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$50,000 Grant for Asbury Park Summer Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

Stars in City for Hall of Fame Ceremony

  The stars will be out in Asbury Park tonight (April 7) for the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk. Twelve residents from our Garden State will be honored. They represent the arts, sports, public service, literature and enterprise. They are Kool and the Gang, Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, Christine Rampone, Dick Vitale, James Fenimore Cooper, William Fox, Lewis Katz and Bernard Marcus, Jack H. Jacobs, Frank Lautenberg and Carla Harris. Hosting the evening will be Joe Piscopo, a 2013 Hall inductee. During last year’s event in the city Bruce Springsteen attended

$50,000 Grant for City Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

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.…

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