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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…

An All Star Group Performs on Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Three of the best musicians the Jersey Shore has to offer will be playing in Asbury Park on July 5. Pinnacle, comprised of three musicians from area bands, make up the all-star group. “It’s a supergroup with three guys from three different bands. They are all top-shelf musicians who blow people away. They spin a musical web second to none,” Langosta Lounge entertainment director Peter Mantas said. The new band includes Kevin Grossman from Karmic Juggernaut, Zack Westfall, formerly with the Matt Wade Group; and Tom Monda from the Thank You Scientist band. Band members are…

A Night Filled with Stars

  The New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2016 was held at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on May 7. Celebrities descended on the city for the event which honored author Carol Higgins Clark and news anchor Connie Chung, who arrived with husband television personality Maury Povich. Both were honored in the arts and letters category. For enterprise the honor went to Businessman Alfred Koeppe and founder of NY Waterway, Arthur Imperatore, Sr. In the performing arts category famed singer, composer and actress Connie Francis was added to the hall along with television personality…

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