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Tapas Tuesday at Langosta Lounge

8/23/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Tapas & Wine Flights, $19
From 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Joe Michelini of River City Extension

8/24/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Joe Michelini of River City Extension
Show begins at 9:00pm

The Billy Walton Band

8/24/2016

Location: McLoone's Asbury Grille

Description: THE DANCEFLOOR WILL BE OPEN!!! Fronted by former Asbury Jukes guitarist Billy Walton, The Billy Walton Band's sound is a combination of hard blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn mixed with a healthy dose of Warren Hayes, Derrick Trucks and the Memphis Horns.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Deal Casino: Unplugged

8/24/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Deal Casino: Unplugged
Show starts at 8:00pm
All ages welcome

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE at The Spiritual Lighthouse

8/24/2016

Location: The Center,806 Third Ave., Asbury Park

Description:
Description: MEDITATION 6:45
WELCOME 7:00
TOPIC: "Is Spirit Everywhere?"
A STEPPING STONE INTO SPIRITUALITY. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR HIGHER POWER. OR NOT. EVERYONE IS WELCOME WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.

7:05 Talk: Love, Spirituality, Law and Science

LOVE OFFERING

7:30 CLOSING SONG
7:30 TO 7:55 DISCUSSION GROUP

7:55 CLOSING
VISION: Love is all there is and all it takes.
MISSION: To raise the consciousness of the world, evolving into a higher Vibe attracting a diverse Tribe.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

8/25/2016

Location: Second Avenue Beach, Asbury Park

Description: Get the beach chairs, blankets and snacks ready.
The Asbury Park Film Initiative and Shore Flicks have announced their Free Movies on the Beach lineup.
This marks the seventh year of films on the Second Avenue beach in front of Langosta Lounge.
The family-friendly movies are screened on Shore Flicks’ 16-foot inflatable screen.
Held at dusk, the weekly Thursday night viewings are free to the public.
The weekly schedule is as follows:
July 28 – Star Wars Force Awakens
Aug 4 – Zootopia
Aug 11 – Blue Crush
Aug 18 – Jaws [the original]
Aug 25 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [the original]

The Asbury Park Concert Band - Patriotic Finale

8/25/2016

Location: The Boardwalk at 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: The Asbury Park Concert Band is proud to perform on Thursday evenings during July and August at 7 PM on the Boardwalk at 5th and Ocean Avenue between McLoones and Convention Hall. In the event of rain, you will probably find the band inside the walkway of Convention Hall.

CHASE RICE

8/25/2016

Location: The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: CHASE RICE
with special guests
Doors at 6 pm
Tickets: $30 in advance
$35 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)
chaserice.com

DJ Tyler Valentine's Industry Night

8/25/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: DJ Tyler Valentine's Industry Night
Starts at 9:00pm

Sumthin Good

8/25/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Sumthin Good
Show begins at 9:00pm

NJ Rep presents IAGO by James McLure Aug.25-Sept.25

8/25/2016

Location: New Jersey Repertory Company 179 Broadway Long Branch

Description: For immediate release:

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the New Jersey Premiere of

I A G O
by James McLure

August 25 September 25, 2016


(LONG BRANCH) Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the New Jersey premiere of IAGO by James McLure.

Backstage intrigue, romance, and scandal take place during rehearsals of the Shakespeare classic Othello, which serves as the backdrop for this comedic-drama. Three extraordinary actors at the top of their game along with a well-known director rehearse the passionate play as they whittle away at each other in this highly theatrical production.

The cast includes: Ezra Barnes, John FitzGibbon, Todd Gearhart and Liza Vann and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Previews begin Thursday, August 25 with Opening Night Saturday, August 27 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch), and will run through Sunday, September 25, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Charlie Corcoron (Set Design), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Lindy Regan (Properties), Donna Stiles (Scenic painting), Brad Lemons (Fight Director) and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

IAGO by James McLure
New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Performance Schedule August 25 September 25, 2016
Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
Ticket Price: $45
Discounts available to groups of 10+
Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166.
For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company, visit www.njrep.org.
To arrange media interviews or press tickets, contact Communications Director Adele Sammarco at 732-229-3166 or adele@njrep.org.
Whos Who:
James McLure (Playwright) was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in Shreveport where he was educated by Jesuits. He became interested in acting in high school, performing in Shakespearean plays. He obtained a BFA degree from Southern Methodist University in Texas, and subsequently studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California. He moved to New York City in 1975 and was a member of the Lion Theatre Company. His plays Lone Star and Pvt. Wars were presented off-Broadway in 1979 after having been presented at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 1980, Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon were shown together as 1959 Pink Thunderbird at the McCarter Theatre. His subsequent plays include: Thanksgiving, The Day They Shot John Lennon, The River Cane, and an adaptation of John O'Keeffe's 18th-century comedy Wild Oats (moving it to the Old West), which was produced as an official entry for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival. He was also a part of the Biennial Festival of New American Plays at Stephen F. Austin State University. The latest play he presented there was Seduction, a play about the inner workings of a stage production. "Pvt. Wars" made its London premier at the Greenwich Studio Theatre on September 1, 1991 with Billy Lomas (Natwick), Dorian Lough (Silvio), and Pancho Russell (Gately). For many years McLure was a participant playwright in The Missoula Colony, a writers workshop of the Montana Repertory Theatre and the only playwright to contribute to the Colony in every year of its existence. In 1992, his play Max and Maxie was presented at the Denver Center Theatre, followed by Fran and Brian (1993), Ghost World (1993), The Agent (1993), and Southern Christmas (1995). His play The Day They Shot John Lennon was presented in 2011 at the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte. His last play, Iago, was developed at the Playwright's Project in Healing Springs, North Carolina and premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work in the theatre, McLure wrote for the screen and television including Sangre starring Holly Hunter, Kingfish starring John Goodman and Reckless starring Aidan Quinn. He died at home in Marina del Rey from cancer in 2011.

