One of my favorite music scenes was in Hoboken in the mid-80s. There were bands like the Individuals, the Bongos, the dBs, the Feelies the Wygals, and other bands that filled the bills at the legendary club Maxwell’s.
A couple of the acts from that scene showed up on my radar this week. The Health & Happiness Show, which fronted by the Bongos’ James Maestro, will reunite for a special show tomorrow night (October 21) at where else but Maxwell’s. The gig, which also features a full band performance from Freedy Johnston, will serve as a fundraiser for Graham Maby’s wife Mary Beth, who is battling cancer. Maby’s name should be familiar as he is Joe Jackson’s longtime bassist and has also played with Graham Parker, Marshall Crenshaw, Johnston and a host of others.
Another band from that scene, the fabled dB’s (personally one of my all-time favorite bands) is recording again – complete with their original lineup of Peter Holsapple, Gene Holder, Will Rigby and Chris Stamey. Stamey had left after the band’s second album, Repercussion, but reunited with Holsapple a few years back to make a duo album, Here and Now. You can find a new tune, “Revolutions of the Mind,” on their website (http://www.thedbs.com) and a full album is anticipated next year.