THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOMERS POINT BEACH CONCERTS
With the demise of
, Tony Marts and other rock
and roll night clubs that featured live entertainment, Somers Point has kept the music tradition going by
presenting free community concerts on the beach every Friday night all summer
Now in its 20th year, the 2012 beach concert schedule is better than ever, and includes a good mix of local talent and top flight national recording acts that play a variety of music styles that should please everyone.
Carmen Marotta, son of Tony Marts’ owner Anthony Marotta, and producer for the Beach Concert Committee, said this year’s line is, “Truly Amazing! It’s unbelievable that a Free Summer Concert Series, in a small town, can present this many international recording artists of headliner stature.”
“We’re doing a lot of extraordinary, exciting things to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this phenomenal concert series with 14 magical shows on the beautiful Somers Point beach,” Marotta said.
The stars this summer include the a cappella Doo Wop vocals of the renown Persuasions, blues rock guitarist Walter Trout, famous recording artists The Commander Cody Band and harmonica virtuoso Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.
On a few nights the audiences will be entertained by more than one act, some of them jamming together, including the Scott Kirby Band - Margaritaville Radio’s most requested artists, with local legend Lew London, the Persuasions and the Shakes, and Dr. Bobby Fingers with Howard Isaacson and the Hawkins Road Band.
The series will begin on Friday June 15th with the electric violin led roots rock and blues of the Lionel Young Band, a multiple winner of international blues awards.
On June 22nd the musical stars of HBO’s Treme, funky, trombone led
Bonerama will make their Somers Point debut with their three trombones playing
Led Zeppelin and the Allman Brothers on the Beach. New Orleans
Classic rocker Bob Campanell will return for his regular July 4th gig with his band that includes local java fueled guitarist Danny Eyer, and two days later on Friday, July 6th the beach scene will showcase the Jeremiah Hunter Band, a dance party group includes former members of the Soul Survivors (“Expressway to Your Heart”) and Fullhouse, who some will remember from the old nightclub days.
On Friday, July 6th the Beach Concert Committee will commemorate the 20th Anniversary Season by honoring Beach Concert Founder, Nick Regine, with a special, well deserved presentation. Nick, who obtained the commitments from the local businesses to start the beach concert series, also founded the Somers Point Jazz Society, which brings great jazz music to the clubs throughout the winter season.
According to Marotta, “We’re going to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with two special ‘double header’ concerts that will begin at on July 20th and July 27th in the heart of our season.”
On July 20th the internationally renown Persuasions will perform a 75 minute a cappella show followed by a good old Somers Point Rock ‘n Roll Dance party with The Shakes, and on July 27th, pianist Dr. Bobby Fingers and Hawkins Road Band perform a jam concert with guest stars Howard Isaacson and Ernie T’ Trionfo.
Except for the starts on July 20 and 27, Somers Point Beach Concerts are presented Friday nights from 7 until .
Jersey Shore guitar hero Billy Walton, from South Side Johnny’s Asbury Jukes, will rock Bay Ave on August 10th, having recently returned from their latest UK tour where they have a strong fan following.
The Midiri Brothers Band will present their world class tribute to Benny Goodman on August 17th, with special guest banjo virtuoso Franny Smith playing his traditional
musical celebration. New Orleans
International blues guitarist Walter Trout will perform August 24th, while Jill West and Blues Attack will play on August 31st.
The 2012 Summer Season will close out on September 7th, Good Old Days Weekend, with a musical blessing from Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys.
For more info, schedules and links to the website of the performing artists, please refer to SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
For Press contact call Carmen Marotta at 609-457-1316.
2012 20TH ANNIVERSARY BEACH CONCERTS
June 15th - THE LIONEL YOUNG BAND
Multi Blues Award Winning Violinist
June 22nd – BONERAMA
Rockin’ Funky Trombone led Brass Band from
June 29th - THE COMMANDER CODY BAND
Country Swing and Rockin’ Boogie Woogie Recording Stars
July 4th - THE BOB CAMPANELL BAND FEATURING DANNY EYER
Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Roll Icon with his favorite lead guitarist
July 6th - JEREMIAH HUNTER BAND
Favorites from The Soul Survivors & Fullhouse
July 13th -
ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS
World Class Jump, Swing Blues Recording Artists
July 20th - THE PERSUASIONS
Legendary Doo Wop Vocal Stars
Motown Party Dance Songs
July 27th -
FINGERSBAND PLUS HAWKINS ROAD
Popular Sing-a-long songs
The Best Country Rock
August 3rd - SCOTT KIRBY WITH LEW
One of Margaritaville Radio’s most requested Artists
August 10th - THE BILLY WALTON BAND WITH ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA
August 17th - THE MIDORI BROTHERS BAND FEATURING FRANNY SMITH
Swingin’ Tribute to Benny Goodman & New Orleans Favorites
August 24th - WALTER TROUT
International Rockin’ Blues Guitar Headliner
August 31st -
WEST AND BLUES ATTACK
September 7th - REVEREND RAVEN
AND THE CHAIN SMOKIN’ ALTAR BOYS
Rockabilly Swing & Roots Rock ‘n Roll