Suburban Square Summer Concert Series featuring B Street Band
The B-Street Band first performed as “Backstreets, a Tribute to the Boss” on May 19, 1980 in Asbury Park, NJ for an audience of over 2000 Bruce fans. From the heart of the Jersey shore, “Backstreets” was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a live performer. There are now an estimated 14,000 tribute bands following their lead and performing all over the world. Nearly 5,500 performances and 34 years later, the B-Street Band is still the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, with almost 200 shows per year throughout the country. Notable performances include opening for Bruce outside at the Philadelphia Spectrum for the final 4 shows of the historic arena. Additionally, The B-Street Band performed before Bruce shows at Wachovia, MetLife Stadium, Prudential Center, and the newly constructed Comcast Xfinity Center at Citizens Bank Park. The band was proud to accept an invitation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” exhibition at the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. They were featured during the opening, middle and closing nights—a real honor for any tribute band. The B-Street Band has played for inaugurations, sporting events, corporate events and fundraisers. The B-Street Band’s unprecedented legacy continued as they represented NJ at both inaugurations for President Obama in 2009 and NJ Governor Chris Christie in 2010. Gov. Christie is a huge fan and has enjoyed singing onstage with the band on several occasions. The B-Street Band was the first to ever perform live on TV’s Fox Business News Channel, broadcast coast to coast. The Philadelphia Eagles knew a good thing when they saw it and asked the B-Street Band to perform at all of their home games in 2013. The band also demonstrated their talents at several events for the NJ Devils including a performance at the Stanley Cup playoffs in front of a sold out crowd of 16,000 fans. Other sport team performances include the NJ Giants and a show at the Fleet Center for the “25 Years of Boston’s Sports” with all the great stars of the last 3 decades in multiple sports attending. Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays is not only a fan of the band but is a childhood friend of keyboardist Will Forte and first introduced Springsteen’s music to the band founder in 1972. The band has performed at several spring training games for the Rays over years along with private parties. The band has its share of celebrity friends including Chairman, CEO and brains of the Hard Rock International James Allen, who can be found at many band performances and retains us for countless venues and fundraisers (including Gilda Radner and Boys Club of America) throughout the country. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show has enjoyed numerous performances over the years and has admitted to Bruce and in an article to Rolling Stone Magazine that the only band he has seen more than the Boss is the B-Street Band! The B-Street Band has had the privilege of performing hundreds of fundraisers over the years for so many wonderful causes, but we have a special place in our hearts for the NJ Special Olympics and are proud to be big part of their special events for the last 10 years.