LIVE: Johnny Rivers @ the Empire State Plaza, 7/4/13

Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Albany certainly knows how to throw an Independence Day party.

The hot ‘n’ humid, day-long Fourth of July celebration featured musical performances by the West Point Jazz Knights, the Bluz House Rockers and rockabilly kingpins Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers, with ’60s hitmaker Johnny Rivers wrapping up the big bash with a rollicking headlining set.

And, oh yeah, there were fireworks, too…

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Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers

Denny Dwyer of the Bluz House Rockers

Denny Dwyer of the Bluz House Rockers

Johnny Rabb & The Jailhouse Rockers

Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers

Blue Hand Luke performing with The Jailhouse Rocker

Luke McNamee performing with the Jailhouse Rockers

The West Point Jazz Knights

The West Point Jazz Knights

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4 Responses to “LIVE: Johnny Rivers @ the Empire State Plaza, 7/4/13”

  1. Richard Brody says:

    Stan – excellent photos.

  2. RUSS KENNEDY says:

    Great pics of Johnny Rivers however I’d like to read a review of his show. I had a gig that night or I would have been there right in front of the stage. Please fill me in on this great music icon’s show. Song list would be great too. TY!

  3. Dave Render says:

    A review would be nice! I missed it.

  4. Well, let’s see…I remember these tunes: Memphis, Mountain Of Love, Seventh Son, Poor Side Of Town, the piano-driven Rockin Pneumonia Boogie Woogie Flu, Summer Rain (with a prominent Sgt. Pepper guitar riff that is buried in the original version), the jaw-dropping white-soul of Baby I Need Your Lovin and the cranked-up Red Guitar of Secret Agent Man. I almost had a heart attack when an asshole set off a Cherry Bomb in the crowd. (He was arrested.) A Pulled Pork and onion Sandwich and an Au Jus Sandwich from the same food truck were delicious but incredilbly messy. We got there early and saw the citizenship ceremony and sat at the top of the museum stairs, which stayed in the shade for most of the day. Halfway through River’s set, some Johnny-Come-Latelys (sorry) tried to crash our spot and would have sat on our feet. Get there earlier people; what do you think this is, a Phish concert? (The same thing happened to me during the Sunday show at SPAC. Some people have no repect for personal space or lawn chairs.) I would have taken notes but I had my hands full carrying all the stuff that could have fit in a backpack which wasn’t allowed because of the goddamn terrorists. But it was a wonderful concert, the fireworks were fabulous (thanks to Price Chopper) and the best vocal performance of the day was, appropriately, the three guys who sang the Star Spangled Banner and America The Beautiful. The worst song of the day, as always, was I’m Proud To Be An American during the fireworks. I love America but I hate that song.

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