Born to Run
New Jersey native son Bruce Springsteen first performed at Rutgers on December 17, 1971, at the Ledge (now the Student Activities Center), a popular student lounge and performance venue at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Springsteen appeared with two bands, Southern Conspiracy and Powerhouse. Tickets were $1. The Boss played again in 1974, 1976, and 1978. 

Live and In Concert
The memorable rock ’n’ roll, folk, country, and jazz performances.

Joan Baez Christian McBride
Chet Baker Brandon McCune
Count Basie Meatloaf
Beastie Boys Van Morrison
Blood, Sweat & Tears Arturo O’Farrill
Jon Bon Jovi Houston Person
Boston Plain White T’s
David Bromberg The Pretenders
Jackson Browne The Psychedelic Furs
Ray Charles Bonnie Raitt
Cheap Trick The Ramones
The Clash Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Coasters Lou Reed
Judy Collins R.E.M.
Elvis Costello Renaissance
Bo Diddley Busta Rhymes
The Drifter Smokey Robinson
Bob Dylan Linda Ronstadt
Earth Wind & Fire Asher Roth
Duke Ellington Todd Rundgren
The 5th Dimension Gil Scott-Heron
Fishbone Ravi Shankar
The Four Tops The Shirelles
Bill Frissel Simon & Garfunkel
Peter Gabriel Southside Johnny
Gang of Four Bruce Springsteen
Kenny Garrett Squeeze
Wycliffe Gordon & Eric Reed The Supremes
The Grateful Dead Talking Heads
Ritchie Havens Teddy Wilson Trio
The Hooters The Temptations
Billy Idol They Might Be Giants
Carrie Jackson Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Quartet
Jerry Garcia Band The Turtles
Billy Joel Warren Vache Trio
Mimi Jones Dionne Warwick
Stanley Jordan Muddy Waters
The Kinks Kanye West
Kool & the Gang Joe Wilder
Patti LaBelle The Young Rascals
The Lovin’ Spoonful Warren Zevon


“Rock ’n’ roll has had a bigger cultural impact on the history of man than any other art form.”
— Terry Stewart ENG’69, ED’69, former president and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni


illo of Al AronowitzEncore
Al Aronowitz RC’50, “the godfather of rock journalism,” introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles at the Hotel Delmonico in New York City on August 28, 1964. Aronowitz was covering the Beatles while on assignment for the Saturday Evening Post.