Thursday, March 16, 2017



March Musicians of the Month


 The Wag


                   


This upbeat high energy band are seasoned professionals. Whether performing in local establishments or opening for national acts such as Rick Springfield, John Cafferty, Peter Tork of The Monkees, and Jefferson Starship, you’re always guaranteed a ‘Class A’ performance filled with catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, and exciting showmanship. The Wag has a monthly residence at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ, and within the last year, they have ventured out of their homeland to take part in 3 regional and international tours. The Wag has also added an acoustic set to their repertoire, further diversifying their sound and allowing them to reach a larger audience.



Awards
2012: Top Pop Band by The Jersey Acoustic Music Awards

2013: Brian Mowery of The Wag wins Top Instrumentalist by The Jersey Acoustic Music 

Awards


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

We're taking a break



Todd and I are taking a break this month.

We will be back in March with a new interview.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January Musician of the Month


Dan Toye



                        photo courtesy of Bob Yellen at BOTMA


Dan Toye has been playing music for over 45 years, mostly as a singer/guitarist in a folk/rock/country/Irish vein but more recently as a songwriter. His CD tilted "Going Home" has been well received by his audiences, and more importantly to him, his musical peers. He loves performing and has met so many other talented musicians over the past 15 years through Espresso Joe's in Keyport and many other local venues. More recently he has shared the stage with Gorgo and Christian Beach, Bill Doerge and Kevin McGowan.



Dan's Facebook Page



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Monday, December 19, 2016




December Musician of the Month

Al-Vis





Singer-Guitarist-Songwriter-Writer/Blogger from Neptune NJ (b. 1958), Al-Vis has performed in the Asbury Park area for nearly 4 decades, including with the following acts:
JP Gotrock, Big Danny, The Hudson River Sloop Singers, Chik-A-Boom, Blue Plate Special, Vini Lopez and The Disco Rejects, Mike and Al-Vis, Patty Tracy, Spring Lovelle, Gary Cook, Andrew James Hughes, Cook Smith, Tim Cusack, Mystery Date, Dave Mains, Carol Barbieri,  Jo Wymer and many others.
Notable Venues:  The Wonder Bar(Asbury Park), Leggetts(Manasquan), Mrs Jays(Asbury Park), Quack Quack(Asbury Park), The Brighton Bar(Long Branch), The Deck House(Asbury Park), The Stone Pony(Asbury Park), The Fast Lane(Asbury Park), The Boat House (Belmar), Bar Anticipation(Lake Como), The Porch(Spring Lake), The Clearwater Festival at Sandy Hook, The Clearwater Festival at Asbury Park, Long Branch Beachfest, The Saint(Asbury Park), The T-Birds Cafe(Asbury Park), The Headliner(Neptune), Kellys(Neptune), Clancy’s(Neptune), Jenkinsons (Point Pleasant Beach), The Columns(Avon), The Norwood Inn(Avon), The Beachcomber(Seaside Heights), Brewsters(Bradley Beach), Langosta Lounge(Asbury Park), Belmar Fishing Club, The Paramount Sessions(Asbury Park), The Bitter End(NYC)
Notable recordings (ReverbNation.com/AlvisRocks): “Transforming” by Spring Libutti; “Don’t Stop The Dreaming” by Big Danny and also featuring E-Street drummer Vini Lopez; Several studio cuts by Vini Lopez and The Disco Rejects; Andrew James Hughes (several CDs and singles including “Stir Fed And Spoon Fried”, see http://www.andrewjameshughes.com)
Current CD: Road Construction, available on my web site. Single “New Jim Crow Blues” available in my Reverb Nation store. Producer: Cook Smith, LA East Productions.
Other musical activities: Board Member, Society Of Associated Performers 1990-1994; Entertainment Coordinator and Board Member, NJ Friends Of Clearwater (1988-2008); Blogger and author of several works detailing life as a musician in the Asbury Park area during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond.

Al-Vis on Youtube

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016





Caroline Reese

November Musician of the Month





Caroline Reese is an Americana songwriter from Reading, PA. She has released two folk-rock solo albums, "Indian River" (2010) and "Slow Code" (2013), and one EP "The Electric Year" (2014) with her band, the Drifting Fifth. 



As a solo artist and with the Drifting Fifth Caroline Reese has toured nationally and opened for artists including Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ben Folds, the Secret Sisters, and Israel Nash. They've been Emerging Artists on Nashville's Music City Roots show hosted by Jim Lauderdale and Taco Bell 2016 Feed the Beat artists. "The Electric Year" was named Y102's 2014 album of the year.



Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth released 'Snake Eyes,' the first single off their upcoming album Tenderfoot, on September 7th, 2016. The full album is due out at the end of the year.


Watch Caroline's "Screen Doors" video here


Check out Caroline's Facebook page



Here's Caroline's  website








Friday, October 21, 2016


Sharon Goldman

October Musician of the Month






Sharon Goldman is a NJ-based contemporary singer-songwriter known around the Tri-State area and beyond for her intelligent, inventive storytelling, catchy melodies and pure, precise vocals. Sharon's latest album, KOL ISHA (A Woman’s Voice), released in August 2016, takes her artistry in a new and unique direction: She has dug deep into her Orthodox Jewish childhood and emerged with a song cycle that traces her own journey to find her voice as a passionate woman; a lifelong questioner; and a constant seeker. She delves into memories of prayers and rituals; of roads not taken; and of voices not heard. She also mines the stories of biblical and mythical women — such as Lilith, the Sabbath Queen and the lovers in the Song of Songs for creative inspiration.










Friday, September 30, 2016




David Vargo

September Musician of the Month






A native of East Brunswick, NJ, David started playing the guitar at the age of eight and by the age of 14 was performing throughout the tri-state area with various jazz, funk, and rock bands. He graduated from Berkeley College of Music with honors and went on to become a touring sideman and session player. He has had the privilege of working with a number of notable talents including Whitney Houston, Phoebe Snow, Vonda Shepard, and Rupert Holmes.


David currently performs both solo and as part of an acoustic duo (Kim and Dave). He is also an active session player and songwriter.