Joe Jesus' Fabulous Fifties Night, the annual classic event that transforms downtown New Bedford into memory lane, has been cancelled for this year.

Joe Jesus was reluctant to pull the plug, but he met with the area car club members and after a lot of discussion, the decision was mutual to scrub the event that attracted thousands of families to downtown New Bedford.

The main concern was the ongoing road construction that has been going on for quite a while. Many of the car owners were hesitant to expose their perfectly shining finishes to the dusty elements. Joe has agreed to appear on The Phil Paleologos Show Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. to explain in detail how and why the decision to wipe out the family-friendly free event was made.

In years past, the evening featured a festive celebration of the 50's culture, from bebop to the Twist, with the streets lined with perfectly beautiful and authentic cars and hot rods from that era. Plus, lots of food vendors and great music as well.

Joe Jesus has shared proceeds from the event with Mercy Meals and More and the local Salvation Army. Many called it a reunion, while others dressed up the kids in 50's attire and danced in the middle of the street with thousands of people looking on.

You won't need a transistor radio to tune in on Thursday, because Joe and I will be live on 1420 WBSM and on the free WBSM app.