The Smithereens


Guest Vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

Raucous Rock & Power Pop


Why you should see this show…

For over forty years, the Smithereens have continued to fight the good fight, convincing their listeners that real rock and roll will never truly go out of fashion. Meanwhile, the Smithereens electrifying live performance may be proving that these old dogs have learned new tricks, and they are mighty fine.

The Smithereens Bio
Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock’n’roll for 41 years. Jim Babjak (guitar,) Dennis Diken (drums,) and Mike Mesaros (bass) grew up together in Carteret and lead singer, the late Pat DiNizio, hailed from Scotch Plains. ​The Smithereens’ take no prisoners sound, reflecting their Garden State roots, has resonated with fans worldwide over the course of 17 albums and 2500+ live shows. Studio albums include Especially for You, Green Thoughts, 11, A Date with The Smithereens, and 2011. Among their biggest hits are the rock radio staples “Blood and Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” and “A Girl Like You.” The Smithereens’ most recent album, COVERS, features 22 of the bands favorite songs first recorded by other artists. The band’s albums for Capitol, RCA, Sony, Koch, and eOne Records have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The band initially paid its dues in clubs all over the NJ/NYC area from Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village to the Court Tavern and Stone Pony in NJ. They’ve since performed on stages coast to coast from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to the Meadowlands Arena in NJ to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, and internationally from Europe to Australia. Tour mates have included Tom Petty, Squeeze, The Pretenders, Lou Reed, and the Ramones, among others.

The Smithereens have also been called the architects of the alternative scene and their music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians, including the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who cited The Smithereens as a major influence in his diaries.

As The Smithereens’ fame escalated, they were in heavy rotation on MTV and appeared on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. Other television credits include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MTV’s Unplugged, CBS This Morning, The Dennis Miller Show, The Uncle Floyd Show, The Joe Franklin Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show. The Smithereens’ music can also be heard in the films Bull Durham, Backdraft, Encino Man, Time Cop, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Boys Don’t Cry, The Burglar, Cruel Intentions 2, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. The band even made a cameo appearance in the film Class of Nuke’em High and other accomplishments include television and radio commercials for Dairy Queen and Nissan Maxima.

Throughout their entire career, the band members have also contributed their talents and helped raise funds and awareness to a wide range of charities, including families of 9/11, community food banks, homeless shelters, HIV/AIDS, pediatric cancer, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Parkinsons and Light of Day, and the Pat DiNizio Music Performance Scholarship at the Count Basie Center for the Performing Arts.

With the 2017 passing of Pat DiNizio, the surviving band members decided to persevere and carry on their shared musical legacy. Using rotating guest vocalists, including longtime friend Marshall Crenshaw and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms, something no other band has done, they continue to entertain and rock fans all over the U.S. and the world.

In 2019, The Smithereens – Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, Mike Mesaros, and the late Pat DiNizio – were honored by their home state and were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, in the “Performing Arts” category. Previously, Babjak and Diken were inducted into the White Castle Hall of Fame for The Smithereens’ rendition of the Jim Babjak/Bob Banta composition “White Castle Blues.”

Recent releases include the COVERS album on red vinyl and CD, a limited edition 45 of “Love Me Do” b/w “P.S. I Love You” featuring The Beatles session drummer, the late Andy White, and the green vinyl Christmas 45, “Christmas Morning” b/w “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The Smithereens are currently featured in the Grammy Museum’s “New Jersey Legends” exhibit, have resumed touring, and have new music in the works.



Falling Stars Bio
Cleveland Scene Magazine said of Falling Stars: They’re both guitar players and songwriters who have been making music in the Cleveland scene for many years. And as long as Tim Parnin (Cobra Verde, Sweet Apple, Chuck Mosley) has known Chris Allen, he’s been encouraging him to explore his rock side. Decades later, the pair finally spent a couple of years writing songs for what would eventually become their first album, Stranded In The Future, which will be released under the banner of Falling Stars. ͞”It’s funny — this seems way overdue,” Parnin says. “We’ve hinted about it in the past, but have always both been busy with our own bands.” Once they were able to set aside time for recording, things came together quickly. They laid down basic tracks during three productive days of recording at Mitch Easter’s studio in North Carolina. Easter engineered the sessions with Don Dixon producing and mixing the songs. For those familiar with Allen’s normal work, both as a solo artist and with the band Rosavelt, it’s a slight departure — a purposeful move that both were excited to make. “You’ve been around the block, I’ve been around the block — let’s see if we can find some new streets to hang out on,” Allen says, remembering the initial conversations he and Parnin had at the Happy Dog discussing the potential project. “If we couldn’t do that, we were never going to spend the time recording it.” Tracks like “Down and Out In Ohio” and “Behind The Blinds” crackle with a fresh energy and plenty of guitars while songs like “Losing Without You” and “The Lonely Keep In Touch” demonstrate the depths of sonic exploration that the pair weren’t afraid to indulge. It’s an engaging listen that longtime fans will enjoy and they’ll probably attract some new ears as well as they begin to play live shows together in the new year. — Matt Wardlaw

Dining Option

Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. Tableside food service will start 2 hours before showtime and the kitchen will close approximately halfway through the show. Tableside beverage service will continue throughout the concert.


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