Thursday, July 5, 2007

Rock the Joint - Gloucester City

"Rock the Joint" with Tommy Conwell on July 14 in Gloucester City, New Jersey! Tommy will be performing from 2-3 pm at a concert event honoring one of the first and original rock 'n' rollers, Bill Haley. 
Other musical appearances will include Bill Haley's Original Comets, Charlie Gracie and Full Blown Cherry.

The free rockabilly concert at the corner of Broadway and Market Street, outside Jack's Bar and Grill, will celebrate Gloucester City's claim to fame as rock's birthplace.

It is hoped that the the link to Haley, who in 1955 had the genre's first big hit with "Rock Around the Clock," will boost the city's profile -- and help economic-revival efforts. 

For 18 months in 1951 and 1952, Haley and his country band, the Saddlemen, played at Jack's when it was the Twin Bar, mixing country and western with rhythm and blues. City officials have declared this riverfront community to be the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and the outdoor concert to draw attention to their claim.

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