Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tony Marts - 30 Years Gone but the Music Carries On

Tony Marts - 30 Years Gone - But the Music Goes On 

A note from Carmen & Nancy Marotta 

Believe it or not, it’s been 30 years since the legendary Rock 'n Roll nightclub of Somers Point, Tony Mart’s, closed its doors on Bay Ave.  As Tony Mart music fans know, the excitement of live Jersey Shore Rock 'n Roll lives on; and this season, for the first time in 30 years, Tony Mart’s will bring this legacy back to the Ocean City Beach and Boardwalk with a series of live Saturday night Rock 'n Roll concerts recalling those "Wild Summer Nights" when so many Ocean City visitors headed to the sweaty, pulsating dance floor packed with partiers at the world famous rock 'n roll club.

The first show on May 26th will be a tribute to the most popular horn band of the '70’s at Tony Mart’s, Chicago, performed by the 9 piece show band, Sounds of Society.  This powerhouse showband features a "Chicago" style horn section and searing lead guitar in a two hour tribute to the greatest hits of one of the all time most popular Rock 'n Roll Big Bands.

On June 23rd the "Tony Mart Rock 'n Roll Reunion Party" will feature hot emerging Jersey Shore Rock Star, Billy Walton, from Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes.  Billy will perform with his own phenomenal band and special guest, Arthur Migiliazza opening the show with New Orleans sounds of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and other classics before joining the Billy Walton Band to perform it’s tribute to Jersey Shore Rock 'n Roll artists including Bruce Springsteen and the music of "Eddie and the Cruisers" the classic Rock 'n Roll movie filmed in Ocean City and Tony Mart’s 30 years ago!

On August 18th "The Music That Made Tony Mart’s Famous" will showcase a sizzling series of famous songs in an exciting dance party celebration of the stars that played at Tony Mart’s from the '50’s to the '80’s including Billy Haley and His Comets, Conway Twitty, Duane Eddie, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Levon Helm and The Band and original soundtrack songs from Eddie and the Cruisers.  In addition to the biggest hits of these artists, the show includes songs from Ray Charles, Cream, Springsteen, Dylan and more of the great sounds celebrated for 38 years at Tony Marts.  The show features the Tony Mart Allstar Band with Dr. Bobby Fingers, Bob Campanell, Howard Isaacson, Danny Eyer, Rich Kurtz and Jimmy "Old School" Glenn from the Hawkins Road Band.  This should not be missed!

Seating for all the Saturday night shows will be a General Admission/Open Seating with  doors opening at 7PM and shows beginning at 8PM.  $20 tickets are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office or by calling (609)525-9248 or 525-9300.  For more information or go to WWW.TONYMART.COM.

Be part of this historic series as Tony Marts will "Let the Good Times Roll" for the first time ever on the Ocean City Boardwalk this summer!


Please join us in celebrating the Blues Music Awards given to 4 international recording artists who have recently performed for Tony Mart’s and/or the Somers Point Beach Concerts.  On May 10th, the Blues Foundation gave prestigious blues music awards for Song of the Year to our good friend, Johnny Sansone, best Soul Blues Male Artist to the great Curtis Salgado, Best Instrumentalist to friend and world class saxophone player, Terry Hanck and the Best Acoustic Album of the Year to the phenomenal Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Master, David Maxwell all of whom performed in the last year at one of our shows!

To help us celebrate, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone will return to the area to perform and party with all of his friends at a show to be scheduled in late August.

The next Tony Mart show will be the last “Concert at the Café” this Friday, May 18th when the talented“Hawkins Road Trio” features “Ernie T” Trionfo, Brian “The Voice” Conover and Jimmy “Old School” Glenn performing from 7 to 10PM.  Please reserve seats as soon as possible as this will be a repeat performance by popular demand (609-653-6069 or  Friends and fans are also invited to celebrate the birthday of Chef Richard Spurlock, a long time friend and member of the Tony Mart Team at the Café this Friday.

On Saturday, May 26th Tony Mart’s celebrates the legacy of Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Roll at the Ocean City Music Pier for the first time ever.  The new series, “Rockin’ the OC Music Pier” will begin with a performance by the 9 piece Sounds of Society Show Band performing a 2 hour tribute to the music of Chicago, one of the most popular Rock ‘n Roll Big Bands in the history of Tony Mart’s.  Go towww.TONYMART.COM for the details of other shows on June 23rd and August 18th as Tony Mart’s will Let the Good Times Roll!  Live!  Saturday Nights at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Nancy Marotta

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