Mon, July 8th – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $65.00, $49.50, $39.50
(taxes included / service charge extra)
at L’Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine E.),
1.855.790.1245 and olympiamontreal.com
ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 17th AT NOON
Steven Van Zandt is a Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Music Producer, Music Supervisor, TV Producer, Actor, Director, Broadway Producer, TV and Film Composer, Live Event Producer, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll.
After helping create the Jersey Shore sound with the Asbury Jukes, he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and went on to become a successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing solo with his band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. In 2017, he released his first new album in over 15 years, returning to his Rhythm and Blues roots entitled Soulfire which Rolling Stone named one of its Best Albums of 2017. More recently, he released Soulfire LIVE! (a multi-format box set) and embarked on his first solo tour in over 20 years.
His songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Black Uhuru, and others. Steven co-produced the seminal Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band albums The River, and Born in the U.S.A. He has also produced albums for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Demolition 23, Majek Fashek, and more. He arranged and produced Introducing Darlene Love, the critically acclaimed album for the legendary Darlene Love, star of the Oscar winning documentary,Twenty Feet From Stardom.
In 1985, Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid and wroteSun City, a song featuring over 50 major recording artists protesting the Apartheid system, and considered by many political experts to be one of the fatal blows to Apartheid, leading to Nelson Mandela being freed only a few years later. HeStevie has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism, including the Sun City project and film, and his involvement in International Peace Day along with Peter Gabriel. He also established the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth.
As an actor, Steven co-starred in all seven seasons of The Sopranos, playing principle character Silvio Dante, a character that he created. He starred in, co-wrote, executive-produced, provided the music supervision and scoring, and directed (the final episode) for the award winning series Lilyhammer, which was the FIRST original programming for Netflix.
In 2001, he launched Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the most successful syndicated Rock music radio show in the past 40 years. Steven also created and produces the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60). In 2006, he launched his record label, Wicked Cool Records, to further support new Rock and Roll. In 2018, Little Steven and the Disciples went back on the road with their Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour. The landmark live tour benefited The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock program andreached the incredible goal of registering over 18,000 teachers (and counting) to use the TeachRock Music History Curriculum.
Established by Dr. Van Zandt (he gave the commencement speech to the Class of 2017 and received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rutgers University), the Foundation creates education materials that use the history of popular music to create engaging, multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music, and science classrooms… all of which are available to educators at NO COST. It marked the first-ever Rock tour specifically geared towards addressing this crucial societal need. At each stop of the tour, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is hosting FREE TeachRock Professional Development Workshops, with educators (plus a guest) who attend and also receive a complimentary ticket to that evening’s concert.
“Music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration and motivation and, we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students which is where education begins.”
–STEVIE VAN ZANDT
It was recently announced that after more than fifty years of treading the boards, New York based rocker Garland Jeffreys is going to hang up his Rock and Roll shoes! He will continue to write and record, and do the occasional special event – like this one, with his old friend Steven Van Zandt.
Garland Jeffreys has been making provocative, personally charged urban Rock and Roll since the late 1960s. The “Brooklyn-born, socially conscious singer-songwriter” (New York Times) has never been easy to pigeonhole, but has always carried cultural significance well beyond his name recognition. From proto-punk to rock to folk to blues to reggae (Bob Marley once said he was the best interpreter of reggae in the USA), Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers, and the breadth of contributors to his recordings and performances reflect that respect… Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, David Sanborn, Laurie Anderson, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, John Cale, James Taylor, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed, among many more, have recorded and shared stages with him.
Garland is a longtime favourite in Montreal, where his 1977 Ghost Writeralbum was massively received, enjoying extensive radio play, fan appreciation and gold-record status in Quebec alone! His live stage shows are legendary… he has performed countless times in Montreal over the past five decades, including three appearances at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
Jeffereys is “thrilled” to be making his first post-retirement appearance in our town, with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul on July 8th at L’Olympia.