SuzAnne Barabas (Artistic Director) For NJ Rep, SuzAnne directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere), Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, Bakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), Lucky Me (premiere), Swimming at the Ritz (U.S. premiere), and The Realization of Emily Linder (premiere), Villainous Company. SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road, among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild, SDC, and the League of Professional Theater Women.

Ezra Barnes (Tony) Off-Broadway include the premiere of Fraser Graces Breakfast With Mugabe, nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and a critics pick for the The New York Times and Time Out. Ezra also produced this production. Other Off-Broadway: Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Queens Theater), In White America, Cool Blues (New Richard II (Pearl). Regional includes: McCarter, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer, Paper Mill, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, Pennsylvania Shakespeare. Ezra founded Connecticuts Shakespeare on the Sound and served as Artistic Director for 13 seasons, directing and acting in many of the Bards plays. TV: Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, SVU, Bored to Death, As The World Turns (recurring), Royal Pains. Film: Landline, Noah, Joshua, Once More With Feeling, Stereotypically You, Kid Witness. Graduate, Amherst College and the National Theatre Conservatory.

John FitzGibbon (Basil) This is John's twelfth play at NJ Rep: others include Immortal Interlude, Bakersfield Mist, Puma, Saving Kitty, Touch of Rapture, Winterizing the Summer House and The Play's the Thing. He recently played Saint Peter in The Trial of Martin Luther for FPAtheatre at the Pearl Theatre and Sel Trevoc in A Better Place at the Duke Theatre, NYC. Favorite roles: Robert in Bird Sanctuary w/ Hayley Mills and Elizabeth Franz (Alabama Shakespeare); Lord Burleigh in Mary Stuart (TheatreWorks in Colorado Springs); Donald in A Passionate Woman w/ Loretta Swit (Cocoanut Grove Playhouse); Oswald in Ghosts w/ Kim Hunter (Stuart Vaughan's New Globe Theatre); Sidney in Men of Mah Jongg (Mark Medoff, director); Cosme McMoon in Souvenir (Marc Geller, director); Delmore Schwartz in Klonsky & Schwartz (NJ Rep, SuzAnne Barabas, director); Ule Enevold in Poetry of Pizza (Virginia Stage); Nick in Sight Unseen (Carbonell Nomination); Jim Tyrone in Moon for the Misbegotten (Best of Boston Award); lame beggar in Yeats' Cat and the Moon (Jean Erdman's Theatre of the Open Eye : OBIE Nomination). Film: Professor Baines' in Shock Act (Best Short, Tribeca Film Fest '04); the lead in Green Lights (Ithaca Films). He played Alex in a new videogame for Rockstar Games and has recorded six books for Audible.com. He is an accomplished pianist/composer: selections from his CD Reflections were recently used as the
soundtracks for the Caldwell Theatre production of Next Fall and are available at CDBaby.com.

Todd Gearhart (Finney) Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie. NY: The Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, The McGinn/Cazale, HB Playwrights. Regional: Guthrie, Hartford TheatreWorks,The Alliance Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Fords Theatre, The Ogunquit Playhouse (IRNE Award Best Actor nominated), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Playhouse. TV: Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Education of Max Bickford. Film: Batman: The Dark Night Rises, Dogs Lie, Moving Mike. Todd is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), and studied at HB studios with Uta Hagen.

Liza Vann (Vivacity) From early days at La Mama, favorite Off-Broadway credits include Marietta Corsini in Machiavelli, the fabulous musical Good Ol Girls, Diane Greer in Poetic License, and the indomitable Bree Benson in The Road To Damascus. Most recently, she joined Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone as Jean Morelli in the sold out run of Abingdon Theatre Companys A Room Of My Own, a new comedy by Charles Messina. A recipient of the Clarence Ross Fellowship from the American Theatre Wing, she has performed extensively in regional theatre in roles as diverse as Chelsea in On Golden Pond, Hermia in Dead Mans Cell Phone, Nicky in The Smell of the Kill, Myrtle Brown in Mornings at Seven, and Miss Maudie in To Kill A Mockingbird. Iago marks her first appearance at New Jersey Rep, and she is most grateful to be a part of this extraordinary company, and this important play by the late James McLure. www.lizavann.com.

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Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Edgerton Foundation, Investors Bank Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, JENNJOE Fund, the Darien Family Fund, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Actors Equity Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. New Jersey Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, TCG, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils.

Guitar Legend Dick Dale

8/25/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Guitar legend Dick Dale returns to Asbury Park for another exciting night at the Wonder Bar on Thurs., Aug. 25. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

Hall and Oatzes

8/25/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Hall and Oatzes is a Hall and Oates cover band featuring Jeff Plate, Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls), Paul Ritchie (The Parlor Mob), Sam Sherman (The Billy Walton Band) and Sam Bey (The Parlor Mob)

A Medium Gallery with Linda Shields, Jersey Shore's Popular Medium and Psychic

8/25/2016

Location: McLoone's Asbury Grille

Description: Come enjoy an evening with Linda Shields, The Jersey Shore Medium, as she connects with those who have crossed over.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

BLUES TRAVELER/THE WALLFLOWERS

8/26/2016

Location: The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: BLUES TRAVELER/THE WALLFLOWERS
with special guest
HOWIE DAY
Doors at 5:30 pm
Tickets: $39.50 in advance
$45 at the door
4-Pack Tickets: $30 each
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

Top Secret! Too Big to Announce

8/26/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Top Secret! Too Big to Announce
Show starts at 10:00pm

FRIDAY NIGHT TEA DANCE [BARONET]

8/26/2016

Location: The Asbury Hotel, 210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: DJ Ricardo will be spinning every Friday starting at 4:00pm throughout the summer for our Friday night tea dance -

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE w/ DJ Ricardo!

