1971-07-10 Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

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Scheduled: 16:30 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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One show, quadruple billing, with the newly-formed The Bruce Springsteen Band headlining the outdoor '2nd Annual Nothing's Festival'. Undercard acts were Sunny Jim, Odin, an unadvertised Sweetlynd Sound, and Jeannie Clark. This gig is the first known performance of Bruce Springsteen Band. They're essentially a modified version of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom (minus The Zoomettes, Southside Johnny and the various vaudeville elements). The line-up of this initial version is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent, and Lopez, plus (on selected tracks) Bobby Feigenbaum (sax), Harvey Cherlin (trumpet), along with the vocal duet of Delores Holmes and Barbara Dinkins. This large nine-member lineup of the band will eventually expand to ten, with the addition of Bruce's manager Tinker West on congas. However this 'big band sound' will only last about two months before it begins to shrink. Future E Street Band drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter is in the audience for this show, his first time seeing Springsteen perform.

This was the second annual "Nothing's Festival", although the first annual one, scheduled at the Beachcomber in Long Branch, NJ, didn't happen for some reason. A brainchild of Carl "Tinker" West, the event was truly in the flower-people spirit; nobody got paid and no one paid to come. It was a warm, summer afternoon. My father tuned the piano and he also tuned for Bruce on several other occasions. Bruce Springsteen's Band was the headliner. I did my solo set and bands, Sunny Jim and Odin filled in the middle spots. My friend, Geoff, said to me as Bruce was playing, "this guy is going to be really big someday".
My songs: "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Bob Dylan cover), "Back Here", "Feel Like A Woman".

© Jeannie Clark Fisher

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