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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…

Original Promoters at Convention Hall Will Be Honored

  By DON STINE Long before rock `n roll concert promoter Moe Septee brought bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and Janice Joplin to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in the 1960s, there were the Rediker brothers. In the forties and fifties, the three brothers, Joseph, William, and Albert (Joe, Willie, and Al), leased, at various times, the Convention Hall, the Casino, the Monte Carlo Pool, the Cavalier Motel, the Third Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Fourth Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Seventh Avenue Pool and beach, as well as Storyland Village in Neptune. But it is the Convention Hall…

A Christmas Song for the Shore by 2 Jersey Guys

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Weeks ago, the seasonal bombardment of Christmas music started. But here is a song arguably worth listening to. It has Asbury Park-area flavor, “Christmas on the Jersey Shore,” written in 2011 by Neptune’s Ray Dahrouge and performed by Dahrouge and his group, the Darchaes. The Darchaes on the song are originals Sam Siciliano of Neptune, Dennis Testa of Jackson and Louie Scalpati of Neptune City, along with Siciliano’s brother, Patsy of Spring Lake, who has filled in with the group over the years. The years? As the name of the compact disc bearing “Christmas on the…

Sean Lennon to Perform in Asbury Park

  Sean Lennon, the only son of former Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono, will perform at The Saint in Asbury Park on Friday, Sept. 27 and club co-owner Scott Stamper said he could not be more pleased. “It’s really an honor to have Sean perform here- to have the son of rock and roll royalty in the house,” he said. Lennon will perform with his girlfriend, model Kemp Muhl, in their group The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. The performance is a warm up for an upcoming tour with the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. The concert is…

Musical Heritage Foundation Hosts Johnny Cash Exhibit

  The Asbury Musical Heritage Foundation, “Where Music Lives” will present “Greeting from Johnny Cash, the Asbury Park Years” at their space on 708 Cookman Ave. The opening reception is Sept. 14 from 7 to 10p.m. The exhibit was made possible by entrepreneur and longtime Cash compadre, Henry Vaccaro. Vaccaro had been a close family friend and business partner, and had accumulated important Johnny Cash memorabilia over the course of their long friendship. Focusing on many important crossroads in his life, the Johnny Cash exhibit will take diehard fans on a fascinating journey of his Asbury Park timeline. Cash, along…

Norman Nardini Returns to Asbury Park

  Norman Nardini, longtime Pittsburgh rock’n roller wrote the lyric “I’ve Been Doin It For Years Before Ya All Was Here” in 1979. Thirty four years later, he’s still doin it. Look for him Fri., Aug. 16 at the Berkeley’ s Dauphin Grill. in Asbury Park. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. In addition to his longtime friendship and collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, he hhas shared concert bills with Aerosmith, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Kansas and Canned Heat, among others. Nardini spent the late 60′s and early 70′s doing covers and learning the ropes. In…

Neptune OKs Riverfront Concert

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - The Neptune Township Committee this week approved the use of the Township’s Municipal Marina and Riverside Park for River Concert 2013, a benefit concert for the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The concert will feature performances by many local musicians and student groups. Mayor Eric Houghtaling as well a members of the committee said they applaud the efforts of the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad, Fire Company, Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Property Owners Association and the many community volunteers who have partnered for this event which will be held on Sat., June 1 from noon to…

Ocean Grove Man Wins Top Instrumental Award

  OCEAN GROVE – David Cohen of Guitar Point in Ocean Grove won top instrumentalist in the guitarist category in April 7th’s JAM Award ceremony held at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove. In addition to his guitar playing Cohen plays bagpipes and is member of the Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shillelagh’s in Belmar. He also teachers and performs on the Chinese pipa. He is the first classical musician to be nominated in the JAM Awards. In 2003 Cohen started the Food Bank Benefit Concert that is held the last Saturday in January with proceeds going…

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