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

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the interview!

Monday, December 19, 2016

December Musician of the Month


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 ( “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
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

Al-Vis on Facebook

Al-Vis on Reverb Nation

The Interview

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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cat London

August Musician of the Month

Musician of the Month's First Anniversary 

         Singer/Songwriter Cat London’s music cannot be classified by a single sound.  
        Backed on stage and in the studio by Rich Aveo on piano, Eric Cooper on cello,
        Paul O'Keeffe on bass, and Anthony Freda on drums, London captivates listeners
        with a dynamic range of songs, from soulful ballads that echo Damien Rice’s tender
        portrayal of love and conflict, to playful pop tunes invoking the energy and
        versatility of Sara Bareilles. She has many videos on YouTube.

        Cat's video "The Right Way" was selected Best Homegrown Music Video by the 
        Garden State Film Festival. She was also selected as 1 of 15 finalists for the new
        songwriting reality show "The Song"which will premier in the Fall of 2016. 

         Check out Cat's website and Facebook page:

And now, sit back, relax and hear Cat tell her story in 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July Vacation

We will be taking a vacation in July.