Remember Jones to Perform Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black During Beachland Ballroom Performance

If you are a fan of the late Amy Winehouse and her music and had ever wanted to see her live in concert, you may think you missed your chance since she passed away back on July 23, 2011. However, that is not the case as Remember Jones is on tour performing the music of Amy Winehouse.

New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato (not the musician from New York with the same name) spent a lot of time on stage. Some of that time on stage was included in the Asbury Park production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch where D’Amato portrayed Hedwig himself. Taking that theatrical experience as frontman to a musical ensemble, a new persona (and band) was created: Remember Jones.

Remember Jones is a musical revue that features a 15-piece soul orchestra. Together, D’Amato and the rest of the musical ensemble started creating his own style that was reminiscent of Las Vegas-type concert experiences. Currently, the entire ensemble is on tour recreating Back to Black, an album from the late Amy Winehouse, live in concert and will be performing that album here in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom.

Aside from recreating concerts from the likes of Amy Winehouse and others, Remember Jones have also been busy creating their own music. In fact, the entire live experience of recreating albums on stage has worked so well that the first album from the Remember Jones ensemble entitled Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! was created live in concert. And with that album being as big as it was, a new EP was created. The newly-released 5-song EP is entitled Tranquilizer! 

Tranquilizer! from Remember Jones begins with the title track of the release. As the song starts off the EP, the track itself feels very much like the first track of a concert or stage show. The upbeat Soul music that fills the track to overflowing brings to mind such Soul artists such as James Brown or Wayne Cochran. The energetic music is perfect for getting people out of the seats and dancing in the aisles. “Tranquilizer” feels as much retro as it does current with today’s artists that are keeping the spirit of Soul music alive.

The next song on the EP from Remember Jones is the song “The Stormy Suite”. The track begins with a rather strong introduction before the band slows the music down features a musical approach that will remind many listeners of the sixties/seventies era of the band Blood, Sweat and Tears.  My initial reaction to the track was how much the track reminds me of the version of “God Bless the Child” by Blood, Sweat and Tears from back in 1969 as it contains that type of vibe, but the track has many more to offer as Remember Jones and the orchestra change things up for one second to the next. “The Stormy Suite” has to be one of the strongest tracks on the album because of the various directions the orchestra takes throughout the track.

With the next track, the band changes things up just a little bit. The track “You’ve Got that Something” is pure seventies fun as Remember Jones and the orchestra create music that is part Soul music, part Disco. In fact, the track feels so much like something from the seventies, you can almost imagine Disco goddess herself Donna Summer being the one singing the female lead to the track. “You Got that Something” has such a strong Disco vibe that it would have been completely right at home during the seventies or even during the late nineties Disco revival. And while the band creates a Disco feel to the track, the inclusion of the horns gives the track even more depth. “You Got that Something” could easily be a radio hit today as it’s the most radio-friendly track on the release.

Remember Jones takes the music back into a more Rock ‘n’ Roll/Soul direction with the song “Don’t Put Me on Hold”.  In a song that really wraps up the feel of the ear of the cell phone, the track “Don’t Put Me on Hold” is a track that has the singer wondering just why it is he hasn’t heard from his special someone. The Rock and Roll feel of the song comes with a driving beat that keeps the listener tapping along to track.

The new EP of Tranquilizer! from Remember Jones comes to a close with the track “Why Don’t They Cry?” The track slows down the pace of the music of the release for the final track. The song about why people don’t seem to react to the sadness that surrounds them features music with a very strong Soul influence to it. The track seems to bring the listener back in time to the sixties or seventies when Soul music was at its height. “Why Don’t They Cry?” is as solid a Soul track as you can get.

Tranquilizer! from Remember Jones is a short but solid release of five tracks that focus on Soul music while the different styles of the musical genre helps to keep the release fresh throughout the twenty minutes of music. Though rather short, the five tracks on Tranquilizer! make the EP very strong.

Having already been to Cleveland in the past, Remember Jones will be returning to once again perform in the area.  The 15-piece soul orchestra fronted by New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato will play the Beachland Ballroom on November 25, 2017 to perform the music of Amy Winehouse. If you have ever been a fan of the music from Amy Winehouse, this is one of the few times you will be able to experience her music in a live concert experience. The whole night will be dedicated to the music of the late artist as the musical ensemble performs Winehouse’s Back to Black album in its entirety.

The band has also announced that after the Back to Black release from Amy Winehouse has been performed, the audience that is in attendance may very well get an added bonus as the ensemble may also perform music from Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! as well as Tranquilizer, the two releases from Remember Jones as an encore.

For more information on the concert date, click HERE.

To check out some of the music from Remember Jones, check out the video to the title track of the band’s current  EP entitled “Tranquilizer“.

To purchase a copy of Tranquilizer, the latest release from Remember Jones, click the album cover below:


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