Catch Steve Forbert at LBI Foundation June 20

Jun 11, 2019

Meet me in the middle of the day, let me hear you say everything’s okay, bring me southern kisses from your room. Meet me in the middle of the night, let me hear you say everything’s all right.

Forty years ago this fall, people turning on a Top-40 radio station would have heard a recording artist with a raspy high-pitched voice singing those lyrics, preceded by a catchy piano opening. The song was “Romeo’s Tune,” and it put Steve Forbert on the pop music map. But Forbert is far from what they call in radio parlance a one-hit wonder. He still has a popular following within the folk and folk rock genres, and he will be coming to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on Thursday, June 20, at 8 p.m.

The musician is no stranger to the Island, having played several dates at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City.

Currently on a tour through England and Spain, the Mississippi native has a wealth of material to choose from for his gigs. He has released 19 albums, along with three live recordings and five compilation albums.

When he does a performance in New Jersey, Forbert likes to include his little poke at the Garden State with “Strange Names (North Jersey’s Got ’Em).” It starts off with I’m from Piscataway, I’m going that-away, west on the Jersey map, out towards the Water Gap.”

Forbert has also published a memoir, Big City Cat: My Life in Folk Rock.

“His career had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life,” his website says. “Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 19 studio albums and fronting an ever changing line-up of supporting musicians, he persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos.”

Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased through evenbrite.com. For more infomation, call the Foundation at 609-494-1241. —E.E.

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