New Jersey Stage

Friday, August 23, 2013


(BELMAR, NJ) -- The town a few miles away gets all the hype, but Belmar has done a pretty good job of hosting live music this year. Between shows organized by the town in Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street to WBJB (90.5 The Night) presenting great acts on the 5th Avenue Boardwalk, the town is beginning to shed its reputation as strictly a covers bar location.

One man who has been instrumental in the town's musical evolution is Danny White, owner of Beach Music Studios and long-time Jersey Shore rocker. In 2012, White launched the Belmar Music & Arts Festival along with Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty. The festival returns for a second straight year on Tuesday, August 27 at the 5th Avenue Boardwalk from 6pm to 9pm.

This year's festival features performances by Danny White & Band (who will be releasing their 2nd CD of original music within the last year and a half) and The Pat Roddy Band. Both White and Roddy are proud to call Belmar home. Also performing will be the Beach Music Rock Band -- students from Danny's studio.

The Belmar Music & Arts Festival was created to celebrate Belmar's rich history of original music & arts. From Gershwin vacationing on Ocean Ave in the 1920's to Bruce Springsteen putting the E-Street Band together on Belmar's E Street & 10th Avenue and to thriving music and arts scene today. Live performances can often be seen throughout the bars and coffeehouses in town from Connelly's Station to Stay Gold. Many would be amazed to learn of the artists who have performed in Belmar.

Last year's festival attracted a huge crowd to the beach and boardwalk for a great night of music. If you're looking for something fun to do during the last week of summer, come out to Belmar for the free show!