ASBURY PARK, NJ, June 8, 2018 – The Asbury Park Music Foundation will once again host free concerts three days a week throughout the summer. Three separate series offer diverse styles of music appealing to all music lovers. Music Mondays at Springwood Park features a broad range of music that includes soul, funk, R&B, hip hop, and jazz. The Asbury Park Live series on Wednesdays showcases emerging rock bands. Every Thursday the Asbury Park Concert Band will deliver a big band sound. These 28 shows are supported by generous sponsors who bring the community together for free live music while also raising money for youth music education.
A preview of the summer series will be included in the special “Sounds of St. Johns” fundraising event on Sunday, June 10 with performances from Chris Brown and the Asbury Park Concert Band. Details are available at Facebook.com/events/204251090391526/.
Music Mondays at Springwood Park
This free concert series takes place at the Springwood Avenue Park located between Atkins and Union Avenues every Monday from June 25th through August 28th (final show is a Tuesday). The headline performers include local favorites Ray, Goodman & Brown, The Soul Cruisers and many others. Supporting acts all have roots in the Asbury Park community. Last year’s series attracted over 4,000 attendees for 10 weekly shows and this year’s lineup is sure to surpass those numbers.
The newly renovated Kula Café located adjacent to Springwood Park will be open for dinner and take out service on Monday nights throughout the concert series with patio seating available.
Shows begin at 6pm and free street parking is available. The park is a short walk from the train station or downtown. Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition will provide a free bicycle valet service. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. In the event of rain, shows will move to the Asbury Park train station (announced on the APMF Facebook page).
The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire youth through live music. Our sponsors, committed to these same objectives, include Interfaith Neighbors, Asbury Park Press, Madison Marquette, NJ Natural Gas and the City of Asbury Park.
Music Mondays/Mondays, starting at 6pm:
|6/25||Des & The Swagmatics / Aya|
|7/2||Ray, Goodman & Brown / Choir School of Asbury Park|
|7/9||Black Suburbia Music Group / Poca|
|7/23||Soul Project / Hip Hop Institute|
|7/30||Special Show to be Announced|
|8/6||PJ Rasmussen & Boardwalk Jazz / Anya & PJ|
|8/13||Louis Prima Band / Lakehouse Music Academy
Sponsored by Gia Maione Prima Foundation, Inc.
|8/20||JT Bowen & The Red Bank Rockers / Lil Asmar Band|
|8/28*||Sensational Soul Cruisers / Mayors Players (*Tuesday show)|
Asbury Park LIVE
Wednesdays will be filled with live music on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at the First Avenue Green located next to MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos and Watermark. The series features fan favorites along with emerging bands. Each show opens with a youth band from Lakehouse Music Academy, many of which feature scholarship students supported by the Asbury Park Music Foundation.
Sponsors include MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, Watermark, Pepsi, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, Stone Pony Summer Stage, Lakehouse Music Academy, Asbury Park Food Collective, OceanFirst Bank, Asbury Park Distilling Company, Pucker, and Crepe Shop. The generosity of these sponsors not only provide free concerts but also a donation to APMF. Last year, the sponsorships funded an upgrade to the Hip Hop Institute with a new sound booth and computer. This year funds will support a new Latin Experience Youth Music Camp being held in the summer at Lakehouse Music Academy.
There is also a special benefit show in advance of the summer series on June 14 at the APMF space on 621 Lake Avenue. This show features Sonic Blume, Yawn Mower, Sentient Moss and Not UR Baby. Funds raised will be added to donation to the youth programs. Details at Facebook.com/events/444547882655766/.
The Fourth of July show will feature music prior to the fireworks as well as an additional set once the fireworks ends.
AP Live/Wednesdays starting at 7pm
|6/27||The Vansaders / Des and the Swagmatics|
|7/4||American Trappist / Dark City Strings|
|7/11||Have a Good Season / latewaves|
|7/18||Long Neck / Ragged Lines|
|7/25||Waiting on Mongo / Tula Vera|
|8/1||ManDancing / Sugar Trip|
|8/8||LEEDS / The Do Rights|
|8/15||[no show due to Summer Stage event]|
|8/22||Good Luck Spaceman / Earth Telephone|
|8/29||Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son / Levy and the Oaks|
Asbury Park Concert Band
The famous Asbury Park Concert Band will entertain visitors for its 73rd season with musicians from the entire state participating. Each show is themed, including Broadway, patriotic, and big band jazz music. Another feature of the band is the special Children’s Concerts performed throughout the summer where talented students play with the band for part of the concert. Special seating on the Boardwalk is provided courtesy of Madison Marquette.
These free shows are held on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in front of Robinson Ale House. This series is sponsored by Investors Foundation, Robinson Ale House and the American Federation of Musicians Performance Trust Fund and donations from community members.
AP Concert Band/Thursdays starting at 7pm
|7/5||Patriotic and American Music|
|7/19||Now on Broadway|
|8/9||Dorian Parreott’s All Stars|
|8/23||Another Openin’ Another Show|
|8/30||Salute to the Armed Forces|
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