Last night (June 18th), Bruce Springsteen once again rocked Asbury Park, New Jersey for the re-opening of the famed bowling alley and concert venue Asbury Lanes. The evening featured sets by Portugal. the Man and Tangiers Blues Band -- who backed "The Boss" on a half-hour four-song set consisting of Huey "Piano" Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu," Willie Dixon's "I Just Wanna Make Love To You," Dan Raye's "Down The Road A Piece," and the Isley Brothers' classic "Twist And Shout."

The Tangiers Blues Band features noted Springsteen and rock photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica. Proceeds from last night's event benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.

Bruce Springsteen explained that hitting the stage primed to excite and entertain is a huge part of what great live music is about and an art form he learned in the clubs in and around Asbury Park, New Jersey: "It's the 'showtime' -- y'know, I think people are frightened of the word 'show' sometimes, but that's what it is. And also, I think it's perceived when you say 'show' for some reason, it gets mixed up with the idea that it's false. But really, it's just a series of tools that allow you to communicate what you're trying to say to the audience, y'know? It's a bridge to the audience when employed correctly. And I love all my favorite entertainers -- they were serious, they were clowns, and they did all kinds of -- they were showmen, and that's just a part of our background. And it was essential when you played in a lot of bars in New Jersey where the audiences could be hostile."