New Jersey Stage

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Sounds Of Asbury Park 30th Anniversary Concert Highlights Another Big Weekend Of Music

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- If you love music and love Asbury Park then you will not want to miss the special events going on in the city on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.

From a special 30th anniversary concert celebrating the release of "The Sounds of Asbury Park" album; to a special panel discussion about the city's soul and rhythm & blues scene; to a truly historic concert featuring the famous 1960s musicians from Asbury Park's Westside- it is all coming together that weekend.

A special 30th anniversary concert celebrating the release of "The Sounds of Asbury Park" album will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1 the Wonder Bar (Fifth and Ocean avenues). Tickets are $10 and available at the door. The concert will feature Boccigalupe & The Bad Boys, Lance Larson, Ken Viola, Sonny Kenn, and other special guests.  Viola is expected to speak about the Asbury Park music scene in the 1960s & 70s.

"The music that has poured out of Asbury Park over the years reflects the special caliber of its scene. And that's what "The Sounds of Asbury Park" is all about. A blend of personalities, varying styles and influences of musicians and vocalists, uniting devotion with a three decade history of popular music," wrote music critic Robert Santelli.

Get to meet and hear from some of Asbury Park's most influential musicians at a special discussion held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Admission is free.

Author Daniel Wolff (4th of July, Asbury Park) will moderate the April-2 discussion, with speakers including Southside Johnny Lyon and special guest musicians from the city's famous Westside, including Billy Brown (The Moments; The Broadways; Ray, Goodman & Brown), and Bobby Thomas (The Vibranaires, The Orioles). Other guest appearances are possible.  For more information about the lecture, please visit

"We'll talk about soul, rhythm & blues, and the history of race and music in Asbury Park," Wolff said.

And, as a follow-up to the special forum and, in what will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime concert, Asbury Park's own Nicky Addeo, with the Night Owl Band & Vocal Group, will appear with many well-known performers from the city's 1960s Westside music scene at the Wonder Bar on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.

In addition to Brown and Thomas, veteran Westside musician Ronald Coleman (The Uniques, The Broadways) and Robert Conte (The Broadways) and C.J. Morris (The Juveniles) are scheduled to appear, with other special guest appearances likely.

"For too long, soul, rhythm & blues, funk and doo wop have been the under-reported ingredients in the Asbury sound. It's past time for us to pay our respects to and discover the many pleasures of this great, Westside music," Wolff said.

Doors open Saturday at 8 p.m. and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on-line at, or at the society's museum (open weekends only) at the Shoppes at the Arcade (lower level), 658 Cookman Avenue in downtown Asbury Park. Tickets can also be purchased at Flying Saucers, also in the Shoppes at the Arcade; or at the Experience Asbury or at Asbury Galleria, both located in the Convention Hall. Tickets will be available at the door of the Wonder Bar; advanced reservations are suggested.