John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, the group that performed the sound track for the 1983 cult hit film “Eddie and the Cruisers,” will perform in concert Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier.
The performance is part of a weekend tribute to cool cars and nostalgia featuring the Classic Car and Street Rod Show being held Saturday and Sunday, and the annual Corvette Show Sunday.
"Eddie and the Cruisers" was set and partially filmed in Somers Point — where the fictitious band gets its start at Tony Mart's nightclub, the real-life legendary rock ’n’ roll hot spot in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s (it is known for being the place where Bob Dylan's The Band got its big break playing as the house band Levon and the Hawks).
Parts of the movie were also said to have been shot on the old Ninth Street bridge, the Ocean City beach, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the Palace of Depression in Vineland and other South Jersey spots.
The movie became a cult favorite after being released on HBO, and the soundtrack went to the top of the music charts, with three of the songs — “On the Dark Side,” “Wild Summer Nights” and “Tender Years” – hitting the pop charts as singles.
Cafferty's solo track "Hearts on Fire" was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film "Rocky IV," and over the years he has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures, according to his bio.
Cafferty has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures, and in 2012 he and the band were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.