The Wright Trio

8/26/2016

Location: The Asbury Hotel, 210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: See the Wright Trio at The Asbury Hotel
6pm - 9pm

Featuring the sultry vocal stylings of Natasha Wright and the deep swinging instrumental grooves of guitarist Sean Villere and bassist Mike Noordzy, The Wright Trio creates an inviting ambiance for any occasion. Ranging from the comfort of the most prestigious lounges in NJ, special events hosted at top star hotels to private events in NY City's finest establishments. The Wright Trio specializes in wedding cocktail hours and an array of privately hosted events, having over 14 years of experience working with brides and grooms around the tri-state area. The Wright Trio plays fresh interpretations of jazz standards, R&B classics, and pop favorites.

Bone and Marrow

8/26/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: In a display of costumes, performance art, and stage antics, "The Bone and Marrow Release Circus" will release more than a new album. This psychedelic variety show will incorporate a diverse array of performers both musical and visual.

This psychedelic, folk, rock, electronic, unisex, duet is creating music at full volume in the bedroom of a 2nd floor apartment in New Jersey. Daimon is responsible for the electric guitar, flute, sitar, keyboards, loop station, drum synthesizer, and his voice. While Jennifer is responsible for bass guitar, hand and foot percussions, kaossilator, ukulele, and her voice. The songs are a combination of pre-programmed and live performance which in turn simulates a final product as big as any full band experience. Harnessing modern minimalism for the sake of portability is an advantage for these two and challenges them to make as much music possible with as little as possible while still remaining analog to some degree. Performing in the Asbury Park area of New Jersey they use the local venues as a testing ground for their musical experiments. As they trigger their customized drum samples they trigger their audience to attention and often times compel them to dance and sing along as they adorn themselves in occasional costumes, props, and other theatrics. Daimon and Jennifer have been collaborating musically for 10 years in and out of music projects that have included three to six piece bands and are now taking on the responsibility themselves. The two of them combine their influences of 60’s psychedelia,70s prog rock, and 90’s alternative to create the sound that is Bone and Marrow.

The Cranston Dean Band and Friends

8/26/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: The Cranston Dean Band and Friends
Starts at 10:00pm

United By Blue's Sunset Lake Cleanup

8/27/2016

Location: Sunset Lake, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Description: Join United by Blue, hoagitos and the Jersey Collective for a cleanup of Sunset Lake at Sunset Lake Park! The health of Sunset Lake dictates the environment for animals, humans and marine life alike. Unfortunately, litter can accumulate on the shores of the lake and in the water. Help us care for this Asbury Park gem, and get fueled up ahead of the cleanup with coffee served on-site, courtesy of Mindful Cafe.


United By Blue will provide water, trash bags, supplies, and gloves for volunteers. All volunteers will also have the chance to win prizes during two cleanup games: weirdest trash find and total weight guess. Keep in touch for updates about the cleanup. Groups of all sizes are welcome!

Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty or wet.

This event is free and open to the public!

Learn more about the cleanup by calling 215-278-7858 or emailing cleanup@unitedbyblue.com.

BUTCH WALKER: Stay Gold

8/27/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: BUTCH WALKER: Stay Gold

AUGUST 27
Doors: 7pm
$22 in adv; $25 day of show

CD Release Party for Low Light

8/27/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: CD Release Party for Low Light
Show starts at 10:00pm

The Chris Rockwell Extravaganza

8/27/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: The Chris Rockwell Extravaganza
Show starts at 10:00pm

An Evening with Deal Casino

8/28/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: An Evening with Deal Casino Electric
Show begins at 8:00pm

Opera with Jennifer Rositano

8/28/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Opera with Jennifer Positano
Show begins at 1:00pm

String Bean and the Boardwalk Social Club

8/29/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: String Bean and the Boardwalk Social Club
Show begins at 6:00pm
All Ages Welcome

Tapas Tuesday at Langosta Lounge

8/30/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Tapas & Wine Flights, $19
From 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Deal Casino: Unplugged

8/31/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Deal Casino: Unplugged
Show starts at 8:00pm
All ages welcome

Joe Michelini of River City Extension

8/31/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Joe Michelini of River City Extension
Show begins at 9:00pm

DJ Tyler Valentine's Industry Night

9/1/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: DJ Tyler Valentine's Industry Night
Starts at 9:00pm

Sumthin Good

9/1/2016

Location: Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Sumthin Good
Show begins at 9:00pm

BLUE CRUSH

9/1/2016

Location: Second Avenue Beach, Asbury Park

Description: Get the beach chairs, blankets and snacks ready.
The Asbury Park Film Initiative and Shore Flicks have announced their Free Movies on the Beach lineup.
This marks the seventh year of films on the Second Avenue beach in front of Langosta Lounge.
The family-friendly movies are screened on Shore Flicks’ 16-foot inflatable screen.
Held at dusk, the weekly Thursday night viewings are free to the public.
The weekly schedule is as follows:
July 28 – Star Wars Force Awakens
Aug 4 – Zootopia
Aug 11 – Blue Crush
Aug 18 – Jaws [the original]
Aug 25 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [the original]

Des and the Swagmatics

9/2/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Des and the Swagmatics is an Asbury Music Award winning band born to rock your funky souls! All of it's members have been seen in several of Asbury's most successful bands including Geena and Dragster, Last Perfect Thing, deSoL, Borialis, Spider Rockets and Hollywood Swingin'. Taking their love of rock licks and the soul stirring power of the raw gritty soul voices of the 60's and 70's combined with smooth bass grooves, tight drum pocket and keys arrangements reminiscent of the 90's, they are a band that should and will be on your radar this year and beyond!

