John Sebastian to sing at Jackson library branch

TOMS RIVER –  The Ocean County Library’s Jackson branch, (2 Jackson Dr.) will host an outdoor concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian Saturday Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

Sebastian will play songs that span four decades.

He is best known for his group The Lovin’ Spoonful that played a major part in the mid-60s rock revolution. The band’s first seven singles carted to the Top 10 with their mix of rock, blues, country and folk.

During the band’s hay-day they were known for their unique “roots music” sound in such classics as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City.” Sebastian left the group in 1968 and gave a solo performance at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.

Since then he has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians ranging from The Doors to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

In 1976 his “Welcome Back” became a number one single and was the theme song to the television sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The song and Sebastian was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2004 when the song was incorporated into the rapper Mase’s hit single “Welcome Back.”

Sebastian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Lovin’ Spoonful in 2000.

His induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn’t slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.

The concert is free and open to the public but registration is required. And since the concert will be held outdoors, people must provide their own lawn chairs.

To register for the concert telephone the library (732) 928-4400 or visit its Web site , click on the Events and News drop-down menu and then on the Calendar of Events icon.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.


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