The Barksdales Band

The Barksdales


Summer 2013 Tour

Sunday May 19: 3rd Annual Finn Fest at The Norwood, 2-6 pm

*with the original Avon Barksdales & other friends

Sunday May 26: The Norwood Inn, 5-9 pm

*followed by The Pat Roddy Band

Sunday June 16: The Norwood Inn, 5-9 pm

Saturday July 6: Belmar Plaza @ 9th & Main St., 7-9 pm

*courtesy Belmar Arts Council

Sunday July 7: The Norwood Inn, 5-9 pm

Sunday August 11: The Norwood Inn, 5-9 pm

Sunday September 1: The Norwood Inn, 5-9 pm 

*followed by The Pat Roddy Band


Finn Fest is an event that is near and dear to The Barksdales’ hearts. In support of our original band member and founder, Joe Finn, Jr. and his family, we honor the memory of his father, renowned singer, Joe Finn, Sr. who died of a brain tumor in 2008. Mr. Finn played at The Norwood Inn on Sunday afternoons for over 30 years. The summer after he passed away, his son Joe put together The Avon Barksdales. We have been playing at The Norwood on Sundays (not every, but most now) since then and we are honored to be a part of this wonderfully awesome event every year!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Band History

The Avon Barksdales started in 2009 playing every summer Sunday at The Norwood Inn in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ. We spent the winter of 2010 celebrating St. Patrick’s Day along the Jersey Shore and in NYC.

YES! That’s Avon, with a short “A” sound– named after our hometown (more or less) at the Jersey Shore with a play on the character from the tv show, “The Wire.” 

In the Summer of 2010, we were down to 3 band members as our fearless founder moved overseas. We got together with our friends, Hillside Jive and played together as The Barksdale Jive all summer totaling eight gigs around the Jersey Shore! We rocked St. Patrick’s Day in NYC at the now-closed MJ Armstrong’s where members of our band had played for years in duos, trios and finally full band.

2011 brought on another summer at the shore where we added some gigs down the road at The Columns in Avon, NJ. We learned more songs, added some top-40 radio hits, added a keyboard and kept on playing. We just rocked out St. Patrick’s Day in NYC at Park Avenue Tavern for the first time!

Check out some raw rehearsal audio HERE!

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5 Responses to “The Barksdales Band”

  1. I’ve enjoyed hearing the band each time I’ve been at The Norwood. Always a FUN time.

  2. Dear Ann,

    What a wonderful thing for ME…to get to hear you sing again. I have just cast Candor and Ebb’s Curtains and I think about your knockout Mary in Merrily. We’ve had fine actors, a few good actor/dancers but nobody with a voice like yours.

    All the best. I would love to catch any of your shows.



  3. Im so sorry I missed you guys the other night. I hear you were awesome! Counting down the days til the Norwood. I miss your voice! See you soon!

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  5. hope to see you again soon!

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