Band is bringing the sounds of New Orleans to the shore with two shows on Saturday, June 19th at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. Led by Norman Seldin, the band will have you feeling like you’re in NOLA with classics by Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Joe Turner and more. Performances take place at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
“There is nothing like a live performance and very excited to step on the stage with this amazing band of talented musicians and singers,” said Norman Seldin. “I might say the best band members I've ever had! The show is inside at Bar A and tickets in advance are only available at their box office. We needed to have The Stormin' Norman Band out there for people to see before the summer gets rolling! It has limited seating but it's live and that's what counts.”
The show features dueling pianos between Seldin and Ryan Gregg; an all-star band with Pam McCoy, Chuck Lambert, and 5 saxophones. In addition to the music from NOLA, you can expect to hear songs by artists as varied as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, and John Prine.
“You may hear ‘Angel From Montgomery’, ‘Different Drum’, ‘Stagger Lee’, ‘Flip Flop & Fly’, ‘The Thrill Is Gone’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘Ain't That A Shame’ plus much more!” exclaimed Seldin.
The return of live music is exciting, but that’s only one part of an exciting period of time for Seldin. A book about Seldin’s life, written by historian Charlie Horner, is scheduled to be released world-wide around the end of July and a special cd/vinyl by Seldin is coming soon as well. The new record covers material and artists Seldin has always loved and includes a plethora of guest vocalists, including Larry Chance ("The Earls") Pam McCoy, Jillian Rhys McCoy, Doreen Ambrusio, Vini Lopez, Leon Trent, Nicky Addeo, Joel Katz, Elena Bennett, and Diane Pryor.
As many music fans know, the world has Seldin to thank for “introducing” Bruce Springsteen to the talented Clarence Clemons when he saw the Big Man play in Seldin’s band, Joyful Noyze. But his career notes go much further than that.
Seldin has had a long career in the music business as both an artist, promoter, band manager, record label owner, and booking agent. As a musician, he was the youngest member to ever join the American Federation of Musicians at the age of 13. Seldin has appeared on stage with Roy Orbison, The Temptations, Bo Didley, Freddy King, Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, The Allman Brothers, Chuck Berry, Patti LaBelle, Bobby Rydell, The Rascals, and The Drifters, just to name a few.
“The true life story was strongly started about 3-4 years ago and after six months, the writer developed Cancer and passed away,” recalled Seldin. “I was devastated and let it go until I was able to find a real well educated, truthful, honest historian like Charlie Horner who has been following me for years and it was the perfect match. Fortunately real newspaper and magazine stories were collected that I didn't even know about and ads and articles from all over the world that I'd never seen, so a real true life story of myself could be told.”
“Even the cover design is being done by a long time close friend, Susan Wacker-Donle, who was the head package designer at Elizabeth Arden for seventeen years, so it's all very exciting,” he added. “The title of the book will be ‘You Don't Know Me’ the true life story of Stormin' Norman Seldin so it's special.....very special!”
Seldin was not afraid to have his entire story told - the good and the bad. He believes many of his fans, and even those who have known him for decades, will be surprised at what they learn from the book.
“I am thrilled with the exact words and situations as they really happened and I would say that 90% of even very close friends have no idea what went on in my life as it's not focused on Monmouth County, Asbury Park, or New Jersey,” said Seldin. “You'll have to read it for yourself to understand my life and some of it wasn't pretty, but I love the honesty and the way it is present by Charlie Horner as told by me to him.”
Advance seating for The Stormin’ Norman Band on Saturday, June 19th is only available at the Bar Anticipation sales box office. Click here to purchase tickets. Bar Anticipation is located at 703 16th Avenue in Lake Como, New Jersey.