John Sebastian to sing at the LBI branch 8/9

John Sebastian performed at our Jackson branch last August.

John Sebastian performed at our Jackson branch last August.


The Ocean County Library’s Long Beach Island branch, 217 S. Central Ave, Surf City, will host an outdoor concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian Saturday Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the public. Chairs will not be available so bring your own lawn chairs.
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 charted 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 song “Welcome Back” became a number one single and was the theme to the television sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The song and Sebastian were 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 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.

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