FRIDAY NIGHT TEA DANCE [BARONET]

9/2/2016

Location: The Asbury Hotel, 210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: DJ Ricardo will be spinning every Friday starting at 4:00pm throughout the summer for our Friday night tea dance -

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE w/ DJ Ricardo!

WILLIE NELSON

9/2/2016

Location: The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: WILLIE NELSON
on The Stone Pony Summer Stage
with special guests
Gates open at 5:30 pm
Tickets: $44.50 in advance
$55 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

Francis Lombardi and Band

9/2/2016

Location: Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Francis Lombardi and Band
Show starts at 10:00pm

Mac Sabbath

9/3/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Mac Sabbath is an American parody heavy metal tribute band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2014. The self-appointed founders of "Drive Thru Metal", the band is primarily a parody of English heavy metal group Black Sabbath, utilizing lyricism and imagery centered on fast food. Musically, Mac Sabbath performs faithful covers of Black Sabbath’s songs with only the lyrics humorously re-written and re-arranged. For example, the band's repertoire includes such parodies as "Pair-a-Buns” (“Paranoid"), "Frying Pan" ("Iron Man"), "Sweet Beef" ("Sweet Leaf”), "Never Say Diet" ("Never Say Die") and "Zipping Up the Uniform" ("Symptom of the Universe’) Although all of the band's lyrics focus on the umbrella topic of fast food, Mac Sabbath takes a decidedly satirical and condemnatory perspective on the corporate food industry, addressing areas such as fast food’s negative health effects and lack of nutritional value as well as genetically modified food, consumerism and low wage McJobs.Mac Sabbath is visually inspired by characters from McDonaldland, the fantasy world which fast food restaurant McDonald's uses in its marketing campaigns geared towards children. Performing in elaborate costuming, the band's line-up consists of vocalist Ronald Osbourne, guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, bassist Grimalice and drummer the Catburglar, alternately known as "Peter Criss Cut Fries". Mac Sabbath's concerts are described as a "multi-media show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing alongs”, featuring an array of food-related props which tie into their overall theme. The Village Voice, describing the "surreal and chaotic" nature of their shows, wrote of "red-eyed, demonic-looking clown statues, inflatable cheeseburgers, and oversized prop ketchup and mustard bottles", noting "The blazing primary colors and infernal special effects make the whole thing feel like Hieronymus Bosch’a My Little Pony Mythology. All of the members of Mac Sabbath attempt to maintain total anonymity behind their characters, refusing to grant interviews. Instead, the band speaks only through their manager Mike Odd, lead singer of the Los Angeles hard rock band Rosemary's Billygoat, who handles all interviews and continually asserts outlandish claims about Mac Sabbath's origins. According to Odd, in late 2013 he received an anonymous phone call to meet someone at a fast food restaurant in Chatsworth which turned out to be Mac Sabbath singer Ronald Osbourne, dressed fully in costume and acting fully in character (of which Odd claims to have never seen otherwise), who proceeded to goad Odd into managing Mac Sabbath based on his reputation with Rosemary's Billygoat. Odd was then invited to a Mac Sabbath show - who at that time were only performing secret shows in restaurant basements - and decided to start working with the band. Odd claims that Osbourne claims he comes from an enchanted forest in the 1970s "where hamburgers grow on trees” and traveled through the time-space continuum to warn the general public about "government control in food". "It's a very Orwellian philosophy that he seems to have", Odd spoke of Osbourne's ideology, "like 1984 came and went, Monsanto took control and filled us all with GMOs and everything”. Odd asserts this version of the band's origins as truth in all interviews. The Village Voice remarked that "listening to Odd talk, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fabrication begins", while the The Source Weekly wrote "Odd speaks of his interactions with the eccentric Osbourne with such conviction that [you] begin to accept whatever he says - no matter how outlandish it sounds...part of me wants to believe every word of the intriguing mythology the band has built for themselves".

THREE DAYS GRACE

9/3/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: THREE DAYS GRACE
with special guests
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $35 in advance
$40 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

Chris Pinnella

9/4/2016

Location: McLoone's Asbury Grille

Description: Kick it old school style this Labor Day Weekend at the Supper Club with Chris Pinnella plus an 8-Piece Jazz Orchestra led by legendary jazz bassist Gary Mazzaroppi & featuring some of the most heavy hitting jazz musicians around, who've collectively shared the stage with a hit parade of artists including: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Buddy Rich, Les Paul, Charlie Byrd, Tony Bennett & More!

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Tiffany: Stories, Hits, and more

9/8/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Don't miss Tiffany when she comes to the Wonder Bar with her Hits, Stories and More Tour on Thurs., Sept. 8, along with special guest Kathryn Dean. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (plus applicable surcharges). Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am.

Motor City Revue

9/9/2016

Location: McLoone's Asbury Grille

Description: Covering popular and rare Motown hits, plus popular rock and soul classics, dedicated to honoring this world-renowned signature sound. Wear your dancing shoes!

Doors at 6:00 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT TEA DANCE [BARONET]

9/9/2016

Location: The Asbury Hotel, 210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: DJ Ricardo will be spinning every Friday starting at 4:00pm throughout the summer for our Friday night tea dance -

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE w/ DJ Ricardo!

UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS

9/9/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
with special guests
DANAVA
THE SHRINE
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance
$25 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

Asbury Park Oysterfest

9/9/2016

Location: Carousel House Parking Lot, Asbury Park

Description: Our signature fall festival takes place in mid-September and is a family-friendly culinary & music event. The festival is our largest. The festival draws 20,000 visitors from NJ counties north and south of Asbury Park as well as NYC & Philadelphia. The event is held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5PM - 10PM
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11AM - 10PM
Sunday, September 11, 2015 from 11AM - 6PM

Scott Sharrard

9/10/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: ElmThree presents Scott Sherrard. In the fall of 2008, Scott joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist, hailed as 'Gregg Allman’s secret weapon' by Glide magazine. Scott has developed a close musical relationship with Allman over the last 7 years and now serves as musical director for the Gregg Allman Band. Shady Street Show Band opens. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus applicable surcharges).

Sleigh Bells

9/10/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: SLEIGH BELLS
SEPTEMBER 10
Doors: 8pm
$22.00

Asbury Park Oysterfest

9/10/2016

Location: Carousel House Parking Lot, Asbury Park

Description: Our signature fall festival takes place in mid-September and is a family-friendly culinary & music event. The festival is our largest. The festival draws 20,000 visitors from NJ counties north and south of Asbury Park as well as NYC & Philadelphia. The event is held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5PM - 10PM
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11AM - 10PM
Sunday, September 11, 2015 from 11AM - 6PM

Asbury Park Oysterfest

9/11/2016

Location: Carousel House Parking Lot, Asbury Park

Description: Our signature fall festival takes place in mid-September and is a family-friendly culinary & music event. The festival is our largest. The festival draws 20,000 visitors from NJ counties north and south of Asbury Park as well as NYC & Philadelphia. The event is held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5PM - 10PM
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11AM - 10PM
Sunday, September 11, 2015 from 11AM - 6PM

Metalachi

9/15/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Metalachi returns to the Wonder Bar on Thurs., Sept. 15. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

FRIDAY NIGHT TEA DANCE [BARONET]

9/16/2016

Location: The Asbury Hotel, 210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: DJ Ricardo will be spinning every Friday starting at 4:00pm throughout the summer for our Friday night tea dance -

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE w/ DJ Ricardo!

Wild Child

9/16/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: It's a Jim Morrison Celebration featuring Wild Child at the Wonder Bar on Fri., Sept. 16. Tickets are $20 (plus applicable surcharges).

Tor Miller

9/17/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: There are any number of singers who can turn in a pitch-perfect performance, who can hold a note, shape a phrase, and project their voices to the back of the hall. Talent shows across the globe are full of them, singing for their supper, hoping for that lucky break. And then there is that select type of vocalist who can take a song to the next level, burrow deep beneath its skin, and pin you to your seat as they do so. Anyone lucky enough to hear the demo version of Tor Miller’s song Headlights 18 months ago would have instantly added the name of the 20-year-old native New Yorker to the latter list. Who was this musician singing – in a sandpapered voice rich with vibrato and hoarse with emotion – as if his life depended on it, hurling himself off the precipice, wrestling the song to the floor, as the piano pounded and the melody, as it hit the final chorus, slipped its moorings and soared skywards? And how come, so few singers do this? Occupy a song, tear the lyric from their chest, sing with such passion and recklessness that they seem to be locked in mortal combat with the darkest corners of their heart and their soul.

As Tor tells it, it took a major upheaval in his life to kick-start his conviction and self-belief, and turn him from someone who would “sing around the house all the time” into an artist on a mission. When he was 12, his parents moved from Manhattan out to New Jersey and, six months later, Tor enrolled in a new school near his new home. It was those six months, and the two years that followed, that would shape him both as a singer and as a writer. Put simply, he channeled his grief for his old life, and his alienation from his new one, into music. But first, that six-month period when, Tor says, each weekday he and his mother would do “a 90-minute commute. She would drop me off and I’d sit for about half an hour, waiting for school to open, listening to the music she had given me – Ziggy Stardust, Elton John’s greatest hits, Fleetwood Mac – on my iPod. I listened to those records pretty much nonstop, up and back. And that was the point when I started writing my own songs.”

As is so often the case, a great teacher proved another catalyst. “I had this piano teacher at the new school who would just let me play what I wanted to, so I’d play him these songs and sing along really quietly, and one lesson he said: ‘You have a really good voice. Next week, instead of just working on the piano part, we’ll learn the vocal as well. And the week after, we can try writing something.’ So it really all just sort of happened that way, and it was all thanks to that one teacher.”

The music lessons aside, Tor’s new school was, for a long time, not a place he was happy to attend. “I was a complete outcast; I didn’t talk to anyone for about two years. But I was getting confident in lessons, and wrote my first couple of songs, so I decided to perform at the eighth-grade talent show – and remember, at that point, no one had really ever heard me even speak. I was so mad to have had to move schools and leave all my friends, so I didn’t participate in anything. But I got up there and performed a cover version, and a song I had just written, and immediately after, people suddenly wanted to talk to me, I got all this attention – especially from girls! And it propelled me to keep going, and I started booking shows, open-mic nights in places such as The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. I worked at that, and then I went to high school, and joined the jazz band there, and some of the guys in that joined my band, and we just carried on playing shows. But it all came from that one performance in eighth grade.”

The songs “began to pour out, most of them about isolation and loneliness,” Tor says with a wry laugh. “I felt that I’d been taken out of the city and away from a life I loved, and thrown out on a horse farm in New Jersey. I had no idea what to do with myself, I was really angsty. And here, suddenly, was something I liked – and I didn’t like anything at the time.”

The bug had bitten him and, when he took up a place studying music at NYU, Tor dove right in. “The moment when it felt properly real was in my first semester at college, when I was writing all these songs. I was a bit of a madman during that period. I’d stay up super late, I’d show up late to class, I was writing and working, working and writing, and there was nothing else I wanted to do. So I guess that’s the moment when it got serious for me, when it was real and I knew it was what I had to be doing. And I was absolutely miserable at the time! But it’s an incredibly intoxicating state to be in. I’ll never forget that time."

