Newark Airport shows will Spotlight the Booming Asbury Park Music Scene

July 6, 2018 (Asbury Park, NJ) – This summer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) have teamed up to launch The Mockingbird Summer Series, a 10-week concert series to showcase musicians from the live music scene exploding in a revived Asbury Park.

Tito’s and APMF will rebrand CBGB L.A.B at Terminal C Newark Airport location to support the concert series featuring over 20 up-and-coming Asbury Park artists including The Burns, Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy, Accidental Seabirds, Bobby Mahoney and Rachel Ana Dobken among others. The artists will perform on select Thursday evenings, Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the last 10 weeks of the summer. The 20 artists performing in the airport are just few of the hundreds of bands calling Asbury Park their home base. Included are artists who are opening for major acts, touring nationally, releasing original music and coming together for weekly jam sessions.

“At Tito’s, our mission is to turn spirits into love & goodness,” said Zack Flores, Director of Philanthropic Programs at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “Asbury Park Music Foundation shares our vision of supporting local communities and we’re grateful to be able to partner on The Mockingbird Summer Series to support emerging musicians.”

Travelers are encouraged to pop into CBGB L.A.B.’s, experience the local music and sip Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails. For every cocktail purchased, Tito’s will donate $1, up to $20,000, to the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Special Asbury Park merchandise will be available at the CBGB L.A.B. as well. Funds will benefit underserved youth with life-changing music education and provide aid to help the local music scene thrive.

“We want passionate music fans from throughout the US and the world to enjoy a taste of what Asbury Park musicians have to offer,” said Jim Lenskold, President of the Asbury Park Music Foundation. “The CBGB L.A.B.’s stage in the Newark Airport is a great opportunity to introduce a new audience to Asbury Park’s diverse original music. We hope to encourage travelers and locals to experience the live music playing every night of the year in one of our 20+ great venues.”

Asbury Park has been a music destination for over a century, serving as a tour stop between New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. The 60s featured visits by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, followed by the music scene of the 70s and 80s which spawned artists such as Bruce Springsteen, the E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Bon Jovi. Although the city fell into a deep decline throughout the 80s and 90s, the live music never stopped. The recent economic turnaround has put Asbury Park back on the map as one of the East Coast’s most thriving live music scenes. Legendary venues like the Stone Pony and the Saint feature national touring acts while new venues such as the Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery offer local artists a place to play and jam. This series will add to the national attention and further boost the music scene in Asbury Park

Lenskold continued, “We are thankful to Tito’s for spotlighting our current musicians while also contributing to the next generation of musicians through their donation supporting music education for underserved youth.”

A schedule of the 20-show concert series, bios, music samples and a Spotify playlist is available at

Confirmed artists include:
Accidental Seabirds
Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy
Chris Brown
Chris Rockwell & Myster E
Emily Grove
Bobby Mahoney
The Apy Brothers
Natalie Newbold of Well Wisher
Anna Lies of The Vaughns
Rachel Ana Dobken

Poca & Drea
Pamela Flores
The Burns
Mackenzie Brown

The series kicks off with Accidental Seabirds on July 12, Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy on July 13 and Chris Brown on July 19. Dates and additional artists to be announced in the upcoming week.


July 12th – September 15th


CBGB Lab in the Newark Airport, Terminal C, 3 Brewster Rd, Newark, NJ 07114


About Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist,obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s distills its corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin,Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L,750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit

About Asbury Park Music Foundation

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, including the Hip Hop Institute at the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, in-school music classes at Hope Academy, after-school music classes at Lady of Mt. Carmel School and Asbury Park public schools, and scholarships for under-served youth to attend the Lakehouse Academy. Additional information on the Foundation and our events is available at or

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