The B Street Band, a long-running Boss tribute act based in Belmar, announced Monday it will not play the Garden State Inaugural Ball in Washington Thursday, after a weekend of intense criticism and thousands of emails from around the world.
“It’s like we were in a hurricane,” keyboardist Will Forte told NJ.com Monday. “And we realized what was most important to us was being grateful and respectful to Bruce. The last thing we want is for it to seem like we are being disingenuous to him and E Street.”
Instead, they will be replaced by a Karaoke Machine supplied by Tuba Est Culus Sound Systems of Upper Lower Township in Monmouth County.
“The machine will be packed with all of the music and chords of most of the Bruce Springsteen songs people like to sing at the concerts. ‘Born to Run’ is always popular we hear, so we are going to make sure that that is loaded,” noted Eustis Culus, the 82-year-old owner of Tuba Est Culus Sound Systems.”
“Mr. Trump asked for the best machine we have,” added Mrs. Culus.
This is the first presidential inaugural celebration for the company will partake in. Although she noted that they do mostly bar mitzvahs, retirement parties and sweet 16’s.
“Mr. Trump said is paying for this himself, and we look forward to getting his check of $400 for the rental.”