The Temperance Movement

9/24/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: On the heels of the release of their new CD, White Bear, The Temperance Movement comes to the Wonder Bar on Sat., Sept. 24. The Sheepdogs open. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

Days Awake

9/30/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Days Awake is an American rock band from Asbury Park, New Jersey. Collectively they were the recipients of eleven Asbury Music Awards.

Chuck Schoonmaker - - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jay Cagna - bass guitar
Sarah Tomek - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jeremy Korpas - lead guitar, backing vocals
Eric Safka (Matt O'Ree Band) - keyboards
Dominic Lacquaniti - rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Willie Nile

10/1/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Willie Nile is a Buffalo raised American singer-songwriter and a longtime Light of Day Foundation supporter/performer who just happens to be one of Asbury Park’s favorite adopted musical sons! In 1980 Nile released his self-titled debut album which according to one critic remains “one of the most thrilling post-Byrds folk-rock albums of all time”. His early career was interrupted by various problems, but he eventually returned to recording and performing in the US and Europe, establishing himself as a respected singer-songwriter. “The Buffalo News” said that their hometown troubadour's “Streets of New York” (2006), “House of a Thousand Guitars” (2009) and “The Innocent Ones” that included the blazing anthem One Guitar (2010); stand as “three of the finest recordings to ever straddle the worlds of “singer/songwriter” fare and good ol’ street-tough rock ‘n’ roll”. In 2013 Willie released arguably his best album to date, “American Ride” followed by an album of piano centered recordings “If I Was A River” and most recently the incendiary WORLD WAR WILLIE. On May 28th, 2015, at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, New York City, Willie joined Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Roger Daltry and Billy Idol at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert to honor Pete Townsend for his commitment to helping other musicians with addictions. Willie Nile is an artist to be reckoned with who is a the peak of his powers.

TACOCAT

10/1/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: Rolling Stone calls Tacocat one of the 10 great modern punk bands, combining "the Beach Boys with Bikini Kill." See Tacocat at the WB on Sat., Oct. 1. Dude York and Sharkmuffin open. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

BUILT TO SPILL

10/8/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: BUILT TO SPILL
with special guest
ALEX G
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $22 in advance
$26 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)
builtotspill.com

The Mowgli's

10/8/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: 4 childhood friends from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, augmented by 3 mid-western transplants, The Mowgli's are a quintessential California band. Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles and the serenity of the Big Sur Coast, their songs are a joyous revival of rock n' roll, a twisting indie-folk dance and a heartfelt protest ballad.

Sliding from indie pop to country and a host of genres in between, the band evokes modern artists such as Fun., Grouplove and Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros, whilst having their roots in the music of Neil Young, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac.

Part 60's Laurel Canyon, part 70's Venice Beach and part 10's Silverlake, the band and the harmonies are held together by their message of universal love, peace and the belief that the highest form of consciousness is achieved by togetherness and unity.

Uplifting, collaborative, joyous and communal, their songs are a walk through their life thus far: Meeting each other ("Hi Hey There Hello"), experiencing together ("San Francisco", "The Great Divide", "I've Been Around"), fighting and making up (“Colin's Song”), emerging stronger ("Carry Your Will", "We Are Free") - their message is finding a foothold with fans from every walk of life, bringing people together under one roof to celebrate each other.

BUILT TO SPILL

10/8/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: BUILT TO SPILL
with special guest
ALEX G
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $22 in advance
$26 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)
builttospill.com

APCC Board of Trustees Meeting

10/11/2016

Location: 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (inside VFW Post #1333)

Description: Here is the 2016 Schedule for the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees meetings. Time of the meetings is 9:30 AM . Please be prompt. 1/12, 4/12, 6/14, 7/12, 10/11, 11/8

theNEWDEAL

10/14/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: With over 1400 legendary late nights, sold-out clubs and triumphant festivals under their belts, theNEWDEAL returns with a passion in 2016. Recently released tracks “Quattro, “Mercury Switch” and “Sabotage the System,” offer a preview of the studio release which bassist Dan Kurtz describes as their “most creative” endeavor to date. “In the last few months we've been pushing ourselves to work with new sounds, new styles, new ways of arranging jams, and the stuff we've come up with has felt great and exciting to us as a result. We're listening back to the board tapes of all the shows and finding the parts, even if they're just a couple of seconds long, that sound the most inspiring and then building studio recordings around them. In some cases we'll glue a bit from one show in one city to another completely unrelated piece from another town, and create something we'd never have come up with in either just a live or just a studio setting.”


Keyboardist Jamie Shields agrees: “I think we've come up with a way to take the best from both the live and studio worlds and make something that's going to have the energy of a live show, but shaped in a way we could only do in the studio. theNEWDEAL has always been about development. When we’re performing on stage our goal is always to create a fresh musical idea and see in real-time how we can develop it - melodically, harmonically and structurally. Because we approach every show with an improvisational mindset, we know that every night brings a different concert, a different vibe and a different audience experience. Even with all those variables, it always ends up sounding like a New Deal show; exciting, driving and incredibly danceable!”

theNEWDEAL first began in Toronto in 1999, quickly gaining support from Toronto’s underground club scene as pioneers in electronica, recreating the DJ experience with live, improvised music. Soon the band brought their interpretation of Electro House, Trance, Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to the US, where they were embraced by the crowds at NYC’s Wetlands Preserve and cultivated a loyal following in the American jam scene.

