LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
The Black River Music & Art Fest is returning to Chester, NJ on Saturday August 18th, 2007
(rain date: Sun. Aug. 19th), and we're looking for a few good bands.
Go to www.blackrivermusicfest.com now to download the band application.
The BRMAF is a FREE all day event in Chester, NJ which features some of the best local original
musical acts as well as numerous visual artists displaying their work. Last year's inaugural
event drew an estimated 6,000 people. Performers will not be compensated for their performance.
However, all artists are welcome to sell their own merchandise at the event. Please keep in mind
that we, the organizers of the event, are not getting paid, either - we are just doing this for
the love of music. We can say that thousands of dollars will be spent on advertising, and we
expect an even bigger turnout than last year, so it will be a good opportunity for all those who
More info is available inside the band application that you can download at
www.blackrivermusicfest.com. Please download and read the application before
e-mailing us questions, as many of the answers will lie within the application.
Deadline for applications is March 15th.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you rock at the Black River Music & Art
Fest on August 18th!
MISSING: Martin Espaillat Please help find him
Local musician Martin Espaillat has been missing since Wed. Feb 14th 2007.
Please visit this website: http://happyviper.com/martin and take a look and offer any information you can, if
you know anything.
ASBURY PARK FIGHTS TO KEEP MUSIC ALIVE
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) - Few were watching as New Brunswick's thriving original
music scene of the 1980s came crashing down when club after club closed leaving
the Court Tavern as the only game in town. History may be repeating itself in
Asbury Park, as the shore town's legendary music scene is now very much in the
hands of one company - Asbury Partners - the company in charge of the
oceanfront redevelopment plan. Nearly 60% of the venues providing original
music in town - and all of the largest venues - are now under their control.
An online petition was created to show interest in keeping one of their latest
acquisitions alive as a music venue and now an all-day concert/rally will be
held on Saturday, March 10th as well.
The Wonder Bar is scheduled to close for good after St. Patrick's Day. The
club is a victim of eminent domain and speculation is that the property might
become another condominium building. Over 1500 people from around the world
have signed a petition to keep the Wonder Bar alive. The petition can be found
online at http://www.asburymusic.com/petition or signed in person at the
Upstage Magazine is presenting the all-day rally in an effort to show just how
important the Wonder Bar is to music fans and to the local community as well.
The concert begins at noon and runs until closing time at 2am. In between, 13
bands and seven solo artists will perform. The lineup includes such local
favorites as Joe D'Urso, Maybe Pete, Jon Caspi Band, Cool Days End, Michael
Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies, Anthony Fiumano, Agency, Tony Tedesco &
Damnaged Goods, and the Danny White Band. It also includes rare Asbury Park
appearances by Postmark Twain and Frank Thewes of South Jersey and Wiser Time,
Sounds of Greg D, and Souls Release from North Jersey. Rounding out the bill
is Keith Monacchio of The Commons, Freddie Fry, George Wirth, Nik Everett,
Causeway, and Lone Shark.
"Nearly all of Asbury Park's musical history is in the hands of Asbury Partners
now," said Gary Wien, Managing Editor of Upstage Magazine. "They own
Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, The Stone Pony, Fastlane, Baronet Theatre,
Club Deep, Tiki Bar, the Casino, and soon will own the Wonder Bar. This
basically means that they can either make the music scene thrive or they can
kill it. We're hoping that the petition and concert shows them that thousands
of people think music is vital to Asbury Park's future. This is not just a
piece of the town's past; it is very much linked to its present and can play a
major role in its rebirth. People around the world have heard of Asbury Park
because of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny & The
Asbury Jukes. Most towns would do anything to have something like that to use
for its marketing and we're trying to show Asbury Partners just how valuable
the properties they own really are in terms other than real estate value."
"Asbury Park's redevelopment plan suggests that music and entertainment will
play a role, but it's difficult to take that serious when Convention Hall and
the Paramount Theatre are hardly used at all," added Wien. "If they cared
about entertainment they would have found a way to bring events back to those
venues on a regular basis. As it is, they are probably the two least used
performing arts centers in the state. And if condos are placed across the
street you can bet that it will only make things worse."
The Wonder Bar is located at 5th & Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ directly
across from Convention Hall. The club will be open early on Saturday, March
10th for the show with music beginning at noon and running throughout the
night. The club's restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and people will
be able to leave and return with their ticket stub. Tickets are available for
$10 from the artists performing as well as online at
http://www.asburymusic.com/petition/March10.html. Tickets have already been sold
to music fans from Virginia to Boston, so those interested in attending
are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Christopher Jones Tribute Benefit DVD
I wanted to send you all an email to let you know that the DVD Pre-Sale for the Christopher Jones
Tribute Benefit has now begun!
This is the DVD video of the Tribute show for the late Christopher Jones that was held on
September 10th, 2006 at the Red Fusion in Asbury Park, NJ.
Please visit www.myspace.com/chrisjonesbenefit to order your copy now!!! Click on the "BuyNow
Paypal" button on the top right of the page to order your copy now.
Maggie Perotta of Sage Indie Music has completed the editing and producing of the video and has
sent it in for printing and cover art. The DVD's will be mailed out in mid to late February.
All profits from the DVD sale will also benefit the Jersey Jams Fund as did the Tribute show in
September to raise money for underprivelidged school districts for musical education in NJ.
Again, please order your copies now as they will be in limited supply. Visit www.myspace.com/chrisjonesbenefit and click on the paypal button on the top right to
reserve your copy today!
Big thanks to everyone who came out to BlowUpRadio.com NJ Pop-Rock Fest last Saturday at Buddie's Tavern. Everyone there had a blast, and all the bands put on
outstanding sets! Remember to check out the BlowUpRadio.com's Free Concert Series My Space page to keep up to date on all our
upcoming shows (the next one is on Sat. March 24th).
Some cool NJ musicians will be stopping by Lazlo's Den this week as in-stduio guests.
*** Tuesday on Lazlo's Den ***
*** Thursday on Lazlo's Den ***
Here are the current standings on this month's Jukebox poll:
Six To Eight Mathematics - promise to be true - 59%
Kerry - Cubana Americana - 22%
Kosmic Daydream - right now - 8%
Jon Caspi - maybe I - 8%
Hero Pattern - don't even miss me - 0%
Jon Andrew - me and someone else - 0%
Citizens Band Radio - 30 days & 30 nights - 0%
Lisa M. Bello - me and my heart on my sleeve - 0%
Mike Ferraro - forgotten how to lose - 0%
John Raido - merry-go-round - 0%
Looks like Six To Eight Mathematics is taking the lead again. If you'd like to see that change,
exercise your right to vote and go to the Jukebox
138 Nassau St