Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock’n’roll for 41 years. Jim Babjak (guitar,) Dennis Diken (drums,) and Mike Mesaros (bass) grew up together
Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock’n’roll for 41 years. Jim Babjak (guitar,) Dennis Diken (drums,) and Mike Mesaros (bass) grew up together in Carteret and lead singer, the late Pat DiNizio, hailed from Scotch Plains. The Smithereens’ take no prisoners sound, reflecting their Garden State roots, has resonated with fans worldwide over the course of 17 albums and 2500+ live shows. Studio albums include Especially for You, Green Thoughts, 11, A Date with The Smithereens, and 2011. Among their biggest hits are the rock radio staples “Blood and Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” and “A Girl Like You.” The Smithereens’ most recent album, COVERS, features 22 of the bands favorite songs first recorded by other artists.
The band paid its dues in clubs all over the NJ/NYC area from Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village to the Court Tavern and Stone Pony in NJ. As The Smithereens’ fame escalated, they were in heavy rotation on MTV and appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live. They’ve since performed on stages coast to coast from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to the Meadowlands Arena in NJ to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, and internationally from Europe to Australia. Tour mates have included Tom Petty, Squeeze, The Pretenders, Lou Reed, and the Ramones, among others.
They’ve also inspired and influenced generations of musicians, including the late Kurt Cobain, who counted The Smithereens as a major influence on Nirvana.
With the 2017 passing of Pat DiNizio, the surviving band members decided to persevere and carry on their shared musical legacy. Using rotating guest vocalists, including longtime friend Marshall Crenshaw and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms, something no other band has done, they continue to entertain and rock fans all over the U.S. and the world.
Throughout the 90s, Dishwalla made a name for itself starting with their smash hit debut album Pet Your Fiends. The album lit up the charts and the airwaves in 1996 with their edgy hit single “Counting Blue Cars,” which quickly propelled both the album and single to Gold status. Music programmers crowned the single as one of the most requested songs of that year.
Dishwalla continued its success by touring heavily throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, and released further successful albums in the likes of Opalin, Greetings From The Flow State, and their self-titled Dishwalla. The band’s music has been featured in countless movies and tV shows.
Touted by fans and industry alike as one of the best live bands to come out of the 90s, Dishwalla is on the road – and they have a story to tell!
July 8, 2023
$28 / $38 / $48 / $58 / $68 + applicable fees
Doors 5pm. Headliners 7:00om.
Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult
With regard and respect for the safety of our patrons large bags are not permitted. No bags bigger than 10” by 16” allowed.
(Saturday) 6:00 PM
The Libbey Bowl - Ojai
210 S. Signal St. Ojai, CA 93023