After twelve years of touring, theNEWDEAL took a hiatus in 2011; Dan spent much of the next few years touring the world with Electropop band Dragonette. When theNEWDEAL returned to stages in 2014 they brought on board a new drummer in Dragonette’s Joel Stouffer.

Bongos/Rubinoos

10/20/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: It's East Meets West as the Bongos reunite and the Rubinoos come east for a great night of music. The Bongos, a power pop band led by Richard Barone, were major progenitors of the Hoboken pop scene, making the leap to national recognition with a nomination at the first MTV Video Music Awards. The Rubinoos, an American power pop band from Berkeley, California, are known for their singles 'I Think We're Alone Now,' 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' and the theme for the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

PENNYWISE

10/21/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: SiriusXM’s Faction presents
PENNYWISE
with
STRUNG OUT
UNWRITTEN LAW
RUNAWAY KIDS
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $25 in advance
$30 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

Lucero

10/21/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Called “The best American band of the new millennium” by "anything, anything” radio host DJ Rich Russo,LUCERO plays music that is a “synthesis of soul, rock and country” tapping the the deep vein of sounds that permeate the city that they call home, Memphis. Formed in 1998 when they could barely play their instruments, they were able to take chances that seasoned musicians perhaps wouldn’t have,“playing whatever they could think up in their heads” and forging a unique sound. Eleven albums and one DVD later, they are one of the hardest working and most authentic bands in the business. We are so very pleased that LUCERO is coming to the House of Independence in the town "were music lives”, Asbury Park to help celebrate the 8th Anniversary of DJ Rich Russo’s “anything, anything”.

TOUCHE AMORE

10/25/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Los Angeles artful indie post hardcore band Touché Amoré have announced a new album, Stage Four, to be released September 16 on Epitaph.

Formed in Burbank, California, across 2007 and 2008, the band’s urgent sound, with its melodic sonic assault and impassioned vocals, has grown tighter and more refined through a trio of full-length albums and a series of EP’s and releases. Since those early days, lead singer Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin have created a trajectory for themselves through hard work and dedication. And now with Stage Four, their fourth and biggest album to date, they are cementing their status as one of rock music’s most talented, relatable, and visceral acts. Over the years the band rose to prominence with 2009’s …To the Beat of a Dead Horse and 2011’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. Touché Amoré crossed into new territory with the 2013 art-punk masterpiece Is Survived By. Having earned early cred, critical favor, and legions of fans by playing lengthy tours of all shapes and sizes—in every basement, youth center, and house show—the band enjoyed a bigger following which only grew along with their talents.

“I don’t open up to people too much in regular life, but when I’m writing songs, I want to be as open and as honest as possible,” Bolm confesses. Touché albums have always served as an emotional outlet for Bolm. So when the time came to write Stage Four there was no question that it would be about passing of Bolm’s mother in late 2014. Stage Four was recorded in early 2016 in Studio City, CA with producer Brad Wood. Cathartic in delivery, highly sentimental, and sonically triumphant, Stage Four is an emblem of a band both living its dream and marred by loss. And with Stage Four, Touché Amoré has unmistakably made the biggest, boldest, and most artistic statement of their career.

JACKIE GREENE

10/29/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: JACKIE GREENE
with special guests
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance
$23 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)

The Blasters

10/29/2016

Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: For more than three decades, The Blasters have exemplified the best of American music. See them at the WB on Sat., Oct. 29. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (plus applicable surcharges).

BEARTOOTH

10/30/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: The Noise presents
BEARTOOTH
THE AGRESSIVE TOUR
at The Stone Pony
with special guests
Doors at 6 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)
beartoothband.com

HIGHLY SUSPECT

11/4/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: It happened in Brooklyn. In 2011, the members of Highly Suspect arrived in the borough from their native Cape Cod, MA. The next four years became a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and more rock ‘n’ roll than most people could ever handle. Then again, Johnny Stevens [vocals, guitar] and twin brothers Rich [bass, vocals] and Ryan Meyer [drums] aren’t “most people.” Those chemically-soaked nights, hazier mornings, broken relationships, and cathartic realizations leave residue across Highly Suspect’s full-length debut album, Mister Asylum [300 Entertainment], and it’s inebriating in the best way possible.

The boys moved into a studio apartment with “no electricity yet,” getting a cheap rate as Rich promised to add an elevated loft with five bedrooms. He made good on his promise and even launched his own contracting company that would fuel the band’s exploits for the foreseeable future. As they slowly but surely made a name for themselves locally, Johnny cataloged experiences in the moment, either putting pen to paper in his notebook or using his phone’s memos.

“This album is a collection of everything that happened from the time I moved to Brooklyn onward,” says Johnny. “I met Lydia the first week we were here. She was the only girl in the building. It was Lydia and her roommates and us. She kicked everything off for me. The album is a reflection of our experiences. Shit, New York is the dream. On Cape Cod, I’d wake up at five in the morning, work out, surf, and smoke a ton of weed. In New York, you’re staying up until five in the morning, and the weed is now cocaine. It’s a nocturnal life and a totally different thing. I lived it pretty fucking hard and had to write about it.”

“It all felt meant to be in a weird way,” adds Rich. “We moved into the first building we looked at, and there was this plane flying overhead that said, ‘Last Chance.’ There were homeless people everywhere and a broken down minivan. We weren’t on Cape Cod anymore.”

While busking in the subway, Johnny caught a woman’s attention who introduced the band to producer Joel Hamilton [Black Keys, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello]. After hitting it off with the band, and interested to hear more, he hooked the band up with some studio time, recording their new EP as a passion project.

“We didn’t have a genre or aesthetic we were going for,” explains Ryan. “We simply wrote what we liked. It was really natural, and Joel captured that on our first EP.”

