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AC Retro Weekend
Plenty of top-shelf free-concert parties are left in the Tony Martís Presents music series, including a slew of great acts Aug. 30-31.
August 2, 2014
Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City, New Jersey


The Cowsills in the 1960s


The Cowsills today

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatlesí August 1964 performance in Atlantic Cityís Convention Hall, and as part of the Tony Martís Presents free beach-concert party series, two days of free concert parties will be happening Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, starting at 4pm on the beach at Arkansas Avenue.

Celebrative performances will include Dan Burkeís British Invasion, New York City doo-wop legends The Persuasions, two shows by New Jersey alt-rock progeny The Smithereens (a Beatles tribute and their greatest hits), and headlining on the 31st ó the original Cowsills

Like many bands inspired by the Beatles, four brothers formed a group back in the 1960s called The Cowsills. They began their success as a sort of cover band of Beatles songs in Newport, Rhode Island. After some time, other members of their family including their mother Barbara and siblings Susan and Paul joined the four brothers ó Bill, Bob, Barry and John ó and began touring and getting signed to major record labels.

A family band consisting of a mother and her children singing and touring the world may seem all too familiar and for many, and thatís because theyíve watched it on TV. The Partridge Family, a sitcom series about a mother and her children embarking on a music career, was inspired by singing Ď60s family The Cowsills.

After disbanding in the early Ď70s following substantial success during the late Ď60s, The Cowsills regrouped in the Ď90s with many of the originals. Bob, Paul, John and Susan began to make new music and tour again with occasional appearances by family members previously in the band. Today, the remaining Cowsills continue to make music ó sometimes individually and sometimes together. Whether itís the late 1960s or 2014, The Cowsills still play as synchronized and as beautifully as before.

From a band that started as four brothers just wanting to emulate the music of the Beatles, The Cowsills have come full circule and will now be part of the 50th celebration of the anniversary of the Beatles concert in Atlantic City on Aug. 31. Be part of history, and donít miss the chance to see the original Cowsills and other Beatles tribute bands Saturday and Sunday! Bring your dancing shoes and festival chairs for an evening of music and fun!

Other shows coming up as part of the Tony Martís Presents free concert parties include the Royal Southern Brotherhood starring Devon Allman (son of rock legend Gregg Allman) and Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers on Aug. 25, and Coco Montoya and Johnny Sansone with their respective bands performing a on Sept. 8. Both of those shows are at Kennedy Plaza in front of Boardwalk Hall.

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