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For a band that's been around almost 50 years, NRBQ remains impressively vibrant and cheerfully committed - and indeed embody the idea that rock 'n' roll can be a fountain of youth.
Keyboardist/vocalist Terry Adams is the last founding member still onboard, but NRBQ was always about stylistic change and experimentation. The idea was to embrace any and all forms of contemporary music and throw them into the mix. Despite the lineup changes, the fan base has remained fervently loyal and has continued to grow with each new tour or release.
Speaking of such things, NRBQ kicks off the Hygienic Art Park's Summer Season tonight as they pass through town in support of a new album called "Brass Tacks." The CD balances infectious romantic power pop sparklers like "Sit On My Lap," "Can't Wait to Kiss You" and "Love This Love We Got" with country, bar-band boogie and blues workouts.
Joining Adams in the current incarnation of the group are Scott Ligon (guitar/vocals), Conrad Choucroun (drums) and Casey McDonough (bass/vocals), and their extensive touring means tonight's show should be tight, energetic and boasting a wide array of the band's history.
- RICK KOSTER
NRBQ, 7 tonight, Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London; $20 door, $15 advance; (860) 443-8001.