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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…

Free Concert Series in Asbury Park

  The 70th season of the Asbury Park Concert Band is underway with concerts every Thursday through August 27 on the boardwalk between McLoone’s and Convention Hall at Ocean and Fifth Avenues. The free concerts start at 7 p.m. under the direction of John Luckenbill. One of the highlights of recent concert seasons has been the addition of Young Adult Concerts which will again this year feature shore area students playing alongside the adult musicians four times this summer, on July 9 and 23 and August 13 and 27. Luckenbill said each concert has a theme and the themes for…

Darlene Love to Debut Her 1st Rock Album in Asbury Park

  On Sat., Sept. 12 Darlene Love and friends will be at the historic Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park to debut her first rock album, “Introducing… Darlene Love” one week before the worldwide release on Columbia/Wicked Cool Records. The new album was produced and arranged by Steven Van Zandt and includes songs written by Jimmy Webb, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Desmond Child with Joan Jett, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil and Van Zandt and scheduled for release September 18th. Van Zandt is not only the producer and music director of the show but will be making a long overdue return to Asbury…

Roast for Vini Lopez May 28

  Asbury Park Where Music Lives is hosting the Vini Lopez Celebrity Roast May 28 at 708 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park. The event begins at 8 p.m. and funds raised will go to the Light of Day Foundation. The Light of Day Foundation raises money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Mike…

Skate and Surf Festival Rolls into Asbury Park

  The Skate and Surf Festival 2015 at the Asbury Park oceanfront May 16 to 17 is expected to bring about 10,000 people each day into the city. “So residents should be aware that there may be some parking and traffic issues,” city Director of Commerce Tom Gilmour said at Monday’s City Council workshop. The Skate and Surf Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Bradley Park and Ocean Avenue. The festival is a multi-day, youth culture event that combines music, competitive gaming, skateboarding and surfing. “I think it’s going to be great. It…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…

Musicians Hosting a Benefit for One of Their Own

  By DON STINE It is now time to help an area musician who has helped many others over the years. George Meyer, a long-time member of the Blackberry Blues Band, is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and a benefit is being held this Sun., March 8 to support him and help cover medical expenses. “George has a long musical history and he has done many benefits for others in the past. And, this time, it’s for George. George and I have done many benefits over the years and we are doing this benefit to love and support him- both financially…

Tribute to the Carpenters

  By PAUL BOOTH Jillian Rhys McCoy is a locally grown musical talent who’s flashed her powerful vocals all over the eastern seaboard and this Friday, May 30 brings them to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Asbury Park boardwalk in tribute to the Carpenters, the pop sibling-duo that consistently topped the music charts in the 70’s. McCoy, an Oceanport native, won’t be taking the stage alone. She has an eight piece band behind her for support and two special guests in tow. McCoy, who cut her teeth as the lead singer of The Philadelphia Fun Authority and more recently…

Upstage Club for Sale

  By DON STINE The legendary Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, is up for sale. Current owner, antique dealer Richard Yorkowitz, called his decision to sell the building “heartbreaking.” “There is no one specific person or town to blame- it’s overall personal circumstances that led to my decision,” he said. Yorkowitz said it his decision to put the building up for sale was made “with much deliberation” and that he hopes whoever buys it will continue with his vision to reopen…

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