Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 Somers Point Beach Concerts Schedule


Carmen and Nancy Report:from the Big Easy: 

Grammy Award Winners, International Blues Music Award Winners, New Orleans Big Easy and Best of the Beat Award Winners will all ignite the stage o the sand at the Shore Medical Center Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point beginning June 13, 2014.

Winner of the International Blues Music Award for best Soul/Blues Artist in 2010 and 2013, the incredible Curtis Salgado, “the man who taught the blues to the Blues Brothers”, will kick off the series on June 13th.  On June 20th Somers Point will celebrate the beginning of summer when New Orleans meets New Jersey at the second Beach Concert and the Jersey Gumbo Cookoff and Music Festival the following day at Somers Point Fire Company #1 at 447 Bethe Road.  On Friday, June 20th at the Beach and Saturday, June 21st at the Jersey Gumbo Fest, Somers Point will become the weekend performance venue for the original members of the jammin’ fishhead funk rock stars, THE RADIATORS, joined by John “Papa Gros Funk” in RAW OYSTER CULT featuring lead singer and guitarist, Dave Malone, one of the greatest guitar players in rock ‘n roll, Camile Badouin, original Radiators, drummer, Frank Boa, and one of New Orleans premiere funk keyboardist, John Papa Gros, all highly acclaimed stars of international jam rock and funky roots music festivals around the world.  The RADIATORS have been a hugely popular headliner on the jam rock, funk and New Orleans music festival circuit for over 30 years.  Their reunion concert attracted more than 50,000 people on May 4, 2015 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The opening salvo of three international artists in a row will be completed when West Texas Blues Legend, Long John Hunter, performs on June 27th before Jersey Shore rock’n roll takes center stage with 3 shows in a row starting with a special Thursday night, July 3rd holiday show featuring Dr. Bobby Fingers, and his band followed by the Friday, July 4th concert with the sizzling hot Jeremiah Hunter Band featuring original members of the Soul Survivors and Full House.  The following week the Jersey Shore’s rock guitar hero, Billy Walton will perform his official CD release party concert for “Wish for What You Want” the new CD produced by “Slammin’ Tony Braunagel” from Eric Burdon’s Animals and Taj Mahal’s Phantom Bleus Band.  Autographed copies of this greet new CD will be available at this show on July 11th.

For the first time ever, on July 18th, the Somers Point Beach will host a double allstar shootout when the Golden State meets the Lone Star State and the Bayou State with an allstar harmonica shootout between Mark Hummel and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone while the famous “Little Charlie” Beatty, from Little Charlie and the Nightcats, goes toe to toe with Texas blues guitar slinger, Anson Funderberg, headliner of many festivals and events with “Anson Funderberg and the Rockets” through the years.

Volunteer talent buyer for the committee, Carmen Marotta, announced “We have never had this many award winning, high visibility artists in one season before.  In addition to the incredible triple salvo of international shows in June, we will cap off the season with 2 time Grammy Award Winner, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience on Friday, August 29th before closing the series with the tremendously popular country music performers, “Hawkins Road” with a special guest star on the fiddle.  Last year people went crazy for Hawkins Road at the Good Old Days Fest and we’re asking them to return with their Country Rock, Country music and their incredible Tribute to Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Marotta is Celebrating the legacy of his father with a special show on July 25th.  “The Music that Made Tony Mart’s Famous” features the greatest hits of the biggest stars that ever played in Somers Point!  This show, which pays tribute to dozens or artists from Bill Haley and Conway Twitty to Levon Helm and The Band and the famous “Eddie & the Cruisers” movie filmed on Bay Ave., is performed by the greatest local artists, Bobby Campanell, Dr. Bobby Fingers, Danny Eyer, “Ernie T” Trionfo, Howard Isaacson, Rich Kurtz and Jimmy “old School” Glenn.  You should mark your calendars now for this climatic July 25th concert.  Marotta explains “We don’t usually perform this show for free; it’s usually a ticketed concert or dinner dance.”

The international stars return quickly on August 1 and August 15 when New England’s number 1 swingin’ rock ‘n roll Big Band, Roomful of Blues performs August 1 and the hot new, Funky jam band from Florida, Southern Hospitality, makes an encore appearance on August 15th.

On August 8th, Beach Concert audiences will get a chance to see one of the hottest New Grass, Blue Grass Americana Folk Rock Bands on the Jersey scene today, The Dan Burke Band, performing their new Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band.

A tribute to the great Judy Garland will be performed on August 22nd by “Rosie O’Reilly” Gazarra with the phenomenal virtuoso saxophonist, Howard Isaacson and his band performing soulful standards, original composition and the great American songbook of Judy Garland. With party pop dance music, classic rock ‘n roll, funky jamming rock, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Louisiana Zydeco and the greatest roots music in the world today ~ 14 shows all free thanks to over 50 local Sponsors, the New Jersey State  Council on the Arts and the city of Somers Point.   Shore Medical Center Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point 2014!

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