Friday, June 30, 2017


June 2017  Musician Of the Month

 Sheli Monacchio


Sheli Monacchio

After an almost 5-year break from performing and writing songs, Sheli Monacchio has been slowly dipping her toe back into the New Jersey music scene.  She is in the process of recording her long overdue follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 “Kansas” release and are starting to take shape, with a spring 2018 release date in the planning.  The songs she is writing for the record are rooted and sprung from an awe-inspiring place of becoming a mother for the 3rd time.  The spark that started this creative period has also struck a chord with her to perform again and has been doing so steadily in 2017.  In addition to playing her solo shows, she has also been playing as often as she can with her daughter and favorite musical partner, the immensely talented Melissa Anthony Dimura.
Sheli Monacchio (formerly known as Sheli Aarden) has been a fixture on the New Jersey “coffee house” circuit since 2004. She has multiple Asbury Music Award nominations to her credit, as well as a JAM (Jersey Acoustic Musician) award for best folk-act for her collaborative effort with her husband, The Monacchios. From her debut album, Digging For Daylight, to the aforementioned Kansas LP and her work with The Monacchios, Sheli has established herself as one of the most honest, thought provoking and endearing songwriters around.  Having said that, the writing she has been doing over the last year is coming from a different place.  A place of quiet confidence, with her feet firmly cemented in a place happily unknown, but altogether familiar.  In flight, following her instinct for better or worse to a clearing in the distance that make make for a soft landing.

  Sheli's ReverbNation page


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.

2012: Top Pop Band by The Jersey Acoustic Music Awards

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


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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


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

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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.