Greetings From Asbury Park ~ Happy Labor Day!

Asbury Park
Asbury Park was recently named one of the 16 favorite downtowns by NJ Monthly. The 16 towns are pitted against each other in a bracket-style elimination competition. Starting September 1, the field will be cut in half each week throughout the month, based on your votes. A new round will begin each Tuesday until the champion round starting September 22.
Now online ~ A Downtown Showdown for the Best of the Best.
Help get the votes out now!!!
It’s fun and it’s a great way to continue to keep Asbury Park top of mind for the coming Fall Season.
http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/downtown-showdown/
Vote now! Spread the word! Help AP enhance its reputation. Stay tuned!
Beaches will be open next weekend – Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th (weather permitting). Extend your summer!
AT THE MOVIES: Featured films this week at the ShowRoom Cinema: Steve jobs:  The Man in the Machine (R), Twenty Feet from Stardom (PG-13), and Phoenix(PG-13). Prepaid movie gift cards make wonderful every day or special occasion gifts – like a beautiful summer beach day.Showroom For more details go to www.theshowroomap.com .
Darlene Love and Steven Van Zandt and friends take the stage at the Paramount Theatre to debut Love’s first ever Rock album “Introducing . . . . Darlene Love” one week before its worldwide release. The new album was produced and arranged by Steven Van Zandt and includes songs written by Jimmy Webb, Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Desmond Child, Joan Jett, and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Steven Van Zandt is not only the producer and Music Director of the show but will be making a long overdue return to Asbury Park to perform alongside Love. He will be joined by the musicians he handpicked to record the album. This show is another example why Asbury Park is known world- wide for its rich and diverse music history.
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Darlene Love made a video to introduce one of her new songs “Forbidden Nights.” It was filmed in Asbury Park. Check it out at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4915gjpFEo#t=13
Where Music Lives will be opening “Steven Van Zandt The Exhibit – A look back at the events that shaped his life and career” also next Saturday, September 12th at noon. The exhibit is full of photos, videos and memorabilia. This is a must see. If you have tickets for the Darlene Love show come early and check out the exhibit. Where Music Lives is located at 708 Cookman Avenue. Only in Asbury Park!
One last Darlene Love note. Twenty Feet from Stardom starring Darlene Love is being screened at The ShowRoom this week. The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. It is a very cool story and a great film.
Last night I went to the Asbury Live free concert on the boardwalk that featured an amazing young Asbury Park band: Deal Casino. Remember that name. They are so talented. On my way home, I stopped by Pascal & Sabine to catch Joe Petillo & Andy McDonough. They will be playing there every Wednesday evening. As always, there is a ton of music happening is the city this weekend:
Wonder Bar
Friday, September 4th: John Eddie at the Wonder Bar, 7:00pm
Bob Bandiera’s Bee Gees tribute at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, 8 pm
Moon Motel & Friends at AP Yacht Club, 9:30pm
Saturday, September 5th: Desecrate, Ideosphere, at The Saint, 6:30pm
Tramps Like Us (Springsteen tribute), Mike Buscio at The Stone Pony, 7 pm
Jersey Four (Four Seasons tribute) at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, 8 pm
The Brigantines, Los Pocos Locos at Langosta Lounge, 10:00pm
Asbury Park
Sunday, September 6th: Spinn at Langosta Lounge, 1 pm
Catch A Fire Tour 2015 with Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Jo Mersa, Black Am I on The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 3 pm
Tea Dance with Carl Michaels at Paradise, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Deal Casino at Asbury Park Yacht Club, 7:30 pm
Monday, September 7th Labor Day: REST & Party!
Stringbean & The Boardwalk Social Club at Langosta Loounge, 6:00pm
Happy Monday with In Circles, Vestibule, Grey Goes Black, doug Zambon of the Vansaders at the Wonder Bar, 8:00pm
**For the most complete listing of events this weekend go to the city’s web site at www.cityofasburypark.com. Enjoy!
Where Music Lives
Last Sunday’s 1st Annual “Music Saved My Life” Charity Softball Tournament was a great success. It was very cool to see the Asbury Park community come together for a fun-filled day to support the Asbury Park Music Foundation and their Youth Initiative program. All proceeds will help fund another successful year for the Hope Academy Charter School’s new music program, the Hip Hop Institute at the Boys and Girls Club and the Asbury Park Recreation Summer Camp. There were 12 teams that participated and about 50 volunteers. Many of the city’s businesses and organizations put together teams to compete in the tournament including the Festhalle Biergarten, Smith, the Asbury Park Fire Department, 1st Constitution Bank, Lakehouse Music Academy, Madison Marquette, iStar, Asbury Underground, Sackman Enterprises, Eneractive Solutions, Kula Cafe, Asbury Park Press, Johnny Menotti and Johnny Mac’s. Congratulations to Smith who was the tournament champion. A major thank you to Mumford’s Café who supplied the food and donated all the proceeds to the Foundation. I played for the AP Fire Department and had an interesting day on the diamond. On my first at bat while running to first base, I pulled both hamstrings. In the second game, I got hit in my calf by a line drive and finally in the third game, a runner took me out on a close play at second base. As I am writing this three days later, I am still stiff and sore and rubbing a little Jameson on my wounds. If you want to make a donation go to MuiscSavedMyLifeNJ.com or send a check payable to: Asbury Park Music Foundation, PO Box 1396, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. We will do it again next year. Only in Asbury Park!
Oyster
The Annual Asbury Park Oysterfest returns to Asbury Park next weekend. This year’s three-day culinary event will be held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront. Oysters, seafood & traditional festival fare are available from over 25 vendors including Tiger’s Tale, Gaetano’s, Brandl, Bistro at Red Bank, Pucker, Ike’s Crab Cakes, Coney Waffles, Crave Cajun, Fantastic Thai Cuisine, Kim Marie’s, Station One Seafood, Tony’s Italian Sausage, The Empanada Guy, and G&L Gyro. Craft beer, wine, and fun soft drinks will be available throughout the festival. For all the details go to the AP Chamber of Commerce web site www.asburypaarkchamber.com .
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About Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau

Who Is the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau ? Destination Marketing Organization or “Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau” promotes a town, city, region, or country in order to increase the number of visitors. It promotes the development and marketing of a destination, focusing on convention sales, tourism marketing, and services. Such organizations promote economic development of a destination by increasing visits from tourists and business travelers, which generates overnight lodging for a destination, visits to restaurants, and shopping revenues, regional attractions and small businesses and services. Convention and Visitor Bureaus are directly responsible for marketing the destination brand through travel and tourism "product awareness" to visitors. DMOs produce billions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue and taxes for their destinations' economies with their marketing and sales expertise. Destination marketing organizations are often called travel, convention, visitors, or tourism bureau, welcome centers, information centers and more. Regardless of the name, these organizations offer many services to the traveling public. Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is a non-profit 501 C6 organization. They are the only destination marketing organization recognized by the State of New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. They cover all Monmouth and Northern Ocean County and are responsible for stocking your travel information at the welcome center at exit 98 on Garden State Parkway. (Last year the Welcome Center saw over 3.5 million people). For a small fee any business in Monmouth or Northern Ocean County can join to support the tourism efforts at the shore. To learn more about the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau contact us at www.visitthejerseyshore.com or call 732-244-9283 or for a membership application click here. http://www.visitthejerseyshore.com/about/membership-application/

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