After a successful Saturday in Atlantic City, NJ at the AC Beer Fest, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones made their way to the opposite end of New Jersey to perform at the newest North Jersey venue, White Eagle Hall. With White Eagle Hall being an 800 capacity room, the show was a sell out weeks prior to the show date. Opening the show was the very soulful Westbound Train. Having only played a few shows from time to time lately, Westbound Train showed no rust or slack in their performance. Opening with their swooning rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid”, Westbound Train would then forge forward with their songs such as “Salvation”, “Check Your Time”, and “Please Forgive Me” among others. Singer Obi Fernandez’s voice was pitch perfect while the horn section took over soloing duties through out the set. With another show date in May, Westbound Train is still chugging along and hopefully they will never slow it down.
Hailing from the North Jersey area, Bigwig played an energetic show to a hometown crowd. Playing a similar set as their AC Beer Fest setlist, but with a few more added songs, Bigwig seemed to be more comfortable on the smaller stage. With fans up against the stage singing along and lead singer Tom Petta yelling back at them nose to nose, Bigwig was embraced with open arms from their fans.
Closing out the night, the Bosstones raised hell in Jersey City, but in the most polite way. Judging by their latest and past tour dates, the White Eagle Hall has to be one of the smallest venues the Bosstones have played in since around the time Hometown Throwdown was held at the Middle East in Boston. The energy for this show was explosive where there was no barricade separating the audience from the band and gave Dicky the opportunity to always have a fan singing along with him. Ben Carr didn’t miss a step in dancing for the 26 song set and guitarist Lawrence Katz took advantage of playing his solos up close and personal to the crowd. This show also had special fill in guest J.R. from Less Than Jake playing saxaphone while Leon Silva fills his touring commitments with Justin Timberlake. A set that was filled with a perfect mix of their discography, this show was a memorable one for White Eagle Hall. Lead singer Dicky Barrett would mention at the end of their intense set that the venue is beautiful and for the fans not to fuck it up. Even though it wasn’t mentioned at the show, the Bosstones have been away recording a new album and While We’re At It will be released on June 15, 2018. Below is the link to their website where limited bundles can be pre-ordered and from first listens, this will be fan favorite album.