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Art, Music, Light of Day Will Collide on Cookman Avenue

  On the heels of the successful Asbury Underground Art and Music Crawl which brought some 6,000 attendees to the downtown district of Asbury Park this past October for an afternoon of music, art and shopping, the Light of Day Foundation once again has invited Asbury Underground to produce the downtown leg of their festival which will take place on Jan. 16 and new this year, an added Sunday, Jan. 17. This years’ event, the third year running with Light of Day, will feature 32 performances by musicians and/or bands, with the focus on original music, and singer/songwriters, playing in…

The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

Green Parrot in Neptune Was Known for Showcasing Local Bands

  By DON STINE If you wanted good times and really good music at the Jersey Shore during the 1980s, then you might have ended up at the Green Parrot on Route 33 in Neptune. “It was a great time – and a great time for music and FM 106.3 was way ahead of everybody else,” said Ocean Township resident Judi Yaccarino, whose family eventually owned the club. FM 106.3 has been compared to a commercial version of college radio station, playing artists years before mainstream radio and helping showcase local bands. The station played bands, like Redhouse and The…

Vote for Asbury Park to Bring Free Concert Series to City

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation is now in the running to bring a 10-week live music series to the West Side Community of Asbury Park during the summer of 2016. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free concert series in America, the APMF hopes to qualify as one of the 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards. The awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities up to 400,000 people. Fifteen nonprofits, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, will receive up…

Musicians, Asbury Park Students Ready for Road Trip to Cuba

  In December 2015 a delegation of musicians, citizens and Asbury Park High School students plan an historic visit to attend the 31st annual Havana International Jazz Festival in Cuba. The group will have the opportunity to visit performing arts venues and educational institutions to observe and participate in joint performances with both artists and school children. The Cultural Exchange Program is the first of its kind to connect the people and communities of The Jersey Shore and Havana, Cuba. The focus is culture, music and education. All three of which are essential elements of a universal language that has…

Seats Still Available for Historic Trip

  Rock/blues icon Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are headed to Cuba for an historic visit and appearance at the Havana International Jazz Festival Dec. 17 to 2217th – 22nd, while the band is also touring around the U.S. in support of their new CD Soultime! The album is the band’s first new studio CD in five years and the Havana trip allows them to be one of the first American recording artists to perform for a Cuban audience since the restoration of diplomatic relations with the U.S. Southside Johnny sees himself as a kind of “musical ambassador” bringing…

Destination: Cuba – Former Asbury Park Mayor and Southside Johnny travel to Havana and the public’s invited

  By ELLEN CARROLL An historic event hosted by former Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson will take place later this year when he and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fly to Cuba where the popular rock ‘n roll band will perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival. It is the first time an American rock and roll band will perform in Cuba. And Johnson hopes it is the beginning of a long and successful relationship with Cuba. “I have always believed in cultural exchange and building a bridge; people to people,” Johnson said in an interview with The Coaster.…

Last Chance to See Ed Tang and the Chops for Awhile

  By DON STINE It will be anchors away for the shore area’s Ed Tang and The Chops Saturday night in Asbury Park- it will be Tang’s final local performance for some time because he is leaving on a Navy assignment in California. As an active-duty Navy logistics officer, Tang, 33, is being stationed at Monterey for more than a year. “People should come out and see us one last time. Our shows are usually pretty wild events and this will be one last hurrah,” he said earlier this week. Based in Belmar, Ed Tang and The Chips play what…

All That Jazz in Asbury Park

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Asbury Park Loves Jazz this weekend August 7 to 9 featuring Chieli Minnuci, Marion Meadows and EFX. According to Jackie Pappas, APCC Executive Director, the jazz weekend celebrates the jazz fan base from Absury Park to NYC and Philadelphia. “This is the perfect time to showcase our beautiful city. The revitalization that is underway on Springwood Ave and throughout our city from the Westside to the Boardwalk will be celebrated through music; Afro-Cuban Latin jazz to contemporary artists in the spotlight of today’s jazz, Asbury Park will once again have it all,”…

New Director at Asbury Park Music Foundation

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation Board of Trustees is excited to announce that Matthew J. Hockenjos has been hired as the new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Hockenjos will be responsible for administration of program operations, marketing, fundraising and implementing the strategic plan. Hockenjos attended Rider University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit organizations and the entertainment industry. While in school, Matt worked in marketing and promotions for radio and television companies including Townsquare Media, 95.9 WRAT, VideoHelper Production Music and MTV Networks. Hockenjos was retained by the Asbury Park Music Foundation…

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