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Roger That! McGuinn returns to MU campus

By TOM CHESEK By the time he and his fellow Byrds flocked out of the West to take up guitars against the Brit invaders of the mid 1960s, he was already a young veteran in granny glasses; a creature of the jug-band hootenanny scene (Chad Mitchell Trio, The Limeliters) who made Dylan and Seeger’s songs sing to a transistor-radio pop audience…who was present at the creation of the modern country rock movement…and who blazed new trails through a rare virtuosity and pure love of music. Get Roger McGuinn started on his experiences in the big-time music business, however, and he’ll tell you…

A SPRINGSTEEN CONFERENCE ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

  Clockwise from top left: Gary Cavico and Vini Lopez, Joe Rapolla, and Pat Roddy help Monmouth University mark the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, during a weekend of words, music, and history. (Bruce photo by Michael J. Booth; Rapolla photo by John Posada) By TOM CHESEK From the bins of Sam Goody and Record Town — to the win-an-album wheel games where so many life-changing LPs found their forever-homes — Memorial Day 1978 came and went without an official transmission from the Future of Rock and Roll. But from the boardwalk to the bars…

Jazz Concert at Asbury Park Church

  The Church of St. Augustine in Asbury Park is presenting an afternoon jazz concert on Sun., April 8 at 3 p.m. in memory of Gladstone Trott. Numerous musicians are preforming including: Dorian Parreott, saxophone/vocalist; Billy Lawlor, keyboard; tommy La Bella, saxophone; Desi Norman, vibe-pans; Wilbur Wittemann, trumpet/cornet; Stanton Davis, trumpet/flugelhorn and Bobby Boyd, drummer. The church is located at 155 Prospect Avenue in Asbury Park. Tickets are $20. For information call 732.774.3069.

Art from Upstage Club Presented at Light of Day Event

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A slide show of pictures from the Upstage Club was shown Jan. 13 during a Light of Day Foundation event at the Asbury Park Music Foundation while a variety of bands performer at the venue. Pictures on display showed foundation President James Lenskold and his friends removing historic art work from the walls of the club, which was located on the second floor of the Tom McAnn building on Cookman Avenue at the corner of Bond Street. A history of the club, where Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Vini Lopez and other music notables played for…

Irish Singer Now Calls Jersey Home

  By DON STINE In 2007, singer/songwriter Steve Reilly left his native Ireland and came to the United States to pursue the music career he was looking for – and he has been here ever since. “I always wanted to come here, even as a kid I pictured myself living in the states. And playing in Europe I constantly heard that I should go to New York City- so I came to test the waters. And I have been mainly here ever since,” he said. Raised in Dublin, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter started playing in bands when he was 12 and…

Springsteen Tickets Up for Auction

  The Monmouth County SPCA is holding an auction for two tickets to see the Bruce Springsteen on Broadway show Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. The show is sold out but the SPCA is offering the tickets as a fundraiser. The auction closes Dec. 4 at  7:00 p.m. Bid on a pair of orchestra seats at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Bid on the tickets by contacting the SPCA or via this link.

In Asbury Park: New Partnership to Produce Shows on Boardwalk

  New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the state’s largest provider of arts programming, will partner with national real estate developer Madison Marquette of Washington, D.C. to produce live performances, arts education and community engagement events on the Asbury Park Boardwalk starting in December. The alliance of NJPAC with Madison Marquette, the company driving the transformative redevelopment of Asbury Park’s Boardwalk, will increase entertainment bookings at Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre, both historic landmarks.  The Arts Center also will serve as a consultant for growing the operational capacities of these historic show palaces. NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber said…

Asbury Underground Event Celebrating 10 Years Oct. 14

  The 10th edition of Asbury Underground returns to the streets of downtown Asbury Park on Sat. Oct. 14, where there will be over 80 performances, featuring over 100 musicians, 50 visual artists, two hours of spoken word, as well as three hours of comedy, which is a new attraction for Asbury Underground. All events are free and open to the public. Asbury Park is already known as “the city where music lives”, and is quickly becoming New Jersey’s number-one destination for the fine arts, and fine dining as well, with its’ many galleries and restaurants. The festivities will take place Saturday afternoon,…

Asbury Angels Inducted Sept. 16

  Nine prominent and influential members of Asbury Park’s music scene have been selected by the Asbury Angels Project to be honored with plaques on the city’s “Boardwalk of Fame,” intended to memorialize those who have made important contributions to the city’s musical legacy. The plaque installation ceremony, honoring the 2016 and 2017 “Asbury Angels,” inductees, will be held at 1 p.m. Sat, Sept. 16. It is free and open to the public.  Attendees are asked to enter the boardwalk at Second Avenue. Those being recognized this year include Jules Aerts, Bob Dylan’s longtime sound engineer; big band leader Tommy Tucker; Margaret…

James Lenskold is the new chairman of the Asbury Park Music Foundation

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A new chairman is leading the Asbury Park Music Foundation. James Lenskold, owner of the Lenskold Group a financial marketing firm at 601 Bangs Ave., was named chairman by the Board of Directors in July. He has been serving on the board since January. He replaces Tom Gilmour, former chairman of the board, who now works in Trenton. Lenskold explained that the board decided to do away with the position of executive director after former director Matthew Hockenjos left. After he began volunteering for the organization other board members realized that they needed someone who…

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