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Avon-Based Band at Langosta

  It will be a funky time on the Asbury Park boardwalk this Sunday as Waiting For Mongo- an Avon-based band, takes the stage at the Langosta Lounge. “Our music like a funky dance party,” band spokesman T.J. McCarthy said. “They are a soulful stew of funk and heavy grooves. These guys make everybody get up and dance,” restaurant entertainment director Peter Mantas said. The band will play at the Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Sept. 4 just after the Asbury Park beachfront fireworks are over. Admission is free. Band members are Mike “Mongo” Iatesta (keys, guitar); T.J. McCarthy (bass,…

Blues and Brews Festival Coming to City

  The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s Summer Series of Festivals is bringing the sweet summer sounds of the blues to Asbury Park, along with craft beer July 23. The Blues and Brews festival will be held from 12-8 p.m. in Bradley Park, across from Convention Hall. Thousands are anticipated to turn out for a day of live performances by talented blues musicians, food, crafters and sponsor exhibits, a craft beer and wine garden, and activities for the entire family. The festival is rain or shine, free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.…

City Cancels Meeting: Urges Residents to Attend Free Concert

  To celebrate and commemorate the launching of a free concert series in the Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and the City Council cancelled the June 27 City Council Workshop Meeting, to encourage the public to go to the Springwood Avenue Park concert, which starts at 6 p.m. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s more important that we go to this concert,” Mayor Moor said. “Are the Mayor and City Council going to not attend the first concert on the west side since the 1970’s because of a Work Session meeting? It’s more important…

$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…

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