LaBamba & the Hub Caps and the
Acappella Group Quiet Storm
in Concert at The Morris Museum
Morristown, NJ, June 3, 2011
An enthusiastic congregation of fans attended the first of three concerts that are part of the “Jersey Rocks” exhibit at The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. The featured act was the R&B band, LaBamba & the Hub Caps. Opening for them were our friends from Philadelphia, the acappella group, Quiet Storm.
We arrived at the museum and found members of Quiet Storm outside the stage door. We were happy to see that our friend Darrall Campbell was the newest member of the group.
Quiet Storm outside the Morris Museum
The concert combined the R&B band La Bamba and the Hub Caps with the acappella harmonies of Quiet Storm. Quiet Storm entertained us first for about a half hour. Smitty, the group's founder and bass singer, introduced the songs. As usual Quiet Storm had outstanding harmony and were well-received by the crowd. They began their set with a parody of The Cosmic Rays song “Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie". The words were changed by our friends Paul Ressler and Jim Bakay to “Conan’s Gonna Tell You No Lie”; appropriate because La Bamba (Richie Rosenberg) was featured for years on the Conan O’Brien Show. Quiet Storm debuted their arrangement of Ronnie Milsap’s “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” which includes an extended version of “In The Still of the Night”. We grooved to the harmonies of “Never Let Me Go,” and “Sincerely”. Especially enjoyable was the rhythmic “Don’t Leave Me Baby, originally done by the Camelots”. Quiet Storm ended their set with The Dreamlovers' “If I Should Lose You”.
Pam & Quiet Storm's Smitty
Smitty & Charlie
Though LaBamba and The Hub Caps are a well-known R&B band in the New Jersey area, this was the first time we saw them live. We were duly impressed. The ensemble consisted of vocals mostly by LaBamba (Richie Rosenberg) backed by a guitar, bass, keyboard, trumpet, saxophone, and drums. LaBamba treated the audience to a mix of soul songs like “Monkey Time” and “Ooh Baby Baby”. On occasion he also played trombone. One of the highlights for us was when Glen (The General) Alexander led the group with an dynamic version of Tower of Power’s “Still Digging on James Brown”. The song was specifically requested by Paul Ressler, a long time friend of the group. The band did a great version of the instrumental “The Horse”. LaBamba proved to be an energetic and exciting performer, at times jumping off the stage to sing in the audience.
LaBamba & The Hub Caps
The audience enjoyed the concert immensely and were all looking forward to the next “Jersey Rocks” event.
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