The first-ever Jersey Born Music Festival, featuring performers from the Jersey Shore area, will be held in downtown Asbury Park at the end of May and festival organizers are expecting about 15,000 people.
“This tribute to Jersey musicians will celebrate the enormous amount of talent found right here in the Garden State, especially in Asbury Park!” said festival organizer Ruthanne Harrison.
The festival, presented by Coors Light and the Asbury Park Press, will be held on Cookman Avenue on Sat., May 30, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31.
The fenced-in concert area, with two stages, will be between Grand Avenue and St. James Place.
“This is all about Jersey music and Jersey food, with a focus on Asbury Park. It’s all about promoting our great town and its great music. This festival is going to rock this town,” Harrison said.
She said the event will attract people to both the oceanfront and downtown areas.
Bands include The Nerds, the B-Street Band, the Billy Hector Band (Facebook page), Joe Bonnano and the Godsons of Soul, The Funktion, Quincy Mumford and many more Jersey area bands and musicians
“In addition to the colossal music line-up, the audience can look forward to a family-friendly event with great food served by city restaurants and unique vendors,” Harrison said.
The full-day festival begins at 11a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
“But don’t go home yet,” Harrison said.
After parties will be hosted by multiple venues throughout the evening and more information will be posted on the Rue Events website. Anyone wanting to host an after-party or any restaurants wanting to participate can contact Harrison.
“And take the train,” Harrison said.
She said taking the train is always a good idea for any event in Asbury Park. The NJ Transit train station is only five blocks from the festival.
There is a $5 donation for anyone over 10 years old with money going to fund the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and other local non-profit organizations.
Vendors are welcome (with Asbury Park businesses getting a 20 percent discount on a booth) and the schedule of bands and performances are posted online.