The Smithereens may be destined for the New Jersey Hall of Fame but the group will make a pit stop along the way in the Tulsa Arts District and will be accompanied by guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw.
Along with headlining act Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, the Smithereens will be among performers at Rock the Block, billed as the first rock ’n’ roll signature event at Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St. The free show is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Tulsa-based group Golden Ones also will perform.
The Smithereens placed multiple songs on the modern and mainstream music charts in the 1980s and 1990s, including “A Girl Like You,” a top-three song on both charts. It was announced last month that the New Jersey-born group will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Current members Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, plus the late Pat DiNizio, will be honored at an Oct. 27 induction ceremony.
DiNizio died in 2017 at the age of 62. The Smithereens chose to continue to tour after his death. Among guest vocalists: Crenshaw, whose solo career included the hit “Someday, Someway,” and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms.
“The music definitely has to live on,” Babjak said in a 2018 Asbury Park Press story. “A lot of our fans overwhelmingly want us to continue, and it’s not like we’re replacing Pat, we’re just moving on and keeping the music alive — because it’s our legacy, also.”
Quaid, an actor, and his band have been performing rock ’n’ roll and country soul since 2000. Quaid, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, performs original songs and classic hits like “Spill the Wine,” “Gloria” and many others.
Guthrie Green is preparing for a record crowd at the Rock the Block event. Street games and food trucks will be available before the show begins.
Guthrie Green is an urban park and event space in the heart of the Tulsa Arts District. For more, visit guthriegreen.com.
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