Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, the musical married duo .
This next Outpost event has a little special twist. Instead of it being hosted on its usual Friday (and in some rare instances Thursday) night, it will take place on a Saturday night. This kind of change is actually great. Many people do enjoy spending Saturday nights surrounded by live music and company while having an entire day and evening to themselves, free of workplace responsibilities.
Twenty-five-year-old Asbury Park, N.J. native Frank Lombardi, whose debut LP Whiskey and the Mourning After is set to release this month. He comes from a very musical family, complete with guitarist and pianist parents. He has sung since his very early childhood and found himself venturing down yet another musical vein at age 17 when he picked up guitar for the very first time. It is quiet obvious that he was born with music running through his veins.
Some tracks off of the album include “Power and Virtue.” This earned him the Jersey Acoustic Music Song of the Year Award last year. In all of his songs, it is evident that Lombardi is indeed a Jersey boy rocker. He seems to channel Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, except slightly lighter in vocal and instrumental timbre.
Husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams both have quite interesting musical backgrounds. Larry Campbell is a New York City native and multi-instrumentalist famous for the following, in addition to vocals: guitar, mandolin, violin, bass and a bouzoki, a Greek instrument similar to the mandolin. Aside from his repertoire of instruments is a repertoire of luminaries he has performed with in the past, most notably Bob Dylan and the late Band drummer Levon Helm. Larry Campbell has performed “Chest Fever” with Helm and “Been on the Job Too Long” with Dylan.
Williams has an interesting story for her inspiration to perform the rock/folk/country/bluegrass-style music similar to that of her husband, Larry Campbell. She grew up in Tennessee and spent some time helping out on her ancestors’ cotton farm there. She has also performed, along with husband, Larry Campbell, with Helm’s daughter Amy. Her vocal style has a strong Loretta Lynn/Trisha Yearwood influence.
Together, these respective backgrounds have come to only result in greatness. Their songs such as “That’s All it Took” and “Did You Love Me at All” are living proof of that. Another common factor they share is that they have performed with an Outpost favorite from 2013, Jorma Kaukonen.
The doors of the Outpost will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Parking is available in the lot in the back of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. They can also be purchased at Keil’s Pharmacy on Valley Road and Studio 042 on Bloomfield Avenue. Lastly, Outpost tickets are available online at outpost.ticketleap.com.
Again, since the event does fall on a Saturday, it would be great to treat yourself to a day of fulfilling activities. The Outpost has many surrounding attractions. A great place is the Montclair Art Museum, at 3 South Mountain Avenue. Trust me, your eyes will thank you for the masterpieces. To grab a bite to eat before the show, try Manny’s Diner on Church Street, Red Eye Cafe on Walnut Street and Trend Coffee and Tea House on Bloomfield Avenue.
For those with healthier tastes, there are the Manhattan Juice Bar and Cafe and Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, both located on Glenridge Avenue, HLS (Health, Love, and Soul) on Bloomfield Avenue and Le Saluben on Walnut Street. For those with the finer and more daring tastes in dining, here is a handful of a variety of gastropubs and ethnically-oriented eateries: Pig and Prince at the Lackawanna Plaza, as well as Chatni, Mausam, Nori and Greek Taverna, all four of which are located on Bloomfield Avenue.
Your wait for Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will not be boring. So if even you don’t make it to all the recommended locations mentioned earlier, come stop by and visit the great town of Montclair.