1971-08-05 Garfield Park, Long Branch, NJ

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The date of this show has been unconfirmed for a long time, all we knew was that it took place some time during summer 1971. This show has been known about since 2013, when Jeannie Clark (Fisher) has recalled the day now uncovering this previously-unknown gig, but further information is now available from a recently-discovered Asbury Park Press article. Five hours of folk music came from Albee Tellone and Tinker West, Large & Nash, Jane, Mel Leyton, Basil, and Jeannie Clark. As the night started to close in, Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, on acoustic slide guitar, Kevin Kavanaugh on piano, and Vini Lopez on soda cans filled with pebbles, took to the stage for an acoustic jam.

Tinker set up a solo concert for me in the summer of 1971. I don't remember the exact date. The outdoor concert was in a park not far from the ocean and the Long Branch boardwalk. I remember seeing Bruce in the audience, appearing very interested as I sang my song 'It Really Doesn't Matter'. After I finished Bruce jumped up on stage, followed by Vini Lopez, Garry Tallent and the usual crowd of New Jersey musicians, to jam the rest of the night away.
© Jeannie Clark Fisher

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