Their D.I.Y. music video for the drowsy, dirty, and dirge-y blues rocker “Bath Salts”—which Johnny penned after “overdosing on a huge combination of shit”—drummed up a major buzz online and attracted the band’s current management. They cut another independent EP with Gojira singer and guitarist Joseph Duplantier behind the board. Continuing to slug it out live, they eventually caught the attention of 300 Entertainment in 2014 who signed the trio as its flagship rock outfit.

Following the signing, Highly Suspect entered Studio G in Brooklyn with Hamilton and cut Mister Asylum to tape. They tapped into something real, rigid, and raw that instantly resonated.

Upon release, the record debuted at #22 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 9,100 copies and making it one of the “top three biggest selling rock debuts by a new act in 2015.” Rolling Stone,Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, The Fader, and more praised the group, and they shared stages with the likes of Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, Eagles of Death Metal, My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and more and lit up festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.

The infectious grit and grime of songs like the single “Lydia” heralded the band’s presence. Ryan and Rich lock into a creeping rhythmic stomp as Johnny’s eternally haunted vocals transfix.

“It’s about my ex-girlfriend,” Johnny continues. “It displays what it feels like to know you’re ending something good because you have other things to do. Lydia and I were very much in love, but our lives were leading us in different directions. There was nothing wrong with her. We would’ve been holding each other back. We were in our early twenties in New York City, trying to do important things and follow our dreams. I pushed her away, and she pushed me away.”

The swaggering riffs of “Mom” belie a darkness as Johnny address his mother who “has some personal issues she could never deal with that wound up taking her out of my life as a baby.”

“23” rolls from thick guitars into a hypnotic chant just before a howling lead. He remarks, “We left when I was 23-years-old. We’re saying, ‘Fuck it and fuck you if you don’t want to get behind what we’re doing.’ It’s an empowering song about getting up and out of your home town and making something happen.”

Meanwhile, Rich penned the upbeat “Lost,” which veers between a bombastic drum beat into a magnetic refrain. Rich says, “It’s one of those relationships where you love each other, but it’s just not going to work out. I think everyone’s been there.”

In many ways, Highly Suspect’s wonderful danger stands encapsulated in the name of the album, Mister Asylum.

“Asylum can be a place of safety, and it can also be a place that’s scary, like a mental institution,” Johnny leaves off. “Mister Asylum embodies both of those things all at once—safety and craziness. It’s organization and chaos. It’s Yin and Yang. It’s losing your mind and finding yourself. That’s us. When people listen to our music, I want them to feel like they're not alone in their thoughts. At the same time, we’re just regular dudes. We want to meet everyone and have a good time when we play.”

APCC Board of Trustees Meeting

11/8/2016

Location: 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (inside VFW Post #1333)

Description: Here is the 2016 Schedule for the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees meetings. Time of the meetings is 9:30 AM . Please be prompt. 1/12, 4/12, 6/14, 7/12, 10/11, 11/8

ANDREW W.K

11/21/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Andrew W.K. is pleased to announce The Power of Partying, his first nationwide speaking tour, spanning the entire country with stops in all 50 U.S. states. Presented by The Party Party, each evening will be an intimate celebration of discussion, a pep rally for the inner spirit, and an optimistic look at the overwhelming intensity of life. The tour sees Andrew continuing his eternal mission to defend and promote human joy, and the never-ending collective search to find truth through partying. Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, July 15, 2016 at12PM Eastern at AndrewWK.com.

This year celebrates Andrew W.K.’s tenth year as a party guru and motivational speaker, a journey that began with his now infamous four-hour lecture to a sold out NYU Skirball Center in 2006. On this new tour, each engagement will feature Andrew's speech on living the party life and also include an open question and answer session, as well as a chance to meet Andrew W.K. in person.

"This is not a political party rally, it's a rally about partying with the political elements set aside," insists Andrew. “This is my attempt to add something positive and unifying to the divisive atmosphere surrounding us in so many different forms. Without targeting or preaching to any one side, I want to see if we can party together in our common humanity. We will have a party about being people.”

"By its very nature, the inner experience of a human being can be a vortex of confusion and clarity. The current climate in America isn't always aiding us in how to best grapple with the fundamental complexities of being who we are - being at our best. During this 50 state odyssey, we aren't looking for a specific stance on any particular political issue. Instead, we're looking to fortify the foundation of our spirit, so that we can each follow our individual destiny and pursue our own personal exploration of life as best we can. We are uniting around what we have in common - our shared humanity. This tour is a coming together for the sake of partying together. Even if we have different ideas from one another, or don't know all the answers to all the questions, we can still party together. This is a celebration of positive partying - this is a party about partying."

ANDREW W.K

11/21/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: Andrew W.K. is pleased to announce The Power of Partying, his first nationwide speaking tour, spanning the entire country with stops in all 50 U.S. states. Presented by The Party Party, each evening will be an intimate celebration of discussion, a pep rally for the inner spirit, and an optimistic look at the overwhelming intensity of life. The tour sees Andrew continuing his eternal mission to defend and promote human joy, and the never-ending collective search to find truth through partying. Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, July 15, 2016 at 12PM Eastern at AndrewWK.com.

KANE BROWN

12/2/2016

Location: The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Description: KANE BROWN
Monster Energy Outbreak presents
Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour
at The Stone Pony
with special guest
JORDAN RAGER
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance
$25 at the door
PLUS APPLICABLE SURCHARGES
ALL AGES ADMITTED
21 TO DRINK (IN BAR AREA)
kanebrownofficial.com

REVEREND HORTON HEAT

12/6/2016

Location: The House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ

Description: REVEREND HORTON HEAT
Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy, Lucky Tubb
DECEMBER 06
Doors: 7pm
$25

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