Concerts have returned to Lincoln Harbor Park on the Weehawken waterfront. Next up is Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns on Wednesday, August 3.
Blurring the lines between vintage soul, gospel, and rock, Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns is an intoxicating musical powerhouse with a bold sound and a broad range. Fueled by a crew of funky horns and anchored by Beck’s mesmerizing keyboards and vocals, this 8-piece band draws on decades of experience, filtering everything from Prince and Lou Rawls to Tower of Power, and Blood, Sweat & Tears through a modern lens.
Beck has toured and performed with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Missy Elliott, Kool & The Gang, The James Hunter Six, and The Lennon Sisters.
While he now calls Bayonne home, his roots go back to rural Alabama, His first introduction to music came from the gospel choirs he heard on Sunday mornings, and as a youngster, he began taking classical piano lessons like his older brother.
He fell in love with New Orleans piano as a teenager, and by the time he was in college, he was regularly skipping classes to travel to The Big Easy, where he’d spend his nights onstage in the city’s iconic clubs and bars and his days studying one-on-one with the kind of teachers you couldn’t find in any school.
After finishing college, Beck headed to New York, where his prodigious talents earned him steady work as a sideman and first-call studio player. In fact, it was at a recording session that the concept for Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns was born.
“I was on a studio gig when I met this tenor sax player named Justin Flynn,” says Beck. “He was incredible, having collaborated with the likes the of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Toots & The Maytals, among others. So I decided to ask him to write some horn charts for me. Next thing I know, we’d started a band together.”
Turned out to be a great decision as the combination of Flynn’s high-energy horn arrangements and Beck’s electrifying songwriting proved to be irresistible.
The band will be joined by very special guest vocalist Allison Semmes, who portrayed Diana Ross in the Broadway and national touring productions of Motown: The Musical.
All concerts for the series take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant, directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey. The concert is weather permitting.
Public transportation options include NJ Transit bus #158, the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, and NY Waterway Ferry to Lincoln Harbor. And for those who choose to drive, free parking is available.
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC), a New Jersey Not-For-Profit, presents this summer long series of open-air concerts free of charge to the general public. Concerts are family friendly. Audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnicking is permitted on the lawn. For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, parking info, and updates, please check the HRPAC website…www.hrpac.org or call the concert information line at 201-582-2022.