(BELMAR, NJ) -- Despite being an area with tons of talented musicians, the Jersey Shore is known as a haven for cover bands. That premise will be turned on its head on Sunday, January 26 when Twisted Covers brings its "Locals Covering Locals" show to the Belmar Arts Council. Featuring over 15 artists, the show will shine a spotlight on some of the best songwriters in the area and collect food for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
of performers includes Michael Brett, Deirdre Forrest, Thomas Johnston,
Jim Crawford, Eric Ginsberg, Elaine Orzechowski, Art Servilla, Jim Mill,
Mikey B, Cook Smith, Anton Daub, The Wag, Mark Linskey, Gregory W.
Irish, and a few special guests. Gary Wien, a music journalist who
founded the series several years ago, will host the event with music
beginning at 3pm. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to
bring non-perishable food donations and/or monetary donations for the
Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties.
"Twisted Covers was a
monthly show a few years ago at the Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park,"
explained Gary Wien. "The idea is pretty simple -- each month we would
choose an artist and invite musicians to cover their favorite songs by
that artist. We ran through shows covering artists like The Who, The
Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, The Replacements, Johnny Cash, Bruce
Springsteen, and everything in between. One of our most popular shows
was called 'locals covering locals' where we had artists basically cover
their friends and the local artists that inspire them. It turned out
to be so much fun that we've brought it back several times as a benefit
for local organizations. This time around we're collecting food and
raising money for the Food Bank, which is a great cause - especially
during the winter."
The show is a great opportunity to hear songs
by some of the best local songwriters, including George Wirth, Michael
Brett, Bobby Strange, Laura Crisci, Bruce Tunkel, and Don Lee. To see a
list of the songs scheduled, visit http://www.TwistedCovers.com
first time we held a 'Locals Covering Locals' show I was pretty
nervous," recalled Wien. "I remember thinking it would either be a pure
train wreck or something truly amazing. Thankfully, it was the latter.
Most of all, it's just a great day of music! It's fun seeing original
artists who rarely perform covers, covering artists from the area."
The Belmar Arts Council is located at 608 River Road in Belmar, NJ. For more information visit http://www.belmararts.org/.