Following last year’s resounding success, Springwood Park will once again come alive with music this summer during a 10 -week free concert series presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Music Mondays at Springwood Park brings the entire Asbury Park community together to enjoy live music and wonderful food from the Kula café in the early evenings.
The kickoff show on June 26th at 6pm will feature Gary US Bonds with opening act, Laura Crisci.
Bonds—originally from Jacksonville, Fl.—grew up in Norfolk, Va., where he began his singing career in church and with a local band called The Turks. After signing with producer Frank Guida’s Legrand Records, Bonds earned his first hit, “New Orleans,” at age 19. A string of hits followed, including “School Is Out,” “Dear Lady Twist,” and “Quarter to Three,” which held No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks in 1961 and appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The prolific singer/songwriter has had a remarkable career, including a stint in the 1960s headlining above rising stars The Beatles. “This Little Girl,” his 1981 comeback hit, reached No. 11 on Billboard’s pop chart and No. 5 on its mainstream rock chart. The track appeared on Dedication, a collaborative effort between Bonds, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt that was followed by On the Line (1982). Bonds continues to release albums and remains a fan-favorite on the concert circuit.
The free concerts will take place at the Springwood Avenue Park located between Atkins and Union Avenues every Monday from June 26th through August 29th (final show is a Tuesday) starting at 6pm. Free parking is available in the lot across the street. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
The Music Mondays at Springwood Park series is supported by Interfaith Neighbors working to meet basic needs, build community and increase the self sufficiency of residents of Monmouth County. The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s commitment to strengthen our local community, economy and youth through the power of music.
This years’ series is generously sponsored by the Interfaith Neighbors, Asbury Park Press, Madison Marquette and New Jersey Natural Gas with series talent booking by UMTPresents and park access provided by the City of Asbury Park.
The complete schedule includes:
|Date||Main Act||Opening Act|
|6/26||Gary U.S. Bonds||Laura Crisci with PK Lavengood|
|7/3||Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why||Pamela Flores|
|7/10||D.P. Jazz Band (Poncho Donato Day)||Lil Asmar + Lil Josh|
|7/17||Billy Hector & Band||Matt O’Ree & Eryn Shewell|
|7/24||Ray Goodman & Brown|
|7/31||High & Mighty Brass Band||Hip Hop Institute|
|8/7||Xol Azul||Lakehouse Jr Pros|
|8/14||MonteRosa Band||Random Test|
|8/21||Southern Avenue||Sandy Mack & Friends|
|8/29*||Sensational Soul Cruisers
* Tuesday show
The Asbury Park Music Foundation provides music-based programs, events and resources that generate opportunities for our youth, artists and community to succeed and build on Asbury Park’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.