Missed your shot at BRUUUUUUCE on Broadway?
The very next best thing was Jim Boggia’s SOLD OUT show last night at Arlene’s Grocery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side: “Bruce Off Broadway”
Jim’s tribute to the Boss’ was inspired by fan response to his spectacular ukulele arrangement of Thunder Road, the iconic first track off Born To Run.
Jim with his uke in hand took the stage opening with “Growing Up” from 1973’s Greetings From Asbury Park.
The following 90 minutes paid homage to Springsteen’s legacy with a unique showcase of elaborate arrangements that mastered the power, passion and applicability of each song.
Highlights included an arousing version of Fire and an emotive take on the anthemic Born In the USA, where Jim captured the loss, anger and current relevancy very effectively.
It is with great hope that Jim capitalizes on last night’s very successful outing and takes this uke show on the road. Our only suggestion: We’re gonna need three hour shows.
MORE ABOUT JIM
Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries for over 20 years with his uncompromising devotion to emotionally direct songcraft. He has released three acclaimed studio albums, collaborated with a startling array of artists — including Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Bernadette Peters, and NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson — and frequent performances with preeminent Beatles tribute band, the Fab Faux, and 18-piece collective Mad Dogs & Dominos, bringing to stage the music of Delaney And Bonnie, Derek And The Dominos, Joe Cocker, solo George Harrison, Leon Russell and their creative roots