By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI
Following last year’s success Springwood Park will once again come alive with music as the 10-week free, concert series begins Mon., June 26.
Presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation, Music Mondays at Springwood Park will open with a performance by Gary US Bonds on June 26 at 6 p.m. Opening for Bonds is local singer-songwriter Laura Crisci.
The music series allows the Asbury Park community to enjoy live music and food from the Kula Cafe together. in the early evenings.
The park is located on Springwood Avenue between Atkins and Union Avenues. Free parking is available in the lot across the street.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.
Music Mondays at Springwood Park is supported by Interfaith Neighbors, an organization in the city that works to meet basic needs, build community and increase self sufficiency of county residents.
The series is part of APMF’s commitment to strengthening the community, the economy and it’s youth through the power of music.
In addition to Interfaith Neighbors, the series is sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, Madison Marquette and New Jersey Natural Gas.
Kula Cafe, located across the street and affiliated with Interfaith Neighbors, will be open for dinner on Monday nights for the duration of the music series.
General Manager Gillian Edgar said they will offer a limited menu along with grab and go items.
Patrons heading to the concerts can also order their food online and pick it up before heading to the park.
The schedule features: June 26, Gary US Bonds, with Laura Crisci opening; July 3, Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why, with Pamela Flores opening; July 10, D.P. Jazz Band (Poncho Donato Day) with Lil Asmar & Lil Josh opening; July 17, Billy Hector & Band with Matt O’Ree & Eryn Shewell opening; July 24, Ray Goodman & Brown; July 31, High & Mighty Brass Band with Hip Hop Institute; Aug. 7, Xol Azul with Lakehouse Jr. Pros opening; Aug. 14, MonteRosa Band with Random Test opening; Aug. 21, Southern Avenue with Sandy Mack & Friends and Aug. 29, Sensational Soul Cruisers.
The APMF provides music-based programs, events and resources that generate opportunities for youth, artists and community to succeed and build on the city’s legacy as a thriving, music rich city by the sea.
Funds raised by APMF support youth music programs at Hope Academy, the Lakehouse Academy and Hip Hop Institute at the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County.