I saw old friend and NJ music legend Billy Hector tonight. He was playing at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. The format was something he calls the Billy Hector Extravanza. In addition to his usual stellar lineup, which include bass player Winston Roy, and drummer Sim Cain, he adds a second drummer, in this case a great player named Clancy. The evening is patterned after the "Go-Go" scene that originated in Washington, D.C. To put it simply the beat never stops, and dancers filled the floor all night. Billy has a new album called "It’s A Party", which is a live recording of the two drummer Extravaganza playing at the Stone Pony.
Earlier in the evening, Wonder Bar owner, and Asbury Park legend Lance Larson played a very rare solo acoustic set at the Stone Pony. I was Lance’s road manager/guitar tech for the evening. Lance remains one of the most charismatic performers ever to emerge from the Jersey shore music scene. He played a combination of great original songs, several of which were from his days as the frontman of Lord Gunner, and some covers of songs written by Steve Earle, and Warren Zevon.
Lance was on a bill with David Sancious. If you’ve been reading here, you will recall that David put on a great solo show a couple of weeks ago at Red Bank’s Two River Theater. This time he played with a bass player and a drummer, and it was really interesting to hear the difference when the songs were played in a band setting.
One night in Asbury Park, three legendary performers.